Rudolf Ites

Oberleutnant zur See (Crew 36)

No ships sunk or damaged.

Born  5 Feb 1918 Norden, Ostfriesland
Died  1 Mar 1944(26)North Atlantic

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3 Apr 1936 Offiziersanwärter
10 Sep 1936 Seekadett
1 May 1937 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jul 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Oct 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Dec 1943 Oberleutnant zur See


U-boat Commands

U-709 3 Dec 1943 1 Mar 1944  (+)  1 patrol (37 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 Second Watch officer (2WO) on the U-709 from March to July 1943 when he became the First Watch officer (1WO). Rudolf Ites went through U-boat Commander training with the 3. ULD and the 24th 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 during 4 patrols with the boat as Watch Officer 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 (e. Prussia). She would be one of 8 boats lost from that group.

Oblt. Rudolf Ites was lost, along with his entire crew of 52 men, when the boat was sunk on 1 March, 1944 north of the Azores, in approximate position 49.10N, 26.00W, by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Thomas, USS Bostwick and USS Bronstein (Niestlé, 1998).


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  1 Mar 1944  Sunk  Patrol 1,37 days

Ships hit by Rudolf Ites

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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.

Media links

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders