Small solid metallic objects in relative motion to thermal plasmas are studied by numerical simulations. We analyze supersonic motions, where a distinctive ion wake is formed behind obstacles. At these plasma drift velocities, ions enter the wake predominantly due to deflections by the electric field in the sheath around the obstacle. By irradiating the back side of the object by ultraviolet (UV) light, we can induce also an enhanced photo-electron population there. The resulting charge distribution gives rise to a pronounced local potential and plasma density well behind the object. This potential variation has the form of a three-dimensional ion acoustic double layer, containing also an ion phase space vortex. The analysis is supported also by one-dimensional numerical simulations to illustrate the importance of boundary conditions, Dirichlet and von Neumann conditions in particular.