New Zealander Tom Horton flew 111 bombing operations, including 84 as a Pathfinder pilot flying the Mosquito. After an initial tour flying low-level daylight attacks in the Blenheim, and later the Boston, he was awarded a DFC. After transferring to 105 Squadron, he marked targets using the electronic bombing aid “Oboe”, a radio beam that helped identify the target. He attacked targets during the Battle of the Ruhr, marked rail and communication facilities in the lead up to D-Day and then the V-1 “doodlebug” sites in the Pas de Calais region. He was awarded a Bar to his DFC and then the DSO. He remained in the RAF and commanded Neptune maritime patrol squadron.
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