Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Giacomo Scano

Born  7 Jan 1914La Spezia


  S.T.V.Sottotenente di Vascello
  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


15 Mar 1942 Croce di guerra al valore militare
17 Aug 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
10 May 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
17 Feb 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare
17 Feb 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare
22 Jul 1948 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare

Career information

ZOEA (S.T.V. officer): from 10.02.1940 to ?
Promoted T.V. on ? GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA (T.V. C.O.): from 19.10.1940 to 30.11.1940.
GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA (T.V. C.O.): from 01.02.1941 to 18.03.1941.
AMMIRAGLIO CAGNI ((T.V. First Officer): from 25.05.1941 to April 1942+.
LUIGI SETTEMBRINI (T.V. C.O.): from 27.08.1942 to 17.09.1942.
DANDOLO (T.V. C.O.): from 18.09.1942 to 18.03.1943.
VETTOR PISANI (T.V. C.O.): from 16.08.1944 to end of war.

Commands listed for Giacomo Scano

Submarine Type Rank From To
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingT.V.19 Oct 194030 Nov 1940
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingT.V.1 Feb 194118 Mar 1941
Luigi Settembrini (ST)Ocean goingT.V.27 Aug 194217 Sep 1942
Dandolo ( DO, I.16)Ocean goingT.V.18 Sep 194211 Mar 1943
Vettor Pisani (PN)Ocean goingT.V.16 Aug 1944Aug 1945

Ships hit by Giacomo Scano

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Giacomo Scano

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Giovanni da Procida (DP)4 Nov 19401020Taranto4 Nov 19401940Taranto53Exercises.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)10 Nov 19400838Taranto10 Nov 19401655Taranto58Exercises.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)4 Feb 19411300Taranto4 Feb 19411340Taranto2Left dock?

Giovanni da Procida (DP)8 Feb 19411500Taranto8 Feb 19411543Taranto2Entered dock?

Giovanni da Procida (DP)9 Feb 19411030Taranto9 Feb 19411115Taranto2,2Left dock?

Giovanni da Procida (DP)11 Feb 19410947Taranto11 Feb 19411745Taranto58Trials, escorted by R.D.6 then docked?

Giovanni da Procida (DP)13 Feb 19411100Taranto13 Feb 19411115Taranto0,6Left dock?

Giovanni da Procida (DP)15 Feb 19410839Taranto15 Feb 19411228Taranto21Trials.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)17 Feb 19410843Taranto17 Feb 19411300Taranto17,3Exercises, escorted by R.D.6.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)13 Mar 19411259Taranto13 Mar 19411600Taranto20Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.13.

1.Giovanni da Procida (DP)14 Mar 19411900Taranto15 Mar 19411055Taranto109,5Hydrophone Watch in Gulf of Taranto.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)7 Sep 19421525Taranto7 Sep 19421830Taranto15Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 Sep 19420941Taranto8 Sep 19421655Taranto17Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)12 Sep 19420750Taranto12 Sep 19421907Taranto97,5Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)19 Sep 19421135Naples20 Sep 19420950Cagliari275Passage Naples-Cagliari.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)23 Sep 19421354Cagliari23 Sep 19421820Cagliari30Exercises and trials.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)25 Sep 19421348Cagliari25 Sep 19421755Cagliari30Exercises and trials.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)2 Oct 19421355Cagliari2 Oct 19421740Cagliari40Exercises and trials.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)5 Oct 19420811Cagliari5 Oct 19421248Cagliari29Trials.

2.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)10 Oct 19421750Cagliari19 Oct 19421440Cagliari1169Patrolled in Western Mediterranean, 50 miles north of Punta Taska, between 37°30'N and 38°00'N, and between 01°40'E and 02°00'E. Early return due to defects.
  11 Oct 1942085037° 43'N, 6° 08'EA German aircraft was seen at 5,000 metres and closed the submarine. They exchanged recognition signals.
  11 Oct 19421226At 1226 hours, Dandolo was informed that two destroyers had been sighted in 37°45' N, 00°05' E steering 285°. At 1800 hours, she was informed that the two destroyers were now in 37°10' N, 00°45' E steering 090°. Nothing was seen.
  11 Oct 19421825An unknown submarine on a westerly course was observed at 10,000 metres. Dandolo started to close but then turned away.
  19 Oct 1942094537° 08'N, 3° 42'EAt 0945 hours, the submarine Mocenigo was encountered and exchanged recognition signals.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)29 Oct 19420850Cagliari29 Oct 19421540Cagliari54Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)31 Oct 19420753Cagliari31 Oct 19421055Cagliari27Exercises.

