On the evening of June 5th, 1944 it was Stocky’s twenty-third birthday. Stocky and the other pilots were called to a briefing. They were told that the next morning would be D-Day. Stocky’s squadron was tasked to provide air cover. The Channel was filled, as far as the eye could see, with ships and troop carriers heading from England to Normandy. He could see troops struggling ashore under fire from the German gun batteries. But during the three flights he made on June 6th, and again on June 7th, he saw no enemy planes. Still, there was danger from the guns below. For the rest of June and into July, Stocky led fighter sweeps, bomber escorts and strafing sorties across the Channel to France.
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.