I would like to see solid information sources to back up statements made. I can't seem to find any proven research or the type of spitfire actually used in the old Burma conflict, involving many US aircraft as well, and the reasons behind burying them and not other aircraft. Might be used for further conflict or maintaining peacetime efforts beyond the war, crated over from England as new and not used, not used as more suitable alternative aircraft available, the list of plausible reasons is many.
957 XIV variants were manufactured. How many were crashed (Narrow landing gear for 2000 Hp many did not survive take off or landing by the many virgin airmen), shot down, dismantled, smelted, bulldozed into the bush or water etc. That still poses the questions of why so many still left of sitting around near the end of the war of the variant and sent to Burma, Myanmar, in crates not assembled as stated or crated up in as new condition as also stated.
I will keep looking for any solid information sources of numbers, condition and the reason behind sending them crated or being crated up and buried (big hole to dig for 20-60plus aircraft!). Now the deal has been signed surely the site can be revealed (many would know anyway) and the photos and videos can start.
Or has this just been something based on a vague peace of history. I would assume ground radar has come up with the figures and estimation of condition?