Hellmuth von Ruckteschell was born in Hamburg on 23rd March1890. In 1909 he went into service with the Emperial Navy and served in the Frist World War as Oberleutnant zur See and commander on the „UB 34" and „U 54". After the war he served with the Merchant Navy.
When the Second World War broke out he was called into service in 1939 as Officer of Reserves and he became the commander of the Mineship „Cobra". On 5th May 1940 he took command of the Hilfskreuzer HSK 3 „Widder". He served with this ship until October 1940. From September 1941 he became commander of the Hilfskreuzers HSK 9 „Michel" and was again very succesfull. On 3rd September 1942 he was promoted to Kapitän zur See and on 2nd March 1943 he became the Military Attache in Tokio.
Hellmuth von Ruckteschell died on 24th September1948 in British emprisonment in the Zuchthaus Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel.
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