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|VII-A||AG Weser (Bremen)||25 Feb 1937|
|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|
|Jenisch||Hans||1 Jul 1940||30 Oct 1940|
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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)
|18 Sep 1939||KENSINGTON COURT||England||Freighter||4,863|
|28 Sep 1939||JERN||Norway||Freighter||875|
|31 Dec 1939||LUNA||Norway||Freighter||959|
SHIPS DAMAGED BY U-32 (Büchel commanding)
|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)
|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|
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.
|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)
|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.
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|
|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.