AIRFIELDS AND SEAPLANE BASES: MISC RAMBLINGS

Gander Airport, 1935-45

Development of Gander airport, initially called Newfoundland Airport (hereafter referred to as Gander for consistency) came about at the 1935 Ottawa Conference following discussions on transatlantic…

RCAF Station Torbay, 1940-45

Recognizing the need for local defence measures and convoy protection in the North Atlantic, the Canadian Government agreed late in 1940 to construct an air base near St. John’s. By year’s end surveys…

Argentia Naval Air Station, 1940-45

Protection of territory in the Western Hemisphere from European intrusion was of paramount concern to the United States of America. Recognizing the need for Atlantic bases, the U.S. negotiated…

Botwood Seaplane Base

Botwood’s aeronautical origins can be traced to the early 1920s when Australian aviator, Major F. Sidney Cotton and his Newfoundland associate, Captain Victor Sydney Bennett, used the site as a base for…

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