Search for buried British Spitfires

An online gaming company is to fund the search for British Second World War Spitfires believed to have been buried in Burma at the end of the war

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Money pledge could help aircraft enthusiast realise dream

British aircraft enthusiast David Cundall's search for the missing Second World War Spitfires was prompted by overhearing a chance conversation, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

Mr Cundall heard of a chance remark by American veterans, who said: “We have done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires.’”

Wargaming's funding pledge allowed Mr Cundall to sign a deal with the Burmese government earlier this month, giving him permission to excavate the fighters.

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Gaming company's $1m pledge to find lost Spitfires

Victor Kislyi and his company Wargaming.net have offered to pay up to $1 million (£621,400) to help British man David Cundall search for dozens of Mark XIV Spitfires buried in Burma at the end of the Second World War, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

It is believed the Spitfires were buried in their tarred transport crates after being waxed with an oily grease to protect them from decay. It has raised the possibility that if the Spitfires could be found, they could perhaps be flown.

Gaming company to fund search for lost Spitfires

An online gaming company is to fund the search for British Second World War Spitfires believed to have been buried in Burma.

Spitfires fly past at the Battle of Britain 65th Anniversary Air Show, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire in 2005. Credit: Press Association

Wargaming.net, the creator of the award-winning games World of Tanks, which prides itself on historical accuracy, has announced they are fully underwriting aircraft enthusiast David Cundalls efforts to recover the British Spitfires reportedly buried in Burma at the end of the Second World War.

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