After the battle of El Alamein, the axis forces were in retreat. But it took months of hard fighting before they were driven back through Egypt and Tunisia. Jim’s squadron was in the campaign right to the end. Jim had flown almost 200 operational sorties and shot down more than fifteen planes, damaging many more in the air. He had also destroyed twelve aircraft on the ground.
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.