Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||15 Nov 1906||Vicenza|
Career informationCORALLO (T.V. C.O.): from 16.03.1941 to 13.06.1942.
Promoted to C.C. on 29.08.1941.
DESSIÈ (C.C. C.O.): from 13.06.1942 to 17.06.1942.
CORALLO (C.C. C.O.): from 17.06.1942 to 27.06.1942.
ONICE (C.C. C.O.): from 10.08.1942 to 25.09.1942.
FRANCESCO RISMONDO (C.C. C.O.): from 02.10.1942 to 23.10.1942.
FRANCESCO RISMONDO (C.C. C.O.): from 06.11.1942 to 11.11.1942.
ANTONIO BAJAMONTI (C.C. C.O.): from 29.12.1942 to 24.04.1943.
H.1 (C.C. C.O.): from 27.04.1943 to 09.06.1943.
Commands listed for Gino Andreani
|Corallo (CO)||Coastal / Sea going||T.V.||16 Mar 1941||13 Jun 1942|
|Dessiè (DE)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||13 Jun 1942||17 Jun 1942|
|Corallo (CO)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||17 Jun 1942||27 Jun 1942|
|Onice (OC)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||10 Aug 1942||25 Sep 1942|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||C.C.||2 Oct 1942||23 Oct 1942|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||C.C.||6 Nov 1942||11 Nov 1942|
|Antonio Bajamonti (ex-N.2, ex-Smeli) (BM)||C.C.||29 Dec 1942||24 Apr 1943|
|H 1 (H1, P.56)||Coastal||C.C.||27 Apr 1943||9 Jun 1943|
Ships hit by Gino Andreani
|Date||Submarine||Ship hit||Type||GRT||Nat.||Loss type|
|1.||28 Apr 1942||Corallo||Dar El Salam||Fishing vessel||138||Sunk|
|2.||28 Apr 1942||Corallo||Tunis||Fishing vessel||41||Sunk|
|3.||7 Jun 1942||Corallo||Hadj Mohamed||Fishing vessel||26||Sunk|
War patrols listed for Gino Andreani
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Corallo (CO)||17 Mar 1941||0800||Cagliari||17 Mar 1941||1210||Cagliari||26||Exercises, escorted by the tug Varo.|
|Corallo (CO)||19 Mar 1941||0802||Cagliari||19 Mar 1941||1140||Cagliari||24||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||22 Mar 1941||0800||Cagliari||22 Mar 1941||1210||Cagliari||19||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.29.|
|Corallo (CO)||1 Apr 1941||1330||Cagliari||1 Apr 1941||1800||Cagliari||28||Exercises.|
|1.||Corallo (CO)||3 Apr 1941||1250||Cagliari||9 Apr 1941||1645||Cagliari||629,5||Patrolled north of Tunisian coast on a a line NE/SW from 37°10' N, 08°10' E (with Turchese east of Galite Island). Sighted only French vessels.|
|Corallo (CO)||23 Apr 1941||0805||Cagliari||23 Apr 1941||1224||Cagliari||23,7||Exercises with the minesweeper R.D.29.|
|2.||Corallo (CO)||8 May 1941||2217||Cagliari||12 May 1941||1105||Cagliari||360||Patrolled west of La Galite on a line extending 10 miles north and south from 37°40' N, 08°00' E, to intercept a force reported to have sailed from Gibraltar. Uneventful except for H.E. and distant explosions.|
|Corallo (CO)||14 May 1941||0804||Cagliari||14 May 1941||1200||Cagliari||31||Exercises with the minesweeper R.D.34.|
|Corallo (CO)||17 May 1941||0805||Cagliari||17 May 1941||1225||Cagliari||29||Exercises with the minesweeper R.D.34.|
|3.||Corallo (CO)||21 May 1941||0445||Cagliari||23 May 1941||1040||Cagliari||283||Patrolled west of Galite Island on a line extending 10 miles and 10 miles south from 37°40' N, 08°00' E (patrol line with Diaspro east of Galite Island), to intercept Force H which was reported to have sailed from Gibraltar. Uneventful, heard only H.E.|
|Corallo (CO)||27 May 1941||0445||Cagliari||28 May 1941||1040||Naples||273||Passage Cagliari-Naples.|
|Corallo (CO)||2 Jun 1941||1425||Naples||2 Jun 1941||1830||Naples||28||Trials.|
|Corallo (CO)||5 Jun 1941||0930||Naples||6 Jun 1941||1307||Cagliari||275||Passage Naples-Cagliari.|
|4.||Corallo (CO)||13 Jun 1941||2018||Cagliari||19 Jun 1941||0010||Cagliari||763||Operating against Force H in western Mediterranean on 37°54' N parallel between 06° and 08° E.|
|14 Jun 1941||1320|
(0) Western Med.
