• Date: 05/01/2016
  • Cemetery: Burwood Cemetery

A new tribute is in place to remember RAAF member William Allan Baxter, who is buried at Burwood Cemetery.

Sergeant William Allan Baxter (1918-1942) served as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War.

GMCT recently repaired Baxter’s headstone and contacted the Office of War Graves, who supplied a plaque in Baxter’s memory. That memory is not forgotten - members of the public have since acknowledged the significance of the plaque and expressed their thanks.

Sgt Baxter was a member of the ‘Beaufort crew’, flying historically significant Beaufort Bomber aircraft. Manufacture of the twin-engine torpedo bomber was a major challenge – and achievement – for Australian industry. 

Operational training for the aircraft was undertaken in Bairnsdale, Victoria. Along with three others, Sgt Baxter died there on 27 August 1942 when two aircraft collided in mid-air.

You can read the original 1942 newspaper article about the accident at the National Library of Australia.

View Baxter’s entry on the Roll of Honour here.