Ites, Otto Christian,born on 05-02-1918 in Norden in the Province of Hanover a Free State of Prussia, joined the military service of the Kriegsmarine on 03-04-1936. From 03-4-1938 until 02-10-1939, he served on the torpedo boats Kondor and Albatros in the 4th and 6th Torpedo Boat Flotilla.
Ites served as second watch officer on nine war patrols on U-48, the first five patrols under the command of Herbert Emil Schultze, two patrols under Hans-Rudolf Rösing and two patrols under Heinrich Bleichrodt. Promoted to Oberleutnant zur See on 01-10-1940 and he was made first watch officer on U-48. In this position he went on one more patrol (10-11-1940 – 13-03-1941), U-48 now again under the command of Schultze. Hans-Rudolf Rösing (28–09-1905 / 16-12-2004) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and later served in the Bundesmarine of the Federal Republic of Germany. U boat commander Heinrich Bleichrodt.also survived the war and died 09-01-1977 (aged 67) in Munich.
Otto Ites commanded U-146 and U-94, sinking fifteen ships on seven patrols, for a total of 76,882 gross register tons (GRT) tons of Allied shipping. In September 1941 the Pegasus was torpedoed and all the crew managed to scramble into two lifeboats. One of the lifeboats was rescued but the other was found empty and upside down. The Captain reported that the Pegasus was torpedoed twice, the first one caused quite a lot of damage and the crew left the ship, but then she was torpedoed again and she sank. On 28-08-1942 U-94, now under command of Kapitänleutnant Herbert Kuppisch. was sunk by depth charges in the Caribbean Sea, in position 17°40′N 74°30′W from a Catalina of VP-92 and by the Canadian corvette Oakville. Ites and 25 of his crew were taken prisoner of war. Ites remained in US captivity at Camp Crossville, Tennessee, until 01-05-1946.
Death and burial ground of Ites, Otto Christian.
After the war Otto Ites matriculated at the University of Bonn in the winter semester 1946/47. He submitted his dissertation on 20-10-1950 at the medical faculty. Ites joined the military service of the Bundesmarine and as Fregattenkapitän commanded the destroyer Zerstörer 2 (D171), formerly USS Ringgold (DD-500), from November 1960 until September 1962. His twin brother, Oberleutnant zur See Rudolf Ites, commander of U-709, was killed in action on 01-03-1944. U-709 was sunk by depth charges from the US destroyer escorts USS Thomas, Bostwick and Bronstein north of the Azores at 49°10′N 26°00′W. U-709 was sunk by depth charges from the United States destroyer escorts United States Ship Thomas, Bostwick and Bronstein north of the Azores at 49°10′North 26°00′West. Ships Attacked As a U-boat commander of U-146 and U-94 Otto Ites is credited with the sinking of 15 merchant ships for a total of 76,882 gross register tons (GRT) and damaging one further ship of 8,022 GRT. * Sailing vessel Iron Cross (1939) Wehrmachtbericht references Bibliography.
USS Bronstein (FF-1037) was the lead ship of her class in the United States Navy. She was named in honor of Assistant Surgeon Ben Richard Bronstein, who was killed in action on 28-02- 1942 when USS Jacob Jones (DD-130) was sunk by a German U-boat off Cape May, New Jersey.
Bronstein was commissioned on 16 June 1963 as DE-1037 under the command of Stanley Thomas Counts. She was decommissioned 13 December 1990 and struck from the Navy list on 4 October 1991.
Son of Max and Dina Kurtz Bronstein, of Manchester, NH. “Ben” Richard Bronstein graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1936, then from Tufts College Medical School at Boston in 1940. Dr. Bronstein was appointed Assistant Surgeon, Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) on 04-10-1941. He reported on board USS Jacob Jones late in December 1941.
The destroyer escort USS Bronstein (DE 189) was named in his honor, sponsored by his mother at Newark, New Jersey on 14-11-1943. Ben on 28-02-1942 (age 26) was declared “Missing In Action” when the Jacob Jones, which was just off the Atlantic Coast, was struck by torpedoes from German submarine U-578 and sunk during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Otto Christian Ites died on 02-02-1982, age 63, in Norden / Ostfriesland, Germany.and is buried at the New Friedhof/cemetery in Norden, Am Zingel 10 Norden.