Italian submarines in World War Two


Fisalia (FS)
Fisalia

TypeCoastal / Sea going 
ClassArgonauta (20) 
Laid down 20 Nov 1929 Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico, Monfalcone
Launched2 May 1931
Commissioned5 Jun 1932
End service
Stricken
Loss date28 Sep 1941
Loss position32° 19'N, 34° 17'E
History
Fate Sunk on 28th September 1941 south-west of Haifa in position 32°19'N, 34°17'E by depth charges from the corvette HMS Hyacinth.

Commands

CommanderDate fromDate toCommand
T.V. Girolamo Acunto13 Jan 194028 Sep 1941

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
1Acunto, Girolamo9 Jun 19400312Tobruk15 Jun 19401558Tobruk757Sailed with Argonauta and patrolled 100 miles NW of Alexandria, in 32°25'N, 28°40'E. 32°29'N, 28°32'E to form a patrol line with Argonauta, Nereide and Naiade. Both submarines conducting distance measuring tests. Fisalia had a leaking attack periscope which had to be replaced upon her return to base.
  11 Jun 1940071032° 10'N, 28° 00'E
(0) Approximately.
At 0710 hours, an enemy destroyer was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres. She was probably one of the 2nd Flotilla sweeping the area.
  15 Jun 19401300+
(0) 5 miles from Point C (entrance of Tobruk).
At 1300 hours, a torpedo track was observed and missed Fisalia 150 metres astern. This was probably a porpoise as there were no other submarines on the area.

2Acunto, Girolamo12 Jul 19400600Tobruk13 Jul 19400800Tobruk63Sailed for patrol off Sollum in 32°20'N, 25°20'E. Damaged by A/S craft and had to abort her mission.
  12 Jul 19401427-155032° 09'N, 24° 23'EFrom 1427 hours to 1550 hours, Fisalia was hunted by an A/S craft and heard 40 depth charges. She escaped by going down to 80-90 meters, but was damaged and had to abort her mission.
  13 Jul 19402130+
(0) At Tobruk.
At about 2130 hours, Fisalia was at anchor in Tobruk, when there was another air raid. She was near-missed by three bombs and dived. A fourth bomb exploded near her and when she surfaced at 0300 hours on the 14th, fourteen holes from bomb fragments were found in her hull.

Acunto, Girolamo1 Aug 19401905Tobruk7 Aug 19401330Taranto658,9Passage Tobruk-Taranto for repairs, via coastal route till Ras Aamer then direct to Santa Maria di Leuca. Uneventful.

Acunto, Girolamo11 Aug 19402125Taranto14 Aug 19401015Pola527,1Passage Taranto-Pola.

Acunto, Girolamo16 Aug 19400730Pola16 Aug 19401500Monfalcone70,2Passage Pola-Monfalcone with Galatea.

Acunto, Girolamo4 Oct 19401410Monfalcone4 Oct 19401850Monfalcone9Diving trials with the submarines Galatea and Adua, escorted by the tug Morrhua.

Acunto, Girolamo8 Oct 19401050Monfalcone8 Oct 19401815Pola74,2Passage Monfalcone-Pola.

Acunto, Girolamo11 Oct 19400744Pola11 Oct 19401450Fiume59Passage Pola-Fiume.

Acunto, Girolamo14 Oct 19400735Fiume14 Oct 19401715Pola67Passage Fiume-Pola.

Acunto, Girolamo21 Oct 19400805Pola21 Oct 19401805Pola49,2Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo25 Oct 19400808Pola25 Oct 19401740Pola60,7Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo29 Oct 19400800Pola29 Oct 19401700Pola55,6Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo31 Oct 19400800Pola31 Oct 19401730Pola66,5Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo5 Nov 19400805Pola5 Nov 19401650Pola18Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo7 Nov 1940Pola7 Nov 1940Pola44Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo9 Nov 1940Pola9 Nov 1940Pola18Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo11 Nov 1940Pola11 Nov 1940Pola21Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo23 Nov 1940Pola23 Nov 1940PolaSailed with Adua, escorted by the auxilairy San Giorgio and the tug Tenace, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo26 Nov 19400830Pola26 Nov 1940PolaExercises.

Acunto, Girolamo28 Nov 1940Pola28 Nov 1940PolaSailed with the submarine Adua, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio and the tug Tenace, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo3 Dec 1940Pola3 Dec 1940Pola44Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo7 Dec 1940Pola7 Dec 1940Pola46Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo10 Dec 19400817Pola10 Dec 19401700Pola50Exercises, escorted by the tug Tenace.

Acunto, Girolamo12 Dec 1940Pola12 Dec 1940Pola62Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo14 Dec 1940Pola14 Dec 1940Pola110Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo16 Dec 1940Pola16 Dec 1940Pola60Attack exercises with the torpedo boat Audace, escorted by the auxiliary Cigliola.

Acunto, Girolamo19 Dec 1940Pola19 Dec 1940Pola71Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo21 Dec 19401600Pola22 Dec 19400155PolaExercises, escorted by the auxiliary Laurana.

