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    Hope Fades in Burma Search for Buried Spitfires
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    David Cundall, a British aviation enthusiast who has led the search for dozens of Spitfires believed to be buried in Burma, addresses the media in Rangoon on Jan. 9, 2013.

    (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy)

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    Spitfires in Burma 'could be found'


    British and Burmese authorities could work together to find 20 Spitfires buried in Burma at the end of the World War II, officials say.

    The case of the missing planes was raised when PM David Cameron met Burmese President Thein Sein.

    A Downing Street source said it was "hoped this will be an opportunity to work with the reforming Burmese government".

    The exact location of the planes is unknown.

    The planes were buried in 1945 by the RAF amid fears that they could either be used or destroyed by Japanese forces, but in the intervening years they have not been located.

    Downing Street

    At the time they were unused, still in crates, and yet to be assembled.

    Until a general election in 2010, Burma was ruled for almost half a century by a military junta.

    It has been reported that experts from Leeds University and an academic based in Rangoon believe they may have identified the sites where the craft are concealed using sophisticated radar techniques.

    On Friday, officials said President Thein Sein was "very enthusiastic" about the prospect of finding and restoring the planes.

    A Downing Street source said: "The Spitfire is arguably the most important plane in the history of aviation, playing a crucial role in the Second World War.

    "It is hoped this will be an opportunity to work with the reforming Burmese government, uncover, restore and display these fighter planes and get them gracing the skies of Britain once again."

    BBC News - Spitfires in Burma 'could be found'


    • #3
      Sad. Would have been nice to see a eventual flypast of a few squadrons. Mind you not sure what condition they would have been in after so long in the mud and water.


      • #4
        Strange that nobody thought of retrieving the planes until now. You would think such a substantial quantity of military hardware would be retrieved once the fighting was over. Fantastic if any search turns up trumps though.


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