On May 3, 1945, Stocky flew his 373rd and last combat mission of the war. He was leading 443 Squadron over Kiel, Germany, when they spotted a lone enemy aircraft. He and other members of his squadron fired at it until it went down. It was a Junkers 88 – just like the first aircraft he had ever seen, bombing his first base in North Africa. Less that a week later, Germany surrendered and the war in Europe was over.
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.