Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ben Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Fair address: South Shore Regional School Board

Project: The Mosquito

The de Havilland Mosquito is an aircraft built and used by Canada during WW2. It flew in many roles and in all theaters of war with great success.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The daring crews of these aircraft would fly from England at night halfway across Europe. They had nothing other than a map and compass but could find a small target. They operated in a very hostile environment filled with enemy planes over an area where you were not welcome.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Canada played a major role during WW2 by manufacturing, training crews, and flying missions with the de Havilland Mosquito. After the war it was used for mapping Canada's remote northern territory. The Mosquito paved the way for more Canadian built planes such as the Dash 8 that is in use today.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The Mosquito Pilot I spoke to, George Stewart, loved planes at a young age like me. His first flight was at 17 and mine was at 11 but both were in de Havilland planes. At 18 George enlisted in the RCAF and went on to fly 50 combat missions in Mosquitos returning to Canada at 21 to train Mosquito pilots in my home province of Nova Scotia.

  • John W Reid

    My dad grew up in Nova Scotia too Ben.He went on to become the commanding officer at RCAF 409 Sqd of Mosquitoes in England in 1944.He always spoke highly of this aircraft.Cheers! John.
    22/10/2014 7:36:43 AM

  • Mathias - 2014 Young Citizen

    I enjoyed your video and I really enjoyed how you taught me that these planes were made of wood.
    11/07/2014 10:20:28 PM

  • Heather Hartlin

    I have watched your video several times now and I learned something different each time! You have packed oodles of information into a short amount of time. I am sure our Veterans would be proud. This will help show they are honoured in Canada!
    11/07/2014 7:20:31 AM

  • Ben S 2014 Young Citizen

    Thank you all for the support and heart lifting comments from around the world.
    10/07/2014 1:54:52 PM

  • Turner Clarke

    Great job Ben! I am interested in WWII and I think the Mosquito was a great topic to choose. My great grandfather flew in a Mosquito during the war. Thank you for sharing your information.

    — Turner C – 2014 Young Citizen

    09/07/2014 10:46:23 AM

  • George

    Nice work! My great grandfather worked on the Mosquitos during WW2!

    — George W – 2014 Young Citizen

    08/07/2014 10:37:35 PM

  • Adam Hedinger

    Super job Ben - both because of your interest and motivation and because of the way you put the video together. High fives!
    08/07/2014 8:40:34 PM

  • Pierre LagacĂ©

    I have a blog about 23 Squadron. More than 300 posts.

    Many stories related to George who I consider a friend.

    Here are just some.

    05/07/2014 1:36:07 PM

  • Tanis macDougall

    Great project Ben ! Very informative and interesting that Canada had such a great part in the success of the war !
    05/07/2014 12:32:03 PM

  • Ed Mathison

    A very informative and well illustrated presentation. Great job Ben!
    02/07/2014 4:32:21 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
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