Robert STANFORD TUCK DSO, DFC & Two Bars (1916-1987)

Robert Stanford Tuck
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck, Royal Air Force fighter pilot, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.


Robert joined the RAF in 1935 and first engaged in combat during the Battle of France, over Dunkirk. His combat successes continued throughout 1940 as the Battle of Britain gathered pace.


He was captured by the Germans in 1942 and spent two years in Stalag Luft III as a prisoner of war before successfully escaping in 1945.


He retired from the RAF in 1949, but continued flying as a test pilot.

Photographs of Robert Stanford Tuck This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 15
  • Subject No: 15
  • Broadcast date: Sun 6 May 1956
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Recorded: Tue 3 Apr 1956
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 15

on the guest list...

  • Larry Forrester
  • Albert Stringer
  • C H (Johnny) Lockton
  • Sydney Mercer
  • Alan Putt
  • Jack Tuck - brother
  • Frank Sloman
  • John Ryder
  • Bill Maloney
  • Wing Commander “Titch” Havercroft
  • Joyce Tuck - wife
  • Zbishek Kustrzynski

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 1 subjects: Eamonn Andrews > Yvonne Bailey > Ted Ray > James Butterworth > Charles Burgess Fry > Johanna Harris > Donald Campbell > Joe Brannelly > Stanley Matthews > Henry Starling > Ida Cook > Lupino Lane > Hugh Oloff de Wet > Elizabeth Wilde > Robert Stanford Tuck