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Wreckage from a Supermarine Spitfire that crashed in Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens during World War Two has been recovered – 69 years after the fatal accident that claimed the life of its pilot. Pilot Office Arthur Searle, 20, was on a training mission in 1941 when his aircraft collided with another Spitfire. The second pilot was able to parachute to safety, but Pilot Officer Searle was killed after bailing out too late. He is buried in Dirleton cemetery, East Lothian, while his aircraft remained ten feet below what used to be the curator’s private garden.
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