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.

  • Linda Morehouse

    A very informative video. Imagine 1134 airplanes built from Canadian trees! You made a great model of the Mosquito. Your choice of background music is special. Long live your passion for planes, Ben.
    19/06/2014 10:54:33 AM

  • Dave Johnson

    Congratulations Ben. A fine piece of work but I assure you the Mosquito is far from forgotten over here in England and neither is Canada's contribution to winning the 2nd World War. I had the good fortune to serve in the RAF in the 1960's, stationed at RAF Little Rissington, which was then the RAF Central Flying School. I fondly remember the last flying model of the Mosquito which was stationed there and the joy of seeing it fly. This aircraft was one of the 3 flying Mosquito's that were used during the production of the film 633 Squadron. Again, well done. Your project was a fine piece of work.
    19/06/2014 6:47:36 AM

  • Mark Baker

    VERY well done Ben, I saw KA 114 built and flown here in NZ, these are very special planes and you have honoured the planes, their creators and all who served with them
    19/06/2014 1:58:16 AM

  • Becky

    really creative video!

    — Becky M – 2014 Young Citizen


    18/06/2014 11:03:52 PM

  • T. Eisnor

    Wow Ben! Your knowledge of Canada's wooden wonder is incredible! The Mosquito was truly a unique aircraft.
    18/06/2014 7:16:48 PM

  • noah P.

    Ben, checked out your video. Looks like you put a lot of work into your project and you were very interested in your topic. I think you did a fantastic job, good luck.

    — Noah P – 2014 Young Citizen


    18/06/2014 3:22:56 PM

  • Mark Ashworth

    Great article Ben. I was in the RAF and was lucky enough to be on the visiting aircraft flight over a few weekends during the Summer and got to marshal and service the Mozzie and most of the Battle of Britain aircraft as well as the vintage pair. Great memories. Once again Ben well done!!
    18/06/2014 3:01:58 PM

  • Charles Murray

    Canada has a history of flight. It should not be forgotten. Way to go !
    18/06/2014 2:16:13 PM

  • Steve Davis

    Very well done indeed, you keep the viewers interest all the through. The information that can be gleamed from your video is top quality. A5Star
    18/06/2014 1:20:58 PM

  • Steve Davis

    Very well done indeed, you keep the viewers interest all the way through. The information that can be gleaned from your video is top quality. A5Star
    18/06/2014 1:20:25 PM

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