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Metal thieves ruin plans to display rare Nazi plane at Lashe

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Vertalen lijkt mij in dit geval overbodig, ik neem aan dat we allemaal toch wel een beetje Engels kunnen lezen :)
Metal thieves ruin plans to display rare Nazi plane at Lashenden Air Warfare Museum.

A project to house a rare Nazi rocket plane – one of only six left in the world – has fallen victim to metal thieves. And a white Transit van seen in the area could be a vital clue in the manhunt by Kent Police. Lashenden Air Warfare Museum only took possession of the plane two weeks ago after engineers refurbishment in Munich. But thieves have stolen the 10 reinforced steel girders from an outside area at the back of the museum in Headcorn.
The metal is crucial to supporting a new hangar for the manned missile, which is 26ft 3in long with a wingspan of 18ft 9in. The girders are 9ft in length and worth about £1,000.
It has taken months of painstaking fundraising among the people of Kent to refurbish the plane and find the money to build the hangar.

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The captured rocket plane, without warhead, at its base in Dannenberg, Germany.

So far £72,000 has been raised, much of which was spent on restorations and moving the plane from Germany to Kent. But £40,000 was still needed to complete its new home.To keep the refurbished rocket plane in tip-top shape, the new hangar requires climate-controlled equipment. "We need the funds even more now that all of our steel uprights to support the roof have been stolen," said curator Trevor Matthews."To say we are devastated is putting it mildly. This will mean we need to raise funds again to purchase more, not to mention the lead-in time required. "It could put the project back about 18 months. These thieves are parasites with no respect or feelings for anybody." He added: "I hope this appeal to find them will help police. Someone in Kent must know them."

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An American soldier trying out the rocket's cockpit as the German base commander faces questioning in 1945

A Kent Police spokesman said the girders were stolen between 11.15am and 11.40am on Monday, March 11.

He said: "A white Transit van in the area was noticed shortly before the discovery. Anybody with information should dial 101, quoting YY-4720-13." The rocket plane is the Fieseler Fi103 R-1V Reichenberg. It never flew in combat, although 175 of them were built. As Adolf Hitler focused on British targets, including Buckingham Palace and Number 10, he was willing to use the plane that flew at 500mph and packed a 1,874lb warhead to ensure pinpoint accuracy. It would have been carried under the belly of a bomber, then released with a pilot inside at the last minute. Its development was abandoned after test flights proved disappointing with two pilots killed.
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Re: Metal thieves ruin plans to display rare Nazi plane at L

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Dat is een echt respectloze ziekelijke actie van die metaaldieven :mad:
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Toch vermoed ik dat de dieven geen idee hebben wat ze gestolen hebben, die zagen waarschijnlijk een mooie hoop staal die ze makkelijk kunnen verkopen. Heel erg spijtig, maar het gebeurt hier in Nederland ook met koperen beelden en bouwmaterialen.... helaas.
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Dieven zijn sowieso respectloos of ze nu weten wat ze meenemen of niet.

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Zeker niet om het goed te praten maar het gaat gelukkig alleen om de loods. Ik zie ze er nog voor aan dat ze de V1 verkopen als ze daar bij zouden kunnen komen.
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