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Thomas Welch Horton

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Portrait of RNZAF Wing Commander Thomas Welch Horton who served with No. 105 Squadron RAF during World War II. Portrait taken during an investiture ceremony in 1945 at the Court at Saint James's. Image provided courtesy of W/C Horton and Dave Homewood of Wings Over New Zealand. Public Domain.

Portrait of RNZAF Wing Commander Thomas Welch Horton who served with No. 105 Squadron RAF during Wor …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Welch AWMM
  • Surname
    Horton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tom AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ39920 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 December 1919 Hanson MastertonWairarapa Hanson
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Masterton AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      18 September 1945 AWMM
      "Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Wing Commander Horton has completed a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has shown great skill as a pilot and, more recently sound judgement and fine leadership as a flight commander and deputy squadron commander. This officer has always shown great courage and determination in pressing home his attacks and has obtained some excellent results." AWMM
    • Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM
      5 August 1942 AWMM
      "Throughout his operational tour, this officer has displayed courage, resource and high skill. He has participated in a large number of sorties, including low level attacks on shipping. His aircraft has been repeatedly hit and damaged by enemy fire and, on 3 occasions, he has flown his aircraft safely back to this country after having had one engine rendered useless by enemy attacks." 5 August 1942; Bar for Distinguished Flying Cross "Since his previous awar Squadron Leader Horton has completed many successful sorties during which he has attacked a wide range of target. He has on all occasions shown great courage and determination and has done much valuable work."10 August 1944 AWMM
    • New Zealand Defence Meritorious Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 26 October 1939 Hanson
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Attended Wairarapa High School.

    100 years young on the 29th December 2019. AWMM


About death

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