Team digging up World War II Spitfire
The plane crashed during an unsuccessful mission in 1943.
A team of archaeologists is busy digging up a World War II Spitfire in a field in the West Flemish village of Beveren-Ijzer. The dig is of great historic value and the twenty-strong team are doing all they can to ensure that the dig comes to a successful conclusion.
Once the dig has ended, the remains of the Spitfire will be put on display.
The Spitfire’s Australian pilot Stan May came under attack from twenty Luftwaffe fighter-planes during a sortie above West Flanders 66 years ago.
Stan May survived the crash even though his plane was wrecked when it hit the ground.
The Spitfire XII is something of a rarity as only 100 of them were made during the Second World War.
The plane was able to fly exceptionally low and so was able to avoid Nazi air defences.