Italian submarines in World War Two


Onice (OC)
Onice

TypeCoastal / Sea going 
ClassPerla (22) 
Laid down 27 Aug 1935 Odero-Terni-Orlando, Muggiano
Launched15 Jun 1935
Commissioned1 Sep 1936
End service
Stricken23 Mar 1947
Loss date
Loss position
History Stricken on 23rd March 1947.
Fate

Commands

CommanderDate fromDate toCommand
T.V. Gustavo Lovatelli20 Mar 193910 Aug 1941
T.V. Giovanni Febbraro14 Jun 194014 Aug 1940
T.V. Gustavo Lovatelli14 Aug 194010 Aug 1941
C.C. Loris Albanese10 Aug 194110 Dec 1941
C.C. Raffaello Allegri13 Dec 194129 Jan 1942
C.C. Bruno Zelik29 Jan 194223 May 1942
C.C. Ferdinando Corsi23 May 194229 Jul 1942
S.T.V. Mario Fiorini30 Jul 19429 Aug 1942
C.C. Gino Andreani10 Aug 194225 Sep 1942
C.C. Ferdinando Boggetti26 Sep 1942Nov 1945

Patrols and events

 CommanderDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Lovatelli, Gustavo3 Jun 19401955La Spezia6 Jun 19401538Taranto670Passage La Spezia-Taranto.

Lovatelli, Gustavo8 Jun 19401230Taranto11 Jun 19401250Pola610Passage Taranto-Pola.

Lovatelli, Gustavo13 Jun 19400645Pola13 Jun 19401200Fiume60Passage Pola-Fiume and refit.

Febbraro, Giovanni14 Jun 1940Fiume14 Aug 1940FiumeRefit at Fiume. Change in command.

Lovatelli, Gustavo20 Sep 19400830Fiume20 Sep 19401758Fiume53Trials.

Lovatelli, Gustavo26 Sep 19401050Fiume26 Sep 19401735Fiume10Trials.

Lovatelli, Gustavo4 Oct 19401245Fiume4 Oct 19401830Fiume31Exercises.

Lovatelli, Gustavo7 Oct 19400710Fiume7 Oct 19401315Pola62Passage Fiume-Pola.

Lovatelli, Gustavo8 Oct 19400635Pola8 Oct 19401800Pola60Exercises.

Lovatelli, Gustavo11 Oct 19400600Pola12 Oct 19401730Brindisi365Passage Pola-Brindisi.

Lovatelli, Gustavo16 Oct 19400915Brindisi16 Oct 19401250Brindisi18Exercises.

Lovatelli, Gustavo22 Oct 19400952Brindisi27 Oct 19400730Leros626Passage Brindisi-Leros.

1Lovatelli, Gustavo17 Nov 19401540Leros26 Nov 19401034Leros1036Patrolled west of Alexandria on a line from 32°20'N, 28°20'E to 33°00'N, 27°40'E and then off Kasos Strait.
  20 Nov 19402000
(0) South of Crete?
At 2000 hours, an illuminated convoy was sighted and identified as French.
  23 Nov 19401605-2130
(0) About 90 miles NW of Alexandria.
At 1605 hours, an aircraft carrier, four cruisers and three destroyers were sighted at a distance of 20,000 metres, steering 330°. These were probably HMS Eagle, the battleships HMS Malaya and HMS Ramillies with cruisers and destroyers. They had sailed from Alexandria to cover the convoy M.W.4, destined for Malta (operation MB.9).

Onice remained submerged, going deep to use her hydrophones, occasionally coming to periscope depth with the result that no attack was possible and contact was finally lost at 2130 hours. T.V. Lovatelli was criticised by Admiral Falangola (Head of MARICOSOM) for his cautiousness.

2Lovatelli, Gustavo19 Dec 19402000Leros31 Dec 19400719Leros1312Patrolled in Aegean between 35°20'N and 35°40'N, and between 24°00'E and 26°20'E. Uneventful.

Lovatelli, Gustavo27 Jan 19411340Leros27 Jan 19411430Leros1,3Trials.

Lovatelli, Gustavo7 Feb 19410130Leros7 Feb 19410630Leros0Running her engines at anchorage.

Lovatelli, Gustavo20 Feb 19410855Leros20 Feb 19411030Leros0,8Trials.

Lovatelli, Gustavo24 Feb 19411519Leros24 Feb 19411810Leros14,5Exercises.

Lovatelli, Gustavo25 Feb 19411620Leros25 Feb 19411920Leros9Defensive patrol (not counted as one).

3Lovatelli, Gustavo4 Mar 19411526Leros4 Mar 19411940Maltezana Bay (Stampalia)32,7Passage Leros-Maltezana Bay (Stampalia).

3bLovatelli, Gustavo6 Mar 19411730Maltezana Bay (Stampalia)9 Mar 19410826Portolago (Leros)366,5Patrolled north of Crete in 35°40'N, 25°50'E.
  8 Mar 19410200+35° 36'N, 25° 47'EAt 0200 hours, a shadow was sighted which was believed to be an enemy cruiser. Shortly after, two torpedoes were fired at a range of 2,000 metres. They missed.

This was most probably one of the three cruisers of 7th Squadron (HMS Orion, HMS Ajax and HMAS Perth) on passage from Alexandria to Piraeus where they arrived at noon on the same day. The attack was unobserved.

Lovatelli, Gustavo18 Mar 19411340Portolago (Leros)18 Mar 19411402Portolago (Leros)0Engine tests.

4Lovatelli, Gustavo2 Apr 19412350Portolago (Leros)17 Apr 19410815Portolago (Leros)1470Patrolled on northwest of Alexandria. Within 20 miles from 32°40'N, 28°00'E on a NE-SW axis (north of Mersa Matruh).
  6 Apr 1941010032° 40'N, 28° 00'E
(0) Approximate position.
At 0100 hours, as the submarine was diving, it was realised that torpedo tube no. 6 cap was not properly closed and was leaking. Onice surfaced and rating Michele Piscopo volunteered to dive overboard and after 15 minutes managed to correct the problem and the patrol resumed.
  10 Apr 19412005At 2005 hours, by bright moonlight, a naval formation was sighted. It consisted of two large and two small ships. Onice proceeded at full speed on the surface but appeared to have been spotted by a destroyer. She crash-dived and had reached a depth of 40 metres, when nine depth charges exploded but caused no damage.

This was convoy A.S.F.24: the transport Breconshire escorted by the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Havock proceeding from Piraeus to Alexandria. It was HMS Hotspur who sighted the submarine and briefly hunted it for 20 minutes before rejoining the convoy.
  13 Apr 19411910At 1910 hours, two merchant ships were sighted at 10,000 metres. Onice submerged to intercept but could not close the range to attack.

5Lovatelli, Gustavo16 May 19411340Portolago (Leros)31 May 19411728Portolago (Leros)1332,5Patrolling in Aegean in 35°08'N, 26°47'E. On 27 May, shifted to 240° - 50 miles in 34°40'N, 25°53'E.
  17 May 19412018
(0) Near Scarpanto.
At 2018 hours, information was received of a naval formation sighted at 1455 hours about 60 miles away. As the amplifier of the hydrophones had broken down between 1330 and 1600 hours, nothing was heard. A further signal was received at 2355 hours of a large enemy formation, but this was outside Onice's patrol area.
  19 May 19412247
(0) Near Kaso.
At 2247 hours, Onice received a signal from Galatea, reporting a naval formation proceeding toward Kaso Straits about 18 miles from her. C.C. Lovatelli gave up the chase as he believed that this formation was one hour ahead of him and the prospect of catching up were slim.
  21 May 19410115
0218 (e)
35° 18'N, 25° 03'EAt 1915 hours on 20th May, noises were heard of a vessel proceeding slowly toward the submarine. As Onice was going up to periscope depth, at a depth of 15 metres a pattern of depth charges exploded very close. More followed at variable distances. At 2200 hours, the submarine surfaced and proceeded toward Skarpanto.

At 0112 hours on 21st May, three shadows of destroyers were sighted.

At 0115 hours, three torpedoes were fired from the bow tubes at a distance of 2,000 metres. Two hits were claimed. Actually, all torpedoes had missed.

