Italian submarines in World War Two
Bronzo on 24 Mar 1943 (USMM)
|Type||Coastal / Sea going|
|Class||Platino 2 (25)|
|Laid down||2 Dec 1940||Cantieri Navale Tosi di Taranto, Taranto|
|Launched||28 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||2 Jan 1942|
|Loss date||12 Jul 1943|
|Loss position||37° 06'N, 15° 24'E|
Commissioned by the Royal Navy as HMS P 714.
Transferred to France on 29th January 1944 being renamed Narval. Scrapped in France in 1948.
|Commander||Date from||Date to||Command notes|
|C.C. Giuseppe Vocaturo||2 Jan 1942||24 Apr 1942|
|T.V. Cesare Buldrini||24 Apr 1942||Jul 1943|
|T.V. Antonio Gherardi||8 Jul 1943||12 Jul 1943|
Patrols and events
|Commander||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|27 Oct 1941||1150||Taranto||27 Oct 1941||1515||Taranto||Trials, escorted by MAS 7/D.|
|4 Nov 1941||0805||Taranto||4 Nov 1941||1155||Taranto||Trials, escorted by MAS 3/D.|
|13 Dec 1941||0910||Taranto||13 Dec 1941||1445||Taranto||Trials with Brin, escorted by auxiliary Dalmazia.|
|15 Dec 1941||0825||Taranto||15 Dec 1941||1325||Taranto||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||18 Jan 1942||0815||Taranto||18 Jan 1942||1140||Taranto||6||Tests.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||5 Feb 1942||0810||Taranto||5 Feb 1942||1452||Taranto||15,7||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||12 Feb 1942||1000||Taranto||12 Feb 1942||1910||Taranto||13,1||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||20 Feb 1942||1210||Taranto||20 Feb 1942||1839||Taranto||6,8||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||21 Feb 1942||1404||Taranto||21 Feb 1942||1843||Taranto||4,6||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||24 Feb 1942||0833||Taranto||24 Feb 1942||1351||Taranto||0,7||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||25 Feb 1942||0825||Taranto||25 Feb 1942||1705||Taranto||4,7||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||26 Feb 1942||0800||Taranto||26 Feb 1942||1230||Taranto||4,2||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||5 Mar 1942||1520||Taranto||5 Mar 1942||1630||Taranto||0,5||Trials bubbleless torpedoes.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||7 Mar 1942||0840||Taranto||7 Mar 1942||1220||Taranto||1||Trials with trackless torpedoes.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||17 Mar 1942||0715||Taranto||17 Mar 1942||1212||Taranto||7||Trials.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||18 Apr 1942||1355||Taranto||18 Apr 1942||1547||Taranto||5||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.13.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||19 Apr 1942||0737||Taranto||19 Apr 1942||1308||Taranto||30||Exercises with Atropo in 40°28'N, 17°00'30'E.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||22 Apr 1942||1146||Taranto||22 Apr 1942||1934||Taranto||37||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Vocaturo, Giuseppe||23 Apr 1942||0823||Taranto||23 Apr 1942||1934||Taranto||42,5||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||26 Apr 1942||1322||Taranto||26 Apr 1942||1940||Taranto||35||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||27 Apr 1942||0645||Taranto||27 Apr 1942||1305||Taranto||37||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||29 Apr 1942||0634||Taranto||29 Apr 1942||1425||Taranto||33||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||30 Apr 1942||0834||Taranto||30 Apr 1942||1604||Taranto||29||Exercises with submarine Micca, escorted by torpedo boat Audace.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||2 May 1942||0838||Taranto||2 May 1942||1400||Taranto||38||Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Aretusa.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||3 May 1942||0948||Taranto||3 May 1942||1300||Taranto||37||Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Aretusa.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||6 May 1942||0845||Taranto||6 May 1942||1815||Taranto||34||Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.13.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||7 May 1942||2037||Taranto||7 May 1942||2342||Taranto||52||Exercises with torpedo boat Sagittario.