Hunt for buried Spitfires

JCB Diggers are about to embark on a mission to help recover Spitfire warplanes believed to be buried in Burma.
The unassembled planes are thought to have been hidden in the ground by American engineers across three sites as World War II drew to a close.
Now a bid to excavate for crates thought to contain more than 30 of the Spitfires is about to get underway at Rangoon International Airport and JCB is providing a 20 tonne JS200 tracked excavator, a 22 tonne JS220 tracked excavator and a 3CX Eco backhoe loader to complete the job.
The company is also despatching the Team Leader of the world famous JCB Dancing Digger display team, JCB Demonstrator Oliver Keates, 31, of Cheadle, Staffs, to operate the machines and offer expert advice on the digging operation.
The dig is getting underway after a 17 year search for the Spitfires led by aviation enthusiast David Cundall. Award-winning on-line games developer Wargaming is funding the efforts to recover the buried Spitfires.

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