By James F. (Stocky) & J.P.A. Michel Lavigne. Edwards
Jimmy Edwards, because the old-timers round Battleford name him, grew up within the old city of Battleford, Saskatchewan; went to college in a development that housed the 1st executive of the Northwest Territories and skilled all the pieces that went with the nice melancholy of the 1930's. From the start he confirmed the power of an achiever--a caliber he took with him into the Royal Canadian Air strength and on into the Western wasteland of North Africa the place he went to develop into a pilot within the 260 Squadron of the RAF. paintings at the jacket, by way of Jeff Pritchard of Delta, BC, units the temper for Kittyhawk Pilot, the genuine tale of J. F. (Stocky) Edwards, Canada's most sensible dwelling fighter pilot. Black and white photos. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Low altitude attacks were curtailed for the moment. The dust storms continued; they were a constant frustration to the Desert Air Force's efforts. On 2 June they had to forfeit an inviting attack on a concentration of 2,000 vehicles at Got el Waleb. 260 Squadron aircraft were able to reach Sidi Barrani during the day on their way to Gambut 2, their new base, but were forced by the storm to stay on the ground. While sand cut across on desert winds, temperatures soared to overpowering levels. The Khamseen advanced on the landing grounds in a great bank of red dust that appeared like a wall of raging smoke several hundred feet high.
Men lying in slit trenches, battered by continuous shellfire, lifted their dust-streaked faces to watch the aerial battles overhead. One of the battles was fought by 260 Squadron. The Kittyhawks had been scrambled over the garrison when they met four CR-42's, escorted by MC-202's. Flying Officer John Waddy, an Australian ace, claimed one of the biplanes. Corroborating the claim, Italian records show the downed CR-42 was flown by S. Magg. Bartolozzi or S. Magg. Marcoti. ” Quickly, the RAF replied, "Bravo a vous.
Getting too hot here in more ways than one. 7 Apr: Kites waiting at 04:30 hours for Jerries. No Jerries. 9 Apr: In action. Only one gun fired out of six. Faulty ammunition. Consequently Hindle (our ace) only damaged one 109 while getting shot up by three others. A Kitty from "A" Flight left him. He got away by diving across the Bofors guns. 11 Apr: ‘M’ our oldest kite crash lands — 95 hours a record for the desert. Engine just packed in. 12 Apr: Dust storms. Kites on stand-by at El Adem. Bombed by 109's.
Kittyhawk Pilot: Wing Commander J. F. (Stocky) Edwards, Canadian Fighter Pilot by James F. (Stocky) & J.P.A. Michel Lavigne. Edwards