Italian submarines in World War Two


Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)
Menotti

TypeOcean going 
ClassBandiera (5) 
Laid down 12 May 1928 Odero-Terni-Orlando, Muggiano
Launched29 Dec 1929
Commissioned29 Aug 1930
End service
Stricken1 Feb 1948
Loss date
Loss position
History Stricken on 1st February 1948.
Fate

Commands

CommanderDate fromDate toCommand
T.V. Carlo Fecia di Cossato27 Apr 194027 Aug 1940
T.V. Giovanni Cantù28 Aug 194018 Sep 1940
S.T.V. Giacomo Piccardo19 Sep 194024 Sep 1940
T.V. Carlo Fecia di Cossato25 Sep 194020 Nov 1940
S.T.V. Giacomo Piccardo21 Nov 194029 Dec 1940
T.V. Bruno Ghersina29 Dec 19406 Jan 1941
T.V. Renato Guagni6 Jan 19414 May 1941
C.C. Ugo Gelli4 May 19414 Nov 1942
C.C. Rodolfo Scarelli5 Nov 19423 Feb 1943
C.C. Ugo Gelli4 Feb 19437 Apr 1943
T.V. Alpinolo Cinti7 Apr 194325 May 1943
T.V. Rodolfo Bartole9 Jun 19438 Jul 1943
T.V. Giovanni Manunta8 Jul 19434 Oct 1943
T.V. Enzo Mariano14 Oct 194315 Apr 1944
T.V. Alberto Donato15 Apr 194418 Jun 1944
T.V. Luigi De Ferrante18 Jun 19441 Dec 1944
T.V. Aldo Andolfi1 Dec 194415 Aug 1945
T.V. Enzo Mariano16 Aug 194531 Oct 1945

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Fecia di Cossato, Carlo3 Jun 19401210Trapani3 Jun 19401600Trapani32,5Exercises.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo16 Jun 19401300Trapani16 Jun 19401650Trapani23Exercises.

1Fecia di Cossato, Carlo18 Jun 19402006Trapani30 Jun 19402230Trapani1888Patrolled between Gaudo Island and Ras El Tin (Libya), in 33°50'N, 23°50'E, on a patrol line with Manara. Uneventful.

2Fecia di Cossato, Carlo9 Jul 19400030Trapani12 Jul 19401200Trapani459Sailed to operate on a patrol line with Manara, in 38°00'N, 10°20'E. Uneventful.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo18 Jul 19400945Trapani18 Jul 19401315Trapani20Trials.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo26 Jul 19400005Trapani27 Jul 19401800Taranto453Passage Trapani-Taranto.

Cantù, Giovanni28 Aug 1940Taranto18 Sep 1940TarantoRefit at Taranto. Change in command.

Piccardo, Giacomo19 Sep 1940Taranto24 Sep 1940TarantoRefit at Taranto. Change in command.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo25 Sep 19400900Taranto25 Sep 19401630Taranto25Exercises.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo29 Sep 19400930Taranto29 Sep 19401725Taranto27Exercises.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo5 Oct 19400835Taranto5 Oct 19401425Taranto33Trials.

3Fecia di Cossato, Carlo11 Oct 19402122Taranto12 Oct 19401010Taranto77Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

Fecia di Cossato, Carlo14 Oct 19400910Taranto14 Oct 19401445Taranto42Exercises.

4Fecia di Cossato, Carlo15 Oct 19402125Taranto16 Oct 19400930Taranto79Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

5Fecia di Cossato, Carlo20 Oct 19402127Taranto21 Oct 19400945Taranto77Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

6Fecia di Cossato, Carlo21 Oct 19402156Taranto22 Oct 19400920Taranto78Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

7Fecia di Cossato, Carlo24 Oct 19400925Taranto8 Nov 19400925Taranto1690Patrolled with Salpa south of Crete, between 34°00'N and 34°40'N, and between 25°20'E and 26°30'E. Uneventful.

Piccardo, Giacomo21 Nov 1940Taranto30 Dec 1940TarantoRefit at Taranto. Change in command.

