The German pocket battleship Tirpitz had long eluded British attempts to sink her. Finally in 1944 the job was handed to 617 “the dam busters” squadron and 9 squadron. A number of attempts were made before she was finally sunk.
Iveson learnt to fly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Flying the famous Spitfire throughout the Battle of Britain he survived a ditching in the sea after he ran out of fuel chasing a Junkers JU88.
After a spell as an instructor at the training school in Rhodesia he converted to bombers, flying that other great plane of the war the Avro Lancaster.
Joining 617 Squadron “the Dam Busters”, as a flight Lieutenant, he took part in some 27 missions, including the sinking of the German pocket battleship the Tirpitz, and in the process winning the Distinguished Flying Cross.
This was recorded at Northallerton Wartime Weekend where Tony Iveson gave two talks covering the Bomber Offensive and the Tirpitz Raid.
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