Nothing Found In Burma’s Expedition For Spitfires

Burma's Expedition For Lost Spitfires

The expedition to Burma to attempt to find some British Spitfires that were supposedly buried at the end of World War 2 has ended with not a single Spitfire being found.

A £1 MILLION ($1.5 million) expedition to find Spitfires allegedly buried in Burma at the end of World War II has ended in embarrassment, disappointment and recrimination.

A British team of archaeologists and documentary makers, sponsored by the computer company Wargaming, set off for Burma in the new year.

The team hoped to recover Spitfires at Mingaladon, a Royal Air Force airfield that now serves as the airport for the former Burmese capital Rangoon.

It was using information supplied by David Cundall, a Lincolnshire farmer and aviation enthusiast who has spent 15 years searching for as many as 120 Spitfires he believes are buried in Burma.

The team was preparing to pack up Friday, with the sponsors claiming no Spitfires were buried at Mingaladon and hinting at frustration with Mr Cundall, who was helping to supervise the dig. The farmer refused to comment on the failure of an expedition that has attracted publicity around the world.

His friends accused Wargaming of being more interested in publicity than aviation archaeology.

”It was our dream, David’s dream, everyone’s dream,” said Frazer Nash, a spokesman for Wargaming. ”But we haven’t been able to find anything. David is tired and frustrated. He’s called the tune and we have followed.”

After investing £1 million, all the computer company had to show was a metal plate from the wartime runway. The excavation was said to have been hampered by the dig team hitting power cables feeding the airport. Read More

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