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Ordered7 Dec 1940
Laid down17 Jan 1942 F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel (werk 662)
Launched15 Oct 1942
Commissioned28 Nov 1942Kptlt. Ernst Ziehm
28 Nov 1942 - 9 Jul 1943  Kptlt. Ernst Ziehm
1 patrol
28 Nov 1942-30 Apr 1943  5. Flottille (training)
1 May 1943-9 Jul 1943  9. Flottille (active service)
SuccessesNo ships sunk or damaged

Sunk on 9 July 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Lisbon, in position 39.48N, 14.22W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (179 Sqn RAF/R). 46 dead (all hands lost). (Axel Niestlé, April 2003).

Loss position

View the 1 war patrol

Previously recorded fate

  • Sunk on 8 July 1943 in the North Atlantic west of Oporto, in position 40.37N, 13.41W, by depth charges from a US Liberator aircraft (2nd A/S Sqn USAAF/Q).
    Notes. This attack was actually directed against U-183 inflicting no damage.

Wolfpack operations

U-232 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Trutz (1 Jun 1943 - 16 Jun 1943)
   Trutz 2 (16 Jun 1943 - 29 Jun 1943)
   Geier 3 (30 Jun 1943 - 8 Jul 1943)

General notes on this boat

24 Feb 1943. On 24 Feb. 1943 the U-232 collided with U-649 during training in the Bay of Danzig. U-649 sank, taking 35 of her crew with her.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-232 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.

Media links

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

Niestle, Axel

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

Wynn, Kenneth

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

Blair, Clay

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