Wargaming - an award-winning online games developer (World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships), publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market - today released the first batch of pictures from Burma, where a team of archaeologists is currently searching on the former RAF Mingaladon, now Yangon International Airport, in an attempt to uncover the truth about longstanding rumours that RAF Spitfire fighters were buried there after the Second World War.
‘I spent six months traveling back and forth to Myanmar with David Cundall to secure permission from the Myanmar government to excavate. It is wonderful to be here in Yangon at last, with a full team of independent experts, to begin the dig at last,” said Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects at Wargaming. ‘It’s a huge site, but once our archaeologists and geophysics team are able to get out on the ground they will be able to narrow down the search area. This means that, all being well, our JCB’s will be able to break ground within the next week’.
If these pictures have whet your appetite to find out more about this fascinating project and you want to get much closer to what the team are doing, head to Tracy’s blog. The blog recounts the race to secure the contract to dig, the detective work required to uncover what happened at RAF Mingaladon in 1945 including a lot of new evidence about the Mystery of Mingaladon, and finally a blow by blow account of the actual archaeological survey and excavation as it happens;
The investment from Wargaming will allow Mr Cundall and the Burmese authorities to jointly progress this unprecedented heritage project, in the process, possibly solving a long-standing mystery of the Pacific theatre and offering a unique perspective on the role of the British Royal Air Force in World War II.
Wargaming, a company known around the world for its flagship PC MMO action game, World of Tanks, and the soon to be released World of Warplanes, has made military history and authenticity a hallmark of its company focus since its formation in 1998. A veteran of military-themed video game titles, the company provides its players with unique online gaming experiences coupled with meticulously researched and authentic military vehicles. Outside of video games, the company has also worked with a number of organizations dedicated to military history and preservation, including most recently the USS IOWA, the National World War II Museum and Tank Museum Bovington to name a few.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1300 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 45 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of the online battle gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.