The targets were the destroyers HMS Jervis (D.14), HMAS Nizam and HMS Ilex (Force E) sent to bombard the Scarpanto aerodrome. HMAS Nizam reported being missed by a torpedo and explosions were heard at 0221, 0224 and 0227 hours which were most likely caused by torpedoes at the end of their run.

The rest of Onice's patrol were punctuated by many H.E. and distant explosions.

Lovatelli, Gustavo23 Jun 19411130Portolago (Leros)24 Jun 19410915CorinthPassage Leros-Corinth.

Lovatelli, Gustavo24 Jun 19411530Corinth25 Jun 19411026PatrasPassage Corinth-Patras.

Lovatelli, Gustavo25 Jun 19411230Patras26 Jun 19411945Messina610Passage Patras-Messina.

Lovatelli, Gustavo27 Jun 19411700Messina29 Jun 19411150La Spezia480Passage Messina-La Spezia.

Albanese, Loris15 Aug 19410720La Spezia15 Aug 19412035La Spezia52Trials.

Albanese, Loris19 Aug 19410725La Spezia19 Aug 19411600La Spezia44Trials.

Albanese, Loris22 Aug 19411335La Spezia22 Aug 19411740La Spezia22Trials.

Albanese, Loris23 Aug 19410535La Spezia23 Aug 19411300La Spezia51,5Trials.

6Albanese, Loris24 Aug 19410320La Spezia27 Aug 19410650La Spezia328Patrolled on line 279° - 8 miles from 44°05'N, 09°26'E. This was following a report of a strong naval force sailing from Gibraltar. Uneventful.

Albanese, Loris5 Sep 19411220La Spezia5 Sep 19411530La Spezia16Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Carini and the auxiliary Torre Annunziata.

Albanese, Loris7 Sep 19411310La Spezia7 Sep 19411630La Spezia13,3Exercises.

Albanese, Loris9 Sep 19411930La Spezia9 Sep 19412315La Spezia19Exercises.

Albanese, Loris11 Sep 19410600La Spezia13 Sep 19411500Messina555,5Passage La Spezia-Messina. Uneventful.

Albanese, Loris15 Sep 19412000Messina18 Sep 19411700Benghazi450Passage Messina-Benghazi to operate there on anti-submarine duty (British Intelligence reported this as Operation B).
  17 Sep 1941165834° 25'N, 18° 14'EAt 1658 hours, a convoy of three steamers, escorted by four destroyers, was sighted at a distance of 16,000 metres, steering 240-250° at 12 knots.

Onice submerged to try an attack, but was depth charged by a destroyer from 1705 to 1734 hours. Twenty-five depth-charge explosions were counted, but they were distant.

7Albanese, Loris18 Sep 19411900Benghazi19 Sep 19410700Benghazi23Antisubmarine patrol in 023° - Benghazi Light - 18 miles. Uneventful. The first of 25 one-night patrols carried out of Benghazi. Thirteen were passive (lying off Benghazi. listening to her hydrophones), four were search patrols carried out with submarine chasers (Zuri, Selve and Zirona), two were search patrols with torpedo boats and six were search patrols carried out independently.

7bAlbanese, Loris19 Sep 19411900Benghazi20 Sep 19410700Benghazi32Antisubmarine patrol in 240° - Benghazi Light - 18 miles with submarine chasers Zirona and Zuri. Uneventful. British Intelligence was aware, through ULTRA, that an unidentified submarine was patrolling 12 miles north of Benghazi.

7cAlbanese, Loris20 Sep 19411845Benghazi21 Sep 19411050Benghazi25,2Antisubmarine patrol in 023° - Benghazi Light - 18 miles.

7dAlbanese, Loris21 Sep 19412020Benghazi22 Sep 19410645Benghazi30Antisubmarine patrol in 016° - Benghazi Light - 23 miles with submarine chasers Selve and Zuri.

7eAlbanese, Loris22 Sep 19411900Benghazi23 Sep 19410700Benghazi24Antisubmarine patrol in 016° - Benghazi Light - 23 miles from Benghazi Light. Uneventful.

7fAlbanese, Loris23 Sep 19411850Benghazi24 Sep 19410820Benghazi32Antisubmarine patrol in 016° - Benghazi Light - 23 miles with submarine chasers Selve and Zirona. Uneventful.

7gAlbanese, Loris24 Sep 19411845Benghazi25 Sep 19410800Benghazi28Antisubmarine patrol in 311° - Benghazi Light - 14 miles with submarine chasers Zuri and Zirona.
  25 Sep 1941004532° 25'N, 19° 45'EAt 0045 hours, a suspect shadow was sighted on the port bow. As the submarine chasers Zuri and Zirona were known to be astern. Onice submerged to get contact with the hydrophones and be in a better position for an attack. The hydrophones picked up the contact for the next hour or so. At 0204 hours, Onice made a signal to the submarine chasers. At 0240 hours, two torpedo boats were seen proceeding toward the trio. These were the torpedo boats Orione and Centauro escorting the freighters Capo Faro and Iseo. They arrived at Benghazi at 0620 hours.

This was almost certainly HMS Thrasher who attacked the convoy at 0202 hours. Her attack was unobserved.

7hAlbanese, Loris25 Sep 19411851Benghazi26 Sep 19410645Benghazi24,5Antisubmarine patrol in 310° - Benghazi Light - 17.5 miles.
  25 Sep 1941004532° 25'N, 19° 45'EAt 0045 hours, a suspect shadow was sighted on the port bow. As the submarine chasers Zuri and Zirona were known to be astern. Onice submerged to get contact with the hydrophones and be in a better position for an attack. The hydrophones picked up the contact for the next hour or so. At 0204 hours, Onice made a signal to the submarine chasers. At 0240 hours, two torpedo boats were seen proceeding toward the trio. These were the torpedo boats Orione and Centauro escorting the freighters Capo Faro and Iseo. They arrived at Benghazi at 0620 hours.

This was almost certainly HMS Thrasher who attacked the convoy at 0202 hours. Her attack was unobserved.

7iAlbanese, Loris26 Sep 19411900Benghazi27 Sep 19410630Benghazi30Antisubmarine patrol in 028° - Benghazi Light - 18 miles. Uneventful.

7jAlbanese, Loris27 Sep 19411850Benghazi28 Sep 19410615Benghazi30Antisubmarine patrol in 310° - Benghazi Light - 8 miles. Uneventful.

7kAlbanese, Loris28 Sep 19411835Benghazi29 Sep 19410810Benghazi37Antisubmarine patrol in 290° - Benghazi Light - 21 miles with torpedo boats Partenope and Centauro. Uneventful.

7lAlbanese, Loris29 Sep 19411840Benghazi30 Sep 19410736Benghazi35Antisubmarine patrol in 028° - Benghazi Light - 18 miles. Uneventful.

7mAlbanese, Loris30 Sep 19411840Benghazi1 Oct 19410700Benghazi36Antisubmarine patrol in 231° - Benghazi Light - 11 miles. Uneventful.

7nAlbanese, Loris1 Oct 19411830Benghazi2 Oct 19410755Benghazi72Antisubmarine patrol in area within 20 miles of position 311° - Benghazi Light - 25 miles with submarine chasers Zuri and Selve. This was to clear the area of enemy submarines in prevision of the arrival of a convoy escorted by the torpedo boats Pegaso and Calliope. Uneventful.

7oAlbanese, Loris2 Oct 19411824Benghazi3 Oct 19410707Benghazi38,5Antisubmarine patrol in area 345° - Benghazi Light - 8 miles. Uneventful.

7pAlbanese, Loris3 Oct 19411845Benghazi4 Oct 19410757Benghazi65Antisubmarine patrol in area 247° - Benghazi Light - 20 miles. Uneventful.

7qAlbanese, Loris4 Oct 19411835Benghazi5 Oct 19410913Benghazi58,2Antisubmarine patrol in area 247° - Benghazi Light - 20 miles. Uneventful.

7rAlbanese, Loris5 Oct 19411850Benghazi6 Oct 19410725Benghazi30,3Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.

7sAlbanese, Loris6 Oct 19411845Benghazi7 Oct 19410734Benghazi64,5Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.

7tAlbanese, Loris7 Oct 19411900Benghazi8 Oct 19410720Benghazi38,3Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.

7uAlbanese, Loris8 Oct 19411835Benghazi9 Oct 19410950Benghazi64,4Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.

