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Crew 35, Pilot Thomas Walter Triggs – 462 Squadron RAAF
Crew 35, 462 Squadron RAAF, Driffield 1944. Unidentified Officer, Lawrence Graham MOYLE, Berry Gordon MEDWAY, Robin Eugene NICHOLLS, G. J. REYNOLDS, Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL, Thomas Walter TRIGGS, Keith Allison WORRALL.

 

Crew 35, 462 Squadron, Driffield, No 4 Group, Bomber Command. 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 466-4632 Association, their crew photo at Driffield was dated 4 October 1944.)

The usual Halifax crew number was seven, however in this photo there are eight. Enlargement of the picture in an attempt to identify badges was not successful. Other than the Pilot, no other man was definitely identified by name or crew position. If you can assist, please make contact.

Back row, L to R:- 1. Unknown Officer with Medal Ribbon Bar under his half-wing badge; 2. Wireless Operator Moyle; 3. Rear Gunner Medway; 4 Mid-Upper Gunner R E Nicholls; 5. RAF Flight Engineer G. J. Reynolds.
Front row, L to R:- 6. Bomb Aimer Edward Revell; 7. Pilot, Thomas Walter Triggs; 8. Navigator Keith Worrall.
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, due to his lighter coloured uniform. Tentative identification of Bomb Aimer Revell and Navigator Worrall by comparison with group photos of Bomb Aimers and Navigators, taken at 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. If you can identify the Officer at back left, please make contact.

Captain/Pilot: Thomas Walter TRIGGS 16496 RAAF
Navigator: Keith Allison WORRALL 423969 RAAF
Bomb Aimer: Edward Alfred Osmond REVELL 418568 RAAF
Wireless Operator: Lawrence Graham MOYLE 423828 RAAF
Flight Engineer: G. J. REYNOLDS RAF
Mid-Upper Gunner: Robin Eugene NICHOLLS 434168 RAAF
Rear Gunner: Berry Gordon MEDWAY 415947 RAAF
Unknown Officer: ???
Crew Information Summary

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


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.

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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Wireless Operator

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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Flight Engineer
(Information from ORBs of 462 Squadron)

Name: G. J. REYNOLDS
Service: Royal Air Force

Service Number: 1169328
Rank at Posting to 462 Squadron: Sergeant

Reynolds also flew with other crews in 462 Sqdn.

No other information is known about Sgt G. J. Reynolds. If you can assist with more information or a photo, please make contact.

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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

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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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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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 last sortie flown by Pilot Triggs was on 6 Nov 1944, after which the crew split up. Navigator Worrall and Bomb-Aimer Revell were posted to 466 Squadron on 23 December 1944.
Air Gunners Medway and Nicholls remained with 462 Squadron, moving 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.

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