Ites, Otto

Date of birth:
February 5th, 1918 (Norden/Eastern Frysia, Germany)
Date of death:
February 2nd, 1982 (Norden/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

His ship, "U 94" was sunk by "H.M.C.S. Oakville" on August 26th, 1941. At that moment he had sunk 15 ships with a total tonnage of 76.882BRT and damaged a ship of 8.022BRT during 7 operational sails (235 days at sea).
After his release as POW he worked as a dentist until he joined the Bundeswehr in 1956. He retired as Konteradmiral in 1977.

Promotions:
April 3rd, 1936: Offiziersanwärter;
September 10th, 1936: Seekadett;
May 1st, 1937: Fähnrich zur See;
July 1st, 1938: Oberfähnrich zur See;
October 1st, 1938: Leutnant zur See;
October 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant zur See;
April 1st, 1942: Kapitänleutnant;
?: Fregattenkapitän (Bundeswehr);
?: Konteradmiral (Bundeswehr).

Career:
1936: Reichsmarine;
?: II.Wachoffizier U-48;
April 7th, 1941 - August 26th, 1941: Kommandant "U 146";
August 29th, 1941 - August 28th, 1942: Kommandant "U 94";
1942 - 1946: POW;
1946 - 1956: Dentist;
1956: Bundeswehr;
November 1960 - September 1962: Kommandeur Zerstörer 2 ("D-171").

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1939
U-boot Kriegsabzeichen (ohne Brillianten)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Unit:
Kommandant, "U 94", 7. Unterseebootsflottille, Kriegsmarine
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for sinking 8 ships (with 46602 GRT), his distinguished leadership, and his previous combat achievements while serving as First Watch Officer aboard U-48.
Details:
108th Kriegsmarine Award.
49th U-bootwaffe Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Awarded on:
March 30th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"In the success against the Anglo-American merchant shipping in the North Atlantic, the submarine under the leadership of Oberleutnant zur See Ites has particularly distinguished itself."
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant zur See
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1942
Action:
Mentioning:
"The submarines under the leadership of Kapitänleutnant Mohr, Topp, Witte and von Rosenstiel and Oberleutnant zur See Ites have in the fight against the enemy supply shipping particularly distinguished themselves."
Wehrmachtbericht

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