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S-Boats in the Kriegsmarine 1935 - 1945

Losses of the S-Boat-Force 

At the outbreak of World War 2 the Kriegsmarine owned 18 S-boats.

1939

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 17 08.09.1939 Severe damage by seastate, broken up

1940

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 32 22.06.1940 Minehit in the Channel
S 23 12.07.1940 Minehit in the sothern Northsea, scuttled
S 37 12.10.1940 Minehit east of Orfordness
S 38 20.11.1940 Hit by artillery in sothern. Northsea by British escort

1941

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 43 27.06.1941 Minehit northeast of Dagö
S 106 27.06.1941 Minehit north of Dagö
S 41 20.11.1941 Collision with S 47 iin the Channel, scuttled

1942

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 53 20.02.1942 Collision with S 39 in battle with British units in the Channel 
S 111 15.03.1942 Hit by artillery in battle with British units in the Channel, scuttled
S 31 10.05.1942 Minehit off La Valetta, Malta
S 34 17.05.1942 Hit by coastal artillery off La Valetta, Malta, scuttled
S 27 05.09.1942 Torpedohit by S 72 in the Black Sea

1943

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 104 09.01.1943 Minehit in the Channel
S 71 18.02.1943 Hit by artillery in battle with British units in the Channel
S 35 28.02.1943 Minehit northeast of Tabarka
S 70 05.03.1943 Hit by drifting mine in the Channel
S 75 05.03.1943 Bombhit in Ijmuiden from British fighterbomber
S 119 08.03.1943 Collision with S 114 in battle with British units in the Channel
S 29 29.03.1943 Collision with British. MGB 333 in southern Northsea, scuttled
S 59 06.07.1943 Bombhit in Porto Empedocle from allied bomber
S 102 08.07.1943 Minehit in Kertsch-Street
S 77 25.07.1943 Hit by artillery by British MGB west of Ostend
S 44 25.07.1943 Bombhit in Kiel by British bomber
S 66 25.07.1943 Bombhit in Kiel by British bomber
S 137 29.07.1943 Bombhit in Kiel by British bomber
S 121 11.08.1943 Bombhit in Bight of L'Abervrach by British fighterbomber
S 73 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 21, decommissioned 1958
S 78 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 22, decommissioned 1958
S 124 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 23, decommissioned 1958
S 125 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 24, decommissioned 1954
S 126 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 25, decommissioned 1954
S 134 16.08.1943 Sold to Spain as LT 26, decommissioned 1958
SA 7 08.1943 ex MTB 345 sunk after fire off Shetland Islands
S 46 10.09.1943 Bombhit off Feodosija by Soviet ground attack aircraft
S 96 25.09.1943 Collision with British ML 145 off Lowestoft, scuttled
S 63 25.10.1943 Hit by artillery off Cromer by British escort
S 88 25.10.1943 Hit by artillery in sothern Northsea by British MGB
S 74 04.11.1943 Bombhit in Hoofden by British fighterbomber and torpedohit by S 135
S 56 20.11.1943 Broken up in Toulon after bombhit by US bomber

