Fregattenkapitän (Crew 26)
2 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,789 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 7,174 GRT
|Born||4 Mar 1907||Barcelona, Spain|
|Died||6 Dec 1979||(72)|
|U-513||10 Jan 1942||14 May 1943||3 patrols (159 days)|
Rolf Rüggeberg joined the Reichsmarine in 1926. From Jan to June 1940 he was a training leader with the Naval Academy San Fernando at Cadiz, Spain. He was assistant to the Naval Attaché in Madrid until Oct 1940, then acting Naval Attaché at Lisbon, Portugal Nov 1940 - March 1941.
He joined the U-boat force in April 1941, and received standard training until Aug 1941. From Aug to Nov 1941 he was posted to U-107 (Hessler) as a Kommandantenschüler (U-boat commander-in-training). In Dec 1941 he began Baubelehrung (U-boat construction familiarization) at Deutsche Werft AG in Hamburg on his own boat, the type IXC U-boat U-513, commissioning her on 10 Jan 1942.
Rüggeberg commanded U-513 until 14 May 1943, taking the boat out on three patrols, spending a total of 159 days at sea. He sank three ships with a total of almost 20,000 GRT.
Lucky escape from a mine
On his return from her third and last patrol on 14 April 1943 KrvKpt. Rolf Rüggeberg's U-513 was met by one of her sister type IX boats, Kptlt Hans Möglich's U-526, as they waited for a minesweeper to escort them to base at Lorient, France. Being the senior officer, Rüggeberg should have been first in line behind the minesweeper, but Möglich, eager to enter port after 63 days at sea, rushed ahead of Rüggeberg. One mile from port, the minesweeper had left the boats for them to continue to dock when U-526 hit a newly-laid British mine and exploded in a huge blast, ripping the boat in two. 42 died, including Möglich, and only twelve survived, nine of them wounded. U-513 moored unscathed amid frantic rescue operations. (Blair, 1998)
From June 1943 until the end of war FrgKpt. Rüggeberg commanded the 13th Flotilla at Trondheim, Norway.
Rolf Rüggeberg was a Naval Attache in London in the early 1960s.
Blair, C. (1998). Hitler’s U-boat War. The Hunted, 1942-1945.
Busch, R & Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Patrol info for Rolf Rüggeberg
|1.||U-513||7 Aug 1942||Kiel||22 Oct 1942||Lorient||Patrol 1,||77 days|
|2.||U-513||21 Nov 1942||Lorient||18 Dec 1942||Lorient||Patrol 2,||28 days|
|3.||U-513||20 Feb 1943||Lorient||14 Apr 1943||Lorient||Patrol 3,||54 days|
|3 patrols, 159 days at sea|
Ships hit by Rolf Rüggeberg
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|5 Sep 1942||U-513||Saganaga||5,454||br|
|5 Sep 1942||U-513||Lord Strathcona||7,335||ca|
|29 Sep 1942||U-513||Ocean Vagabond (d.)||7,174||br||HX-209|
2 ships sunk (12,789 tons) and 1 ship damaged (7,174 tons).
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