Archeologists' team set to unearth British Spitfires 'buried in Burma during WWII'

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 11:20 hrs

An archeological team is heading towards Burma to unearth dozens of British Spitfires said to have been buried there at the end of the World War II.

The 21-strong excavation team will include a 90-year-old war veteran who claims to have witnessed the burial of the Spitfires after the war ended.

According to the Daily Mail, over one hundred unused and unassembled aircrafts were supposedly buried in the Burmese jungle by the RAF in 1945.

Some 36 planes are thought to be lying undiscovered in Mingaladon, one of three potential sites in the country, with as many 124 Spitfires buried in total, the paper said.

The planes are believed to be buried some 25 to 30 feet below the ground.

British war veteran Stanley Coombe, from Eastbourne, believes they may have been protected from erosion due to a lack of oxygen underground.

According to the paper, online gaming site is providing financial support for the hunt, which is hoped will unearth the first Spitfire in about two weeks. (ANI)

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