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Macfire created the topic: BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF
BZ832 D 200 Sqn RAF
Liberator GR.V (B-24D-10-CF)
11th August 1943: Ops: ASW Patrol, Atlantic west of West Africa.
Shot down by flak while attacking and sinking U-468.
Awarded the VC on the recommendations of the U-boat's Commander, Kapitan Schamong.
P: Fg Off L A Trigg DFC RNZAF CWGC 1533454 47th or 51st Op
2P: Fg Off J E J Townshend BEM RAFVR CWGC 1533449
N: Fg Off I Marinovich RNZAF 50th Op CWGC 1532785
W.Op/AG: Flt Sgt A G Bennett RNZAF CWGC 1081447 52nd Op
W.Op/AG: Flt Sgt L J Frost RNZAF CWGC 1082031 65th Op
W.Op/AG: Flt Sgt T J Soper RNZAF CWGC 1533307 39th Op
Fg Off G N Goodwin RCAF CWGC 1082092
Plt Off R A Bonnick RAFVR CWGC 1081490
This was Trigg’s first sortie in a Liberator, the squadron having converted from Hudson’s.
Surprisingly there is no entry in Search, Find and Kill, Coastal Command's U-boat Successes in World War Two: by Norman L R Franks
For Your Tomorrow, Volume 2. Errol C Martyn
New Zealanders in the RAF, Volume II. Wg Cdr H L Thompson
Aircraft of the RAF since 1918. Owen Thetford.
Jamie replied the topic: Re: BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF
Hi There Macfire.
My Uncle was Flt Sgt T J Soper.
I was curious as to whether you had any photos of the crew and their plane ?
My Dad, Terry's brother passed away last year and I am currently researching my family's involvement in WW1 & WW2 for Anzac Day. I have one photo of him but not of the crew.
Sadly, my father went to war on the same day that his mother received a telegram to tell her that Terry had been killed in action.