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Wreckage from Spitfire which crashed in Watton goes under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:31 18 November 2016

This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers

This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers

Chris Elmy

A relic from Norfolk’s First World War history which lay hidden for more than 20 years is going under the hammer.

This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers

This piece of super-structure crash wreckage come from a Spitfire, which crash landed in Watton in 1942.

An RAF base in the Breckland town was active during the conflict and was home to the three squadrons of the 25th Bomb Group from 1944.

The Spitfire wreckage lay hidden until 1965, when it was discovered in the mud of a backwater.

This unusual auction lot is for sale with Lockdales of Martlesham, near Ipswich.

This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers This piece of wreckage from a Spitfire which crash-landed in Watton in 1942 is going to be sold at auction. Picture by Chris Elmy of Lockdales Auctioneers

Little is known about the owner of the aircraft, but auctioneer Chris Elmy said it could be “interesting for the purchaser to research”.

It will go under the hammer on Saturday, November 19 and has an £80 to £100 catalogue guide price.

For more information go to www.lockdales.com

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