Spitfire IX , MA301 (AH-S)
Ramrod 172. The Wing was to act as fighter sweep in this operation. A climb was made from base and the Wing crossed the French coast over Nieuport at 26,000 feet at 1823 hours. A patrol was made in the Merville area until after the bombers had turned West and then the Wing followed the bombers until they were West of St. Omer. Here the Wing turned back and while flying N.E. at 27,000 feet, a loose formation of about 12 e/a was seen flying S.W. between Merville and Ypres at the same level. The Wing climbed to 29,000 feet and attacked with the result that two e/a being destroyed and another damaged by 331(N) Squadron. After the attack the Wing reformed and returned to base without further incident, reformed and returned to base without further incident. Weather:- Clear, large cumulus clouds far to the East. Sea fog between Dover and Cap Gris Nez to S.W. of Channel.