|Ordered||25 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||1 Nov 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1000)|
|Launched||21 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||25 Sep 1941||Kptlt. Erwin Rostin (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||17 ships sunk, total tonnage 101,321 GRT|
2 ships damaged, total tonnage 15,264 GRT
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).
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.