Spitfire IXc , BS248 (AH-O)
Rodeo 224. This Squadron took off from North Weald, Capt. R. From leading, together with 331 (N) Squadron. Major Berg, D.F.C., flying with the latter was leading the Wing. The Wing started climbing right from base crossing the English coast at Dover and reaching Sangatte at 0916 hours at 23,000 feet. Capt. R. From had R/T trouble and returned to base at 0910 hours so Capt. Christie W. ("B" Flight Commander) took over the leadership of the Squadron. A sweep was made in the areas of St. Omer-Bethune and Hesdin at heights varying from 25-30,000 feet. Some aircraft were reported in the St. Omer area but these were friendly. After making a sweep, the Wing crossed the French coast North of Cayeux and followed the coast to Le Touquet where course were set for base. Three other of our aircraft returned to base early, one with R/T trouble and the other with a petrol leak from the top tank. No flak experienced, no e/a or shipping seen. Weather: In Channel clear. Over France - 5/10 cloud topping at 15,000 feet. Visibility good.