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Wreckage of WWII Spitfire excavated

Archaeologists are working to recover a WWII Spitfire aircraft that crashed in 1940, killing the pilot. A geophysical survey of the crash site was carried out earlier this summer which located the remains of the aircraft and now the excavation has been started by Oxford Archaeology East, along with the Defence

Crashed WWII Spitfire excavated from Salisbury Plain

A Spitfire airplane shot down in 1940 is being dug up on Salisbury Plain in England. "It was on 27 October 1940 that my father was brought down by enemy aircraft near Upavon. "This was a particularly worrying time for my mother who was expecting me to be born in the March

No Spitfires buried in Burma

Back in November I posted about the search for 36 WWII Spitfires believed to be buried beneath a busy airport in Burma. Well, it turns out that they may not be buried there after all. [Thx to Chulian for the link] Mr Cundall has spent over a decade and more than

36 WWII Spitfires buried in Burma to be excavated

A British team of archaeologists are planning an excavation into Burma to dig up 36 Spitfire airplanes that were buried there during WWII. The aircraft are thought to have been shipped to RAF bases before being buried, un-assembled, in their crates. Having signed an agreement with the Myanmar government permitting him to

Buried WWII Spitfires to return to the UK

Twenty Spitfire airplanes, buried in Burma during WWII to hide them from the Japanese, are set to be dug up and returned to the UK. [Thx Chulian for posting this in my Facebook group!] He said the Spitfires, of which there are only around 35 flying left in the world, were shipped

Machine gun found on crashed plane fixed and fired

In 1941 a Spitfire crashed into a bog in Ireland. 70 years later a machine gun was recovered from the peat, fixed up, and fired for a British television show. The Irish specialists had chosen the best preserved body and added parts from all six guns, like the breech block and

WWII Spitfire pulled from Irish bog

An RAF Spitfire has been pulled from the Irish peat bog it crashed into 70 years ago. Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also discovered by archaeologists searching the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal. The British fighter plane was piloted by an American, Roland "Bud" Wolf, who parachuted

WWII Spitfire wreck found in France

A Spitfire which went down near Caen, France, five days after D-Day has been found sticking out of the mud in the Orne estuary. They could see only small parts of the legendary plane at the site, close to the D-Day landmarks of Sword Beach and Pegasus bridge. But after