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.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12962)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Horace Dale Barton,
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.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 3 December 1918 (31046/14316)