Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Ramrod S.41. The Wing, led by Major K. Birksted, D.F.C., flying with 331(N) Squadron, was to act as top cover Marauders bombing Lille - Vendeville Airfield. The Wing swept ahead of Beehive from Bailleu to just inside Tournai when bombers were seen running up on target. E/a being sighted to the East and above Wing, the two Squadrons climbed to 26,000 feet and at that height more e/a were sighted above. The Wing crossed over first formation of 8 F.W.190's flying at 24,000 feet, and Blue section of 331(N) Squadron engaged resulting in one the the e/a being destroyed and two damaged, without loss to the Squadron. A second formation of e/a was engaged by 331(N) Squadron, but no claims are made. This Squadron climbed towards a third formation of e/a at 30,000 feet, but these F.W.190's proceeded East out of range. The Wing then returned to Dixmude [Diksmuide?] at 30,000 feet, where orbit was made. Course was then set for base where the Squadron landed without further incident. One parachute was seen going down - believed to be a pilot of F.W.190 destroyed by Capt. Gram of 331(N) Squadron.