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Iro Ilk
Born 18 October 1919
Died 25 September 1944 (1944-09-26) (aged 24)
Place of birth Nassau an der Lahn, Germany
Place of death near Moers, Germany
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch Balkenkreuz.svg Luftwaffe
Years of service 1937–1945
Rank Major
Unit LG 1, JG 300
Commands held 1./LG 1, III./JG 300
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Iro Ilk (18 October 1919 – 25 September 1944) was a German World War II Luftwaffe bomber pilot, fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] Ilk is credited with 10 aerial victories claimed in more than 300 missions as a bomber and fighter pilot.[2]

Ilk was killed in action on 25 September 1944 near Moers in combat with Supermarine Spitfires flying Bf 109 G-14 (Werknummer 782295—factory number).[3]

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ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. Schumann 2007, p. 103.
  3. Schumann 2007, p. 101.
  4. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 204.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 239.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 (in German). Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Kaiser, Jochen (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger—Band 1 (in German and English). Bad Zwischenahn, Germany: Luftfahrtverlag-Start. ISBN 978-3-941437-07-4.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D. and Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall (in German). ISBN 3-931533-45-X.
  • Spick, Mike (1996). Luftwaffe Fighter Aces. New York: Ivy Books. ISBN 0-8041-1696-2.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
  • Schumann, Ralf (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 des LG 1 (in German). Zweibrücken, Germany: VDM Heinz Nickel. ISBN 978-3-86619-013-9.
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External linksEdit

"Iro Ilk". Aces of the Luftwaffe. http://www.luftwaffe.cz/ilk.html. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 

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