|Ordered||9 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||18 May 1940||Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 141)|
|Launched||1 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||5 May 1942||Kptlt. Helmut Manseck|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,989 GRT|
Stricken at Kiel, Germany on 16 March, 1945 after being badly damaged by British bombs. Broken up in 1946-1947.
U-758 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Panzer (23 Nov 1942 - 11 Dec 1942)
Sturmbock (21 Feb 1943 - 24 Feb 1943)
Burggraf (24 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
Wildfang (26 Feb 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
Raubgraf (7 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
Leuthen (15 Sep 1943 - 24 Sep 1943)
Rossbach (24 Sep 1943 - 9 Oct 1943)
Borkum (24 Dec 1943 - 3 Jan 1944)
Borkum 2 (3 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)
Attacks on this boat and other events
8 Jun 1943
19.18 hrs, south of the Azores: U-758 was attacked by carrier aircraft (VC-9 USN) from USS Bogue escorting convoy GUS-9. U-758 had just sighted the convoy and reported its position when it was attacked by an Avenger, piloted by Lt (jg) L.S. Bailliett. Its four depth charges exploded astern, but the boat remained on the surface and put up heavy flak. After 30 minutes a second Avenger, piloted by Lt (jg) W.S. Fowler, dropped three depth charges despite sustaining heavy flak damage during the approach. AA hits wounded one of the crew and damaged the engine, the starboard wing and the bomb bay, forcing the plane to return to the carrier. A third Avenger, piloted by Lt (jg) F.D. Fodge, then attacked, assisted by a strafing run from a Wildcat piloted by Lt (jg) P. Perabo. The boat dived before depth charges were dropped and then successfully evaded the USS Clemson.
The Germans reported beating off an attack by eight carrier aircraft (identified as Martlet, Lysander (!) and Mustang) with their powerful new quadruple AA gun and claimed one shot down and four damaged. U-758 suffered only minor damage, but 7 men were wounded, so the boat had to abort its patrol.(Sources: Franks/Zimmerman)
23 Sep 1943
Depth charged by convoy escorts and forced to withdraw for repairs. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 424)
11 Jan 1944
Attacked by 2 Avenger aircraft from the hunter-killer group Block Island in the Atlantic west of Vigo. Damage from the aircrafts rockets (8 each) and depth charges (2 each) forced the boat to return to base at St. Nazaire, arriving 20 Jan. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, p 491.)
3 recorded attacks 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-758 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
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