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Tony Iveson

Kirsty Young's castaway is Battle of Britain veteran Tony Iveson.

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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45 minutes

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Fri 7 Jan 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Frank Sinatra

    You do Something to Me

    Composer: Cole Porter

    • Frank Sinatra sings Cole Porter.
    • COLUMBIA.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

    Composer: Bassman-Washington

    • Cheek to Cheek 1935.
    • Phontastic.
  • Jack Hylton & His Orchestra

    Amy, Wonderful Amy

    Composer: Nichollas

    • Amy, Wonderful Amy.
    • HMV.
  • Danny Kaye

    The Tubby the Tuba Song

    Composer: George Kleinsinger-Paul Tripp

    • Danny Kaye Vol.2 for Kids.
    • Naxos.
  • Eric Coates

    The Dam Busters March

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.

    Artist: The Band of the RAF Regiment Artist: The Band of the RAF Regiment

    • The Best of the Royal Air Force.
    • Music Masters.
  • Max Bruch

    The Adagio from Bruch's Violin Concerto

    Artist: Kyung Wha Chung with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Kempe

    • Bruch: Violin concerto….
    • Decca.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The 11th Variation of Tchaikovsky's Suite No.3 in G

    Artist: The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult

    • Tchaikovsky: Suite No.3 ….
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

      Part of Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor

      Artist: The Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert Von Karajan

      • Albinoni: Adagio….
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • A volume of Somerset Maugham's short stories - W. Somerset Maugham

  • Luxury Choice

    • Two established vines and a tin bath to make wine

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Tony Iveson

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