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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
S38   12831 Lürssen, Vegesack   1940 11/1940 sunk 20/11/1940
S39   12832 Lürssen, Vegesack   1940 2/1941 sunk 2/8/1944
S40   12833 Lürssen, Vegesack   1940 2/1941 sunk 19/8/1944
S41   12834 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 3/1941 collision 19/11/1941
S42   12835 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 3/1941 destroyed 20/8/1944
S43   12836 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 3/1941 sunk 27/6/1941
S44   12837 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 4/1941 sunk 25/7/1943
S45   12838 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 4/1941 damaged 20/8/1944, scuttled 29/8/1944
S46   12839 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 5/1941 sunk 11/9/1943
S47   12840 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 6/1941 damaged 20/8/1944, scuttled 29/8/1944
S48   12841 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 6/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 1945, to Norway 7/1947 (E4)
S49   12842 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 7/1941 damaged 20/8/1944, scuttled 25/8/1944
S50   12843 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 7/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1005 [TK-1005])
S51   12844 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 8/1941 damaged 5/1945, scuttled 29/8/1944
S52   12845 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 8/1941 sunk 20/8/1944
S53   12846 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 9/1941 sunk 15/3/1942
S62   12855 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 9/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 1945, to Norway 7/1947, BU
S63   12856 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 10/1941 sunk 25/10/1943
S64   12857 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 11/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 1945, to Norway 7/1947 (Lyn)
S65   12858 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 6/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1006 [TK-1006])
S66   12859 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 6/1942 sunk 15/6/1944
S67   12860 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 3/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 1945, sold, 2/1952 Italian MV621
S68   12861 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 7/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 1945, to Denmark 7/1947 (T62)
S69   12862 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 12/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 1945, sold
S70   12863 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 12/1941 sunk 5/3/1943
S71   12864 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 1/1942 sunk 17/2/1943
S72   12865 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 2/1942 sunk 23/8/1944
S73   12866 Lürssen, Vegesack   1941 2/1942 to Spain 8/1943 (LT21)
S74   12874 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 3/1942 sunk 5/11/1943
S75   12875 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 4/1942 sunk 5/3/1943
S76   12876 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 5/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USA 1945, to Norway 7/1947, BU
S77   12877 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 5/1942 sunk 25/7/1943
S78   12878 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 6/1942 to Spain 8/1943 (LT22)
S79   12879 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 6/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T58)
S80   12880 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 7/1942 sunk 1/9/1944
S81   12881 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 7/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1001 [TK-1001])
S82   12882 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 8/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1008 [TK-1008])
S83   12883 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 9/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom 1945, sold
S84   12884 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 9/1942 sunk 15/6/1944
S85   12885 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 10/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Norway 7/1947 (Storm)
S86   12886 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 10/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1009 [TK-1009])
S87   12887 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 11/1942 sunk 20/5/1944
S88   12888 Lürssen, Vegesack   6/10/1942 11/1942 sunk 25/10/1943
S89   12889 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 11/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom, foundered 12/1946
S90   12890 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 12/1942 wrecked 17/2/1945
S91   12891 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 12/1942 sunk 25/8/1944
S92   12892 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 1/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom, sold
S93   12893 Lürssen, Vegesack   17/12/1942 2/1943 sunk 26/3/1944
S94   12894 Lürssen, Vegesack   31/12/1942 2/1943 sunk 23/2/1944
S95   12895 Lürssen, Vegesack   1942 2/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom, sold
S96   12896 Lürssen, Vegesack   21/1/1943 3/1943 collision 25/9/1943
S97   12897 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 3/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T63)
S98   12898 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 4/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Norway 7/1947 (Kvikk)
S99   12899 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 4/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1010 [TK-1010])
S100   12900 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 5/1943 sunk 15/6/1944
S101   1001 Schlichting, Travemünde   25/9/1940 11/1940 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1011 [TK-1011])
S102   1002 Schlichting, Travemünde   6/11/1940 12/1940 sunk 8/7/1943
S103   1003 Schlichting, Travemünde   21/12/1940 2/1941 sunk 4/5/1945
S104   1004 Schlichting, Travemünde   18/2/1941 3/1941 sunk 9/1/1943
S105   1005 Schlichting, Travemünde   22/3/1941 5/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom, sold
S106   1006 Schlichting, Travemünde   26/4/1941 6/1941 sunk 27/6/1941
S107   1007 Schlichting, Travemünde   31/5/1941 7/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T52)
S108   1008 Schlichting, Travemünde   28/6/1941 8/1941 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1946
S109   1009 Schlichting, Travemünde   14/8/1941 9/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1012 [TK-1012])
S110   1010 Schlichting, Travemünde   13/9/1941 10/1941 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1013 [TK-1013])
S111   1011 Schlichting, Travemünde   18/10/1941 12/1941 sunk 15/3/1942
S112   1012 Schlichting, Travemünde   2/12/1941 1/1942 scuttled 5/1945
S113   1013 Schlichting, Travemünde   7/2/1942 3/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 12/1945 (ТК-1014 [TK-1014])
S114   1014 Schlichting, Travemünde   14/3/1942 4/1942 sunk 2/8/1944
S115   1015 Schlichting, Travemünde   10/4/1942 5/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom
S116   1016 Schlichting, Travemünde   7/5/1942 7/1942 technical accident 1/1945, never repaired
S117   1017 Schlichting, Travemünde   13/6/1942 8/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Norway 7/1947 (Tross)
S118   1018 Schlichting, Travemünde   30/7/1942 9/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1015 [TK-1015])
S119   1019 Schlichting, Travemünde   27/8/1942 10/1942 collision 8/3/1943
S120   1020 Schlichting, Travemünde   13/10/1942 12/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom, sold
S121   1021 Schlichting, Travemünde   28/11/1942 1/1943 sunk 11/8/1943
S122   1022 Schlichting, Travemünde   30/12/1942 2/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T64)
S123   1023 Schlichting, Travemünde   6/2/1943 3/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1016 [TK-1016])
S124   1024 Schlichting, Travemünde   6/3/1943 4/1943 to Spain 7/1943 (LT23)
S125   1025 Schlichting, Travemünde   3/4/1943 5/1943 to Spain 8/1943 (LT24)
S126   1026 Schlichting, Travemünde   8/5/1943 6/1943 to Spain 8/1943 (LT25)
S127   1027 Schlichting, Travemünde   5/6/1943 7/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T56)
S128   1028 Schlichting, Travemünde   8/7/1943 8/1943 collision 23/2/1944
S129   1029 Schlichting, Travemünde   12/8/1943 9/1943 sunk 26/3/1944
S130, 3/1957- UW10 UW10 1030 Schlichting, Travemünde   18/9/1943 10/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to United Kingdom (P5130), returned 5/1957, auxiliary 3/1968
S131   1031 Schlichting, Travemünde   16/10/1943 1/1944 sunk 20/8/1944
S132   1032 Schlichting, Travemünde   13/11/1943 12/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1017 [TK-1017])
S133   1033 Schlichting, Travemünde   28/11/1943 12/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USA, to Denmark 7/1947 (T54)
S134   12901 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 5/1943 to Spain 7/1943 (LT26)
S135   12902 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 5/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to USSR 1/1946 (ТК-1018 [TK-1018])
S136   12903 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 6/1943 sunk 11/6/1944
S137   12904 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 7/1943 sunk 29/7/1943
S138   12905 Lürssen, Vegesack   1943 7/1943 sunk 15/6/1944
S159   M106 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S160   M107 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S161   M108 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S162   M109 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S163   M110 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S164   M111 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S165   M112 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942
S166   M113 Gusto, Schiedam   --- --- suspended 4/1942


