Italian submarines in World War Two

FR 112 (ex-Saphir)
FR 112

ClassSaphir (37) 
Laid down 25 May 1926 Arsenal de Toulon (Toulon, France) 
Launched20 Dec 1928
Commissioned6 Jan 1943
End service
Loss date
Loss position
History French submarine Saphir. Captured by the Italians while disarmed at Bizerta on 8th December 1942. Taken to Naples but not found worth repairing. Scuttled by the Germans at Naples on 15th September 1943.


CommanderDate fromDate toCommand notes
T.G.N. Luigi Nunziata21 Apr 194321 Apr 1943

Ships hit

No ships hit by this submarine.

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
BizertaBizertaCaptured by the Germans at Bizerta in December 1942. Allocated to Italian Navy. Was to have been transformed into a pontoon to carry stores.

Pedrotti, Francesco31 Dec 19421100Bizerta31 Dec 19421100BizertaTaken over by the Italian crew. The submarine was in operating condition.

Pedrotti, Francesco1 Jan 1943Bizerta1 Jan 1943BizertaTrials.

Pedrotti, Francesco2 Jan 19430700Bizerta2 Jan 19431100BizertaTrials. There was a fire on board and the submarine had to return to base.

Pedrotti, Francesco6 Jan 19431310Bizerta8 Jan 19430030Palermo215Passage Bizerta-Palermo with submarine ex-Phoque and the German transport Ruhr, escorted by torpedo boats Groppo and Animoso.

Pedrotti, Francesco11 Jan 19430830Palermo12 Jan 19431130Naples180Passage Palermo-Naples with ex-Phoque, towed by the tugs Luni and Ursus.

Nunziata, Luigi21 Apr 1943Naples21 Apr 1943NaplesRepairs in Naples. Was supposed to be adapted to be a pontoon, but paid off due to lack of spare parts.

7 entries. 7 total patrol entries (0 marked as war patrols) and 0 events.

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