Much of this information, the data, the photos etc. comes directly from the veterans, the veterans' organizations and is the most accurate available anywhere..............much of this information is not even known elsewhere.


The 9. U-Bootflottille (9th U-Boat Flotilla) was a Frontflottille (combat flotilla) that was formed at Brest, France in November 1941.  Our friend and Sharkhunters Member JÜRGEN OESTEN (1681-LIFE-1990) told us how he searched the harbor front at Brest to find the best location for the headquarters.  That was all reported in our KTB Magazine some years ago.  The 9th remained at Brest until the position was lost August 1944.

Flotillenchefs were:
     Kapitänleutnant JÜRGEN OESTEN (1681-LIFE-1990) from November 1941 until March 1942
     Korvettenkapitän HEINRICH LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK (120-1985) until August 1944


Who doesn't know the story of the boat of the 'Smiling Sawfish'?  This was the turmabzeichen (tower emblem) of LEHMANN-WILLENBROCK's boats, U-96 and U-256.  That emblem was then adopted by the 9. UFLOT and when the war had ended, he had a large box full of the mützenabzeichen (cap badges) of the 'Smiling Sawfish' which he was giving to friends up to the time he received his 'Final Orders' and began his 'Eternal Patrol'.

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Many thanks to our friend and Sharkhunters Member since 1987 GEORG HÖGEL for all the conning tower emblems used in our monthly KTB Magazine and also here on the pages of our website.  GEORG was radioman aboard U-30, the first boat into combat, the first to sink a ship (the liner ATHENIA) and the first into an occupied French port.  When that Skipper (Lemp) took command of U-110, GEORG was one of the former crew to transfer to the new boat under Lemp.  After the war, he was Professor of Art at a major German university.