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Hundreds of Spits Claimed to Be Stashed Away Down Under

Spitfires

February 3, 2011 —Imagine hundreds of “new” Supermarine Mk.V and Mk.VIII Spitfires, secretly stowed in crates in an old Queensland, Australia, mine for the past 60-plus years. There are locals in the area of Oakey, Queensland, who swear it’s true, claiming that planes hidden in crates to be used in retaking Queensland in the event of a Japanese invasion are still there. The planes were to be scrapped after the war, but, as the story goes, “a leading aircraftman” couldn't bear to see the magnificent aircraft destroyed, so he hid them away in an abandoned coal mine where they remain today.

Others are more skeptical, pish-poshing the story as an urban legend passed down and embellished over the decades. A 2001 excavation failed to find any planes, but that was blamed on misreading aerial surveys.

An essay on TheAustralian.com recently re-examined the lore. One thing’s for sure: If they do exist and are found, they’re worth a fortune. Click here to read the story.

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