Spitfire stash is no legend, claims Sandtoft farmer

David Cundall
David Cundall

AN archaeological dig to unearth Spitfire planes in Burma, headed by an Isle farmer, will continue despite claims that the task is fruitless.

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’.

But at a press conference in Rangoon, Isle of Axholme farmer and aviation enthusiast David Cundall, who spearheaded the dig, denounced the claims,

He will carry on and expects to have ‘good news’ in two or three weeks, when his team will have radar images he thinks will show the shape of Spitfires.

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 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”.

Mr Cundall, of Sandtoft, has spent 17 years and thousands of pounds researching the project.

He said the decision by Wargaming.net to pull out is not a major setback and he will see it through.