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British Spitfire hunter vows to keep digging in Myanmar despite loss of main sponsor

A British aviation enthusiast searching for scores of World War II-era Spitfire fighter planes he believes are buried in Myanmar says he will continue his quest even though his main sponsor has backed out.

David Cundall told reporters Tuesday that he is confident of enough funding to continue his search despite the withdrawal of the Belarusian video gaming company Wargaming.net. The company said last Friday it believes the planes don't really exist and descriptions of their burial by Allied forces as the war drew to a close nearly 70 years ago are a myth.

Cundall contends that as many as 140 Spitfires may have been buried in near-pristine condition in Myanmar. No traces of any were found in digging that began in December.