Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)
4 ships sunk, total tonnage 35,539 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 291 tons (lost aboard transport ships)
|Born||27 Jul 1916||Obernkirchen, Schaumburg|
|U-608||5 Feb 1942||12 Jan 1944||5 patrols (289 days)|
Rolf Struckmeier joined the Kriegsmarine in 1935. He was a range-finder officer on the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper from Sept 1939 to April 1940 when he joined the 1st Torpedo boat flotilla.
Struckmeier joined the U-boat force and began his training in Oct 1940. In March 1941 he commenced U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) at Germaniawerft, Kiel in preparation for his duty as First Watch Officer on the new U-205 from May to Dec 1941. He went on 3 patrols on U-205, 79 days at sea in total. The third patrol was in the Mediterranean, passing the Straits of Gibraltar on 11 Nov 1941 (Busch and Röll, 1997).
Oblt. Rolf Struckmeier started a second Baubelehrung in Dec 1941 in preparation for his own command. He commissioned the new type VIIC boat U-608 on 5 Feb 1942 and spent the next few months working her and her crew up in the Baltic. He commanded U-608 on five patrols, spending almost 300 days at sea before leaving the boat in Jan 1944. He sank five ships with a total tonnage of almost 36,000 GRT.
After leaving U-608 he was a training officer with the 20th (Training) Flotilla until Oct 1944, when he was transferred to 26th (Training) Flotilla and then the 27th (Training) Flotilla until the war's end.
Patrol info for Rolf Struckmeier
|1.||U-608||20 Aug 1942||Kiel||24 Sep 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 1,||36 days|
|2.||U-608||20 Oct 1942||St. Nazaire||9 Dec 1942||St. Nazaire||Patrol 2,||51 days|
|3.||U-608||20 Jan 1943||St. Nazaire||29 Mar 1943||Bordeaux||Patrol 3,||69 days|
|4.||U-608||8 May 1943||Bordeaux||18 Jul 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 4,||72 days|
|5.||U-608||23 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||25 Sep 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||3 days|
|6.||U-608||2 Oct 1943||St. Nazaire||28 Nov 1943||St. Nazaire||Patrol 5,||58 days|
|5 patrols, 289 days at sea|
Ships hit by Rolf Struckmeier
|Date||U-boat||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.||Convoy|
|12 Sep 1942||U-608||Hektoria||13,797||br||ON-127|
|12 Sep 1942||U-608||Empire Moonbeam||6,849||br||ON-127|
|16 Nov 1942||U-608||Irish Pine||5,621||ir|
|8 Feb 1943||U-608||Daghild||9,272||nw||SC-118|
|8 Feb 1943||U-608||HMS LCT-2335 [Trans.]||291||br||SC-118|
5 ships sunk (35,830 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.
Special thanks to Fernando Almeida for data on ranks and decorations.