Acunto, Girolamo24 Dec 19400840Pola24 Dec 19401830PolaExercises with the submarine Adua, escorted by torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo3 Jan 19410816Pola3 Jan 19411650Pola64,9Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo4 Jan 19410800Pola4 Jan 19411814Pola77,5Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo7 Jan 19411050Pola8 Jan 19410200Pola92Gunfire exercises with the submarines Bragadino, Des Geneys and Adua, escorted by the auxiliary Laurana.

Acunto, Girolamo9 Jan 19410800Pola9 Jan 19411750Pola96,2Exercises with the submarine chaser Laurana.

Acunto, Girolamo13 Jan 19410800Pola13 Jan 19411730Leme Channel61,1Passage Pola-Leme Channel with the submarines Fieramosca, Adua and Pisani, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and auxiliaries San Giorgio and Volta]. Exercised on the way.

Acunto, Girolamo14 Jan 19410800Leme Channel (Rovigno)15 Jan 19411200Pola124,1Exercises with the torpedo boat Audace and the submarines Pisani, Fieramosca and Adua.

Acunto, Girolamo20 Jan 19410805Pola21 Jan 19410140Pola98,6Exercises with the submarine Des Geneys escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Acunto, Girolamo28 Jan 19410900Pola28 Jan 19411805Pola66,4Sailed with the submarines Bragadino and Adua, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Jadera, for torpedo firing exercises with the sloop Diana.

Acunto, Girolamo29 Jan 19410820Pola29 Jan 19411725Pola65,4Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Acunto, Girolamo31 Jan 19410815Pola31 Jan 19411725Pola73,1Attack exercises on the torpedo boat Audace, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and San Giorgio.

Acunto, Girolamo1 Feb 19410847Pola1 Feb 19411700Pola8,2Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo3 Feb 19410845Pola3 Feb 19411926Pola60,6Sailed with the submarine Pisani, escorted by San Giorgio, for exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo5 Feb 19410831Pola5 Feb 19411650Pola74,2Exercises with the submarine Adua, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Acunto, Girolamo7 Feb 19410824Pola7 Feb 19411850Pola79,7Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo16 Feb 19410930Pola16 Feb 19411720Pola78,3Sailed with the submarines Adua and Bragadino, escorted by the auxiliaries Laurana and Jadera, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo19 Feb 19410820Pola19 Feb 19411245Pola48,8Exercises with the submarine Adua, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Jadera and the torpedo boat Audace.
  19 Feb 1941
(0) Off Pola.
While exercising with the submarine Adua and the torpedo-boat Audace, Fisalia detected a suspected submarine. This was confirmed by Adua. Audace remained behind to hunt for the submarine.

No allied submarine operated in the area.

Acunto, Girolamo21 Feb 19410912Pola21 Feb 19411720Pola70,2Exercises with the submarine Adua, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Acunto, Girolamo22 Feb 19410850Pola22 Feb 19411750Pola66,5Sailed with the submarine Adua escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Jadera for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo24 Feb 19410822Pola24 Feb 19411830Pola71,5Sailed with the submarines Adua and Pisani escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Jadera for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo25 Feb 19411110Pola25 Feb 19411700Pola53,2Attack exercises with the submarine Adua on the light cruiser Bari, escorted by the auxiliary Laurana.

Acunto, Girolamo27 Feb 19410835Pola27 Feb 19411734Pola73,3Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo1 Mar 19410835Pola1 Mar 19411710Pola61Exercises with the submarines Toti, Bragadino and Adua, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliary Jadera.

Acunto, Girolamo2 Mar 19411805Pola3 Mar 19410145Pola61Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo7 Mar 19410820Pola7 Mar 19411825Pola63,2Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace.

Acunto, Girolamo10 Mar 19410442Pola11 Mar 19411445Brindisi350Passage Pola-Brindisi.
  10 Mar 19412305-0223
(0) Off Pelagosa.
At 2305 hours, a vessel was sighted at 2,000 metres and failed to properly answer the recognition signals. She was ordered to stop and bring her papers.

This was the Città Di Bergamo (2,154 GRT, built 1914) on passage from Trieste to Barletta and Bari.

3Acunto, Girolamo15 Mar 19411500Brindisi26 Mar 19411410Brindisi783,1Patrolled within 10 miles from 39°10'N, 19°20'E, off Island of Paxo (south of Strait of Otranto). Uneventful. Heard only H.E. and distant explosions.

Acunto, Girolamo5 Apr 19411030Brindisi5 Apr 19411430Brindisi22Exercises.

4Acunto, Girolamo16 Apr 19411300Brindisi4 May 19411430Leros1472,8Patrolled off Cyrenaica within 20 miles from 33°40'N, 25°20'E on a 35°-215 axis. Uneventful. Heard only H.E.

