List of all U-boats




Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid down30 Jul 1940 AG Weser, Bremen (werk 992)
Launched28 Feb 1941
Commissioned21 May 1941Kptlt. Nicolai Clausen (Knights Cross)
21 May 1941 - 13 May 1942  Kptlt. Asmus Nicolai Clausen (Knights Cross)
14 May 1942 - 8 Jul 1943  KrvKpt. Hans-Ludwig Witt (Knights Cross)
12 Jul 1943 - 19 Jul 1944  Oblt. Richard von Harpe (German Cross in Gold)
10 patrols
21 May 1941-30 Jun 1941  4. Flottille (training)
1 Jul 1941-1 Jul 1944  2. Flottille (active service)
Successes29 ships sunk, total tonnage 143,748 GRT

Decommissioned in August 1944 at Lorient and scuttled south-west of U-boat pen Keroman I on 18 August 1944. Wreck captured by US forces in May 1945 and handed over to France. Raised and broken up in 1946.

See the 29 ships hit by U-129 - View the 10 war patrols

Wolfpack operations

U-129 operated with the following Wolfpacks during its career:
   Grönland (10 Aug 1941 - 25 Aug 1941)

Men lost from the boat

21 May 1943
During refueling by U-459 two men from the boat were washed overboard by a big wave. One of them was soon recovered, but the other remained missing. [Matrosengefreiter Hans Rüchel]

  Related: For more info on such losses see - Men lost from U-boats -

U-boat Emblems

We have 2 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.

Westward Ho

Lion on Shield

Media links

U-Boats in the Bahamas

Eric Wiberg
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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, Vol II

Blair, Clay

Hitler's U-boat War

Blair, Clay

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