Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley



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09 December 2018
The story of the overall electrical system in old Gander has already been presented.  This next article, by Darrell Hillier, gives greater information on the the first power house.

Opening of the first power house

23 December 2018
Christmas in Old Gander, because of the mix of civilian and military, the cross-pollination of Canadian, British, American and local culture and its solid base of Newfoundland tradition, was like none other. Have a look why!

Christmas in Old Gander
06 February 2019
How did soldiers and civilians feed theselves in Old Gander during the war and just after?  Did they grow their own food?  Was it brought in from the Mainland?  This article tells the basic story.

"Farming" in Old Gander
26 February 2019
In Old Gander there were two companies that refuelled the airplanes landing there, namely Shell and Esso, along with Esso's predecessor, Intava.  Each company had its particular contracts. So how come one aircraft had trucks from two different companies around it?

The Gander refuelling puzzle
20 March 2019
While Gander was the stopping point for land-based airplanes, there were also two early places for flying boats, namely Botwood and Gleneagles, near Appleton. Around the same period a marine base was being built on Gander Lake just below the airport.  What was the relation between these water-landing sites?

The Botwood - Gleneagles Story
12 April 2019
American servicemen in Gander lived in a pretty rugged wartime base environment. There was no smokeshop, corner store  or "5 and 10" when one needed to buy different sundries or knickknacks.  The solution was a PX, a Post Exchange.

The American Post Exchange in old Gander
18 May 2019
For most people, transportation in the history of Gander refers basically to airplanes.  But without the train, the Newy Bullet, there would not have been a Gander.

    Gander and the Railway
11 June 2019
Photos of the old Gander terminal tend to show the same airline companies. Occasionally another airline is found.

Rare Airline photo from Gander
06 June 2019
Planes going through Gander, both during the 2nd World War and after, were often used in magazine ads. But one might wonder why the ad was made in the first place: information, propaganda or advertising?
Hudson ad - early 1941
15 July 2019
What was Gander really like in 1950?  Most of the time, this view is given by people who actually lived there. But sometimes it is nice to get view of someone who visited just to answer that question

A very complete magazine article on Gander in 1950
10 August 2019
Gander was known for its ferry activities during World Wae 2.  But what about after?  Did military ferry operstions contine after the war?

1 Overseas Ferry Unit
16 August 2019
Sometimes a very average-looking envelope, when looked at more closely, can give hints of great history and interesting facts.

An interesting WWll envelope