73-year-old spitfire mystery solved

73-year-old spitfire mystery solved

More than 70 years after Flight Sergeant Colin Duncan fought his way from the burning cockpit of his Spitfire, its twisted wreckage — spotted from the air by pilots in recent months — is set to become a museum piece. The crash site, in a rarely- visited patch of Litchfield National Park far from established tracks, was described in military records as “rough country” and is likely why Duncan’s plane, unlike many other wrecks, remained undiscovered and unpilfered. The remoteness of the crash site — which is now protected by the Heritage Act — is likely also why rescue crews took five days to reach Duncan after he crashed on June 30, 1943. In following days, his mates dropped him food and cigarettes along with a note saying: “You owe me a beer for...