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Letter-Code of the 7. SFltl

The letter-code of the 7. SFltl was using the first letter of the first name or the nickname of the commanding officer.

The letter-code was changed when there was a change in command but not because of  just a short replacement. Before the lettercode was introduced to alle boats, single boats had their own coat of arms, so e.g. WS 158" with a crossbow on the side under the bridge.

"S 158" with the Crossbow before the letters were introduced - Picture: Archives  H. Kloetzke

"S 156" during torpedo-replenishment in an Adria-harbour - Picture: Archives Kloetzke

On September 15th 1942 the boats were commanded as follows:

Boat Commanding Officer Code
S 151 Obtlt.z.S. Hermann Holzapfel H
S 152 ObFhnr.z.S. Friedrich-Wilhelm Heye F
S 153 Lt.z.S. Sven Rautenberg S
S 154 ObFhnr.z.S. Gunnar Kelm G
S 155 Kptlt. Wolf Dietrich Babbel W
S 156 Oblt.z.S. Klaus Thomsen K
S 157 Oblt.z.S. Karlheinz Merkel ?
S 158 Oblt.z.S. Günther Erdmann ?

On May 31st 1943 the boats were commandes as follows:

Boat Commanding Officer Code
S 151 Kptlt. Hermann Holzapfel H
S 152 Lt.z.S. Friedrich-Wilhelm Heye F
S 153 Lt.z.S. Sven Rautenberg S
S 154 Lt.z.S. Gunnar Kelm G
S 155 Lt.z.S. d.R. Harald Marxen ?
S 156 Oblt.z.S. Klaus Thomsen K
S 157 Lt.z.S. Hans-Wulf Heckel ?
S 158 Oblt.z.S. Claus Schulze-Jena C

Some sources say the letter-code for "S 158" is „H“ , other sources say that code "H" corresponds with boat S 151" but also with boat "S 156".

Of the boat "S 153" (code "S") we unfortunately do not have pictures.

S 151 - Code "H" - Picture: Archives Förderverein
S 152 - Code "F" - Picture: Archives 7. SGschw
S 154 - Code "G" - Picture: Archives Ola Erlandsson
S 155 - Code "W" - Picture: Archives Eric-Jan Bakker
S 156 - Code "K" - Picture: Archives Kloetzke
S 157 - Code "E" - Picture: Archives Kloetzke
S 158 - Code "C" inthe rear S 151  - Picture: Archives Förderverein

On May 03rd 1945 the boats "S 151", "S 152", "S 155" and "S 156" of the former 7. SFltl together with the boats "S 30", "S 36" and "S 61" of the former 3. SFltl were still berthed at Pola..

The boats of the former 7. SFltl were commanded as follows:

Boat Commanding Officer Code
S 151 Lt.z.S.d.R. Hellmuth Greiner   H
S 152 OBStm. Erich Mensch   ?
S 155 OBStm Erwin Schipke ?
S 156 Lt.z.S. Harald Marxen   K

 

Boats of the 1. SBoots-Division (3. and 7. SFltl) in Ancona, Italy - Picture: Archives Kloetzke

The boats were surrendered to the British on May 3rd 1945 at Ancona. FRom there they were brought to La Valetta/Malta. They were sunk by the British in the coastal waters of Malta.

The pictures taken in La Valetta show a boat with code "K" and another with code "D". It is assumed, that code "K" is a leftover of Oblt.z.S. Klaus Thomsen. It is not known which of the boats had code "D".

"S 156" with code "K" and a boat witht code "D" in the rear in La Valetta harbour 1945 - Picture: Archives Gowing