3.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)7 Nov 19420248Cagliari10 Nov 19421355Cagliari532Patrolled in Western Mediterranean between 37°00'N and 38°00'N, and between 07°00'E and 07°30'E. Early return due to defects.
  8 Nov 1942090537° 14'N, 7° 40'EAn unidentified aircraft was seen at 5,000 metres.
  8 Nov 1942152537° 16'N, 6° 50'EDandolo was at periscope depth when, at 1525 hours, a smoke was sighted on the horizon. She closed to 600 metres and identified the vessel as French and assumed it was Gouverneur Général Lépine (3,509 GRT, built 1923), which was due in Philippeville at 1600 hours (according to the French Calendar no.38). Later, the submarine heard only H.E. and developed defects which forced her to abort her mission.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)12 Nov 19420700Cagliari13 Nov 19420835Naples299Passage Cagliari-Naples.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)20 Nov 19420909Naples20 Nov 19421355Naples63Trials.

4.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)21 Nov 19421609Naples22 Nov 19421510CagliariSailed for reconnaissance off Djidjelli, Bougie and Philippeville, but diverted to Cagliari due to defects.

5.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)23 Nov 19420106Cagliari5 Dec 19421025Cagliari1982Sailed for reconnaissance off Djidjelli, Bougie and Philippeville. On 2nd December 1942, ordered to Grids 4388 -0988 (between 37°20'N and 37°40'N and 07°00'E and 07°30'E), following the sinking of HMS Quentin by German bombers.
  25 Nov 19422253
(0) Off Bone.
At 2253 hours, two submarines were observed apparently exchanging recognition signals. Dandolo turned away.
  26 Nov 1942013236° 59'N, 5° 42'EAt 0132 hours, two submarine chasers were sighted and the submarine dived two minutes later.
  27 Nov 1942060037° 23'N, 7° 23'EAt 0600 hours, two submarine chasers were sighted and the submarine quickly dived.
  27 Nov 1942203037° 22'N, 6° 58'EAt 2030 hours, two dark shadows were observed at a distance of 2,000 metres which appeared to be large corvettes proceeding at 9 knots. Dandolo was surfaced and immediately fired a stern torpedo and turned to port, firing a second torpedo. Her gyrocompass was not operating and the helmsman could only use the magnetic compass. No hits were heard and, four minutes later, the submarine dived.
  29 Nov 19420525
(0) Off Philippeville.
At 0525 hours, Dandolo witnessed an air raid on Philippeville. Two minutes later, bombs were observed to fall 2,000 metres away and the submarine prudently dived.
  2 Dec 1942032936° 46'N, 7° 58'EAt 0329 hours, a corvette was sighted at 3,000 metres and Dandolo had her torpedo tubes readied but then lost her in a rain squall.
  4 Dec 19422239
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37° 59'N, 8° 10'EAt 2239 hours, a submarine chaser was sighted. Dandolo immediately dived and was shaken by the explosions of six depth-charges which caused some damage. Luckily, the enemy warship did not linger on and left the scene. This was actually the destroyer HMS Eskimo on her way to join the light cruiser HMS Aurora (C.S.12).

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)13 Dec 19420910Cagliari13 Dec 19421155Cagliari?Trials.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)16 Dec 19420940Cagliari16 Dec 19421105Cagliari?Trials.

6.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)28 Dec 19421702Cagliari2 Jan 19431245Cagliari688Patrolled between 37°20'N and Algerian coast, 04°00'E and 05°00'E on a patrol line with Giada and Argo, off Bougie.
  1 Jan 1943050037° 14'N, 5° 14'E
(0) Italian Grid 6852/4.
At 0430 hours, Dandolo observed two dark shadows and closed. At 0500 hours, they were identified as a 10,000-ton merchant vessel escorted by a destroyer on a 134° course. Other shadows were seen at a distance, leading T.V. Scano to believe that they were part of a larger convoy. Four torpedoes were fired from the bow tubes at 2,500 metres. Two hits were heard, but this has not been confirmed.