7vAlbanese, Loris9 Oct 19411838Benghazi10 Oct 19410810Benghazi68,3Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.
  10 Oct 19410415
0415 (e)

(0) Off Benghazi.
At 0415 hours, a submarine was sighted surfacing. Onice fired three rounds and a torpedo from a distance of 2,200 metres. All missed.

This was HMS Regent (Lieutenant W.N.R. Knox, RN). The Italian submarine was mistaken for a destroyer and she crash-dived. She had already escaped a dive-bombing attack at 0250 hours.

At 0451 hours, Onice made an enemy report and returned to Benghazi.

7wAlbanese, Loris10 Oct 19411850Benghazi11 Oct 19410830Benghazi20,5Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.
  10 Oct 19410415
0415 (e)

(0) Off Benghazi.
At 0415 hours, a submarine was sighted surfacing. Onice fired three rounds and a torpedo from a distance of 2,200 metres. All missed.

This was HMS Regent (Lieutenant W.N.R. Knox, RN). The Italian submarine was mistaken for a destroyer and she crash-dived. She had already escaped a dive-bombing attack at 0250 hours.

At 0451 hours, Onice made an enemy report and returned to Benghazi.

7xAlbanese, Loris11 Oct 19411845Benghazi12 Oct 19410730Benghazi33,3Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi. Uneventful.

7yAlbanese, Loris12 Oct 19411819Benghazi13 Oct 19410800Benghazi79Antisubmarine patrol off Benghazi with torpedo boats Calliope and Orione. Uneventful.

Albanese, Loris13 Oct 19411800Benghazi16 Oct 19410815Messina444Passage Benghazi-Messina. Uneventful [ULTRA intercept].

Albanese, Loris7 Nov 19410930Messina7 Nov 19411220Messina12,5Trials.

8Albanese, Loris11 Nov 19412030Messina24 Nov 19412050Messina1482Patrolled southeast of Pantelleria between 36°35'N and 36°50'N, and between 12°05'E and 12°25'E. On the evening of 17th November, ordered to 36°15'N, 13°35'E.
  19 Nov 1941035036° 10'N, 13° 30'EAt 0350 hours, a small vessel was sighted. It was perhaps a submarine chaser. Onice turned away.

Allegri, Raffaello20 Dec 19410905Messina20 Dec 19411210MessinaExercises.

Allegri, Raffaello22 Dec 19410810Messina22 Dec 19411225Messina40Exercises.

9Allegri, Raffaello2 Jan 19421402Messina7 Jan 19421000Messina641,5Patrolled on line 80 miles southeast of Malta between 35°10'N and 35°30'N, and between 15°40'E and 16°20'E, on a northeast-southeast axis with Platino, Delfino and Alagi.
  3 Jan 19420935At 0935 hours, an aircraft was sighted on the horizon. Onice dived.
  5 Jan 19421835At 1835 hours, the submarine surfaced in sight of a hospital ship at a distance of 4,000 metres. It had not been detected by the hydrophones.

Allegri, Raffaello9 Jan 19421110Messina9 Jan 19421615Messina35,6Trials.

Allegri, Raffaello17 Jan 19421320Messina17 Jan 19421810Messina33,5Trials.

Allegri, Raffaello20 Jan 19420915Messina20 Jan 19421640Messina61,8Trials escorted by the torpedo boat Castore.

Allegri, Raffaello24 Jan 19420825Messina24 Jan 19421710Messina62,2Exercising with the torpedo boat Abba off Milazzo.

Zelik, Bruno25 Feb 19420950Messina25 Feb 19421755Messina70Exercises, escorted by the motor boat Diversi.

10Zelik, Bruno11 Mar 19420110Messina14 Mar 19420810Messina503,7Patrolled southeast of Malta between 34°20'N and 34°40'N, and between 16°20'E and 17°00'E, on a patrol line with Uaersciek.
  11 Mar 19421445
(0) NE of Malta.
At 1006 hours, Onice (and Uarsciek) had been informed that an enemy force of three cruisers, five destroyers and four auxiliaries had been sighted, at 0745 hours in Italian Grid 6719 (34°20' N, 22°25' E), steering 285°, 22 knots. This was followed by more signals.

At 1445 hours, two aircraft were sighted steering 270°. Onice dived.

11Zelik, Bruno15 Mar 19421903Messina31 Mar 19420755Messina1517,3Patrolled north of Cyrenaica between 34°30'N and 34°40'N, 22°10'E and 23°10'E.
  16 Mar 19420120
0115 (e)
37° 29'N, 16° 32'EAt 0120 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 800-1,000 metres. Shortly after, Onice fired two torpedoes from her bow tubes at a range of 500 metres. She then opened fire as she steered straight for the enemy. After the third round, fired at only 150 metres, the submarine crash-dived as Onice passed over her.

This was HMS P 36 (Lieutenant H.N. Edmonds, DSC) who mistook Onice for an E-boat which fired two bursts above the submarine. HMS Unbeaten was in an adjacent area and heard two loud explosions at 0130 hours but these were probably the torpedoes hitting bottom.
  17 Mar 19421315
(0) West of Crete.
At 1315 hours, Onice was suddenly attacked by a German aircraft, which strafed her. The submarine made the recognition signal and the aircraft flew away. At 1330 hours, two more aircraft were sighted and this time Onice dived immediately.
  21 Mar 1942161434° 18'N, 22° 54'EAt 1614 hours, in poor visibility, a convoy was sighted at a distance of 3,000 metres. Onice submerged, but immediately lost contact.
  23 Mar 1942143334° 14'N, 22° 26'E
(0) Italian Grid 5806/2.
At 1342 hours, noises were detected with hydrophones. At 1415 hours, an enemy squadron could be seen at 7-8,000 metres. It consisted of three destroyers leading three or four cruisers, flanked by more destroyers.

At 1433 hours, two torpedoes were fired from bow tubes with the destroyer screen at a distance of 1,800 metres and the cruisers at 2,500-3,000 metres. The "senzabolla" (bubbleless) system did not work and C.C. Zelik decided to take his submarine to a depth of 40 metres. At 1436 hours, an explosion was heard and a torpedo was assumed to have hit. The explosion was also heard in Platino who was in the area.

This was most probably the 15th Cruiser Squadron retiring to Alexandria after the Second Battle of Sirte. The attack does not seem to have been observed and the torpedoes missed.
  23 Mar 1942150634° 14'N, 22° 02'E
(0) Italian Grid 5806/2.
At 1506 hours, a cruiser and destroyer were sighted on an opposite course at a distance of 5,000 metres. Onice lost contact but sighted them again at 1602 hours, this time at a distance of 8-10,000 meters.

Zelik, Bruno18 Apr 19420902Messina19 Apr 19421546Trapani212,3Passage Messina-Trapani escorted by the torpedo boat Abba.

Zelik, Bruno20 Apr 19420815Trapani20 Apr 19421100Trapani23,5Trials.

12Zelik, Bruno20 Apr 19421558Trapani11 May 19421350Trapani1130,9Sailed with the submarine Corallo, escorted by the torpedo boat Cigno and patrolled in zone K.2 (between 36°53'N and 36°57'N, and between 11°12'E and the Tunisian coast) to attack Malta traffic.
  28 Apr 1942034536° 50'N, 11° 07'EAt 0343 hours, a large submarine was sighted at a distance of 3-4,000 metres.

At 0345 hours, two torpedoes were fired. One of them porpoised and both missed. The rough seas prevented Onice from carrying a gun action and the enemy submarine dived at 0347 hours.

No enemy submarine operated in the area. Either Onice attacked Corallo by mistake or the "submarine" was perhaps a fishing vessel. At the same time,in the adjacent area, Corallo was in the process of sinking of the Tunisian fishing vessel Tunis and she did not dive as reported by C.C. Zelik.
  9 May 19422114
(0) 2 miles north of Cape Bon.
At 2114 hours, Onice was strafed by an aircraft and crash-dived.
  9 May 19422119
(0) 2 miles north of Cape Bon.
At 2119 hours, propellers of a fast destroyer were heard. It was steering south. This was the fast minelayer HMS Welshman proceeding to Malta with supplies. The noises quickly faded away.

Zelik, Bruno22 May 19420801Trapani22 May 19421145Trapani21,8Exercises escorted by the minesweeper R.D.42.

