The wreckage of a World War II era German fighter plane has been discovered in a small Danish farm by a fourteen-year-old boy and his father while they were doing research for his history class.

Daniel Kristiansen grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about a Nazi warplane crashing on their land as a child, but even his grandfather believed the occupying Nazi forces in the region had reclaimed the wreckage.  Now, more than seventy years later, the boy and his father have uncovered what appears to be a Messerschmitt fighter plane, complete with the remains of the pilot still inside.

“We went out to the field with a metal detector,” Klaus Kristiansen, the boy’s father, told CNN. “I hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school.”

Soon, they found bits of debris that seemed to belong to an aircraft.  Intrigued by the discovery coupled with Daniel’s grandfather’s stories about crashing Nazi warplanes, they borrowed an excavator and began digging.  They found more bits of debris as they dug until, more than twenty feet below the ground, they stumbled across what appeared to be human remains.