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Lettercode of the 8. S-Flotilla

The 8. S-Flotilla was put in order the first time on 01.11.1941 at Kiel. Commander of the 8. S-Flotilla was Kptlt. Georg-Stuhr Christiansen. The flotilla was deployed in the area Kolabight/Murmansk with Kirkenes as naval base. The flotilla was disbanded on 10.07.1942.

The 8. S-Flotilla was put in order again in November 1942 at Kiel, it was transferred to Norway in December 1942 and came back to Germany during the summer of 1943; from mid September it was in action in the west. Commander of the flotilla was KorvKpt. Felix Zymalkowski.

TEh coat of arms of the flotilla was aquired at Bodø. The letter-code of the boats from the 8. SFltl used the intials of the first name of the commanding officers on the side of the bridge-house and in the later boats on the side of the scull-bridge, in addition the boats were showing the initials of the COs on the stern.

The letter-code was changed with the change in command but not with a short-time replacement.

On 15.12.1942 flotilla embraced:

Boat

Commanding Officer Marking on the Bridge/Kalotte Marking on the Stern
S 44 Lt.z.S. Achim Quistorp   ACHIM   AQ
S 64 Kptlt.Friedr.-Wilh. Wilcke  FRIEDRICH  FW
S 66 Lt.z.S. Horst Schuur  HORST HS
S 69 Oblt.z.S. Walter Knapp WALTER   WK
S 108 Oblt.z.S. Jasper Osterloh   JASPER JO
S 118 Lt.z.S. Wulff Fanger WULFF WF

 

"S 69" with Letter-Code "WALTER" at the Scull-Bridge

"S 199" with Letter-Code "ACHIM" at the Scull-Bridge

"S 199" with Letter-Code "AQ" on the Stern

"S 127" with Letter-Code "JASPER" " on the Scull-Bridge

On 01.09.1943 belonged to the flotilla:

Boat

Commanding Officer Marking on the Bridge-/Kalotte Marking on fthe Stern
S 64 Lt.z.S.Erich Kehder  ERICH EK
S 65 Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur  HORST HS
S 68 ObFähnr.z.S. Wulff Fanger WULFF WF
S 69 Oblt.z.S. Walter Knapp WALTER   WK
S 81 Oblt.z.S. Martin Schlubach MARTIN MS
S 85 Oblt.z.S. Hans-Joachim Wrampe HANS HW
S 93 Oblt.z.S. Achim Quistorp   ACHIM   AQ
S 127 Oblt.z.S. Jasper Osterloh   JASPER JO
S 129 Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Toermer ULRICH UT

 

"S 118" under Lt.z.S. Fanger 1943 in Norway - Picture: Archives Ola Erlandsson

"S 127" under Oblt.z.S. Jasper Osterloh mooring at Ijmuiden - Picture: Archives Kurt Proboscz

Boats "S 64", "S 65", "S 68", "S 69", "S 81", "S 117", and "S 118" were handed over to the S-Schoolflotillas 1944 and operated by them until 1945. 

 

Boat of 8. SFltl with letter-code "Dirk" - Picture: Unknown

On 15.08.1944 the boats listed below belonged to the  8. S-Flotilla:

Boat Commanding Officer Marking on Bridge/Kalotte Marking on Stern Whereabbout
S 193 Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur  HORST HS + Ijmuiden 
S 194 Kptlt. Siegfried Wörmcke HORST HS + W'haven
S 195 Oblt.z.S.Erich Kehder  HORST HS US-Loot
S 196 Oblt.z.S.d.R. Günter Rathenow HORST HS Brit-Loot
S 197 Oblt.z.S. Wulff Fanger WULFF WF US-Loot
S 198 Kptlt. Walter Knapp WALTER WK + Ijmuiden
S 199 Obltz.S. Achim Quistorp ACHIM AQ + Margate
S 701 Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Toermer HORST HS US-Loot

 

 

"S 199" with the letters "HS" on the stern - Picture: Archives Peter Schlichting

According to information of Schlichting-Shipyards the above picture, which we received thanks to the help of Gunnar Paulig, shows "S 199" with the letters "HS" for Horst Schuur on the stern. However, according to the manning-list of 15th August 1944 it must be "S 193" commissioned by Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur on 28.06.1944 at Schlichting.

On 01.04.1945 the following boats belonged to the 8. S-Flotilla:

Boat Commanding Officer Marking on the Bridge/Kalotte Marking on the Stern Whereabout
S 195 Kptlt. Walter Knapp WALTER WK US-Loot
S 196 Oblt.z.S.d.R. Günter Rathenow  GÜNTER  GR Brit-Loot
S 197 Oblt.z.S. Wulff Fanger WULFF WF US-Loot
S 302 Oblt.z.S.Erich Kehder  ERICH EK US-Loot
S 303 Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur  HORST HS US-Loot
S 701 Oblt.z.S. Günther Milbradt GÜNTHER GM US-Loot
S 709 Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Toermer ULRICH UT UdSSR-Loot

"S 302", "S 303" od "S 709" at the Steamship-Pier at Egersund on 08.05.1945 - Picture: Feyling, Dalane Folke Museum

Seven Boats Surrendered to the Allies in the Former 3. Entrance to Wilhelmshaven - Picture: BfZ