In 1949, the United States, Canada and ten nations in Europe signed an agreement to create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The nations pledged to cooperate to defend themselves. As part of its obligations to NATO, Canada was to provide fighter squadrons that would be based in Europe. Stocky commanded Number 2 Fighter Wing, which was made up of three RCAF squadrons: 430, 416, and 421. After a ceremony at Uplands air force base in Ottawa on, Stocky led the three squadrons of F-86 Sabres on a flight to Grostenquin, France, with refuelling stops at Goose Bay, Labrador; Bluie West in Greenland; Keflavik, Iceland; and Prestwick, Scotland.
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.