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mysteron Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 1:14 a.m. PST

Just wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a source that tells you the actual boat composition of the various S Boat Flotillas. The Osprey Vanguard stops short of providing that information .

I am hoping to organise my German E Boats in a similar way to by British Dog Boats by using actual boats that operated together.

Thanks

FlyXwire10 Jun 2019 5:53 a.m. PST

Try this resource -

link

I believe under each Flotillas' "Dislozierung der S-Boote" tab it list the particular S-Boot numbers (at least that's my supposition – my college Deutsch has been mostly gone for decades).

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 6:14 a.m. PST

Many thanks. That is quite helpful.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 7:25 p.m. PST

I've done a lot of research into this.

Seems as if usually, 8 – 12 boats would be available in a flotilla, but sometimes as few as 6, and occasionally to 15 or so, if others were attached from a nearly destroyed unit, or for special ops.

8 – 10, or 12 seems to be about the norm, for a good portion of the war. Hope that helps.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 2:32 a.m. PST

Thanks. That is actually covered in the Osprey . What I was looking for of which FlyXwires link helps is the actual boat numbers allocation in each flotilla.

The problem here and particularly mid to late war is that the boats frequently didn't carry numbers . Some just carried "local" id numbers or letters. This could cause a problem as you will not know which card is for which boat if using say 6 of these. I may have to use "modellers licence" and give them numbers in a similar way the early war boats carried them .

As well as the S boats I may need a couple of R boats to act as escorts for merchant ships.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2019 6:27 a.m. PST

I appear to be going around in circles with the research for this project. For my sins I have settled on the 8th Flotilla which used the initials of the boat commander painted at the rear. Fine Great and Dandy . However I am now struggling finding the commanders names that served in the 8th Flotilla apart from a couple listed in FlyXwire's link. I can find every detail on U boats but I can't find one jot on S Boats.

It just proves that the S boats are the poor relations when it comes to military interest.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2019 2:11 a.m. PST

I have now managed to find the list of boat commanders for my chosen 8th Flotilla.

A way to find specific information of your chosen flotilla is to place the German spelling into your search engine .

In my case its "8 Schnellbootflottille" . Many of the pages offer translated versions .

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