It was October 1, 1941 and Jim was taking off for his fifth flight of the day when his engine cut out, with no time for anything but a forced landing. He quickly chose a field, barely cleared its fence and brought his Hurricane down in a belly landing. The plane skidded along on the grass for about 75 yards, then came to a stop before it hit the next fence. Stocky was unhurt and the plane had only slight damage to one panel on its underside, and would soon be flyable again.
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.