German submarine U-758

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-758
Ordered: 9 October 1939[1]
Builder: Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven
Laid down: 18 May 1940[1]
Launched: 1 March 1942[1]
Commissioned: 5 May 1942[1]
Status: Broken up[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 PS (2,800–3,200 bhp; 2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × GL RP 137/c electric motors, totalling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern)
14 × torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record
Commanders

Kptlt. Helmut Manseck
(5 May 1942 - 3 April 1944 )

Oblt.z.S. Hans-Arend Feindt
(4 April 1944 - 16 March 1945)
Operations 7 patrols[1]
Victories 2 ships sunk for a total of 13,989 gross register tons (GRT)[1]

German submarine U-758 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. Commissioned on 5 May 1942, she served with the 6th U-boat Flotilla until 1 November as a training boat, and as a front boat until 14 October 1944 mostly under the command of Kapitänleutnant Helmut Manseck before joining the 33rd U-boat Flotilla as a training boat for the remainder of her service in the war.

Service Record[edit]

Built in werk 131 of the Kriegsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven, U-758 served on seven patrols with the 6th U-boat Flotilla.

1st Patrol[edit]

The submarine's first patrol of 41 days between 14 November and 24 December 1942 from Kiel to St. Nazaire was uneventful.

2nd Patrol[edit]

Her second patrol from 14 February to 30 March 1943 was not. Midway across the Atlantic Ocean on 17 March, U-758 joined Wolfpack Raubgraf and attacked convoy HX 229 which was eastbound, delivering goods from the United States to the United Kingdom. U-758 destroyed two ships from the 37-ship convoy: The Dutch ship Zaanland (6,813 GRT) and the US Liberty Ship James Oglethorpe (7,176 GRT). Torpedoes fired at the Dutch motor tanker Magdala missed their mark.

Subsequent Patrols[edit]

U-758 undertook five more combat patrols but did not sink or damage any further ships.

Wolfpacks[edit]

U-758 took part in nine wolfpacks, namely

  • Panzer (23 November - 11 December 1942)
  • Sturmbock (21–24 February 1943)
  • Burggraf (24–26 February 1943)
  • Wildfang (26 February - 5 March 1943)
  • Raubgraf (7–20 March 1943)
  • Leuthen (15–24 September 1943)
  • Rossbach (24 September - 9 October 1943)
  • Borkum (24 December 1943 - 3 January 1944)
  • Borkum 2 (3–13 January 1944)

Fate[edit]

The veteran submarine was caught in the open during a British raid on the port of Kiel. Badly damaged, she was stricken from the navy list on 16 March 1945. At the cessation of hostilities, she was surrendered to the Allies. Deemed too badly damaged to be sunk as part of Operation Deadlight, she was instead broken up for scrap beginning in 1946.

Summary of raiding career[edit]

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[3]
17 March 1943 Zaanland  Netherlands 6,813 Sunk
17 March 1943 James Oglethorpe  United States 7,176 Sunk

Table[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-758". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  2. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U-758". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815–1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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