Thomas White (1888–1957) was an Australian politician and First World
War pilot. In 1915, he was among the first Australian Flying Corps
members to see action when he was deployed to the Middle East with the
Mesopotamian Half Flight. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
and twice mentioned in despatches for his war service. He was elected to
the House of Representatives in 1929. He served as Minister for Trade
and Customs in Joseph Lyons's United Australia Party government from
1933 to 1938, but resigned when he was excluded from Lyons's inner
cabinet. After service in the Royal Australian Air Force during the
Second World War, he returned to parliament in 1945 as a member of the
newly formed Liberal Party. From 1949 to 1951, he was Minister for Air
and Minister for Civil Aviation in Robert Menzies's government. He was
Australia's high commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1951 to 1956,
and was knighted in 1952.
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