Sunday, 10 November 2013

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE, 617 Squadron RAF 1919-2013

Today, being Rememberance Sunday, seems a strangely fitting day to learn of the passing of one of the heroes of both Bomber and Fighter Command during WW2, S/L Tony Iveson.

One of those rare and fascinating men who (like Guy Gibson) flew both fighters and bombers, Iveson is probably best known one of the pilots in 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) later in the war. He was instrumental in the sinking of the Tirpitz, being on all three raids, as well as any number of other raids between July '44 and the end of his tour in February '45.

His Desert Island Discs appearance is here, and there's a fascinating documentary on him here, in which he gets to fly the BBMF Lanc at the age of 89.

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