|At 1320 hours, fifteen planes flying in an easterly direction, were sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. These were probably Hurricanes flown off from HMS Ark Royal and HMS Victorious for Malta (operation TRACER). Corallo reported the sighting.|
|5.||Corallo (CO)||22 Jun 1941||0735||Cagliari||22 Jun 1941||1800||Cagliari||63||Hydrographic observation, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.41.|
|6.||Corallo (CO)||2 Jul 1941||2124||Cagliari||12 Jul 1941||1120||Cagliari||1090||Patrolled in the western Mediterranean on a line extending 20 miles NE an SW of 37°50, 02°40' E (patrol line with Diaspro) to intercept an enemy force coming from Gibraltar.|
|4 Jul 1941||1610|
(0) Probably near Baleares.
|At 1610 hours, a submarine similar to Sirena, was sighted at a range of 6,000 metres [Admiral Falangola wrote in his assessment that the submarine was certainly enemy]. This may have been Diaspro, but she did not report any incident. This could not have been HMS P 33 proceeding from Gibraltar to Malta as she was already east of Sardinia at the time.|
|Corallo (CO)||16 Jul 1941||0732||Cagliari||17 Jul 1941||1320||Naples||273||Passage Cagliari-Naples.|
|Corallo (CO)||3 Sep 1941||0845||Naples||3 Sep 1941||1525||Naples||31||Trials.|
|Corallo (CO)||6 Sep 1941||0803||Naples||6 Sep 1941||1435||Naples||26||Trials.|
|Corallo (CO)||7 Sep 1941||0835||Naples||7 Sep 1941||1910||Naples||48||Trials.|
|Corallo (CO)||9 Sep 1941||0814||Naples||9 Sep 1941||1430||Naples||30||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||10 Sep 1941||1906||Naples||11 Sep 1941||0035||Naples||27||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||15 Sep 1941||0805||Naples||15 Sep 1941||1900||Naples||61||Exercises with the torpedo boat Cascino.|
|15 Sep 1941|
|At 1257 hours, the submarine HMS Unique (Lieutenant A.F. Collett, RN) had just come to periscope depth, when a submarine of the DURBO class was sighted bearing 310°, steering 185°, apparently exercising with a GENERALE class destroyer. This was almost certainly Corallo exercising at the time with the torpedo-boat Cascino.|
The British submarine was unable to gain an attacking position and was thwarted by the presence of the destroyer.
|Corallo (CO)||19 Sep 1941||0815||Naples||19 Sep 1941||1220||Naples||29||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||29 Sep 1941||1013||Naples||29 Sep 1941||1800||Naples||32||Exercises.|
|7.||Corallo (CO)||3 Oct 1941||1607||Naples||5 Oct 1941||1630||Naples||439||Sailed for patrol 33 miles north of Ras Zebib on a line 5 miles west from this point (on a barrage line with Ambra 13 miles north, and Ametista 33 miles north of the Cape) via the north coast of Sicily, but then recalled. Uneventful.|
|Corallo (CO)||15 Oct 1941||0815||Naples||15 Oct 1941||1507||Naples||30||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||17 Oct 1941||0915||Naples||18 Oct 1941||1645||Augusta||292||Passage Naples-Augusta at 9.5 knots.|
|Corallo (CO)||23 Oct 1941||1315||Augusta||23 Oct 1941||1650||Augusta||18||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||30 Oct 1941||0830||Augusta||30 Oct 1941||1200||Augusta||16,5||Exercises.|
|8.||Corallo (CO)||1 Nov 1941||1030||Augusta||10 Nov 1941||1545||Augusta||947||Patrolled east of Linosa, between 35°40' N and 36°20' N, and between 13°00' E and 13°20' E. Did not sight any ship.|
|1 Nov 1941||1610|
(0) Off Porri Islet.
