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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. U-158 was sunk with all hands lost at 32°50′N 67°28′W / 32.833°N 67.467°W / 32.833; -67.467.

Edwin Rostin joined the German Navy in 1933 and served 8 years on the minesweepers. He was transferred to submarine training in 1941. Rostin sailed for his first combat patrol as commander of U-158 February 7, 1942. His last patrol (May 4 - June 30, 1942), with 12 confirmed kills (62,536 tons), was one of the most successful in Kriegsmarine but ended in sinking of U-158 with all hands. In five months U-158 destroyed 16 allied merchant ships and damaged two others.



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