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Acting on Great-Grandpa's "Tall Tale" of German Plane Crash, Boy Unearths Crashed BF109 on Farm

Daniel Rom Kristiansen’s great-grandfather long maintained that a German warplane crashed onto the family’s farm in Birkelse, Denmark during WWII. Most members of the family dismissed this claim as little more than an elderly man’s tall tale. But when Daniel began studying WWII in school, he set out to find the plane. While poking around on the property, Rebecca Seales reports for the BBC, Daniel and his father recently uncovered the charred remains of a German Messerschmitt—and its pilot.

It was Daniel’s father, Klaus Kristiansen, who suggested that his son look for the fighter plane. For the most part, Klaus was kidding around; he didn’t expect to find anything.  "We went out to the field with a metal detector," Klaus told Judith Vonberg of CNN. "I hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school."

Instead of plates, Daniel and his father hit upon metal debris. So they borrowed an excavator from their neighbor and started digging. They turned up piles of dirt filled with metal fragments. When they got seven feet into the ground, they saw bones.

As Daniel and Klaus continued to dig, they uncovered a motor, clothes, a wallet, and money. 

Realizing that they had hit upon a significant historical find, Klaus called the authorities. Because ammunition was found in the plane, bomb experts are now working to remove the wreckage safely.


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