Italian submarines in World War Two

FR 114 (ex-Espadon)
FR 114

TypeOcean going 
ClassRequin (36) 
Laid down 1 Oct 1923 Arsenal de Toulon (Toulon, France) 
Launched28 May 1926
Commissioned20 Jan 1943
End service
Loss date13 Sep 1943
Loss position40° 42'N, 14° 28'E
History French submarine Espadon. Captured by the Italians while disarmed at Bizerta on 8th December 1942. Captured by the Germans at Castellammare di Stabbia on 9th September 1943. Scuttled by them on 13th September 1943.


CommanderDate fromDate toCommand notes
C.C. Francesco Pedrotti17 Jan 1943Feb 1943
T.V. Adriano Pini1 Jun 194330 Jun 1943

Ships hit

No ships hit by this submarine.

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Ferryville (Bizerta)Ferryville (Bizerta)Captured by the Germans at Bizerta in December 1942. Allocated to Italian Navy.

Pedrotti, Francesco18 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)18 Jan 1943Ferryville (Bizerta)Trials interrupted by defects.
  18 Jan 19432200
(0) At Ferryville.
At 2200 hours, a heavy air raid on Ferryville caused many fires very close to FR.114 but she escaped damage.

Pedrotti, Francesco20 Jan 19430740Ferryville (Bizerta)22 Jan 19430340Naples316Passage Bizerta-Naples with Requin, escorted by the torpedo boat Cascino, who took Espadon in tow. Torpedo boats Animoso and Ardito, also escorted. On 8th February 1943, she was assigned to the La Spezia command.

3 Sep 19433 Sep 1943Reported at sea. Exercises?

13 Sep 1943Castellammare di Stabia13 Sep 1943ScuttledShe was being converted to a transport submarine when sunk by the Germans at Castellammare di Stabia.

5 entries. 5 total patrol entries (0 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.

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