When the Freeman Field Recovery Team first contacted Diggers for some help on a special project in Seymour, Indiana, KG and Ringy had no idea what to expect. The request stated that they needed help locating Nazi plane parts buried somewhere in a large field. It sounded a little far-fetched, so KG and Ringy were hesitant but intrigued. As they began to do their research and some “historical” digging, they realized they had just stumbled into a truly incredible opportunity.
The Freeman Field Recovery Team was founded in 2009 by friends and aviation enthusiasts David Gray, Terry Gunter and Scott Cooper. After hearing an urban legend that nazi planes had been buried in large pits at the Freeman Airfield in Seymour, IN, they committed themselves to researching the myth and finding the buried aviation treasure. Their mission was to retrieve items of historical value in order to promote the Freeman Field story, and to recognize the important contributions of the men and women who served at the airfield in Seymour, Indiana. With the help of a grant from the city of Seymour, the Recovery Team was able to locate two large pits full of old Nazi plane parts!
Upon arriving in Seymour, Indiana, KG and Ringy used a ground penetrating radar to check various locations that the Freeman Recovery Team felt might yield the scattered plane’s parts. They had no luck the first day, and both teams were disappointed as the sun set. They decided to call it a day and made plans to arrive early the next morning.
The following day, on a whim, Ringy decided to check out a field alongside one of the locations the Recovery Team had marked as a possible “plane pit” location. Things were slow, and the morning fog was still heavy in the air. Suddenly there was a “Bing! Bing! Bing!” We all froze; the Ringmaster’s metal detector was reading something deep… and big! KG came alongside him and they began to pull up piece after piece of what looked like plane debris.
Ringy called David Gray of the Freeman Field Recovery Team over to see his finds, and to point out that there was an apparent path of debris scattered in a line that he had marked with flags. David Gray stood very still and nodded his head as he looked over the Diggers’ work. After a long pause, he looked up and softly replied, “you not only made a huge discovery, but you’ve changed our theories about a tragic plane crash at Freeman Field… this is huge.” Everyone on the crew got the chills. What did this mean?
It turns out that the crash involved Josef “Pips” Priller’s Focke-Wulf Fw190D-9 “Black 14” that was being flown on a demonstration flight after the end of the war.
By Jaye Callahan, Associate Producer, Diggers
Tune in to find out what the Diggers team discovered!