Corsi, Ferdinando31 May 19420728Trapani31 May 19421211Trapani23,8Exercises escorted back by Levanzo.

13Corsi, Ferdinando13 Jun 19420835Trapani17 Jun 19421510Trapani547Sailed in company with Dessiè and Aradam, escorted by the torpedo boat Dezza, for patrol west of Malta between 35°40'N and 36°00'N, and between 13°20'E and 13°40'E.
  15 Jun 19421217At 1217 hours, information was received of an enemy convoy of fourteen ships had been sighted in Grid 8331/2, steering 090°. Shortly after, this was corrected to 120°, 8 knots. Onice surfaced and altered course to 060° to intercept. This was the HARPOON convoy proceeding from Gibraltar to Malta.
  15 Jun 19421307At 1307 hours, an aircraft was seen and Onice dived.

At 1405 hours, information was received that the enemy convoy was still in Grid 8331 but now steering 120°, 8 knots.
  15 Jun 19421630At 1630 hours, an escort vessel was sighted proceeding at 16 knots at a distance of 15,000 metres. It disappeared from view.
  15 Jun 19421707At 1707 hours, a steamer was sighted on the horizon at a distance of 20,000 metres, proceeding at 10 knots.

Onice proceeded to attack and sighted three large steamers, escorted by four destroyers, steering 040° at 10 knots. At 1815 hours, the range had closed only to 9,000-10,000 meters and it became evident that they would pass out of range. At 1856 hours, the submarine surfaced and made an enemy report.

14Corsi, Ferdinando17 Jun 19421830Trapani20 Jun 19422050Messina379,5Patrolled near Malta between 37°20'N and 37°40'N, and between 09°00'E and 09°40'E. Uneventful.

Corsi, Ferdinando20 Jun 19422141Messina21 Jun 19420602Trapani61,5Passage Messina-Trapani.

15Corsi, Ferdinando21 Jun 19420939Trapani25 Jun 19421655Trapani567,1Patrolled off Malta between 35°50'N and 36°10'N, 13°00'E and 13°20'E.
  23 Jun 19422039At 2039 hours, Onice was ordered to intercept an enemy tanker sighted off Ras Mahmur proceeding to Malta. She altered course to intercept and dived to listen with the hydrophones but heard nothing.

16Corsi, Ferdinando6 Jul 19421733Trapani21 Jul 19420105Trapani1164,1Patrolled east of La Galite, betweem 37°20'N and 37°50'N, 09°20'E and 09°40'E. Sighted many French ships.
  10 Jul 19421436At 1436 hours, a derelict mine was sunk by machine gun fire.

Corsi, Ferdinando21 Jul 19422002Trapani23 Jul 19421805La Spezia400Passage Trapani-La Spezia.

Corsi, Ferdinando25 Jul 19420630La Spezia25 Jul 19421305Genoa52Passage La Spezia-Genoa.

Fiorini, Mario30 Jul 1942Genoa9 Aug 1942GenoaAt Genoa. Change in command.

Andreani, Gino10 Aug 1942Genoa25 Sep 1942GenoaAt Genoa. Change in command.

Boggetti, Ferdinando1 Oct 19420900Genoa1 Oct 19421845Genoa60Trials, escorted by MAS 525.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Oct 19420900Genoa5 Oct 19421720Genoa5Trials, escorted by MAS 525.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Oct 19420805Genoa7 Oct 19421408La Spezia51Passage Genoa-La Spezia, escorted by MAS 525.

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 Oct 19420730La Spezia9 Oct 19421610La Spezia37,5Trials with the submarine H.1, escorted by the torpedo boat Sagittario.

Boggetti, Ferdinando11 Oct 19421315La Spezia11 Oct 19421620La Spezia27Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Oct 19420725La Spezia12 Oct 19421420La Spezia36Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Oct 19420830La Spezia13 Oct 19421440La Spezia3Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Oct 19421010La Spezia14 Oct 19421515La Spezia18Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Oct 19420840La Spezia17 Oct 19421240La Spezia20,5Trials with the submarine H.1 and the torpedo boats Ardente and Groppo, MAS 510 and MAS 556.

Boggetti, Ferdinando19 Oct 19421455La Spezia25 Oct 19421225Portolago (Leros)1385Passage La Spezia-Leros. Sighted only Italian vessels and aircraft.

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Nov 19420745Portolago (Leros)14 Nov 19421045Portolago (Leros)24Exercises.

17Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Nov 19420800Portolago (Leros)14 Dec 19421222Portolago (Leros)1690Patrolled in Aegean between 36°00'N and 36°20'N, 28°40'E and 29°00'E. On 30 November, ordered to area between 35°20'N, and 36°00'N, 30°00'E and 30°40'E. Off Chelidonia Light, Santorini. Uneventful.

18Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Jan 19430800Portolago (Leros)1 Feb 19431413Portolago (Leros)1524,5Sailed, escorted by MAS 520 and a CANT Z.506 for patrol near Rhodes to area between 35°20'N and 36°00'N, and between 30°00'E and 30°40'E, in Grids 8618, 8642, 5018 and 5042.
  31 Jan 19430550
(0) South of Prassonissi (Rhodes) [Point D].
At 0550 hours, a surfaced submarine was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres. Onice attempted a stern shot, but the submarine dived before the torpedoes could be fired. This sighting appears to be bogus.

Boggetti, Ferdinando26 Feb 19431620Portolago (Leros)27 Feb 19430220Portolago (Leros)28Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando3 Mar 19431620Portolago (Leros)4 Mar 19430220Portolago (Leros)Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Mar 19430935Portolago (Leros)4 Mar 19431115Portolago (Leros)50Exercises (50 miles est. since 3/3).

Boggetti, Ferdinando30 Mar 19430800Portolago (Leros)30 Mar 19431000Portolago (Leros)11Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando8 Apr 19430805Portolago (Leros)8 Apr 19431150Portolago (Leros)21Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Apr 19430815Portolago (Leros)13 Apr 19431150Portolago (Leros)26Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Apr 19430930Portolago (Leros)18 Apr 19431142Partemi20Passage Leros-Partemi.

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Apr 19430800Partemi23 Apr 19430852Portolago (Leros)17Passage Partemi-Leros.

19Boggetti, Ferdinando6 May 19430910Leros27 May 19430430Leros2173,3Sailed with the submarine Ametista, escorted by a MAS and a CANT Z.501 for patrol off Benghazi between 32°00'N and 32°50'N, and between 18°00'E and 18°40'E. She was instructed not to attack submarines.
  7 May 19431740
1841 (e)
34° 26'N, 23° 10'EAt 1740 hours, three bombers were seen and Onice crash-dived. She had reached a depth of 20 metres, when three bombs exploded, causing no damage.

These were three Baltimore of 454 Squadron (RAAF), returning to base after an uneventful anti-shipping sweep of the Aegean Sea.

At 1841C hours, the leading aircraft (AH158) piloted by Flight Lieutenant M. Moore sighted a fully surfaced U-boat, steering 250° at 7 knots. The submarine began an immediate crash dive. The Baltimore dived to attack and, from 1000 feet, dropped two 250 lb. General Purpose bombs with a three second delay, just as the periscope was seen to submerge. The bombs overshot by about 50 yards. The second aircraft, (AG869) piloted by Sergeant D. Todhunter, while at extreme range, fired a short burst from its forward guns at the submerging U-boat. As the three aircraft were short of fuel, they could not linger on the scene and returned to base.
  9 May 19432235At 2235, hours an illuminated hospital ship was sighted.
  19 May 1943113132° 30'N, 19° 00'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1131 hours, a convoy was sighted at a distance of 10,000 metres. Onice closed to 8,000 metres and could make out nine steamers of medium tonnage, escorted by four corvettes. It passed out of range.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Jun 19430910Portolago (Leros)7 Jun 19431200Portolago (Leros)18Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Jun 19431000Portolago (Leros)17 Jun 19431210Portolago (Leros)18Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Jun 19431000Portolago (Leros)23 Jun 19431155Portolago (Leros)12Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Jul 19430604Portolago (Leros)14 Jul 19430815Portolago (Leros)8Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Jul 19432400Leros20 Jul 19431057Taranto891,5Passage Leros-Taranto, escorted out by MAS 536 via (Point 287 Scarpanto (2) 34°28'N, 26°20'E (3) 34°28'N, 23°20'E (4) 37°00'N, 19°20'E (5) Point A Santa Maria Di Leuca.
  16 Jul 194334° 28'N, 24° 15'EA German aircraft located a submarine and strafed it. Later, it was believed that this was an Italian submarine from the Dodecanese. It may have been Onice, but her report does not list this attack.
  17 Jul 19430645
(0) Ca. 15 miles East of Gavdo Island.
At 0645 hours, two three-engine aircraft was seen and Onice dived.
  18 Jul 19430455
(0) Middle of Ionian Sea.
At 0455 hours, a four-engine aircraft was seen and Onice dived.
  18 Jul 19431805
(0) Ionian Sea.
At 1805 hours, a derelict mine was sunk by machine gun and rifle fire.

