"I've seen the odd Spitfire or Hurricane in private gardens/grounds too.
Seems the fickle finger of fate foretells that the losers armour has not to be seen?"
We have one flying around our village most weekends. Guy that owns it is the same guy who flew the spitfire in most of the 80's/90's war movies (most famously the scene from Empire of the Sun). He bought an industrial park near where I live because it still had the aircraft hangers from the 2nd world war.