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6 weeks ago
Platon Alexiades
Dr Fabio Bisciotti interviewed on Italian TV (TELEBLU) on 13th May 2022 (broadcast on the 14th) about the discovery of the wreck of the submarine Giovanni Bausan (originally mistaken for HMS Regent) off Barletta in the Adriatic. Platon
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6 weeks ago
Platon Alexiades
Another link posted by Professor Timmy Gambin with some interesting photographs:
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7 weeks ago
Platon Alexiades
Last week in Malta we were invited at a number of events for the commemoration of the loss of HMS Urge (27th April 1942). With dives occurring on 25th April to deploy a White Ensign on the wreck as well as a commemorative plaque. The movie of these dives shown at a screening at the University of Malta the same afternoon. The next evening we were privileged to watch a movie in virtual reality at t
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3 months ago
Platon Alexiades
The target may have been U-66. She reported two depth charges at that time but the position seems to be off (her KTB shows that she was in Grid BF 8412 or 44°32' N, 07°42' W at midnight 20/21). So unless one of the protagonists made an error in position... Platon
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3 months ago
Platon Alexiades
It does not seem possible that U-665 was the submarine attacked by USS Herring. 1. Herring was off Cape Ortegal (44°13'N, 08°23'W) at the time of her attack and too far south from U-665 probable path on her return trip. 2. U-665's last signal reported a sighting of a Red Cross ship at 2000/19 in Grid BE 1693. This was nearly 600 miles from Herring's position so the U-
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3 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello Fabio, Marcello Marconi, born in Ancona on 10.09.1920 in Ancona, son of Guerrino and Maria Baldinelli is listed among the victims of Marconi. Best regards, Platon Alexiades
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4 months ago
Platon Alexiades
The wreck of U-13 is visited by modern divers. See: Best regards, Platon
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4 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Your question is timely. I was just thinking about it. AFAIK the U-13 wreck was examined by divers in the first days of June 1940. I do not know if the rotor was recovered at this time. I think it would have been rather difficult. Perhaps one of the survivors had it in its pocket (as occurred with U-33 survivors). Can anyone suggest another Enigma "pinch" in August 1940? I have not so f
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5 months ago
Platon Alexiades
For those interested in a list of the British warship losses through the ages, there is a list which can be downloaded at: It is not perfect as many omissions and errors can be found but hopefully the list will be updated from time to time. Platon
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5 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Among the documents recovered from U-49 were: 1. The German Naval Grid Chart. 2. The U-boat dispositions (1st phase only) for Operation HARTMUT (U-boat side of Weserübung). As far as I know, no code books were recovered at that time. This occurred only on 26 April 1940, when the Q-ship Schiff 26 was captured off Norway. See ADM199/361 (war diaries of Admiral Forbes, C. in C. Home Flee
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7 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Today, it was announced that the wreck of the submarine Jantina, sunk near Mykonos by HMS Torbay in July 1941, has been found by Kostas Thoctarides (he had previously located HMS Perseus and RHS Katsonis). Congrats to all involved! Platon
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9 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Hi Keith, I assume you have checked all the logs and patrol reports at TNA? There are German and Italian sources on the actions involving her targets and subsequent antisubmarine hunt. For special operations in Corsica, there are brief mentions in the SOE files (HS series) and I would suggest you investigate Paulin Colonna d'Istria, a well-known figure of the French Resistance who was lan
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9 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Hi Mark, Postwar assessment believed the submarine to have been U-617 (KL Brandi) and that she was damaged, However her KTB does not support this thesis as she did not report any attack at that time and at 2000/12 was in CH 8413 (36°33' N, 00°22' W). This was actually U-596 (KL Günther Jahn) and she sighted a warship at 1959/12 in CH 5773 (37°45' N, 00°22' W (the i
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10 months ago
Platon Alexiades
Dear Mr King, There is a list of her crew as given by Ms Connolly in: (scroll down to 11th February 1941 entry). There is a document at the National Archives which is a bit more detailed (address of next of kin, etc.) reference ADM 358/3825. I am afraid date of birth is not listed. I can supply a copy if you contact me by private message. Best regards, Platon Alexiades