Boggetti, Ferdinando29 Jul 19431118Taranto29 Jul 19431637GallipoliPassage Taranto-Gallipoli.

Boggetti, Ferdinando29 Jul 19431922Gallipoli30 Jul 19430056TarantoPassage Gallipoli-Taranto.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Aug 19430445Taranto13 Aug 19430910Taranto20Exercises with torpedo boat Sirtori.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Aug 19430942Taranto15 Aug 19431122Taranto15Trials.

20Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Aug 19431920Taranto21 Aug 19430835Taranto96Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

21Boggetti, Ferdinando3 Sep 19430115Taranto10 Sep 19430935Augusta650Patrolled between 38°30'N and 38°40'N, 16°45'E and 16°55'E then arrived in Augusta to surrender.
  6 Sep 19430020At 0020 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted.
  6 Sep 19430130At 0020 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted and exchanged recognition signals.
  7 Sep 19432230At 2230 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted. Onice made recognition signals,but was not answered.

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Oct 19431810Malta8 Oct 19430220Naples370Passage Malta-Naples with Platino and Vortice, escorted by the minesweeper HMS Stornoway. The submarine was used to supply power to the city of Naples.

Boggetti, Ferdinando2 Dec 19431000Naples2 Dec 19431205Castellamare di StabbiaPassage Naples-Castellamare di Stabbia.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Dec 19431401Castellammare di Stabia6 Dec 19432030Augusta280Passage Castellammare di Stabia-Augusta with the submarines Platino, Squalo and Vortice, escorted by corvettes Ape and Minerva. Later Ape, Platino, Squalo and Vortice continued to Taranto while Onice escorted by Minerva proceeded to Augusta [mileage is from 2/12].

Boggetti, Ferdinando8 Jan 19440910Augusta9 Jan 19442030Taranto250Passage Augusta-Taranto with a British convoy. Then refit until May 1944.

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 May 19440640Taranto24 May 19441200Taranto25Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 May 19440950Taranto27 May 19442035Taranto60Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando1 Jun 19440900Taranto1 Jun 19441440Taranto42Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando3 Jun 19441013Taranto3 Jun 19441627Taranto41Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 Jun 19441648Taranto12 Jun 19441105Augusta259Passage Taranto-Augusta with the submarine Jalea, escorted by Calliope, Fortunale, Monzambano, Danaide and Folga.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Jun 19441756Augusta19 Jun 19442020Gibraltar1084Passage Augusta-Gibraltar with the submarine Jalea.

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 Jun 19440913Gibraltar24 Jun 19441115Gibraltar17Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando30 Jun 19441202Gibraltar6 Jul 19440702Horta (AzoresPassage Gibraltar-Bermuda with the submarine Jalea, escorted by destroyer escort USS Fessenden (DE-142) via: (1) 37°00'N, 15°00'W (2) 38°00'N, 24°00'W thence to Horta for fuel, then (3) 38°30'N, 34°00'W (4) 38°00'N, 45°00'W (5) 36°30'N, 55°00'W, then to Bermuda. On 3rd July, HMS Antelope took over the escort of Jalea who turned back because of defects. Onice lost sight of Fessenden for a couple of days (2nd-4th July) but they then resumed their course together to Horta.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Jul 19440635Horta (Azores16 Jul 19441310Bermuda3140Passage Horta-Bermuda, escorted by destroyer escort USS Fessenden (DE-142). They held exercises together on 7th July.

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Jul 19441100Bermuda28 Jul 19441955Bermuda51Exercises with the patrol vessel USS PCE-846 and possibly with the USS Bogue (CVE-9) group.

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Aug 19440600Bermuda4 Aug 19442055Bermuda85Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Aug 19440700Bermuda5 Aug 19441923Bermuda61Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 Aug 19440605Bermuda10 Aug 19441810Bermuda61Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando11 Aug 19440606Bermuda11 Aug 19441715Bermuda59Exercises with the destroyers USS Ault (DD-698), USS Haynsworth (DD-700) and USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Aug 19440610Bermuda13 Aug 19441930Bermuda75Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Aug 19440602Bermuda15 Aug 19441925Bermuda73Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Aug 19440604Bermuda18 Aug 19441817Bermuda74Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Aug 19440603Bermuda20 Aug 19442010Bermuda82Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Aug 19440625Bermuda21 Aug 19441845Bermuda60Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando22 Aug 19441202St. George's Bay (Bermuda)25 Aug 19441310Great Sound (Bermuda)275Exercises with the escort carrier USS Croatan (CVE-25), destroyer escorts USS Frost (DE-144), USS Huse (DE-145), USS Inch (DE-146), USS Snowden (DE-246) and USS Swasey (DE-248) [CTG 26.1] and also with the minesweeper USS Indicative (AM-250).

Boggetti, Ferdinando26 Aug 19440625Bermuda26 Aug 19441910Bermuda72Exercises with the minesweepers USS Indicative (AM-250) and USS Marvel (AM-262).

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 Aug 19440611Bermuda27 Aug 19441715Bermuda58Exercises with the destroyer USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656) and the destroyer escort USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE-443).

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Sep 19440628Bermuda4 Sep 19441915Bermuda77Exercises with the destroyers USS Waldron (DD-699) and USS Mannert L. Abele (DD-733).

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Sep 19440634Bermuda5 Sep 19441858Bermuda81Exercises with the destroyers USS Waldron (DD-699) and USS Mannert L. Abele (DD-733).

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Sep 19440825Port Royal9 Sep 19441430Port Royal394Exercises on 6-9th September with the destroyer escort Exercises with the destroyers USS Jaccard (DE-355).

Boggetti, Ferdinando11 Sep 19440630Bermuda11 Sep 19441932Bermuda87Exercises with the destroyers USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656), USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) and USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748).

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Sep 19440635Bermuda12 Sep 19441900Bermuda83Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Sep 19440631Bermuda13 Sep 19441315Bermuda66Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Sep 19440640Bermuda15 Sep 19441820Bermuda80Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Sep 19440629Bermuda16 Sep 19441829Bermuda77Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Sep 19440628Bermuda17 Sep 19441910Bermuda83Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Sep 19440615Bermuda18 Sep 19441900Bermuda78Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Sep 19440638Port Royal23 Sep 19441920Port Royal592Exercises on 21/9, 22/9 and 23/9 with the escort carrier USS Card (CVE-11), the destroyer escorts USS Thomas (DE-102), USS Bostwick (DE-103), USS Bronstein (DE-189), USS Baker (DE-190) (from TG 22.2) and the patrol vessel USS PCE-847.

Boggetti, Ferdinando3 Oct 19440644Bermuda3 Oct 19441920Bermuda82Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Oct 19440700Bermuda4 Oct 19441745Bermuda62Exercises with the destroyers USS Hank (DD-702), USS Wallace L. Lind (DD-703), the fast minelayer USS Shannon (DM-25) and the frigate USS Poughkeepsie (PF-26).

