Italian submarines in World War Two


Marcantonio Colonna (CN)
Colonna

TypeOcean going 
ClassPisani (4) 
Laid down 3 Dec 1925 Cantiere Navale Triestino, Monfalcone
Launched25 Dec 1927
Commissioned10 Jul 1929
End service1 Jun 1942
Stricken18 Oct 1948
Loss date
Loss position
History Disarmed on 1st June 1942. Stricken on 18th October 1948.
Fate

Commands

CommanderDate fromDate toCommand
S.T.V. Antonio Bruzzone21 Apr 194015 Aug 1940
T.V. Guido Gozzi15 Aug 194025 Oct 1940
T.V. Pietro Notarbartolo di Villarosa25 Oct 19408 Nov 1940
S.T.V. Antonio Bruzzone8 Nov 194017 Nov 1940
C.C. Bruno Pilli18 Jan 194124 Apr 1942

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Bruzzone, Antonio10 Jun 1940Fiume10 Jun 1940FiumeAt Fiume.

Gozzi, Guido27 Aug 19400755Fiume27 Aug 19401850Fiume68Exercises.

Gozzi, Guido30 Aug 19400901Fiume30 Aug 19401910Fiume11Exercises.

Gozzi, Guido4 Sep 19401201Fiume4 Sep 19401327Fiume0,5Trials.

Gozzi, Guido5 Sep 19400720Fiume5 Sep 19401958Fiume42,5Exercises.

Gozzi, Guido6 Sep 19400745Fiume6 Sep 19401315Pola60Passage Fiume-Pola.

Gozzi, Guido6 Sep 19401658Pola6 Sep 19401710Pola1Trials.

Gozzi, Guido8 Sep 19400749Pola8 Sep 19401531Pola14Trials.

Gozzi, Guido10 Sep 19400831Pola10 Sep 19401659Pola57Exercises.

Gozzi, Guido12 Sep 19401655Pola12 Sep 19401855Pola12Exercises.

Gozzi, Guido17 Sep 19400305Pola18 Sep 19401435Brindisi342,7Passage Pola-Brindisi.

1Gozzi, Guido19 Sep 19400025Brindisi9 Oct 19401650Messina1456,8Patrolled north of the Egyptian coast between 32°30'N, 33°10'E and 23°25'N, 24°45'E. Attacked in error by the submarine Serpente.
  19 Sep 1940203539° 06'N, 18° 22'E
(e) 38° 46'N, 18° 27'E
Marcantonio Colonna was attacked in error by the submarine Serpente. Three torpedoes were fired and, luckily, all missed.

Gozzi, Guido14 Oct 19401200Messina15 Oct 19401109Naples222Passage Messina-Naples.

Notarbartolo di Villarosa, Pietro25 Oct 1940Naples8 Nov 1940Date???NaplesAt Naples. Change in command.

Bruzzone, Antonio8 Nov 1940Date???Naples17 Nov 1940Date???NaplesAt Naples. Change in command.

17 Dec 19400900Naples17 Dec 19401603Naples27Exercises.

23 Dec 19400850Naples23 Dec 19401600Naples28Exercises.

28 Dec 19400810Naples28 Dec 19401630Naples26Exercises.

31 Dec 19400840Naples31 Dec 19401340Naples5,4Exercises.

6 Jan 19410830Naples6 Jan 19411135Naples16Exercises.

13 Jan 19410820Naples13 Jan 19411120Naples25Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno20 Jan 19410835Naples20 Jan 19411605Naples31,5Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno23 Jan 19411545Naples24 Jan 19411000Messina186Passage Naples-Messina.

2Pilli, Bruno30 Jan 19411144Messina2 Feb 19411900Messina450,3Patrolled southeast of Malta. Uneventful, one engine broke down.

Pilli, Bruno21 Feb 19410855Messina21 Feb 19411830Messina72Trials with the submarine Smeraldo escorted by the auxiliary Castiglia.

