May 1935

Volume 4 Number 2  (38 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 57 to page 112 (56 pages)



Page 57 – An Advert for Ovaltine “H. L. Brook relied on ‘Ovaltine’ for Endurance and Stamina”


Page 59 – An Illustrated Advert for “Air Stories” Magazine – issue 1


Page 62 – Contents Page

(The contents page is on the same page as a photograph entitled “Heavy Bombers, 1918”


Page 63 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Subtitled “Why?” – “This month we lament, with an exceeding bitter lamentation, the death of Captain Hugh “Tony” Spooner, Superintendent of Flying Operations and Chief Pilot to the Misr-Airwork Company of Egypt”.  Captain Spooner was killed in an aeroplane crash in a sandstorm in Egypt.

Johns also manages to get a dig in at his critics on page 96 where “Editor’s Cockpit” continues “Perhaps those readers who last year went off at the deep end about certain of our editorials in connection with the re-equipment of German air squadrons, will, now that the Jagdstaffel Richthofen is once more on the wing, take back their impetuous accusations.  “Alarmist” and “Scaremonger” were two popular ones.  And will the two newspapers who mentioned me by name, at the same time uttering coarse guffaws, admit that they were wrong?  They will not.  A fat lot I care.  We were the first to say it, but we should not have said it had we not been sure of our facts.  We have our own sources of information, and they are not the regular newspaper channels.  W. E. J.”)


Page 65 – Holidays by Air

(Following on from last months ‘Editor’s Cockpit’ when W. E. Johns said he was going to write about holidays)


Page 68 – Doubts About the Seadrome – William Courtenay



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Page 71 – Manfred von Richthofen – Ernst Udet (Translated by Claud W. Sykes)

(“A Necessary Answer to an Incredible Slander on the Dead Hero of the Air”

In this fascinating article, Udet answers criticism of von Richthofen and speaks out about his true heroism)


Page 73 – Our Royal Family and the Air – Pauline Gower


Page 74 – Three Great Cannucks – Edward Green

(A brief run down of the careers of the three Canadian pilots featuring in Portraits for Posterity for their Civil Aviation)



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Page 75 – Portraits for Posterity (Nos. 11, 12 and 13) – Walter E. Gilbert, Wilfred Reid and Clennel H. Dickens


Page 76 – An Aeroplane for £50 – Captain A. V. C. Douglas

(This article is about a De Havilland Humming Bird – D.H. 53 – which the author bought for only £50.00)


Page 78 – Pioneers of Safety – Men who braved death to give us the parachute – J. Carmichael Earl (W E Johns son)



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Page 79 – Memories of “55” – W. E. Johns (By request)

This article is just the best article I have read in Popular Flying Magazine.

Johns talks about his experiences before he was shot down on 16th September 1918

 poignant and astonishing, it should be read by all fans of his work.

It has been reproduced on the Internet here


More details and photos relating to Johns being shot down can be found here


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Pages 80 and 81 – Memories of “55” – W. E. Johns (Continued from Page 79)
Page 82 – The Merchant Balloonist of Bishopsgate – by R. O. – S.
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Pages 84 and 85 – The Centre Pages – Naval Co-Operation – The Fleet-Air Exercises and a picture from Greece


Page 86 – Flying Wires – News from All Quarters


Page 89 – Under the Windstocking

(“Letters to the Editor”)


Page 90 – A Flying Scale Model.  The S. E. 5


Page 93 – The Last Drop – Complete Short Story – John Templer


Page 100 – Told on the Tarmac



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Page 102 – Memories of “55” – W. E. Johns (Continued from Page 81)


Between Pages 104 and 105 is an original postcard to send for a Free Copy of the book “1934 ACHIEVEMENTS”


Page 110 – Aviation Bookshelf

(Two W. E. Johns books are featured – “The Air V.C.’s” and “The Black Peril” – neither are “reviewed” as such)



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Also on Page110 – Memories of “55” – W. E. Johns (Continued from Page 102)


Page 112 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 10 of their books but also with a listing of “15 titles, previously published”.  The 25 books advertised include all of the first five John Hamilton Biggles books

as well as ‘The Raid’, ‘V.C.s of the Air’ and ‘The Spy Flyers’ all by W. E. Johns



Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is W.E. Johns

The picture is titled “Well Away”