- Date of birth:
- November 11th, 1917 (Essen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
- Date of death:
- January 17th, 1984 (Usingen/Hesse, Germany)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
Helmut Mertens flew a total of 750 sorties, during which he achieved 97 aerial victories (including 16-20 four-engined bombers) and destroyed a Soviet gun boat.
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
- Flugzeugführer I. / Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"
- Awarded on:
- September 4th, 1942
Awarded after 50 aerial victories.
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- OBERMAIER, E., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe, Hoffmann, 1989.
- PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.