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Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires To Be Unearthed in Burma
TimeNewsFeed ^ | 17 Apr 2012 | SONIA VAN GILDER COOKE

Posted on 04/17/2012 9:15:55 PM PDT by Sarajevo

It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones film, if you take away the religious overtones and ophidiophobic adventurer. After 15 years, a British farmer’s quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes lost in Burma during World War II has finally paid off.

Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, 62, has spent £130,000, traveled to Burma a dozen times and negotiated with the cagey Burmese government, all in the hopes of finding a stash of iconic British Spitfires buried somewhere in the Southeast Asian country.

Cundall started his search after his friend heard from a group of U.S. veterans that they had stashed Spitfires in the region. “We’ve done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires,” the veterans said.

His interest piqued, Cundall began placing ads in magazines to try to find soldiers who may have been involved.

After a decade and a half of searching, he finally managed to locate the missing airplanes, which had never been flown and were indeed buried while still in their transport crates. “We sent a borehole down and used a camera to look at the crates. They seemed to be in good condition,” Cundall told the Telegraph.

The aircraft arrived at a Royal Air Force Base in Burma in August 1945. But by that point in the war, just before the bombing of Hiroshima, the fighters weren’t needed. “In 1945, Spitfires were ten a penny,” says Cundall. “It was a typical British solution: ‘Let’s bury them lads.’”

(Excerpt) Read more at newsfeed.time.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: burma; spitfire; ww2
Darn! I never find the good stuff!

Read more at the link

1 posted on 04/17/2012 9:16:09 PM PDT by Sarajevo
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To: Sarajevo

These could really be one of the more spectacular finds in recent memory. I hope they film/video the unearthing...I am sure they could get some very widespread interest in such a show.


2 posted on 04/17/2012 9:25:05 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: Sarajevo

I wonder who got the dibs or rights to a film documentary. I would go see it.. “Rebirth of the Spitfires”. Probably just a TV deal, either Smithsonian or National Geographic.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 9:27:58 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Sarajevo

As a WWII buff, I’m wondering why these aircraft sites would excite the general public. After all, there were thousands of spitfires lost all over Germany and even a few in England.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 9:41:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

To get ten or twelve of them? New in the box?
That’s a big deal...

And this guy will make his money back ten-fold.


5 posted on 04/17/2012 9:58:36 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Sarajevo

An amazing story.
My Grandfather was there at the time, but he was just cooking for guys on the China road


6 posted on 04/17/2012 10:02:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: tcrlaf

WWII Spitfire MIB...


7 posted on 04/17/2012 10:03:24 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1183 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: doc1019

After all, there were thousands of spitfires lost all over Germany and even a few in England.


More than a few were lost over England.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 10:04:05 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: mylife

My Grandfather was there at the time, but he was just cooking for guys on the China road


My Dad was in CBI, too. He was on the Burma and Ledo Roads and flew over the “Hump” into China.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 10:06:57 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

There are a lot of us that had family there


10 posted on 04/17/2012 10:10:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

There are a lot of us that had family there


Yes, quite a number of Freepers had family in CBI.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 10:18:28 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus
It wasnt an easy deal

Ledo Road

12 posted on 04/17/2012 10:20:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Sarajevo

This is an awesome story. Hoping that it all comes to fruition and these planes fly again. What history!


13 posted on 04/17/2012 10:28:26 PM PDT by Jay Santos CP ("Idiocracy"... It's no longer just a movie.)
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To: mylife

Thanks, mylife.

Is your Grandfather still alive?

My Dad had many stroies from Burma, India and China and later the occupation of Japan.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 10:33:08 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Sarajevo

High water table there
.they will all be a pile of rotted mush....sad


15 posted on 04/17/2012 10:34:25 PM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: unkus

No.

he got pancreatic cancer.

He survived all that and was gone in 6 months

I fed him like a baby.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 10:43:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Sorry to hear that. You are to be commended.

My Dad was born in 1918 and would have been 94 this month.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 10:52:35 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Sarajevo

I know of an ME-109 stashed in a barn somewhere in Eastern Europe. It made a crash landing during the war and the farmer hauled it inside. The family is afraid to do anything with it.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 11:38:00 PM PDT by kik5150
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To: Sarajevo

Bump for later reading...


19 posted on 04/18/2012 12:22:49 AM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: unkus

It is what it is.


20 posted on 04/18/2012 3:45:07 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: kik5150
If the family who has that ME-109 has kept in reasonable condition, there are collectors and restorers out there who will pay $ Millions for it.

The market for genuine WWII aircraft is getting much more competitive, particularly for "enemy" types which are the rarest.

21 posted on 04/18/2012 3:55:54 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: kik5150
If the family who has that ME-109 has kept in reasonable condition, there are collectors and restorers out there who will pay $ Millions for it.

The market for genuine WWII aircraft is getting much more competitive, particularly for "enemy" types which are the rarest.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 3:56:10 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: tcrlaf
And this guy will make his money back ten-fold.

If the governments of Burma or Britain don't steal "confiscate" the planes outright or confiscate his profits via taxation. I've noticed that whenever you make money you have a partner there with his hand in your pocket, but when you're risking your time and savings to get some sort of business going, the government is only there to harass you with regulations.

And of course if you bribe the politicians enough with "campaign contributions" like the executives of soylandra did with the hypocritical thief annointed one in the white house, then you're paid off with other stolen taxpayer funds of which you're expected to donate back to the selfsame politicians.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 4:14:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

link to interesting site ping


24 posted on 04/18/2012 4:22:56 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

link to interesting site ping - post #12


25 posted on 04/18/2012 4:23:38 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Chainmail; kik5150
I'd think that an Me109 in reasonable condition would garner a lot of attention from collectors and those interested in restoring WW2 warbirds.

kik5150- any idea where in eastern Europe? ;)

26 posted on 04/18/2012 3:39:47 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: from occupied ga

Unfortunately, you are correct.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 3:41:15 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: kik5150; All
I know of an ME-109 stashed in a barn somewhere in Eastern Europe. It made a crash landing during the war and the farmer hauled it inside. The family is afraid to do anything with it.,

And before anyone here thinks they want to go off and play Indiana Jones and sneak it here and restore it, think again...

The Feds are really careful about warbirds and importing them and having them disarmed post 9/11. Their has been an instance or two where aircraft have been confiscated and fines etc were levied.

I don't blame the folks for wanting to keep it in the barn on the down-low...

28 posted on 04/18/2012 3:44:33 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Sarajevo

Soon to be posted on E-Bay as NIB. (new in box)


29 posted on 04/18/2012 4:03:36 PM PDT by blf1776 (Mrs. Palin tear down that tent!!!)
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To: taildragger

I wouldn’t think of restoring one here. There has to be a friendlier place in the world where it could be done.


30 posted on 04/18/2012 5:49:42 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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