Lent was born on the 13 June 1918 in Pyrehne, Germany as the son of a priest.
Lent went on to achieve ace status during the Norwegian campaign, shooting down a Norwegian Gloster Gladiator biplane fighter for his fifth victory on 9 April 1940, while escorting paratroop carrying Ju 52 three-engine transport aircraft to Oslo.
Lent used just 22 cannon shells in downing two bombers on the night of the 22-23 March 1944, and against three Lancasters on 15-16 June he used only 57 rounds, shooting the three bombers down within seven minutes.
HelmutLent was born on 13 June 1918 at Pyrehne in the Landsberg region of Warthe/Neumark.
Lent was selected to operate with a Sonderstaffel, to be based at Trondheim to provide support for beleaguered German troops fighting in the Narvik area, from 18 May. On 27 May, Lent was escorting Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers, attacking the radio masts at Bod?sj?en, when RAF Gladiator fighters attempted to intervene.
Lent was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of II./NJG 2 on 1 November 1941.
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