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.

  • Mackenzie P

    Very good job Ben. My grandfather was in world war 2 and he got to work with the mosquito. It's very interesting! Best of luck to you

    — Mackenzie P – 2014 Young Citizen

    30/06/2014 10:31:07 AM

  • Darrell Landrum

    Very well done Ben. So good to see the passion you have for teaching others about a wonderful aircraft. Hope you get to fly in a Mosquito one day :)
    29/06/2014 2:19:19 PM

  • Randolph Bean

    Awesome presentation on a great aircraft!
    29/06/2014 1:32:27 PM

  • Gary Dean

    Little fella's done good! It's great that he's got such passion and interest in these iconic planes. He deserves a great mark for this authoritative piece of work. Can't wait to see his next one !
    29/06/2014 11:50:14 AM

  • Curtis Aikens

    Well done!
    29/06/2014 11:21:24 AM

  • Julian Hall

    Well done Ben! A great video, very well researched and presented! I hope you get to fly in one someday :)
    29/06/2014 10:37:37 AM

  • Di Ablewhite

    Well done Ben, I found this short film most educational, really enjoyed it, brilliant!
    29/06/2014 10:29:09 AM

  • Peter

    Excellent job Ben.. well done! Best of luck with the contest!
    29/06/2014 10:22:46 AM

  • George MacPherson

    Excellent work, Ben. Your project was well researched and expertly presented. It was highly informative and very entertaining. Your introduction was especially good. I was surprised, as well, to learn that the aircraft was made mostly of wood. Good luck, Ben, and keep up the great work.
    28/06/2014 1:13:10 PM

  • Tony Mahaney

    Great job. Hope you get to fly in one someday
    27/06/2014 6:02:33 AM

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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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