Hunt for iconic British Spitfires buried in Burma after WWII called off

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 08:50 hrs

Archaeologists have called off the hunt for Spitfires that were buried in Burma after World War II.

Earlier it was thought that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried by the RAF at the end of the war, but they have now concluded it was a myth.

A dig at the international airport near the city of Rangoon, which used to be RAF Mingaladon, has drawn a blank, the BBC reports.

The project was financed by Wargaming Ltd, who said they believe the story about Spitfires being delivered in crates and then buried was not true.

Tracy Spaight, Wargaming's director of special projects, said that 'no-one would have been more delighted than their team had they found Spitfires, adding that they knew about the risk going in, as the team had spent many weeks in the archives and had not found any evidence to support the claim of buried Spitfires.

According to the report, Wargaming Ltd said they now believe no Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried at RAF Mingaladon during 1945 and 1946.

The company said that archival records showed that the RAF unit that handled shipments through Rangoon docks only received 37 aircraft in total from three transport ships between 1945 and 1946, the report said.

It said that most of the Spitfires that were in Burma at the time appear to have been re-exported in 1946, it added. (ANI)

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