Stocky arrived in Halifax after four days on the train. He boarded the troop ship “Ausonia” and left Halifax in the middle of July 1941, in a large convoy of ships guarded by corvettes and destroyers. After a stop in Iceland, the ship reached the British Isles safely in early August, arriving in the harbour at Greenoch, Scotland. The next day, the airmen were loaded on trains heading south to England.
Stocky’s train took him all the way to Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. Hundreds of airmen who had trained in the BCATP were gathered there, waiting for their OTU assignments. The train took him all the way to Bournemouth, on the south coast of England. Stocky was assigned to No. 55 OTU at Usworth, near Newcastle, where he learned that he would be flying Hurricanes and not Spitfires.
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.