Spitfire IX , BS401 (AH-S)
Rodeo 220. The Wing was to act as 1st Fighter Echelon on this operation. The Wing arrived at Gravelines at 25,000 feet where it turned towards St. Omer and continued to climb. A number of vectors were given by Appledore bringing the Wing as far inland as Bothune at 29,000 feet. Red 4 of this Squadron had engine trouble and set course for the English coast escorted by one section. Soon after this the Wing crossed over the French coast at Le Touquet at 1450 hours flying at 25,000 feet. Red 4's engine picked up again at 8,000 feet and he made base safely. No shipping or e/a seen and no flak experienced. Weather:- Fine with good visibility.