Piccardo, Giacomo27 Dec 19400850Taranto27 Dec 19401640Taranto64Trials.

Ghersina, Bruno30 Dec 19400820Taranto30 Dec 19401520Taranto43Trials.

Ghersina, Bruno6 Jan 19411325Taranto6 Jan 19411700Taranto28Trials.

Guagni, Renato7 Jan 19410820Taranto7 Jan 19411450Taranto38Trials, escorted by a minesweeper.

Guagni, Renato8 Jan 19410955Taranto8 Jan 19411637Taranto43Exercises.

8Guagni, Renato10 Jan 19410735Taranto10 Jan 19411700GallipoliExercises and passage to Gallipoli.

8bGuagni, Renato11 Jan 19411940Gallipoli20 Jan 19411610Taranto550Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto, in 39°30'N, 19°10'E. Uneventful [mileage is from 10th January].

Guagni, Renato18 Feb 19411300Taranto18 Feb 19411700Taranto36Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.30.

9Guagni, Renato22 Feb 19410735Taranto7 Mar 19411610Taranto905Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto within 10 miles from 38°40'N, 19°40'E. Uneventful, heard only H.E. and distant explosions.

Guagni, Renato24 Mar 19411315Taranto24 Mar 19411730Taranto21,5Trials.

Guagni, Renato27 Mar 19410925Taranto27 Mar 19411047Taranto1Trials.

10Guagni, Renato4 Apr 19412100Taranto5 Apr 19411015Taranto80Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

11Guagni, Renato9 Apr 19411224Taranto21 Apr 19411330Taranto791Patrolled south of Otranto Straits within 10 miles from 39°20'N, 19°30'E on a NW-SE axis. Uneventful. Guagni was criticized by Admiral Falangola for staying too long underwater, as the submarine was supposed to be surfaced for the first 15 minutes of each hour, to receive instructions by short waves.

Gelli, Ugo6 May 19410910Taranto6 May 19411645Taranto59Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo12 May 19410830Taranto12 May 19411425Taranto48Exercises.

12Gelli, Ugo18 May 19412200Taranto28 May 19411300Taranto941,7Patrolled south of Zante, within 20 miles from 37°20'N, 20°40'E on a EW axis (or between 36°04'N, and 37°40'N and 20°00'E and 21°20'E?), following a report of 12 May of an enemy submarine operating in this area. The report appears to have been bogus.
  20 May 19412320An unknown vessel was sighted at a distance of 3-4,000 metres, making 15 knots. The submarine tried, in vain, to close the range but had to abandon the chase.

Gelli, Ugo18 Oct 19410924Taranto18 Oct 19411800Taranto28,5Exercises with the submarine Uarsciek, escorted by MAS 3D.

Gelli, Ugo23 Oct 19410900Taranto23 Oct 19411835Taranto88,5Exercises with MAS 8/D.

Gelli, Ugo4 Nov 19411300Taranto4 Nov 19411815Taranto46Trials, escorted by MAS 3/D.

Gelli, Ugo8 Nov 19410815Taranto8 Nov 19411545Taranto96Trials.

Gelli, Ugo10 Nov 19410840Taranto10 Nov 19411635Taranto74,5Trials.

Gelli, Ugo17 Nov 19410837Taranto17 Nov 19411645Taranto81Trials.

Gelli, Ugo24 Nov 1941084Taranto24 Nov 19411720Taranto88,5Trials.

Gelli, Ugo28 Nov 19411245Taranto28 Nov 19411815Taranto35Exercises.

13Gelli, Ugo1 Dec 19411155Taranto4 Dec 19411700BardiaSupply mission to Bardia (surface passage) with 14 tons of foodstuff. Uneventful.

13bGelli, Ugo4 Dec 19412010Bardia8 Dec 19411210Taranto1508Return trip from supply mission with fourteen British PoWs. Uneventful [mileage is for round trip].