|At 1610 hours, two enemy fighters or recce aircraft were sighted, one of which made a motion to attack but then desisted. Corallo's gun crew remained at the ready to repel the attack and the submarine proceeded on the surface.|
|1 Nov 1941||1630-1643|
(0) Off Porri Islet.
|At 1630-1643 hours, a derelict mine was fired upon with 210 rounds of 13.2mm rounds but without being able to sink it.|
|10 Nov 1941||0805|
(0) Near Ragusa.
|At 0805 hours, a derelict mine was fired upon, Some 150 rounds of 13.2mm rounds and 150 rounds of 6.5mm were expended and it sank without exploding.|
|Corallo (CO)||20 Nov 1941||1458||Augusta||20 Nov 1941||1706||Augusta||20||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||25 Nov 1941||0854||Augusta||25 Nov 1941||1700||Messina||74||Passage Augusta-Messina.|
|9.||Corallo (CO)||26 Nov 1941||0125||Messina||4 Dec 1941||1750||Messina||924,8||Patrolled east of Malta, between 35°10' N and 35°50' N, and between 16°20' E and 16°40' E. Uneventful.|
|Corallo (CO)||19 Dec 1941||0900||Messina||19 Dec 1941||1130||Messina||11||Trials, escorted by the auxiliary Diversi.|
|Corallo (CO)||12 Jan 1942||0915||Messina||12 Jan 1942||1145||Messina||13,5||Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Diversi.|
|Corallo (CO)||17 Jan 1942||1305||Messina||17 Jan 1942||1825||Messina||39,5||Exercises.|
|10.||Corallo (CO)||21 Jan 1942||1407||Messina||29 Jan 1942||1115||Augusta||896||Sailed with the submarine Platino for a patrol off Malta between 34°00' N and 34°20' N, and between 15°40' E and 16°00' E. On 26th January, she was ordered to an area between 34°40' N and 35°00' N, and between 14°20' E and 14°40' E. Patrol lines with Platino to protect Italian convoys and intercept enemy traffic. Uneventful.|
|Corallo (CO)||4 Feb 1942||0900||Augusta||4 Feb 1942||1740||Messina||70||Passage Augusta-Messina.|
|Corallo (CO)||25 Feb 1942||1612||Messina||25 Feb 1942||1901||Messina||15||Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Castiglia.|
|Corallo (CO)||26 Feb 1942||1510||Messina||26 Feb 1942||1730||Messina||15||Exercises.|
|Corallo (CO)||1 Mar 1942||0850||Messina||1 Mar 1942||1230||Messina||24||Trials, escorted by the auxiliary Marras.|
|Corallo (CO)||2 Mar 1942||1000||Messina||2 Mar 1942||1740||Augusta||72||Passage Messina-Augusta.|
|11.||Corallo (CO)||4 Mar 1942||1755||Augusta||14 Mar 1942||1000||Augusta||1068||Patrolled south of Malta between 34°40' N and 35°00' N, and between 14°20' E and 14°40' E. Uneventful. Heard only distant explosions.|
|Corallo (CO)||15 Apr 1942||0405||Augusta||16 Apr 1942||1000||Trapani||282||Passage Augusta-Trapani.|
|Corallo (CO)||20 Apr 1942||0805||Trapani||20 Apr 1942||1210||Trapani||24||Exercises.|
|12.||Corallo (CO)||20 Apr 1942||1555||Trapani||5 May 1942||1012||Trapani||792,5||Sailed with the submarine Onice, escorted by the torpedo boat Cigno until 2320 hours on the 20th, to patrol from 35°53' N to 36°57' N on meridian 11°12' E, off Cape Bon or zone K, to attack traffic to Malta. On 22nd April, attempted to communicate underwater with Onice, but without result.|
|23 Apr 1942||0952|
(0) Off Cape Bon.
