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Full Name
Lloyd Allan Trigg
Rank Last Held
Flying Officer
Forename(s)
Lloyd Allan
Surname
Trigg
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
NZ413515
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
1914
Place of Birth
Houhora, North Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment
Machinery Salesman
Next of Kin
Nola Bernice Trigg (wife), Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Married
Enlistment Date
15 June 1941
Age on Enlistment
27
Body on Embarkation
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Embarkation Date
September 1941
Place of Embarkation
New Zealand
Destination
United Kingdom
Campaigns
Atlantic
Military Awards
  • Victoria Cross (VC)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Award Circumstances
  • DFC. Awarded for two skillful attacks against U-Boats while protecting a West African convoy in March 1943.
  • VC. Gazetted October 1943 - awarded posthumously. Flying Officer Trigg had rendered outstanding service on a convoy escort and anti-submarine duties. He had completed his operational sorties and had invariably displayed skill and courage of a very high order.
  • On August 11, 1943, Flying Officer Trigg undertook, as captain and pilot, a patrol in a Liberator bomber, although he had not previously made any operational sorties in that type of aircraft. After a search of eight hours duration, a surfaced U-Boat was sighted. Flying Officer Trigg immediately prepared to attack.
  • During the approach the aircraft received many hits from the submarine's anti-aircraft guns and burst into flames which quickly enveloped the tail. The moment was critical. Flying Officer Trigg could have broken off the engagement and made a forced landing in the sea; but if he continued the attack every second spent in the air would increase the extent and intensity of the flames and diminish his chances of survival. There could have been no hesitation or doubt in his mind. He maintained his course in spite of the already precarious condition of his aircraft and executed a masterly and devastating attack.
  • Skimming over the U-Boat at less than 50 feet with anti-aircraft fire entering his opened bomb doors, Flying Officer Trigg dropped his bombs on and around the U-Boat, where they exploded with devastating effect. A short distance further on the Liberator dived into the sea. The U-Boat sank within 20 minutes and some of her crew were picked up later in a Liberator's rubber dinghy.
  • VC. New Zealand Gazette 1944 p. 636
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 200 Squadron, RAF
Place of Death
Off coast of West Africa
Date of Death
11 August 1943
Age at Death
29
Year of Death
1943
Cause of Death
Killed on air operations
Memorial Name
  • Malta Memorial, Malta
  • Roll of Honour World War 2 (Taipa monument), Taipa, Mangonui District, Far North, New Zealand
  • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Memorial Reference
Panel 12, Column 1
Biographical Notes
  • Date of birth is 5 June 1914 or 6 June 1914
  • Son of Francis Arthur Trigg, and of Cecilia Louisa Trigg (nee White); husband of Nola Bernice Trigg, of Whangarei and with children on enlistment
  • Commissioned in January 1942.
  • He was based for a period at Freetown, West Africa
  • The New Zealand Herald of 8th May 1998 notes that Triggs DFC and VC medals set a world record for a military medal when sold for NZ$421, 000 at auction at Christies in London. It is believed that the Trigg VC was first sold by his family in the 1960's.
Description of Image
  • Portrait in Flying gear
  • Portrait, Weekly News, DFC
  • Portrait, VC, DFC (Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II)
  • Poster of Lloyd Allan Trigg, VC DFC "Its the path that leads to glory..." held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library.
  • Transcription of Lloyd A. Trigg's VC citation
Additional Information
  • Victoria Cross not publicly held
  • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.
Further References
Sources Used
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington: Dept of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
  • Harper, G. & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, NZ: HarperCollins NZ.
  • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, Returned Services Association.
  • New Zealand Herald
  • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, UK: This England.

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