|S-Boats in the Kriegsmarine - Loss of "S 170"|
S-Boats in the Kriegsmarine 1935 - 1945
Loss of "S 170"
According to a telephonecall of Mr. Reinhard Öser from Interessengruppe
The boats of type "S 18" had according to Hümmelchen and a call from Mr. Raymund Schulz the following whereabouts:
"By exclusion-method (no other boat has a sinking-positon corresponding with the co-ordinates of the wreck-position according to the available documentation) the wreck off Keldsnor probably is the wreck of "S 22". The shape of the forecastle, the composition of the torpedo-tubes and the remains of the bridge do not permit any other interpretation." states Mr. Öser in his book "Am Grunde des Meeres".
It is true that so far it was assumed that boat "S 18" in the meantime classified as fast tug "Herold" sank after shelling by British fighterbombers off Lolland and that the detected wreck could be of "S 22", which according to Hümmelchen had belonged to the 3. S-School-Flotilla until early April 1945 but was missing when the boats were gathering after the capitulation at Geltinger Bucht.
But on 17.01.2016 the former radio-man of boat "S 22", OGefr Raymund Schulz, the last still living survivor of the boat, reported to the Web-master that his boat sank in the harbour of the Navy Shipyard Wilhelmshaven in early April 1945 as a result of damages she had taken in the last big bombing of Wilhelmshaven on 30.03.1945 when the boat was in a floating dock.
Which harbour the boat "Herold" left and with which mission it was at sea is not of our knowledge. A lost notice is not existing. There is no report of survivors of the sinking boat, therefore, it must be assumed that it was a total loss of boat and crew.
wreck found southwest of Keldsnor gives evidence that the boat was probably
brought to sink by a hit of a bomb or a mine or by a collision. The
forward end of the ship is partly totally destroyed, the starboard
torpedo-tube is laying on the starboard side of the wreck, the port
torpedo-tube is also laying on the bottom of the sea, both tubes are
empty. The Diesel-engines are seriously damaged, from some parts it is to
be seen that they were Mercedes engines. 40mm- and
MG-ammunition is to be found spead around the boat
on the bottom of the sea. The boat is heavily
sanded in, ruders and propellers and the after part of the ship are quite
Unknown Wreck on Sonar - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Deck of the Wreck - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Engineroom - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Engineroom - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Starboard Torpedo-tube - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Lock of Starboard Torpedo-Tube (definately of a newer Type Boat) - Picture: Marine Research Germany
The Hinge of the Lock is standing vertically on "S 18" - Picture: Archiv Förderverein
The Hinges of the Locks ar in Pairs and arranged horizontally - Picture: Archiv Förderverein
Lock-Mechanism of Starboard Torpedo-Tube - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Bottle for compressed Air - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Capstan with Chain (definately from a newer Type Boat) - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Bollard - Picture: Marine Research Germany
The construction of the locks for the torpedo-tubes and the arrangment of th capstan only permit the conclusion that it is not about the wreck of "S 18" but a wreck of a newer (of a type "S 100") boat.
Lock of the Torpedo-Tube of the Wreck - Picture: Marine Research Germany
Torpedo-tube Locks on "S 19" (type S 18) and on "S 127" (type S 100)
The Danish diver Martin Hĝeg Larsen has reported on 24.06.2015, that in vecinity of the boat, which he has dived at years ago, he has found a 37mm-gun and corresponding ammunition on the boat and around it. (Also that points to a boat of type S 100). Mr. Reinhard Öser has, however, only found 20mm-ammunition and MG-ammunition.
After the undetermined fate of "S 22" now is known and it is unlikely that fast tug "Herold" (ex "S 18"), who's sinking position is said to be between Lolland and Ĝmĝ, could have sunk here, "S 18" as tug had no torpeo-tubes. A 37mm-gun did it certainly not have. The wreck is from a boat of type "S 100". Boats of other types have not been lost in the western Baltic.
Boat "S 170" (Lt.z.S.d.Res. Arnhardt), which had left Travemünde together with "S 226", was reported as missed since 03.05.1945 in the war diary (KTB) of the Naval Warfare Command (SKL). RAF SQN 193 with up to 12 Typhon IB-aircraft has attacked one S-boat 10 nm southeast for Fehmarn (probably "S 226") with cannons and one S-boat north of Fehmarn (Probably "S 170") on 03.04.1945. The sinking was not reported in both cases. By reports of witnesses of the time it had to be assumed that the sinking position of "S 226" is south of Lolland, but we know now by the report of the commanding officer of "S 226", Lt.z.S. von Glasenapp, that he scuttled his boat north of Heiligenhafen and that "S 170" was attacked several times by British aircraft north of Putlos. The furhter fate of the boat was not reported.
Therefore, it must be assumed that the wreck off Keldsnor is the remains of "S 170", also if Hümmelchen states for "S 170": 'UdSSR-loot as trialsboat "Hans Henning", 05.11.45 as TK 1007' and Gröner writes with respect to "S 170": ' 15.1.45 still with 11. S.-Fl., Fate?', because the boat also was missing when the S-Boats gathered at Geltinger Bucht.