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.

  • Leon Goulden

    Wow very good job Ben. You know I didn't know about the mosquito and it's amazing that they were built almost entirely out of wood. Looks like you might have a journalism career in your future :)
    26/06/2014 2:52:30 PM

  • Darlene Westhaver

    Very well done, Ben! I learned so much from watching your video and listening to you speak with such authority, and knowledge regarding this aircraft. Congratulations Ben on creating such a well organized, informative video. Mrs. Westhaver
    26/06/2014 2:13:50 PM

  • John Plischke

    You did a wonderful job of recreating interest in something a lot of us were unaware of. Thank you for your informative presentation. John Plischke, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    26/06/2014 8:43:10 AM

  • Mark

    Well done Ben. The Mossie has always been one of my favourites. I think I have 7 scale models to even start to add to my collection. Well you a fine job
    25/06/2014 1:15:53 AM

  • Belinda Naugler Adams

    Fantastic job Ben! Good luck!
    24/06/2014 6:10:59 AM

  • Carolyn Pettipas

    Good Choice Ben, your Grandma is proud
    22/06/2014 4:23:18 PM

  • mike maclean

    Enjoyable and informative, good work
    21/06/2014 9:46:29 PM

  • Cheryl M. - Nova Scotia

    Well done, Ben! You can wear your Mosquito t-shirt and cap proudly. You have chosen a current Canadian Heritage topic. The restored Mosquito in Victoria, B.C. is in the news this week as it flew for the first time in 48 years! Thanks for teaching me about the Mossie.
    21/06/2014 12:43:29 PM

  • Pat Edgar-Brown

    Thank you for such an informative and interesting video Ben! This is obviously something you are knowledgeable and passionate about!
    21/06/2014 12:36:36 PM

  • Gwen Wilson

    Great job, Ben! Your passion for this topic really shines in your presentation! Thorough, and well planned! You have a lucky teacher, I think!
    21/06/2014 9:54:16 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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