Technical data


Data variantas completed UW10
Displacement standard, t

92.5 - 96

96

Displacement full, t

112 - 115

115

Length, m

34.9

34.9

Breadth, m

5.28

5.28

Draught, m

1.67

1.67

No of shafts

3

3

Machinery

S38 - 53, 62 - 91, 101 - 120: 3 Daimler-Benz MB501 diesels

S92 - 100, 121 - 138: 3 Daimler-Benz MB511 diesels

3 Daimler-Benz MB511 diesels

Power, h. p.

S38 - 53, 62 - 91, 101 - 120: 6000

S92 - 100, 121 - 138: 7500

7500

Max speed, kts

S38 - 53, 62 - 91, 101 - 120: 39

S92 - 100, 121 - 138: 41

41

Fuel, t

diesel oil 13.5

diesel oil 13.5

Endurance, nm(kts)700(35) 700(35)
Armour, mmS100 - 138, 159 - 166: CT: 12 - 10 CT: 12 - 10
Armament

S38 - 53, 62 - 91, 101 - 120: 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 - 533 TT (4), 2 DCR (6), 6 mines

S92 - 100, 121 - 138: 1 x 1 - 40/56 FlaK 28 or 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30 or 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38 or 1 x 3 - 15/84, 2 - 533 TT (4), 2 DCR (6), 6 mines

1 x 1 - 20/80 Mk 7 (HS804), 2 - 533 TT

Electronic equipment --- presumably radar
Complement

24 - 31

24



Standard scale images


<i>S100</i> 1943
S100 1943
<i>S38</i> series 1943
S38 series 1943
<i>S38</i> series 1943
S38 series 1943
<i>S38</i> series 1943
S38 series 1943
<i>S100</i> series 1943
S100 series 1943
UW10 1960
UW10 1960


Graphics


<i>S128</i>
S128
<i>S81</i>
S81


Ship project history


Torpedo motorboats (Schnellboote) were the development of successful prototype created by F. Lürssen in 1929. General characteristic lines for all series were round-bilge hull with small deadrise, triple-shaft diesel machinery, presence of two auxiliary rudders for creation of "Lürssen effect" (fitting of rudders under an angle to centreline for speed increase) and a bow arrangement of two TTs. Composite hull included light alloy framing, wooden planking and steel engine seating.

