Dumfries experts have uncovered wreckage of a WW2 spitfire nearly 70 years after it crashed. Staff from Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum supervised the excavation at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Dumfries Aviation Museum chairman David Reid said: “We received a letter to the museum from a lady who had witnessed the crash at the time.
“This triggered us to act and team leader Alan Leishman from the museum went to the site and did some investigating. He went over the ground with a metal detector and picked up some readings. During the dig the team found a few small items. “The most interesting of which was the catch for locking the pilot’s canopy closed.”
Also uncovered were fragments of the engine and cockpit, found 10ft below the ground. Before going ahead the team obtained permission from Botanic Gardens and were granted an excavation license from the Ministry of Defence.
Mr Reid said: “It was realised that when the aircraft crashed it came in at a low angle and didn’t penetrate the ground very far.
“Because of this most of the wreckage would have been on the surface and the evidence pointed to the crash site being very well cleared at the time…