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.
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.
I have been a life long fanatic for aviation and space related subjects since my parents took me out to a airshow when I was four or five years old.
Solo in a Cessna 150/152 in college, but never was able to get my Private Pilot's license. Love to fly whenever I get a chance to. Until recently, I was into radio control model airplanes. Had to sell them off due to current fincial times.
As for UFOS, I have seen them since the 7th grade. But I haven't witness any more since I turned 30 something - or paid attention enough to see them I should say.
After the Death of Barney Hill, Betty was returning home one night from visiting his grave and she looked up into the night time sky to see a light getting bigger and bigger.
For more details, please read the excellant book CAPTURED! by Stanton T. Friedman, MSc., and Kathleen Marden. This particular encounter one must read directly.
As for the drawing itself, it is done in pencil in a regualr size 8 x 11 size sketchbook. I have been meeaning to post this for months now and finally got around to scanning it and uploading it to the blog on May 29, 2009.