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    20 Spitfires Found Buried In Burma?

    Link: Lost Spitfires Found Burma (Photo) Spitfires Found Burma | News 24 by 7

    ...British statesman Earl Mountbatten ordered the RAF to bury them in the summer of 1945 amid fears that they could be either used or destroyed by Japanese forces.

    Within weeks, the atom bomb was dropped to end the conflict, and the brand new planes - which were in crates and yet to be assembled - were seemingly forgotten...

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    Wow! Is it wrong that I'm really excited about that! Brand new, dissassembled Spitfires in boxes - I wonder what condition they are in - surely having been buried in original factory packaging they must have been reasonably protected from the more serious ravages of time?

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    Really exciting story, and in a strange way shows the gravity of the conflict at the time. Imagine 20 typhoons being buried today @£80M each

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    Thats fantastic nothing better than the roar of a spitfire on a flyby.

    Wonder how long till there on ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    Wow! Is it wrong that I'm really excited about that! Brand new, dissassembled Spitfires in boxes - I wonder what condition they are in - surely having been buried in original factory packaging they must have been reasonably protected from the more serious ravages of time?
    Not at all. I know one 91 year old man who was particularly excited by this news, having himself been a spitfire pilot in the region at that time - my friends' father.
    Harry flies back from combat zone | Rochdale Observer - menmedia.co.uk

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    Fantastic story really great, I've been following this since, the kind of thing that couldn't be written better. My grandad built Spitfires (well, parts for them) during WW the second, I wonder if these get found they have his parts in?!

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    I never understood why they went all the way to Burma, when there are Spitfires buried in Birmingham. If not complete aeroplanes, then perhaps enough spare parts were buried to build one.

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    All because of an overheard conversation.

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