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3rd U-boat Flotilla
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Active Raised 1937, Dissolved 1944
Country Nazi Germany
Branch Kriegsmarine
Type U-boat flotilla
Garrison/HQ Kiel, La Pallice
Nickname(s) Lohs Flotilla
Korvettenkapitän Hans-Rudolf Rösing
Kapitänleutnant Herbert Schultze
Korvettenkapitän Robert-Richard Zapp

The 3rd U-boat Flotilla (German 3. Unterseebootsflottille), also known as Lohs Flotilla, was the third operational U-boat unit in the German Kriegsmarine. Founded on 4 October 1937 under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Eckermann,[1] it was named in honour of Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Lohs. Lohs, a U-boat commander during World War I, died on 14 August 1918 after his submarine UB-57 was sunk by a mine.[2]

The flotilla, under the name "Lohs Flotilla", was founded in Kiel in June 1937 and existed until December 1939. The flotilla was re-founded as "3rd Flotilla" in March 1941 with its base in Kiel. In October 1941 the flotilla was moved to La Pallice, La Rochelle in France. In August 1944 the last U-boats left the base for Norway and the flotilla was disbanded in October 1944.

Flotilla commanders

Duration Commander
October 1937 – December 1939 Kptlt. Hans Eckermann
March 1941 – July 1941 Korvkpt. Hans-Rudolf Rösing
July 1941 – March 1942 Kptlt. Herbert Schultze
March 1942 – June 1942 Kptlt. Heinz von Reiche
June 1942 – October 1944 Korvkpt. Robert-Richard Zapp


  1. 3. Unterseebootsflottille. Retrieved 28 January 2007.
  2. 3rd Flotilla. Retrieved 28 January 2007.

External links

  • – comprehensive website dedicated to U-boat history.

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