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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 sommer of 1943; from mid September it was in action in the west. Commander of the flotilla was KorvKpt. Felix Zymalkowski.

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.

"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

Boat

Commanding Officer Letter-Code at Bridge/Kalotte Letter-Code at Stern Handed over to
S 64 Lt.z.S.Erich Kehder     
S 65 Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur    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    
S 85 Oblt.z.S. Hans-Joachim Wrampe    
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

At a later point in time ObFähnr.z.S. Fanger took command of boat "S 118".

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

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. 

On 15.01.1945 the boats listed below belonged to the  8. S-Flotilla:

Boat Commanding Officer Code at the Kalotte Code at the Stern Handed over to
S 193 Oblt.z.S. Horst Schuur  ? HS  
S 194 Kptlt. Siegfried Wörmcke ? ?  
S 195 Oblt.z.S.Erich Kehder  ? ?  
S 196 Oblt.z.S.d.R. Günter Rathenow ? ?  
S 197 Oblt.z.S. Wulff Fanger WULFF WF  
S 198 Kptlt. Walter Knapp WALTER WK  
S 199 Obltz.S. Achim Quistorp ACHIM AQ  
S 701 Oblt.z.S. Ulrich Toermer      

 

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

 

"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 January 1945 it may well be "S 193" built by Schlichting in 1944.

 

No pictures are available to us of the boats of which codes have not been listed.

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

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

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