Seized: Planes were taken by the Allies from Europe and shipped to the airbase, where they were pulled apart
In the battle to stay ahead of the enemy in World War II, American engineers were willing to employ any trick – including stealing the ideas from their Nazi counterparts.
So they shipped hundreds of German aircraft to a field in Seymour, Indiana, where they proceeded to take apart the machines to learn how they were built – and then buried any evidence of doing so.
Now recovery teams at Freeman Field are unearthing hundreds of plane parts and piecing them back together, much like their ancestors attempted to nearly seven decades ago.
At the end of World War II, the field was used as a bustling Army base by hundreds of soldiers and civilians keen to study Germany’s airplanes and rockets, WDRB.com reported.
Allies seized around 80 different types of aircraft throughout Europe and then shipped them to the field, where they were flown, taken apart and then put back together.
While many parts or planes were saved for museum displays, others were discarded – thrown into pits in the field and covered with tons of dirt.
Now the Freeman Field Recovery Team is endeavouring to find as many of the parts as possible. While they have found a plethora of propellers and wheel parts, they are hopeful of finding an in tact fuselage – rumoured to be lurking somewhere in the soil.
One member of the recovery effort, Scott Cooper, explained why the planes had landed on U.S. soil.