|Thomas Clifford Iveson|
|Born||11 September 1919
York, England, UK
|Died||5 November 2013 (aged 94)|
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1939 – 1949|
|Unit||No. 616 Squadron RAF
No. 92 Squadron RAF
|Battles/wars||Second World War
Battle of Britain
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Efficiency Award
Battle of Britain clasp
|Other work||Granada Television|
Iveson joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in September 1938 as an Airman u/t pilot and learned to fly prior to the outbreak of war.
Iveson was trained at No. 5 Flying Training School, Sealand and then converted to Spitfires at No. 57 Operational Training Unit, Hawarden before serving as a Sergeant Pilot on Spitfire fighters with No. 616 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Britain joining the Squadron at Kenley on 2 September 1940.
After a spell on training duties in Rhodesia he was commissioned in May 1942.
After a course at No. 5 Lancaster Finishing School, RAF Syerston he went to join No. 617 Squadron RAF the Dam Busters in July 1944 as a Flight Lieutenant. Promoted to Squadron Leader in October 1944, he took part in some 27 operations, including the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in March 1945 for keeping his bomber airborne in January 1945 and landing it in Shetland after half the crew had bailed out over Bergen.
Iveson was posted 'tour-expired' from 617 Squadron on 16 February 1945.
Post RAF career
He retired from the RAF on 12 July 1949 then became Chairman of the Bomber Command Association.
He was employed with Granada Television, and worked in corporate and public relations.
He was involved in a number of privatisations and the launch of EuroDisney.
Iveson is co-author of a book about the Lancaster bomber.
At the age of 89, he became the oldest man to fly one of the historic planes.
- "Squadron Leader Tony Iveson". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
- "Holdsworth of Scargill - Cyclopaedia: Friends and Family". Story.theholdsworths.org.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
- "RAF BBMF - Veteran's Viewpoint". Raf.mod.uk. 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
- Telegraph: How a former Bomber Boy regained his wings
- "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Tony Iveson". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2013-11-10.