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RCAF Christmas in WWII Gander
Bonus Episode24th December 2021 • History of Gander • Jack Pinsent
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The RCAF service men & women understood Christmas without the excitement of children, the spirit of Christmas was missing at a war front base, which Gander was classed. Through permission from their base commander, along with the cooperation from others at Gander, they organized a special train to pick up children in near by communities, to bring them to Gander for a Christmas party. Parents were not permitted to accompany the children because of security but they understood and agreed with the RCAF plans. The children met Santa, was treated to entertainment and a meal, plus a short tour of the airport. For most it was the first time seeing an airplane. The children were returned to their communities before the day was out. In addition we hear how the RCAF WDs felt about spending Christmas in Gander during war times and their activities that boosted their Christmas spirit.