Saturday, April 28, 2012

20 Spitfires Discovered in Burma!


David Cundall, a 62 year-old UK farmer from Scunthorpe, England loves Spitfires! Cundall spent 15 years, and 12 trips to Burma searching for the Spitfires, spending over £130,000 of his own money - and he finally succeeded in his quest.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron secured the historic deal that will see the iconic aircraft returned to Great Britain.

The aircraft, in crates, where shipped to Burma and since jet aircraft had taken over, they (the Spitfires) were abandoned in place.  They were just buried, wrapped in greased paper, and the joints tarred.

Quoting Mr. Cundall, ”Spitfires are beautiful aeroplanes and should not be rotting away in a foreign land. They saved our neck in the Battle of Britain and they should be preserved.”


He said the Spitfires, of which there are only around 35 flying left in the world, were shipped to Burma and then transported by rail to the British RAF base during the war. end quote.

Now to uncover some Me-109s.


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Ref.
1. Patches of PRide. "20 WW2 BRITISH SPITFIRES DISCOVERED IN BURMA" April 23, 2012. (http://patchesofpride.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/20-ww2-british-spitfires-discovered-in-burma/).
2. The Telegraph.  "Spitfires buried in Burma during war to be returned to UK" by Victoria Ward and Rowena Mason.  APril 14, 2012.(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9203822/Spitfires-buried-in-Burma-during-war-to-be-returned-to-UK.html). image of Spitfire by Corbis.