Through the early spring of 1942, Jim’s 94 Squadron and its sister RAF squadron, 260, kept up their efforts to slow the German advance. With each squadron providing one flight of twelve planes, they escorted bombers every second day or so, unless a sandstorm shut them down. Often the Messerschmitt pilots were already in the air, waiting for them, when they arrived at the target. They would swoop down out of the sun, attacking the top-cover Kittyhawks first. Jim was still assigned to close cover, and he found it was frustrating.
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.