Viruvirupu, Saturday 14 April 2012, 18:49 GMT
Naypyidaw, Myanmar: Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday (Friday). Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country.
Historians say the Spitfires were shipped out to Burma in the summer of 1945, two weeks before atomic bombs were dropped on Japan which brought the war to a sudden end. The British campaign to push the Japanese out of Burma was the longest and bloodiest of the war, beginning after the Japanese invaded in late 1941.
Expecting the worst Supreme Commander of Far East Adm. Lord Louis Mountbatten ordered that these Spitfire fighters ,just arrived in boxes be buried in secret locations.With the retreat of British forces from Burma and subsequent ending of War,these planes remained hidden.
Later, UK with the aid of Scientists from University of Leeds,located these secret sites and verified it by sending secret agents.
Now,with the help of the new pact,these spitfires worth at least $ 2 Million each and brand new ,will come back to UK.Spitfire cost $25,000 in 1945.
And very few spitfires survived in airworthy condition