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Ordered1 Apr 1935
Laid down15 Mar 1936 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 913)
Launched25 Feb 1937
Commissioned15 Apr 1937Kptlt. Werner Lott
15 Apr 1937 - 15 Aug 1937  Kptlt. Werner Lott
16 Aug 1937 - 11 Feb 1940  KrvKpt. Paul Büchel
12 Feb 1940 - 30 Oct 1940  Oblt. Hans Jenisch (Knights Cross)
9 patrols
15 Apr 1937-31 Aug 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Sep 1939-31 Dec 1939  2. Flottille (active service)
1 Jan 1940-30 Oct 1940  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes20 ships sunk, total tonnage 116,836 GRT
4 ships damaged, total tonnage 32,274 GRT
1 warship damaged, total tonnage 8,000 tons

Sunk on 30 October 1940 in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55.37N, 12.19W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester and HMS Highlander. 9 dead and 33 survivors.

Loss position

See the 25 ships hit by U-32 - View the 9 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-32 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Prien (12 Jun 1940 - 17 Jun 1940)

General notes on this boat

28 Oct 1940. U-32 sank the largest ship to fall victim to U-boats, the 42,350 ton liner Empress of Britain on 28 Oct. 1940, 2 days before being sunk herself.

Men lost from U-boats

Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-32 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.

Britain with a Rabbit's Head

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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

Blair, Clay

The Floating Inferno

Seamer, Robert

Single or Return?

Wentzel, Fritz

There was another U-32 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Jan 1914 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 3 Sep 1914. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 32 during WWI.

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