Search for buried treasure comes up empty-handed

David Cundall, a farmer and Spitfire enthusiast, left, is leading the excavation team in Burma. Photograph: AP-guardian.co.uk

After World War II, the RAF allegedly buried several Supermarine Spitfires in crates in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.  As of January 19, archaeological efforts have proven fruitless.

The research team spearheading the effort began work earlier in January at the Yangon International Airport: former site of the RAF’s Mingaladon airfield.  After digging four trenches in likely spots and finding nothing, David Cundall and Wargaming Ltd parted ways.

David Cundall, a farmer and Spitfire enthusiast, left, is leading the excavation team in Burma. Photograph: AP-guardian.co.uk
David Cundall, a farmer and Spitfire enthusiast, left, is leading the excavation team in Burma. Photograph: AP-guardian.co.uk

Wargaming Ltd issued a statement February 15, stating their opinion that, “based on clear documentary evidence, as well as the evidence from fieldwork, that no Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried at RAF Mingaladon during 1945 and 1946.”

Cundall, a British Spitfire hunter and enthusiast, isn’t so sure.  He intends to push on in search of the elusive warbirds.  He explains: “I have a new investor.  I have found a local eyewitness who remembers the British burying crated Spitfires and it’s the same area.  I have not dug as yet for any Spitfires.  We are allowed to survey and we can confirm an area of great interest.”

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