BIG PIC: WWII Fighter Plane Recovered
A spokeswoman for Brooks told FoxNews.com he could not be reached at present.
"At the moment the team is entirely focused on the project and is not giving any interviews," said Elizabeth Tagge.
British farmer Cundall realized the fate of the aircraft thanks to an offhand comment a group of American veterans made to a friend, he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
''They told Jim: 'We've done some pretty silly things in our time, but the silliest was burying Spitfires.' And when Jim got back from the U.S., he told me,'" Cundall said.
He confirmed the location of the planes during a recent trip to the Far East country, he said.
''We sent a borehole down and used a camera to look at the crates. They seemed to be in good condition," Cundall told the Herald.
The Spitfire Mark XIV planes he discovered -- definitely a dozen and as many as 20 -- are rare for more than one reason: They used Rolls Royce Griffon engines rather than the Merlins used in earlier models to achieve tremendous speeds. Griffon-powered planes could reach 440 mph thanks to the hefty, 2,050-horsepower engines.