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TYPE BUILDER LAUNCHED
VII-A AG Weser (Bremen) 25 Feb 1937
     
COMMISSIONED FELDPOST Nr. SUNK
5 Apr 1937 M00450 30 Oct 1940
     
SUNK BY LOCATION SUNK POSITION SUNK
HMS HARVESTER (H-19) &
HMS HIGHLANDER (H-44)
NW of Ireland 55º 37'N x 12º 20'W
 
HMS HARVESTER (above) was ordered by the Brazilian Navy in 1938 from the Vickers-Armstrong yard and was laid down on 3 June 1938  She was going to be named JURURA but when war broke out, she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty on 5 September 1939, launched 29 September under the name HMS HANDY.  Since there was already another HMS HANDY in the Royal Navy, her name was changed to HMS HARVESTER on 27 February 1940.   HMS HIGHLANDER (above) was ordered by the Brazilian Navy and was laid down on 28 September 1938 and was going to be named JAGUARIBE.  The Admiralty requisitioned this ship on 5 September 1939 due to the opening of the war.


             Men Lost - see below

Commanders of U-32 include:

LAST NAME FIRST NAME FROM TO OTHER BOATS COMMENTS
Lott Werner     U-25 and U-35  
Büchel Paul Feb 1939 Feb 1940 U-860  
Franz Johannes     U-27  
Jenisch Hans 1 Jul 1940 30 Oct 1940    

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Werner Lott

 

Hans Jenisch

U-32 was attached to the U-Flottille Saltzwedel then to the famed 2nd U-Bootflottille.  She completed two Feindfahrten (war patrols) in the North Atlantic, laid mines in the Bristol Channel on 17 September 1939; laid mines in the Firth of Clyde in January 1940; laid mines north of Liverpool Bay.  There were more operations in the North Channel in January 1940 and in the Irish Sea in March 1940.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-32 (Büchel commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRTons
18 Sep 1939 KENSINGTON COURT England Freighter 4,863
28 Sep 1939 JERN Norway Freighter    875
31 Dec 1939 LUNA Norway Freighter    959
 
KENSINGTON COURT   LUNA
     
 
MARWARRI   LOCHGOIL

                  SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-32 (Büchel commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRTons
5 Oct 1939 MARWARRI England Freighter 8,063
6 Oct 1939 LOCHGOIL England Freighter 9,462

Both MARWARRI and LOCHGOIL were damaged when they ran onto mines laid by U-32 in 17 September 1939.

                  SHIPS SUNK BY U-32 (Jenisch commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRTons
3 Mar 1940 LAGAHOLM Sweden Freighter 2,818
8 Mar 1940 COUNSELLOR   (1) England Freighter 5,068
18 Jun 1940 ALTAIR Norway Freighter 1,522
18 Jun 1940 SALVORA   (2) Spain Freighter    108
18 Jul 1940 FARO-ONS   (2) Spain Freighter    108
19 Jun 1940 LABUD Yugoslavia Freighter 5,334
22 Jun 1940 ELI KNUDSEN Norway Tanker 9,026
30 Aug 1940 MILL HILL England Freighter 4,318
30 Aug 1940 CHELSEA England Freighter 4,804
   
LAGAHOLM   ELI KNUDSEN   CHELSEA

1.   COUNSELLOR sank when she ran onto a mine in the field laid by U-32 on 7 March.
2.   SALVORA and FARO-ONS were sunk by gunfire.

 
TANCRED   HAULERWIJK
DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRTons
30 Aug 1940 NORNE Norway Motorship   3,971
25 Sep 1940 MABRITON England Freighter   6,694
26 Sep 1940 TANCRED Norway Motorship   6,094
26 Sep 1940 DARCOILA England Freighter   4,084
28 Sep 1940 EMPIRE OCELOT England Freighter   5,759
29 Sep 1940 BASSA England Freighter   5,267
  1 Oct 1940 HAULERWIJK Netherlands Freighter   3,278
  2 Oct 1940 KAYESON England Freighter   4,606
28 Oct 1940 EMPRESS OF BRITAIN England Liner 42,348
 
     
  Hulk under tow
Above are four photographs of EMPRESS OF BRITAIN; the lower right shows the hulk under tow.  She had initially been attacked by aircraft of the Luftwaffe, damaged and set on fire.  She was under tow from several ships including the Polish destroyer ORP BURZA (photo right) when she found and sunk by U-32.

                  SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-32 (Jenisch commanding)

DATE NAME NATION TYPE GRTons
  2 Mar 1940 BELPAMELA Norway Freighter 4,000
  1 Sep 1940 HMS FIJI   (3) England Cruiser 8,000
22 Sep 1940 COLLEGIAN England Freighter 7,886
26 Sep 1940 CORRIENTES   (4) England Freighter 6,863

3.  Jenisch attacked ships in the Dakar Task Force and thought he had hit and damaged the Armed Merchant
      Cruiser SCYTHIA (below left) but he actually hit and slightly damaged the light cruiser HMS FIJI (below right).

 
RMS SCYTHIA   HMS FIJI

4.  CORRIENTES was hit by U-32 on 26 September 1940 and abandoned by her crew but the ship remained
            afloat.  U-37 came upon her on 28 September 1940 and sank her with a coup d'grace torpedo.

 
COLLEGIAN   CORRIENTES

          Men lost on U-32

LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK   LAST NAME FIRST NAME RANK
Cantow Ulrich Matr Ob Gfr   Damm Günter Oblt zur See
Johann Wolfgang Bootsmannsmaat   Kress Albert Masch Hpt Gfr
Müller Otto Ober Masch   Nazarek Heinz Masch Ob Gfr
Paschen Hermann Bootsmannsmaat   Zimmer Wilhelm Bootsmannsmaat
Zimmermann Erich Masch Ob Gfr        

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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website.  GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port.  When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp.  After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.