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Oct 19440634Bermuda5 Oct 19442025Bermuda86Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Oct 19440640Bermuda6 Oct 19441720Bermuda62Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Oct 19440635Bermuda7 Oct 19441922Bermuda71Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando8 Oct 19440638Bermuda8 Oct 19441900Bermuda72Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 Oct 19440630Bermuda9 Oct 19441816Bermuda65Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Oct 19440630Bermuda12 Oct 19441648Bermuda61Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Oct 19440635Bermuda13 Oct 19441715Bermuda61Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Oct 19440626Bermuda14 Oct 19441335Bermuda64Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Oct 19440648Bermuda15 Oct 19441820Bermuda71Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Oct 19440640Bermuda16 Oct 19441815Bermuda70Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Oct 19440705Bermuda17 Oct 19441910Bermuda76Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Oct 19440655Bermuda18 Oct 19441900Bermuda83Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando19 Oct 19440651Bermuda19 Oct 19441840Bermuda71Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Oct 19440642Bermuda20 Oct 19441900Bermuda76Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Oct 19440701Bermuda21 Oct 19441840Bermuda72Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando22 Oct 19440631Bermuda22 Oct 19441800Bermuda85Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Pratt (DE-363), USS Rombach (DE-364), the minesweeper USS Method (AM-264) and the frigates USS Gulfport (PF-20) and USS Newport (PF-27).

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Oct 19440653Bermuda23 Oct 19441931Bermuda73Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando25 Oct 19440705Bermuda25 Oct 19441910Bermuda71Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando26 Oct 19440650Bermuda26 Oct 19441853Bermuda87Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 Oct 19440700Bermuda27 Oct 19441655Bermuda72Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Oct 19440818Bermuda28 Oct 19441420Bermuda55Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Nov 19441315King's Point (Bermuda)7 Nov 19442008St. George (Bermuda)38Exercises with the escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9), destroyer escorts USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Swenning (DE-394), USS Willis (DE-395), USS Janssen (DE-396), USS Wilhoite (DE-397), USS Cockrill (DE-398) of ComCortDiv 51 and TG 22.3 as well as with the patrol vessel USS PCE-847. Onice had a defective main bearing which forced the cancellation of the exercise. Possibly also escorted by the minesweeper USS YMS-306.

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 Nov 19440625St. George (Bermuda)9 Nov 19441750King's Point (Bermuda)77Exercises. Possibly with the group of the escort carrier USS Croatan (CVE-25).

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 Nov 19440610King's Point (Bermuda)10 Nov 19441815King's Point (Bermuda)78Exercises. Possibly with the group of the escort carrier USS Croatan (CVE-25).

Boggetti, Ferdinando11 Nov 19440600King's Point (Bermuda)11 Nov 19441745King's Point (Bermuda)80Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Nov 19440625King's Point (Bermuda)12 Nov 19441240St. George (Bermuda)53Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Nov 19441610St. George (Bermuda)12 Nov 19441810King's Point (Bermuda)15Passage St. George-King's Point (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Nov 19440620King's Point (Bermuda)14 Nov 19442015St. George (Bermuda)278Exercises with the escort carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9), destroyer escorts USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Swenning (DE-394), USS Willis (DE-395), USS Janssen (DE-396), USS Wilhoite (DE-397), USS Cockrill (DE-398) of TG 22.3 as well as the patrol vessel USS PCE-847.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Nov 19440705St. George (Bermuda)15 Nov 19440932King's Point (Bermuda)15Passage St. George-King's Point (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Nov 19440615King's Point (Bermuda)16 Nov 19441645St. George (Bermuda)75Passage King's Point-St. George (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Nov 19440900St. George (Bermuda)17 Nov 19441115King's Point (Bermuda)15Passage St. George-King's Point (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando19 Nov 19440635King's Point (Bermuda)19 Nov 19441540St. George (Bermuda)55Exercises with the destroyer minelayer USS J. William Ditter (DM-31).

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Nov 19440800St. George (Bermuda)20 Nov 19442145St. George (Bermuda)73Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Swenning (DE-394), USS Wilhoite (DE-397), USS Cockrill (DE-398) from TG 22.3 as well as the patrol vessel USS PCE-847.

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Nov 19440840St. George (Bermuda)21 Nov 19441115King's Point (Bermuda)15Passage St. George-King's Point (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Nov 19440635King's Point (Bermuda)23 Nov 19441630St. George (Bermuda)101Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366), USS French (DE-367), USS Formoe (DE-509) and the frigates USS Grand Rapids (PF-31) and USS Charlotte (PF-60).

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 Nov 19440635St. George (Bermuda)24 Nov 19441630St. George (Bermuda)18Exercises with the destroyers USS Carmick (DD-493), USS Doyle (DD-494) and USS Frankford (DD-497).

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 Nov 19441300St. George (Bermuda)24 Nov 19441500King's Point (Bermuda)15Passage St. George-King's Point (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Nov 19440753St. George (Bermuda)28 Nov 19440900Malabar (Bermuda)4Passage St. George-Malabar (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando2 Dec 19440753Malabar (Bermuda)2 Dec 19440900Port Royal (Bermuda)4Passage Malabar-St. George (Bermuda).

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Dec 19440722Port Royal (Bermuda)11 Dec 19440948Port Royal (Bermuda)536Exercises 6-11th December, with an escort carrier, six destroyers and the minesweeper USS Mirth (AM-255).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Dec 19440708Port Royal (Bermuda)15 Dec 19442320St. George (Bermuda)353Exercises on 13-14th December with the escort carrier USS Card (CVE-11) and the escort destroyers USS Thomas (DE-102), USS Bostwick (DE-103), USS Breeman (DE-104), USS Bronstein (DE-189) and USS Baker (DE-190), USS Coffman (DE-191) and the minesweeper USS Mirth (AM-255).

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Dec 19440840St. George (Bermuda)16 Dec 19441100Port Royal (Bermuda)17Exercises with the destroyers USS Carmick (DD-493), USS Endicott (DD-495) and USS Frankford (DD-497).

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Dec 19440659Port Royal (Bermuda)17 Dec 19441745Port Royal (Bermuda)65Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Dec 19440700Port Royal (Bermuda)18 Dec 19441642St. George (Bermuda)57Exercises. Possibly with the destroyer USS Gainard (DD-706).

Boggetti, Ferdinando25 Dec 19440730St. George (Bermuda)25 Dec 19440945Port Royal (Bermuda)17Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando26 Dec 19440700Port Royal (Bermuda)26 Dec 19441620St. George (Bermuda)49Exercises with the frigate USS Orlando (PF-99).

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 Dec 19440750St. George (Bermuda)27 Dec 19441700Port Royal (Bermuda)51Exercises with the frigate USS Orlando (PF-99).

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Dec 19440705Port Royal (Bermuda)28 Dec 19441738Port Royal (Bermuda)59Exercises with the frigate USS Orlando (PF-99).

Boggetti, Ferdinando29 Dec 19440655Port Royal (Bermuda)29 Dec 19441742Port Royal (Bermuda)71Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando30 Dec 19440656Port Royal (Bermuda)30 Dec 19441700Port Royal (Bermuda)58Exercises with the frigate USS Orlando (PF-99).

Boggetti, Ferdinando31 Dec 19440653Port Royal (Bermuda)31 Dec 19441720Port Royal (Bermuda)62Exercises. The destroyer escorts USS Willis (DE-395), USS Wilhoite (DE-397) and USS Cockrill (DE-398) carried out exercises with an unidentified Italian submarine which could be Da Procida or Onice.

Boggetti, Ferdinando1 Jan 19450715Port Royal1 Jan 19451710Port Royal58Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando2 Jan 19450701Port Royal2 Jan 19451800Port Royal63Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Jan 19450700Port Royal4 Jan 19451745Port Royal65Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Jan 19450700Port Royal5 Jan 19451545Port Royal54Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Jan 19450713Port Royal6 Jan 19451739Port Royal64Exercises with the destroyers USS Gainard (DD-706) and USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Jan 19450755Port Royal12 Jan 19451835Port Royal64Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Jan 19451310Port Royal18 Jan 19451652Port Royal25Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Jan 19450710Port Royal23 Jan 19452030New London762Passage Port Royal-New London, first escorted by the minesweeper USS Prime (AM-279) and then by the destroyer escort USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447).

Boggetti, Ferdinando1 Feb 19450700New London1 Feb 19452130New London90Exercises with the patrol vessel USS SC-705.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Feb 19450435New London5 Feb 19451700New London75Exercises with the destroyer USS Balch (DD-363) and the frigate USS Gulfport (PF-20). The exercise interrupted when Onice surfaced and reported mechanical defects.

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Feb 19450510New London7 Feb 19451900New London90Exercises with the destroyer USS Balch (DD-363), the destroyer escort USS Ricketts (DE-254) and the frigate USS Gulfport (PF-20).

