Spitfire excavation in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 14:14 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:44 16 July 2015

An example of the type of aircraft being excavated in Draycott.

An example of the type of aircraft being excavated in Draycott.


A SPITFIRE aircraft is being dug up in Somerset by BBC historian Dan Snow today (Friday).

A team of archaeologists are working in a field in Draycott in the hope of excavating the Black Horse Spitfire.

The aircraft, which was paid for by Lloyds Bank and cost £7,000, crashed in 1942 and was lost.

The dig coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain, which the aeroplane was used in.

A starter motor and Merlin engine have already been discovered.

For more details, pick up a copy of the Mercury on Thursday.

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