By W. E. Johns
Vital Africa is being stricken by assaults by means of an African guy known as Cetezulu and often called 'The Black Elephant'. Air Commodore Raymond sends Biggles and Co. to exploit their aeroplanes within the hunt to discover him. Taking 3 planes with them, the group lose one whilst Ginger is stuck in a typhoon, while in need of gas, and has to crash land. even though, this ends up in the unforeseen discovery of Cetezulu's mystery approach to traveling via crucial Africa unseen. The group utilises the aid of a Masai warrior known as Mishu, who used to be the gun bearer for a video game Warden murdered via Cetezulu. Mishu is kept by way of Biggles from being murdered by way of neighborhood tribesmen who're additionally fascinated by poaching. With the aid of Lieutenant Haynes and a few infantrymen of the King's African Rifles, Cetezulu and his gang are finally traced to a hiding position in lengthy elephant grass. the following they've got hidden virtually 500 head of farm animals, stolen on numerous raids. Biggles and Algy use the 2 closing plane to frighten and stampede the livestock, permitting the warriors to catch the survivors. Cetezulu will pay for his crimes whilst he meets Mishu, who desires to avenge the demise of his organisation. The airborne dirt and dust hide of the e-book indicates Ginger commencing over a few lions, (who all of sudden lie in his path), while he attempts to flee from a few of Cetezulu's fans.
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Allan used to be sitting in his seat. His safeguard belt used to be fixed. yet one look on the waxen face instructed Ginger the worst. "He's dead," he breathed. Biggles didn't resolution. His eyes roved the cockpit. He stepped again and regarded fast around the panorama. "Snake-bite," recommended Ginger, in a whisper. "No. He would not be sitting like that if a snake had bitten him. " Biggles's face used to be faded and grim as he back to the cockpit. attaining ahead, he touched whatever at the flooring. The hand that he withdrew, and confirmed to Ginger, used to be purple. He investigated additional. "Bullet. got here at an attitude during the backside of the fuselage," he introduced, in a brittle voice. "The Elephant! "Wouldn't be anyone else. " "We must have warned him. " "No use speaking approximately that now. We were not to understand at he was once going to do. What brutal success! He should have been cruising very low over the bamboos. obviously, after what has occurred, the Elephant may imagine it used to be us. He'd shoot at any laptop in variety. one thousand to at least one probability got here off, and it was once Allan's undesirable success to forestall one. " "It didn’t pull him down immediately. " "No. He became for domestic. this can be so far as he bought. Queer how a fellow, mortally wounded, will so frequently final lengthy adequate to get his wheels at the ground—and make an outstanding touchdown, at that. i have visible it performed greater than as soon as. " Ginger shook his head. He could not belief himself to talk. He felt shocked. It appeared most unlikely that Allan, vigorous so brief your time ahead of, used to be lifeless. "We'll get him home," stated Biggles quietly. "You cross on within the Proctor and inform them i am coming. i will fly the Puss. There does not appear to be whatever mistaken with it yet i would higher take a look around. " they discovered a bullet-hole within the wing, and one other within the tail aircraft, yet neither used to be prone to impact the computer. "My wager, for what it really is worthy, is this," acknowledged Biggles. He used to be flying low, and observed something—some of the Elephant's males within the open possibly. He went correct down for shut glance and the full bunch permit force at him. He would not expect something like that, in fact. good, it’s one other notch at the Elephant's tally. we are going to reduce a notch or , i'm hoping, prior to we end. o.k.. Get cracking. i will deal with this. inform the Station supervisor what’s at the manner and ask him to have an ambulance status by means of. " "Right," stated Ginger, and grew to become away, feeling that during him a brand new unravel were born. He could not convey the lifeless guy again to lifestyles; yet he may perhaps, and was hoping, fervently that he may make the assassin pay. It used to be twilight while he landed. Algy and Bertie have been ready. "What's occurred? " requested Algy speedy, Ginger's face. "Allan's had it," replied Ginger easily. "Shot from the floor. Biggles is bringing him in, within the Puss. " Algy stared. "Dead! Shot from the floor? That means—the Elephant—? " "Biggles thinks so. Let's pass and inform the Station supervisor. " * * * Bruce Allan was once buried the next day to come, the funeral being attended via all people at the airfield. Biggles made a press release to the police, which was once corroborated via Ginger. The Puss Moth used to be installed a hangar to look forward to directions approximately its disposal.