Spitfire IX , BS395 (AH-M)
Rodeo 177. 11 aircraft of this Squadron, led by W/Cdr. P.G.Jameson D.S.O., D.F.C., took off together with 331(N) Squadron. The Wing was going to be under Appledore Control with the Squadron on the bottom. When 20 miles off Le Touquet, the Wing was advised to cross coast 20miles South as e/a were flying North from the Abbeville area. Appledore by now took over and gave vectors to N.E. When approx 10 miles S.W. of Berck-sur-Mer, the top Squadron was flying at 28,000 feet when without any warning, they were dived upon out of the sun by three Spitfires. Turning to meet the attack 331 Squadron became separated from this Squadron. Near St. Omer at 30,000 feet, this Squadron saw four M.E.109F's slightly above flying S.W. trying to get up sun. The Squadron turned to starboard climbing towards the e/a which were flying towards 331 Squadron, who later engaged these e/a, damaging one of them. This Squadron, without further incident, set course for base and had landed by 1700 hours. Three ships, the largest of which was about 1,000 tons were seen in Boulogne from 30,000 feet. Weather:- 3/10ths medium cloud – excellent visibility.