Italian submarines in World War Two
|Type||Coastal / Sea going|
|Laid down||20 Apr 1936||Cantieri Navale Tosi di Taranto, Taranto|
|Launched||20 Nov 1936|
|Commissioned||14 Apr 1937|
|Loss date||28 Nov 1942|
|Loss position||37° 05'N, 7° 55'E|
|Fate||Sunk on 28th November 1942 north-east of Bone, Algeria, in position 37°05'N, 07°55'E by depth charges and gunfire from the destroyers HMS Quentin and HMAS Quiberon.|
|Commander||Date from||Date to||Command notes|
|C.C. Fausto Sestini||12 Oct 1939||2 Jun 1940|
|C.C. Benedetto Luchetti||6 Jun 1940||1 Jul 1940|
|C.C. Fausto Sestini||2 Jul 1940||17 Sep 1940|
|T.V. Ottavio Stampalia||18 Sep 1940||22 Sep 1940|
|T.V. Adriano Pini||23 Sep 1940||29 May 1942|
|S.T.V. Remigio Dapiran||1 Jun 1942||13 Jun 1942|
|C.C. Gino Andreani||13 Jun 1942||17 Jun 1942|
|T.V. Renato Scandola||17 Jun 1942||13 Aug 1942|
|T.V. Alpinolo Cinti||16 Aug 1942||19 Aug 1942|
|T.V. Alberto Gorini||4 Sep 1942||28 Nov 1942|
|Date||Commander||Ship hit||Type||GRT||Nat.||Loss type|
|1.||12 Aug 1942||T.V. Renato Scandola||Deucalion?||Cargo ship||7,516||Damaged?|
Patrols and events
|Commander||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Sestini, Fausto||31 May 1940||1057||Taranto||31 May 1940||1125||Taranto||0,5||Docked?|
|Luchetti, Benedetto||14 Jun 1940||1115||Taranto||14 Jun 1940||1200||Taranto||0,5||Undocked?|
|Sestini, Fausto||26 Jul 1940||0752||Taranto||26 Jul 1940||1735||Taranto||62,3||Trials.|
|Sestini, Fausto||27 Jul 1940||1024||Taranto||27 Jul 1940||1210||Taranto||62,3||Trials.|
|Sestini, Fausto||31 Jul 1940||0933||Taranto||31 Jul 1940||1835||Taranto||43,7||Trials.|
|Sestini, Fausto||1 Aug 1940||0625||Taranto||1 Aug 1940||1705||Taranto||61,8||Exercises.|
|Sestini, Fausto||2 Aug 1940||0642||Taranto||2 Aug 1940||1215||Taranto||36,5||Exercises.|
|1||Sestini, Fausto||3 Aug 1940||2220||Taranto||20 Aug 1940||1630||Augusta||1683||Patrolled southwest of Crete, between 34°20'N and 35°12'N, and between 23°00'E and 24°00'E, with Dagabur in an adjacent area.|
|Sestini, Fausto||22 Aug 1940||1010||Taranto||22 Aug 1940||1030||Augusta||0,7||Docked?|
|Sestini, Fausto||3 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||3 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||2,5||Trials.|
|Sestini, Fausto||6 Sep 1940||1225||Augusta||7 Sep 1940||0418||Augusta||131,9||Trials to test hydrophones, at various depths, with the Porto Palo Station. Unsuccessful experiment.|
|Sestini, Fausto||8 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||8 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||0,5||Docked?|
|Sestini, Fausto||9 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||9 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||0,5||Undocked?|
|Sestini, Fausto||10 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||10 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||1||Trials?|
|Sestini, Fausto||13 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||13 Sep 1940||Time?||Augusta||6,4||Exercises?.|
|Stampalia, Ottavio||18 Sep 1940||Augusta||22 Sep 1940||Augusta||At Augusta.|
|Pini, Adriano||10 Oct 1940||1358||Augusta||10 Oct 1940||1603||Augusta||7,8||Exercises.|
|2||Pini, Adriano||23 Oct 1940||1015||Augusta||8 Nov 1940||0900||Augusta||1782||Patrolled north of Gulf of Sollum, between 31°55'N and 32°40'N, and between 25°35'E and 26°35'E with Settembrini in an adjacent area.|
|26 Oct 1940||1810|
(0) Off Cyrenaica.
