heinz mertens


Erich Hartmann, fighter ace pilot, and his mechanic, Heinz Mertens

Bubi and Bimmel, the Best Bromance of the German Luftwaffe:

“Realising that capture was unavoidable, he [Hartmann] faked internal injuries. Hartmann’s acting so convinced the Soviets that they put him on a stretcher and placed him on a truck. When Hartmann’s Crew Chief, Heinz ‘Bimmel’ Mertens, heard what had happened, he took a rifle and went to search for Hartmann.”