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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down26 Oct 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 288)
Launched4 Oct 1941
Commissioned5 Nov 1941Korvkpt. Karl Brandenburg
5 Nov 1941 - 16 Sep 1942  KrvKpt. Karl Brandenburg
3 patrols
5 Nov 1941-30 Jun 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-16 Sep 1942  11. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,593 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,939 GRT

Sunk 16 Sept 1942 in the Barents Sea north-east of Murmansk, Russia, in position 75.05N, 43.15E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Impulsive. 45 dead (all hands lost).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-457 - View the 3 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-457 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Eisteufel (30 Jun 1942 - 12 Jul 1942)
   Trägertod (12 Sep 1942 - 16 Sep 1942)

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-457 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Black Eagle

Eagle with Sword

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