14Gelli, Ugo14 Dec 19411415Taranto16 Dec 19411440BenghaziSupply mission to Benghazi (45 tons of lubricating oil, 8.6 tons of provisions and 6.4 tons of various stores). Uneventful. Probably sighted by HMS P 34 at 0700 hours on 15th December.

14bGelli, Ugo16 Dec 19411825Benghazi20 Dec 19411410Taranto1309Return trip from supply mission to Benghaz with fourteen PoWs [mileage is for round trip].
  20 Dec 1941012038° 38'N, 17° 44'EAn unknown submarine, similar to the Italian 600 ton type, was observed. Ciro Menotti made a signal reporting its presence.

Gelli, Ugo10 Jan 19420845Taranto10 Jan 19421810Taranto42,5Exercises.

15Gelli, Ugo13 Jan 19421340Taranto18 Jan 19421350TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli (37 tons of assorted supplies). Uneventful.

15bGelli, Ugo19 Jan 19421500Tripoli21 Jan 19421030Augusta1282Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli [mileage is for round trip].
  20 Jan 1942161535° 05'N, 17° 05'EThe submarine sighted a derelict mine but took no action.
  21 Jan 1942024336° 30'N, 16° 30'EAn unknown submarine, steering 120°, was observed. This was Malachite who had sailed from Augusta the previous evening for a patrol off Cyrenaica.

Gelli, Ugo25 Jan 19420920Augusta25 Jan 19421150Augusta13Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo3 Feb 19420845Augusta3 Feb 19421305Augusta26Exercises.

16Gelli, Ugo8 Feb 19421810Augusta26 Feb 19420815Augusta2550,5Patrolled north of Cyrenaica within 8 miles from 34°10'N, 21°20'E on a patrol line with Platino to attack Malta traffic. On the evening of 15th February, she was instructed to shift patrol 098° - 148 miles.
  16 Feb 1942063034° 00'N, 23° 44'EAn unknown submarine was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. This was possibly Platino who was operating in the vicinity. Ciro Menotti turned away.
  22 Feb 1942064533° 52'N, 24° 25'EA derelict mine was sunk by machine gun and musket fire.
  23 Feb 1942203033° 52'N, 24° 03'EA derelict mine was seen but no action was taken.

Gelli, Ugo5 Mar 19421500Augusta7 Mar 19421030Pola760Passage Augusta-Pola.

Gelli, Ugo10 Mar 19421350Pola10 Mar 19421950Pola37Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo12 Mar 19420845Pola12 Mar 19421445Pola31Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo14 Mar 19421240Pola14 Mar 19421900Pola30Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo17 Mar 19420813Pola17 Mar 19421420Pola32,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo1 Apr 19421250Pola1 Apr 19421913Pola45,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo3 Apr 19420815Pola3 Apr 19421353Pola26,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo17 Apr 19421245Pola17 Apr 19421850Pola32Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo18 Apr 19420820Pola18 Apr 19421439Pola35Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo23 Apr 19421250Pola23 Apr 19422010Pola48Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo25 Apr 19420810Pola25 Apr 19421307Pola31Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo27 Apr 19420825Pola27 Apr 19421453Pola34Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo28 Apr 19421335Pola29 Apr 19420005Pola102Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo5 May 19421315Pola5 May 19421938Pola31,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo6 May 19421420Pola7 May 19420155Pola112Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo7 May 19421412Pola7 May 19421924Pola36,5Exercises.

17Gelli, Ugo14 May 19421600Pola15 May 19421620Pola209Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

Gelli, Ugo18 May 19420625Pola18 May 19421130Fiume65Exercises with the submarine Serpente, escorted by the Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo18 May 19421330Fiume19 May 19420220Fiume92,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo20 May 19421340Fiume21 May 19420221Fiume77Exercises with the submarine Manara, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo22 May 19421410Fiume22 May 19422145Fiume34Exercises with the submarine Manara, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo25 May 19421413Fiume26 May 19420115Fiume43,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Gelli, Ugo27 May 19420900Fiume28 May 19420157Fiume76,5Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo29 May 19421338Fiume30 May 19420046Fiume68Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo1 Jun 19421420Fiume2 Jun 19420112Fiume69,2Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo3 Jun 19421408Fiume4 Jun 19420200Fiume97Exercises with the submarines Manara and Ascianghi, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo5 Jun 19421405Fiume6 Jun 19420323Fiume73,2Exercises with the submarine Manara, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Gelli, Ugo8 Jun 19421445Fiume9 Jun 19420100Fiume70Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo11 Jun 19421005Fiume12 Jun 19420220Fiume92,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo13 Jun 19420830Fiume13 Jun 19422200Fiume80Exercises with the submarine Manara, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Trau.