1944

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 55 10.01.1944 Bombhit in Vela Luca Bight by British fighterbomber south. Northsea
S 193 22.02.1944 Hit by artillerietreffer in with British unit in the Channel south. Northsea 
S 94 23.02.1944 Collision with S 128 in battle with British escorts
S 128 23.02.1944 Collision with S 94 in battle with British escorts
S 93 26.03.1944 Bombhit in Ijmuiden by US-Marauder (B-26)
S 129 26.03.1944 Bombhit in Ijmuiden by US-Marauder (B-26)
S 147 26.04.1944 Hit by artillery north of Cherbourg by French destroyer
S 141 13.05.1944 Hit by artillery off Selsey Bill by French destroyer
S 87 20.05.1944 Bombhit off Ostend by British fighterbomber, scuttled
S 139 07.06.1944 Minehit off Barfleur
S 140 07.06.1944 Minehit off Barfleur
S 136 11.06.1944 Hit by artillery east of Barfleur by British and Polish destroyers
S 153 12.06.1944 Hit by artillery off island of Hvar by British destroyer "Eggesford" *)
S 178 13.06.1944 Hit by gunfire off Boulogne by British Beaufighter
S 179 13.06.1944 Hit by gunfire off Boulogne by British Beaufighter
S 189 13.06.1944 Hit by gunfire off Boulogne by British Beaufighter
S 100 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 138 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 142 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 143 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 144 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 146 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 150 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 169 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 171 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 172 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 173 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 187 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 188 14.06.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 190 23.06.1944 Hit by artillery in Seine-Bight by British destroyer escort
S 182 29.07.1944 Collision with British MTB 430 in the Channel, scuttled
S 114 02.08.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 39 02.08.1944 Bombhit in Le Havre by British Lancaster bomber
S 84 19.08.1944 Broken up in Le Havre after bombenhit on 14.06.44
S 57 19.08.1944 Hit by artillery off Dubrovnic by British MGB
S 26 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Sulina by Soviet bomber
S 72 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Sulina by Soviet bomber
S 40 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Sulina by Soviet bomber
S 42 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Konstanza by Soviet bomber
S 52 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Konstanza by Soviet bomber
S 131 19.08.1944 Bombhit in Konstanza bySoviet bomber
S 148 22.08.1944 Minehit south of Dnjestr-Liman
S 28 25.08.1944 Bombhit in Konstanza by Soviet bomber, scuttled
S 149 25.08.1944 Bombhit in Konstanza by Soviet bomber, scuttled
S 91 25.08.1944 Hit by artillery off Fécamp by British escort
S 45 29.08.1944 Scuttled off Varna
S 47 29.08.1944 Scuttled off Varna
S 49 29.08.1944 Scuttled off Varna
S 51 29.08.1944 Scuttled off Varna
S 80 01.09.1944 Minehit off Viborg/Finnland
S 184 05.09.1944 Hit by shorebattery southeast of Dover, scuttled
S 145 15.09.1944 Scuttled in Brest since not ready to sail
S 702 19.09.1944 Collision with S 200 in battle with British escorts, scuttled
S 183 19.09.1944 Hit by artillery north of Dunkerk by British escorts
S 200 19.09.1944 Hit by artillery north of Dunkerk by British escorts
S 158 25.10.1944 Bombhit in Sebenico
S 54 31.10.1944 Scuttled in Saloniki after minehit on 23.04.44
S 203 10.11.1944 Scuttled off Lindesnes after collision with R 220
S 198 15.12.1944 Bombhit in bunker Ijmuiden by British bomber
S 185 23.12.1944 Hit by artillery west of Ostend by British escorts
S 192 23.12.1944 Hit by artillery west of Ostend by British escorts
S 14 ......1944 Sunken in the Channel as fast tug. Brought up by the US Navy in 1945 and offered Denmark. The Danish Søværn did not accept the offer because the saltwater had damaged the engines too much

*) Destroyer Escort "Eggesford" was commissioned by Germany 1959 as F 128 "Brommy" for the Underwater Weapons School

 

Hull of "S 57" - Picture: Danijel Frka

Engineroom of "S 57" - Picture: Danijel Frka

20mm-Twinmounted Flak of "S 57" - Picture: Danijel Frka

"S 144" was the first S-boat which fell into the hands of the Allies. During the bomb attack on Le Havre on 14.06.1944 it had been jammed under a sunken drydock,  in which "S 169" had been turned over and destroyed by a bomb hit, and had initially not been salvageable. It was salvaged by the USN in February 1945 and was made provisionally seaworthy again. It was brought to Plymouth where it was testet and then by LST to New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, USA where it was subject to further testing. This boat hab been considered to be "S 169" until 2010 when it could be identified by contacts between Förderverein Museums-Schnellboot and Chip Marshall, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, via the picture below as "S 144" (9. SFltl-coat of arms under the bridge - "S 169" had belonged to the 4. SFltl).

