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Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid down10 Aug 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 11)
Launched10 Apr 1941
Commissioned29 May 1941Oblt. Ernst Vogelsang
29 May 1941 - 4 Nov 1942  Kptlt. Ernst Vogelsang
4 patrols
29 May 1941-31 Aug 1941  3. Flottille (training)
1 Sep 1941-4 Nov 1942  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes7 ships sunk, total tonnage 32,356 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk, total tonnage 557 GRT
1 warship sunk, total tonnage 2,216 tons
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 6,690 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 4,367 GRT

Sunk on 4 November 1942 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in approx. position 55.38N, 39.52W, when the British ammunition ship Hatimura blew up in a huge explosion. U-132 had torpedoed this ship earlier and was probably waiting nearby for her to sink when caught in the lethal radius of the explosion. 47 dead (all hands lost). (FDS/NHB, January 1985).

Loss position

See the 11 ships hit by U-132 - View the 4 war patrols

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk 5 Nov, 1942 in Northern Atlantic south-east Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 58.08N, 33.13W by British aircraft (120 Sqdn.). (Postwar assessment)
    Notes. This attack was against U-89 inflicting severe damage.

Wolfpack operations

U-132 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Endrass (12 Jun 1942 - 17 Jun 1942)
   Panther (13 Oct 1942 - 19 Oct 1942)
   Veilchen (20 Oct 1942 - 3 Nov 1942)

Attacks on this boat and other events

6 Jul 1942
At 06.50 hours, the boat was forced to dive by HMCS Drummondville shortly after torpedoing the Dinaric from convoy QS 15 in the St. Lawrence Seaway. U-132 had difficulty diving because of water layers in the river and was damaged by depth charges dropped by the minesweeper after a ramming attempt, but escaped after 11 hours with damaged ballast pumps and a leakage of 4 m³ (879 gallons) of fuel. (Sources: Hadley)

1 recorded attack 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-132 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

U-boat Emblems

We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Eagle and Swastika

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

U-Boat Operations of the Second World War - Vol 1

Wynn, Kenneth

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay