Ralf von Jessen

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 35)

4 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,089 GRT

Born  25 Feb 1917 Kandy, Ceylon
Died  15 May 1943(26)North Atlantic

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


U-boat Commands

U-222 23 May 1942 2 Sep 1942   No war patrols 
U-266 12 Sep 1942 15 May 1943  (+)  2 patrols (90 days) 

Patrol info for Ralf von Jessen

 U-boat Departure Arrival  
1. U-266 22 Dec 1942  Kiel  17 Feb 1943  St. Nazaire  Patrol 1,58 days
2. U-266 14 Apr 1943  St. Nazaire  15 May 1943  Sunk  Patrol 2,32 days
2 patrols, 90 days at sea

Ships hit by Ralf von Jessen

Date U-boat Name of ship Tons Nat. Convoy
6 Feb 1943U-266 Polyktor4,077grSC-118
5 May 1943U-266 Bonde1,570nwONS-5
5 May 1943U-266 Gharinda5,306brONS-5
5 May 1943U-266 Selvistan5,136brONS-5

4 ships sunk (16,089 tons).

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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

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