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Excavators head to Myanmar to find WWII Spitfires
David Cundell, left, project leader with Andy Brockman project archaeologist of the attempt to dig up and recover a number of British World War II Spitfire Mark XIV fighter planes, buried in Myanmar at the end of the WWII, as they speak to members of the media during a briefing on how they intend to discover the aircraft, at a hotel near London's Heathrow Airport, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. The iconic Battle of Britain Spitfires according to records were crated, stored and then buried rather than ship them back to Britain, at various locations around Myanmar as British forces left the country following the defeat of Japan at the end of WWII. The group leave to Myanmar Saturday Jan 5. AP Photo/Alastair Grant.
LONDON (AP).- An airplane-obsessed farmer, a freelance archaeologist, and a team of excavators are heading from Britain to the Myanmar city of Yangon on Saturday to find a nearly forgotten stash of British fighter planes thought to be carefully buried beneath the former capital's airfield.

The venture, backed with a million-dollar guarantee from a Belarusian videogame company, could uncover dozens of Spitfire aircraft locked underground by American engineers at the end of World War II.

"We could easily double the number of Spitfires that are still known to exist," said 63-year-old David Cundall, the farmer and private pilot who has spent nearly two decades pursuing the theory that 36 of the famous fighter planes were buried, still in excellent condition, in wooden crates in a riverbed at the end of an airport runway.

"In the Spitfire world it will be similar to finding Tutankhamen's tomb," he told reporters at a media conference held in a London airport hotel Friday.

Not everyone is as convinced. Even at the conference, freelance archaeologist Andy Brockman acknowledged that it was "entirely possible" that all the team would find was a mass of corroded metal — if it found anything at all.

But Cundall said eyewitness testimony — from British and American veterans as well as elderly local residents of Myanmar — coupled with survey data, aerial pictures, and ground radar soundings left him in no doubt that the planes were down there.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.





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