Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Ramrod 257, part I. The Wing was to act as top cover to Marauders bombing Beauvais-Tille airfield. The operation went as planned until the bombers withdrew before crossing the French coast. The Wing then swept Armale, Rouen, Beauvais and crossed out over the Somme estuary flying at heights varying from 24-30,000 feet. From pilots' reports it is understood that there was excellent bombing weather with only 3/10 cloud at 11,000 feet in the target area. The visibility was good.