German World War II pilot’s skeleton found inside wreckage of crashed plane by schoolboy with metal detector
Daniel Rom Kristiansen, 14, began scouring a field near his family home after being told to research the Second World War by his history teacher
A schoolboy armed with a metal detector discovered the wreckage of the crashed German World War II plane – with the pilot’s skeleton still inside.
Daniel Rom Kristiansen, 14, was learning about the Second World War as part of a school history project.
His dad jokingly told him to start searching a field near the family home in Denmark for the remains of a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt plane that supposedly crashed there in 1944.
Farmer Klaus Kristiansen joined his son as they scoured the field.
But their metal detector eventually began to bleep and they started digging.
The pair borrowed a neighbour’s digger and removed between four and six metres of soil to unearth the wreckage.
Mr Kristiansen told the BBC: “We found a motor… then suddenly we found parts of bones and parts from (the pilot’s) clothes.”
Mr Kristiansen, who has lived near the spot for 40 years, said: “We had never seen anything on the surface. Not a single bit of metal.”