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||12 May 1942||1423||Taranto||12 May 1942||1920||Taranto||37||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||13 May 1942||1501||Taranto||13 May 1942||1756||Taranto||21||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||22 May 1942||1031||Taranto||22 May 1942||2301||Taranto||20||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||23 May 1942||1245||Taranto||23 May 1942||1550||Taranto||21||Exercises, escorted back by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||24 May 1942||1229||Taranto||24 May 1942||1426||Taranto||25||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||2 Jun 1942||1200||Taranto||2 Jun 1942||1627||Taranto||17,2||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||3 Jun 1942||1634||Taranto||3 Jun 1942||2004||Taranto||25,5||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||5 Jun 1942||1919||Taranto||9 Jun 1942||1455||Cagliari||649||Passage Taranto-Cagliari. Escorted through the Messina Strait by the torpedo boat Abba. Uneventful.|
|1||Buldrini, Cesare||12 Jun 1942||1400||Cagliari||29 Jun 1942||0944||Cagliari||1516||During operation HARPOON, patrolled between 37°00' N and 37°20' N, and between 04°00' E and 04°20' E with Acciaio, Emo, Giada, Otaria and Uarsciek. She had barely reached the area, when on 14th June, she was ordered to a new area between 36°40' N and 37°00' N, and between 00°00' E and 00°20' E. On 17th June, she was moved to a new area between 37°20' N and 37°40' N, and between 03°00' E and 03°20' E. During the evening of 18th June, she was ordered again to a new area between 37°50' N and 38°10' N, and between 03°00' E and 03°20' E.|
|13 Jun 1942||0730||At 0730 hours, a Sunderland aircraft was sighted and the submarine dived. At 0735 hours, two explosions were heard in the distance.|
|13 Jun 1942||1826||At 1826 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 8,000 metres and the submarine dived.|
|13 Jun 1942||2110||At 2110 hours, a submarine similar to the 600-ton type was sighted, steering 290-295°. It was believed to be probably Giada. Bronzo went down to 20 meters.|
|14 Jun 1942||2205||At 2205 hours, a Sunderland aircraft was sighted and Bronzo dived.|
|15 Jun 1942||0555||At 0555 hours, a steamer with a large tug were observed. Since the submarine was on the French traffic route, T.V. Buldrini decided to avoid contact.|
|15 Jun 1942||1015||At 1015 hours, an aircraft was seen and the submarine dived.|
|15 Jun 1942||2342|
|36° 50'N, 0° 10'E||At 2342 hours, an enemy escort vessel of the KINGFISHER class was sight. It opened fire on the submarine. This was the corvette HMS Coltsfoot in company with HMS Geranium escorting the Fleet tanker Brown Ranger (Operation HARPOON). She reported attacking a submarine.|
Bronzo turned to attempt a stern shot but as the vessel was approaching at 20 knots, T.V. Buldrini elected to go deep. As the submarine was passing 60 meters, four depth-charges exploded very close and four more when the submarine was at 90 meters. At midnight another four depth-charges were heard and by 0050 hours on the 16th, the submarine had now reached a depth of 117 meters. At 0115 hours, the submarine surfaced with the gun crew ready to fight it out but the enemy vessel was gone.
|16 Jun 1942||2233||36° 30'N, 0° 20'E|
(0) Italian Grid 7741.
|At 2233 hours, a battleship of the QUEEN ELIZABETH class and an aircraft carrier believed to be HMS Eagle. No destroyers were sighted. Bronzo attempted to carry out an attack but could not get into a favourable position.|
These were probably the battleship HMS Malaya and the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle.
|17 Jun 1942||0900||At 0900 hours, information was received that a cruiser and four destroyers were sighted at 0632 hours, in Italian Grid 8289 (or 350° - Cape Bon - 50 miles) steering 300°, 14 knots. Bronzo attempted to intercept and at 2046 hours, only heard H.E. but sighted nothing.|
|21 Jun 1942||2330|
|38° 00'N, 3° 10'E||At 2330 hours, a submarine similar to the British TRITON class was sighted steering straight for Bronzo. T.V. Cesare Buldrini had orders not to attack submarines encountered and was not in a favourable position for action. Moreover, Zaffiro was known to be in the adjacent area. Yet Bronzo had been alerted by a signal from MARICOSOM (1215/18) that a British submarine was in the vicinity. The enemy submarine turned away and then three explosions were heard. Buldrini assumed that the enemy submarine had fired three torpedoes at him before turning away although no torpedo tracks were seen.|
This was HMS P 43 (Lieutenant A.C. Halliday, RN) (later to be named HMS Unison) who sighted the Italian submarine at a distance of 1.6 miles and, at 2328 hours, fired four torpedoes at a range of 1,200 yards and they all missed.