Gelli, Ugo16 Jun 19421430Fiume16 Jun 19422310Fiume49Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo18 Jun 19421215Fiume18 Jun 19421850Fiume39Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo22 Jun 19421413Fiume22 Jun 19422100Fiume50,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo23 Jun 19421425Fiume23 Jun 19422000Fiume39Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo24 Jun 19421415Fiume24 Jun 19421940Fiume33Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo26 Jun 19421430Fiume27 Jun 19420045Fiume83Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo29 Jun 19421430Fiume30 Jun 19420115Fiume85Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo1 Jul 19421555Fiume2 Jul 19420156Fiume65Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo3 Jul 19421525Fiume3 Jul 19422110Fiume28Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo6 Jul 19421415Fiume7 Jul 19420219Fiume74Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo8 Jul 19421425Fiume9 Jul 19420209Fiume66Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo10 Jul 19420953Fiume10 Jul 19421814Fiume30Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo14 Jul 19421417Fiume15 Jul 19420124Fiume78Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo15 Jul 19420910Fiume15 Jul 19421430Pola68Passage Fiume-Pola.

Gelli, Ugo16 Jul 19421325Pola16 Jul 19421903Pola20,5Exercises.

18Gelli, Ugo17 Jul 19421800Pola18 Jul 19421030Pola115Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

Gelli, Ugo20 Jul 19420813Pola20 Jul 19421410Pola20Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo21 Jul 19421310Pola21 Jul 19421900Pola19,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo23 Jul 19420804Pola23 Jul 19422315Pola52,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo29 Jul 19421407Pola29 Jul 19421915Pola20,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo30 Jul 19420838Pola30 Jul 19422315Pola48Exercises.

19Gelli, Ugo4 Aug 19421930Pola5 Aug 19421000Pola112Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

Gelli, Ugo6 Aug 19420830Pola6 Aug 19421208Pola25,5Exercises.

20Gelli, Ugo8 Aug 19421935Pola9 Aug 19420810Pola84Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

Gelli, Ugo10 Aug 19420930Pola10 Aug 19421710Pola44,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo12 Aug 19421435Pola12 Aug 19421840Pola28Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo13 Aug 19421420Pola13 Aug 19421945Pola24Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo14 Aug 19420815Pola14 Aug 19421130Pola25,5Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo17 Aug 19421405Pola17 Aug 19421935Pola24Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo18 Aug 19420830Pola18 Aug 19421050Pola21Exercises.

21Gelli, Ugo18 Aug 19421812Pola19 Aug 19421746Pola87Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

22Gelli, Ugo20 Aug 19421415Pola21 Aug 19420845Venice95,5Hydrophone watch in northern Adriatic. Uneventful. Also reported as Special Mission.

22bGelli, Ugo23 Aug 19420105Venice23 Aug 19420900Pola91Passage Venice-Pola also reported as Special Mission. Uneventful. Then long refit?

Gelli, Ugo4 Nov 19420710Pola4 Nov 19421750Pola69,5Trials.

Scarelli, Rodolfo7 Nov 19420700Pola7 Nov 19421137Pola16Trials.

Scarelli, Rodolfo8 Nov 19421000Pola10 Nov 19421340Taranto501,5Passage Pola-Taranto. Uneventful.

Scarelli, Rodolfo18 Nov 19420745Taranto18 Nov 19421002Taranto10,8Trials.

23Scarelli, Rodolfo18 Nov 19422350Taranto19 Nov 19420130TarantoSailed for supply mission, but recalled to await new orders.

