Air Gunner, 149 (East India) Squadron
Service number 76932
Died 17 August 1940
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany
Jack was born on 24 December 1903 in South Africa to French born Abraham Lichtheim and Fairie (Rose) née Mindelsohn. Jack and his brother Lionel were both born in South Africa and received their early education there before they moved to England. Jack attended Cambridge University and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple. He took private flying lessons whilst a member of the Civil Air Guard, obtaining his pilots licence in August 1938. When he enlisted he was considered too old to be a pilot and trained as an air gunner.
Jack was an air gunner on Wellington R3174 which departed RAF Mildenhall on a night operation to Kolleda, Germany. The aircraft flew into a hillside near Coburg trying to avoid flak.
Pilot Officer Jack Wilk, killed
Pilot, Acting Sqn Ldr Evelyn Harry Toller Thwaites, killed
Pilot Officer Derek Elliot Stafford Charles, killed
Sgt Norman James Valentine Cownie, POW Stalag 357 Kopernikus
Pilot Officer M J Fisher, POW Stalag Luft L3
Sergeant F J Pennicopp, POW Stalag Luft L1