North Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall's search for buried Spitfires in Burma is called off
A search for buried Spitfire aircraft in Burma, led by a North Lincolnshire farmer, has been called off.
It was originally thought that up to 124 planes could have been buried in the Asian country by the RAF at the end of the Second World War.
Isle of Axholme farmer David Cundall has spent the last 17 years investigating claims the unused, unassembled Spitfires were packed into crates and buried on the orders of Lord Mountbatten.
Permission to dig in search of the planes was granted last year and Mr Cundall and a team of experts flew to Burma last month to carry out excavations.
A search at Rangoon International Airport proved unsuccessful last month, although Mr Cundall remained convinced the Spitfires would be found and said he thought the dig was just happening in the wrong place.
But archaeologists have now concluded the claims were a myth and video games firm Wargaming.net, which is financing the project, said it believed no Spitfires were delivered and buried in crates at RAF Mingaladon in 1945 and 1946.