Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

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18 March 2018
Sometimes on seeing an envelope, one is immediately able to give it context and possible meaning. But other letters, on the contrary, "just don't click", and lead us to wonder what in heavens was that all about??

A funny RAF "Novo" pump
01 April

There were many roads in old Gander that  marked our memories, such as Foss Avenue on the RCAF/Canadian side or the road around the runway towards the RAF side and the old terminal. One other such road was Fleet Street leading north from the Army side.

06 April

The old "Airport Club" down on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of the hospital was torn down on 08 March.  Was this just an ordirary old building or something special?

Gander's Airport Club
20 April 2018
A "First Day Cover" from Gander points out an agreement that brought American forces to Newfoundland.  How did this affect Gander?

Gander FDC
28 April 2018
Another Gander hero - from controlling airplanes with GCA to controlling lunar modules with the NASA

Edward I Fendell
17 May 2018
The early days of Gander up to the moment it was considered officially completed, on 03 October 1939, is fairly are well known. The organisation and operation of Gander after it was taken over by the RCAF on 01 April 1941 is also fairly well documented. But what was the story of the period between the two?  This article by Darrell Hillier tells the story well.

Report by Raymand Manning, May 1940
09 June 2018
When oldtimers think about hospitals in Old Gander, the first that comes to mind would most likely be the Banting Memorial, where many Ganderites were born. The next would probably be the "American hospiital". There were in fact five hospitals on the old airport.

Hospitals in Old Gander
09 July 2018
Many B-17 Flying Fortress bombers went throigh Gander during the war. But the British also used these airplane. Here is the story of two of them.

Two interesting bombers in Gander
18 July 2018
Just a short artiicle showing two vans that represent well certains parts of the history of "Old Gander"-

Two long-forgotten Gander vehicles