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Ordered16 Jan 1940
Laid down16 Oct 1940 Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 289)
Launched4 Oct 1941
Commissioned12 Dec 1941Oblt. Kurt Diggins
12 Dec 1941 - 22 Aug 1943  Kptlt. Kurt Diggins
7 patrols
12 Dec 1941-30 Jun 1942  8. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1942-31 Oct 1942  3. Flottille (active service)
1 Nov 1942-22 Aug 1943  29. Flottille (active service)
Successes2 ships sunk, total tonnage 7,584 GRT

Sunk on 22 August 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea south-east of Pantelleria, Italy, in position 36.25N, 12.39E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyer HMS Easton and the Greek escort destroyer Pindos. HMS Easton also rammed the submarine. 8 dead and 39 survivors.

Loss position

See the 2 ships hit by U-458 - View the 7 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-458 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Tümmler (1 Oct 1942 - 11 Oct 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

13 Nov 1942
The boat was attacked by a British Hudson aircraft and was damaged so badly that she was forced to return to base.

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-458 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.

White Bird

Blue marking

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, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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