“The Plane Hunters Research/Recovery Team Belgium v.z.w.” is a team that does research , detects,  recovers  crashed planes from World War II.  We are a team of volunteers who are interested in the Air Forces that circled Belgium and Holland during the War (between 1940-45).

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Since January 2008, we have been acknowledged by the Flemish Government.


Since  2011, we have been  working in conjunction with the RAF /USAAF/Luftwaffe  History Societies to search for  crash sites in both Belgium and Holland.

Since July 2019 we are officially a ” non profit organisation”.

Our Headquarters are located in Herentals , Belgium.  As a result of our region being over-flown for many of the attacks on Germany, it is hardly surprising that many planes crashed in this area.  It is one of our stated aims to obtain as much information as possible about the crashed aircrafts we research, search for, detect and excavate.

We also want to keep the relatives of the crews updated about the location and circumstances in which the crashes may have occurred.

Those visiting our website may notice that there are no precise details of the locations of the crash sites we have so far discovered.  This is because we are aware that there are “treasure-hunters” watching our website, who will try to search for  the relics so that they can sell them for profit.  All of our records are made available for relatives of the crews and acknowledged researchers .

It could happen that we find  human remains at the crash sites we excavate, we work very hard to ensure that those remains are treated with dignity and proper respect. The human remains are always handed over to the authorities.   We had several reburials at the Commonwealth Cemeteries .

Sadly in April 2024 we received a fine from the Flemish Heritage department of about 5000 Euro’s, because of a project that we did involving a P-47 crash that was plundered by treasure hunters. We decided to sift all the remaining sand that was dug up by those looters because we knew that there could still be human remains in that crash site. It’s our main goal to give all the airman a proper grave and let them rest with their friends  .

But there are some people in the Flemish Heritage Department so jealous of the Plane Hunters Team so they decided to give us this huge  fine with the thought that the team would break-up .

But we are stronger than that . This fine gives us a bit set back involving research, but we will get over it .

We have participated in   documentaries on Discovery Channel and History Channel .

You tube movie about the expo of Lancaster NN775


Any information about crashed aircraft is always welcome.

Click on “Recovery (RAF, USAAF, Luftwaffe )” to see the crashsites that are under investigation.

Our team is sponsored by PMM Wing Service (Patrick’s Motor Maintenance)

“Your Firewall Forward Specialist”    www.pmmwingservice.aero ,and the Overloon War Museum  https://www.oorlogsmuseum.nl/ 


You are most welcome to sign our guest book.



Telephone:  0(032) 476 94 63 27

With kindest regards,

Benny Ceulaers

Chairman Plane Hunters Research/ Recovery Team Belgium v.z.w.

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