North Atlantic Crossroads
by Darrell Hillier
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.
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"This book is full of revealing anecdotes and is a very well researched and absorbing read."
• Air-Britain Aviation World
"An impressively well researched and written narrative history describing the progress, incidents, personalities, VIPs, infrastructure, the importance of accurate weather forecasting, the aircraft, the impact on the locality, and the inevitable intervention of bureaucracy and politics."
• Guy Warner, Irish aviation historian, Flying in Ireland
"Author and historian Darrell Hillier delivers a trenchant and illuminating account of the Ferry Command."
• Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
"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."
• Diana Trafford, aviation historian and blogger at Flights of History