Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Rodeo 252. The North Weald Wing was acting as second Fighter Sweep on this operation. The French coast was crossed at Le Touquet - this Squadron, led by Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., flying at 26,000 feet, 331(N)Squadron stepped up slightly behind. Sweeping Merville - Ronters - Bruges, the Wing crossed out at Ostende without seeing any e/a. Flak:- some seen in Ostende area. Weather:- 5/10ths at 10-15,000 feet over France and Belgium. Visibility unlimited.