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.

  • Cliff A

    Very nice effort Ben. You may be interested to know, the Victoria Mossie has just flown! (http://www.cheknews.ca/de-havilland-mosquito-takes-flight/) Cheers
    18/06/2014 11:36:05 AM

  • Andy Dawson

    Great video Ben! It's lovely to see the Mosquito being represented so well.
    18/06/2014 10:41:00 AM

  • Dean - Nova Scotia

    That was great Ben. I was ground crew on Harrier GR3/5/7 for 12 years, but I do love the old warbirds.
    18/06/2014 9:06:22 AM

  • Lynne

    Great job with both research and narration.
    17/06/2014 8:30:12 PM

  • Rick Sheldon

    good project, well done,my favorite plane, I've seen 2 in museums and luckily 2 fly including Kermit Weeks' Mossie and recently went to Virginia to watch ka114 fly.
    17/06/2014 6:51:28 PM

  • Tom irwin

    Well done Ben, very creative video. I live in sight of Victoria intl airport were the newly restored Mosquito had its first post restoration flight yesterday. I wish you well in whatever dreams you pursue
    17/06/2014 6:38:13 PM

  • Matt Miller

    Good stuff Ben... I used to work at Avspecs in New Zealand, and before I left I had the privilege of working on KA114. I saw it fly and have sat in it. Warbird restorations have a facebook page, you probably already know about this or have even contacted them, 114 resides in the USA, go find it and have a ride!!!
    17/06/2014 6:36:39 PM

  • M. Bates

    Thank you Ben, I just wanted to let you know, I have just come in the house from watching the mosquito fly for about 45 minutes. I live in Sidney, B.C. and directly behind Victoria Airport.. It was very exciting to see this fully rebuilt plane in action. Now I have learned more about it and how famous it was. Thanks so much..
    17/06/2014 5:39:51 PM

  • Ranald Lindsay

    Well done, Ben. We don't have any Mossies in flying condition here in the UK yet, so enjoy the one you have over there in Canada. Hope you enjoyed making your film and good luck.
    17/06/2014 4:51:14 PM

  • Alex Richardson

    Well done Ben on your excellent project, one day we hope to have a flying Mosquito here in the UK!
    17/06/2014 2:44:59 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
  • ecentricarts inc.