North Atlantic Crossroads: The Royal Air Force Ferry Command Gander Unit, 1940-1946
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.
My thanks to Sandra Seaward, executive director of the North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander, for planning and hosting a fantastic launch on 31 July 2021. Thanks as well to the museum board of directors for their help and support!
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Price: $19.95 Canadian
“This book is full of revealing anecdotes and is a very well researched and absorbing read.”
— Air-Britain Aviation World
“A masterly piece of work which, no doubt, will find its place on the bookshelves of aviation enthusiasts.”
— Frank Tibbo, author of Charlie Baker George and member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador
“An impressively well researched and written narrative history.”
“An eminently readable book that will appeal to anyone interested in Gander, military aviation, or Newfoundland and Labrador’s contribution to the Second World War.”
“Author and historian Darrell Hillier delivers a trenchant and illuminating account of the Ferry Command.”