Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Ramrod S.7. The Wing was acting as First Fighter Cover on this operation. When off Gravesend, the Wing was warned by the Controller that Beehive had crossed in, therefore, changed vector and increased speed to maximum cruising. Beehive was joined between St. Pol and St. Omer at 1832 hours. No e/a were sighted although the Wing, after escorting bombers out at Mardyck, swept back over St. Omer - Hardelot. Intense heavy flak from S.E. of Forest Clairmarais at Beehive. One Fortress was seen to be hit over the target. 4 parachutes were also seen without indication of origin. There was also heavy intense flak from Dunkirk. Concentrated bombing was seen at Foret Eperlecques. The Squadron returned to base without further incident.