Cracking An Aviation Mystery


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.

2079733_eager-ears_u4otpkuoohegc34cxym6cgqbe3ncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_610x457Ringy 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!


  1. Scott Cooper
    March 11, 2014, 10:46 pm

    As a member of the Freeman Field Recovery Team, this blog post is extremely misleading, and contains several factual errors that should be corrected if you want to portray an accurate story of this particular episode.

  2. J.S.
    Riva, Maryland, USA
    March 11, 2014, 11:50 pm

    This show has some interesting factors, but I, really, believe the show would be rated quite a bit higher, if the two “Stars” acted as adult professionals instead of children. I do not see the validity of the “archeologists” doing cartwheels and somersaults after finding an antique button. I would rather see knowledgeable hosts rather than a pair of over-grown pre-schoolers.

  3. David Gray
    Seymour, Indiana
    March 11, 2014, 11:58 pm

    A few corrections to the blog. The “parts pit” had yielded tons of parts prior to the arrival of Ringy and George, including hundreds of Japanese, German, British, and Italian aircraft parts.. We were hoping that they could help the team with their techniques in locating additional or hard to find artifacts, which they did. The most significant contribution was how they picked up the scent of the crash site. We had succeeded in tracking the first 100 yards, but our trail went cold across the West perimeter road of the field. Tim and George picked up the scent and completed mapping the debris field for us. We never received a grant from the City of Seymour, but rather came to an agreement whereby the team funded themselves and chose to share their finds with the city. We appreciate the great publicity and contributions made by the crew, Half-Yard Productions, and National Geographic. We did, however, feel that we needed to clarify a few points…. David Gray, Director, Freeman Field Recovery Team.

  4. bob w
    March 13, 2014, 9:39 pm

    A really Great Show Idea , Go to shanksville Pennsylvania , I am sure you will find plane wreckage there no matter what anybody says that there was no might find the Black Boxes, it will make a good show. Very High Ratings many Millions of people want to know what you will find.
    it will be the highest rated show ever!!!!!

  5. Glenn
    New Zealand
    March 18, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Between these 2 idiots that fat prick on savage family and those Inbreeds on abandoned I don’t know who tf annoy me more
    Do you all think acting like retards is entertaining,
    e.g ” I just found a piece of john Wayne’s breakfast plate”
    I really feel like swearing but I’m going to refrain so this post is accepted
    But diggers suck

  6. Barry Beckford
    Vay, Idaho
    April 12, 2014, 1:24 am

    This is T.V. entertainment, and if all the “Ivy-Leage/arm chair quarterback/shut-inn’s” would step out in the real world,they might understand the excitement of unearthing something…..look into these guys education/experience….they are “alive” with gusto!!!…here’s a favorite quote of mine,”i hate those guys who criticize and minimize vigorous guys who’s enterprise help’s them rise above those guy’s who criticize!!…all of you who are full of venom towards “Diggers” are in a narrow, ignorant, and DULL group,…life should be exciting,full of discoveries…done with a young heart and an open mind…shame on all you insulting morons!!!

  7. Kurt Meyer
    Boise, ID
    May 9, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Agree with J.S. 100 percent.

  8. Anthony D
    August 17, 2014, 11:01 pm

    Kurt and J.S., you are lazy bastards. You would act no differently if you were the one’s to say they found a 20 dollar gold piece! Shut up and enjoy the show!

  9. Bob
    November 3, 2016, 9:37 am

    To all the haters. Learn how to use those high fangled technical pieces of equiptment called the “on/off button” and the “channel changer!”