Inishowen spitfire being dug up as part of BBC TV programme

A BBC production team has begun an operation to excavate a Spitfire fighter plane which crashed into an Inishowen bog almost 70 years ago.

A large crowd has gathered at Moneydarragh for the excavation, which is being carried out as part of a BBC programme "Dig WW2". The programme  is due to be broadcast later this year.

An army bomb disposal team is on standby to deal with any live ammuinition which may be dug up.

The show's presenter  Dan Snow told today's Shaun Doherty Show they expect the plane to be in a reasonable condition:

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