Spitfire hunt is called off

David Cundall
David Cundall

An archaeological dig to unearth Spitfire planes in Burma headed by an Isle of Axholme farmer has been called off.

The sponsor team hunting for more than 100 World War II Spitfires said to have been buried in Burma has abandoned the search, saying stories of the stashed planes are merely “legend”.

Archaeologists hunting for the World War II fighters have reportedly said there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging.

The search was for unused unassembled aircraft which they believed were packed into crates and buried by the RAF in 1945.

They have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war..

Wargaming.net, the firm financing the dig, said the team “now believes, based on clear documentary evidence, as well as the evidence from the fieldwork, that no Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried at RAF Mingaladon during 1945 and 1946”.

Farmer and aviation enthusiast David Cundall, who spearheaded the dig, having spent 17 years and thousands of pounds researching the project, was unavailable for comment.