23bScarelli, Rodolfo19 Nov 19420715Taranto22 Nov 19420950Buerat El Sun Supply mission to Buerat El Sun with 28.8 tons of ammunition for German Army and 21.1 tons of petrol.
  20 Nov 19422020The submarine was ordered to search for the crew of a German aircraft which had ditched. The submarine found nothing and returned on her original course.
  21 Nov 19421105An unknown aircraft was sighted and the submarine dived immediately.
  21 Nov 19421235Six unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.
  21 Nov 19421505Eight unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.

23cScarelli, Rodolfo22 Nov 19421420Burat El Sun 26 Nov 19421510Taranto1940Return trip from supply mission to Burat El Sun [mileage is for round trip].
  24 Nov 19420235
(0) Off Tripoli.
The submarine Toti. was sighted and recognition signals were exchanged.
  24 Nov 19420855
(0) North of Tripoli.
An unknown aircraft was sighted at a distance and the submarine finally dived at 0922 hours.
  26 Nov 19420530
(0) Off Cape Colonne.
The submarine Santarosa and a patrol boat were sighted. Recognition signals were exchanged and the trio proceeded together to Taranto.

Scarelli, Rodolfo10 Dec 19420655Taranto10 Dec 19420830Taranto13Trials.

24Scarelli, Rodolfo12 Dec 19421400Taranto16 Dec 19420545TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli with 35.4 tons of ammunition, 21 tons of petrol, 11 tons of lubricating oil, 0.1 ton of cooking oil and 0.5 ton of various stores. Uneventful.

24bScarelli, Rodolfo16 Dec 19421540Tripoli19 Dec 19421454Taranto1278Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful.

Scarelli, Rodolfo22 Dec 19420708Taranto22 Dec 19421338Taranto16Exercises.

Gelli, Ugo4 Feb 19431625Taranto6 Feb 19430656Augusta355Passage Taranto-Augusta.

25Gelli, Ugo8 Feb 19431600Augusta10 Feb 19431925LampedusaSupply mission to Lampedusa with 45.4 tons of petrol, 10 tons of provisions and 0.6 ton of assorted stores. Uneventful. Sighted only distant aircraft.

25bGelli, Ugo11 Feb 19430510Lampedusa13 Feb 19430845Augusta586Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa. Uneventful[mileage is for round trip].

Gelli, Ugo17 Feb 19431600Augusta18 Feb 19431100TrapaniPassage Augusta-Trapani to pick up supplies for Lampedusa. Uneventful.

26Gelli, Ugo24 Feb 19431100Trapani25 Feb 19431920LampedusaSupply mission to Lampedusa. A shock was felt at 1945 hours on the 24th, but the cause was not identified.

26bGelli, Ugo26 Feb 19430440Lampedusa28 Feb 19430835Augusta680Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa. Uneventful [mileage is from 17th February].

Gelli, Ugo15 Mar 19430800Augusta15 Mar 19431225Augusta25,5Trials.

Gelli, Ugo23 Mar 19431000Augusta23 Mar 19431150Augusta6Trials.

Gelli, Ugo7 Apr 19431430Augusta7 Apr 19431645Augusta7Transfer of command.

Cinti, Alpinolo12 Apr 19430800Augusta12 Apr 19431225Augusta30,5Exercises.

Cinti, Alpinolo14 Apr 19431230Augusta14 Apr 19431400Augusta5Exercises.

27Cinti, Alpinolo20 Apr 19431800Augusta24 Apr 19432115LampedusaSupply mission to Lampedusa (54 tons of ammunition, weapons and foodstuff).
  21 Apr 1943224535° 08'N, 15° 25'EA destroyer on 090° course, 20 knots, was observed at 5,000 metres but the submarine was not in a position to intercept.
  22 Apr 19432038Two aircraft flying low toward the submarine were observed at a distance of 5-6,000 metres and Ciro Menotti dived immediately.

27bCinti, Alpinolo25 Apr 19432030Lampedusa28 Apr 19430455Augusta735,6Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa. Uneventful[mileage is for round trip].

