Buried spitfires to be excavated

An operation to excavate dozens of British Spitfires buried in Burma during the Second World War is set to begin next year.

It marks the climax of a 16-year search for the lost aircraft by Lincolnshire farmer and aircraft enthusiast David Cundall.

Handout dated 2004 of the results of an electromagnetic survey at the site in Burma, led by Dr Roger Clark and Dr Adam Booth in 2004.
Handout dated 2004 of the results of an electromagnetic survey at the site in Burma, led by Dr Roger Clark and Dr Adam Booth in 2004. Credit: Dr Roger Clark and Dr Adam Booth/PA Wire

Mr Cundall, 63, has poured tens of thousands of pounds into the venture - he says he stopped counting when the cost hit £130,000 - and hopes the recovered aircraft can be restored and eventually returned to flight.

He believes Lord Louis Mountbatten ordered the burial of 36 Spitfires in 1945 at the Mingaladon airfield, a major British base in Burma, as the Second World War was drawing to a close.

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No buried Spitfires found

An operation to excavate dozens of British Spitfires thought to have been buried in Burma during the Second World War has ended in disappointment.