British Archaeologists Prepare To Depart For Myanmar To Search For Lost World War Two Spitfire Aircraft

Category: World / Jan 04, 2013 3:40PM EDT
Members of a British team were on Friday (January 4) getting ready to fly to Myanmar to search for MK14 Spitfires believed to have been buried at the end of the Second World War. Specialist conflict archaeologists think up to 20 of the famous planes were interred in 1945. "It is probably one of the most unusual and intriguing projects I've ever been involved with. It's a fascinating mystery, it's one of the great mysteries of World War Two as to where the story of buried aeroplanes came from. It's been current since virtually the time it's supposed to have happened," said lead archaeologist on the project Andy Brockman. British farmer and Spitfire enthusiast David Cundall has dedicated the past 15 years to locating the Spitfires. "I believe that the eight eyewitnesses I've found are telling the truth, I believe in the survey that the University of Leeds have carried out, and they're accurate. It's just a matter of time now and digging and finding what's in the box," he said. Cundall said he hoped this would be his Tutankhamun moment. "Well, there's only about 35 flying Spitfires in the world or so, and to find another 36th would be a major find. I'd like to put it on the same level as Tutankhamun. When Lord Carnarvon asked Howard Carter 'Can you see anything through the hole?' And he said: 'Yes, wonderful things.' And I shall be saying the same thing." The Spitfires - which were never actually used in conflict - were flown to the Far East to support the Burma campaign towards the end of the war. The specialist excavation team believe the planes are buried near Yangon international airport.