The real story behind the Lost Spitfires of Burma comes free to view online from 28 June 2013
15 minutes version
Long version 90 minutes
28 th June 2013:? On the evening Wednesday 19 th June, an audience at the Royal Air Force Museum listened attentively as the crack team of archaeologists and geophysicists assembled by the global video game company, Wargaming.net, revealed for the first time their complete findings regarding the mystery of the Buried Spitfires of Burma.? Now a worldwide audience will be able to follow the evening’s revelations as project sponsor, Wargaming.net announces a full recording of the event is being made available to a worldwide audience, online, and for free.
The video enables you to join the audience at Hendon as archaeologists and scientists who actually carried out the research take you on a journey which will place you behind the lens of a reconnaissance camera in 1945; at a desk at the UK National Archives as a crucial document which has never before been looked at comes to light and at the screen of a laptop on the sun beaten expanse of Yangon Airport as a lost road which is key to the story takes form out of the electronic background.
The video which is available in a full length version including all the expert presentations, as well as in a shorter highlights version, will enable viewers to follow in detail the reasons why Wargaming’s team of experts concluded that the story of buried Spitfires in Burma is a captivating urban myth because the Royal Air Force had neither the Means, nor the Motive to undertake the burial.
This is an exciting and controversial story and to ensure accuracy the video release has been approved by all the independent expert members of the Wargaming team who agree that the edit fairly represents their conclusions.
Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects Wargaming said
“We are releasing this video because because proper respect for History as it was lived by veterans, and especially by the service personnel who did not return, is central to why we undertake projects such as this.
People all over the World followed the search for the lost Spitfires and want to know what the team discovered. Our team approached the expedition in the same manner as a CSI episode, to investigate whether SEAC had the motive, means, and opportunity to bury the Spitfires at Mingaladon at the end of WW2, as has been widely reported. Through exhaustive archival research, analysis of RAF reconnaissance photos, geophysical surveys, and field archaeology, our team has solved the mystery beyond a reasonable doubt as to what, exactly, happened at Mingaladon airfield in 1945-1946.
We understand that many people believed or continue to believe passionately in the story of the buried Spitfires.? This underlines the importance of presenting our findings in an impartial and accurate manner, so we have given final editorial control of this important statement of record to our team of experts, none of whom have taken a fee either for the presentation or the video.”
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1500 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20 th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armoured MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 55 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, both scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicentre of the online battle gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal— www.wargaming.net.
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