List of all U-boats

U-758

Type

VIIC

 
Ordered9 Oct 1939
Laid down18 May 1940 Kriegsmarinewerft (KMW), Wilhelmshaven (werk 141)
Launched1 Mar 1942
Commissioned5 May 1942Kptlt. Helmut Manseck
Commanders
5 May 1942 - 3 Apr 1944  Kptlt. Helmut Manseck (German Cross in Gold)
4 Apr 1944 - 16 Mar 1945  Oblt. Hans-Arend Feindt
Career
7 patrols
5 May 1942-1 Nov 1942  6. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1942-14 Oct 1944  6. Flottille (active service)
15 Oct 1944-1 Mar 1945  33. Flottille (training)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 13,989 GRT
Fate

Stricken at Kiel, Germany on 16 March 1945 after being badly damaged by British bombs.

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Broken up in 1946-1947.

See the 2 ships hit by U-758 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

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, S of the Azores: U-758 was attacked by 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 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 flak gun and claimed one shot down and four damaged. U-758 suffered only minor damage but seven men were wounded, forcing her to return to base.

(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 two Avenger aircraft from the hunter-killer group USS Block Island in the Atlantic west of Vigo. Damage from the eight rockets and two depth charges that they each carried 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.

Schnorchel-fitted U-boat
This boat was fitted with a Schnorchel underwater-breathing apparatus in July 1944. Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.

Men lost from the boat

8 Jun 1943
19.18 hrs, S of the Azores: U-758 was attacked by 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 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 flak gun and claimed one shot down and four damaged. U-758 suffered only minor damage but seven men were wounded, forcing her to return to base.

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

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Media links


U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 2

Wynn, Kenneth


German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel


Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay


Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay