In December 1943, after the North African campaign ended, Jim finally had his chance to fly Spitfires.  He joined 417 Squadron, based near Termoli, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. This was the first time he had served with a Canadian squadron, and now had his chance to fly Spitfires in combat.  After just ten sorties with 417, Stocky was transferred to 92 Squadron of the RAF as a flight commander. The squadron soon moved from the Adriatic coast to the Mediterranean coast, providing air support for the Allied invasion of Anzio, a port 30 miles south of Rome.

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.