|Ordered||23 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||16 Dec 1939||Nordseewerke, Emden (werk 204)|
|Launched||22 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||7 Jun 1941||Kptlt. Johannes Liebe|
|Successes||8 ships sunk, total tonnage 46,729 GRT|
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 5,964 GRT
Sunk 29 April, 1943 in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Finisterre, Spain, in position 45.08N, 09.33W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/D). 45 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, November 1989).
Previously recorded fate
U-332 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
Störtebecker (17 Nov 1941 - 19 Nov 1941)
Benecke (19 Nov 1941 - 2 Dec 1941)
Hartherz (3 Feb 1943 - 7 Feb 1943)
Ritter (11 Feb 1943 - 23 Feb 1943)
Sturmbock (23 Feb 1943 - 26 Feb 1943)
Burggraf (2 Mar 1943 - 5 Mar 1943)
Westmark (6 Mar 1943 - 11 Mar 1943)
Drossel (29 Apr 1943 - 29 Apr 1943)
Attacks on this boat and other events
6 Dec 1941
The boat was bombed by a British Catalina aircraft (Sqdn 202, pilot Hugh Garnell) but suffered little damage. The pilot brought in ASW craft but the U-boat managed to slip past them. The boat would be attacked again 3 days later. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 402)
9 Dec 1941
The boat was severely damaged by a British aircraft and forced to abort to France. This was the second aircraft attack on the boat in 3 days. (Sources: Blair, vol 1, page 402)
21 Mar 1943
The boat was attacked by a British Leigh Light Wellington bomber (Sqdn 172, pilot I. D. Prebble) north of Corunna, Spain and left unable to dive. A request for assistance from the Luftwaffe brought four Ju 88 bombers to escort U-332 in, but they were attacked by British Beaufighters, two being shot down and the others driven off. This nonetheless gave the crew of U-332 time to make repairs to allow shallow diving, allowing her to return to base at La Pallice. (Sources: Blair, vol 2, page 267)
3 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-332 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 1 emblem entry for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
Coat of Arms of Heidelberg