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  • Name: Lloyd Allan TRIGG
  • D.O.B: 5th June, 1914
  • D.O.A: 11th August, 1943
  • D.O.D: 11th August, 1943
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Flying Officer, No 200 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Atlantic Ocean, South West of Dakar 11 August 1943

11 August 1943

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The Second World War 1943 

On 11 August 1943 Flying Officer Trigg and a crew of seven, took off in a B-24 Liberator bomber from Rufisque, east of Dakar, Senegal, in French West Africa on an anti-submarine patrol. When 240 miles south of Dakar, Trigg and his crew sighted a German submarine, U468, which they immediately attacked. Anti-aircraft fire from the submarine soon damaged Trigg’s plane but he persisted with the attack and bombed the submarine, which later sank. The damaged B-24 crashed into the sea and Trigg and his crew were all killed. The only survivors of the action were six members of the U-Boat’s crew, who were rescued by HMS Clarkia. Under interrogation, the U-Boat’s Captain, Klemens Schamong gave information which led to the award of a posthumous VC to Flying Officer Trigg.

Citation

 Flying Officer Trigg had rendered outstanding service on convoy escort and anti-submarine duties. He had completed 46 operational sorties and had invariably displayed skill and courage of a very high order. One day in August, 1943, Flying Officer Trigg undertook, as captain and pilot, a patrol in a Liberator although he had not previously made any operational sorties in that type of aircraft. After searching for 8 hours 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, the aircraft would present a “no deflection” target to deadly anti-aircraft fire, and 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 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. with her gallant captain and crew. The U-Boat sank within 20 minutes and some of her crew were picked up later in a rubber dinghy that had broken loose from the Liberator. The Battle of the Atlantic has yielded many fine stories of air attacks on underwater craft, but Flying Officer Trigg’s exploit stands out as an epic of grim determination and high courage. His was the path of duty that leads to glory. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 29 October 1943. 2 November 1943, No. 36230, p. 4813

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