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Buried Treasure: World War II Spitfires to Be Unearthed in Burma

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2012

Paging Indiana Jones: a British farmer’s 15-year quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes buried in a far-off land has finally paid off
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Spitfire aircraft in flight

It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones film, if you take away the religious overtones and ophidiophobic adventurer. After 15 years, a British farmer’s quest to find a squadron of legendary fighter planes lost in Burma during World War II has finally paid off.

Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall, 62, has spent about $207,000, traveled to Burma a dozen times and negotiated with the cagey Burmese government, all in the hopes of finding a stash of iconic British Spitfires buried somewhere in the Southeast Asian country.

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Buried planes? It sounds odd, but in fact this was fairly common toward the end of the war; as the conflict wound down and jet aircraft promised to make propeller-driven fighters obsolete, many aircraft were scrapped, buried or sunk by Allied Forces in order to prevent them from falling into enemy hands.

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Cundall started his search after his friend heard from a group of U.S. veterans that they had stashed Spitfires in the region. “We’ve done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires,” the veterans said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Argentina Brands Prince William’s Posting To Falkland Islands A ‘Provocative’ Act

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 12, 2011

The Duke of Cambridge’s posting to the Falkland Islands has been branded a “provocative act” in Argentina.

William, a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF, will be deployed to the remote outcrop in the South Atlantic for six weeks to fly search and rescue helicopter missions next year.

But Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said the country could not ignore the “political” implications of his move, which comes shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands War.

Mr Brugo Marco, who has responsibility for the South Atlantic territory, told Argentine newspaper La Nacion: “It is one more provocative act that shows Britain’s military presence in a zone of peace where there is no armed conflict.”

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands, which it refers to as Las Malvinas. “One cannot ignore the political content of this military operation bearing in mind that the prince forms part of the Royal Family,” Mr Brugo Marco added.

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Gurkhas To Be Made Redundant In Army Cuts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2011


Whetehr they want or not they have no option.
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Gurkhas And RAF In Firing Line As MoD Makes Cuts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2011


Their struggle continues with long term uncertaint­y
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Prince William Becomes Search-And-Rescue Pilot

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 17, 2010


Congratulation and good luck prince William!
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Gurkha regiment faces axe as Liam Fox insists on £20bn Trident replacement

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2010

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Gurkhas wait to mourn a fallen comrade at Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire killed in Afghanistan. Photograph: David Hartley

The Gurkha regiment could be one of several sacrificed as a result of an increasingly bitter government dispute over defence funding, the Observer can reveal.

The Gurkhas have formed part of the British army for almost 200 years, but may be among those cut unless the government meets Ministry of Defence demands for more money to fund the replacement of Trident nuclear-missile submarines.

Last night, hopes for extra funding were fading as the Treasury rejected demands for more money from the defence secretary, Liam Fox, and insisted that the £20bn cost of replacing Trident had to be met fully by the MoD.

One expert said that the increasing costs of running the Gurkhas – following actress Joanna Lumley’s high-profile campaign last year to improve their rights – added to the sense that the “writing is on the wall” for the Brigade of Gurkhas, which has 3,640 personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

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