|Buldrini, Cesare||3 Jul 1942||0745||Cagliari||3 Jul 1942||1310||Cagliari||25||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||10 Jul 1942||0805||Cagliari||10 Jul 1942||1745||Cagliari||67||Exercises.|
|2||Buldrini, Cesare||16 Jul 1942||0235||Cagliari||20 Jul 1942||1538||Cagliari||598||Patrolled 4 miles east of La Galite. Sighted only French ships.|
|16 Jul 1942||1245||37° 32'N, 10° 07'E||At 1245 hours, a derelict mine was sighted but no action was taken.|
|20 Jul 1942||0640||At 0640 hours, the submarine Dagabur was encountered and recognition signals were exchanged.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||22 Jul 1942||0938||Cagliari||22 Jul 1942||1325||Cagliari||28||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||31 Jul 1942||1610||Cagliari||1 Aug 1942||1125||La Maddalena||196||Passage Cagliari-La Maddalena.|
|3||Buldrini, Cesare||11 Aug 1942||0511||La Maddalena||17 Aug 1942||1215||Cagliari||1025||Patrolled in an area between 37°20' and 38°00' N, and between 10°00' E and 10°40' E, against the PEDESTAL convoy.|
|12 Aug 1942||1905||37° 37'N, 10° 15'E||At 1905 hours, a convoy was sighted at a distance of 10,000 metres, steering 100° at 12 knots. This was the PEDESTAL convoy. The submarine moved eastward to close, sighting several ships burning.|
At 1956 hours, a freighter was observed to be hit aft.
At 1958 hours, a freighter was hit by a torpedo and was listing. Shortly after, another vessel was hit beyond it. Twelve freighters and warships could be counted.
At 2023 hours, another vessel was hit.
|12 Aug 1942||2205||37° 30'N, 10° 10'E||At 2205 hours, two cruisers and a destroyer were sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres, course 090°, 12 knots. Bronzo tried in vain to close to attack.|
|12 Aug 1942||2346||37° 34'N, 10° 34'E||At 2302 hours, a 13,000-ton tanker on fire astern and crawling at 3 knots was sighted.|
At 2346 hours, two torpedoes were fired from bow tubes at a range of 1,200 metres. They missed due to a defect in the gyro angles.
At 2348 hours, a third torpedo was fired from a bow tube. It was claimed to have hit. Due to the confusion of the action, it is difficult to determine the target.
This was probably Empire Hope (12,688 GRT, built 1941) which had been abandoned or Clan Ferguson (7,347 GRT, built 1938). Clan Ferguson is reported to have been hit by Junkers 88 and blew up at about 2015 hours. Survivors reported that she was hit by an Italian torpedo-bomber at 2103 hours. Twelve of her crew were killed, including two gunners, as well as twenty passengers. Fifty-three survivors were picked up by the Italians. Empire Hope had been damaged by bombers at 2030 hours and abandoned in position 37°35' N, 10°25' E. The destroyer HMS Penn picked up her survivors and sank her by torpedo. She had no casualties.
|13 Aug 1942||1106|
|37° 29'N, 10° 25'E|
|At 1106 hours, a lifeboat with survivors from Clan Ferguson was sighted. Buldrini asked them if they had any wounded and required any help. They replied negatively and defiantly claimed that they had reported their position and were waiting to be rescued. Buldrini did not insist and sailed away.|
|13 Aug 1942||1347||37° 29'N, 10° 25'E||At 1347 hours, two three-funnel cruisers were sighted at a distance of 20,000 metres, steering 300° passing between Cani Island and the coast. Bronzo tried to close then, at 1410 hours, sighted what appeared to be a damaged aircraft tender and made an enemy report.|
|13 Aug 1942||1820||37° 29'N, 10° 25'E|
|At 1820 hours, a Savoia 79 torpedo-bomber was sighted at a distance of 6,000 metres and it appeared to attack the submarine. The aircraft closed to 3,000 meters but then apparently recognised the identity of the submarine and broke off the attack.|
|13 Aug 1942||1858||37° 29'N, 10° 25'E|
|At 1858 hours, a Savoia 79 torpedo-bomber was sighted and it appeared to attack the submarine. The aircraft closed to 2,500 meters but then apparently recognised the identity of the submarine and broke off the attack.|
|13 Aug 1942||1934|
|37° 29'N, 10° 25'E|
|At 1934 hours, the submarine Emo was encountered. They closed to voice range and exchanged information.|
|14 Aug 1942||2350||At 2350 hours, a signal from the submarine Otaria was received. It reported an unknown vessel northwest from her. Bronzo altered course to 278.5° to intercept but sighted nothing.|
|4||Buldrini, Cesare||18 Aug 1942||0100||Cagliari||19 Aug 1942||0101||Cagliari||207||Patrolled in an area between 37°20' and 37°50' N, and between 09°20' E and 10°20' E, against the PEDESTAL convoy.|
|18 Aug 1942||0632|
(0) South of Cavoli Island (Sardinia).
