Remember back in grade school when you had to do class projects? At some point you’d always have to do one on WWII. Maybe you had to interview your grandparents. or visit a museum, or the whole school would load into a bus just to visit a war memorial or monument.

Well it turns out 14-year-old Danish student, Daniel Kristiansen, had the same experience… Sort of. He was assigned a class project on WWII, but, when he and his father took a field trip to research the subject, they found much more than they ever expected!

Young Daniel had grown up hearing stories of how, when his grandfather had been a boy, had witnessed a German warplane crash land into the field beside the family home.

Daniel wanted to use this first-hand account as part of his project, so his father took him to the crash site. Together, they decided to use metal detectors to see if any remnants could be found.

Daniel’s grandfather had always said that the plane’s wreckage and pilot were recovered and removed by the German Army shortly after the crash. However, Daniel’s grandfather was wrong.