|At 1810 hours, a vessel believed to be an Italian torpedo boat, was sighted at a distance of 1,500 metres. By precaution, Dessié dived. This was actually the submarine Settembrini.|
|2 Nov 1940||0135||32° 25'N, 25° 54'E||At 0135 hours, a submarine was briefly sighted in very poor visibility at a distance from 150 to 50 metres. It was believed to have been Luigi Settembrini, but she did not report any sighting and no British submarine operated in the vicinity.|
|Pini, Adriano||21 Nov 1940||1343||Augusta||21 Nov 1940||1620||Augusta||13||Trials.|
|3||Pini, Adriano||26 Nov 1940||0130||Augusta||1 Dec 1940||1200||Augusta||594||Patrolled northwest of Malta within 15 miles from 36°30'N, 13°10'E to the westward.|
|28 Nov 1940||0305|
|36° 30'N, 12° 59'E||At 0302 hours, a naval squadron was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. It consisted of three large units proceeding in single file and steering 270° at 20 knots.|
At 0305 hours, two torpedoes (one 533mm and one 450 mm) were fired from the stern tubes at a range of 3,500 metres, aimed at the second ship. Dessié dived upon firing and two hits were heard. In fact, both had missed.
The targets were the heavy cruiser HMS York and the light cruisers HMS Gloucester and HMS Glasgow. They also heard one explosion but this was probably a torpedo detonating at the end of its run. It must also be noted that these three ships heard two detonations at 0138 hours in 36°57' N, 11°37' E but these were probably from the attack by the torpedo boat Calliope.
|4||Pini, Adriano||18 Dec 1940||1455||Augusta||27 Dec 1940||1240||Augusta||731||Patrolled east of Malta on a line 10 miles south from 35°50'N, 15°40'E, with Serpente in an adjacent area. Uneventful.|
|Pini, Adriano||16 Jan 1941||0900||Augusta||16 Jan 1941||1145||Augusta||12,5||Exercises.|
|5||Pini, Adriano||19 Jan 1941||1800||Augusta||1 Feb 1941||1020||Augusta||1438||Patrolled east of Malta to the Gulf of Sollum. Uneventful except for H.E.|
|Pini, Adriano||17 Feb 1941||1330||Augusta||17 Feb 1941||1625||Augusta||10,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||19 Feb 1941||0920||Augusta||19 Feb 1941||1820||Augusta||10,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||7 Mar 1941||0715||Augusta||8 Mar 1941||1347||Naples||262||Passage Augusta-Naples.|
|Pini, Adriano||12 Apr 1941||1011||Naples||12 Apr 1941||1851||Naples||30,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||18 Apr 1941||0828||Naples||18 Apr 1941||1710||Naples||59,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||21 Apr 1941||0810||Naples||21 Apr 1941||1610||Naples||30||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||22 Apr 1941||0807||Naples||22 Apr 1941||1336||Naples||27,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||23 Apr 1941||1500||Naples||23 Apr 1941||1530||Naples||1,5||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||24 Apr 1941||1800||Naples||24 Apr 1941||1836||Naples||1,5||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||25 Apr 1941||0906||Naples||25 Apr 1941||1612||Naples||33||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||30 Apr 1941||0802||Naples||30 Apr 1941||1112||Naples||18||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||2 May 1941||0804||Naples||2 May 1941||1135||Naples||30||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||3 May 1941||0925||Naples||3 May 1941||0935||Naples||0,3||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||5 May 1941||0750||Naples||5 May 1941||0800||Naples||0,3||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||8 May 1941||0803||Naples||8 May 1941||1237||Naples||31||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||10 May 1941||1018||Naples||10 May 1941||1551||Naples||26,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||13 May 1941||1944||Naples||14 May 1941||0110||Naples||32||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||16 May 1941||1009||Naples||17 May 1941||1425||Augusta||277||Passage Naples-Augusta.|
|6||Pini, Adriano||23 May 1941||2255||Augusta||8 Jun 1941||0850||Augusta||1725||Patrolled between (1) 32°26'N, 27°54'E (2) 32°13'E, 28°13'E (3) 32°38'N, 28°48'E (4) 32°56'N, 28°36'E. On the way, was diverted to investigate the Bay of Messara, south of Crete in 34°50'N, 24°20'E or Grids 2418 and 2433. Heard only H.E.|
|6 Jun 1941||Time?||35° 55'N, 20° 10'E||During the day (probably morning, time not given), a derelict mine was fired upon (250 rounds of 13mm and 80 rounds of 6.5mm ammunition) but without sinking it.|
