WWI U-boat commanders

Hellmuth von Ruckteschell

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 4/09)

Successes
20 ships sunk with a total of 25,985 GRT
1 warship sunk with a total of 1,290 tons
2 ships damaged with a total of 7,621 GRT
1 ship taken as prize with a total of 185 GRT

Born:23 Mar 1890 Hamburg 
Died:24 Sep 1948 Hamburg-Fuhlbüttel 

Hellmuth von Ruckteschell

Ranks

1 Apr 1909 Seekadett
12 Apr 1910 Fähnrich zur See
19 Sep 1912 Leutnant zur See
2 May 1915 Oberleutnant zur See
24 Nov 1919 Out of naval service
27 Dec 1919 Kapitänleutnant (Charakter)

Decorations

10 Oct 1915  Iron Cross 2nd class
29 May 1916  Hanseatic Cross
3 Nov 1916  Iron Cross 1st class
13 Aug 1918  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
22 Jun 1940  Clasp to the Iron Cross II Class
1940  Clasp to the Iron Cross I Class
31 Oct 1940  Knight's Cross (WWII)
8 Mar 1943  Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan)

U-boat Commands

UB 341 Sep 1917 - 30 Mar 1918
U 5423 Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918

Notes

02.03.16 zur U-Boot-Waffe, W.O. auf U 3 und U 57, ab 24.8.17 Kdt. UB 34 und U 54 05.09.39 als Reservist zur Baubelehrung, KM-Dienststelle Bremen 28.12.39 Kdt. Minenschiff Cobra 16.01.40 Kdt. Hilfskreuzer Widder __.12.40 Baubelehrung, ab 17.9.41 Kdt. Hilfskreuzer Michel 03.03.43 - 08.05.45 z.Verf. Marineattaché Tokio, anschl. Internierung und Kriegsgefangenschaft Died in the Hamburg-Fuhlbüttel prison shortly after hearing that he was to be released due to his deteriorating heart condition.

Ships hit by Hellmuth von Ruckteschell

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
7 Sep 1917 UB 34 Grelfryda (d.)5,136br
8 Sep 1917 UB 34 Aladdin753nw
27 Sep 1917 UB 34 Greltoria5,143br
29 Sep 1917 UB 34 Bertha (p.)185nl
27 Oct 1917 UB 34 Lady Helen811br
13 Dec 1917 UB 34 Bangarth1,872br
15 Dec 1917 UB 34 Dafni1,190gr
 
24 Jan 1918 UB 34 Desire135br
24 Jan 1918 UB 34 X6160br
24 Jan 1918 UB 34 X110160br
25 Jan 1918 UB 34 Folmina1,158nl
25 Jan 1918 UB 34 Humber280br
26 Jan 1918 UB 34 Hartley1,150br
26 Jan 1918 UB 34 Athos1,708nw
9 Mar 1918 UB 34  Randelsborg1,551da
13 Mar 1918 UB 34 Adine2,235nw
16 Mar 1918 UB 34  Quintero1,611da
30 Apr 1918 U 54 Starmount (d.)2,485br
8 May 1918 U 54 Dux1,349br
8 May 1918 U 54 Princess Dagmar913br
10 May 1918 U 54 Wileysike2,501br
16 Jul 1918 U 54 Anchusa1,290br
27 Sep 1918 U 54 En Avant86fr
29 Sep 1918 U 54 Libourne1,219br
 35,081
22 ships sunk (27,460 tons) and 2 ships damaged (7,621 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
(p.) means the ship was taken as prize (included in ships & tonnage lost).
We have a picture of this vessel.

Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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