Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Raffaele Amicarelli

Born  12 Jun 1910Lucera (Foggia)


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


18 Dec 1951 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

COBALTO (T.V. C.O.): from 26.02.1942 to 12.08.1942 (sunk, Amicarelli survived).

Commands listed for Raffaele Amicarelli

Submarine Type Rank From To
Cobalto (CB)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.26 Feb 194212 Aug 1942

Ships hit by Raffaele Amicarelli

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Raffaele Amicarelli

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Cobalto (CB)18 Mar 1942La Spezia18 Mar 1942La Spezia5Entered service.

Cobalto (CB)17 Apr 19420916La Spezia17 Apr 19421119La Spezia5Trials.

Cobalto (CB)17 Apr 19421452La Spezia17 Apr 19421710La Spezia3Entered dock.

Cobalto (CB)22 Apr 19421425La Spezia22 Apr 19421634La Spezia2Left dock and exercises.

Cobalto (CB)18 May 19420835La Spezia18 May 19421714La Spezia43Trials and exercises with the submarine Nichelio escorted by MAS 509.

Cobalto (CB)20 May 19420800La Spezia20 May 19421742La Spezia54Exercises with the submarine Rismondo.

Cobalto (CB)22 May 19420800La Spezia22 May 19421705La Spezia51Trials and exercises.

Cobalto (CB)23 May 19420838La Spezia23 May 19421450La Spezia45Trials and exercises escorted by MAS 567.

Cobalto (CB)23 May 19421900La Spezia23 May 19421931La Spezia2Entered dock.

Cobalto (CB)11 Jun 19421340La Spezia11 Jun 19421425La Spezia1Left dock.

Cobalto (CB)15 Jun 19420856La Spezia15 Jun 19421738La Spezia57Trials and exercises.

Cobalto (CB)16 Jun 19421449La Spezia16 Jun 19421850La Spezia4Gyrocompass tests.

Cobalto (CB)17 Jun 19420945Cagliari17 Jun 19421638La Spezia4Gyrocompass tests.

Cobalto (CB)19 Jun 19420844La Spezia19 Jun 19421833La Spezia55Trials and exercises.

Cobalto (CB)22 Jun 19420755La Spezia22 Jun 19421723La Spezia57Exercises.

Cobalto (CB)24 Jun 19422017La Spezia25 Jun 19420042La Spezia32Exercises.

Cobalto (CB)28 Jun 19421102La Spezia29 Jun 19422110Cagliari356Passage La Spezia-Cagliari.

Cobalto (CB)6 Jul 19420825Cagliari6 Jul 19421753Cagliari54Exercises.

1.Cobalto (CB)15 Jul 19420225Cagliari30 Jul 19420944Cagliari1656Patrolled off Bizerta, in zone K.1 between Cani Rocks and La Galite. Was armed with G7e torpedoes.
  15 Jul 19421705At 1705 hours, Cobalto was informed of a cruiser sighted at 1600 hours, in 37°15' N, 08°35' E, on an easterly course at 25 knots. At that time, the submarine was 30 miles to the NE of this position. The submarine altered course to intercept until sighting an aircraft at 1906 hours.
  17 Jul 19421906At 1906 hours, an aircraft was seen and the submarine dived.
  19 Jul 19421025
(0) Off Cape Ras El Ahmar (Tunisia).
At 1025 hours, a vessel was sighted at a distance of 14,000 metres and initially believed to be a cruiser. The submarine readied three torpedo tubes (with G7e torpedoes) for attack but, upon closing, it was realised this was the wreck of HMS Havock and the attack aborted.
  21 Jul 1942024037° 41'N, 9° 37'EAt 0240 hours, The Italian steamer Perseo (4,857 GRT, built 1921) was sighted. Cobalto turned away.
  26 Jul 1942170237° 42'N, 9° 30'EAt 1702 hours, an Italian steamer Agata (2,282 GRT, built 1901). At 1924 hours,Cobalto closed to attack at a distance of 800 meters, but turned away upon identifying the ship.

2.Cobalto (CB)11 Aug 19421800Cagliari12 Aug 19421654 or 1702Sunk110Sailed for patrol between 37°20'N and 38°00'N, and between 09°40'E and 10°00'E. Sunk north off Bizerta by the British destroyers HMS Pathfinder and HMS Ithuriel in 37°41'N, 10°00'E or 37°39'N, 10°00'E. Of her crew of five officers and thirty-nine ratings, one officer and one rating were killed.
  12 Aug 1942
1619 (e)

(0) 37.39N, 10.00E
At 1619 hours, the destroyer HMS Pathfinder was stationed on the port bow of Force F (the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable and other ships of the PEDESTAL convoy), when she obtained an ASDIC contact at range of 1,500 metres.

At 1623 hours, she dropped a pattern of ten depth charges set at 50 and 140 feet.

This was Cobalto and she went down to 180 meters to escape, with water pouring in her stern section so she was brought up again.

At 1643 hours, the destroyer HMS Ithuriel, who was stationed about 6 miles astern of HMS Pathfinder, sighted a periscope and then, for about 10 seconds, the conning tower broke surface. She was about 1,500 yards away and raced toward it at 24 knots and obtained an ASDIC echo at 900 yards. Speed was reduced to 18 knots and five depth charges dropped set at 50 feet. HMS Ithuriel was about to make a second run, when the submarine surfaced with a heavy list at 1,200 yards. The submarine's gun crew could not man their weapon and the stern tubes had been damaged. The destroyer opened fire at a range of 1,000 yards, scoring two 4.7" hits on the conning tower. The U-boat was being abandoned as HMS Ithuriel rammed her at 12 knots. The destroyer only gave the submarine a glancing blow and was herself damaged in the process. She came back astern and put a boarding party aboard the submarine, but it sank before they could get inside.

Cobalto had a crew of five officers and thirty-nine ratings. One officer and one rating were killed. T.V. Raffaele Amicarelli and the remainder were picked up.

24 entries. 20 total patrol entries (2 marked as war patrols) and 6 events.

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