Spitfire IX , MA709 (AH-X)
Ramrod 235. The Wing qas to act as Figther Sweep in connection with Marauders bombing the Beauvais - Tille airfield and Michels bombing coke ovens at Lievin, near Lens. Climbing from base the Wing reached Cap Gris Nez at 0920 hours at 26,000 feet. The Wing then swept towards Lille when information was received about e/a in this area. So a turn was made to S.E. to get up the sun. When over ambrai at 24,000 feet, 12 F.W.190's were seen at 20,000 feet flying West. In addition to te Wing sighted 30-40 other aircraft to the West at 30,000 feet. As the F.W.190's swept towards the latter, unidentified aircraft, the Wing turned and 331(N) Squadron engaged the first formation of e/a. As a result of combats one of the F.W.190 was destroyed by the W/C., and another by Capt. Gran and a third probably by Capt. Hegglund. Soon after these engagements more e/a were seen below and the Wing went down. When at 10,000 feet, e/a were still 3-4,000 feet below, so the Wing reclimbed and set course for base, crossing the French coast at Berck.