William Earl Johns was born in 1893 in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England as son of a taylor. During World War I he first served as machine-gunner and from 1918 as fighter pilot with the RFC in France. He was shot down over Mannheim, became a POW, escaped, was caught again and sentenced to death. He was saved by the sudden ending of the war!
He stayed with the Royal Air Force until 1931, as flight instructor and later recruiting officer. When he left his rank was "Flying Officer". When several years later he became a successful author he added "Captain" to his name.
He started his carreer as a very skillful aviation artist/ illustrator/ painter for many purposes (magazines, brochures, postcards, posters, books).
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He died in 1968, while writing the book "Biggles does some homework"; Biggles was to retire in that particular story!
His books were published in 26 countries and he was the second best selling children's author (after Enid Blyton) in the UK!
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