Kapitänleutnant (Crew 37b)
|Born||7 May 1919||Hamburg|
|Died||23 Oct 1972||(53)||Hamburg, Germany|
|U-778||7 Jul 1944||9 May 1945||1 patrol (23 days)|
Ralf Jürs joined the Kriegsmarine in 1937. He served on the battleship Gneisenau from Sept 1939 to March 1940. After Luftwaffe training from June to Sept 1940, he served as a naval aviator, serving with Seeaufklärergruppe 125 from Oct 1940 until June 1943, when he joined the U-boat force.
Oblt. Ralf Jürs went through U-boat training June-May 1944, followed by U-boat familiarization (Baubelehrung) in May 1944. On 7 July 1944 he commissioned the new type VIIC U-778 at Wilhelmshaven. In early 1945 the boat was deemed combat ready and sailed from Kiel, Germany on 24 Feb for Horten, Norway to prepare for active service.
On 4 March 1945 the newly promoted Kptlt. Jürs took U-778 on patrol from Horten, returning to Bergen 23 days later on 26 March, without any recorded incident. Jürs surrendered U-778 at Bergen, Norway on 8 May 1945, after which she was taken to Loch Ryan, Scotland for disposal in Operation Deadlight (Niestlé, 1998). U-773 sank while under tow to be scuttled and is now a dive site.
Following Germany's surrender Kptlt. Ralf Jürs was a POW until 5 March 1947.
Patrol info for Ralf Jürs
|1.||U-778||24 Feb 1945||Kiel||28 Feb 1945||Horten||5 days|
|2.||U-778||4 Mar 1945||Horten||26 Mar 1945||Bergen||Patrol 1,||23 days|
About ranks and decorations
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