Friday 22 September 2017

Schoolboy finds downed WWII plane and pilot's bones on family farm

The wreckage of the Messerschmitt fighter was found by schoolboy Daniel Kristiansen on his family’s farm Picture: Reuters
The wreckage of the Messerschmitt fighter was found by schoolboy Daniel Kristiansen on his family’s farm Picture: Reuters

Nick Squires

A Danish schoolboy has discovered the remains of a Messerschmitt fighter plane that crashed on his family's farm during World War II.

The unusual find came about as a result of a joke by the boy's father. Klaus Kristiansen told his 14-year-old son Daniel there had long been family rumours that a German fighter plane had been brought down on the family's farm, in Birkelse in northern Denmark, in 1944.

When Daniel was given a school project about the war, Mr Kristiansen jokingly suggested that he go out and look for the aircraft.

"I jokingly told him to go out and find the plane that is supposed to have crashed out in the field," he told a Danish radio station.

Equipped with a metal detector, they began scouring the fields. To their surprise, the metal detector started beeping. They began digging with spades but failed to find anything so brought in a mechanical excavator.

The father and son began to find fragments of the aircraft at a depth of around 12ft. They eventually recovered the engine of the Messerschmitt Bf 109, bullets from its machine guns and even the remains of its pilot.

"We found a motor, then suddenly we found parts of bones, and parts from the pilot's clothes," Mr Kristiansen told the BBC.

"Then we found some personal things - books, a wallet with money...either it was a little Bible or it was 'Mein Kampf' - a book in his pocket. We didn't touch it, we just put it in some bags."

Mr Kristiansen immediately contacted the authorities to tell them what he and his son had discovered.

Irish Independent

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