Tony IvesonTony Iveson gives an amazing account of his distinguished career in the RAF. He was one of the few pilots to fly in both the the Battle of Britain and Bomber Command.
Tony Iveson Film 1Like many men of Tony's age their heroes were the pilots that were creating headlines across the globe for their heroics. The RAF was a natural calling and he went on to fly Spitfires in 616 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and then joined 617 squadron flying Lancasters. Eloquent and interesting, Tony gives a fantastic account of his life in the RAF.
Tony Iveson 2Tony received some very basic training in the Spitfire and recalls his first flight with amazing detail. It wasn't the textbook experience he had hoped it to be and he'd later find out that most of the ground crew would turn out to watch a new pilot see-saw into the air as they juggled with the throttle and undercarriage.
Tony Iveson 3Based at Kirton in Lindsey Tony encounters for the first time on his first combat sortie. He was incredibly fortunate to survive when he is forced to ditch in the sea after running out of fuel.
Tony Iveson 4Tony heads to South Africa and becomes an instructor - aged 21. He recalls the journey south and watching HMS Repulse steaming around trying to keep their convoy safe from U Boats. He reflects that the RAF central flying course was a brilliant training system but it did eventually get him into trouble. His momentary lapse in concentration was to change the course of the rest of his war when Tony's invited to join the legendary 617 Squadron.
Tony Iveson 5Tony shares detail about the crewing up process for 617 Squadron and goes on to talk about his first operation on the U Boat pens at Brest. They used the Tall Boy bomb to great effect.
Tony Iveson 6Tony talks in superb detail about his training and subsequent bombing of the German battleship Tirpitz. A truly fascinating account of one of the great bomb operations of WWII.
Tony Iveson gives an amazing account of his distinguished career in the RAF. He was one of the few pilots to fly in both the the Battle of Britain and Bomber Command.