On 18 November 1942, Lieutenant Bernard Scheidhauer and Lieutenant Henri de Bordas took off from RAF Westhampnett in a Spitfire Mk.Vb’s at 14:10 hours. Their mission was a 'Rhubarb' over Normandy - a name given to flight missions that used low cloud and poor visibility to search for opportunity targets such as railway locomotives, aircraft on the ground and enemy troops.
They flew just above sea level and crossed the French coast looking for targets, where Scheidhauer’s Spitfire was hit by flak, damaging his fuel line, radio and compass. He became disoriented and headed west instead of north. After crossing a stretch of water, Scheidhauer sighted land that he mistook for the Isle of Wight and picking out a suitable field, he placed his aircraft down in a wheels-up landing, coming to rest in a field of turnips. He had arrived in Jersey, which was occupied and he was captured. His Spitfire was taken and transported back to France, where it was branded with Luftwaffe markings and flew fitted with a Daimler Benz 601 engine.