List of all U-boats




Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid down6 Sep 1940 Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack (werk 13)
Launched17 May 1941
Commissioned26 Jul 1941Kptlt. Rudolf Schendel
26 Jul 1941 - 2 Feb 1943  Kptlt. Rudolf Schendel
3 Feb 1943 - 27 Aug 1943  Kptlt. Hans-Günther Brosin
9 patrols
26 Jul 1941-31 Oct 1941  5. Flottille (training)
1 Nov 1941-27 Aug 1943  3. Flottille (active service)
Successes3 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).

Loss position

See the 3 ships hit by U-134 - View the 9 war patrols

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.

Wolfpack operations

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 -

U-boat Emblems

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


Media links

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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

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