Gander, Newfoundland may not be your first pick as a tourist in Newfoundland. If you have an interest in World War II history, though, I'd suggest making it one of your stops while on the island.
And if you're from the province and don't know about Gander's wartime history as a vital link in the chain of defense, I'd suggest making it part of a staycation this summer or sometime in the future. Many military planes took off and landed successfully during WWII but more than 30 met their end in or around Gander. This past summer, I had the pleasure of tagging along with 2 archeologists who are documenting those sites and the stories that go along with the crashes.
The documentary recently aired on CBC's Land & Sea and I thought I'd post it here on my blog. Click the link and discover the long forgotten planes that didn't make it to the front lines of Europe, they are Gander's fallen war birds.
Until next time,