Ilyushin Il-10 Bark

in North Korean Air Force service
 

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 70
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1948
Retirement: n/a
Main Role: Attack
Origin: USSR

History

Prior to the outbreak of the Korean conflict in June 1950, a number of Il-10 ground attack aircraft were delivered to North Korea. The exact quantity remains open to conjecture, with a low figure of 50 and high figure of 93 being given in different sources. Apparently, the first 50 equipped two attack regiments. At one time, the 1st Attack Air Regiment counted no less than 93 Il-10s on strength.

Sixty-two Il-10s were reportedly on strength on June 25, 1950. Nine Il-10s were claimed as shot down by UN aircraft during the Korean War, while several more were destroyed on the ground in air attacks. Three were captured US forces, two of which were shipped to the USA. Two of these, codes 44 and 55, were captured by US Marines at Seoul-Kimpo on 17 September 1950. Both Il-10s were transported to the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Buffalo, New York, arriving on 24 January 1951. One of the Il-10s, code 44, was restored to airworthiness at Buffalo, subsequently being issued with the serial number T2-3000. The other Il-10, code 55, was issued with the serial number T2-3001, serving as a source of spares. T2-3000 was transferred to Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, arriving on 8 May 1951, being test flown on 11 occasions. During the test programme, T2-3000 suffered two minor accidents, on 5 July and 1 August respectively. On 17 August, the Il-10 was transferred to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, being expended as a ground target.

Although many Il-10s were lost during the Korean War, surviving aircraft remained in service until 1956. It is unknown if any UIl-10s (i.e. two-seat conversion trainers) were received, nor if any Avia-built B-33s reached North Korea.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
39       Shot down
44       Captured, shipped to USA, and evaluated as s/n T2-3000. Test flown at Wright-Patterson AFB
54       Destroyed in air raid.
55       Captured, shipped to USA as source of spares for s/n 44. Issued with s/n T2-3001


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References

  • Ilyushin Il-2 and Il-10 Shturmovik (Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov)

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  1. My retired pilot guide at the Russian Air Force Museum at Milano Air Force Base Russian said he flew IL-10 in the Korean War.

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