List of all U-boats

U-158

Type

IXC

 
Ordered25 Sep 1939
Laid down1 Nov 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1000)
Launched21 Jun 1941
Commissioned25 Sep 1941Kptlt. Erwin Rostin (Knights Cross)
Commanders
25 Sep 1941 - 30 Jun 1942  Kptlt. Erwin Rostin (Knights Cross)
Career
2 patrols
25 Sep 1941-31 Jan 1942  4. Flottille (training)
1 Feb 1942-30 Jun 1942  10. Flottille (active service)
Successes17 ships sunk, total tonnage 101,321 GRT
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 15,264 GRT
Fate

Sunk 30 June 1942 west of the Bermudas, in position 32.50N, 67.28W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (USN VP-74/P-1). 56 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 19 ships hit by U-158 - View the 2 war patrols

All 54 crew members and two prisoners taken from the Latvian merchant Everalda were lost in the sinking of U-158.

Attacks on this boat and other events

30 Jun 1942
The sinking of U-158: On 29 June, U-158 had captured several confidential documents during the sinking of the Everalda south-southwest of Bermuda. Rostin reported details about them to the BdU and his lengthy wireless signals were picked up by Allied stations, allowing them to pinpoint the position of the U-boat by radio direction finding. In the afternoon on 30 June, a PBM-3C Mariner flying boat (VP-74 USN/P-1, pilot Lt Richard E. Schreder) on anti-submarine patrol from Bermuda was redirected to the area, picked up a radar contact while flying in low clouds and completely surprised the U-boat on the surface by diving out of the sun, dropping two depth charges that detonated directly underneath the stern and caused her to sink immediately, leaving behind a large field of wreckage and oil. All 54 crew members and two prisoners taken from Everalda were lost.

1 recorded attack on this boat.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-158 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.


Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay


Torpedoes in the Gulf

Wiggins, Melanie