and New Articles
Interesting link - a post-911 salute to Gander, starting with its wartime history:
|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?
|20 March 2019
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?
|12 April 2019
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.
|18 May 2019
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.
|11 June 2019
||Photos of the old Gander terminal tend to show the same airline companies. Occasionally another airline is found.
|06 June 2019
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?
|15 July 2019
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
|10 August 2019
was known for its ferry activities during World Wae 2. But what
about after? Did military ferry operstions contine after the war?
|16 August 2019
||Sometimes a very average-looking envelope, when looked at more closely, can give hints of great history and interesting facts.
|04 Sept 2019
March 1941 : The first American weather personnel of 8th Weather
Squadron, under Captain Clark Hosmer, arrived at “Gander Field"
to support the later arrival of the US 21st Reconnaissance
Squadron. They knew about clouds, warm and cold fronts,
isobars and weather ballons. But they still had a lot to
learn about Gander's weather!
|09 Sept 2019
20 February 1941 : Sir Frederick Banting was killed in a Hudson bomber
that had departed Gander for overseas, crashing near Musgrave
Harbour, around 40 miles from Gander. The secret report of the
official court of inquiry was made in four copies, but no copies have
ever been found. This has lead to speculation as to the cause of the
crash. The present article, based on contemporary related
documents including a magistrate's investigation, engine manuals, parts
lists and Hudson lll pilots instructions, attempts to offer a possible
cause of this crash.
|15 Oct 2019
off the northern end of runway 21-03, Gander's longest, there is a
remarkable old building. By all logic, it should be long gone by
now. It is weather-beaten, unkempt, gutted and the target of bad
graffiti artists. But it remains a witness to another time.