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BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF

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8 years 1 month ago - 8 years 1 month ago #1224 by Macfire
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BZ832 D 200 Sqn RAF
Liberator GR.V (B-24D-10-CF)
c/n: 104
USAAF: 42-63855
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.

Crew Missing:
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


Notes:
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

Books:
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.

Links:
Wikipedia Citation
U-boat.net
Wings over NZ Forum
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8 years 1 month ago #1227 by Gary
Gary replied the topic: Re: BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF
Great stuff Mac, hey when I sort you out with access to create docs and stuff do you reckon you could expand on this and create an article for the site.
Cheers
Gary

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8 years 1 month ago #1228 by Macfire
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Yep. Can do.

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6 years 11 months ago #4198 by Jamie
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.

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6 years 11 months ago #4199 by Gary
Gary replied the topic: Re: BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF
Hey Jamie where are you from? Only ask as I'll be going to the local ANZAC dawn and wondered where you were.

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6 years 11 months ago #4200 by Jamie
Jamie replied the topic: Re: BZ832-D and Fg Off L A Trigg VC RNZAF
Hi Gary,
I'm on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, Australia.
I will be attending the Dawn service at Gosford.

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