Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

Messages and New Articles

13 February 2018
A bomber from Gander to Europe crashed in Greenland. If they don't get help, the crew will  probably loose their lives on a frozen, windsweeped plateau.  But they had a guardian on stand-by in Gander!,

An unsung Gander hero - Abner C Knee

02 March 2018
In 1947,  a "mechanical brain" guides a plane across the Atlantic; This was over 40 years before Vic 20 and Commodiore 64 computers were on the market"

Pilotless plane flies across the Atlantic from Gander
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