Flight Lieutenant Allan Triggs
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|Title||Flight Lieutenant Allan Triggs|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London|
|Medium||bronze cast by John Galizia and Sons 1970 London; plaster cast 1943 London|
|Measurement||overall: 45.4 x 51.6 x 31.6 cm|
Lieutenant Allan William Russell Triggs, MBE, DFC of 172 Squadron RAAF. In August 1943 Lieutenant Triggs was engaged in night patrol duties over the Bay of Biscay when one engine of his Wellington failed and he was forced to ditch in the sea. Owing to Trigg's actions, the crew survived the crash and the next six days at sea until they could be rescued. Trigg's courage and leadership during this ordeal led to the award of the MBE. Later in 1942 and in 1943 Triggs carried out aerial night attacks on submarines, on one occasion returning successfully after an engine had fallen from his aircraft into the sea. For these actions Triggs and his navigator, Colin Badham, received the DFC.