7.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)4 Jan 19430430Cagliari6 Jan 19430813Cagliari287Patrolled between 37°20'N and 37°40'N, and between 09°20'E and 09°40'E but recalled shortly after arriving in the area. Uneventful.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)11 Jan 19431249Cagliari11 Jan 19431527Cagliari23Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)13 Jan 19430857Cagliari13 Jan 19431200Cagliari21,5Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)15 Jan 19431310Cagliari16 Jan 19431108La Maddalena218Passage Cagliari-La Maddalena.

8.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)20 Jan 19430230La Maddalena24 Jan 19431103Cagliari685Patrolled off Cape Bougaroni, between 37°20'N and the Algerian coast, and between 06°00'E and 06°20'E, with Malachite in an adjacent area,
  21 Jan 1943201137° 24'N, 6° 05'EAt 2011 hours, Dandolo observed firing in the distance and apparently an aircraft being shot down. She attempted to close and submerged to listen with her hydrophones, but nothing was detected until 0340 hours on the 22nd.
  22 Jan 1943034937° 25'N, 6° 06'EAt 0340 hours, a shadow was seen. It proved to be a large merchant vessel escorted by two cruisers and destroyers. Nine minutes later, Dandolo fired four torpedoes at a range of 3,000 metres and heard a hit after one minute and 51 seconds and another five seconds later. This has not been confirmed. The submarine was depth-charged and damaged, but escaped by going down to 120 meters. This was probably convoy K.M.S.7 going to Philippeville (seven ships).

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)31 Jan 19430941Cagliari1 Feb 19431135Naples282,7Passage Cagliari-Naples.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)21 Feb 19430825Naples21 Feb 19431125Naples26Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)27 Feb 19430215Naples28 Feb 19430735Cagliari275,9Passage Naples-Cagliari.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)27 Feb 19432028Cagliari28 Feb 19430950Cagliari20Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)1 Mar 19430942Cagliari2 Mar 19430815Cagliari30,9Exercises.

9.Dandolo ( DO, I.16)2 Mar 19431645Cagliari5 Mar 19430640Cagliari361,5Sailed for patrol via Point D (38°30'N, 09°50'E) and 40°10'N, 11°30'E to an area between 38°20'N and the African coast, and between 04°40'E and 05°20'E (or 06°00'E?) then ordered back.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)5 Mar 19431700Cagliari7 Mar 19430724Naples281,6Passage Cagliari-Naples.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)13 Mar 19430816Naples13 Mar 19431120Naples22,8Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)14 Mar 19431320Naples14 Mar 19431450Castellammare di Stabia12Passage Naples-Castellammare di Stabia.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)16 Mar 19430831Castellammare di Stabia16 Mar 19431420Castellammare di Stabia28,2Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)17 Mar 19430827Castellammare di Stabia17 Mar 19431139Castellammare di Stabia25Exercises.

Dandolo ( DO, I.16)18 Mar 19430856Castellammare di Stabia18 Mar 19431334Castellammare di Stabia26,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)19 Aug 19440610Taranto19 Aug 19441600Taranto31Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)24 Aug 19440615Taranto24 Aug 19441505Taranto36,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)26 Aug 19440621Taranto26 Aug 19441450Taranto38,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)5 Sep 19440621Taranto5 Sep 19441450Taranto34Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)28 Sep 19440610Taranto28 Sep 19441825Taranto71Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)5 Oct 19440618Taranto5 Oct 19441420Taranto49Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)23 Oct 19441543Taranto23 Oct 19442135Taranto25,4Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)24 Oct 19440620Taranto24 Oct 19441900Taranto76Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)28 Oct 19440900Taranto28 Oct 19441510Taranto38,6Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)1 Nov 19440635Taranto1 Nov 19441437Taranto59,9Exercises with the destroyer USS Shubrick (DD-639).

Vettor Pisani (PN)6 Nov 19441140Taranto6 Nov 19441710Taranto34,1Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)13 Nov 19440621Taranto13 Nov 19441535Taranto74Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)16 Nov 19440625Taranto16 Nov 19441510Taranto45,8Exercises with torpedo boats Animoso, Sagittario and Ariete and the auxiliary Regina Elena.

