On June 17th, Jim and other pilots from 260 were set upon by Messerschmitts while they were on a bomber-escort mission. As his own formation split apart under attack, Jim found himself wheeling and diving in a battle for his life. When an Me-109 closed in on him, he made a tighter turn than the enemy plane could manage (known as turning inside the enemy plane). The Messerschmitt, turning wider, overshot his Kittyhawk. Now Jim was in position to get on his tail, and he quickly fired. The Messerschmitt flew away, losing altitude, with smoke pouring out of its engine.
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.