Pilli, Bruno22 Feb 19410815Messina22 Feb 19411620Messina101Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno26 Feb 19410800Messina26 Feb 19411810Messina66,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Castiglia.

Pilli, Bruno2 Mar 19412300Messina4 Mar 19411830La Spezia499Passage Messina-La Spezia.

3Pilli, Bruno10 Mar 19412235La Spezia12 Mar 19411316La Spezia246,2Patrol in Gulf of Genoa. Uneventful.

Pilli, Bruno21 Mar 19410800La Spezia21 Mar 19411130La Spezia17,2Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno27 Mar 19411343La Spezia27 Mar 19411720La Spezia23Hydrophone exercises with the torpedo boat Climene.

4Pilli, Bruno3 Apr 19411335La Spezia5 Apr 19410952La Spezia309Patrol in Gulf of Genoa. Uneventful.

5Pilli, Bruno5 Apr 19412110La Spezia9 Apr 19410850La Spezia480Patrolled in Gulf of Genoa. Uneventful.

6Pilli, Bruno26 Apr 19411620La Spezia29 Apr 19410815Genoa357Sailed for patrol Gulf of Genoa. On a line, starting with submarine Colonna in 44°05'N, 08°40'E and with Da Procida and Ametista respectively 12 and 24 miles east from this point. On hydrophone watch in anticipation of an important naval force from Gibraltar. Uneventful.

Pilli, Bruno29 Apr 19411115Genoa29 Apr 19411745La Spezia317Passage Genoa-La Spezia.

Pilli, Bruno17 May 19411505La Spezia17 May 19411850La Spezia28,5Trials.

7Pilli, Bruno5 Jun 19411830La Spezia7 Jun 19412145La Spezia242,1Patrolled in Gulf of Genoa on parallel 44°10'N between 8°42'E and 9°28'E. Uneventful.

8Pilli, Bruno14 Jun 19412015La Spezia16 Jun 19410800La Spezia237,3Patrolled in Gulf of Genoa in 43°40'N, 08°43'E. Uneventful.

Pilli, Bruno20 Jun 19411500La Spezia20 Jun 19411730La Spezia18Trials.

Pilli, Bruno27 Jun 19410800La Spezia27 Jun 19411240La Spezia28Trials.

Pilli, Bruno28 Jun 19410800La Spezia28 Jun 19411315La Spezia25Trials.

Pilli, Bruno14 Jul 19412100La Spezia15 Jul 19410115La Spezia24Exercises, escorted by MAS 503.

Pilli, Bruno17 Jul 19410709La Spezia17 Jul 19411305La Spezia43,5Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno26 Jul 19412055La Spezia27 Jul 19410152La Spezia27Exercises.

9Pilli, Bruno1 Aug 19410050La Spezia4 Aug 19412030La Spezia453Patrolled in 44°12'N, 09°00'E. Sighted only neutral or Italian steamers.

Pilli, Bruno16 Aug 19412201La Spezia17 Aug 19410445La Spezia32Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno20 Aug 19410859La Spezia20 Aug 19411605La Spezia26Exercises, escorted by MAS 525.

Pilli, Bruno23 Aug 19410540La Spezia23 Aug 19411250La Spezia51,1Exercises.

10Pilli, Bruno23 Aug 19412050La Spezia26 Aug 19410730La Spezia504Patrolled in Gulf of Genoa on an 8-mile long line 257° from 44°02.5'N, 08°35'E. This was following a report that a strong naval force had sailed from Gibraltar. Uneventful.

Pilli, Bruno29 Aug 19410820La Spezia29 Aug 19411455La SpeziaExercises.

11Pilli, Bruno12 Sep 19411427La Spezia15 Sep 19410720La Spezia401,8Patrolled in the Gulf of Genoa in 44°16'N, 08°49'E, following a report of a British naval force from Gibraltar. Uneventful. Sighted Italian ship.

