|Ordered||1 Apr 1935|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1936||AG Weser, Bremen (werk 913)|
|Launched||25 Feb 1937|
|Commissioned||15 Apr 1937||Kptlt. Werner Lott|
|Successes||20 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.
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.Read more about the Schnorchel and see list of fitted boats.
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.
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
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.