Stocky was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) in February, 1943. The citation read, in part, “he has displayed outstanding coolness and courage in the face of the opposition while his cheerful and imperturbable spirit has been an inspiration to squadron.” In the same month Stocky learned he had also been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
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.