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Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:20:04 PM »

Just read this article in the Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/burma/9204921/British-farmers-quest-to-find-lost-Spitfires-in-Burma.html

What a sight they would make if they take to the skies again!

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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 02:34:46 PM »

Now that would be really amazing I hope he succeeds in digging them up. :-))
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 03:00:43 PM »

Bit more to read on it.

  http://www.defencemanagement.com/news_story.asp?id=19466


  Comments are interesting.

  Regards  Ian.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 06:36:39 PM »

Lets bring them home so they can take to the skies once again
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 08:00:34 PM »

Something like this:-))

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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 11:00:05 PM »

The way things are going,
it might be a good idea to convert them to seafires for our new carrier's.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 01:30:00 AM »

Bit more to read on it.

  http://www.defencemanagement.com/news_story.asp?id=19466


  Comments are interesting.

  Regards  Ian.

I agree with the commenter who identified a lot of inconsistencies in the original story - some things aren't adding up. 

I suspect if there are Spitfires buried in Burma, they were buried to be disposed of and will likely never fly again. 
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 06:17:26 AM »

Unless they were very carefully preserved then they will probably not have survived in any state even close to being made airworthy again. The area they were buried in is well known for flooding and as you model boaters well know.... water will ingress into the tiniest hof holes.
It would be nice for them to dig them up but I don't think there is much chance of any of them ever taking to the skies again.
BUT I do like ketchup with my hat  {-)
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 04:14:45 PM »

I to would love to see them come back if possible, I even just about remember seeing them in action. However I trust there is more substance to this report than the others that I have seen over the last must be going on 50 years. The countries where they are buried changed along with the number in each report. But any even small parts found will help the restoration teams to build or rebuild a few more. Are there not nearly twice as many flying now than 10 or so years ago.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 05:50:47 PM »

The same story applied to the cache of buried tanks in Singapore in the late 1960s. No more was heard. BY.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 10:04:37 PM »

  What was that story, Bryan?
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 10:42:12 PM »

Can't recall the name of the base that found them. At that time (late 1960s) Singapore Island looked nothing like it does today.
many areas were still pur jungle.....even the area around Sembawang (the Naval Base) was only "man-made" to within a few yards of a modern road. Singapore on a map may look small, but the central part is still to this day an unknown quantity. BY.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2012, 12:07:55 AM »

Come to think of it, I've heard a story about a whole stable of Ferraris carefully wrapped in plastic and buried in Saudi Arabia (or was it Iraq, or Iran, or...) by a sheikh who didn't want them to be confiscated by the taxman.  You'd think with all the wars going on, someone would've dug them up by now...

I know that there were buried jets found at some Iraqi airbases, and that all manner of preserved war machines are routinely dug out of bogs in Western Russia, preserved by the mud and anaerobic environment.  Maybe the other stories are urban legends based on these true events?
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2012, 12:34:47 AM »

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I know that there were buried jets found at some Iraqi airbases, and that all manner of preserved war machines are routinely dug out of bogs in Western Russia, preserved by the mud and anaerobic environment.  Maybe the other stories are urban legends based on these true events?
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2012, 04:56:24 AM »

their is a lost squadron out the back of Toowoomba some were as well so the story goes remember hearing about them
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2012, 09:23:35 AM »

Quite a few aircraft buried under the ice in Greenland from WW2 onwards as well.
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2012, 10:03:35 AM »

their is a lost squadron out the back of Toowoomba some were as well so the story goes remember hearing about them

Hopefully the floods didn't wash them away last year
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Re: Lost Squadron of Spitfires to Return to the UK
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2012, 01:03:13 PM »

There is a local story that "stuff" was buried on Burscough (West Lancs) aerodrome after the war. (Fleet Air arm base)
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