Boats had a forecastle; since 1942 there were conical deck houses (first was installed on S68), which since 1943 (first time on S100) were began to protect by 10-12mm armour. Besides two torpedoes in tubes, all S-boats could carry two spare torpedoes (or 4-6 mines). Artillery in days of war was continuously strengthened.

Ship protection


S100 and later boats had armoured CT and bridge.

Modernizations


1942 - 1943, all survived and completed: can carry 4 - 6 mines instead of spare torpedoes

late 1942, S39, 42, 44 - 46, 81 - 83, 117: - 1 x 1 - 20/65; + 1 x 1 - 40/56 FlaK 28

1943, some completed: - 1 x 1 - 20/65; + 1 x 2 - 20/65 C/38 or 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38 or 1 x 3 - 15/84

1943, all survived earlier boats: main engines were forced to 7500hp, maximal speed increased to 41kts.

1948, S130: disarmed

UW10 was recommissioned 5/1957 with data as given in the table.

Naval service


S40 20/8/1944 was sunk by Soviet aircraft at Sulina; S45, S49 and S72 20/8/1944 were damaged by Soviet aircraft at Constanza and scuttled by crews 25/8/1944 at Varna; S38 was sunk 20/11/1940 by British destroyers Garth and Campbell in La Manche; S39 and S114 were sunk 2/8/1944 at Le Havre by British aircraft; S41 was sunk 20/11/1941 as result of collision with S47 in La Manche; S42, S52 and S131 20/8/1944 were sunk by Soviet aircraft at Constanza; S43 and S106 were lost 27/6/1941 on mines in gulf of Finland; S44 was lost 25/7/1943 during American bomber raid to Kiel; S46 was sunk 10/9/1943 by Soviet fighters at Taman; S47 and S51 were scuttled 29/8/1944 at Varna; S53 was sunk 20/2/1942 as result of collision with S39 off Dover; S63 was sunk 25/10/1943 by British destroyer Mackay and MGBs in La Manche; S66, S84, S100 and S138 were sunk 15/6/1944 by British aircraft at Le Havre; S70 was lost 5/3/1943 on a mine in La Manche; S71 was sunk 17/2/1943 by British destroyers Garth and Montrose in La Manche; S74 was damaged 5/11/1943 by British fighter-bombers at Brest and sunk by gunfire of S135; S75 was sunk 5/3/1943 by British aircraft at Ijmuiden; S77 was sunk 25/7/1943 by British MGB40 and MGB42 at Dunkirk; S80 was lost 1/9/1944 in Vyborg Bay; S87 was sunk 20/5/1944 by British aircraft in La Manche; S88 was sunk 25/10/1943 by British MTB607 in La Manche; S90 was sunk 17/2/1945 off Stavanger as result of navigating accident, subsequently she was raised and stricken; S91 was sunk 25/8/1944 by British escort destroyer Talybont and frigate Retalick at Dunkirk; S93 and S129 were sunk 26/3/1944 by American aircraft at Ijmuiden; S94 and S128 23/2/1944 collided with each other and have been sunk by British destroyer Garth in La Manche; S102 was lost 8/7/1943 on a mine off Kerch; S103 was sunk 4/5/1945 by British aircraft at coast of Denmark; S104 was lost 9/1/1943 on a mine in La Manche; S111 was sunk 15/3/1942 by British Spitfire fighters in La Manche; S119 was sunk 8/3/1943 by British destroyer Mackay and MGB20 and MGB21 in La Manche; S121 was sunk 11/8/1943 by British aircraft at Brest; S136 was sunk 10/6/1944 by Canadian destroyer Sioux, British frigate Duff and Polish escort destroyer Krakowjak in La Manche. S73, S78, S124, S125 and S126 in August, 1943 were transferred to Spain as LT23, LT24, LT21, LT25 and LT26. S96 was lost 25/9/1945 as result of collision with British ML145 at Lowestoft. After war 14 boats were transferred to the USSR, 7 to Denmark and 5 to Norway.

S130 was returned by United Kingdom in 1948 and used as fishery protection vessel. She was commissioned in May 1957 by West German navy as ASW training boat.