Search for the lost in time SPIT FIRE’S in BURMA
RANGOON: A search team led by a British aviation enthusiast has arrived in Burma to begin a dig they hope will unearth dozens of rare British fighter planes said to have been buried there at the end of World War II.
The 21-member team led by farmer and businessman David Cundall will start excavations soon near the airport in Rangoon.
Mr Cundall said the aircraft were buried in wooden crates about nine metres under the ground and the project would take four to six weeks.
”We are expecting them to be in first-class condition,” he said, shortly after arriving at Rangoon’s international airport.
The Spitfire is Britain’s most famous combat aircraft. Its reputation was cemented during the Battle of Britain, when the fast-moving single-seater helped beat back waves of German bombers. Britain built about 20,000 Spitfires, although the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II meant propeller-driven planes quickly became obsolete.
The planes believed to be in Burma were buried by American engineers as the war ended.