Hans Ibbeken

Kapitän zur See (Crew 18)

6 ships sunk, total tonnage 47,097 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,348 GRT

Born  20 Sep 1899 Schleswig
Died  1 Sep 1971(71)


1 Jun 1942 Kapitän zur See


U-boat Commands

U-27 12 Aug 1936 4 Oct 1937   No war patrols 
U-178 14 Feb 1942 21 Feb 1943   1 patrol (125 days) 

Kapitän zur See Hans Ibbeken was one of the oldest U-boat commanders of WWII to depart on patrol when he took his boat, U-178, out from Kiel, Germany on 8 Sept 1942. Ibbeken was almost 43 years old at the time. He returned to base 125 days later on 10 Jan 1943 having sunk 6 ships for over 53,000 tons.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).
Rohwer, J. (1998). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two.

Patrol info for Hans Ibbeken

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-178 8 Sep 1942  Kiel  10 Jan 1943  Bordeaux  Patrol 1,125 days

Ships hit by Hans Ibbeken

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
10 Oct 1942U-178 Duchess of Atholl20,119br
1 Nov 1942U-178 Mendoza8,233br
4 Nov 1942U-178 Hai Hing2,561nw
4 Nov 1942U-178 Trekieve5,244br
13 Nov 1942U-178 Louise Moller3,764br
15 Nov 1942U-178 Adviser (d.)6,348br
27 Nov 1942U-178 Jeremiah Wadsworth7,176am

6 ships sunk (47,097 tons) and 1 ship damaged (6,348 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
(d.) means the ship was damaged.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders