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06 April 2020
Crew 35, Pilot Thomas Walter Triggs – 462 Squadron RAAF

Crew 35, 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield October 1944. Frederick James WHEELER, Lawrence Graham MOYLE, Berry Gordon MEDWAY, Robin Eugene NICHOLLS, G J REYNOLDS, Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL, Thomas Walter TRIGGS, Keith Allison WORRALL.
Photo supplied by and used with the permission of Ruth Triggs,
daughter-in-law of Thomas Walter Triggs.

Names updated for 06 April 2020

Back row, L to R:-
1. Crew's 1st Wireless Operator P/O Frederick James WHEELER, DFM, showing his DFM Medal Ribbon Bar under his half-wing badge;
2. Crew's 2nd Wireless Operator Lawrence Graham MOYLE;
3. Rear Gunner Berry Gordon MEDWAY;
4. Mid-Upper Gunner Robin Eugene NICHOLLS;
5. Flight Engineer G J REYNOLDS.
Front row, L to R:-
6. Bomb Aimer Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL;
7. Pilot, Thomas Walter TRIGGS;
8. Navigator Keith Allison WORRALL.

Crew 35, 462 Squadron, Driffield, No 4 Group, Bomber Command.

Captain/Pilot: Thomas Walter TRIGGS 16496 RAAF
Navigator: Keith Allison WORRALL 423969 RAAF
Bomb Aimer: Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL 418568 RAAF
Flight Engineer: G J REYNOLDS RAF
1st Wireless Operator P/O Frederick James WHEELER, DFM
2nd Wireless Operator: Lawrence Graham MOYLE 423828 RAAF
Rear Gunner: Berry Gordon MEDWAY 415947 RAAF
Mid-Upper Gunner: Robin Eugene NICHOLLS 434168 RAAF

Crew Information Summary
To be added – Crew Ops

This undated photo was taken sometime during their posting (August to November 1944), outside the "Respirator Workshop", the favoured location of many crew photos at Driffield. (Ref: 466-462 Association, the crew photo at Driffield was dated 06 October 1944.)

The usual Halifax crew number was seven, however in this photo there are eight. Other than Pilot TRIGGS, no other man was definitely identified by name or crew position (from the TRIGGS family).

Tentative identification of Air Gunners MEDWAY and NICHOLLS by comparison with identified gunners in 2nd Crew of Fl/Lt McGINDLE, and with NICHOLLS photo below.
Tentative identification of RAF Flight Engineer REYNOLDS, due to his lighter coloured RAF uniform. Tentative identification of Bomb Aimer REVELL and Navigator WORRALL by comparison with group photos of Bomb Aimers and Navigators, 466 Squadron, January 1945 (in "Brave & True"), shown on the Carthy Crew 17 page.
By process of elimination, the Wireless Operator would be back row, 2nd from left. W/Op MOYLE was identified by comparison with the RODGERS Crew 10 photo.

Identification was revised for site renewal 06 April 2020, after the location of a "Index list of Captions" for photos (but no photos), originally received with files from the 466-462 Association. Names in that list for the TRIGGS crew, matched the tentative names, with the addition of WHEELER.

 

Flying Officer Thomas Walter Triggs 16496 RAAF, Pilot of Crew 35, 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield Yorkshire. Photo taken at demob in 1945.

 

Flying Officer Thomas Walter Triggs, 16496 RAAF.

According to information received from his family, this photo was taken in Melbourne Australia, prior to his demob in late 1945. His Pilot's wings and Medal Ribbon Bar are visible on his chest, as is his Flying Officer insignia on his sleeve cuff.

Triggs was a Warrant Officer at the time of his posting to 462 Squadron, in August 1944.

The additional sleeve badge/insignia with the five broad arrow-heads has not yet been identified. (If you can assist - please contact)

Photo supplied by and used with the permission of Ruth Triggs, daughter-in-law of Thomas Walter Triggs.

 

Pilot

Name: Thomas Walter TRIGGS
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 16496
Date of Birth: 23 August 1917
Place of Birth: Stockwell, England
Date of Enlistment: 15 May 1940
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin: Vera TRIGGS
Date of Discharge: 19 October 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: RAF Stn Moreton-in-The-Marsh, England
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Navigator

Name: Keith Allison WORRALL
Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Service Number: 423969
Date of Birth: 29 December 1922
Place of Birth: Carlingford, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 18 July 1942
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, New South Wales
Next of Kin: Harold WORRALL
Date of Discharge: 25 September 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 43 Base
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Bomb Aimer

Name: Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL
Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Service Number: 418568
Date of Birth: 7 May 1916
Place of Birth: Deer Park, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 23 May 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Victoria
Next of Kin: Harold REVELL
Date of Discharge: 28 November 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 21 Operational Training Unit, England
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Flight Engineer

Name: G J REYNOLDS
Service: Royal Air Force (VR?)
Service Number: 1169328
Date and Place of Birth: ......
Date and Place of Enlistment: ...... *
Next of Kin: ......
Date and Rank at Discharge: ......
Posting at Discharge: ......