|At 0632 hours, the italian steamer Perseo was sighted steering 345°, from Tunisia to Cagliari. Bronzo was at periscope depth and although only 400 meters away, her hydrophones had not detected anything.|
|18 Aug 1942||2029|
(0) 161° - Cape Spartivento (Sardinia) - 20 miles (Bronzo) or 214° - Cavoli Isalnd - 24 miles (P.211)
|At 2029 hours, a loud torpedo explosion was heard some 4,000 metres distant.|
This was HMS P 211 (Commander Ben Bryant, DSC, RN) (later to be named HMS Safari). She had sighted the Italian U-boat and fired six torpedoes at a range of 3,500 yards. Tthe first four equipped with DCR (Duplex Coil Rod) magnetic pistols and the next two with CCR magnetic pistols (compensated coil rod) which would gradually replace the DCR pistols. All missed.
|Buldrini, Cesare||24 Aug 1942||1602||Cagliari||25 Aug 1942||0937||La Maddalena||193||Passage Cagliari-La Maddalena.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||14 Sep 1942||0015||La Maddalena||15 Sep 1942||1454||Augusta||Passage La Maddalena-Augusta with submarines Acciaio and Platino.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||26 Sep 1942||0830||Augusta||26 Sep 1942||1305||Augusta||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||5 Oct 1942||0835||Augusta||5 Oct 1942||1200||Augusta||20,4||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||14 Oct 1942||0700||Augusta||14 Oct 1942||1345||Augusta||79,2||Trials.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||5 Nov 1942||1135||Augusta||6 Nov 1942||0920||Trapani||277||Passage Augusta-Trapani.|
|5||Buldrini, Cesare||7 Nov 1942||0046||Trapani||19 Nov 1942||0957||Cagliari||1648||Sailed for a patrol in an area between 37°18' and 37°41' N, and between 09°54' E and 10°15' E. However, on the night of 8th November, she was ordered to an area off Algiers. She was off Cape Sigli (Bougie) when she was ordered to an area between 38°20' and 38°40' N, and between 06°40' E and 07°00' E. During the evening of 12th November, she was ordered to do a reconnaissance of the Bay of Bougie. She was then posted to an area 60 miles north of Bone and on the 17th within 20 miles of Cape Bougaroni.|
|8 Nov 1942||1803||At 1803 hours, a submarine was sighted and Bronzo turned away.|
|9 Nov 1942||1838|
(0) Gulf of Philippeville.
|At 1838 hours, a red light was seen, from what was believed to be a patrol-boat. Bronzo tried to close the vessel but lost contact.|
|10 Nov 1942||0135|
(0) Gulf of Philippeville.
|At 0135 hours, a submarine believed to be Italian was sighted. Prudently, Bronzo turned away.|
This was actually HMS P 45 (Lieutenant H.B. Turner, RN) (later to be named HMS Unrivalled). She had sighted an Italian submarine steering 240° and had dived to attack, but lost contact.
|13 Nov 1942||0700||36° 46'N, 5° 11'E||At 0700 hours, a destroyer of the WITCH class was sighted at a distance of 4,500-5,000 metres, proceeding at 10 knots. Bronzo could not close the range.|
|13 Nov 1942||1658||36° 46'N, 5° 11'E|
|At 1658 hours, five aircraft were seen at a distance of 12,000 metres and the submarine dived.|
|15 Nov 1942||1900||At 1900 hours, a submarine was sighted making smoke. Bronzo turned away.|
|6||Buldrini, Cesare||2 Dec 1942||1834||Cagliari||11 Dec 1942||1320||Cagliari||961||Sailed for patrol between 37°00' N and 37°20' N, and between 05°20' E and 05°40' E (Grid 6288). During the evening of 10Th November, she made a reconnaissance of Bone and was also ordered to make a reconnaissance of Bougie.|
|4 Dec 1942||1954||37° 37'N, 8° 08'E||At 1954 hours, two steamers escorted by two corvettes or MTBs, were sighted at a distance of 2,500 metres. One of the escorts turned toward Bronzo who was forced to go deep at 2005 hours.|
|10 Dec 1942||1916||37° 14'N, 8° 03'E||At 1912 hours, two ships were sighted at a distance of 2,500-3,000 metres.|
At 1916 hours, they were now seen to be two "SOUTHAMPTON" class cruisers with two destroyers steering northward at 15 knots. Four torpedoes (533mm) were fired at 6-second firing intervals at a range of 1,500 metres. Two torpedoes had an irregular run, one breaking surface. Bronzo dived and reached a depth of 30 metres when a hit was heard after 85 seconds.