|Pini, Adriano||26 Jun 1941||1007||Augusta||26 Jun 1941||1210||Augusta||6||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||2 Jul 1941||1045||Augusta||2 Jul 1941||1347||Augusta||18||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||4 Jul 1941||0800||Augusta||4 Jul 1941||1142||Augusta||21,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||6 Jul 1941||0800||Augusta||6 Jul 1941||1137||Augusta||18||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||7 Jul 1941||1525||Augusta||7 Jul 1941||1800||Augusta||9||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||14 Jul 1941||0855||Augusta||14 Jul 1941||1141||Augusta||17||Exercises.|
|7||Pini, Adriano||23 Jul 1941||1215||Augusta||27 Jul 1941||0910||Augusta||473||Patrolled west of Malta within 15 miles from 36°30'N, 13°06'E or about 38 miles north of Linosa. Uneventful.|
|Pini, Adriano||30 Jul 1941||2005||Augusta||3 Aug 1941||0900||Leros||618||Passage Augusta-Leros. Uneventful. HMS Unique, patrolling near Augusta, was told of her departure from an ULTRA decrypt but was a little too far North to intercept.|
|Pini, Adriano||20 Aug 1941||0824||Leros||20 Aug 1941||1220||Leros||30,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||29 Aug 1941||0800||Leros||29 Aug 1941||1157||Leros||25||Exercises.|
|8||Pini, Adriano||5 Sep 1941||1315||Leros||9 Sep 1941||0544||Leros||360||Patrolled near Kandeluisa, between 35°50'N and 36°05'N, and between 26°43'E and 27°00'E. Ran aground due to an error in navigation.|
|8 Sep 1941||0930|
(0) Makri Sophrano Islet (southernmost of the Sopkrana Nisia group).
|At 0930 hours, due to an error in navigation, Dessié hit a rock with some damage to her bow. T.V. Adriano Pini and two others received a reprimand.|
|Pini, Adriano||10 Sep 1941||1500||Leros||10 Sep 1941||1522||Leros||0,3||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||17 Sep 1941||1129||Leros||17 Sep 1941||1150||Leros||0,3||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||19 Sep 1941||0815||Leros||19 Sep 1941||1142||Leros||21,5||Exercises.|
|9||Pini, Adriano||20 Sep 1941||0733||Leros||21 Sep 1941||0730||Leros||168||Sailed for patrol between Cyprus, Egypt and the Palestinian coast, but turned back when it was realised she was leaking fuel (British Intelligence was aware of it through an ULTRA intercept).|
|Pini, Adriano||21 Sep 1941||1005||Leros||21 Sep 1941||1112||Leros||3||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||23 Sep 1941||0733||Leros||23 Sep 1941||1221||Leros||27||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||25 Sep 1941||1312||Leros||25 Sep 1941||1333||Leros||0,3||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||27 Sep 1941||1012||Leros||27 Sep 1941||1031||Leros||0,3||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||30 Sep 1941||0839||Leros||30 Sep 1941||1202||Leros||27||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||1 Oct 1941||0813||Leros||1 Oct 1941||1207||Leros||28||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||2 Oct 1941||0814||Leros||2 Oct 1941||1157||Leros||21||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||5 Oct 1941||1055||Leros||5 Oct 1941||1114||Leros||0,3||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||9 Oct 1941||0926||Leros||9 Oct 1941||0947||Leros||0,3||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||11 Oct 1941||0809||Leros||11 Oct 1941||1223||Leros||31,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||20 Oct 1941||1353||Leros||20 Oct 1941||1415||Leros||0,3||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||25 Oct 1941||1034||Leros||25 Oct 1941||1121||Leros||1,5||Undocked?|
|Pini, Adriano||27 Oct 1941||0810||Leros||27 Oct 1941||1130||Leros||31,5||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||1 Nov 1941||0824||Leros||1 Nov 1941||1217||Leros||21||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||4 Nov 1941||0859||Leros||4 Nov 1941||1208||Leros||21||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||13 Nov 1941||0806||Leros||13 Nov 1941||1130||Leros||21||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||29 Nov 1941||0805||Leros||29 Nov 1941||1155||Leros||20||Exercises.|
|10||Pini, Adriano||3 Dec 1941||1150||Leros||15 Dec 1941||0735||Leros||935||Defensive patrol near Leros, between Nikaria Channel and latitude 38°00'N, and between 25°20'E and 26°00'E.|
|7 Dec 1941||0430|
(0) Off Cape Pappas.
