Bob's Gander History
by  Robert G Pelley

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25 July

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

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
27 November 2018
During World War Two, many thousands of B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers flew through Gander on their wat to Europe, as part of the Royal Air Force or, more likely, the US Army Air Force. Many of them were shot down or crashed for different reasons. Some made it back to North America after the war.  But just a few came back "in civilian clothes"!

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 its mix of civilian and military, the cross-pollination of Canadian, British, American and local cultu and its solid base of Newfoundland tradtion, was like none other. Have a look why!

Christmas in Old Gander