Boggetti, Ferdinando8 Feb 19450652New London8 Feb 19451305New London45Exercises with the destroyer escort USS Ricketts (DE-254) and the frigate USS Gulfport (PF-20). The exercise was canceled at 0930 hours because of a heavy snowstorm.

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 Feb 19450737New London9 Feb 19451815New London58Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 Feb 19450715New London10 Feb 19451800New London55Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).

Boggetti, Ferdinando11 Feb 19450830New London11 Feb 19451400New London66Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Feb 19450735New London12 Feb 19451745New London50Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Feb 19451110New London13 Feb 19451435New London31Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577).

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Feb 19450650New London15 Feb 19451910New London52Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213) and USS Robert I. Paine (DE-578).

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Feb 19450725New London16 Feb 19451725New London61Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Gary (DE-326) and USS Brister (DE-327). USS Finch (DE-328) Onice at 0825 hours but does not appear to have exercised with her.

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Feb 19450735New London17 Feb 19452030New London92Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Feb 19450722New London21 Feb 19451915New London77Exercises with the destroyer USS Babbitt (DD-128).

Boggetti, Ferdinando22 Feb 19450530New London22 Feb 19451610New London98Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Feb 19450612New London23 Feb 19451505New London42Exercises were to be carried out with the destroyer escorts USS Burrows (DE-105) and USS Joyce (DE-317) but they arrived at rendezvous only at 1400 hours due to the foul weather and not in time to go to the exercises area.

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 Feb 19450915New London24 Feb 19452015New London80Exercises with the destryer escort USS Ebert (DE-768).

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 Feb 19450540New London27 Feb 19451615New London42Exercises with the destroyer escort USS Pride (DE-323)

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Feb 19450430New London28 Feb 19451900New London84Exercises with the destroyer USS Earle (DD-635) and the destroyer escort USS Vance (DE-387).

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 Mar 19450744New London11 Mar 19450915Portland (Maine)240Passage New London-Portland, escorted by the salvage vessel USS Falcon (ASR-2) and the destroyer escort USS Wilhoite (DE-397).

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Mar 19451005Portland (Maine)14 Mar 19451720Portland (Maine)38Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)15 Mar 19451712Portland (Maine)40Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando16 Mar 19450803Portland (Maine)16 Mar 19451708Portland (Maine)40Exercises with the destroyers USS Benson (DD-421), USS Quick (DD-490) and USS Barney (DD-149).

Boggetti, Ferdinando17 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)17 Mar 19451627Portland (Maine)40Exercises with the destroyers USS Benson (DD-421) an USS Murphy (DD-603).

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Mar 19450937Portland (Maine)18 Mar 19451657Portland (Maine)38Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando19 Mar 19450755Portland (Maine)19 Mar 19451810Portland (Maine)49Exercises with the destroyers USS Plunkett (DD-431), USS Frankford (DD-497) and USS Murphy (DD-603).

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Mar 19450805Portland (Maine)20 Mar 19451550Portland (Maine)37Exercises, escorted by the destroyer escorts USS William T. Powell (DE-213), USS Alexander J. Luke (DE-577) and USS Robert I. Paine (DE-578).

Boggetti, Ferdinando23 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)23 Mar 19451702Portland (Maine)38Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Carroll (DE-171), USS Cooner (DE-172) and USS Eldridge (DE-173).

Boggetti, Ferdinando24 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)24 Mar 19451755Portland (Maine)44Exercises with the destroyers USS Plunkett (DD-431), USS Frankford (DD-497) and USS Murphy (DD-603).

Boggetti, Ferdinando25 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)25 Mar 19451700Portland (Maine)37Exercises.

Boggetti, Ferdinando26 Mar 19450845Portland (Maine)26 Mar 19451736Portland (Maine)39Exercises with the destroyer escort USS Jenks (DE-665) and the Coast Guard vessel USCGC Evergreen (WAGL-295).

Boggetti, Ferdinando27 Mar 19450805Portland (Maine)27 Mar 19451742Portland (Maine)38Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Marchand (DE-249), USS Hurst (DE-250), USS O'Reilly (DE-330) and USS Koiner (DE-331).

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)28 Mar 19451715Portland (Maine)38Exercises with the destroyer USS Craven (DD-382), the destroyer escort USS Durik (DE-666) and the coast guard cutter USCGC Algonquin (WPG-75).

Boggetti, Ferdinando29 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)29 Mar 19451725Portland (Maine)41Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Carter (DE-112), USS Neal A. Scott (DE-769), USS Muir (DE-770) and USS Sutton (DE-771).

Boggetti, Ferdinando30 Mar 19450750Portland (Maine)30 Mar 19451715Portland (Maine)41Exercises with the coast guard cutterUSCGC Algonquin (WPG-75), the destroyer escort USS Richey (DE-385) and the frigate USS Lorain (PF-93).

Boggetti, Ferdinando31 Mar 19450800Portland (Maine)31 Mar 19451645Portland (Maine)37Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Brister (DE-327) and USS Mills (DE-383).

Boggetti, Ferdinando2 Apr 19450801Portland (Maine)2 Apr 19451702Portland (Maine)48Exercises with the destroyers USS Craven (DD-382), USS Woolsey (DD-437) and the destroyer escort USS Jenks (DE-665).

Boggetti, Ferdinando3 Apr 19450801Portland (Maine)3 Apr 19451735Portland (Maine)56Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326), USS Brister (DE-327) and USS Finch (DE-328).

Boggetti, Ferdinando4 Apr 19450806Portland (Maine)4 Apr 19451655Portland (Maine)62Exercises with the destroyer USS Edison (DD-439) and the frigates USS El Paso (PF-41) and USS Lorain (PF-93).

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Apr 19451030Portland (Maine)5 Apr 19451730Portland (Maine)43Exercises with the destroyers USS Breckinridge (DD-148) and USS Gleaves (DD-423).

Boggetti, Ferdinando6 Apr 19450801Portland (Maine)6 Apr 19451650Portland (Maine)47Exercises with the destroyer USS Gleaves (DD-423) andthe frigates USS Hingham (PF-30) and USS Knoxville (PF-64).

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 Apr 19450801Portland (Maine)7 Apr 19451703Portland (Maine)47Exercises with the destroyers USS Gleaves (DD-423) and USS Woolsey (DD-437).

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 Apr 19450821Portland (Maine)9 Apr 19451704Portland (Maine)48Exercises with the destroyer USS Jouett (DD-396) and the destroyer escort USS Kirkpatrick (DE-318).

Boggetti, Ferdinando12 Apr 19450846Portland (Maine)12 Apr 19451705Portland (Maine)50Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Poole (DE-151) and USS Joyce (DE-317).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Apr 19450801Portland (Maine)13 Apr 19451706Portland (Maine)55Exercises with the destroyer USS Gleaves (DD-423)and the destroyer escorts USS Peterson (DE-152) and USS Harveson (DD-316).

Boggetti, Ferdinando14 Apr 19450800Portland (Maine)14 Apr 19451725Portland (Maine)49Exercises with the destroyer escort USS Oswald (DE-767) and the frigate USS Woonsocket (PF-32).

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Apr 19450800Portland (Maine)28 Apr 19451712Portland (Maine)55Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Brough (DE-148) and USS Sturtevant (DE-239).

Boggetti, Ferdinando30 Apr 19450758Portland (Maine)30 Apr 19451713Portland (Maine)51Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Calcaterra (DE-390), USS Chambers (DE-391) and USS Merrill (DE-392).

Boggetti, Ferdinando1 May 19450745Portland (Maine)1 May 19451715Portland (Maine)49Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Hammann (DE-131) and USS Robert E. Peary (DE-132).

Boggetti, Ferdinando2 May 19450745Portland (Maine)2 May 19451643Portland (Maine)55Exercises with the frigate USS Peoria (PF-67) and the coast guard cutter USCGC Comanche (WPG-76).

Boggetti, Ferdinando3 May 19450800Portland (Maine)3 May 19451700Portland (Maine)48Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Edsall (DE-129), USS Stewart (DE-238) and USS Daniel (DE-335).

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 May 19450910Portland (Maine)5 May 19451700Portland (Maine)45Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Jacob Jones (DE-130), USS Hammann (DE-131) and USS Robert E. Peary (DE-132).

Boggetti, Ferdinando7 May 19450745Portland (Maine)7 May 19451600Portland (Maine)30Exercises with the destroyer escorts USS Evarts (DE-5), USS Hammann (DE-131) and USS Camp (DE-251).