This success has not been confirmed.
|11 Dec 1942||0650||At 0650 hours, a German aircraft was sighted and exchanged recognition signals.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||18 Dec 1942||1330||Cagliari||18 Dec 1942||1735||Cagliari||20||Exercises.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||28 Dec 1942||0840||Cagliari||28 Dec 1942||1200||Cagliari||25||Exercises.|
|7||Buldrini, Cesare||6 Jan 1943||2010||Cagliari||13 Jan 1943||1159||Cagliari||?||Patrolled in the western Mediterranean between 37°20'N and the African coast, and between 05°40'E and 06°20'E. Sighted a convoy on 10 January, but could not mount an effective attack.|
|10 Jan 1943||1412||37° 03'N, 5° 06'E||At 1412 hours, a convoy of three 5-6,000-ton steamers escorted by three large minesweepers and two aircraft, was sighted at a range of about 2,500 metres. They had not been detected by the hydrophones. Bronzo closed to a distance of 600 meters for a bow attack but, unable to use the periscope effectively because of the escorts, she failed to get into a good attacking position. The same convoy was sighted a few hours later by Mocenigo, but she was too far away to carry out an attack.|
|8||Buldrini, Cesare||21 Jan 1943||1803||Cagliari||6 Feb 1943||0636||Cagliari||?||Sailed for a patrol between 37°40' N and 38°00' N, and between 06°20' E and 06°40' E. On 23rd January, she was ordered to a new area between 37°20' N and the Algerian coast, and between 04°40' E and 05°00' E. On 3rd February, she was ordered to an area between 37°20' N and the Algerian coast, and between 05°40' E and 06°00' E. Sighted several ships but was unable to carry out an attack.|
|22 Jan 1943||0442||At 0442 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. Bronzo turned away.|
|24 Jan 1943||1240||37° 24'N, 4° 47'E||At 1240 hours, a patrol vessel was sighted at a distance of 7-8,000 metres, steering 100°, 10-12 knots. It had not been detected with hydrophones. Bronzo turned away.|
|26 Jan 1943||1637||36° 58'N, 5° 02'E||At 1637 hours, two corvettes or MTBs were sighted at a distance of 3,000 metres. Bronzo turned away.|
|27 Jan 1943||0305||At 0305 hours, a bomber, which was almost certainly a Douglas DB - 7B Havock or Boston, was sighted. The aircraft circled five times but did not attack and Bronzo did not open fire with her machine-guns as she was close to the coast.|
|29 Jan 1943||1803||37° 00'N, 4° 43'E||At 1803 hours, a convoy of fourteen ships, including at least six destroyers, was sighted at a distance of 13-14,000 metres. Bronzo closed, but apparently the convoy was under air attack and, at 1840 hours, bombs fell near the submarine which went deep and could not regain contact.|
|31 Jan 1943||1201||36° 54'N, 4° 55'E||At 1201 hours, two patrol vessels of about 300-400 tons were sighted at a distance of 8-10,000 metres.|
|31 Jan 1943||1401||36° 54'N, 4° 55'E|
|At 1401 hours, an MTB, which had not been detected by hydrophones, was sighted at a distance of 2-3,000 metres. Bronzo went deep.|
|31 Jan 1943||1615||36° 54'N, 4° 55'E|
|At 1615 hours, Bronzo was proceeding at a depth of 70 metres, when she was depth-charged by an A/S vessel detected with hydrophones at 1555 hours. The submarine went deep, but suffered some minor damage.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||12 Feb 1943||1712||Cagliari||13 Feb 1943||1640||La Maddalena||Passage Cagliari-La Maddalena.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||11 Mar 1943||1003||La Maddalena||12 Mar 1943||0824||Naples||Passage La Maddalena-Naples.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||25 May 1943||Naples||25 May 1943||Naples||Exercises with the torpedo boat Orsa.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||31 May 1943||0302||Pozzuoli||1 Jun 1943||0200||La Maddalena||Passage Pozzuoli-La Maddalena.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||10 Jun 1943||0538||La Maddalena||10 Jun 1943||0812||Bonifacio||Passage La Maddalena-Bonifacio.|
