B.L. Lukins crew 18.2.45

18/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty aircraft attacked Wesel. Twenty one were detailed but AA”R” F/S Scott, returned early through technical trouble. Aircraft bombed on special equipment in ten tenths cloud with tops about 10,000 ft. Leaders were satisfied it was a good raid. Very slight H/F was only opposition

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.
P/O Charles Frederick Green, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 178730.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 05:18

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 dnc AA-J

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:28 – Landed 15:20
Flight Time 01:52

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:17 – Landed 14:08
Flight Time 04:51

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 DNC AA-G

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:20 – Landed 18:36
Flight Time 05:16

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed 14:52
Flight Time 04:51

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S. E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:46 – Landed 14:27
Flight Time 05:41

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:27 – Landed 02:02
Flight Time 08:35

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:56 – Landed 17:20
Flight Time 05:24

12/03/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Dortmund was the target for twenty one aircraft. Flak was slight to moderate, cloud 10/10ths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft report good results Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:15 – Landed 18:51
Flight Time 05:36

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:34 – Landed 18:25
Flight Time 04:51

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

F/S Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:37 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 05:28

09/04/1945 – Minelaying at Kiel
7 aircraft were detailed for Mining at Keil. AA/U (F/O E Ohlsen) returned early through loss of petrol. Leakage in No.1 port tank suspected. There was no cloud and visibility good. Crews satisfied with the operation.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:47 – Landed 01:49
Flight Time 06:02

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S. E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
F/S A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:17 – Landed 02:47
Flight Time 08:30

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S. E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:42 – Landed 17:21
Flight Time 07:39

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

P/0 Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O W. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:21 – Landed 21:09
Flight Time 05:48

03/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Fairbairn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:15 – Landed 13:34
Flight Time 02:19

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
LAC Waldock, Passenger RAF.

Take Off 12:15 – Landed 14:33
Flight Time 02:18

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Jones D, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Reid W, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:26 – Landed 16:39
Flight Time 06:13

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/L Fuller/ Puller, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Reid W, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:02 – Landed 12:18
Flight Time 04:16

15/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
8 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Prisoners of war from Juvincourt. The total number of men brought back was 191.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Griffiths A, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Reid W, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:38 – Landed 17:27
Flight Time 05:49

24/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells
2 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 20 Belgian refugees to Brussels, and F/Lt. B. Lukins (AA.A) brought back 12 Prisoners of War on the return journey. The total number of ex-Prisoners of War now returned to this country by the Squadron is 2219.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/L Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:29 – Landed 16:24
Flight Time 05:55

26/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England
7 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 71 Belgian refugees. 120 ex Prisoners of War were brought back on the return trips. Flight Lieutenant Lukins was involved in a slight mishap at Brussels and some of the crew were brought back by another aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/L Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:02 – Landed –
Flight Time –

08/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/L Bernard Lincoln Lukins, RAFVR 1586733/ 195347 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Carrie , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Benson, RAFVR 1901416 – Rear Gunner.
LAC Taylor, Passenger RAF.

Take Off 09:37 – Landed 15:02
Flight Time 05:25