Italian submarines in World War Two
|Class||R 1 (33)|
|Laid down||5 Sep 1942||Cantieri Navale Tosi di Taranto, Taranto|
|Launched||28 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||19 Jun 1943|
|Loss date||15 Jul 1943|
|Loss position||39° 19'N, 17° 30'E|
|Fate||Torpedoed and sunk on 15th July 1943 in the Gulf of Taranto in position 39°19'N, 17°30'E by the submarine HMS United.|
|Commander||Date from||Date to||Command notes|
|T.V. Salvatore Vassallo||19 Jun 1943||15 Jul 1943|
Ships hitNo ships hit by this submarine.
Patrols and events
|Commander||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|16 Apr 1943||1210||Taranto||16 Apr 1943||1808||Taranto||Trials.|
|20 Apr 1943||0814||Taranto||20 Apr 1943||1555||Taranto||Trials.|
|21 Apr 1943||0825||Taranto||21 Apr 1943||1413||Taranto||Trials.|
|23 Apr 1943||0814||Taranto||23 Apr 1943||1457||Taranto||Trials.|
|3 May 1943||1155||Taranto||3 May 1943||1218||Taranto||Trials.|
|5 May 1943||0918||Taranto||5 May 1943||1720||Taranto||Trials.|
|3 Jun 1943||0830||Taranto||3 Jun 1943||1821||Taranto||Trials.|
|4 Jun 1943||0742||Taranto||4 Jun 1943||1256||Taranto||Trials.|
|7 Jun 1943||1345||Taranto||7 Jun 1943||1825||Taranto||Trials.|
|9 Jun 1943||0710||Taranto||9 Jun 1943||1447||Taranto||Trials.|
|12 Jun 1943||0820||Taranto||12 Jun 1943||1207||Taranto||Trials.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||21 Jun 1943||0800||Taranto||21 Jun 1943||1820||Taranto||60||Exercises.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||27 Jun 1943||1215||Taranto||27 Jun 1943||2129||Taranto||50||Exercises with the torpedo boat Fabrizi and the auxiliary Claretta.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||29 Jun 1943||1040||Taranto||29 Jun 1943||2100||Taranto||70||Exercises.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||1 Jul 1943||1152||Taranto||1 Jul 1943||2040||Taranto||Exercises.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||2 Jul 1943||0645||Taranto||2 Jul 1943||1155||Taranto||Exercises with the submarine Romolo and the torpedo boats Pegaso and Partenope.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||11 Jul 1943||0433||Taranto||11 Jul 1943||1945||Taranto||Exercises.|
|Vassallo, Salvatore||13 Jul 1943||0610||Taranto||14 Jul 1943||0640||Taranto||400||Exercises [mileage estimated since 1st July].|
|1||Vassallo, Salvatore||15 Jul 1943||1221||Taranto||15 Jul 1943||1830||Sunk||On passage Taranto-Naples. Attacked by HMS United with four torpedoes and sunk. She was to have been loaded with ammunition on 5th July to sail on 10th July for Augusta, but the invasion of Sicily brought a change in plan.|
|15 Jul 1943||1830|
(e) 38° 19'N, 17° 30'E
|At about 1830 hours, Remo was proceeding on the surface when she was struck by a torpedo and sunk.|
The culprit was the submarine HMS United (Lieutenant John Charles Young Roxburgh, DSC, RN). She was part of a barrage line (with HMS Unbroken, HMS Unshaken, HMS Uproar and ORP Dzik) at the entrance of the Gulf of Taranto, deployed at the beginning of Operation HUSKY (the invasion of Sicily).
At 1809B hours, the British submarine had sighted an object at a distance of 4 miles. Five minutes, later it was identified as an Italian submarine steering 140° at 10 knots and it was not zigzagging. United crossed the enemy's bow and made a turn to get the sun behind her.
At 1831B hours, United fired four torpedoes from a range of 500 yards. The first torpedo missed ahead, but the second and third torpedoes hit 31 and 41 seconds after the first torpedo was fired. The U-boat was seen to rise out of the water at an angle of 60° then sank stern first in about 45 seconds.
At 1836B hours, four survivors were seen through the periscope. Thirteen minutes later, the British submarine surfaced to pick them up. They were T.V. Salvatore Vassallo, his navigating officer and two ratings. Five officers and fifty ratings perished.
19 entries. 19 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.