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At the outset of year 1941 the 4. SFltl was being formed up. Commander was Kptlt. Niels Bätge. The flottilla commanded at this point in time the boats „S 11“, „S 22“, „S 24“ and „S 25“. ABout a letter-code in this phase of the flottilla nothing is known.

During Operation Barbarossa (the Rusia Campain) the 4. SFltl remained as the only flotilla in the operation area English Channel far away from its planned strength. It operated based on Rotterdam.

Composition of the 4. Schnellbootflottila on 01.06.1941

Commander

Kptlt.

Niels Bätge

S 19

Oblt.z.S.

Karl Müller

S 20

Oblt.z.S.

Hans-Jürgen Meyer

S 22

Lt.z.S.

Karl-Eberhard Karcher

S 24

Oblt.z.S.

Götz Frhr. Von Mirbach

S 25

Oblt.z.S.

Friedrich-Wilhelm Wilcke

FRom the early days of the 4. SFltl we know only the sun, the marking of "S 25" under command of Oblt.z.S. Max Günther.

"S 25" under Command of Oblt.z.S. Max Günther - Picture: Archives O. Erlandsson

During the second half of the year 1941 the flotilla got equipped with type 38-boats. For these boats the flotilla introduced a letter-code. The letters painted on the doors of the bridge-house were the initials of the first names of the commanding officers.

Letter-Code November 1941

Boat

Rank

Name

Code

S 48

Oblt.z.S.

Götz Frhr. von Mirbach

G
S 49

Oblt.z.S.  

Max Günther  

M

S 50

Oblt.z.S.   Karl Eberhard Karcher   K

S 51

Oblt.z.S.

Hans-Jürgen Meyer

HJ

S 52

Oblt.z.S.

Karl Müller

C
S 63

Oblt.z.S.

Helmut Dross

H

S 64

Oblt.z.S.

Friedrich Wilhelm Wilcke

F

S 107

ohne Kdt

unbesetzt

?

S 109

Lt.z.S.  Walter Bosse ?

S 110

Oblt.z.S.

Albert Causemann

A

 

Letter-Code November 1942

Boat

Rank

Name

Code
S 42 Oblt.z.S. Walter Knapp ?

S 48

Kptlt.z.S.

Götz Frhr. von Mirbach

G
S 63 Oblt.z.S.   Karl Eberhard Karcher   K

S 64

Oblt.z.S.

Friedrich Wilhelm Wilcke

F
S 66

Oblt.z.S.  

Max Günther  

M

S 78

Kptlt.

Hans-Jürgen Meyer

HJ
S 79

Kptlt.

Albert Causemann

A
S 87 OFähnr.z.S. Dietrich Howaldt ?

S 109

Oblt.z.S.

Helmut Dross

H

S 110

Oblt.z.S. Ludwig Graser L
S 117 Oblt.z.S. Dietrich Bludau D

 

At the time being we hold only few pictures as proof:

"S 48" with code "G" at the bridge-house - Picture: Archives Erling Skjold

"S 63" in the rear with code "K" at the bridge-house - Picture: Archives Hans Frank

"S 117" with code "D" at the bridge-house - Picture: Archives Hans Frank

"S 63" with code "H" at the bridge-house - Picture: Archives PT Boats, Inc.

"S 110" with code "A" at the bridge-house - Picture: Archives Erling Skjold

 

Letter-Code March 1943

Boat

Rank

Name

Code

S 48

Kptlt.

Götz Frhr. von Mirbach

G
S 63 Lt.z.S. Dietrich Howaldt ?

S 78

Kptlt.

Hans-Jürgen Meyer

HJ
S 87 Oblt.z.S.   Karl Eberhard Karcher   K
S 88

Oblt.z.S.  

Max Günther  

M
S 96 Lt.z.S.  Wilhelm Sander ?

S 110

Oblt.z.S. Ludwig Graser L
S 117 Oblt.z.S. Dietrich Bludau D
S 120

Kptlt.

Albert Causemann

A
S 122

Oblt.z.S.

Helmut Dross

H

 

It is understood that the 4. SFltl changed from one single letter to a combination of letters when the new boats of type S 100 (with scull-bridge) were commissioned.

 

Letter-Code  1944 until 14.06.1944

Boat

Rank

Name

Code

S 170

ObStrm.  

Pape 

?

S 171

Oblt.z.S.

Joachim Wiencke

?

S 172

?

?
S 173   ? ?

S 174

  ? ?
S 175   ? ?

S 187

?

?
S 188 Oblt.z.S. Karl Eberhard Karcher KeK

 

Letter-Code 1944 after 01.07.1944

Boot

Dienstgrad

Name

Kennzeichen
S 174   ? ?
S 175   ? ?

S 201

ObStrm.   Wilhelm Kohrt   ?

S 202

Kptlt. Joachim Wiencke ?
S 204 OLt..z.S.  Hans-Jürgen Seeger HaJü
S 205 Lt.z.S. Claus Hinrichs Lang
S 219 OFähnr.z.S. Dietrich Howaldt ?
S 220 Oblt.z.S. Helmut Dross ?
S 703 Oblt.z.S. Dieter Steinhauer ?

 

Code "KeK" of "S 188" - Oblt.z.S. Karl-Eberhard Karcher

Code "HaJü" of "S 204" - Oblt.z.S. Hans-Jürgen Seeger

Code "Lang" of "S 205" - Oblt.z.S. Klaus Hinrichs (nickname?)

Lettercode from 01.04.1945

Boat

Rank

Name

Letterdoce

S 201

Lt.z.S. (KRO)   Wilhelm Kohrt   ?

S 202

Kptlt. Joachim Wiencke ?
S 204 Lt.z.S. d.Res. Claus Hinrichs HaJü
S 205 Kptlt.  Hans-Jürgen Seeger Lang
S 219 OLt.z.S. Dietrich Howaldt ?
S 304 ObStrm. Hans Neuburger ?
S 703 Oblt.z.S. Dieter Steinhauer ?

The letter-code of the boats were changed upon change in command but not in a case of short-time replacement.

About the boats which codes are not listed we do not hold pictures.