Cinti, Alpinolo3 May 19431800Augusta3 May 19432045Augusta20,5Exercises.

Cinti, Alpinolo4 May 19431830Augusta7 May 19430720Brindisi398,5Passage Augusta-Brindisi. Uneventful. Then long refit.

Bartole, Rodolfo9 Jun 1943Brindisi8 Jul 1943BrindisiAt Brindisi. Change in command.

Manunta, Giovanni13 Jul 19431055Brindisi13 Jul 19431710BrindisiExercises.

Manunta, Giovanni16 Jul 19431435Brindisi16 Jul 19431810BrindisiExercises.

Manunta, Giovanni18 Jul 19431525Brindisi18 Jul 19431820BrindisiExercises.

Manunta, Giovanni22 Jul 19431405Brindisi22 Jul 19431900BrindisiExercises.

Manunta, Giovanni25 Jul 19430900Brindisi25 Jul 19431145BrindisiExercises.

28Manunta, Giovanni27 Jul 19431900Brindisi11 Aug 19430630Brindisi1416,3Special mission: landing of a unit of the San Marco Battalion near Benghazi. Equipped with RARI (radiolocalizzatori) to intercept enemy radar signals (metric). This was operation BERTA. Note: it was considered to have Menotti carry two spare torpedoes in the forward torpedo room.
  3 Aug 19432102-230431° 44'N, 19° 46'E
(0) 202° - Benghazi - 24 miles.
Two officers and sixteen other ranks (San Marco Battalion) were landed to attack the Berka (or Berce) aerodrome (an officer and another rank remained on board to organize the recovery of the saboteurs). All were captured the next day south of Benghazi, before reaching their target. Relying on his RARI detection apparatus, Manunta assumed, wrongly, that the submarine was detected by radars from Benghazi and did not wait for the party to return.
  4 Aug 1943041532° 26'N, 18° 14'EAn enemy warship illuminated the submarine with a projector. The vessel's radar emissions had been detected earlier by the RARI. Ciro Menotti dived immediately and escaped.
  6 Aug 1943213635° 05'N, 18° 48'ETwo aircraft dropped flares on the submarine who dived immediately.
  10 Aug 1943213639° 20'N, 19° 12'EThe RARI reported radar emissions directed at the submarine and she dived immediately.
  11 Aug 19430341-0445A vessel, initially believed to be a submarine but later recognised as an Italian corvette, was seen at a distance of 1,000 metres. Ciro Menotti made recognition signals but was not answered.

29Manunta, Giovanni3 Sep 19431800Brindisi11 Sep 19431740Malta774Sailed for patrol in the Strait of Otranto, then at 1900 hours on the 9th in 39°51'N, 19°04'E met HM submarine HMS Unshaken and proceeded to Malta (with Legionario?) to surrender.
  9 Sep 19430800The submarine Jalea came into view and the two commanders discussed the situation. Finally, Ciro Menotti proceeded to Brindisi while Jalea returned to Taranto.
  9 Sep 19431800
1900 (e)

(e) 39° 51'N, 19° 04'E
HM submarine Unshaken fired a warning shot across the bow of Ciro Menotti. The Italian submarine replied with a burst of machine gun fire before recognising the identity of the British submarine, T.V. Manunta later explaining that he had mistaken Unshaken for a German U-boat. The British submarine took one Italian officer and two ratings aboard while a British officer and three other ranks boarded the Italian submarine. Manunta was told to proceed to Malta [the exchange of gunfire is not mentioned in the Italian patrol report).

Mariano, Enzo16 Oct 19430845Malta21 Oct 19430930Haifa1068Passage Malta-Haifa with Atropo, Zoea and Corridoni.

30Mariano, Enzo28 Oct 19431900Haifa31 Oct 19432230LerosSupply mission to Leros via (1) 32°59'N, 34°34 'E at 2230C hours on the 28th (2) 34°26'N, 27°10'E and Kaso Straits. Speed 8 knots on the surface until 0530 hours on 31st.
  29 Oct 19430910
(0) West of Haifa.
The submarine Zoea was sighted and recognition signals exchanged.

