His great-grandfather often spoke of a German plane that crashed near their house during WWII.
Danish field
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A Danish schoolboy looking for fodder for a school project on World War II got more than he expected when he followed up on a tip given jokingly to him by his father.

The boy's great-grandfather used to speak of a Luftwaffe plane that had crashed in a field nearby their home in Birkelse, local news outlets reported.

On a whim, 14-year-old Daniel Rom Kristiansen took a metal detector out to the field with his father and discovered the remains of a World War II-era German plane, along with the remains of its pilot.

“We tried carefully digging with a trencher. More and more parts came up and the further we went, the more we found,” Daniel's father, Klaus Kristiansen, told a local news station.

“We also found documents and papers in the pockets of some clothes,” Kristiansen said.

Not only did Daniel have an excellent firsthand source for his school report, but he even got to take the day off school when police and bomb disposal excavated the site.

While Daniel's find is remarkable, finding World War II-era bombs, mines, and other buried relics is a somewhat commonplace occurrence across Europe. Mines are frequently discovered across beaches in the U.K., and a pair of children unearthed a German mine last summer while playing on the beach in England.