Historical Aircraft

Frederick R. “Fred” Baxter


Fred was born in Barton, Nova Scotia on January 8, 1926. At the age of seventeen, Fred was sailing to a job in Labrador when his ship was torpedoed in the Gulf of St Lawrence. He was pulled from the water by Quebec farmers and proceeded home to enlist in the RCAF in August 1943. He served in Canada and in Europe with the Husky Squadron 437 as Flying Officer and Wireless Air Gunner during World War II. When in Europe, he was able to meet up with his two older, air force enlisted brothers, Ron and Barry. After discharge on July 29, 1946, he remained in Toronto and met his bride Lavina, had four children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He loves to hunt and fish. He was employed with AVRO, Garnet Redi-Mix and Versa Food Services. He retired to live on the shores of Colpoys Bay in Wiarton, Ontario. He received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp and the WAG Badge. Fred has been a member of Wiarton Legion Branch 208 for 45 years.