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Name: Horace Dale Barton
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: South Africa
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 84
Victories: 19
Born: 22 November 1891
Place of Birth: Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died:  
Place of Death:  
 
 
After two years of service with the army in Africa, Horace Dale Barton joined the Royal Flying Corps. Following flight training, he served briefly with 84 Squadron before he was reassigned to 24 Squadron on 3 January 1918. Evidence suggests he may have been the ace who shot down the Hans Wolff on 16 May 1918. An S.E.5a pilot, Barton shared in the capture of Kurt Wüsthoff on 17 June 1918 when the German's Fokker D.VII was forced down near Cachy.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Horace Dale Barton.
   A courageous and dashing officer who has accounted for fourteen enemy machines, destroying two, forcing two to land in our lines, and driving ten down out of control. In addition, he has destroyed a kite balloon which was flying at a height of 500 feet; engaging it at close range he drove it down in flames.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Horace Dale Barton, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   An excellent patrol leader, combining in a marked degree coolness and courage. Since 30th July he has destroyed three enemy machines and driven down three out of control. He has also rendered most valuable service in attacking enemy troops on the ground, silencing, on August 30th, a hostile battery and causing the horses to stampede.
 
Opponents
#6 Kurt WüsthoffGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Feb 1918 0830 24 S.E.5a (B120) DFW C (OOC) 1 La Fère
2 08 Mar 1918 1500 24 S.E.5a (C1751) Fokker DR.I (DESF) SE of La Fère
3 12 Mar 1918 1045 24 S.E.5a (C1751) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bellenglise
4 16 May 1918 1915 24 S.E.5a (C6417) Fokker DR.I (DES) S of Proyart
5 06 Jun 1918 1130 24 S.E.5a (C6481) Albatros D.V (OOC) Moreuil
6 17 Jun 1918 1200 24 S.E.5a (C6481) Fokker D.VII (CAP) 2 Cachy
7 27 Jun 1918 1925 24 S.E.5a (C6481) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Chipilly
8 01 Jul 1918 0830 24 S.E.5a (C6481) LVG C (OOC) 3 Méaulte
9 16 Jul 1918 1345 24 S.E.5a (C6481) Balloon (DES) 62D R22 central
10 26 Jul 1918 0730 24 S.E.5a (C6481) DFW C (CAP) 4 NW of Royaucourt
11 04 Aug 1918 0900 24 S.E.5a (C6481) DFW C (DES) 5 N of Suzanne
12 28 Aug 1918 1915 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Pfalz D.III (DES) 62C, N of Barleux
13 30 Aug 1918 0630 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Albatros C (DES) 6 Bus, near Sailly
14 08 Sep 1918 0815 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Le Catelet
15 15 Sep 1918 1830 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Albatros C (OOC) Cambrai
16 15 Sep 1918 1855 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Hannover C (DES) 7 Hannescourt
17 20 Sep 1918 0630 24 S.E.5a (C8840) LVG C (DES) Wassigny
18 22 Sep 1918 1040 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Bourlon Wood
19 02 Oct 1918 1635 24 S.E.5a (C8840) Balloon (DES) 8 Clary

1 Shared with Lt Ronald Mark, Lt Andrew Cowper
2 Shared with Capt Ian McDonald, Capt George Johnson, Lt C E Walton (C4185)
3 Shared with Capt Cyril Lowe
4 Shared with 2Lt Conway Farrell, 2Lt J J Palmer (C1861), Lt J A Miller (C6466), Lt F S Passmore (C1938)
5 Shared with 2Lt Conway Farrell
6 Shared with Lt Hilbert Bair, Lt Thomas Harries
7 Shared with Lt Hilbert Bair
8 Shared with Lt W C G Geraghty (B8505)
 
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