May 9th, 1942 – 94 Squadron was ordered out of the desert and sent to a base far behind the lines. Their losses had been heavy, and headquarters felt they needed a breather. However, seven of the most effective pilots, including Jim, were transferred to 260 Squadron. Since this squadron had been carrying out operations with 94, it simply meant walking across the airfield.
With 260 Squadron, Stocky would soon see some of the most intense air combat of the Desert War. The month of June 1942 was particularly stressful, as the desert squadrons threw everything they had at the advancing German army on the ground. By the second week of June, Jim had damaged or destroyed four more enemy fighters. He finally felt that he had mastered the tricky Kittyhawk.
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.