Spitfire IX , BS401 (AH-S)
Ramrod 38. Nine aircraft of this Squadron, led by Major W.Mohr D.F.C., took off toether with 331(N) Squadron. The Wing was led by W/Cdr. P.G.Jameson D.F.C. Five minutes after setting course, the Controller informed the Wing that the planned operation had been cancelled - permission was then given for carrying out a sweep in the Channel. The English coast was crossed just South of Lympne - 331(N) Squadron leading at sea level with this Squadron behind at 1,500 feet. The Wing swept across channel to S.W. of Boulogne harbour and then made a turn to port. Flying about three miles off coast, the Wing preceeded to Gravelines. In Boulogne harbour, a trawler and escort were observed. Two F.W.190's near Gravelines immediately took evasive action when they saw our aircraft. The Wing turned S.W. and proceeded back along the French coast as far as Boulogne and then set course for base as nothing was seen. Some heavy flak was experienced from South of Gravelines. Flak was experienced from bofors was experienced between Calais and Boulogne. Weather:- visibility 4-5 miles. 9/10ths cloud at 2,500 feet.