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Ship ClassType VII-class Submarine
BuilderBremer Vulkan AG
Yard Number11
Ordered7 Aug 1939
Laid Down10 Aug 1940
Launched10 Apr 1941
Commissioned29 May 1941
Sunk4 Nov 1942
Displacement769 tons standard; 871 tons submerged
Length220 feet
Beam20 feet
Draft16 feet
MachineryTwo diesel engines (2,800-3,200bhp), two electric motors (740shp), two shafts
Speed17 knots
Range8,500nm at 10 knots surfaced, 80nm at 4 knots submerged
Armament1x8.8cm deck gun, 1x2cm C/30 anti-aircraft gun, 4x53.3cm bow torpedo tubes, 1x53.3cm stern tubes, 14 torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
Submerged Speed7.6 knots


ww2dbaseGerman Navy Type VIIC submarine U-132 was commissioned into service in May 1941 with Kapitänleutnant Ernst Vogelsang in command. She completed three war patrols during the war, the third of which was her most successful, having sunk Greek ship Anastasios Pateras, Belgian ship Hainaut, and British ship Dinaric at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada. Her fourth and final patrol began on 6 Oct 1942, with her spotting Allied convoy SC-107 a month later. She attacked together with other members of her wolfpack and sank British ship Empire Lynx and Dutch ship Hobbema in the North Atlantic Ocean, but she was fatally damaged by falling debris from ammunition ship Hatimura, which was damaged by U-132 (U-442 would sink Hatimura shortly after). All 47 men aboard were lost. U-132 sank eight commercial ships (32,964 gross register tons total) and one warship during WW2.

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Last Major Revision: Feb 2020

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Conning tower of U-132, circa early 1940s

U-132 Operational Timeline

10 Aug 1940 The keel of U-132 was laid down at the Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
10 Apr 1941 U-132 was launched at the Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
29 May 1941 U-132 was commissioned into service with Kapit√§nleutnant Ernst Vogelsang in command, and was assigned to the 3rd Submarine Flotilla.
7 Sep 1941 U-132 departed Tronheim, Norway for her first war patrol.
18 Oct 1941 German submarine U-132 sank Soviet ship Argun in the Barents Sea 5 miles off the Russian coast at 1320 hours; all aboard survived. At 2017 hours, U-132 struck again, sinking trawler RT-8 Seld; all aboard were killed.
21 Oct 1941 U-132 arrived at Kirkenes, Norway, completing her first war patrol.
29 Jan 1942 The US Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-132 whilst on patrol off the Iceland coast.
8 Feb 1942 U-132 arrived at La Pallice, La Rochelle, France, completing her second war patrol.
10 Jun 1942 U-132 departed La Pallice, La Rochelle, France for her third war patrol.
12 Jun 1942 U-132 joined wolfpack Endrass.
17 Jun 1942 U-132 left wolfpack Endrass.
3 Jul 1942 German submarine U-132 arrived in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence off Quebec, Canada.
6 Jul 1942 German submarine U-132 attacked Allied convoy QS-15 at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, sinking Belgian ship Hainaut (at 0521 hours; 1 was killed, 44 survived), sinking Greek ship Anastassios Pateras (at 0521 hours; 3 were killed, 26 survived), and fatally damaging British ship Dinaric (at 0646 hours; 4 were killed); Canadian minesweeper HMCS Drummondville rammed (and missed) U-132 and dropped depth charges, causing minor damage to U-132.
20 Jul 1942 German submarine U-132 damaged transport Frederika Lensen of Allied convoy QS-19 off Anticosti Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada at 1839 hours; 4 were killed, 36 survived. Frederika Lensen would be beached to prevent sinking although she would ultimately be declared a total loss due to extensive damage.
30 Jul 1942 German submarine U-132 attacked Allied convoy ON-113 100 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada at 0110 hours, sinking British ship Pacific Pioneer; all 71 aboard survived.
16 Aug 1942 U-132 arrived at La Pallice, France, completing her third war patrol.
6 Oct 1942 U-132 departed La Pallice, France for her fourth war patrol.
13 Oct 1942 U-132 joined wolfpack Panther.
19 Oct 1942 U-132 left wolfpack Panther.
20 Oct 1942 U-132 joined wolfpack Veilchen.
4 Nov 1942 U-132 spotted Allied convoy SC-107 in the North Atlantic Ocean and attacked together with members of her wolfpack. She sank British ship Empire Lynx and Dutch ship Hobbema, and damaged British ammunition ship Hatimura. As Hatimura exploded, falling pieces of debris fatally damaged U-132, leading to her loss with all 47 aboard lost, including her commanding officer Ernst Vogelsang.

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