Mertens, Helmut

Date of birth:
November 11th, 1917 (Essen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
January 17th, 1984 (Usingen/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
III. / Jagdgeschwader 3
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Flugzeugführer I. / Jagdgeschwader 3 "Udet"
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1942
Action:
Awarded after 50 aerial victories.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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