June 1934

Volume 3 Number 3  (27 of 88)

This issue of Popular Flying magazine features NO “Biggles” story.  The last “Biggles” story was published in the May 1934 issue



This issue runs from page 105 to page 156 (52 pages)





Page 105 – Advert for the R.A.F. Display at Hendon on Saturday, June 30th 1934


Page 110 – Contents Page


Page 112 – A Photograph of “Refueling a “Bristol” engined Imperial Airways liner in Central Africa


Page 113 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled – Women and Wings – “If anyone asked me what these girls are going to do when the next war comes along, I should say the answer is a foregone conclusion.  They are going to fly.  They will fly because they will be too valuable in that capacity to be employed in any other ………..”)


Page 115 – The Aerial Steam Carriage 1842 – Capt. V. D’Oyley Noble




Page 118 – Where Stands Germany? – The German Point of View – President Bruno Loerzer

(“Herr Adolf Hitler has again assured the world of the peace-loving nature of the German people.

 How far the world around us believe it is only a matter of goodwill”)


Page 120 – Air and Armageddon – Martin Raymond


Page 123 – Colonel S. F. Cody

(“The late Colonel S. F. Cody, the great pioneer of military flying, and, we believe the first man to fly in this country, was an American.  The honour of being the first Englishman to fly belongs, therefore, to Colonel J. T. C. Moore Brabazon”)


Page 124 – Flying Instruction Then and Now – Captain H. Duncan Davis


Page 126 – Modern British Aircraft (4) – The Monospar S.T.6 – Flight-Lieut. C. Turner-Hughes


Page 128 – Flying Wires – Condensed News Items Intercepted During the Month

(Amongst the many brief articles here is this one “DEAD MEN’S BOOTS – Mr. Potter, who was detailed to bring in Richthofen’s body after crash, and who kept his boots as souvenirs is now taking them back to Red Knight’s mother at Schweidnitz.  We suggest the joystick of machine in which he was shot down, and which we have told is at Australian War Museum, or at No. 1 Squadron Mess, Point Cook, Victoria, should follow”)




Pages 130 and 131 – The Centre Pages – “What Now, Demons?” – An illustration by Frank L. Westley


Page 132 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Captain R. W. MacKenzie, M.C.

(This account was published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’ as the 16th of 20 accounts)


Page 83 – Combat Tactics – Bomber Formations (continued from a previous issue) – “Tracer”


Planes of History (No. 27) – The B.E.2 e.– illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 137 – Friends – A Short Story – Wilfrid Tremellen


Page 140 – Starting An Air Stamp Collection – B. K. Cooper


Page 142 – Navigation for the Amateur Pilot – P. Goudime


Page 144 – The Aviation Bookshelf

(For the first time a W. E. Johns books is reviewed – “Biggles of the Camel Squadron.  By W. E. Johns.  John Hamilton Ltd., price 3s 6d.  Here is the second series of Biggles war-time stories, four or five or which have appeared in Popular Flying.  They have now been touched up to make them suitable for the younger generation

Now that is interesting!


Page 146 – Under the Windstocking

(Readers’ Correspondence)

(This month’s letters include “A Letter from the “Red Knight’s” Mother – Baronin Richthofen”

and a letter from a friend of Major “Micky” Mannock V.C. enclosing one of his original letters)


Page 155 – Told on the Tarmac


Page 156 – The Buyers’ Log




On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 12 of their books.

As well as the usual W. E. Johns books ‘The Pictorial Flying Course’ and ‘Fighting Planes and Aces’ we have the first advert for ‘Biggles of the Camel Squadron’ “More flying adventures from the log of Capt. James Bigglesworth, popularly known in 266 Squadron R.F.C. as “Biggles”.  “Biggles” is without doubt, the most popular character in aviation fiction”


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Graeme Percival and the picture is entitled “Thou Hast Hawks Will Soar Above The Morning Lark”