Are there really Spitfires buried in Myanmar?

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It’s been a month since the fanfare of the search for buried Spitfire planes in Myanmar was launched, but little has been reported of anything actually found. This piece in the Myanmar Times talks about how the ‘legend’ of buried Spitfires may have been exaggerated and that the evidence to suggest the existence of the planes is quite flimsy.

Myanmar’s phantom Spitfires: how a legend was born
The Myanmar Times, 04 February 2013
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The hunt for Spitfires in Myanmar

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Earlier this month a group of researchers from the UK went to Myanmar to look for buried Spitfire planes from World War II. Here’s a list of news links related to the story – the latest development is that the crew have found some waterlogged crates that may contain the planes, but excavations are hampered because they are lying beneath electric cables.

The Project Spitfire Blog

Myanmar Spitfire hunter still optimistic
Bangkok Post, 18 January 2013

Myanmar Spitfire hunters say search has hit snag [Link no longer active]
Salon.com, via AP, 18 January 2013

Burmese Spitfire Hunt Leads to Water-filled Crate
The Irrawady, 10 January 2013

David Cundall leads Burma archaeology team in search for buried World War II spitfires
Culture 24, 09 January 2013

Crate find lifts hopes of Spitfire hunters
Bangkok Post, 09 January 2013

Dig for Spitfires begins [Link no longer active]
TRWeekly, via AFP, 08 January 2013

British team in Burma begin lost Spitfire hunt
BBC News, 07 January 2013

British Spitfire Search Team Arrives in Burma
The Irrawady, via AP, 06 January 2013

British team flies to Myanmar for buried Spitfire planes
Channel NewsAsia, via AFP, 05 January 2013

WWII Spitfires digging team leaves for Burma
BBC News, 05 January 2013

Spitfires hunted in Myanmar
Bangkok Post, 05 January 2013

Mission heads to Burma to unearth hidden Spitfires
The Guardian, 04 January 2013

Spitfire Planes Buried In Burmese Jungle At End Of Second World War To Be Located By British Team
Huffington Post UK, 04 January 2013

Briton heads for Burma to start dig for Spitfires
Evening Standard, 04 January 2013

Buried Spitfires to be excavated next month

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Researchers from the UK believe they have found the Spitfires planes from World War II buried near the Yangon airport and are ready to excavate them next month, after a lengthy process of investigation and negotiation.

Investigators David Cundall, Dr Roger Clark and Dr Adam Booth at the Imperial War Museum. The Irrawady 20121211

Investigators David Cundall, Dr Roger Clark and Dr Adam Booth at the Imperial War Museum. The Irrawady 20121211

Quest for Hidden Spitfires Nears Completion
The Irrawady, 11 December 2012
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Hunt for buried airplanes in Myanmar

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A team from the UK is seeking to uncover some 30 Spitfire planes that are thought to be buried in Myanmar at the end of World War II. Excavations begin in January.

UK dig team hunts for WWII Spitfires in Myanmar
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 28 November 2012

British farmer hunts buried Spitfires in Myanmar [Link no longer active]
Reuters, via The Malaysian Insider, 02 December 2012
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