Its not a new thing - its just more creative journalism!
We'll have to wait and see...
Hindsight is what you see from the tailgunner's position...
aim1, you're 65 posts late....
Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...
Yawn, I do find all the in-fighting rather boring. Someone just let me know when they (or the big pile of corroded metal) are on a ship home.
Sometimes it's better to be a bumblebee than it is to be Professor Heinkel.
The Fox News link in post #475 quotes, in itself, extensively from the Vancouver Sun (at http://www.vancouversun.com/Brits+ba...261/story.html). What is of interest is that the Vancouver Sun report adds a new twist. Qouting Mr. Cundall:
""I had an AK-47 pointed at me once," says Cundall, who has endured mosquitoes and jungle heat in his search for the airplanes, many of which were buried around the old British airfields at Myitkyina and Mingaladon. "There were also six non-crated Mark VIIIs," says Cundall. "They are very rare and I believe they were buried in a quarry."
Hmmm...I wonder if these "six non-crated Mk.VIIIs" are the ex-607 (County of Durham) aircraft I speculated on earlier?
To briefly recap: 607 (County of Durham) Squadron, RAF, operated Spitfire Mk.VIIIs from March 1944, and disbanded on 19 August 1945 at Mingaladon, Burma. It is logical that they would have left their aircraft behind for the local MU to dispose of - especially if any were damaged and/or unserviceable - and maybe they were just pushed into a local quarry?
Mr. Cundall is specifically talking about Mk.VIIIs: the "buried and crated" Spitfires are said to be Mk.XIVs. 607 Squadron did not fly Spitfire Mk.XIVs until they reformed on 10 May 1946 at RAF Ouston, Northumberland (a long way from Burma...!)
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Strikes me this thread is simply going around in circles....
They're a couple of weeks late...
- Daren CogdonWasps are the Katie Price of the Animal Kingdom - utterly pointless and bloody irritating!
This story has gone quiet and got overtaken by the P-40 in the desert story, however its also been a while since there has been any media updates?
Does this mean there is still no access to commence digging, or digging has yielded no real results?
Anyone in the "know" able to comment?
"Never has a Country so Big!, owed so Much!, to those who Flew!"
In Burma it rains a lot from May/June through to October/November, unless all their monsoon quota has been diverted to fall on airshow days in Bedfordshire this year. It would probably make sense to wait until the ground was more suitable for excavation.
As Robbo says - you cannot carry out any serious excavation there until it stops raining towards the end of the year.
They could put a raincoat and a pair of wellingtons on if it's raining,it's just not good enough,getting us all excited like that and then letting the trail go cold.You can never have enough Spitfires.
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