Lloyd Trigg’s award is unique, as it was awarded on evidence solely provided by the enemy, for an action in which there were no surviving Allied witnesses to corroborate his gallantry.
New Zealander Lloyd Allan Trigg was born in Houhora, North Island. He enjoyed flying and had originally considered joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) directly from college but in 1938 he got married and started a family. However, the outbreak of the war in Europe prompted Trigg to finally enlist.
After learning to fly in New Zealand in the summer of 1941 he was sent to Canada for advanced training under the Empire Training Scheme. Trigg graduated in January 1942 and transferred to 31 General Reconnaissance School on Canada’s Prince Edward Island for conversion training on the Lockheed Hudson bomber. He sailed for England in October 1942 but his stay was brief as he was quickly allocated to 200 Sqn in North Africa to fly in maritime support of merchant and naval convoys sailing the eastern Atlantic seaboard.