Spitfire IX , BS458 (KB)
Ramrod S.38 Part IV. The Wing, led by Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., flying with this Squadron, was to act as top cover on this operation. Arriving on time at rendezvous - Hastings - the bombers were not seen until an orbit was made N. of Canche at 23,000 feet. The bombers were then escorted to Bethune where they seemed to turn South. The Wing made a wide orbit via Lille, but the bombers were not seen again. The Wing was then recalled by the controller and crossed out by Furness. No e/a were sighted.
ORB indicates aircraft as BS548, but this is likely be an error as BS458 was 132 W/C mount during this period.