BURNETT LOSES RAAF VET
John Luxton died after a car crash on Saturday,
BIGGENDEN man John Luxton, who served in the RAAF during the Second World War, died on Saturday, June 18, following a car crash near Dallarnil.
The 94-year-old ex-serviceman was a passionate member of the community.
Every year Mr Luxton would participate in the Biggenden Anzac Day march, not by marching but aboard his gopher alongside ex-servicemen and women.
John was underage when he tried to join the RAAF but, one way or another, he was determined to join the forces.
“Needing my parents’ consent, I asked my father and he said ask your mother who automatically burst into a flood of tears,” Mr Luxton told the Central and North Burnett Times in 2014.
“The army took anyone and my brother got his clearance and joined up but I still had to wait my time to join the RAAF.
“On one occasion, I took a day off illegally to see the recruiting officer but they were cunning as one of the last people I had to see was from my workplace.
“He promptly told me to get back to work or he’d get the police onto me.
“In the end, I just went to work, sat around and smoked so they would let me go and join up.”
John got his wish when he was 20 and joined the RAAF in Sydney on September 15, 1942.
He was always keen to be an electrician so trained in Adelaide and then joined the Group 2 aircraft electricians.
John was posted to the RAAF base at Nowra and became involved with the 60TU (operating training unit) with the Beaufort aircraft.
“I went to Adelaide to do an electrical fitter’s course and then to Uranquinty, near Wagga, where I met the love of my life, Ruth, who was a WAAF flight mechanic at a dance,” Mr Luxton said.
“I proposed to her around the time the Japanese surrendered. I then signed up for extra service with the 87 Squadron at Parkes while Ruth was discharged.
“In July 1946, I was posted to Sydney, discharged and we married on October 16 of the same year,” he said
John and Ruth found Biggenden when they fell in love with their Elizabeth St home 30 years ago.
Ruth Luxton passed away in 2006.
Mr Luxton died tragically on the weekend after he struck a concrete culvert on the Isis Hwy about 5.30pm.
In a statement, police said Mr Luxton was taken to hospital but where died from his injuries.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
VALE: John Luxton always wanted to join the RAAF.