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    There seems to be errors or omissions in 200 Sqdn sorties with Lloyd Trigg and his Hudson crew. They vanish from the ORB for three/four months to reappear in August, with the extra crew to fly the units first Liberator operation.
    Obviously the crew were doing Liberator training, but the summary form does not explain how these young men came together to make up the eight crew positions

    I'm trying to tell a great story for a chapter in a future book, if anyone could help I'd be grateful.

    Andy Bird

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    From my For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998):

    Wed 11 Aug 1943
    WEST AFRICA
    Anti-submarine patrol SW of Bathurst
    200 Squadron, RAF (Yundum, Gambia; detachment at Rufisque, French West Africa - 295 Wing)
    Liberator GR.V BZ832/D - took off from Rufisque at 0729 and set out on patrol, but at 1105 was diverted to hunt for a U-boat which had just been attacked by a Catalina of 490 Sqn, RNZAF. En route, at position 1220N:2007W, some 90 miles north of the Catalina’s quarry and about 240 miles SW of Dakar, sighted another surfaced submarine. This was U-468 on its way back to base in France under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Clemens Schamong. Diving down to its 50-foot attack height, the Liberator was repeatedly hit by 20mm cannon fire as it ran in to bomb, fire breaking out in the fuselage as a salvo of depth charges released to straddle the U-boat. Both hunter and hunted were mortally injured, BZ832 surviving but seconds as it plunged into the sea 300 yards beyond its victim, exploding on impact. The eight crew are commemorated on the Malta Memorial. U-468 sank less than 10 minutes later, leaving some 20 of its crew swimming about in the shark infested waters. Ironically, Schamong and six others, who became the action’s only survivors, owed their lives to one of the Liberator’s rubber dinghies which had released in the crash. Next day they were sighted at position 1228N:1918W by Sunderland ‘H’ of 204 Sqn, which dropped supplies and signalled the corvette HMS Clarkia to come and pick them up. In an unusual turn of events, the prisoners subsequent account of their attacker’s coolness and courage so impressed British authorities that the Liberator’s captain was posthumously awarded the VC.
    Captain: NZ413515 Fg Off Lloyd Allan TRIGG, VC DFC, RNZAF - Age 29. 656hrs. 47th or 51st op(?)
    Navigator: NZ413103 Fg Off Ivan MARINOVICH, RNZAF - Age 26. 605hrs. 50th op.
    WOpAG: NZ412861 Flt Sgt Arthur Godfrey BENNETT, RNZAF - Age 29. 488hrs. 52nd op.
    WOpAG: NZ414872 Flt Sgt Laurence James FROST, RNZAF - Age 22. 449hrs. 65th op.
    WOpAG: NZ412908 Flt Sgt Terence John SOPER, RNZAF - Age 21. 420hrs. 39th op.
    It will be observed that the collective experience of the five RNZAF airmen exceeded 250 sorties. This was the third and last ‘air’ VC to be earned by a New Zealander, although Sqn Ldr L H Trent’s (for his actions the previous May) was not promulgated until after the war. Trigg’s DFC was awarded in June for determined attacks against a U-boat on 28 March and another two days later. This sortie and another on the same day were 200 Squadron’s first operations undertaken with the Liberator.

    And Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices):

    TRIGG, Flying Officer Lloyd Allan*, VC, DFC.
    NZ413515; b Houhora 5 May 14; Whangarei HS (1st XV); Northland machinery salesman & serviceman - Booth MacDonald & Co, Chch. NZ Army/TF 1yr; RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 15 Jun 41, 3EFTS 27 Jul 41, emb for Canada 22 Sep 41, att RCAF 7 Oct 41, 12SFTS 11 Oct 41, Pilots Badge & Sgt/Comm 16 Jan 42, 31GRS RAF Feb 42, [31OTU (Hudson)?], 1 Y Depôt Oct 42, att RAF & emb for UK 28 Oct 42, 3PRC 5 Nov 42, 2PDC 27 Nov 42, emb for West Africa 13 Dec 42, arr & 200 Sqn (Hudson - 46 or 50 ops, Liberator - 1 op) 1 Jan 43 [det & by Liberator & Commando to Bahamas & 111OTU (Liberator) via Gold Coast, Ascension Is, Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico & USA c.6 May-13 May, crewed a Liberator to Gambia via Canada, Newfoundland, UK & Morocco 12-18 Jul], kao 11 Aug 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 1. Son of Francis Arthur & Cecelia Louisa Trigg (née White); h of Nola Bernice Trigg (née McGarvie) & f of 2s, Whangarei. Note: * birth reg as Allen Lloyd Trigg. [OH U-boat, OHT2 (DoB incorrect), BSD & phot TWN 4.6.43, 3.11.43 & 10.11 43, 7.6.44 & 9.5.45].

    Note: I think that Trigg's log book may have been donated to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in recent years.