|9||Buldrini, Cesare||18 Jun 1943||0155||Bonifacio||3 Jul 1943||1002||La Maddalena||Patrolled between 37°20'N and Algerian coast, and between 04°30'E and 05°07'E then from 20th June, between 38°20'N and 39°00'N, and between 04°20 and 05°00'E. On 28th June, ordered to patrol south of 37°10'N between 05°00'E and 06°00'E. Uneventful except for H.E. and distant explosions.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||3 Jul 1943||0155||La Maddalena||3 Jul 1943||1142||Porto Palma (Caprera Island)||Changed anchorage.|
|Buldrini, Cesare||3 Jul 1943||2145||Porto Palma (Caprera Island)||5 Jul 1943||1204||Pozzuoli||Passage Porto Palma (Caprera Island)-Pozzuoli.|
|10||Gherardi, Antonio||10 Jul 1943||2230||Pozzuoli||12 Jul 1943||1326||Syracuse (Captured)||She sailed for a patrol off eastern Sicily, east of 15°40' E and off Syracusa and Augusta, to attack the Allied invasion forces. She was reported at Point C at 2350 hours on 10th July, proceeding toward Messina and point M 3 at 12 knots. She carried six torpedoes (four G7e in the bow tubes and two Italian S.I.L. torpedoes in the stern tubes). Captured off Augusta and taken in tow to Syracuse by British minesweepers HMS Boston, HMS Cromarty, HMS Poole and HMS Seaham as she was not aware that the town had fallen. At 0007 hours on the 14th, MARICOSOM, unaware of her capture, ordered her to occupy the southern half of zone 80. Her captain and eight men were killed.|
|11 Jul 1943||1609|
(0) 30 miles south of Cape Vaticano
|At 1609 hours, an enemy submarine was sighted and Bronzo made a signal to report her presence.|
This was HMS Unruly (Lieutennat J.P. Fyfe, RN). She had sighted the Italian submarine at 1550 hours and fired four torpedoes at 1605-1606 hours at a range of 3,000 yards. They all missed.
|12 Jul 1943|
|37° 06'N, 15° 24'E||At 1050Z hours, the minesweeper HMS Seaham sighted a U-boat at a distance of 2,000 yards.|
This was Bronzo approaching Syracuse, unaware that the town had fallen.
The minesweeper went full speed as the submarine crash-dived. HMS Seaham was in company with the minesweepers HMS Boston, HMS Cromarty and HMS Poole.
At 1100 hours, the submarine re-surfaced and HMS Seaham opened fire with her 3" gun at a range of 200 yards and was soon imitated by HMS Poole and HMS Boston from about 900 yards. Seaham swept the submarine's deck with her 2-pdrs as she passed close on her port side and at 1112 hours, the submarine's crew waved the white flag. Nine had been killed including T.V. Antonio Gherardi. Bronzo was boarded and nineteen men were taken prisonners by HMS Seaham. Eleven were picked up by HMS Boston and another six by HMS Poole. Bronzo was taken in tow by HMS Seaham and brought to Syracuse.
During the brief action, HMS Seaham had expended 4 3" (scoring 3 hits), 40 2-pdr, 650 0.5" MG and 12 20mm oerlikon rounds. HMS Boston fired 7 3", 50 2-pdr and 130 20mm oerlikon rounds.
|18 Jul 1943||Date???||Syracuse||19 Jul 1943||Malta||Passage Syracuse-Malta. On 18th August, it was proposed to giver her to the Hellenic Navy and, if they refused, to the Yugoslav Navy.|
|17 Feb 1944||17 Feb 1944||The French destroyer Forbin sailed from Algiers to Malta bringing the new crew for the ex-Bronzo. Renamed Narval II.|
100 entries. 66 total patrol entries (10 marked as war patrols) and 43 events.