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  Friedrichshafen FF.33e  "Wölfchen" Number 841  
Kaiserliche Marine
SMS Wolf (Wolf IV)
SMS Wolf c1917

SMS Wolf c1917

Aircraft History
Built by Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH in Friedrichshafen, Germany as a FF.33e two seater seaplane powered by a Benz Bz.III inline engine with a radio transmitter instead of armament. Delivered to the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine), Marine-Fliegerabteilung.

Wartime History
During November 1916, loaded as deck cargo aboard SMS Wolf (Wolf IV) at Kiel. At the start of the journey, the aircraft had "Admiral S" painted in black on the side of the fuselage. Nicknamed "Wölfchen" (Wolfchen: Little Wolf or Wolf Cub) with fuselage number 841. Later, the fuselage had an iron cross marking of the German Empire with "841" and "Wölfchen" painted in black. Piloted by Leutnant-flieger Matthaus Stein and observer/radio Oberflugmeister Paul Fabeck who also served as the mechanic.

On November 30, 1916 departed on a voyage that lasted 451 days that spanned the Atlantic Ocean around the Cape of Good Hope to the Indian Ocean and Then entered the waters off Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Dutch East Indies and back around the Cape of Good Hope north in the Atlantic Ocean.

During the voyage, this seaplane was used with great success to scout targets and perform reconnaissance.

On July 14, 1917 suffered a accident that submerged the nose section underwater. Immediately, sailors from SMS Wolf (Wolf IV) used two row boats with a rope to right the aircraft before it sank.

During February 1918 arrived back at Kiel, completing the longest voyage of a German warship during World War I.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared at the end of World War I.

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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