Biggles is a war pilot who has served in both the first and second world wars. He joined the RAF at the age of 17, having lost' his birth certificate. He belonged to flight squadron 266 alongside Algernon 'Algy' Lacey, who was also his cousin. Algy is supposed to be younger than Biggles. In between the world wars the two meet Ginger Hebblethwaite, in Biggles and the Black Peril. Ginger helps Biggles out of a sticky situation and is assigned as his protegee. Ginger's father, a miner disapproved his son's ambition to become a pilot, so Ginger ran away to fulfill his dream. Ginger later wrote to his father who accepted the situation, although he said that only Ginger would be to blame if he broke his neck.