Dozens of Second World War Spitfires are expected to be excavated in Burma over the next few weeks.

The iconic aircraft are thought to have been greased and packed in crates sealed by tar, before being hidden by British forces on the orders of Earl Mountbatten.

The excavation is taking place after an agreement was signed between David Cundall – an aviation enthusiast from Lincolnshire, who has spent sixteen years searching and lobbying for the Spitfires’ recovery – and the Burmese government.

Work is expected to begin by the end of October. The number of aircraft to be discovered is still unclear, but estimates have put the number at between 20 and 36.

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