Amateur historians unearth Australian Spitfire in France

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Amateur aviation historians have unearthed the wreckage of a Royal Australian Air Force Spitfire that crashed in northern France during the Second World War and the skeletal remains of its pilot.

The wreckage of the plane, which was shot down in action and crashed in May 1942 near the village of Hardifort, was dug up from beneath 16 feet of soil, local officials said.

The fighter was in pieces but the bones of its pilot - identified by tags as W.J. Smith of the RAAF, service number 400942 - were recovered....

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