|At 0430 hours, a vessel was sighted at a distance of 12,000 metres, followed by another at 0457 hours. Dessié closed to investigate. These proved to be the Italian Bucintoro (1,273 GRT, built 1909) escorted by the auxiliary Canogli on their way to Leros. They exchanged signals and closed to voice range to ascertain their respective identities.|
|Pini, Adriano||17 Dec 1941||0900||Leros||17 Dec 1941||0930||Leros||0,5||Docked?|
|Pini, Adriano||23 Dec 1941||1050||Leros||23 Dec 1941||1115||Leros||0,5||Undocked?|
|11||Pini, Adriano||4 Jan 1942||1700||Leros||6 Jan 1942||0540||Leros||275||Sailed for patrol off Tobruk in Grids 6285 and 3485 but turned back because of defects. Uneventful.|
|Pini, Adriano||8 Jan 1942||0845||Leros||8 Jan 1942||1045||Leros||11||Exercises.|
|Pini, Adriano||11 Jan 1942||0800||Leros||17 Jan 1942||0815||Augusta||806||Passage Leros-Augusta. Initially, on 10/1, the route was established as follows: (a) Point E of Stampalia (b) 36°06'N, 26°00'E (c) 36°05'N, 24°10'E (d) 35°45'N, 23°30'E, (e) 35°45'N, 23°00'E and (f) Point A1 of Augusta) then was altered to (a) Kaso Straits (b) 35°00'N, 26°44'E (c) 33°40'N, 26°20'E (d) 34°10'N, 22°40'E (e) Point A1 of Augusta. Uneventful.|
|Pini, Adriano||18 Jan 1942||1040||Augusta||19 Jan 1942||1600||Naples||316||Passage Augusta-Naples.|
|Pini, Adriano||1 Apr 1942||1016||Naples||1 Apr 1942||1800||Naples||57||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||7 Apr 1942||0947||Naples||7 Apr 1942||1520||Naples||31||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||10 Apr 1942||0843||Naples||10 Apr 1942||1735||Naples||60||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||11 Apr 1942||1430||Naples||11 Apr 1942||1927||Naples||38,5||Exercises with torpedo boat Achille Papa.|
|Pini, Adriano||13 Apr 1942||0845||Naples||13 Apr 1942||2304||Naples||92||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||19 Apr 1942||0912||Naples||19 Apr 1942||2014||Naples||25||Gyrocompass tests.|
|Pini, Adriano||20 Apr 1942||1054||Naples||20 Apr 1942||1420||Naples||22,5||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||22 Apr 1942||1243||Naples||22 Apr 1942||1706||Naples||31||Trials.|
|Pini, Adriano||23 Apr 1942||0930||Naples||23 Apr 1942||1029||Naples||1,5||Docked.|
|Pini, Adriano||23 Apr 1942||1909||Naples||23 Apr 1942||1938||Naples||1,5||Undocked.|
|Pini, Adriano||24 Apr 1942||2042||Naples||25 Apr 1942||1843||Trapani||210||Passage Naples-Trapani.|
|12||Pini, Adriano||4 May 1942||2100||Trapani||23 May 1942||0730||Trapani||2016,5||Patrolled in Western Mediterranean, between 38°00'N and 38°40'N, and between 02°40'E and 03°00'E. Uneventful. Heard only H.E. and distant explosions.|
|5 May 1942||1221||38° 26'N, 9° 46'E||At 1221 hours, a derelict mine was sunk after an expenditure of 170 rounds of 13.2mm and 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition.|
|22 May 1942||1750||38° 21'N, 11° 00'E||At 1750 hours, a derelict mine was sunk after an expenditure of 90 rounds of 13.2mm ammunition.|
|Dapiran, Remigio||8 Jun 1942||0729||Trapani||8 Jun 1942||1305||Trapani||21||Trials.|
|13||Andreani, Gino||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.|
|13b||Scandola, Renato||18 Jun 1942||0000||Trapani||21 Jun 1942||1705||Augusta||586||Patrolled near La Galite, between 37°20'N and 37°45'N, and between 09°40'E and 10°20'E, but was recalled. Uneventful. At 0545 hours on the 21st, the torpedo boat Abba was met and escorted Dessiè, Aciaio and Alagi back to Augusta.|
|19 Jun 1942||1920|
(0) Near La Galite.
