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Ordered5 Jun 1941
Laid down11 Dec 1942 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 1064)
Launched17 Jun 1943
Commissioned30 Sep 1943Kptlt. Thilo Bode
30 Sep 1943 - 14 May 1945  Kptlt. Thilo Bode
2 patrols
30 Sep 1943-30 Apr 1944  4. Flottille (training)
1 May 1944-30 Sep 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Oct 1944-8 May 1945  33. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Surrendered on 14 May 1945 at Lewes, Delaware, USA (Waller & Niestlé, 2010).

Post war information (see more post-war boats):
Transferred to Philadelphia Navy Yard, Penn on 19 May 45. Moved to New London, CT on 5 Jun 45. Minor refit. Used for limited trials in early 1946. Scuttled by US submarine USS Sirago on 21 Nov 1947 after being used for torpedo trials near New England. Map position is approximate.

Final location

View the 2 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-858 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Seewolf (14 Apr 1945 - 1 May 1945)

Attacks on this boat and other events

19 Sep 1944
At 20.10 hours, the boat was attacked by B-24 Liberator BZ984 (206 Sqdn RAF/S, pilot P. Carlisle) west of Stadlandet, Norway. U-858 was searching for the disabled U-867 when she was attacked with seven depth charges. Evading the attack by a sharp turn to port the boat crash dived and was attacked with another depth charge shortly after diving, but escaped with minor damage. For some time it was thought that U-865 was sunk in this attack, but the large oil patch and 21 dinghies sighted by the crew of the aircraft about 20 minutes after the attack were actually from the scuttled U-867. (Sources: BdU KTB/ADM199-1786)

1 recorded attack on this boat.

General notes on this boat

14 May 1945. U-858 was originally docked near Fort Miles, Delaware, where the crew were held, and was then taken to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. She was the first German warship to surrender to U.S. forces.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-858 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Media links

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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