30bMariano, Enzo1 Nov 19430500Leros4 Nov 19432145Haifa1146,5Return trip from supply mission to Leros. The submarine was armed with only two 13.2 mm Breda MGs, her deck gun could not fire (firing pin removed?)[mileage is for round trip].

Mariano, Enzo5 Dec 19431735Haifa10 Dec 19431240Taranto1136Passage Haifa-Taranto at 10 knots, course 277° to 34°15'N, 21°55'E at 1130B hours on 8th. Refit until September 1944.

Donato, Alberto15 Apr 1944Taranto18 Jun 1944TarantoAt Taranto. Change in command.

De Ferrante, Luigi25 Sep 19441155Taranto25 Sep 19441802Taranto21Trials.

De Ferrante, Luigi24 Oct 19440635Taranto24 Oct 19441350Taranto13Trials.

De Ferrante, Luigi31 Oct 19440630Taranto31 Oct 19441350Taranto28Trials.

De Ferrante, Luigi7 Nov 19441145Taranto7 Nov 19441812Taranto26Exercises.

De Ferrante, Luigi15 Nov 19440615Taranto15 Nov 19441500Taranto30Trials.

De Ferrante, Luigi24 Nov 19440615Taranto24 Nov 19441235Taranto16Trials.

Andolfi, Aldo3 Dec 19440630Taranto3 Dec 19441615Taranto58Exercises.

Andolfi, Aldo4 Dec 19441530Taranto8 Dec 19441141Alexandria950Passage Taranto-Alexandria, escorted by the destroyer Granatiere. The submarine broke down and had to be towed by the destroyer.

Andolfi, Aldo10 Dec 19440642Alexandria11 Dec 19441036Haifa300Passage Alexandria-Haifa.

Andolfi, Aldo16 Dec 19441424Haifa20 Dec 19441755Tobruk745Passage Haifa-Tobruk with Zoea, towed by Granatiere. Later joined off Port Said by Yugoslav submarine Nebojsa (which broke down the next day and had to be towed by Zoea then by Granatiere).

Andolfi, Aldo21 Dec 19440932Tobruk25 Dec 19441151MessinaPassage Tobruk-Messina with Zoea escorted by the destroyer Granatiere.

Andolfi, Aldo8 Jan 19450640Messina9 Jan 19451743Taranto243Passage Messina-Taranto towed by the destroyer Granatiere, in company with Zoea who was towed by the tug Nereo.

Andolfi, Aldo27 Apr 19450645Taranto27 Apr 19451350Taranto36Trials.

Andolfi, Aldo7 May 19450645Taranto7 May 19451615Taranto57Trials.

Andolfi, Aldo18 May 19451428Taranto18 May 19452325Taranto48Exercises.

Andolfi, Aldo17 Jun 19450755Taranto17 Jun 19451720Taranto64Trials.

Andolfi, Aldo19 Jun 19451332Taranto19 Jun 19451808Taranto40Exercises.

Andolfi, Aldo26 Jun 19451706Taranto27 Jun 19450956Brindisi153,5Passage Taranto-Brindisi.

Andolfi, Aldo10 Aug 19450710Brindisi10 Aug 19451540Brindisi37,5Transfer of command.

Mariano, Enzo18 Aug 19450712Brindisi18 Aug 19451500Brindisi47,5Exercises.

188 entries. 174 total patrol entries (30 marked as war patrols) and 24 events.

