In October, 1940 while Stocky was driving a team of huge black Percheron horses that were pulling a hay rack. The farmer’s wife hurried out to the fields from the farmhouse, to tell him his father was on the phone. Since his father never would have telephoned unless it was something important, Jim knew right away what the call must be about—his call-up notice had finally come.  He was to travel to the No. 2 Manning Depot in Brandon, Manitoba, to begin his training.

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.