Wilcke, Wolf-Dietrich

Date of birth:
March 11th, 1913 (Schrimm/Posen, Germany)
Date of death:
March 23rd, 1944 (Schöppenstedt/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke flew a total of 732 missions and achieved a total of 162 aerial victories (of 25 were in the west and 4 were four-engined bombers).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1941
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Jagdgeschwader 53
Awarded on:
August 6th, 1941
Action:
Awarded after 25 aerial victories.
Details:
270th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer Jagdgeschwader 3 „Udet“
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
Action:
Awarded after 100 aerial victories.
Details:
122nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Jagdgeschwader 3
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1942
Details:
Award 1/126.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommodore Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
Action:
Awarded after 155 aerial victories.
Details:
23rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1944
Details:
The commodore of a fighter wing Oberst Wilke, who had been awarded the Oak Leaves and Swords to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 155 aerial victories by the Führer, found a heroes death in aerial combat. With him the Luftwaffe loses one of their most outstanding night fighter pilots and formation leaders.
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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