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
I do not have particular knowledge on the evolution of the "Lifeboat" script but I do think that Hitchcock was not particularly interested in realism (use of MacGuffin, etc). It is doubtful that Hitch or John Steinbeck who wrote the script were inspired by the Laconia episode or any other similar incident. Just a thought... Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Hi John and Urs, You might be interested to check: Best regards, Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Urs is quite correct, many thanks! Best regards, Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello, This past week, divers led by Professor Timmy Gambin from the University of Malta positively identified the submarine wreck found in 2019 off Malta as that of HMS Urge. The name can clearly be seen on the port side of the conning tower of the submarine. This had not been picked up by the ROV in 2019 as only the starboard side had been examined and letters could barely been due t
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Boulevard Suchet not Souchet in Paris. Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Hi, I am working on something if you are patient enough. Best regards, Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello, I am interested in the story of the armed whaler HMS Thorbryn (ex Norwegian). The warsailors page is not very detailed. I have a few info collected from the C. in C. Med War Diaries and the casualties in ADM358 but little else. Some sources mention that she was sunk by fourteen Ju 87. A survivor mentions four Ju 88. Can anyone provide which G.A.F. unit was involved? Any info on earlier
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
I am sure this is a fantasy and what is amazing is the promptness in which news organisations pick up the stories and relay them without fact-checking. What would a U-boat go there for? This reminds me of the "submarines graveyard at Tabarka" story. Next they will tell us that they found a U-boat upstream of Niagara Falls... Platon
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1 year ago
Platon Alexiades
The Barletta wreck previously reported to have been HMS Regent has been examined by Italian divers led by Fabio Bisciotti on Sunday 28th June. It has now been identified as the Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan which was converted as the oil depot G.R.S.251 and used as a target by the Allied Air Forces in June 1944. The divers were: Fabio Bisciotti Alessandro Aulicino Michele Favaron Ste
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello Solan, No Allied submarine went to Sweden. It is very doubtful that a submarine would have been considered for the mission and I find the story equally suspicious. I seem to remember that a sabotage mission in neutral Sweden was considered in 1940 and was a fiasco. I doubt very much that a repeat would have been attempted. This could have jeopardised the supply of ball bearings. MGBs wer
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
Hi Jim, I will wage a friendly bet with you that NONE of the wrecks claimed at Tabarka are there. :-) Having done quite a bit of naval research in various archives, I have not seen a single reference to Tabarka as far as submarines were concerned (Allied or Axis). It was just a fishing village during WW2 and did not warrant any interest. A minefield was laid off this port by German E-boats
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
The wreck of HMS Urge is certainly not that of HMS P36 which is about 8 miles to the northwest. Mr Misson has identified our wreck as: 1. HMS Odin 2. HMS Usk 3. HMS Upholder 4. HMS P36 Next? I suspect that he will go through the whole "U" class list before the year ends. Jim: I have a question for you. Do you really believe his story of eight or nine submarine wrecks a
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello Jim, The feature shown at the 1min 40sec mark is the mooring eye in the aft part of the casing. It is not an external torpedo tube! It is typical of HMS Urge. Platon
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
Hello Jim, I was not surprised that you were in contact with Mr Misson. Since no bows footage have been released by U of Malta, I fail to understand how you come to your conclusion that you see a "higher bow" and how you can see an external torpedo tube? Perhaps you have mistaken the torpedo loading hatch for an external tube? Have you seen the complete film footage? If so, please de
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
Addendum to my previous posting: HMS P48 was also considered but eliminated. Usurper was not examined as she was not operating from Malta (never went to Tabarka as Mr Misson claimed), Platon
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2 years ago
Platon Alexiades
There is excellent footage of the damage to the bows that U of Malta has not released yet. It is clear from them that the wreck does not have the high bow typical of HMS Upholder. Other details, technical and historical, have eliminated the other U-class submarines (we have also considered HMS P33 and HMS P38 which are not on your list). MoD has examined all the documents and proofs provided (it
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