and New Articles
"North Atlantic Crossroads: The Royal Air Force Ferry Command Gander Unit, 1940-1945"
By Darrell Hillier
About the Book
Gander was a bustling hub of aviation during the Second World War
as thousands of bombers passed through on their way to Britain.
In North Atlantic Crossroads, the challenges and hazards of transatlantic ferrying come alive.
Tales of search and rescue, aircraft salvage, medevac missions, and VIP visits highlight the activities
of the Ferry Command Gander unit, notably the work of its aircraft maintenance department,
headed by the incomparable John Joseph “Joe” Gilmore.
Postwar, the boom in commercial air travel transformed Gander,
setting the airport on its way to becoming the crossroads of the North Atlantic.
Tentative book launch date 31 July 2021 at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.
Anyone interested in purchasing a copy ($19.95) can pre-order by contacting Darrell at email@example.com
For more information visit https://crossroadsoftheworld.ca/
|16 nov 2020
||During the war years,
Gander Lake was an important area for flying boats and seaplanes, both
for local uses or those to transiting for example to Europe or
Russia. This aviation activity on a large lake meant
equally have a fair amount of nautical goings-on.
|26 Dec 2020
Gander always called Gander? Did civilians and the military
give it the same name? Did the Americans give the same name as
did the Canaians and British forces?
Did name change over time?
|21 Jan 2021
and just plain skating was popular in old Gander. But where did people
go? Was it just on the ponds? Did they just have open-air
rinks? Or was it something more classic? In any case, if it
was Gander, it wasn't ordinary!
|06 March 2021
the longest time Gander was a busy airport. In wartime it was
imperative to keep the runways open for obvious military reasons.
After the war, civilian carriers took up the load. Help was needed when
a large aircraft could not be towed or moved with its own power.
|01 May 2021
this website we have looked in detail at major airlines such as Pan
American World Airways, Trans World Airlines and Trans Canada Airlines
(Air Canada). Now is the time to look at one of the shorter lived
|09 May 2021
The original construction of the airport during the late 1930s has been fairly well covered. The present article has for objective to add other details, especially with respect to the early runway lighting and aids to landing.
|30 May 2021
the nicest things are the smallest. Sometimes they come from
unexpected places. This is certainly the case with this item.
|09 July 2021
lot has been written about the very early history of Gander. But it
nice to see a short article written by an "outsider" with a
professional eye who comes upon Gander for first time. It is even
better when another professional takes the time to summarise it all.