Spitfire IXc , BS248 (AH-O)
Rodeo 174. 12 aircraft of this Squadron led by Major F. Thorsager took off on Rodeo 174 together with 331(N) Squadron. The Wing was led by Major K.Birksted D.F.C. The operation went as planned, crossing the French coast near Dunkirk- 331(N) Squadron at 20,000 feet with this Squadron 2,000 feet above. The Wing Wing climbed to 24/26,000 feet over Ypres- flyin just below 10/10ths cloud at 28,000 feet. When in the Ypres-Merville area 40 plus enemy aircraft were reported in the Dunkirk-Calais area. On N.W.-S.E. runway. On the way over the coast near Sangatte, e/a were reported to be in the same area at 25,000 feet but nothing was seen when the Wing made a wide orbit. Recrossing the French Coast, a ship of some 2-4,000 tons and five smaller ships were seen in Boulogne Harbour. Weather:- Patches of 7/10ths cloud at 15,000 feet – 10/10ths cloud layer at 28,000 feet. No flak was experienced.