Ross Mahoney is a PhD candidate and Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Centre for War Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is currently writing a thesis entitled “The Flying Sergeant’: The Leadership Effectiveness of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory at the Tactical and Operational Levels of War’ under the supervision of Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray and Professor Gary Sheffield.
His expertise lies in Air Power History, Theory and Doctrine, British Military History of the 19th and 20th Century, Leadership and Command, Organisational Culture, and Military Operations Research. He has received the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace Speakers Travel Grant and in 2011, he was a West Point Fellow in Military History at the United States Military Academy. Hs first paper, entitled ‘A Blueprint for Success: Army-Air Force Co-Operation and the Battle for the Mareth Line, 19-29 March 1943’ is to be published in a volume on Allied Military Effectiveness in the Mediterranean in 2012.
Prior to his PhD, he completed an MPhil at the University of Birmingham entitled ‘The Royal Air Force, Combined Operations Doctrine and the Raid on Dieppe, 19 August 1942.’ In addition, he holds a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and a BA (Hons) in History and War Studies from the University of Wolverhampton.