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April 18th, 2012   #1
KevinTheCynic
 
 

Spitfires buried in Burma in WW2 recovered info


One of the blokes I worked with mentioned he'd heard something about this so I did a google search and found a newspaper article listed here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...ned-to-UK.html

Basically, David Cundall of North Lincs, has spent the last 15 years trying to find the location of a group of Spitfires that were preserved, crated and then buried towards the end WW2 when they were "surplus to requirements". He found them at a former RAF base and apparently the crates are being returned to the UK after the improvement in the government relationship between Burma and the UK.

I for one would love to be there when they open the first crates!


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April 18th, 2012   #2
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by KevinTheCynic
One of the blokes I worked with mentioned he'd heard something about this so I did a google search and found a newspaper article listed here
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...ned-to-UK.html

Basically, David Cundall of North Lincs, has spent the last 15 years trying to find the location of a group of Spitfires that were preserved, crated and then buried towards the end WW2 when they were "surplus to requirements". He found them at a former RAF base and apparently the crates are being returned to the UK after the improvement in the government relationship between Burma and the UK.

I for one would love to be there when they open the first crates!
ME TOO!!! And there's 20 of them!!!

I wonder what marks they are, purely out of interest. After the war dozens (if not hundreds) of perfectly serviceable Merlin's were broken up for scrap, nowadays they are getting as rare as hens teeth.

I also heard but I cannot get confirmation that a number of brand new Lancaster's were crated up and buried somewhere in UK.

There's an Aussie bloke who scours the world for crashed aircraft for his customers and brings them back to airworthy condition in his factory. The last one I saw on TV was a pranged P38 he finally found in the bush in middle of nowhere. Clever bloke.

If you check http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/de...-in-Burma.html, the farmer David Cundall is holding exactly the same picture I have of a Spitfire. My missus bought it for me one Christmas years ago.


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Last edited by BritinAfrica; April 18th, 2012 at 07:21..
 
April 22nd, 2012   #3
Yossarian
 
 
I'd be pushing shoving and tripping everybody else in the room for a chance to take a peek at one of these! Crowbar in hand! Let's get these crates opened as soon as possible.

Oh the good state of preservation they may be in... I can only imagine.

Luckily for the Royal Airforce I am not there, being as if I were only 19 Spitfires would be returning from their "extended" tour.

And lastily I could not imagine something like this happening today. Especially in the USAF, imagine burying 4 F 16 Block 60s because they "exceed unit requirements".

The budgeting committee would have a fiasco plastering CSPAN for weeks.



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April 23rd, 2012   #4
KevinTheCynic
 
 
Oh yeah, I'd also like to be one of the people opening the crates and I can totally understand the idea of only 19 of the 20 returning to the UK!
 
April 23rd, 2012   #5
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Oh yeah, I'd also like to be one of the people opening the crates and I can totally understand the idea of only 19 of the 20 returning to the UK!
I'd dread to think of the fuel consumption of that Merlin, especially at full bore. Mind you one would look nice parked beside the gates to my property, I'd fire it up when I'd saved up some money and drool over that amazing Merlin sound.
 
April 23rd, 2012   #6
KevinTheCynic
 
 
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I'd dread to think of the fuel consumption of that Merlin, especially at full bore. Mind you one would look nice parked beside the gates to my property, I'd fire it up when I'd saved up some money and drool over that amazing Merlin sound.
Oh hell yes! There's just something about the sound of certain engines - doesn't hurt that the Spit is a damned fine looking aeroplane either
 
April 23rd, 2012   #7
42RM
 
From what I've heard, these are Spitfire Mark XIVís, and outfitted with Rolls Royce Griffon engines.
 
April 23rd, 2012   #8
BritinAfrica
 
 
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From what I've heard, these are Spitfire Mark XIV’s, and outfitted with Rolls Royce Griffon engines.
There was a problem with the Griffon engines with the SAAF Shackleton's, they kept blowing their spark plugs out of the cylinder heads for some reason. Although I never heard of this problem with the RAF Shacks.

Even so I'd love to see and hear all 20 fired up.
 
April 23rd, 2012   #9
Yossarian
 
 
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From what I've heard, these are Spitfire Mark XIVís, and outfitted with Rolls Royce Griffon engines.

Oh the mechanical grandfather of the BR 725, what a lineage that must be.

For historical purposes I would catch and put on display every blown spark plug.
 
April 23rd, 2012   #10
BritinAfrica
 
 
At RAF Wattisham in 1970 we had a Spitfire with Griffon engine, contra rotating props and clipped wings as gate guardian. Beautiful aircraft.
 



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