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This is the true inspirational story of James “Stocky” Edwards, Canada’s top living fighter pilot. The story begins in Battleford, Saskatchewan where Stocky grew up. During his childhood, shooting partridge, and working hard, Stocky learned the lessons that would serve him well during the Desert War. The story progresses through Stocky's training and then his posting over seas to the Desert War where he flew the P-40 Kittyhawk. This is the incredible story of a young Canadian who goes to war and becomes a superior pilot and leader of men.
This book was written by Michel Lavigne and Stocky Edwards and first published in print in 1983.
A fascinating book, that holds one's attention right through. The gripping truth about a very modest man doing his duty, tells it as it was.
A reasonable tale
Not particularly well written the story charges around and can be quite hard to follow. Often parts of the adventures are not explained and sometimes don't make sense; it's almost as though the author thinks that you were there and know what he is writing about.
Whilst the author has clearly done a lot of historic research on the aviation front he has missed the fact that one of 260 squadron's ground crew, Jim Russell, became a successful racing driver and founded the motor racing school that bears his name and through whose hands a number of F1 world champions passed.
Overall I am pleased to have read the book and learned a little more about the air war in North Africa and the Italian campaign. My father spent part of his war in the Royal Navy supporting these battles so it is a theatre of war that interests me.
There is a lot of good information in the book. As any historian will know this information needs to be cross checked with other sources, but it is a useful reference document even if not well written.