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Buried Spitfires in Australia

Article about: by china clipper Very cool story! Does anyone remember the cluster of P-51s the Aussies left out in the open for atomic bomb testing? Mint Mustangs basically. Surplus in that era, worth litt

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    Very cool story! Does anyone remember the cluster of P-51s the Aussies left out in the open for atomic bomb testing? Mint Mustangs basically. Surplus in that era, worth little as jets were the new age. Well a good number of them were recovered and restored. The arid climate left them with no damage other than minor vandalism before they were hauled off.

    I remember a Fly Past magazine article about the P51s.

    With new B17s being smelted back to ingots of aluminum, and fields of fighters crushed throughout Europe and Pacific, what value to you think anyone really put on some crated Spitfires back then?

    This would be a great adventure and an even greater find!
    HiClipper i knew Tony Schwartz the Bloke who bought them out and have had the pleasure of sitting in one of them,there was a small Doco made on this as well

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    Cant wait to see this documentary

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    Has this documentary been released to dvd yet?
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Hello, some infos?

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    It's easy to be romantic about it, but just like the wilds of Russia, there are places here that are rarely travelled where things can hide. I've been told stories of things that were found by some of the 'pioneering' road crews here in the 50's.

    My own uncle served in the SAS and after he left, devoted time to looking for evidence of possible Japanese presence on the WA coast (the area in question happens to be our traditional family country). Stories had been told by some of the full-bloods who were still living a traditional life at the time, and had observed Japanese. He did find things, but difficult to get conclusive evidence. Definietly no secret hidden airbases or sub-pens! Still tickles the imagination though.

    That country really is trackless. Anything could be out there

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    Strongly recommend getting hold of a book called 'The Searchers' about Keith Rundle, who lead missing RAAF crew recovery efforts in Aus and PNG after the war. Very interesting read.


    ---edit: Just realised the date of the OP

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