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Recently at the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum we received a donation of volumes 1-6 of The Book of Newfoundland. This has so far been a great resource for research here at the museum. Each week we try to post a blog about the museum or the history of the area. I was writing one about the cable that was landed at Middle Cove Beach in 1953 and turned to The Book of Newfoundland for help. Unfortunately, there was nothing about this particular cable, but there were some fantastic pictures about our aviation history in volume six. I thought I’d share those pictures.

From Joseph R. Smallwood (ed.), 1975, The Book of Newfoundland, volume 6. Newfoundland Book Publishers Ltd.: St. John’s.

Airports and landing strips across Newfoundland and Labrador in 1975.

Gander Airport Terminal

Aerial view of Gander, Newfoundland, in 1975

Major Sidney Cotton’s aircraft in Botwood in 1920.

Argentia’s naval air station.

I have two papers due before the end of the month, and an exhibit to open, but plan to be back to my blog research sometime in September.

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Check out the Public Archaeology Twitter Conference at #PATC. Below is a transcript of my contribution.

Public Archaeology Twitter Conference #PATC

Title

A paper by Dr. Lisa M. Daly for #PATC

Preserving #Aviation #Archaeology Sites while Engaging in Public Interest: #PubArch

A Discussion with #Gander, #Newfoundland as a Case Study by Dr. Lisa M. Daly http://planecrashgirl.ca #PATC #PubArch

 

Abstract

Can archaeologists, communities, govs & museums protect #WWII #aviation wrecks & create public interest? A look at efforts in Gander #PATC

 

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I’m researching #aviation #archaeology in Newfoundland & Labrador; recording & analysing the material culture of #WWII aviation #history #PATC

 

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My thesis focused on #Gander, the largest airbase in the world in #WWII, main start point for trans-Atlantic travel & a convoy base #PATC

 

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Due to the air traffic in Gander there were many accidents which remain on the landscape. Those close to the airbase were salvaged #PATC

 

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As Gander moved, grew & the highway built, more crashes became accessible & have been impacted. Most scrap metal has been removed #PATC

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Interesting objects are usually 1st removed (this machine gun was taken from one of two sites according to owner) losing provenience #PATC

 

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Sometimes this was done with gov permission (http://bit.ly/2p5nt6I) & sometimes govs ignore warnings about the risk to sites #PATC

 

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These #WWII sites are at risk and should be preserved but not hidden. A sense of community ownership is necessary for preservation #PATC

 

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#UASF B36 in Nut Cove is a success story. Trail, picnic tables & memorial make the site useable but little major damage has occurred #PATC

 

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Can communities, govs, archaeologists & museums save the sites? 1st, they need to work together & have preservation as a common goal. #PATC

 

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@GAHSYQX @NAAMGander #Gander & I promote history & work to further public interest & appreciation. New signs being developed #PATC

 

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#Gander community pride is strong, but as recent as 2011 I was told of site looting. Salvager caught, but material no longer in situ #PATC

 

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If sites are accessible hopefully enough has been done to dissuade people from removing material & will treat sites with dignity #PATC

 

Acknowledgements

Thanks to @GahsYQX @NAAMGander & @GanderAirport for support in #Gander, researchers M Deal, D Hillier & N Sherren & always @HellTank for help #PATC

 

References

References & links for this presentation can be found at http://www.planecrashgirl.ca/2017/04/26/patc/  #PATC #PubArch

 

End of #PATC Presentation

Image References

Title: Engines from RAF B-25 KJ584 in Gander, NL. Photo by author.

Subtitle: From Cardoulis 1990

Tweet 2: Ferrying routes from ibiblio.org

Tweet 4: USAAF B-17 42-97493 off the Trans-Canada Highway in Gander. Photo by author.

Tweet 5: A machine gun removed from a site in Gander. The owner was not clear what site it came from. Photo by author.

Tweet 6: Top image by Gale, bottom photo by author.

Tweet 8: Memorial at Burgoyne’s Cove for USAF RB-36H 51-13721. Photo by author.

Tweet 10: Faded signs marking where the buildings used to be in Gander. Photo by author.

Tweet 12: USAAF B-17 44-6344 in the Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest. Photo by author.

References

Cardoulis, J. N.
1990 A Friendly Invasion: The American Military in Newfoundland 1940-1990. Breakwater, St. John’s.

Daly, L.
2015 Aviation archaeology of World War II Gander: An Examination of Military and Civilian Life at the Newfoundland Airport. Doctoral (PhD) thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Daly, L., & S. Green
2014 Garden Hill: The Crash of a USAAF C-54. Provincial Archaeology Office 2013 Archaeology Review, 12: 22-24.

Gale, F.
1994  Association Wants 1944 Crash Site Preserved. The Western Star, 21 September 1994, p. 3.

Other Relevant Websites

Gander Airport Historical Society @GASH

The North Atlantic Aviation Museum @NAAMGander

Gander Airport @GanderAirport

 

 

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