Spitfire IX , BS458 (KB)
Ramrod 197. Having remained at ground level until 1806 hours, the Wing crossed the French coast over the Somme Estuary at 24,000 feet. Owing to thick layers of haze inland the Wing climbed to 30,000 feet just over the target. Hearing that the bombers had returned, the Wing sat course for the coast. Then over Somme, friends were reported to be in trouble in the Abbeville area, and loosing height the Wing turned in that direction. Friends were seen coming out. No e/a were seen and the Wing returned. A patch in the sea 4 miles S. of Dover was investigated but nothing was seen. Flak - on the way out the Wing experienced intense, accurate heavy flak from Greay Forest at 30,000 feet.
ORB indicates aircraft as BS548, but this is likely be an error as BS458 was 132 W/C mount during this period.