Spitfire IX , BS395 (AH-M)
Rodeo 187. 11 aircraft of this Squadron, led by Major F.Thorsager, took off from North Weald together with 331(N) Squadron. With this Squadron on the bottom, the Wing started climbing at 1400 hours on course for N.of Walcheren arriving West of Noorderhoofd at 24,000 feet. During the climb, the Sector Controllor informed the Wing of e/a in the Clacton area and The remainder of the formation went down to sea level and flew along the coast down to Calais and then set course so as to meet e/a returning from Clacton area, but nothing was seen and the Squadron had landed by 1510 hours. Five of our pilots [among them Rønhof] had to return early – two having patrol trouble and one with electrical trouble. Weather in the Walcheren area:- cloud at 17-21,000 feet. Slight haze on the sea. No flak was experienced, no e/a or shipping seen.