|Ordered||7 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||20 Aug 1940||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 993)|
|Launched||14 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||11 Jun 1941||Korvkpt. Ernst Kals (Knights Cross)|
|Successes||21 ships sunk, total tonnage 127,608 GRT|
3 auxiliary warships sunk, total tonnage 34,407 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,986 GRT
Sunk on 12 March 1943 in the North Atlantic west of the Azores, in position 37.10N, 40.21W, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Champlin. 53 dead (all hands lost).
Attacks on this boat and other events
12 Jan 1942
16.28 hrs, Cabot Strait, between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada: the surfaced boat was attacked by a Canadian aircraft dropping two 250lb depth charges. Luckily for U-130, the green aircrew botched the attack and the boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: KTB U-130)
18 Jan 1942
Following an unsuccessful nighttime attack on a fast merchantman off Nova Scotia, the boat was nearly lost when surprised on the surface by two Canadian "destroyers" at about 01.20 hrs. One of them tried to ram, and passed only 10 metres astern of U-130, which immediately crash-dived. Iced-up diesel air intake valves caused 8 tons of water to enter the boat, which hit the bottom at a depth of 48 metres (157 ft). Luckily the warships dropped no depth charges, perhaps due to their equipment also being frozen. The Germans managed to pump the water out and the boat later headed southwards into warmer seas. (Sources: KTB U-130)
2 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-130 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Shield with Symbols
Knight's Helmet inside Circle