Spitfire IX , EN177 (AH-Z)
Circus 298. This Squadron proceeded to Ford at noon together with 331 (N) Squadron to take part in Circus 298 – Mitchells bombing Caen. The Wing took off from Ford at 1653 hours and rendezvous was made with bombers at Selsey Bill below 500 feet. Setting course for Caen, the formation proceeded for 11 minutes at sea level, then started climbing and the French coast was crossed at 21,000 feet. Some e/a were reported in the coastal area, and the Wing made a starboard orbit around Caen climbing to 26,000 feet but no e/a were seen. Heavy smoke was seen in the target area after bombing. The bombers turned right after their attack and then set course for the English coast. As the bombers were escorted back, some e/a were reported to the rear so a port orbit was made but nothing was seen and the English coast was crossed at Selsey Bill. No shipping was seen. Weather:- Thin clouds at 26,000 feet over Caen.