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Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.

Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
17:14:12 14 August 2001
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I'd like to see some of your views on the disgusting act carried out by people who i cannot call anything but uncaring scum by the digging up of a protected war grave in Sussex and robbing it of the pilot's personal items, a bracelet, medal ribbons, flying insignia and coins and everything else of value, they even removed the remains of the pilot to get at items of wreckage, put them in a plastic bag and put it back in the hole before filling it back in. Some of these B#####DS have been caught and i only hope they get what they deserve (but i doubt it).The name of one of them you may recognise as a well known Aviation Archeologist, i've got another name for him to strong to print here.

Comments please...Alan.

The pilot in question was F/O Ted Kosh, killed July 1944.


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Tony
Time Stamp:
18:32:45 14 August 2001
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Tony/// I have to say that this is the first i have heard of this, as i do not buy news papers and wonder what date it was published.

With tears in my eyes this must be one of the lowest means of obtaining anything that does not belong to them, there are no excuses for this type of offence, i believe if you sex offend then carrstration is the answer, and in this case cut off there Bloody hands, sorry if this offends any readers. these grave robbers are trully the scum of the earth. I hope that if the materials are recovered that they will be reunited with the brave man ( T. Kosh). I feel a deep sadness and feel for any family members who are still of this life. Alan thankyou for making me aware of this terrible act...


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
18:49:38 14 August 2001
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Published in todays Mirror 14/8/01.It's worth buying to read the whole disgraceful story.


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
20:14:39 14 August 2001
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If anyone has not seen the article you can view the whole story at www.mirror.co.uk click on "news" scroll down to click on Graverobbers.


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Philip (Guest)
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22:09:57 14 August 2001
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Thats what I like about your UK newspapers, name and place of the B.....d who did it, why not digging up his grandparents!!

You should get shot for this.


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: David (Guest)
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22:29:33 14 August 2001
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One of the persons charged is indeed well known in UK aviation archeology circles and has been for many years.

I am surprised and shocked.

The issue also raises the question of government policy to investigations of crash sites and sites where remains may be in situ. Other countries, notably the US, Germany and Japan go to great lengths to recover their war dead and give a decent burial.

Sadly this is just not the case in the UK where our politicians and civil servants just seem not to be bothered and consider the whole thing an embarressment.

I find this official apathy also deeply disturbing



RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Stephen Southway (Guest)
Time Stamp:
23:41:02 14 August 2001
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Hi everyone,

What a discusting state of affairs. I read the article concerned and it amazes me what type of person would do this sort of thing. Not an human being as we like to know someone.

Photographs of war graves by the thousand in Germany or France for instance is heartbreaking enought to view, but to see an airman's last resting place treated in this way is beyond belief.

One man has been arrested and he turns out to be an aviation enthusiast. This is even more disturbing and the way they treated the remains is something out of an Hammer horror story.

There is no punishment good enough for this discusting man. In view of past convictions for crimes commited, the legal system will probably give him an holiday, community service and cleaning up of some civil cemetery, to show him the error of his ways.

This article has really sadden me, the blatant disrespect for past sacrifices. Forgotten in the cause for personal gain. Items stolen and kept like some kind of trophy.

What a sad, sad day.

Stephen Southway


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Don Clark (Guest)
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09:40:04 15 August 2001
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Was this an appropriate topic for posting on this board?


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Alan
Time Stamp:
14:22:33 15 August 2001
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Don,

No offence Don,i'm sorry if you think it inappropriate to post this article but i thought this board was for the discussion of all things concerned with the matter of aviation in RAF of WW2 plus some other topics. In my case i am extremely passionate in keeping the memories of the men who served in Bomber/Fighter/Coastal command ect during WW2 alive, so when i see a story like this one it really made me angry that someone (who i once respected) could do such a thing,and according to todays news he has been charged with theft under the Protection of Military Remains Act. People like the person concerned have always had my respect because they were doing something that i feel the UK government should have been doing,(but thats another subject that sticks in my throat). Anyway, i have my own views and opinions and just wished to express them and do not regret doing so.

Regards.....Alan.


RE: Graverobbers, Daily Mirror article.
Author: Tony (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:20:53 15 August 2001
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I have to agee Alan, had it not been for your viewing of the artical in the newspaper and making many of us aware of it, so many of us would have never known, This excellent site give us a chance to share our knowledge and also our feelings. As the responce has proved. Tony.