Rudolf Ites

Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  5 Feb 1918 Norden, Ostfriesland
Died  19 Feb 1944(26)North Atlantic

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1 Dec 1943 Oberleutnant zur See der Reserve


U-boat Commands

U-709 3 Dec 1943 19 Feb 1944  (+)  1 patrol (26 days) 

Rudolf Ites joined the Kriegsmarine in 1936. From Aug 1939 to June 1942 he served in various staff positions. He went through Helmsman’s school from June to Sept 1942 when he began his U-boat training, finishing the courses in March 1943.

He served as the 2nd Watch Officer (2WO) on U-709 from March to July 1943, when he was promoted to 1st Watch Officer (1WO). Rudolf Ites went through U-boat Commander training with the 3rd ULD and the 24th (Training) Flotilla from Nov to Dec 1943.

Rudolf Ites took command of his old boat U-709 on 3 Dec 1943. He had by then spent over 110 days at sea on her, so he knew her well.

Ites left base at Lorient, France for his first patrol as Commander on 25 Jan 1944. On 22 Feb U-709 was ordered to join the 31 boat strong Wolfpack Preussen (Prussia). She would be one of eight boats to be lost from that group.


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

Patrol info for Rudolf Ites

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-709 25 Jan 1944  Lorient  19 Feb 1944  Sunk  Patrol 1,26 days

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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