|Ordered||7 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||6 Sep 1940||Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 13)|
|Launched||17 May 1941|
|Commissioned||26 Jul 1941||Kptlt. Rudolf Schendel|
|Successes||3 ships sunk, total tonnage 12,147 GRT|
Sunk on 27 August 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, in position 44.03N, 08.05W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Rother. 48 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé & Eric Zimmerman, July 2004).
Previously recorded fate
- Sunk on 24 August 1943 in the North Atlantic near Vigo, Spain in approx. position 42.07N, 09.30W by six depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (179 Sqn RAF/J).
Notes. This attack was actually directed against U-340 inflicting no damage.
U-134 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Ulan (25 Dec 1941 - 19 Jan 1942)
Umbau (4 Feb 1942 - 16 Feb 1942)
Endrass (12 Jun 1942 - 17 Jun 1942)
Streitaxt (20 Oct 1942 - 2 Nov 1942)
Stürmer (11 Mar 1943 - 20 Mar 1943)
Seeteufel (21 Mar 1943 - 30 Mar 1943)
Meise (15 Apr 1943 - 22 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
8 Jul 1943
The boat was hit by between six and eight depth charges from a US Navy aircraft (Sqdn VP 201, pilot John T. Hitchcock) from Bermuda. The boat survived the attack. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 364)
18 Jul 1943
Aircraft attack, aircraft shot down: USN Blimp K-74 (Sqdn ZP 21)
This was the only airship shot down during WWII. For more information see this page.
19 Jul 1943
During an all-out hunt for U-134 an American Ventura aircraft (pilot John C. Lawrence) found the boat and dropped three depth charges, causing serious damage to the forward batteries. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 365)
21 Aug 1943
The boat was attacked by Wildcat and Avenger aircraft from the escort carrier USS Croatan, escorting convoy UGS 14 in the Atlantic west of Portugal. The boat escaped unharmed. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 395)
4 recorded attacks on this boat.
Men lost from the boat
15 Jan 1943
One of the crew commited suicide.
Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.