|Ordered||16 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||26 Oct 1940||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 288)|
|Launched||4 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Nov 1941||Korvkpt. Karl Brandenburg|
|Successes||2 ships sunk, total tonnage 15,593 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,939 GRT
Attacks on this boat and other events
4 Jul 1942
At 2022hrs the boat was attacked with a depth charge by a floatplane after crash diving while shadowing convoy PQ-17 in approx. 75°57N, 27°50E. The explosion only caused minor damage, but destroyed the UZO optic. The aircraft was a SOC Seagull (VCS-7 USN, pilot Ens. Barclay) from USS Tuscaloosa on anti-submarine patrol around the First Cruiser Squadron (CS1) acting as distant cover for the convoy. (Sources: KTB U-457, War diary USS Tuscaloosa)
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-457 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Eagle with Sword