5Acunto, Girolamo14 May 19412140Leros31 May 19411220Taranto1621,4Patrolled west of Cerigotto Channel and off Cape Spada (Crete) in 35°36'N, 23°03'E. Then refit up to 13th August 1941.
  22 May 19411520-1540
(0) West of Cerigotto Channel.
From 1520 to 1540 hours, hydrophone effects were heard followed by depth charges. Fisalia's periscope was slightly damaged, but Admiral Falangola believed that the submarine had not been hunted but had heard depth-charges at a distance.

Acunto, Girolamo13 Aug 19410900Taranto13 Aug 19411900Taranto59Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo19 Aug 19410815Taranto19 Aug 19411745Taranto43Exercises.

Acunto, Girolamo21 Aug 19411200Taranto21 Aug 19411750Taranto30Trials, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

Acunto, Girolamo28 Aug 19410740Taranto28 Aug 19411145Taranto20Exercises.

6Acunto, Girolamo2 Sep 19411230Taranto5 Sep 19411510Taranto458Sailed for patrol off Alexandria and Port Said, but returned because of defective hydrophones.

7Acunto, Girolamo10 Sep 19410945Taranto14 Sep 19410835Leros674Passage Taranto-Leros via Cerigotto Channel via (1) Point 328° - Agria Light (Crete)- 10', (2) Point 29° from Cape Maleka (Crete) (3) 158° - Makra - 11'. Uneventful.

8Acunto, Girolamo23 Sep 19410745Leros28 Sep 19412200Sunk (with all hands)Sailed for patrol off the Palestinian coast (until 5th October 1941), between 32°00'N and 33°00'N, and between 34°00'E and the Palestinian coast. Sunk off Jaffa by HM corvette HMS Hyacinth in 32°19'N, 34°17'E. No survivors, five officers and forty-one ratings missing.
  28 Sep 1941
2200 (e)
At 2200 hours, the corvette HMS Hyacinth attacked an ASDIC contact with depth charges. At the time, the assessment was made as "Slightly damaged". Later, this was revised as "sunk" when it was learnt that Fisalia had been lost in the area.

There were no survivors, C.C. Girolamo Acunto, four officers and forty-one ratings perished.

67 entries. 65 total patrol entries (8 marked as war patrols) and 8 events.

Events

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

CommanderDateTimePositionDescription
Girolamo Acunto11 Jun 1940071032.10 N, 28.00 E
(o) Approximately.
At 0710 hours, an enemy destroyer was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres. She was probably one of the 2nd Flotilla sweeping the area.
Girolamo Acunto15 Jun 19401300+(o) 5 miles from Point C (entrance of Tobruk).At 1300 hours, a torpedo track was observed and missed Fisalia 150 metres astern. This was probably a porpoise as there were no other submarines on the area.
Girolamo Acunto5 Jul 19402005-2120(o) Tobruk harbourFrom at 2005 to 2120 hours, Tobruk harbour came under air attack from Swordfish aircraft. Fisalia opened fire with her machine guns and claimed to have hit an aircraft. The submarine escaped damage.
Girolamo Acunto12 Jul 19401427-155032.09 N, 24.23 E
From 1427 hours to 1550 hours, Fisalia was hunted by an A/S craft and heard 40 depth charges. She escaped by going down to 80-90 meters, but was damaged and had to abort her mission.
Girolamo Acunto13 Jul 19402130+(o) At Tobruk.At about 2130 hours, Fisalia was at anchor in Tobruk, when there was another air raid. She was near-missed by three bombs and dived. A fourth bomb exploded near her and when she surfaced at 0300 hours on the 14th, fourteen holes from bomb fragments were found in her hull.
Girolamo Acunto19 Feb 1941(o) Off Pola.While exercising with the submarine Adua and the torpedo-boat Audace, Fisalia detected a suspected submarine. This was confirmed by Adua. Audace remained behind to hunt for the submarine.

No allied submarine operated in the area.
Girolamo Acunto10 Mar 19412305-0223(o) Off Pelagosa.At 2305 hours, a vessel was sighted at 2,000 metres and failed to properly answer the recognition signals. She was ordered to stop and bring her papers.

This was the Città Di Bergamo (2,154 GRT, built 1914) on passage from Trieste to Barletta and Bari.
Girolamo Acunto22 May 19411520-1540(o) West of Cerigotto Channel.From 1520 to 1540 hours, hydrophone effects were heard followed by depth charges. Fisalia's periscope was slightly damaged, but Admiral Falangola believed that the submarine had not been hunted but had heard depth-charges at a distance.
Girolamo Acunto28 Sep 1941
2200 (e)
(e) 32.19 N, 34.17 E
At 2200 hours, the corvette HMS Hyacinth attacked an ASDIC contact with depth charges. At the time, the assessment was made as "Slightly damaged". Later, this was revised as "sunk" when it was learnt that Fisalia had been lost in the area.

There were no survivors, C.C. Girolamo Acunto, four officers and forty-one ratings perished.

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