Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
The Wing was to be forward target support to 24 Bostons bombing targets at Amiens. Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., leading, was flying with 331(N)Squadron. The Beehive was sighted and escorted from Mid-Channel. Target was reached at 24,000 feet on time. Appledore then gave information of e/a East of target. Some 15 Me. 109's were sighted soon after flying S.W. at 20,000 feet in line abreast. The Wing manoeuvered into sun position and dived [...]. The e/a immediately dived to 14,000 feet. At this height 5 of them levelled out and were chased by 331(N) Squadron. Capt. Heglund destroyed one and probably destroyed another. The Wing reformed in the Albert area at 28,000 feet. and started withdrawal. Three F.W.190's followed the Wing towards the coast but took evasive action when the Wing attempted to bounce. Six Me. 109's were also sneaking behind the Wing at 26,000 feet, but dived away when approached. The Wing landed at North Weald without further incident. Weather in France:- Slight haze up to 6,000 feet, then clear above.