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JJCLUB2016C RFC Pilot
John Jenkins JJCLUB-2016CCaptain Al “Algy” Coleman, Knights of the Skies
James Bigglesworth, nicknamed "Biggles", is a fictional pilot and adventurer, the title character and main hero of the Biggles series of youth-oriented adventure books written by W. E. Johns (1893–1968).
Biggles first appears as a teenaged "scout" (fighter) pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during World War I. He has joined the RFC in 1916 at the age of 17, having conveniently "lost" his birth certificate. Biggles represents a particularly "British" hero, combining professionalism with a gentlemanly air. Under the stress of combat he develops from a slightly hysterical youth prone to practical jokes to a calm, confident, competent leader. He is occasionally given "special" (secret) missions by the shadowy figure of Colonel (initially Major) Raymond (Wing Commander/Air Commodore in later books, reflecting the creation of the Royal Air Force with its own ranks), who is already involved with the intelligence side of operations. Biggles is accompanied by his cousin Algernon ('Algy') Lacey and his mechanic Flight Sergeant Smyth, who are to accompany Biggles on his adventures after the war; added to the team in 1935 is the teenager Ginger Hebblethwaite. Algernon Montgomery Lacey or “Algy” is a cousin of Biggles, who is posted to Biggles' flight in 266 Squadron by the influence of his aunt. Despite initial misgivings, the two soon become very close friends and eventually Algy adopts the role of Biggles' second in command. In the books set in the 1930s, Algy, Ginger and Smyth become Biggles' regular companions.
2016 will be the tenth anniversary of JJDesigns. As a small thank you to those who have supported, encouraged, collected and contributed to the success of JJDesigns, over the last ten years, I have dedicated this year’s Membership figures to a few of the collectors who I have had the pleasure to get to know. I apologize to the many that I have not been able to include, but please be assured that I am extremely thankful and grateful to everyone, without whom I would not have been given the opportunity to produce and develop my work over the last ten years. -- John Jenkins