Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday.
Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country.David Cameron has secured an agreement that they will be returned to Britain.
But the Mark II Spitfires in the secret haul never saw action. Earl Mountbatten issued an order for them to be hidden in 1945 to prevent foreign forces from getting their hands on them as the British army demobilised. The aircraft, straight from the production line, were buried in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft to preserve them
I think they might have the variant wrong, so it will be interesting, to say the least, to see what version these really are. The Mark II was an early version of the Spitfire, used during the Battle of Britain. By 1945 there had been over 20 different variants of the Spitfire built, so it seems unlikely that the Mark II was still being built. Then again, I’m no expert so maybe they are right.
Either way, it will be exciting to see what is finally unearthed.
Update: Another article says that these are Mark 14s, not Mark IIs.
This article also indicates that the planes and crates were covered with preservatives making their preservation more likely.
One more article with more details.
15 years and 130,000 British Pounds. That’s an investment. I hope that the government at least reimburses him for his out of pocket costs.