This makes a bit more sense - the unused acft were disposed of prior to independence, shortly after the war. A not uncommon story, but it can be assumed that no special care was taken with their burial either! A worthy project...time will show how well they has survived.
Still, absolutely crap reporting from both BBC and DT.
Yes, true that there are a number of inconsistencies. Apart from the Mk2's issue, I thought, historically, that two weeks before the atomic bombs were dropped, the Japanese were by that time in no position to invade anywhere. They were to all intents and purposes a defeated force. I thought they had withdrawn well away from the Burma front by that time.
I'm surprised at some of the optimism that they can be restored. I'd have thought that they would be in very bad condition after nearly 70 years underground in a very humid climate, protected only by their wooden transport crates.
Surely these are more likely to be the worn out, slow, old MkII machines which were retired from Europe and shipped out east in an attempt to stop the japanese expansion? I've read somewhere (Churchill maybe??) that a number of those were never unpacked because the jap advance was so quick. Its likely that these were buried in 1942 - NOT 1945 and somehow I expect the key consideration at the time was simply to hide them, not to preserve them.
Agaricus bisporus says it right. Further, if they had dug a hole, they would not have dug any further than they had to. So, not only would the crates have gone but the monsoon rains would have washed a million bugs around the frames.
IF these machines were 'buried' there might be some engine blocks around.
There was a lanc in the uk that showed up complete on a scan in the uk if I remember correctly, however when they attempted an excavation it was simply a " metallic shadow " in the soil, the aircraft having long gone
There was also a 109 found that was in a similar state, afterwards there was a lot of police enquiries saying it had been stolen (it had been sold to a UK collector) but as with such things when someone realises the value etc etc etc..
I read the article in the DM, but the comments to it were more informed than whoever wrote it, and the prognosis seems to be that they would not be Mark 11, [MK 2?] given they were shipped in 1945, but MK 14 and brand new.
Shipped in 1945? Earlier reports were that they were buried in 1945. But hat doesn't make sense. Surely they would have been buried either in 1942 due to the Japanese advance, or in 1947 due to Burmese independence.
But overall the story doesn't add up, because either the stated timing, or the stated reasons, are wrong.