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Hampshire where it was given the call sign NK-K. While stationed at Ibsley it was flown by the well known wartime pilot and civilian author Alec Lumsden. It was Lumsden who attributed the nose art depicting Captain A.R.P Reilly-Ffoull (Really Foul), a character from the wartime cartoon strip ‘Just Jake’ and featuring ‘Jane’, a young lady who was forever losing items of her clothing. ‘Just Jake’ ran for 14 years in the Daily Mirror newspaper from 1938 and was drawn by Bernard Graddon. It is also mentioned that on the 18th April, Lumsden added the name of his girlfriend, Bette, to the door of P8088. No red tape or time wasted back in those days! In Alec Lumsden’s Pilots Log Book, records indicate the exact dates when the nose art and the name Bette were added to the Spitfire. On 16th April 1941, The ‘Borough of Lambeth’ was painted and on the 17th April, he received a telegram from Bette saying “Good luck to Bette the Spitfire”.


After its four month service with Ibsley, NK-K passed to another


airfield, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire on 6th July 1941 and then onto 152 (Hyderabad) Squadron at Portreath, Cornwall three days later. On the 27th August that same year, P8088 moved to 19 Squadron at Perranporth, Cornwall as part of an emergency detachment of Spitfires from Squadron 19 from Matlask, Norfolk. But later, on the 31st August, the engine failed on a night landing at Matlask, North Norfolk. It overshot, ran through a barbed wire fence and tipped onto its nose without injury to Pilot Officer N.D.O. Devereux. P8088 was taken to Exeter for repairs on the 7th September 1941


and was ready for collection by the 16th May, 1942. She was then flown to 33 Maintenance Unit, Lyneham on 3rd June 1942. On the 21st September that year, P8088 was issued to 61 Operational Training Unit, Rednal and on 19th May 1943 she sadly suffered Category B damage (Beyond repair on site, i.e. repairable at a Maintenance Unit or at a contractor’s works) when Pilot Officer J.H. Gielstrup (Danish) stalled when landing after the engine failed, collapsing the


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