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Bf 109F was flown by the Gruppenkommander of III./JG 53, Hpt Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke.

(Rus)  This yellow-nosed Bf 109F was flown by the Gruppenkommander of III./JG 53, Hpt Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke.

On 25 June 1941, Wilcke was involved in a collision on take-off from Vilna in Bf 109 F-2 (Werk Nr. 8104). Both aircraft involved in the incident were destroyed by fire. He was lucky to escape with minor injuries.

On 23 March 1944, Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke died in the wreckage of his Bf 109 G-6 (Werk Nr. 160 613), possibly the victim of notable American aces Captain Don Gentile and Captain John Trevor Godfrey of the 4th Fighter Group.

By the time of his death Wilcke had shot down 162 enemy aircraft in 732 combat missions. 137 of his victories were claimed over the Eastern front. Of his 25 victories claimed over the Western front, four were four-engine bombers.


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