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Lloyd Allan Trigg

Portrait in Flying gear - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait in Flying gear - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lloyd Allan AWMM
  • Surname
    Trigg AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ413515 AWMM
    • WWII 413515 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1914 AWMM HouhoraNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Nola Bernice Trigg (wife), Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 September 1941 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
      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 AWMM
    • Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
      DFC. Awarded for two skillful attacks against U-Boats while protecting a West African convoy in March 1943. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 15 June 1941 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Machinery Salesman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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.

    Victoria Cross not publicly held. Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1943 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM
    • Roll of Honour World War 2 (Taipa monument), Taipa, Mangonui District, Far North, New Zealand AWMM
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • My courageous grandfather. The father your little boys hardly knew... the dark outline of your face looking into a bassinet. The husband my grandmother lost...her only grave to kneel at. The brave and loyal men you took with you. The loss too great. Your wife and son's now gone. Gone.
    Public - Stephanie - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
    Our early morning dawn;lift off Bathurst 'subs' a thorn
    Flying Liberator long wings,the Atlantic we spawn.
    "Lloyd officer Trigg" and my seven beside
    Survey for 'Unterseeboot,' before they ripple a dive
    We have gauged a sight;for there is one below
    I'll drop down a swoop and foul them a foe!
    Opening their fire rages straits intense
    The tail now alight;our chances weakly immense.
    I take a grasp,head bearing her once more
    Planing the bow,openly the 'fins' door.
    Low above the tower fifty feet or so
    Out with the bombs;six charges all blow.
    We crash dive to the stern,"our end" all liberty she burns
    Among seven 'Schamong;' he captains a VC for I belong!

    Copyright:N.J.Deller 30/7/017 "Honour a breed brave I lead"
    Public - Nathan John - 1 August 2017
  • I visited New Zealand in 2001 and saw Flying Officer Trigg's exhibit/diorama at the RNZAF Museum.

    Courage and determination beyond imagining. The qualities and strength of character that every parent should teach his/her children about.

    I wish Lord Ashcroft could repatriate his Victoria Cross to New Zealand to be kept on display at the RNZAF Museum.
    Public - Stephen Leonard - 12 July 2017
  • I never met my Great-Grandfather but I think he and his crew were brave men.
    Public - Beck - Direct descendant - 16 July 2016
  • I never meet you!! Growing up I saw yr picture in my nana's lounge ( not knowing who you were) and under that I saw this German u boat (discovered that to what it was) I had no understanding who u were. In the last 20yrs I now know more about you and what you and the rest of those brave men you had on fatal and brave mission you took. I am so proud to be related to you!!! you are never forgotten...every time I go to the RSA I see you and wish I had known you!!!! u and yr crew are never forgotten. Thank you for giving us this wonderful country u and yr crew fought for...New Zealand
    Public - Veronica - Direct descendant - 21 April 2016
  • My grandmother(Garvie) and my mother always spoke of Lenas brave deeds unfortunatly with the passing on of the older generation we have lost links to his remaining family members,it would be so nice to make contact with them so we can fill in the gaps. Mick Wood
    Public - Michael - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • The Grandfather I never had the privilege of knowing. Whom I'm so proud of for his bravery. You will never be forgotten because of this. I'm hoping you and Dad are finally reunited.
    Public - Cherie Joy - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • Sanders, J. (1974). New Zealand VC winners : the story of New Zealand servicemen who won the greatest honour for valour on the battlefield. Auckland, N.Z.: Wilson and Horton. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Conly, R.M. Print. 25 X 38 cm. Printed and presented to this School by the "Advocate" Welfare Club, in collaboration with the artist, Cpl. R.M.Conly. Print C75 held in the Collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
      pp. 216-217 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). p. 315 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Lambert, Max; NZPA, New Zealand Herald 25 April 2007, 'U-boat skipper's testimony led to VC for New Zealand pilot'. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2020StephanieWaiukuDirect descendant
28 March 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
01 August 2017Nathan JohnHettstedt GermanyOther
12 July 2017Stephen LeonardBangkokOther
16 July 2016BeckAucklandDirect descendant

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