* From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 1150001 to No. 1250000 were allocated from April 1940 at Cardington. This batch includes 1169328 for REYNOLDS.
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Wireless Operator – first

Name: Frederick James WHEELER
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 944077 (later 182821)
Date and Place of Birth: ......
Date and Place of Enlistment: ...... **
Next of Kin: ......
Date and Rank at Discharge: ......
Posting at Discharge: ......

** From the website http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rfc_raf.pdf which details RFC and RAF Service Numbers: No. 935000 to No. 964999 were allocated from September 1939 at Cardington. This batch includes 944077 for WHEELER.

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Wireless Operator – second

Name: Lawrence Graham MOYLE
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 423828
Date of Birth: 6 June 1917
Place of Birth: Carlton, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 18 July 1942
Place of Enlistment: Sydney New South Wales
Next of Kin: Elizabeth MOYLE
Date of Discharge: 18 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: ACSEA
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Rear Gunner

Name: Berry Gordon MEDWAY
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 415947
Date of Birth: 17 September 1923
Place of Birth: Stratford, England
Date of Enlistment: 22 April 1942
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin: Albert Edward MEDWAY
Date of Discharge: 14 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: Robin Eugene NICHOLLS
Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Service Number: 434168
Date of Birth: 8 April 1924
Place of Birth: Mount Mulligan, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 27 October 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Queensland
Next of Kin: Ann Nicholls
Date of Discharge: 17 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron

Photos below

 

Sergeant Robin Eugene NICHOLLS, 434168 RAAF, on 7 March 1944; later in 462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham.

Sergeant Robin Eugene NICHOLLS, 434168 RAAF. Photo dated 7 March 1944, which was possibly after he received his Air Gunner's Badge, and promotion to Sergeant. He was later posted to 462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham as Mid Upper Gunner. Photo supplied by the Estate of the Late Sylvia Hyde (née Nicholls), and used with the permission of Kevin Hyde.

 

Memorial Plaque on the grave of Robin Eugene Nicholls, 434168 RAAF, ex-462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham. Grave at Belgian Gardens Cemetery, Townsville, Queensland.

Memorial Plaque on the grave of Robin Eugene Nicholls, 434168 RAAF, ex-462 Squadron, Driffield and Foulsham. His grave is at the Belgian Gardens Cemetery, Townsville, Queensland. Robin Nicholls died on the 31st December 1983 aged 59, and is buried beside his daughter.
Photo supplied by the Estate of the Late Sylvia Hyde (née Nicholls), and used with the permission of Kevin Hyde.
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Crew Summary

From the 466-462 Association publication ("Brave and True" 2nd Ed'n. 2007), the TRIGGS Crew was posted from 578 Squadron, Burn, to 462 Squadron Driffield on 22 August 1944.

The Crew flew 7 Ops at 462 Squadron, the first on 06 October 1944, and the last on 6 November 1944, after which the crew was split up.

Pilot TRIGGS was posted FROM 462 Squadron in December 1944.

Navigator WORRALL and Bomb-Aimer REVELL carried out further Ops at 462 Squadron with the HOURIGAN Crew, and were posted FROM 462 Squadron TO 466 Squadron on 23 December 1944.

Air Gunners MEDWAY and NICHOLLS remained with 462 Squadron, relocating with the Squadron from Driffield to Foulsham in December 1944. Both flew in Crew 19 (Pilot Fl/Lt Edward McGINDLE). NICHOLLS also flew with other crews.

W/Op MOYLE was not listed in any postings FROM 462 Squadron.

F/Eng REYNOLDS was not listed in any postings FROM 462 Squadron.

WHEELER was posted to 462 Squadron as the crew's first Wireless Operator. However he was not listed an any Ops with any crew, and his Posting FROM the Squadron was not listed in the ORB. His DFM was received during his service at 578 Squadron. He was Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer on 16 August 1944, with new RAFVR Service No. 182821. His posting TO 462 Squadron (22 August 1944) was recorded at his previous rank F/Sgt, and Service Number 944077.

If you can assist with information on crew members, or individual photos, please make contact.

Crew Ops – to be added

 

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