Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 27,231 GRT
|Born||28 Jun 1915||Dresden|
|Died||7 Aug 1943||(28)||Caribbean Sea|
|U-615||26 Mar 1942||7 Aug 1943 (+)||4 patrols (221 days)|
Beginning in the North Atlantic on the 29 July 1943, Ralph Kapitzky fought one of the longest serial actions by any U-boat against aircraft during the war. Although his boat was ultimately sunk, by that time having reached the Caribbean, the long-running battle absorbed the attentions of the US forces in the area and enabled the many other U-boats in the Caribbean to surface and escape to the east.
The first to attack was an American B-18 bomber, and over the week that followed the boat fought its way across the Atlantic through multiple air attacks, shooting down one Mariner flying boat and damaging others. The boat was finally overwhelmed and sunk by six more Mariners and one Ventura on the 7 August. Kptlt. Kapitzky died on the bridge still directing the defence of his boat.
Patrol info for Ralph Kapitzky
|1.||U-615||5 Sep 1942||Kiel||30 Oct 1942||La Pallice||Patrol 1,||56 days|
|2.||U-615||25 Nov 1942||La Pallice||9 Jan 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 2,||46 days|
|3.||U-615||18 Feb 1943||La Pallice||20 Apr 1943||La Pallice||Patrol 3,||62 days|
|4.||U-615||12 Jun 1943||La Pallice||7 Aug 1943||Sunk||Patrol 4,||57 days|
|4 patrols, 221 days at sea|
Ships hit by Ralph Kapitzky
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|11 Oct 1942||U-615||El Lago||4,221||pa||ONS-136|
|23 Oct 1942||U-615||Empire Star||12,656||br|
|11 Apr 1943||U-615||Edward B. Dudley||7,177||am||HX-232|
|28 Jul 1943||U-615||Rosalia||3,177||nl|
4 ships sunk (27,231 tons).
About ranks and decorations
Ranks shown in italics are our database inserts based on the rank dates of his crew comrades. The officers of each crew would normally have progressed through the lower ranks at the same rate.