2nd U-boat Flotilla

The 2nd U-boat Flotilla (German 2. Unterseebootsflottille), also known as the Saltzwedel Flotilla, was the second operational U-boat unit in Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. Founded on 1 September 1936 under the command of Fregattenkapitän Werner Scheer, it was named in honour of Oberleutnant zur See Reinhold Saltzwedel. Saltzwedel, a U-boat commander during World War I, died on 2 December 1917, when his submarine UB-81 was sunk by a mine in the English Channel.

2nd U-boat Flotilla
2 Flottille emblem.svg
ActiveRaised 1936, Dissolved 1944
Country Nazi Germany
Branch Kriegsmarine
TypeU-boat flotilla
Garrison/HQKiel, Wilhelmshaven, Lorient
Nickname(s)Saltzwedel Flotilla
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartmann
Korvettenkapitän Viktor Schütze
Fregattenkapitän Ernst Kals

The flotilla was based in Kiel for the first few weeks after its formation, but was later moved to Wilhelmshaven, where it remained until May 1940. In June 1940, the flotilla was moved to Lorient in France until it was disbanded in August 1944.

Flotilla CommandersEdit

Duration Rank Commander
September 1936 - July 1937 Fregattenkapitän Werner Scheer[1]
October 1937 - September 1939 Korvettenkapitän Hans Ibbeken[2]
January 1940 - May 1940 Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartmann[3]
May 1940 - July 1941 Korvettenkapitän Heinz Fischer[4]
August 1941 - January 1943 Korvettenkapitän Viktor Schütze[5]
January 1943 - October 1944 Kapitän zur See Ernst Kals[6]

U-boats assigned to the flotillaEdit

 
U-boat pen Keroman I at Lorient.
U-25 U-26 U-27 U-28 U-29 U-30 U-31
U-32 U-33 U-34 U-35 U-36 U-37 U-38
U-41 U-43 U-44 U-64 U-65 U-66 U-67
U-68 U-103 U-104 U-105 U-106 U-107 U-108
U-109 U-110 U-111 U-116 U-117 U-122 U-123
U-124 U-125 U-126 U-127 U-128 U-129 U-130
U-131 U-153 U-154 U-156 U-157 U-161 U-162
U-168 U-173 U-183 U-184 U-189 U-190 U-191
U-193 U-501 U-502 U-503 U-504 U-505 U-507
U-518 U-519 U-520 U-521 U-522 U-531 U-532
U-534 U-536 U-538 U-545 U-547 U-548 U-801
U-802 U-841 U-842 U-843 U-856 U-858 U-868
U-1223 U-1225 U-1226 U-1227 U-1228

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Konteradmiral Werner Scheer". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Kapitän zur See Hans Ibbeken". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Kapitän zur See Werner Hartmann". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Fregattenkapitän Heinz Fischer". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Kapitän zur See Viktor Schütze". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Kapitän zur See Ernst Kals". www.uboat.net. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

External linksEdit

  • uboat.net – comprehensive website dedicated to U-boat history.