An archaeological dig to unearth Spitfire planes in Burma headed by an Isle of Axholme farmer has drawn a blank.
Archaeologists hunting for the World War II fighters have reportedly said there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging.
They have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war..
Wargaming.net, the firm financing the dig, has also said there are no planes.
But project leader David Cundall says they are looking in the wrong place. He told reporters that he still believes Spitfires are buried at Rangoon airport and other sites.
An initial survey of the site began in early January, with excavations due to begin after that.
Farmer and aviation enthusiast David Cundall is spearheading the dig, having spent 17 years and thousands of pounds researching the project.
The search is for unused unassembled aircraft which they believe were packed into crates and buried by the RAF in 1945, with as many as 124 buried in total.
Earlier this month, a crate was discovered in the Kachin state capital Myitkyina, but muddy water stopped an immediate identification of its contents.
The central city of Meiktila was another site identified as a possible burial ground.