|Lettercode of the 4. SFltl|
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.
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
Letter-Code November 1942
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
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
Letter-Code 1944 after 01.07.1944
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
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.