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Tony Iveson

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 January 2011

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran RAF pilot Tony Iveson.

Aged 21, he survived being shot down in his Spitfire over the North Sea during his first taste of combat in the Battle of Britain. Unusually for a fighter pilot, he then went on to join Bomber Command and the famous Dambusters squadron, sinking the German battleship The Tirpitz and winning a Distinguished Flying Cross.

Aged 89 he returned to the skies, becoming the oldest man to fly a Lancaster bomber: "Well, I got out of that aeroplane and looked at it and it and thought how did we do it?" he says. "I know it was a long time ago and I was young and fit and a professional flier. But I thought about some of my friends who had been lost and it was an emotional experience."

Record: Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor
Book: A volume of Somerset Maugham's short stories
Luxury: Two established vines and a tin bath to make wine

Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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