Spitfire IX , BS249 (AH-R)
Ramrod 40. About noon, 12 aircraft of this Squadron proceeded to Tangmere to take part in Ramrod 40. Having had lunch at Tangmere, the Squadron took off at 1410 hours together with 331(N) Squadron to meet the third and fourth boxes of Fortresses and excort them home after they had bombed Nantes. The English coast was crossed off Tangmere at 3,000 feet and the French Coast was crossed W. of Pointe Peroee at 24,000 feet. Our bombers were seen over St. Loe at 25,000 feet and our fighters escorted the third and fourth boxes to the English coast flying 2,000 feet above the Fortresses. Over the sea, smoke started pouring from one of the bombers, so Yellow section from 331(N) Squadron was detailed to look after it. The remainder reached the English coast without further incident, which was recrossed over Selsey Hill. The weather was fine over France with some haze in the Channel. No enemy aircraft or shipping were seen and no flak experienced.