Thomas W. Horton

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Thomas Welch Horton
Wing Commander Thomas W. Horton in 1945
Born (1919-12-29) 29 December 1919 (age 101)
Masterton, New Zealand
AllegianceNew Zealand (1939–47)
United Kingdom (1948–66)
  • Royal NZ Air Force (1939–47)
  • Royal Air Force (1948–66)
Years of service1939–1966 (27 years)
RankWing Commander
Service number
  • 39920 (RNZAF)
  • 59071 (RAF)
Commands held

Thomas Welch Horton DSO, DFC and bar (born 29 December 1919), is a retired Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) officer, pilot, and combat veteran. He served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War.

He was a member of No. 88 Squadron RAF and flew anti-ship missions in the Bristol Blenheim and Douglas Boston. After the war, Horton was commissioned with the Royal Air Force and commanded No. 203 Squadron RAF flying maritime patrol missions in the Neptune MR.1.[1]

Horton was on the United Kingdom's Air Ministry staff and as a liaison officer in the Pentagon to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Horton retired with the rank of wing commander in 1966.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Thompson, H. L. (1956). "New Zealanders With The Royal Air Force (Vol. II)". New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Wellington, New Zealand: Historical Publications Branch. p. 252. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  2. "Squadron Leader to Wing Commander" (PDF). Flightglobal/Archive. London, England: Reed Business Information. 20 January 1956. p. 96. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70258". Aviation Safety Network. Alexandria, Virginia: Flight Safety Foundation. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  • Dawson, Andy (6 October 2016). "105 Squadron". The Mosquito Page. Retrieved 10 March 2017.