|At 1920 hours, a Catalina aircraft was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres. The aircraft did not sight the submarine and Dessiè remained on the surface.|
|Scandola, Renato||26 Jun 1942||0031||Augusta||27 Jun 1942||0655||Trapani||297||Passage Augusta-Trapani.|
|Scandola, Renato||1 Jul 1942||0834||Trapani||1 Jul 1942||1510||Trapani||44||Trials.|
|14||Scandola, Renato||16 Jul 1942||0130||Trapani||27 Jul 1942||1743||Trapani||829||Patrolled in area K.2 (off Ras Mustafa), between 36°53'N and 36°57'N, and between 11°12'E and the Tunisian coast. Uneventful.|
|18 Jul 1942||1755|
(0) Off Kelibia (Tunisia).
|At 1755 hours, the Italian steamer Saturno (5,022 GRT, built 1914) was sighted proceeding independently to Tripoli. T.V. Scandola observed that the torpedo-boat escort (Orione) was not present.|
|Scandola, Renato||4 Aug 1942||1403||Trapani||4 Aug 1942||1810||Trapani||Exercises.|
|Scandola, Renato||10 Aug 1942||0856||Trapani||10 Aug 1942||1152||Trapani||25||Trials.|
|15||Scandola, Renato||11 Aug 1942||1220||Trapani||14 Aug 1942||0830||Trapani||352||Sailed with Ascianghi and Alagi for patrol, between 37°20'N and 38°00'N, and between 10°00'E and 10°40'E, in the Sicilian Channel and off the Tunisian coast to operate against the PEDESTAL convoy.|
|12 Aug 1942||1938|
1956 or 2058? (e)
|37° 38'N, 10° 25'E||At 1900 hours, the smokes of the convoy were sighted on the horizon. Ten minutes later, fourteen merchant ships and ten destroyers could be counted. They were steering 110° at 14 knots.|
At 1938 hours, four torpedoes (533mm) were fired at 3-second intervals from the bow tubes, at a distance of 1,800 metres. After 100 seconds, two hits were heard. Between 1956 and 2127 hours, Dessié was hunted and escaped to a depth of 90 metres; 120 depth charges were counted, but none were near enough to cause damage. There was no opportunity for an attack with the stern tubes as it was hoped.
There is no absolute certainty that Dessié hit anything with this salvo. Some accounts credit her with hitting Deucalion (7,516 GRT, built 1930) but she was near-missed at 1315 hours by a bomb and damaged. Later, she was hit by a torpedo bomber and sunk at 2120 hours in 270° - Cani Rocks - 5 miles. Brisbane Star is also reported to have been torpedoed by aircraft at 2058 hours. Was she damaged earlier? There was great confusion in these hours and it is difficult to properly assess what transpired.
At 2212 hours, Dessié surfaced and witnessed two vessels on fire.
|13 Aug 1942||1755||37° 35'N, 10° 24'E|
(0) Off Tunisian coast.
|At 1755 hours, Dessié was attacked in error by four German Junker 88 bombers despite her frantic signals. They each dropped four bombs. They missed by about 50 metres. |
At 1935 hours, the submarine was attacked once again by German aircraft, this time she was narrowly straddled and damaged by near-misses. T.V. Scandola, three officers and three ratings were wounded, one rating was killed. The submarine had to abort her patrol.