|At 0952 hours, the French steamer Liberia, escorted by the minesweeper Héron, was sighted on a southerly course.|
|26 Apr 1942||1105|
(0) Off Cape Bon.
|At 1105 hours, the French minesweeper Héron was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres for the second time in four days.|
|28 Apr 1942||0212-0320||37° 01'N, 11° 09'E||At 0212 hours, the Tunisian schooner Dar El Salam (A.D. 293, 138.33 GRT), on passage from Djerba to Bone, was stopped with a burst of machine gun fire. The crew of seven Tunisian nationals was ordered to abandon ship and were rescued. The vessel was sunk with fifteen 100mm rounds.|
|28 Apr 1942||0345-0400||37° 01'N, 11° 09'E||At 0345 hours, the Tunisian fishing vessel Tunis (41 GRT) was stopped with a burst of machine gun fire. The crew of six were ordered to abandon ship and were rescued. The vessel was sunk with a single 100mm round.|
|30 Apr 1942||1825|
(0) Near Cape Bon.
|At 1825 hours, the Italian ship Apollo (3,177 GRT, built 1905) escorted by an aircraft were sighted.|
|Corallo (CO)||22 May 1942||1339||Trapani||22 May 1942||1637||Trapani||21,5||Trials.|
|13.||Corallo (CO)||24 May 1942||2350||Trapani||10 Jun 1942||0030||Trapani||1484||Patrolled near Galite Island between 37°20' N and 37°45' E, and 09°00' E and 09°40' E. Sighted several Italian and French ships.|
|7 Jun 1942||0200-0345||37° 24'N, 9° 10'E||At 0145 hours, a faint light was sighted. At 0200 hours, it was identified as a schooner. She was ordered to bring her papers to the submarine. |
This was the Tunisiam motor vessel Hadj Mohamed (26 GRT) on passage Bizerta-Bone.
As the vessel was navigating in a forbidden zone and without regulation lights, she was sunk with seventeen rounds of gunfire after the crew of six was taken on board the submarine.
|14.||Dessiè (DE)||13 Jun 1942||0843||Trapani||17 Jun 1942||1635||Trapani||514||Patrolled near La Galite, between 36°00'N and 36°00'N, and between 13°20'E and 13°40'E, on a patrol line with Onice and Aradam.|
|Corallo (CO)||19 Jun 1942||1800||Trapani||20 Jun 1942||1920||Messina||197||Passage Trapani-Messina.|
|Corallo (CO)||22 Jun 1942||0935||Messina||23 Jun 1942||0550||Naples||184,5||Passage Messina-Naples.|
|Onice (OC)||10 Aug 1942||Genoa||25 Sep 1942||Genoa||At Genoa. Change in command.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||3 Oct 1942||1240||La Spezia||3 Oct 1942||1720||Genoa||55||Passage La Spezia-Genoa.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||6 Nov 1942||Genoa||11 Nov 1942||Genoa||Refit at Genoa.|
|Antonio Bajamonti (ex-N.2, ex-Smeli) (BM)||29 Dec 1942||0812||La Spezia||29 Dec 1942||1345||Genoa||52||Passage La Spezia-Genoa, escorted by MAS 507 for refit.|
|Antonio Bajamonti (ex-N.2, ex-Smeli) (BM)||16 Apr 1943||0910||Genoa||16 Apr 1943||1740||Genoa||46||Trials.|
|H 1 (H1, P.56)||2 Jun 1943||0917||Genoa||2 Jun 1943||1858||Genoa||47||Trials.|
64 entries. 58 total patrol entries (14 marked as war patrols) and 12 events.