    BENNETT, Flight Sergeant Arthur Godfrey.
    NZ412861; b Melbourne, Vic., Australia 27 Dec 13; to NZ 'at an early age'; Taihape Sch; motor assembler - Ford Motor Co, Lower Hutt. Wgtn Aero Club by May 34, Wairarapa & Ruahine Aero Club by Sep 36, 'A' Licence 12 Oct 36; RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Gunner u/t 8 Jun 41, emb for Canada 14 Aug 41, att RCAF 29 Aug 41, 3WS 31 Aug 41, 7BGS 12 Apr 42, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 11 May 42, 31OTU RAF (Hudson) 5 Jun 42, 1 Y Depôt 13 Sep 42, att RAF & emb for UK 25 Sep 42, 3PRC 9 Oct 42, 2PDC c.27 Nov 42, emb for West Africa 13 Dec 42, arr & 200 Sqn (Hudson - 51 ops, Liberator - 1 op) 1 Jan 43 [det & by Liberator & Commando to Bahamas & 111OTU (Liberator) via Gold Coast, Ascension Is, Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico & USA c.6 May-13 May, crewed a Liberator to Gambia via Canada, Newfoundland, UK & Morocco 12-18 Jul], kao 11 Aug 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 2. Son of John Arthur & Miriam May Bennett (née Gale), Upper Hutt. [OH U-boat, BSD & phot TWN 20.10.43 & 7.6.44].

    FROST, Flight Sergeant Laurence James.
    NZ414872; b Auckland 9 Jul 21; Kowhai JHS, Auckland; hardware assistant - Briscoe & Co, Auckland. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Gunner u/t 31 Aug 41, emb for Canada 20 Oct 41, att RCAF 4 Nov 41, 2WS 8 Nov 41, 8BGS 26 Apr 42, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 25 May 42, 36OTU RAF (Hudson) 8 Jun 42, 1 Y Depôt 12 Sep 42, 31PD 20 Oct 42, att RAF & emb for UK 27 Oct 42 [originally to emb 23 Sep but ship 'condemned'], 3PRC 5 Nov 42, 2PDC c.27 Nov 42, emb for W Africa 13 Dec 42, arr & 200 Sqn (Hudson - 64 ops, Liberator - 1 op) 1 Jan 43, kao 11 Aug 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 2. Son of David & Georgina Sarah Frost (née Lacey), Onehunga, Auckland. [OH U-boat, BSD & phot. TWN 1.4.42, 3.11.43 & 7.6.44].

    MARINOVICH, Flying Officer Ivan.
    NZ413103; b Oratia 16 Mar 17; Sacred Heart Coll, Auckland; orchardist/transport operator - with father at Oratia. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 25 May 41, 4EFTS 6 Jul 41, pilot trg terminated Jul 41, AHQ 1 Aug 41, remust as Air Observer u/t & ITW 5 Oct 41, emb for Canada 17 Nov 41, att RCAF 1 Dec 41, 6AOS 5 Dec 41, 5BGS 15 Mar 42, Air Observers Badge & Sgt 25 Apr 42, 1ANS [redesignated 1CNS 11.5.42] 26 Apr 42, Comm 25 May 42, 31GRS RAF 5 Jun 42, 31OTU (Hudson) 4 Jul 42, 1 Y Depôt 12 Sep 42, att RAF & emb for UK 27 Oct 42, 3PRC 5 Nov 42, 2PDC 27 Nov 42, emb for West Africa 13 Dec 42, arr & 200 Sqn (Hudson - 49 ops, Liberator - 1 op) 1 Jan 43 [det & by Liberator & Commando to Bahamas & 111OTU (Liberator) via Gold Coast, Ascension Is, Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico & USA c.6 May-13 May, crewed a Liberator to Gambia via Canada, Newfoundland, UK & Morocco 12-18 Jul], kao 11 Aug 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 1. Son of Lovre & Mary Marinovich (née Rosandi

    SOPER, Flight Sergeant Terence John.
    NZ412908; b Nelson 7 Jan 22; Puramahoe Sch; tractor driver - M R Couper, Takaka. RNZAF Levin/ITW as Air Gunner u/t 11 May 41, emb for Canada 18 Jun 41, att RCAF 3 Jul 41, 3WS 5 Jul 41 [hosp 23 Oct-4 Nov], 7BGS 24 Nov 41, Air Gunners Badge & remust as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner & Sgt 22 Dec 41, 1 Y Depôt 16 Jan 42, Ferry Cmd HQ Dorval Jan 42, 'engaged on ferrying aircraft from Montreal to Newfoundland', att RAF & crewed a Hudson to UK 31 Mar 42, 3PRC c.4 Apr 42, 3RS (various a/c types) 20 May 42, 1(C)OTU (Hudson) 21 Jul 42, 1444FTF [redesignated 301FTU 1.11.42] (Hudson) c.14 Oct 42, 1OADU (Hudson) 26 Dec 42, crewed a Hudson to Gambia via Gibraltar lvg 27 Dec 42, 200 Sqn (Hudson - 37 ops, Liberator - 1 op) on arrival [det & by Liberator & Commando to Bahamas & 111OTU (Liberator) via Gold Coast, Ascension Is, Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico & USA e.May-13 May 43, (crewed a Liberator?) to Gambia via Canada, Newfoundland, UK & Morocco 12-18 Jul], kao 11 Aug 43. Malta Memorial - Panel 12, Column 2. Son of Algernon Leslie & Jean Winifred Soper (née Vaughan), Takaka RMD. [OH U-boat, BSD & phot. TWN 27.10.43 & 7.6.44].

    Errol

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    Wow! Humbly grateful certainly fills in the gaps in research done via an ancestry site and relatives via the site. Contacted RNZAF Museum via e-mail three weeks ago to-date not heard anything, but realise there busy.

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    Andy Bird

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