|Cinti, Alpinolo||18 Aug 1942||1400||Trapani||19 Aug 1942||1620||Messina||260||Passage Trapani-Messina.|
|Gorini, Alberto||13 Sep 1942||1515||Messina||13 Sep 1942||1915||Messina||7,5||Trials.|
|Gorini, Alberto||27 Sep 1942||1330||Messina||27 Sep 1942||1741||Messina||7,5||Trials.|
|Gorini, Alberto||28 Sep 1942||1510||Messina||28 Sep 1942||1810||Messina||16||Trials.|
|Gorini, Alberto||29 Sep 1942||0813||Messina||29 Sep 1942||0905||Messina||3||Trials.|
|Gorini, Alberto||30 Sep 1942||0736||Messina||30 Sep 1942||1145||Messina||13||Exercises.|
|Gorini, Alberto||4 Oct 1942||0745||Messina||4 Oct 1942||1124||Messina||16||Exercises.|
|Gorini, Alberto||14 Oct 1942||0808||Messina||14 Oct 1942||1130||Messina||16||Exercises.|
|Gorini, Alberto||16 Oct 1942||1335||Messina||16 Oct 1942||1620||Messina||12||Exercises.|
|Gorini, Alberto||23 Oct 1942||0757||Messina||23 Oct 1942||1210||Messina||18||Exercises.|
|Gorini, Alberto||1 Nov 1942||1400||Messina||1 Nov 1942||1610||Messina||Exercises.|
|16||Gorini, Alberto||2 Nov 1942||2115||Messina||6 Nov 1942||0800||Tobruk||Supply mission to Tobruk (19.5 tons of boxed ammunition). At 0430 hours on the 5th, she was to pass through 34°02'N, 22°12'E.|
|4 Nov 1942||0752||35° 55'N, 21° 00'E||At 0752 hours, an aircraft was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres and the submarine dived.|
|4 Nov 1942||1220||35° 50'N, 21° 10'E||At 1220 hours, an aircraft was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres and the submarine dived.|
|16b||Gorini, Alberto||6 Nov 1942||1738||Tobruk||11 Nov 1942||0720||Messina||Return trip from supply mission to Tobruk, via 34°30'N, 22°20'E at 1200/7 then on course 297° through 36°36'N, 17°20'E.|
|8 Nov 1942||0855||34° 40'N, 21° 40'E||At 0855 hours, an aircraft was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres and the submarine dived.|
|Gorini, Alberto||14 Nov 1942||1200||Messina||14 Nov 1942||1620||Messina||Exercises.|
|17||Gorini, Alberto||18 Nov 1942||0730||Messina||28 Nov 1942||1400||Sunk with all hands||Sailed for patrol off Philippeville via (1) 39°00'N, 15°15'E (Point M2) (2) 38°50'N, 13°10'E (3) 39°00'N, 10°20'E to area between 37°00'N and 37°20'N, and between 07°40'E and 08°00'E then orderered to investigate Bougie. She acknowledged reception of a message at 1912 hours on the 27th.|
She had been advised, on 1st December 1942, to attack the French Eleonore Fresnel (150 GRT, lighthouse supply vessel) with naval personnel who had escaped from Toulon but she reached Algiers ca. 3rd December.
On 30th November, she was to leave her patrol at 1800 hours on the 30th, to return to Naples via (1) 37°20'N, 08°00'E at 1830/30 (2) 39°00'N, 10°20'E at 1100/1 (3) 40°00'N, 11°20'E at 1800/1 (4) Point C (Naples) at 0700/2. Sunk off Bone by the destroyers HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quentin in 37°04'N, 07°49'E (five officers and forty-two other ranks lost, no survivors).
|28 Nov 1942|
(e) 37° 05'N, 7° 55'E
|At 1212 hours, the destroyer HMS Quentin sailed from Bône, following a report from an aircraft that a submarine was sighted in the vicinity at 1145 hours. She was later joined by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon who sailed at 1318 hours.|
At 1250 hours, the destroyer picked up an ASDIC contact at 2,000 yards.
At 1254 hours, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 100 and 225 feet.
At 1308 hours, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 150 and 385 feet.
At 1330 hours, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 350 and 550 feet (bubbles and oil were sighted).
At 1359 hours, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 50 and 140 feet.
At 1407 hours, ten depth charges were dropped, set from 150 and 385 feet.
At 1525 hours, HMAS Quiberon joined in the attack by dropping five depth charges set at 385 feet (more bubbles and a black object were seen).
At 1533 hours, HMS Quentin dropped a final pattern of ten depth charges set at 350 and 550 feet.
At 1356 hours, the U-boat broke surface, the bow emerging vertically. The bow disappeared and reappeared until the entire boat was visible on the surface. This lasted only a minute and a half before the submarine slid underwater, stern first, with the bow disappearing vertically. The destroyers had opened fire with 4,7" guns and smaller weapons, without scoring a hit. None of the submarine's crew appeared on deck or on the bridge.
There is little doubt that this was Dessié. There were no survivors. T.V. Alberto Gorini, four officers and forty-two other ranks perished.
121 entries. 117 total patrol entries (17 marked as war patrols) and 16 events.