Spitfire IX , BR630
Ramrod 202. The Wing climbed and met three Boxes of Fortresses, with 20 in each, just of Berck. This Squadron, bottom Squadron, took up position at 26,000 feet and 331(N)Squadron was stepped up 1-2,000 feet. On the way to the target, 8 Me.109's were seen at 22,000 feet flying towards the Fortresses. This Squadron dived to break off the attack, but no engagements took place as the e/a dived away. After bombing, Beehive turned left setting course for Gravelines. Soon after turn, 6 F.W.190's were seen approaching the bombers from astern at the same height. This Squadron dived on these e/a and two pilots fired. Blue 1 (Captain Christie W) and Blue 2 (Sgt. Bøge A.) both destroyed one F.W.190 each and then Sgt. Bøge A was hit himself. See attached reports for full details. Before recrossing the coast, attacks by single e/a on beehive sere successfully broken off. Intense heavy flak was experienced from Dunkirk, Gravelines and Calais area, and one Fortress was seen to have its tail shot off and then spin down out of control. Three parachutes were seen. Seven miles N.W. of Dunkirk a Fortress was seen burning on the sea.