Burmese Spitfires

The mystery of the Myanmar Spitfires

A British amateur archaeologist

claims to have made a spectacular discovery, it seems as if more than 100 “Spitfire” aircraft fromWW2 are buried in Burma, packed in huge crates and “almost perfect” conditions.

After the Japanese surrendered and fighting stopped again a massive operation took place at the Rangoon airport. Beside the runway American soldiers have dug a huge hole, ten feet deep and about 100 by 180 meters. Burmese did the rough job, they use teak beams to stabilize the walls and protected the crater from ground water. Into there the US soldiers bury huge boxes, about ten feet long, and rather narrow.

They came from England and the gaps were insulated with tar. After they carefully closed the whole with red brown soil and the idea someone will come back to dig the boxes out again, yes and that happen now in 2013 because the people simply forgot the treasures after WW2.

It was David Cundall, 63, a amateur pilot and airplane fans

from England found the trek to the planes after he came across old military documents and at least eight witnesses, Americans, British and Burmese.

Geophysical measurements used by scientists at the University of Leeds have found evidence that metal is buried there. In a test drill they wooden boxes with two-inch thick walls, whose contents he was unable to determine, however.
It seems that there is no doubt that along a decommissioned runway a treasure is hidden in form of dozens Spitfire Aircrafts in near perfect condition since because of this storage they have not rust and other could be.

A real treasure, since 1938,

more than 20,000 of these legendary war aircrafts were built. Only 35 of them are still airworthy, each of which is worth more than over a million Euro. Mr. Cundall signed a contract with the new government in Naypyidaw, to recover them. He believes that the machines require some restoration and could be sold to collector and enthusiasts for air shows etc.

He has some experience in the business since for 35 years he did the detection of crashed warplanes as a hobby.
In the UK the “Spitfire” is a kind of national creation myth. Without it the British couldn’t have won the Battle of Britain
Skeptics say “nobody really knows what is there” and they are actually right. There is a simple question, why should American troops buried immediately after the war new British aircraft? If they wanted to make sure that this did not get into the wrong hands, they would have the better fighter but burned, leveled, or dumped at sea.

“What an adventure of Indiana Jones”?

The answer is obvious. The machines were never meant to be scrapped. You should find more use and bridge until then a little time. Maybe they were a discrete boost to comrades in arms. The highly successful computer game company “wargaming”, Victor Kislyi a native of Belarus and CEO invested about a million dollars into the project. It’s somehow an adventure like Indiana Jones.

Spitfire Production in Southampton

Production in Southampton

Spitfires on an aircraft carrier
Spitfires on an aircraft carrier
recovery team
Aircraft recovery team, Mr. David Cundall, Dr. Roger Clark and Dr. Adam Booth