Stocky had not been forgotten overseas. The air force was looking for wing commanders for operations in Europe. Stocky’s leadership qualities were just what the RCAF needed. He was called back to take command of 127 Wing, which was made up of four Canadian squadrons: 443, 421, 416, and 403, which had been the first RCAF squadron formed overseas. Taking command o this own wing had been Stocky’s dream – and now it had come true.
When Stocky returned to Europe to take command in the spring of 1945, American and Commonwealth forces were already pushing into Germany from the west. Meanwhile, their Russian allies had entered Germany from the East. But the Germans were fighting back desperately. Luftwaffe pilots were still taking to the air, although their numbers had dwindled and they had few airfields that they could use. Stocky’s squadrons strafed and bombed railway lines and marshalling yards, and destroyed as much German military equipment on the ground as they could.
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.