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Spitfire recovered 73 years after it crashed

Spitfire recovered 73 years after it crashed Credit: ITV News

A Spitfire which crashed near Cheddar Gorge in the second world war has been recovered.

Archaeologists excavated parts of the plane, which crash-landed and became covered by marshland.

It crashed near Draycott in 1943. The young pilot, William Johnston was back flying another Spitfire the next day.

The young pilot was William Johnston Credit: ITV News
The young pilot was William Johnston Credit: ITV News

The Spitfire was commissioned just after the Battle of Britain, which was 75 years ago this week.

William Johnston's son Richard was at the excavation: