Johnny McNee (Aviation Historian) also employed Alastair Ruffell’s GPR expertise to help him accurately locate the remains of a WW2 Spitfire aircraft (P8074) in a peat bog at Moneydarragh – Donegal. The Spitfire would have been travelling at 200-300km/hr, weighed a few tonnes and would have Profiven through the peat in Moneydarragh like a knife through butter! The engine of the spitfire is housed in the Tower Museum. Bud Wolfe (pilot of the Spitfire when it crashed) had an interesting career.
He was arrested – interned – sent to the Curragh in the Free State, escaped, captured again, beaten up, escaped again and flew for the rest of WW2. He also fought in Korea and Vietnam and was an instructor in the Vietnam war with over 70 kills to his name! Prof Ruffell referred to him as the ‘first Top Gun’. On 13th May 2017 invited us to be part of the history of another Spitfire, R6992! A number of junior and senior school students part of a multidisciplinary team involved in the excavation of Spitfire R6992 which crashed into a field on 20th September 1942 in Fingullar, Monaghan. F/Lt Gordon Hayter Proctor was the pilot at the time of the crash. He survived the crash and flew as part of the 1402 Met Flight based at RAF Aldergrove. Below is a report of the day by Grace McNee, daughter of Mr Jonny McNee, Senior Panning Officer DCSDC.