Vettor Pisani (PN)29 Dec 19440740Taranto29 Dec 19441525Taranto44,9Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)3 Jan 19450745Taranto3 Jan 19451630Taranto35Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)5 Jan 19450700Taranto5 Jan 19451545Taranto31,9Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)8 Jan 19450658Taranto8 Jan 19451624Taranto30Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)10 Jan 19450655Taranto10 Jan 19450854Taranto5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)12 Jan 19450800Taranto12 Jan 19451637Taranto26,4Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)13 Jan 19450730Taranto13 Jan 19451400Taranto20,9Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)22 Jan 19450714Taranto22 Jan 19451507Taranto22,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)3 Feb 19450757Taranto3 Feb 19451915Taranto45Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)5 Feb 19451457Taranto5 Feb 19452130Taranto38Exercises with the submarines Platino and Diaspro.

Vettor Pisani (PN)9 Feb 19451329Taranto9 Feb 19452310Taranto58Exercises with the auxiliary Regina Elena.

Vettor Pisani (PN)17 Feb 19450656Taranto17 Feb 19451618Taranto38Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)22 Feb 19451300Taranto22 Feb 19451745Taranto30Trials.

Vettor Pisani (PN)26 Feb 19450755Taranto26 Feb 19451520Taranto34Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)28 Feb 19450800Taranto28 Feb 19451600Taranto35Trials.

Vettor Pisani (PN)7 Mar 19450750Taranto7 Mar 19451500Taranto23,8Exercises with the submarine Manara and the auxiliary Regina Elena in 40°26'N, 17°00'E.

Vettor Pisani (PN)8 Mar 19451210Taranto8 Mar 19452217Taranto21,3Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)12 Mar 19450800Taranto12 Mar 19451517Taranto27,3Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)14 Mar 19450800Taranto14 Mar 19451545Taranto27,5Exercises with the submarine Diaspro.

Vettor Pisani (PN)15 Mar 19450850Taranto15 Mar 19451735Taranto35,7Exercises with the submarine Settimo and the auxiliary Regina Elena.

Vettor Pisani (PN)20 Mar 19450655Taranto20 Mar 19451230Taranto18,7Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)1 Apr 19450745Taranto1 Apr 19451215Taranto28,6Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)3 Apr 19450655Taranto3 Apr 19451435Taranto36,4Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)6 Apr 19451228Taranto6 Apr 19452045Taranto33,8Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)9 Apr 19451325Taranto9 Apr 19452023Taranto27,3Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)16 Apr 19450756Taranto16 Apr 19451550Taranto31,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)18 Apr 19451330Taranto18 Apr 19452045Taranto32,9Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)25 Apr 19450520Taranto25 Apr 19451553Taranto56,3Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)30 Apr 19450647Taranto30 Apr 19451938Taranto68,8Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)3 May 19451130Taranto3 May 19451930Taranto37Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)7 May 19451325Taranto7 May 19452240Taranto53Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)9 May 19450810Taranto9 May 19451705Taranto38Exercises with the submarine Nichelio.

Vettor Pisani (PN)14 May 19450800Taranto14 May 19451710Taranto42,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)18 May 19451427Taranto18 May 19452250Taranto46,3Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)22 May 19450725Taranto22 May 19451712Taranto44,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)25 May 19450702Taranto25 May 19451752Taranto92Exercises with the submarine Squalo.

Vettor Pisani (PN)30 May 19451425Taranto30 May 19452250Taranto31,5Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)2 Jun 19450707Taranto2 Jun 19451720Taranto49Exercises with the submarine Otaria.

Vettor Pisani (PN)4 Jun 19450810Taranto4 Jun 19451630Taranto30Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)6 Jun 19451436Taranto6 Jun 19452010Taranto19Exercises.

Vettor Pisani (PN)18 Jul 19450335Taranto18 Jul 19450852Taranto22,5Exercises with the submarine Giada.

Vettor Pisani (PN)20 Jul 19450346Taranto20 Jul 19450850Taranto21Exercises with the submarine Otaria.

Vettor Pisani (PN)25 Jul 19450345Taranto25 Jul 19450950Taranto23,5Exercises with the submarine Nichelio.

Vettor Pisani (PN)30 Jul 19450337Taranto30 Jul 19451010Taranto25,5Exercises with the submarine Nichelio.

Vettor Pisani (PN)16 Aug 19451600Taranto16 Aug 19451905Taranto16Exercises.

116 entries. 105 total patrol entries (9 marked as war patrols) and 16 events.

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