Rudolf Arendt

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 40)

1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 2,686 GRT

Born  25 Jan 1923 Ballenstedt, Sachsen-Anhalt

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23 Sep 1940 Offiziersanwärter
1 Aug 1941 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1942 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1943 Leutnant zur See
1 May 1944 Oberleutnant zur See


23 Jul 1943 U-boat War Badge 1939
1943 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1944 Iron Cross 1st Class

U-boat Commands

U-18 25 May 1944 7 Jun 1944   1 patrol (14 days) 
U-23 20 Jun 1944 10 Sep 1944   1 patrol (26 days) 

Oblt. Rudolf Arent was one of the youngest U-boat commanders during WWII when he left for his patrol with U-18 from Konstanza, Romania on 25 May 1944. He was only 21 years old at the time. He brought his boat to base 14 days later.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.

Patrol info for Rudolf Arendt

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-18 25 May 1944  Konstanza  7 Jun 1944  Konstanza  Patrol 1,14 days
2. U-23 16 Aug 1944  Konstanza  10 Sep 1944    Patrol 2,26 days
2 patrols, 40 days at sea

Ships hit by Rudolf Arendt

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
1 Sep 1944U-23 Oituz (t.)2,686ro

1 ship sunk (2,686 tons).

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Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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