List of all U-boats

U-58

Type

IIC

 
Ordered17 Jun 1937
Laid down29 Sep 1937 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 257)
Launched12 Oct 1938
Commissioned4 Feb 1939Oblt. Herbert Kuppisch (Knights Cross)
Commanders
4 Feb 1939 - 30 Jun 1940  Kptlt. Herbert Kuppisch (Knights Cross)
1 Jul 1940 - 24 Nov 1940  Oblt. Heinrich Schonder (Knights Cross)
25 Nov 1940 - 6 Apr 1941  Kptlt. Hans-Joachim Rahmlow
7 Apr 1941 - 3 Sep 1941  Oblt. Horst Hamm
Oct, 1941 - 31 Aug 1942  Oblt. Bruno Barber
18 Aug 1942 - 14 Dec 1942  Oblt. Dietrich Schöneboom (Knights Cross)
15 Dec 1942 - Feb, 1944  Oblt. Horst Willner
Feb, 1944 - 30 Jun 1944  Oblt. Robert Rix
Jul, 1944 - 3 May 1945  Oblt. Richard Schulz
Career
12 patrols
4 Feb 1939-31 Dec 1939  5. Flottille (training)
1 Jan 1940-31 Dec 1940  1. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1941-30 Jun 1944  22. Flottille (school boat)
1 Jul 1944-3 May 1945  19. Flottille (school boat)
Successes6 ships sunk, total tonnage 16,148 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 8,401 GRT
Fate

Scuttled on 3 May 1945 at Kiel. Wreck broken up.

Final location

See the 7 ships hit by U-58 - View the 12 war patrols

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in August 1943. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-58 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.


English Tophat with Chamberlain! text

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

There was another U-58 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 31 May 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 9 Aug 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 58 during WWI.