u-boat

German U-boot, abbreviation of Unterseeboot (“undersea boat”), a German submarine. The destruction of enemy shipping by German U-boats was a spectacular feature of both World Wars I and II.
Kapitänleutnant

ERWIN ROSTIN

Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross

U-158

Rostin

BONR /// 8 Oct 1907 / Güstrow, Mecklenburg, Germany
DIED /// 30 Jun 1942 / West Atlantic, west of Bermuda
U-BOAT 158 (crew 32)
From 25 Sep 1941 to 30 Jun 1942
2 patrols (111 days)
DECORATIONS
10 Oct 1939 / Iron Cross 2nd Class
21 Nov 1940 / Iron Cross 1st Class
3 Jan 1941 / Minesweeper War Badge
28 Jun 1942 / Knights Cross
1 Jul 1942 / U-boat War Badge 1939
(posthumous)
SHIPS SUNK /// 17, total tonnage 101,321 GRT
SHIPS DAMAGED /// 1, total tonnage 15,264 GRT
LOSS U-158 /// Sunk on 30 June 1942 in the North Atlantic west of Bermuda; at position 32.50N, 67.28W, by depth charges from a US Mariner aircraft (VP-74 USN/P-1). 54 dead (all hands lost).
Two prisoners taken from the Latvian merchant Everalda were lost in the sinking of U-158.
The commander of U-boat 158 distinguished himself on his very first war patrol, when he sank five ships. The fourth ship that he sank — and the first U.S. vessel — was the Caribsea. His second patrol, in the Gulf of Mexico, was one of the most successful of WWII in terms of tonnage, with 12 ships totalling 62,536 tons sunk. In all, on just two patrols in less than four months, Kapitänleutnant Erwin Rostin’s U-boat sank 17 merchant ships and damaged two others.
Born in the northern German town of Güstrow on October 8, 1907, Erwin Rostin died in the North Atlantic, west of Bermuda, on June 30, 1942, aged 34. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, the greatest achievable honor for a German submariner, two days before he died.
"On the first command with a new boat, the escort attack, as well as the operation in shallow water off the American coast, shows the commander's courage and attacking spirit."
Admiral Karl Dönitz,
Commander of the German Navy

U-158

Wednesday, March 11, 1942

Laid down on November 1, 1940, at the shipyard of AG Weser in Bremen, Germany, U-158 slipped into the North Sea on June 21, 1941, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Erwin Rostin. In her two war patrols, U-158 sank 17 ships, for a total tonnage of 101,321, and damaged two others.
On June 29, 1942, in waters SSW of Bermuda, U-158 sank the Latvian steamer Everalda and captured several confidential documents, information from which Rostin reported to the BdU via lengthy wireless signals. (The Befehlshaber der Unterseeboote or BdU [Eng: “Commander of the U-boats”] was the supreme  commander of the German Navy’s U-boat Arm [Ubootwaffe] during the First and Second World Wars). Picking up these signals, Allied stations were able to pinpoint the position of the U-boat.
In the afternoon of June 30, a PBM-3C Mariner flying boat (pilot Lt. Richard E. Schreder) on anti-submarine patrol from Bermuda surprised the U-boat on the surface by diving out of the sun and dropping two depth charges that detonated directly underneath the stern. U-158 sank immediately, and with her all 54 crew plus the captain of the Everalda and another prisoner were lost. The Americans reported they’d seen 15 men sunbathing on the upper deck.

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It was a cold, dark night on March 11, 1942, just after 2 AM. Steaming along the North Carolina coast is the merchant ship SS Caribsea. Suddenly, the ship is rocked by an explosion, causing the foredeck to fill with water. U-158, a German U-boat, has launched a torpedo striking the ship. The Caribsea sinks in only 2 minutes. Of the 28 crew members, 7 were able to survive by clinging to oily wreckage and drifting cold water for 10 hours. Eventually, The Norlindo found and rescued these survivors. Today, the Caribsea rests in about 90 feet of water just northeast of Cape Lookout. Caribsea is a popular diving destination and sustains a rich marine ecosystem, including roughly 100 Sand Tiger Sharks. 

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