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Old 28 November 2012, 16:45   #1
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Buried Spitfires in Burma

This is boys-own adventure stuff. Heard it on the radio this morning. Just think about it, they've been buried in crates since 1945. Can't wait to see the pictures when they break the crates open in January if they haven't already disintegrated...

Britons near moment of truth in quest to find buried Spitfires in Burma | World news | The Guardian

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Old 28 November 2012, 16:56   #2
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Fingers crossed. Would be awesome if they're complete, never mind if they could get them airborne again.
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Old 28 November 2012, 17:04   #3
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That's Indiana Jones stuff would be great to get them back to Blighty
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Interesting, my grandad was an RAF Engineer out there at the end of world war 2, he was telling me as the aircraft got beyond repair they dug big holes and pushed them in!
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would be interesting to see if the Airfield owners blag ownership ? how will that work. each unit valued at 2 million approx as barn find...!
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Old 28 November 2012, 17:35   #6
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If a Spitfire Browning machine gun can be rebuilt and fired after being buried for 70 years in an Irish bog - who knows

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Old 28 November 2012, 18:27   #7
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Another interesting recovery was the squadron of ww2 Lightning planes that were encased in ice ,
brand new & flying from the USA to Europe when they ran into bad weather & got lost out of fuel they just about all landed on the frozen waste in one piece ,
the pilots were picked up a day or so later with the planes then just being left & abandoned for 60 years or so , think they recovered 1 & had it back flying about 10 years ago .

On the otherside of the coin, ,,,

Me old man said he was once stationed during the winter on some bleak freezing airfield near the end of the war , coal for the one fire in the living hut was rationed to just a bucket a day ,
around the back were 2 redundant Mosquito bombers parked up ,
He said most of the blokes had just arrived back from the middle east and were not used to sub zero temperature,,,,, couple of days later it wasent long before the saw came out,
As just about the whole of the mosquito was made from plywood initially it was supposed to be just a piece of the rudder but after they left about a fortnight later the whole tail section had mysteriously disappeared .
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Saw a Feature on it Last night..Unreal Story, the Chap has been after them for 30+ years and has 5 eye witness accounts of seeing them burried in..IN I should imagine they are dismantled.
Shame it took an Eastern European Buisnessman to Finance it....although they reckoned that Cameron facilitated the opperation on his recent visit.
Fingers Crossed eh guys!!
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