Guest: Wing Commander Thomas Welch Horton DSO, DFC* (pff) (retired)
Host: Dave Homewood
Duration: 51 minutes, 27 seconds
(Recorded May 2012)
Topic: Wing Commander Tom Horton was a pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Second World War. He was attached to the Royal Air Force in 1940, and served in Ireland patrolling the seaways in Fairey Battles, then was posted to England where he flew Bristol Blenheims and Douglas Bostons on daylight strikes against shipping and targets in France and the low countries. This was all with No. 88 Squadron. After a rest period he then went onto fly the famed de Havilland Mosquito with No. 105 Squadron Pathfinder Force, No. 8 Group, dropping red target markers and carrying out bombing attacks.
Tom Horton in 1946 in his RNZAF uniform
Tom Horton in 2012 with his WWII medals
Note: Many thanks to Debra Hinkle, Gail Hoddinott, Dave McDonald and Tony Kambic for their assistance in setting up this interview