Flying Officer William (Bill) Alan Liddell Trott was born on 4 November 1923 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Bill Trott enlisted on 21 December 1941 and joined No. 486 Sqn in August 1943. After operating against the V-1s during the summer of 1944, he moved with the unit to Holland later in the year. Operating over Germany on 14 February 1945, flying SA-Q (EJ711), he was hit by a fragment from a FLAK shell. He was very badly wounded, though he was able to fly back to base and land.

A considerable period in hospital in the UK followed, after which, the war having ended, he returned to New Zealand where he became a civil servant and studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Having made a complete recovery, in 1947 he was called back into the RNZAF to serve with the occupation forces in Japan flying Corsairs. He then accepted a permanent commission and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.

Bill was later selected to be sent back to the UK to attend the RAF Staff College, but on 17 February 1955 he was killed when a Devon aircraft in which he was flying crashed in the mountains north of Wellington.



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Left to right: Jim Sheddan, Bill Trott, Brian O' Connor, Spike Umbers, Johnny Wood, Colin McDonald and Dusty Miller. 


Trott's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit
13 July 1944  V-1 SA-U (JN866) 5-6m W Tunbridge Wells 486 Sqn 
 23 July 1944 V-1  SA-Y (JN758) Hastings 486 Sqn 
23 July 1944 V-1  SA-Y (JN758) Etchingham area 486 Sqn
27 July 1944 V-1 SA-F (JN763) S West Maling  486 Sqn 
6 Aug 1944 V-1 SA-P (EJ528) Newhaven 486 Sqn 
28 Aug 1944 V-1 SA-R (JN863) 2m W Tenterden 486 Sqn
1 Jan 1945 Fw190 SA-U (EJ606) Venlo 486 Sqn


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