I’m not all that sure that I believe the whole tale but there we go.
Victor Kislyi, who made a fortune from the online game World of Tanks, is funding the search for Second World War Spitfires believed to have been buried in Burma.
But given Mr. Kislyi’s background perhaps someone would like to whisper in his ear about a much more interesting little rumour. One that’s been around for years.
Soviet forces in the Second World War did have their own legendary fighter planes, like the Yakovlev Yak. They even had some Spitfires, given to them by the British.
Again, that’s not something I’m all that sure about. Hurricanes, yes. Which is the basis of this interesting rumour. That up on the Murmansk peninsula are a number of said Hurricanes still in their packing crates. The Arctic convoys delivered them but they were never actually put into use. And there are, at least I’m told there are, fewer Hurricanes flying today than there are Spitfires.
But it is just a rumour, heard around Moscow in the mid 1990s.