Participant Info

First Name
Victoria
Last Name
Taylor
Affiliation
University of Hull
Website URL
https://twitter.com/SpitfireFilly
Keywords
Military, history, aviation, airpower, British, German, modern, twentieth, century, political, cultural, RAF, Luftwaffe, war, flight, the third Reich, Weimar, propaganda
Additional Contact Information
PhD student - can take on external filming, writing & fact-checking. Subject to varying demand of the PhD schedule.

Personal Info

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About Me

Victoria is a final year, NECAH-funded PhD researcher at the University of Hull, where she is currently examining the Nazification of the Luftwaffe before & during WWII. She also completed her undergraduate dissertation on the bombing of Dresden and Masters in Historical Research (MRes) at the same institution. For her MRes thesis on Britain’s wartime and post-war mythologization of Operation CHASTISE, she was awarded the Royal Air Force Museum’s RAF Centenary Master’s Academic Prize in 2019.

Victoria’s specialisation is in the history of airpower, aviation and public imagination – particularly with regards to technological innovation and the ethical questions provoked by aerial warfare’s rapid development during the twentieth century. She is Assistant Editor of the online scholarly airpower platform ‘From Balloons to Drones’. Her main focus is on British and German aviation during the interwar period and the Second World War, though she also written and spoken on First World War and Cold War aviation.

Recent Publications

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in History, University of Hull: ‘Hellfire at the hands of man’: To what extent does the Allied bombing of Dresden constitute a war crime? Awarded 76% (Distinction)
  • Masters in Historical Research (MRes thesis), University of Hull: ‘Après moi, le déluge: Redressing the Wartime and Postwar Mythologization of Operation CHASTISE in Britain (September 2017). Awarded with Distinction, Winner of the Royal Air Force Museum RAF Centenary Master’s Academic Prize in 2018 – https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:16603
  • PhD in History, University of Hull: ‘Its spirit lives on!’: The Nazification of the Luftwaffe. Fully funded by a North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities scholarship.

Academic Publications

  • Upcoming book chapter on Winston Churchill’s wartime bombing policy for an edited companion to his life [Date TBC; publisher contractually withheld]
  • Upcoming book chapter, proposed with Routledge, on the National Socialist Flyers Corps [in 2nd stage of edits]
  • Journal article on RAF & Luftwaffe Diplomacy in the Interwar Period provisionally agreed, 2020 [publisher contractually withheld]

Media Experience

TV

  • ‘Secret History of World War II’, Channel 5 [Date TBC]
  • ‘The Air War’, History Hit TV  (February 2020)
  • ‘Strategic Bombing in World War Two with Victoria Taylor’, History Hit TV (February 2020)
  • ‘RAF 100: Into the Blue’ with Sophie Raworth & Robert Hall on the Royal Flying Corps, BBC World Service/BBC Two (July 2018)

Radio

  • Guest Expert, ‘Spitfire: The People’s Plane’, May 2020
  • Scriptwriter, historical advisor & narrator of an upcoming podcast series on the Battle of Britain & the Blitz, July 2020 [production company contractually withheld]
  • ‘101 – Operation CHASTISE: The Dambusters’ interview with Angus Wallace, the WW2 Podcast. URL: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/101-operationchastise-
    the-dambusters/id982003188?i=1000451863175

YouTube 

Most Recent Talks (online due to Coronavirus)

Mainstream Publications 

  • V. Taylor, ‘Female Eagles: Women and the Luftwaffe in the Second World War’, Summer 2020 [Publisher contractually withheld]
  • V. Taylor, ‘Fledglings of the Third Reich: The National Socialist Flyers Corps’, Guest Post for Defence-In-Depth, King’s College London (July 2019)
  • V. Taylor, ‘Operation Chastise and British Folklore’, Britain at War Magazine (April 2018), 62 – 66
  • V. Taylor, ‘Blitzmädels an die Front: A Lesser Known Female War Film’, Women’s History Network  (December 2018) https://womenshistorynetwork.org/blitzmadels-an-die-front-a-lesser-known-female-war-film/ [Blog Post]

Historical Researcher Experience

  • Historical Researcher & Advisor for BBC One’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, May 2020
  • Researcher for Greig Watson’s BBC Article ‘Operation Gomorrah: Firestorm created ‘Germany’s Nagasaki’, BBC News, 2 August 2018: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43546839
Media Coverage
Interviewed for BBC Two, Channel 5, History Hit, BBC Radio World Service
Country Focus
Germany, Britain
Expertise by Geography
England, Germany, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Government, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Military, Public History, Technology, World War I, World War II