Spitfire IX , BS395 (AH-M)
Ramrod 196. The Wing, led by Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., climbed from base and crossed the coast at the Somme Estuary at 24,000 feet with this Squadron stepped up slightly behind 331(N) Squadron. The bombers were met halfway between the coast and Poix. Bomb bursts were seen in the N.E. corner of Poix aerodrome. After bombing, Beehive was escorted back to the coast at 26,000 feet. Various formations of aircraft were investigated but found to be friendly. Sweeping up to Boulogne, the Wing returned to base via Dungeness. Flak - medium heavy over target aimed at the bombers. Weather:- clear in the Channel and over the target. The rest of France - 5/10ths in patches from 3-4,000 feet.