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Wargaming Funds Spitfire Rescue

By November 9, 2012

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A few months ago I reported on how a cache of spitfires, which had been buried in their sealed crates in Burma during World War Two, were discovered by a tenacious researcher. Two questions remained however: would permission be given to dig them up, and who would pay? Well, I'm pleased to say the reclamation is going ahead, as Escapist Magazine report that "strategy/MMO" company Wargaming.net (who have a game called World of Warplanes) have offered to fully underwrite the excavation.

They have a quote from Tracy Spaight, the company's Director of Special Projects: "Since its founding, Wargaming has been dedicated to bringing military history alive, whether through video games or more recently through historic preservation and educational initiatives with museums," said Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi. "When we learned of David's long quest to track down the Spitfires, we reached out to support him, not only to recover the planes if they are there, but also to help tell the story of the air war in Burma - which is of great interest to our community."

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