Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley



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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

25 July
2018

Article DOT Met Office 1952.  Can be hard to read. The Iphone of the day was a Bownie Hawkeye. Rather than .docx, they used .typewriter. Copies were made by stencil. But better something than nothing!   This one was done by Bob Stark of the Met Office.
Dot Met 1952
31 July 2018
Two more DOT articles have just been pubish, completing three of three.

 DOT !953,Gander
  DOT !954,Gander
09 Aug
2018

Who was the first post-wae manager of Gander airport.  Many names have been suggested such Eric Winsor, Jack James,  Rex Tilley or HAL Patterson. Historian Darrell Hillier finally solves the puzzle!

First post-war airport manager
10 Sept 2018
Old Gander, be it military or civilian, needed a strong and consistent source of electrical power  to illuminate  the runways, to power  offices and facilities and to provide lighgting for those living there.  This explains how it was done and who did it.

Electrical System in old Gander
20 Sept 2018
This article is about a sticker used when the Americans airmen sent parcels from Gander during the war.  But what could they possibly send?

Parcel sticker
26 Oct 2018
After the Second World War and even after the start of the construction of the new town, most of the fun and entertainment  was "home-made" and Mother Nature provided the raw materials.  One popular place was great for winter or summer. For fishing, skating or swimming according to the season, Twin Ponds was a great place to go!

Twin Ponds
31 Oct 2018
A plane seat was recently donated to the Botwood Seaplan Museum. But what plane was it from? Did have any special significance? Was it related to Gander?

A plane-seat mystery
15 November 2018
Back in the "old days", there existed a system in Newfoundland shools to incite school kids to develop good habits with money. This was the saving stamps system.  Gander school kids were among the best in Newfoundland at it!

Saving stamps