Erwin Rostin

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Erwin Rostin
Born (1907-10-08)8 October 1907
Güstrow, Mecklenburg
Died 30 June 1942(1942-06-30) (aged 34)
Atlantic Ocean
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1933–42
Rank Kapitänleutnant
Unit Schlesien
Commands held Minensuchboot M 98, M 21
U-158
(25 September 1941–30 June 1942)
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erwin Rostin (8 October 1907 in Güstrowkilled in action 1 July 1942 in Atlantic Ocean) was a German U-boat commander in World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He is numbered thirty-one in the list of U-Boat aces of World War II.

Career[edit]

Rostin joined the Reichsmarine in 1933 and served eight years on minesweepers. He was transferred to submarine training in 1941. Rostin sailed for his first combat patrol as commander of U-158 on 7 February 1942, sinking five ships (38,785 tons), including the SS Empire Celt, and damaging two (15,264 tons) of the east coast of the United States[1] His second and last patrol (4 May–30 June 1942), took him into the Gulf of Mexico where U-158 sank 12 ships (62,536 tons), one of the most successful patrols in the Kriegsmarine.[2] However it ended with the sinking of U-158 by a United States Navy PBM Mariner bomber, with all hands lost, at 32°50′N 67°28′W / 32.833°N 67.467°W / 32.833; -67.467. In five months Rostin sank 17 ships for a total of 101,321 GRT, and damaged two others for a total of 15,264 GRT.[3]

Summary of career[edit]

Ships Attacked[edit]

Erwin Rostin as commander of U-158 sank 17 merchant ships totalling 101,321 gross register tons (GRT), and damaged another two of 15,264 GRT.

Date Ship Nationality Tonnage Fate[4]
24 February 1942 Diloma  United Kingdom 8,146 Damaged
24 February 1942 Empire Celt  United Kingdom 8,032 Sunk
2 March 1942 Finnager  United Kingdom 9,551 Sunk
11 March 1942 Caribesa  United Kingdom 2,609 Sunk
13 March 1942 John D. Gill  United States 11,641 Sunk
15 March 1942 Ario  United States 6,952 Sunk
15 March 1942 Olean  United States 7,118 Damaged
25 May 1942 Darina  United Kingdom 8,113 Sunk
22 May 1942 Frank D. Baird  Canada 1,748 Sunk
2 June 1942 Knoxville City  United States 5,686 Sunk
4 June 1942 Nidarnes  Norway 2,647 Sunk
5 June 1942 Velma Lykes  United States 2,572 Sunk
7 June 1942 Hermis  Panama 5,234 Sunk
11 June 1942 Scheheradze  Panama 13,467 Sunk
12 June 1942 Cities Service Toledo  United States 8,192 Sunk
17 June 1942 Moira  Norway 1,560 Sunk
17 June 1942 San Blas  Panama 3,601 Sunk
23 June 1942 Major General Henry Gibbins  United States 5,766 Sunk
23 June 1942 Everalda  Latvia 3,950 Sunk

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol of U-158 from 7 Feb 1942 to 31 Mar 1942". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Patrol of U-158 from 4 May 1942 to 30 Jun 1942". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type IXC boat U-158". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "U-101 Successes". Uboat.net. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Busch & Röll 2003, p. 229.
  6. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 640.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 365.
  8. ^ Busch & Röll 2003, p. 230.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (2003). Der U-Boot-Krieg 1939–1945 — Die Ritterkreuzträger der U-Boot-Waffe von September 1939 bis Mai 1945 [The U-Boat War 1939–1945 — The Knight's Cross Bearers of the U-Boat Force from September 1939 to May 1945] (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn Germany: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn. ISBN 978-3-8132-0515-2. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "Erwin Rostin". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 16 April 2015.