Rolf Struckmeier

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


5 Apr 1935 Offiziersanwärter
25 Sep 1935 Seekadett
1 Apr 1936 Fähnrich zur See
1 Jan 1938 Oberfähnrich zur See
1 Apr 1938 Leutnant zur See
1 Oct 1939 Oberleutnant zur See
1 Nov 1942 Kapitänleutnant


1940 Iron Cross 2nd Class
1940 Minesweeper War Badge
2 Oct 1941 U-boat War Badge 1939
26 Sep 1942 Iron Cross 1st Class
1 Feb 1943 Fleet War Badge
17 Dec 1943 German Cross in Gold
1944 U-boat Front Clasp
1944 War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords

U-boat Commands

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.


Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1998). German U-boat commanders of World War II.
Busch, R. and Röll, H-J. (1997). Der U-Bootkrieg 1939-1945 (Band 2).

Patrol info for Rolf Struckmeier

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
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 1942U-608 Hektoria13,797brON-127
12 Sep 1942U-608 Empire Moonbeam6,849brON-127
16 Nov 1942U-608 Irish Pine5,621ir
8 Feb 1943U-608 Daghild9,272nwSC-118
8 Feb 1943U-608 HMS LCT-2335 [Trans.]291brSC-118

5 ships sunk (35,830 tons).

We have a picture of this vessel.
[Trans.] indicates the vessel was lost while being transported on another vessel.

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.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

German U-boat Commanders of World War II

Busch, Rainer and Röll, Hans-Joachim

Listing of all U-boat commanders

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