Paul Beaver is an aviation historian, broadcaster and writer who specialises in the 1930s and 1940s. He is very much a hands-on historian with his own vintage aeroplane company, Monty’s Messenger Ltd, which owns and operates a Miles Messenger marked as Field Marshal Montgomery’s aeroplane at the time of D-Day. Amongst other types in his log book include Spitfire, Lancaster and Mustang.
For 15 years, Paul was directly linked to Jane’s including Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly. He made JDW into a household name in 1990 through his broadcasting during the Liberation of Kuwait and eventually became a freelance war correspondent for Sky News and a studio ‘expert’ for BBC News and CNN International, for whom he jointly presented the 50th Anniversary of D-Day (from Normandy) and VE-Day (from Moscow). During this time, Paul wrote more than 40 books on naval and aviation history.
During his freelance broadcasting career, Paul researched, wrote and presented a number of 30 min documentaries for Sky News, including on the background to the Bosnian (1997) and Kosovo conflicts (1999), Cold War (1999) and The Battle of Britain (2000) which included new research into the everyday life of the pilots and groundcrew. His original on-camera interviews with veterans are archived with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.
Paul retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 with the rank of Colonel, late of the Army Air Corps. He is now Trustee of the International Bomber Command Centre and senior advisor to the Aviation Skills Partnership which works with local government to create skills academies across Britain. The first, in Norwich, will open in September 2017. He also is a committee member of the Air Power Association, a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society and the British Commission for Military History.