Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Ramrod 256. The North Weald Wing was to act as 1st Fighter Sweep in connection with Marauders bombing St. Omer-Longuenesse airfield. The Wing, climbing from base, crossed the French coast near Calais at 25,000 feet. Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., flying with 331 (N) Squadron, was leading the Wing, but returned early. Capt. Gran, 331 (N) Squadron, took over. The Wing swept the Bethune-St. Omer area. The Beehive, but no e/a were sighted. Finally the Wing crossed out over Ostende at 1730 hours – still flying at 25,000 feet. Medium heavy and accurate flak was experienced between Calais and St. Omer.