High-Tech Innovation Used In WWII Excavation

WWII SpitfireA bunch of army reserve engineers have lent a hand in locating and excavating a wreckage of a WWII Spitfire, a British single-seater war craft used by the Royal Air Force during the said war. This particular remains was from the Spitfire that was brought down by enemy fire in Salisbury Plain in 1940.

The said team used GPS and 3D scanners to survey and scan the said wreckage area. Team members played a vital role in pinpointing the exact dropping site of the Spitfire using GPS technology then later, with the use of laser scanners, they were able to capture every small detail of the place as the excavation was done.

According to Sergeant Len Windle, the excavation’s team leader, everything went smoothly and the operation was very successful with the aid of serving personnel and some veterans.

“It [was] a really successful day, the team has managed to survey all the field debris and we have completed a 3D scan of the area,” he stated. “This enabled us to locate the exact final resting place of the main engine of the Spitfire.”

Rosemary Baillon was among the individuals who were in the site while the dig was ongoing. She is the daughter of the Spitfire’s pilot, Paul Baillon, who was able to get out of the plane before it crashed but was later killed a few months after the incident.

The plane’s location and excavation is part of the Defense Infrastructure Organisation and the Rifles’ project, Operation Nightingale, which has been put up to help in the recovery of injured or lost soldiers.

-Article based on News found in www.surveyequipment.com


Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE