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Buried Spitfires to be returned to the UK

Article about: by Stickgrenade Here is said scramble ! A sight to behold!! Spitfire Scramble at Duxford - YouTube Nick That's what I want to come to the UK to see!

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    Quote by Stickgrenade View Post
    Here is said scramble ! A sight to behold!!
    Spitfire Scramble at Duxford - YouTube

    Nick
    That's what I want to come to the UK to see!

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    Thanks for sharing Danny, I remember reading about Churchill diverting some Spits that were sent to defend Darwin,much to the annoyance of its pilots that sat around for days waiting for a new batch to be delivered from the UK .Could be the same ones?

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    Thanks for sharing Danny, I remember reading about Churchill diverting some Spits that were sent to defend Darwin,much to the annoyance of its pilots that sat around for days waiting for a new batch to be delivered from the UK .Could be the same ones?
    Now known as Myanmar, a total of 53 Spitfires were exported to Burma. Three Spitfire F.XVIIIe from Air Command South East Asia (ACSEA) arrived in Burma during April 1948 for strafing actions against the Communist North.
    In 1951 the Burmese Government ordered 20 de-navalised, reconditioned Seafire F.XV's from Vickers Armstrong They were extensively modified and given a very similar appearance to the Spitfire XII and delivered by ship to Burma towards the end of 1952.
    Burma also purchased 30 Spitfire LF.IXs with Merlin 66 engine from Israel with delivery in 1954/1955. A number of these aircraft encountered problems with the Israeli ferry pilots finding themselves in difficulties resulting in forced landings.
    Eventually 29 Spitfire LF.IX arrived in Burma (some being replacements for those that crash landed) but the Union of Burma Air Force had a high accident rate and the maximum strength was never more than 23 Mk IX.
    In summary, Burma purchased 53 aircraft from 1948 to 1954:
    30 Spitfire LF.IXc/e
    20 Seafire F.XVc(e)
    3 Spitfire F.XVIIIe

    This is the total contingent of Spitfires delivered to Burma. The information above is in my files, but I can't remember where I found it, so apologies to the original author!

    BTW, the clever money is on them being a group of F.XVc's, but this is only an assumption.

    I wonder what condition they will be in when (or if!) they do find them...

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    these craft were diverted from the main task force sent to defend Darwin around 1942.I'll try and track down the book from which this info came from. However the article clearly states that they were delivered ' during the war '

    heres the book
    Tally Ho!: From the Battle of Britain to the Defence of Darwin: Amazon.co.uk: R.W. Foster, Norman L.R. Franks: Books

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    Great story. I really enjoyed reading it.

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    Great to see that a contract has now been signed with David Cundall's company for the recovery of these.

    http://news.uk.msn.com/world/lost-sp...o-be-recovered
    Last edited by aemt; 10-17-2012 at 07:41 PM.

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    Great progress, I can wait to see these girls out of their crates !!

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    "" It took 16 years for Mr Cundall to locate the planes buried in crates. We estimate that there are at least 60 Spitfires buried and they are in good condition "" Hohohoho Wonderful reading.
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    Thought I might just copy and paste the above MSN article for the sake of the thread when the link eventually goes down.

    'Burma has signed a deal with a British aviation enthusiast to allow the excavation of dozens of vintage Spitfire fighter planes that have been buried since the Second World War.

    The British Embassy said that the agreement was reached after discussions between president Thein Sein and David Cameron during his visit to Burma earlier this year.

    Aviation enthusiast David Cundall discovered the locations of the planes after years of searching. The planes are believed to be in good condition, since they were reportedly packed in crates and hidden by British forces to keep them out of the hands of invading Japanese.

    Excavating is due to begin by the end of the month. Htoo Htoo, managing director of Mr Cundall's Burma partner company said: "It took 16 years for Mr Cundall to locate the planes buried in crates. We estimate that there are at least 60 Spitfires buried and they are in good condition.

    "This will be the largest number of Spitfires in the world," he said. "We want to let people see those historic fighters, and the excavation of these fighter planes will further strengthen relations."

    The British Embassy described the agreement as a chance to work with Burma's new reformist government "in uncovering, restoring, displaying these fighter planes."

    "We hope that many of them will be gracing the skies of Britain and as discussed, some will be displayed here in Burma," said an embassy spokesman.

    Burma has since last the past year turned away from many of the repressive policies of the previous military government and patched up relations with Western nations that had previously shunned it.

    Mr Cundall's quest to find the planes involved 12 trips to Burma and more than 130,000 pounds.'

    What I find interesting is that beneath the photograph in the article reads the caption 'Dozens of Second World War Spitfires are to be recovered from underground storage in Burma'. Underground storage suggests a completely different environment to 'buried' in regards to their condition I would imagine.

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    Quote by TrondK View Post
    "" It took 16 years for Mr Cundall to locate the planes buried in crates. We estimate that there are at least 60 Spitfires buried and they are in good condition "" Hohohoho Wonderful reading.
    At least 60??

    It's looking like instead of 2,000000+ each you'll soon be able to pick one up for the price of a new Range Rover....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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