We left site on Wednesday evening with the Spitfire crash crater clearly defined as a peaty circle cut into the clay 'natural' geology. We returned this morning and continued excavating and stepping down the trench, uncovering finds as we progressed. A particularly poignant find this morning was the pilot's leather hat - including parts of the ear pieces including his radio. His oxygen mask has not been recovered so far - although it is possible that this was recovered with Harold Penketh's body in 1940, since it was suspected that this was the cause of the fatality. We have also recovered one of the plane's lights, the rest of the starter motor, more pieces of bodywork, two canopy fittings, and are in the process of uncovering a propeller.
At about 3pm, the excavation was suspended because we suspected that we have uncovered a fragment of human skeletal remains. We followed procedures, and notified the police and contacted the coroner. The coroner has stated that it is acceptable for us to proceed with the dig tomorrow, when we also hope to complete the excavation.
At 3pm, we had a Battle of Britain Spitfire flyover, and a minute's silence for pilot Harold Penketh and all those who lost their lives in the World Wars. A touching end to a sad day.