Picture of the salvaged "S 144" with the coat of arms 9. SFltl in Le Havre - Picture: US National Archives, College Park, Maryland, USA

 

1945

Boat Date Loss caused by
S 33 10.01.1945 Stranding on Island of Unie/Adriatic Sea, 16.01. torpedohit by MTB
S 58 17.01.1945 Stranding on Island of Unie/Adria, 17.01. blown up
S 60 17.01.1945 Stranding on Island of Unie/Adria, 17.01. blown up
S 180 14.01.1945 Minehit south of Hoek van Holland
S 154 22.01.1941 Bombhit in Pola
S 199 23.01.1945 Scuttled after hit by shorebattery Fort Tonge Sand and collision with S 701
S 90 17.02.1945 Run aground at a speed of 24 knots at Hånesholmen near Stavanger, salvaged and was laying at Stavanger at the time of the capitulation; according to a letter from the Royal (No.) Defence Departement  of 23. Jan. 1947 to the Royal (No.) Department of Foreign Affairs broken up.
S 181 21.02.1945 Hit by gunfire off Den Helder by British fighterbomber
S 167 22.02.1945 Collision in the Hoofden
S 193 22.02.1945 Hit by artillery in Channel by British escorts
S 220 01.03.1945 Scuttled northwest of Ostend after artilleryhit by British escort
S 186 30.03.1945 Bombhit in Wilhelmshaven by British bomber
S 194 30.03.1945 Bombhit in Wilhelmshaven by British bomber
S 224 30.03.1945 Bombhit in Wilhelmshaven by British bomber
S 176 07.04.1945 Scuttled after battle with British MTBs
S 177 07.04.1945 Scuttled after battle with British MTBs
S 223 08.04.1945 Minehit in the Hoofden
S 202 08.04.1945 Collision with S 703 off Hoofden in battle with British MGBs
S 703 08.04.1945 collision with S 202 off Hoofden in battle with British MGBs
S 157 01.05.1945 Hit by Jugoslavian mortar off Triest
S 201 03.05.1945 Scuttled in Kiel after bombhit
S 30 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 36 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 61 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 151 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 152 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 155 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 156 03.05.1945 Handed over from Pola to allies in Ancona
S 103 04.05.1945 Bombhit off Mommark/DK by British fighterbomber
S 18 05.05.1945 Bombhit  south of Låland/DK by allied bomber
S 170 06.05.1945 Sunken off Kelds Nor/Langeland/DK
S 226 06.05.1945 Scuttled south of Låland after hit by bomb
S 191 07.05.1945 Scuttled in Fehmarnsound after collision with S 301 *)
S 301 07.05.1945 Scuttled in Fehmarnsound after collision with S 191 *)
S 22 ..... 1945 In  April 1945 in 3.SSchul-Fltl; probably sunken after hit by mine southwest of Bagenkop/Denmark
S 112 08.05.1945 Not ready to sail in Lorient, warloot of France, 1951 broken up
S 108 09.05.1945 Not handed over to allies, 1946 cannibalized
S 116 09.05.1945 Captured by the US Army and brought to the USA on a merchantship, there tested by the USN and sold to the Intelligence Community for use in Europe, modified in Miami, Florida, USA, ferried to Bremerhaven, in Service at Labor Service Unit B (LSU B), laid up at Lürssen, 1957 as training-hulk at SSichLehrgrp (Damage Control School), burned out 1965
Article by Chip Marshall

*) The position is doubted since wrecks in the Sound would have blocked it

One of the last immages of "S 199" before its loss - Picture from Steve Wiper: Kriegsmarine Schnellboote

 

SA 1 03.05.1945 Scuttled in Genua after bombhit
SA 2 03.05.1945 Scuttled in La Spezia
SA 3 03.05.1945 Scuttled in La Spezia
SA 4 03.05.1945 Scuttled in La Spezia
SA 5 05.1945 ex MS 63, scuttled in Alto Tirreno
SA 6 05.1945 ex MS 71, scuttled in Alto Tirreno
SA 7 05.1945 ex MS 76, sunk?