Remembering Sergeant Johnny Trigg and Pilot Officer Dunfee

Sometimes visiting the past might proove difficult and getting every right is sometimes impossible.

Who remembers Sergeant Johnny Trigg and Pilot Officer Dunfee?

Gérard Pelletier did remember them.

Johnny Trigg’s name is found only once in Gérard Pelletier’s logbook.

26-1-42      10.50      DEF. 404      Sgt. Trigg      G.C.I.     1:35

Date: 26-1-42

Take-off time: 10.50

Plane: DEF. 404

Pilot: Sgt. Trigg

Duty: G.C.I. (Ground Controlled Interception)

Flying Time: 1:35

Earlier this year, I made contact with David Moncur whose father was a pilot with 246 Squadron.

Gérard Pelletier and William Moncur

David had a picture of Johnny Trigg  in his father’s collection of World War Two pictures, but he did not know who he was.

William Moncur’s collection courtesy David Moncur

When I first saw the pilot in the cockpit the face looked familiar. Then I compared it with pictures from the Gérard’s album…

Although the pilot was looking much older…I believe Johnny Trigg was the unknown pilot.

Johnny Trigg
Gérard Pelletier’s collection

I have yet to find more information about Sergeant John Trigg. I know he stayed with 264 Squadron and became a Pilot Officer flying Mosquitos with his navigator Sergeant W. Burrells. The information was found in the 264 Squadron ORBs.

Now what about Pilot Officer Dunfee?

His name appears many times in the logbook, but there are no pictures in the album, which I find quite strange with all the pictures Gérard Pelletier took when he was with 264 Squadron.

Dunfee’s name first appears here at Church Fenton, Yorkshire. Dunfee and Pelletier teamed up on April 9th, 1941. 

On May 3rd they had their last practice flight.

It’s no surprise that they were reunited at West Malling with 264 Squadron and started flying together again on May 18th, 1941 doing some air firing.

And the training flights went on and on…

Until June 12th…  when they were flying a ground controlled interception. On May 20th, they were flying on a Havoc co-operation. This operation was probably with the Havoc Turbinlite.

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On January 26th, 1942, they chased a Hun. On the following they flew their last operation together.

After that nothing more…

I could only find this scant information about a Flight Lieutenant G.E. Dunfee who, while flying Mosquito NFXVII HK291, was shot down by friendly fire on August 21, 1944…

125 Squadron
Shot down by own AA on V-1 patrol off Hastings Sussex

Sometimes visiting the past might proove difficult and getting every right is sometimes impossible.

About RAF 125 Squadron…

November 1943 saw the squadron move to RAF Valley in Wales to enable patrols to take place over the Irish Sea. With a conversion to Mosquitos in February 1944, No. 125 moved to RAF Hurn in preparation to cover the Operation Overlord landings in Normandy. It also participated in intercepting Operation Steinbock raids from January to May 1944. With the commencement of V-1 attacks on London the squadron moved to RAF Middle Wallop to assist in the defence and to fly patrols from RAF Bradwell Bay over the Low Countries. A move to RAF Coltishall saw the squadron defend against enemy intruders and flying bomb carriers. whilst undertaking reconnaissance to locate the remainder of German shipping. No. 125 transferred to Yorkshire, where it was disbanded on 20 November 1945.



Sometimes you will get something wrong…

On my ongoing research about Flight Sergeant Gérard Pelletier, sometimes I will get something wrong when I am visiting his past…

Collection William Moncur (original photo)

Collection William Moncur (modified photo)

Collection William Moncur (my first colorised version)

This is the right colorisation done by Doug Banks who told me I had the wrong camouflage.

Thanks to Doug I was thus able to correct my own version colorised version of the original photo shared by William Moncur’s son…

Flight Sergeant E. R. Thorn (pilot, left) and Sergeant F. J. Barker (air gunner) of No 264 Squadron RAF and their Teddy Bear mascot, presented to them by their ground crew, posing with their Boulton-Paul Defiant Mark I at Biggin Hill, Kent, after destroying their first Heinkel He 111, bringing their total of enemy aircraft destroyed to thirteen. These two sergeants became the most successful Defiant partnership of the war. © IWM (CH 2526)

Sometimes visiting the past might proove difficult and getting every right is sometimes impossible.

Ealier this year, Flight Sergeant Pelletier’s niece shared her uncle’s photo album by scanning every page using a high definition setting.

This is the first photo in the album, a photo which has never been seen anywhere before on the Internet.

“We fight by night” is the caption above written by Flight Sergeant Pelletier who is missing in action since September 3, 1942.

This is Flight Sergeant Pelletier on a photo taken in the album.

And this is a colorised version done by Harry Burgess as a tribute to him.

At my request, Gérard’s niece scanned her uncle’s logbook so we could share it with everyone…and learn more on how he trained, fought, and died.