Although they seldom had opposition in the air, Allied planes were still being shot down and pilots being killed by flak from the ground.  In early April,1945, Stocky’s Spitfire was hit by a flak shell while he was attacking German gunboats in the Kiel Canal – only the second time in the war he had been hit.  Again, he was very lucky. The shell went straight through the left wing, taking out the cannon. He was still able to fly it back to base.

Adapted from:  Hehner, Barbara. Desert Hawk: The True Story of Stocky Edwards, World War II Flying Ace (Kindle Locations 59-61). HarperCollins Canada. Kindle Edition.