Burma Spitfire excavation project 'biggest of my life'

Speaking before the announcement to evacuate dozens of British Spitfires buried during the Second World War today, Lincolnshire farmer and aircraft enthusiast David Cundall said:

It is the biggest project I have ever taken on in my life. I did not realise it would take 16 years or quite a large amount of personal money. But I do not regret it.

I have always admired the Spitfire. It has a very special place in British history, from the Battle of Britain. To find one Spitfire would be a major find, let alone 36.

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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.