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Spitfire wreckage to be pulled from bog 75 years after crash

An excavation will begin to dig up a Spitfire from the field where it has lain for 75 years since it crashed during the Second World War.

Archaeologists hope to recover surviving parts of the plane from the Cambridgeshire peat before the agricultural landscape is restored to wetlands as part of a major conservation project.

After the excavation, which begins today, the land, owned by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, will continue to be turned into natural habitat to link up remaining fragments of fenland and create a 14 square mile Great Fen landscape.

Pilot officer Harold Edwin Penketh was just 20 when he died in the crash near Holme Lode Farm, Holme, on November 22, 1940, on a training flight, after what was thought to be a failure of the oxygen system or a physical failure of the plane. Read more.