Pilli, Bruno14 Nov 19410849La Spezia14 Nov 19411645La Spezia45Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno18 Nov 19410812La Spezia18 Nov 19411815La Spezia64,4Exercises with the submarines Mocenigo and Acciaio, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone, Santantioco and Capodistria.

Pilli, Bruno22 Nov 19411300La Spezia22 Nov 19412250La Spezia26Exercises.

Pilli, Bruno25 Nov 19410800La Spezia25 Nov 19411445La Spezia19Exercises with the submarines H.1, H.6 and Cobalto, escorted by the torpedo boat La Masa and MAS 510.

Pilli, Bruno12 Dec 19410834La Spezia12 Dec 19411600La Spezia41,7Exercises with the submarine Ambra, escorted by the destroyer Premuda, MAS 507 an the auxiliaries Santantioco, Capodistria, Crotone and Favignana.

Pilli, Bruno23 Dec 19410839La Spezia23 Dec 19411645La Spezia51Exercises with the submarines Cobalto and H.6, escorted by the destroyer Premuda, MAS 505, MAS 510 and the auxiliaries Capodistria and Crotone.

Pilli, Bruno31 Dec 19410833La Spezia31 Dec 19411310La Spezia30,5Exercises with the submarine Malachite, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Crotone.

Pilli, Bruno4 Jan 19420830La Spezia4 Jan 19421245La Spezia36,9Exercises, escorted by MAS 505 and MAS 510.

Pilli, Bruno19 Jan 19420827La Spezia19 Jan 19421800La Spezia57,3Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Favignana.

Pilli, Bruno3 Feb 19420830La Spezia3 Feb 19421545La Spezia40Exercises.

12Pilli, Bruno10 Feb 19421935La Spezia15 Feb 19420900La Spezia704,1Patrolled in Gulf of Genoa. Hydrophone Watch. Special Mission.
  12 Feb 1942205044° 08'N, 8° 44'EThe submarine sighted an illuminated vessel at a distance of 15,000 metres. No action was taken as this was either a neutral vessel or a hospital ship.

Pilli, Bruno28 Feb 19420900 or 0920La Spezia28 Feb 19421135 or 1205La Spezia29Trials, escorted by the auxiliary Porto Sdobba.

Pilli, Bruno13 Mar 19420940La Spezia13 Mar 19421515La Spezia34,5Exercises, escorted by MAS 509 and escorted back by the torpedo boat Carini.

Pilli, Bruno7 Apr 19420800La Spezia7 Apr 19421845La SpeziaExercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Quarnaro and Frangipane.

Pilli, Bruno24 Apr 19420701La Spezia24 Apr 19421210GenoaPassage La Spezia-Genoa, escorted by MAS 509 and laid up.

1 Jun 1942Genoa1 Jun 1942GenoaDisarmed.

9 Sep 1943Genoa9 Sep 1943ScuttledScuttled at the armistice. Later raised by the Germans and broken up.
  9 Sep 1943
(0) Genoa harbour.
The submarine was scuttled as she could not sail after the Armistice. She was later raised by the Germans and broken up.

68 entries. 68 total patrol entries (12 marked as war patrols) and 3 events.

Events

GH 09.03.2021: This table kept here until we make fix the possible missing events in table above

CommanderDateTimePositionDescription
Guido Gozzi19 Sep 1940203539.06 N, 18.22 E
(e) 38.46 N, 18.27 E
Marcantonio Colonna was attacked in error by the submarine Serpente. Three torpedoes were fired and, luckily, all missed.
Bruno Pilli12 Feb 1942205044.08.50 N, 08.44.45 E
The submarine sighted an illuminated vessel at a distance of 15,000 metres. No action was taken as this was either a neutral vessel or a hospital ship.
9 Sep 1943(o) Genoa harbour.The submarine was scuttled as she could not sail after the Armistice. She was later raised by the Germans and broken up.

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