Spitfire IX , BS471 (FN-T)
12 a/c led by Major Birksted took off at 1055 hrs. landing and refuelling at Ford. Sgt. Bache forced landed in a field near Ford owing to engine trouble. He was unhurt. 11 a/c took off from Ford at 1240 hours to rendezvous with Biggin Hill and Kenley wings at Beachy Head, but they did not contact them. Red 4 and Yellow 3 returned owing to engine trouble. Blue 3 and Yellow 4 followed them back. Red 1 had to return owing to R/T failure. Blue 1 accompanied him. Yellow 1 and 2 and Red 3 carried out the whole route.