Buried Spitfires

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Unread post17 Oct 2012, 18:26

News of buried Spitfires in Myanmar...

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http://news.yahoo.com/spitfire-fighter- ... 12867.html
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Unread post18 Oct 2012, 10:29

Wow. That is an amazing story, John. I hope someone is going to film the whole project, it would make a good documentary.
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Unread post18 Oct 2012, 12:35

I wonder how likely they'll be in "good condition" as reported in the article? I have my doubts.
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Unread post18 Oct 2012, 23:58

Agreed. Probably wooden crates, buried 70 years in tropical, moist soil, lots of wood-eating bugs, rot, etc.
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Unread post19 Oct 2012, 04:12

Although these aren't buried in mud, they seemed to be buried on the web. While watching Ken Burns' doc "The War" on Netflix and thought I caught a glimpse of a crashed Spitfire with USAAF markings. Did some digging and found some examples:

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(photo by Dean Heald via jetphotos.net)

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/569758-4/wz_w

Not sure if these units were associated with the Eagle squadrons from earlier in the War. I knew the RAF did photo recon with Spits but had no idea the USAAF did too. Or used 'em for any other role for that matter. 8)

(no other photographer attribution available...)
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Unread post19 Oct 2012, 04:31

I remember my dad (God rest his soul) reading to me about the Eagle squadrons and their Spitfires (I was 7 or 8 years old at the time). If memory serves, those guys were really pissed when they got switched to the Jug.
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