In early August, Stocky’s squadron was re-equipped with Tempest fighter planes, which were faster than Spitfires. The pilot’s new assignment was to try to intercept V-1s. However, just a few weeks after the squadron got its Tempests, the RCAF ordered Stocky back to Canada for some rest. He had flown 350 operational sorties in the war, more than he was supposed to without a break.
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.