Events

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

CommanderDateTimePositionDescription
Ugo Gelli20 May 19412320An unknown vessel was sighted at a distance of 3-4,000 metres, making 15 knots. The submarine tried, in vain, to close the range but had to abandon the chase.
Ugo Gelli20 Dec 1941012038.38 N, 17.44 E
An unknown submarine, similar to the Italian 600 ton type, was observed. Ciro Menotti made a signal reporting its presence.
Ugo Gelli20 Jan 1942161535.05 N, 17.05 E
The submarine sighted a derelict mine but took no action.
Ugo Gelli21 Jan 1942024336.30 N, 16.30 E
An unknown submarine, steering 120°, was observed. This was Malachite who had sailed from Augusta the previous evening for a patrol off Cyrenaica.
Ugo Gelli16 Feb 1942063034.00 N, 23.44 E
An unknown submarine was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. This was possibly Platino who was operating in the vicinity. Ciro Menotti turned away.
Ugo Gelli22 Feb 1942064533.52 N, 24.25 E
A derelict mine was sunk by machine gun and musket fire.
Ugo Gelli23 Feb 1942203033.52 N, 24.03 E
A derelict mine was seen but no action was taken.
Rodolfo Scarelli20 Nov 19422020The submarine was ordered to search for the crew of a German aircraft which had ditched. The submarine found nothing and returned on her original course.
Rodolfo Scarelli21 Nov 19421105An unknown aircraft was sighted and the submarine dived immediately.
Rodolfo Scarelli21 Nov 19421235Six unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.
Rodolfo Scarelli21 Nov 19421505Eight unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.
Rodolfo Scarelli24 Nov 19420235(o) Off Tripoli.The submarine Toti. was sighted and recognition signals were exchanged.
Rodolfo Scarelli24 Nov 19420855(o) North of Tripoli.An unknown aircraft was sighted at a distance and the submarine finally dived at 0922 hours.
Rodolfo Scarelli26 Nov 19420530(o) Off Cape Colonne.The submarine Santarosa and a patrol boat were sighted. Recognition signals were exchanged and the trio proceeded together to Taranto.
Alpinolo Cinti21 Apr 1943224535.08 N, 15.25 E
A destroyer on 090° course, 20 knots, was observed at 5,000 metres but the submarine was not in a position to intercept.
Alpinolo Cinti22 Apr 19432038Two aircraft flying low toward the submarine were observed at a distance of 5-6,000 metres and Ciro Menotti dived immediately.
Giovanni Manunta3 Aug 19432102-2304(o) 202° - Benghazi - 24 miles.Two officers and sixteen other ranks (San Marco Battalion) were landed to attack the Berka (or Berce) aerodrome (an officer and another rank remained on board to organize the recovery of the saboteurs). All were captured the next day south of Benghazi, before reaching their target. Relying on his RARI detection apparatus, Manunta assumed, wrongly, that the submarine was detected by radars from Benghazi and did not wait for the party to return.
Giovanni Manunta4 Aug 1943041532.26 N, 18.14 E
An enemy warship illuminated the submarine with a projector. The vessel's radar emissions had been detected earlier by the RARI. Ciro Menotti dived immediately and escaped.
Giovanni Manunta6 Aug 1943213635.05 N, 18.48 E
Two aircraft dropped flares on the submarine who dived immediately.
Giovanni Manunta10 Aug 1943213639.20 N, 19.12 E
The RARI reported radar emissions directed at the submarine and she dived immediately.
Giovanni Manunta11 Aug 19430341-0445A vessel, initially believed to be a submarine but later recognised as an Italian corvette, was seen at a distance of 1,000 metres. Ciro Menotti made recognition signals but was not answered.
Giovanni Manunta9 Sep 19430800The submarine Jalea came into view and the two commanders discussed the situation. Finally, Ciro Menotti proceeded to Brindisi while Jalea returned to Taranto.
Giovanni Manunta9 Sep 19431800
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(e) 39.51 N, 19.04.5 E
HM submarine Unshaken fired a warning shot across the bow of Ciro Menotti. The Italian submarine replied with a burst of machine gun fire before recognising the identity of the British submarine, T.V. Manunta later explaining that he had mistaken Unshaken for a German U-boat. The British submarine took one Italian officer and two ratings aboard while a British officer and three other ranks boarded the Italian submarine. Manunta was told to proceed to Malta [the exchange of gunfire is not mentioned in the Italian patrol report).
Enzo Mariano29 Oct 19430910(o) West of Haifa.The submarine Zoea was sighted and recognition signals exchanged.

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