Tony Iveson was born and raised in Yorkshire and learned to fly in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve before the war. In 1940, he flew with 616 and 92 Fighter Squadrons, Fighter Command and survived ditching a Spitfire in the North Sea after a combat with a Junkers 88. After qualifying at the RAF's Central Flying School in 1941, he went on to be a flying instructor in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
On returning to Britain, he was directed to Bomber Command and was posted to No.617 "Dam Busters" Squadron in 1944 flying Lancasters. He was later appointed a Flight Commander. Amongst other operations, he flew on all 3 attacks that the Squadron made on the German battleship "Tirpitz". He retired from the RAF in 1949.