CFB ROCKCLIFFE IN OTTAWA, ONTARIOThe former Rockcliffe military base is sacred ground, in my opinion. The Royal Canadian Air Force bravely participated in many World War 11 battles, including Normandy, Dieppe and the Battle of the Atlantic. At one time, CFB Rockcliffe was going to be the site of a Canadian National Military Cemetery.
Victoria Cross winner W.A. (Billy) Bishop and Charles Lindbergh spent time at RCAF Rockcliffe. World War 1 Fighter Pilot Billy Barker was fatally injured, when his Fairchild airplane crashed at the base.
At one time, the Rockcliffe military base encompassed over 900 acres of land. The Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation that "disposes" of government of Canada real estate, bought 310 acres of CFB Rockcliffe.
The CLC paid $27 million dollars for the site, despite the fact that the land is worth over a billion dollars:
DEFENCE NEWSLETTER VOL. 17, No. 7
DND and the Treasury Board are discussing the future of the 341-acre base, CFB Rockliffe, with the Canada Lands Co., whose mandate is to sell large pieces of federal land. DND will have moved all of its personnel off the base by late 1999. If sold, the land could bring as much as $1.3 billion. (OC: July 21/98, P. A1)
My father , RCAF pilot George Roth Shaw, in the year 1942. George Shaw was born in Norfolk, Virginia on June 3, 1918, and died on March 23, 2012, in Ottawa. Mr. Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.