|S-Boats Kriegsmarine - Coat of Arms and Insignia|
Coat of Arms and Insignia of S-Boats and S-Flotiilas
In the early days of the Kriegsmarine the markings of the boats already used in the Reichsmarine by showing angles or diagonal crosses in the masts were carried on. After the outbreak of Worls War 2 the masts of the boats were taken off and therefore the different flotillas chose other means to distinguish between their boats.
The S-boats of the Kriegsmarine were only partly furnished with coat of arms. Many boats were showing the initials or names of the commanding officers on the bridge-superstructure partly in addition to the coat of arms of the flotilla.
The boats of 4., 5., 6., 8. und 9. SFltl were furnished with common coats of arms.
In the 1. SFltl the boats did not carry the coat of arms of the flotilla, however, it was displayed by Tender "Tsingtau" on the forward side of the bridge. Some of the boats carried coat of arms. Reported are the "Panther" as the coat of arms of "S 28", the "Weasel on Torpedo" of boat "S 102", the "Tiger" on "S 119", -"S 24" and "S 52", the "Squirrel" on "S 27", "S 51" and "S 47" as well as the "Jaguar" as coat of arms-animal on "S 26".
Coat of Arms of the 1. SFltl - Picture: R. Beh
n the 2. SFllt there existed a common flotilla-coat of arms, the boats, however, carried only single playing card symbols on the bridge.
Coat ot Arms of 2. SFltl
Bridge of "S 105" of 2. SFltl with Heart-Ace - Picture: Archives Förderverein
"S 105" with Heart-Ace and "S 80" with Diamonds-Ace of 2. SFltl - Picture: Archives Michael Foedrowitz
"S 46" of 2. SFltl with Acorn - Picture: Archives Michael Foedrowitz
"S 67" of 2. SFltl - Picture: Archives H. Frank
"S 211" of 2. SFltl with Cross-Ace and Bar - Picture: BfZ
"S 190" of 2 . SFltl at Travemünde with Diamond-Ace with Bar - Picture: Archives H. Kloetzke
"S 210" of 2. SFltl with Spades-Ace and Bar - Picture: Archives H. Kloetzke
The boats of the 3. SFltl displayed at the hull under the bridge pictures of different inhabitants of the sea. A common flotilla-coat of arms was not displayed on the boats.
Coat of Arms of the 3. SFltl - Picture: K.H. Jacob
"S 30" of 3. SFltl at Pola (Firella) June 1944 - Picture: Archives Oblt.z.S. a.D. Backhaus
1) The coat of arms was taken to "S 60" by the CO, Oblt.z.S. Haag, after loss of "S 31" the layout was changed a bit.
2) The Crocodile was used in two different forms. Perhaps the "Otter" is a older form of Crocodile.
3) The Lobster was onnly coat of arms during operation Barbarossa.
The coat of arms od the 3. SFltl were related to the boats on basis of a memory-plag of Oblt.z.S. Weber, the notes of Oblt.z.S. Backhaus and Oblt.z.S. Haag as well as by the comparison of the camouflage-colours of the boats by Ola Erlandsson.
On the boats of the 4. SFltl the first letter of the commanding officer's name were painted onto the bridgehaous, the flotilla-coat of arms - the Panther - was painted on the hull under the bridge. Originally singel letters were used, later boats carried a combination of letters. On the sterns of some boats comets with numbers or signs were carried. "S 109" had a "Fox on Torpedo", similar to the "Weasel on Torpedo" of "S 102", as coat of arms before she got the Panther.
Coat of Arms of 4. SFltl on both Sides under the Bridge
*) "Lang" probably is a nickname
Die Boote der 5. SFltl trugen als einheitliches Flottillen-Wappen einen Adler auf Torpedo auf beiden Seiten unterhalb des Brückenaufbaus. Andere Kennzeichen der Boote sind nicht bekannt.
Wappen der 5. SFltl beidseitig unterhalb der Brücke
The boats of 6. SFltl displayed a common Flotilla-Coat of Arms on the bow, the sword with the Baltic crokss. Other insignia for the boat are not known other than for "S 76".
Coat of Arms of 6. SFltl on both Sides of the Bow
"Iron Fist" on the Bridge of "S 76" (6. SFltl) - Picture: Archives Freundeskreis Schnellboote und Korvetten
Two boats of 6. SFltl at Gosport May 1945 - Picture: Archives Freundeskreis Schnellboote und Korvetten
S-Boat of 6. SFltl with Letter "S"in the Channel - Picture: Archives Förderverein
In the 7. SFltl the initial of the first name of the commanding officer was painted on the hull under the bridge. A flotilla-coat of arms has not become known.
"S 154" of 7. SFltl with Letter "G" on the Hull - Picture: Archives Ola Erlandsson
Unknown Boat of 7. SFltl with Crossbow as Insignia - Picture: Archives Kloetzke
In the 8. SFltl the flotilla-coat of arms - the springing rensdeer in a circle - was painted on the hull under the bridge. The first letter of the first name of the commanding officer was painted on the side of bridge. At the stern the initials of the commanding officer was painted.
Coat of arms of the 8. SFltl on both sides under the bridge, the ren was a reminder of the deployment in Northern Norway
In the 9. SFltl the boats carried a common flotilla-coat of arms on both sides of the hull under the bridge and a coat of arms-animal on the bridge resp. skull-bridge.
Coat of arms of the 9. SFltl on both sides under the bridge
Wreck of "S 144" of the 9. SFltl salvaged by USN with flotilla coat of arms – Picture: US National Archives, College Park, Maryland, USA
The coat of arms of the boats of the 9. SFltl were assembled in accordance with the smoker's table of Oblt.z.s. Rabe ("S 130").
As only boat of the 10. SFltl "S 305" (Oblt.z.S. Gunnar Kelm) according to statement of its last commanding officer was marked with a capital "G" as insignia. As far as he knows the other boats of the flotilla had neither coat of arms nor other markings.
Last Muster in the Gelting Bight, on the upper right Hand Side Boat "S 305" with the "G" - Picture: Archives Gunnar Kelm
About coat of arms for the 11., 21., 22., and the 24. SFltl no knowledge is available.
The boats of the Fast Submarine-Chaser-Group, stationed at Bergen, displayed the stylized head of a panther with crossed swords as coat of arms on both sides of the hulll under the bridge.
"S 16" beached on Malø - Picture: Archives Erling Skjold
In the Schnellboot-School-Flotillas it was usual to mark the boats with serial letters.
Boats of a School-Flotilla at Swinemünde - Picture: Archives Förderverein
Als die Boote der 1. S-Boot-Schul-Flottille in den Einsatz nach Norwegen geschickt wurden, erhielten sie statt der Buchstaben am Bug taktische Zeichen unter der Brücke ähnlich denen der ersten Boote im Mast. Ähnlich wurde mit den Booten der 2. S-Schul-Fltl im Einsatz verfahren.
Das havarierte "S 90" auf Hånesholmen - Bild: Archiv Johan Aakre
In the S-Boat-Skool-Flotillas it was usual to mark the boats with serial letters.
Boats of a School-Flotilla at Swinemünde - Pictures: Archives Förderverein
When the boats of the 1. S-Boat-School-Flotilla were sent to deployment in Norway the changed their letters on the bow to tactical signs under the bridge. The same happened in the 2. S-Boat-School-Flotilla.
Tactical Sign of "S 90" in Norway - Picture: Archives Johan Aakre
The tenders "Tsingtau" and "Tanga" had also coat of arms, which were attached to the frontsides of the bridges. In case of "Tsingtau" it was the coat of arms of the flotilla. About coat of arms of the other tenders no knowledge is available.