Boggetti, Ferdinando8 May 19450748Portland (Maine)8 May 19451700Portland (Maine)49Exercises with the destroyer escort USS Jacob Jones (DE-130), USS Roy O. Hale (DE-336) and USS Dale W. Peterson (DE-337).

Boggetti, Ferdinando9 May 19450727Portland (Maine)9 May 19451735Portland (Maine)55Exercises with the corvette USS Courage (PG-70) and the coast guard cutter / icebreker USCGC Northland (WPG-49).

Boggetti, Ferdinando10 May 19450735Portland (Maine)10 May 19451721Portland (Maine)49Exercises with frigates USS Key West (PF-17), USS Alexandria (PF-18) and the coast guard cutter USCGC Comanche (WPG-76).

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 May 19450632Portland (Maine)13 May 19451345Portsmouth (USA)64Passage Portland-Portsmouth (USA), escorted by USCGC Northland (WPG-49), then refit which was completed on 13th September 1945.

Boggetti, Ferdinando13 Sep 19451102Portsmouth (USA)13 Sep 19451715Portsmouth (USA)49Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando15 Sep 19450715Portsmouth (USA)15 Sep 19451509Portsmouth (USA)56Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando18 Sep 19451045Portsmouth (USA)18 Sep 19451715Portsmouth (USA)50Trials.

Boggetti, Ferdinando20 Sep 19451759Portsmouth (USA)20 Sep 19451035Bermuda715Passage Portsmouth (USA)-Bermuda escorted by the destroyer escort USS Maloy (DE-791) who sailed from New London.

Boggetti, Ferdinando5 Oct 19451250Bermuda16 Oct 19450922Ponto Delgada (Azores)1946Passage Bermuda-Ponta Delgada (Azores) with Dandolo, Atropo, Speri, Vortice, Marea and Da Procida, escorted by the salvage vessel USS Chain (ARS-20).

Boggetti, Ferdinando21 Oct 19451210Ponto Delgada (Azores)26 Oct 19450715Gibraltar989Passage Ponta Delgada (Azores)-Gibraltar Dandolo, Atropo, Speri, Vortice, Marea and Da Procida, escorted by the salvage vessel USS Chain (ARS-20). At 1308 hours on the 28th, there was an explosion on board and a rating was seriously wounded requiring a doctor from USS Chain. The condition was deemed too serious and the patient was transferred to the American ship.

Boggetti, Ferdinando28 Oct 19451330Gibraltar3 Nov 19451045Taranto1311Passage Gibraltar-Taranto with Dandolo, Atropo, Speri, Vortice, Marea and Da Procida, escorted by the salvage vessel USS Chain (ARS-20). Met off Taranto by Italian destroyers Libra (LB), Ariete (AE) and Cassiopea (CS).

306 entries. 284 total patrol entries (21 marked as war patrols) and 43 events.

Events

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

CommanderDateTimePositionDescription
Gustavo Lovatelli20 Nov 19402000(o) South of Crete?At 2000 hours, an illuminated convoy was sighted and identified as French.
Gustavo Lovatelli23 Nov 19401605-2130(o) About 90 miles NW of Alexandria.At 1605 hours, an aircraft carrier, four cruisers and three destroyers were sighted at a distance of 20,000 metres, steering 330°. These were probably HMS Eagle, the battleships HMS Malaya and HMS Ramillies with cruisers and destroyers. They had sailed from Alexandria to cover the convoy M.W.4, destined for Malta (operation MB.9).

Onice remained submerged, going deep to use her hydrophones, occasionally coming to periscope depth with the result that no attack was possible and contact was finally lost at 2130 hours. T.V. Lovatelli was criticised by Admiral Falangola (Head of MARICOSOM) for his cautiousness.
Gustavo Lovatelli8 Mar 19410200+35.36 N, 25.47 E
At 0200 hours, a shadow was sighted which was believed to be an enemy cruiser. Shortly after, two torpedoes were fired at a range of 2,000 metres. They missed.

This was most probably one of the three cruisers of 7th Squadron (HMS Orion, HMS Ajax and HMAS Perth) on passage from Alexandria to Piraeus where they arrived at noon on the same day. The attack was unobserved.
Gustavo Lovatelli6 Apr 1941010032.40 N, 28.00 E
(o) Approximate position.
At 0100 hours, as the submarine was diving, it was realised that torpedo tube no. 6 cap was not properly closed and was leaking. Onice surfaced and rating Michele Piscopo volunteered to dive overboard and after 15 minutes managed to correct the problem and the patrol resumed.
Gustavo Lovatelli10 Apr 19412005(e) 32.41 N, 28.10 E
At 2005 hours, by bright moonlight, a naval formation was sighted. It consisted of two large and two small ships. Onice proceeded at full speed on the surface but appeared to have been spotted by a destroyer. She crash-dived and had reached a depth of 40 metres, when nine depth charges exploded but caused no damage.

This was convoy A.S.F.24: the transport Breconshire escorted by the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Havock proceeding from Piraeus to Alexandria. It was HMS Hotspur who sighted the submarine and briefly hunted it for 20 minutes before rejoining the convoy.
Gustavo Lovatelli13 Apr 19411910(e) 32.41 N, 28.10 E
At 1910 hours, two merchant ships were sighted at 10,000 metres. Onice submerged to intercept but could not close the range to attack.
Gustavo Lovatelli17 May 19412018(o) Near Scarpanto.At 2018 hours, information was received of a naval formation sighted at 1455 hours about 60 miles away. As the amplifier of the hydrophones had broken down between 1330 and 1600 hours, nothing was heard. A further signal was received at 2355 hours of a large enemy formation, but this was outside Onice's patrol area.
Gustavo Lovatelli19 May 19412247(o) Near Kaso.At 2247 hours, Onice received a signal from Galatea, reporting a naval formation proceeding toward Kaso Straits about 18 miles from her. C.C. Lovatelli gave up the chase as he believed that this formation was one hour ahead of him and the prospect of catching up were slim.
Gustavo Lovatelli21 May 19410115
0218 (e)
35.18 N, 25.03 E
At 1915 hours on 20th May, noises were heard of a vessel proceeding slowly toward the submarine. As Onice was going up to periscope depth, at a depth of 15 metres a pattern of depth charges exploded very close. More followed at variable distances. At 2200 hours, the submarine surfaced and proceeded toward Skarpanto.

At 0112 hours on 21st May, three shadows of destroyers were sighted.

At 0115 hours, three torpedoes were fired from the bow tubes at a distance of 2,000 metres. Two hits were claimed. Actually, all torpedoes had missed.

The targets were the destroyers HMS Jervis (D.14), HMAS Nizam and HMS Ilex (Force E) sent to bombard the Scarpanto aerodrome. HMAS Nizam reported being missed by a torpedo and explosions were heard at 0221, 0224 and 0227 hours which were most likely caused by torpedoes at the end of their run.

The rest of Onice's patrol were punctuated by many H.E. and distant explosions.
Loris Albanese17 Sep 1941165834.25 N, 18.14 E
At 1658 hours, a convoy of three steamers, escorted by four destroyers, was sighted at a distance of 16,000 metres, steering 240-250° at 12 knots.

Onice submerged to try an attack, but was depth charged by a destroyer from 1705 to 1734 hours. Twenty-five depth-charge explosions were counted, but they were distant.
Loris Albanese25 Sep 1941004532.25 N, 19.45 E
At 0045 hours, a suspect shadow was sighted on the port bow. As the submarine chasers Zuri and Zirona were known to be astern. Onice submerged to get contact with the hydrophones and be in a better position for an attack. The hydrophones picked up the contact for the next hour or so. At 0204 hours, Onice made a signal to the submarine chasers. At 0240 hours, two torpedo boats were seen proceeding toward the trio. These were the torpedo boats Orione and Centauro escorting the freighters Capo Faro and Iseo. They arrived at Benghazi at 0620 hours.

This was almost certainly HMS Thrasher who attacked the convoy at 0202 hours. Her attack was unobserved.
Loris Albanese10 Oct 19410415
0415 (e)
(o) Off Benghazi.At 0415 hours, a submarine was sighted surfacing. Onice fired three rounds and a torpedo from a distance of 2,200 metres. All missed.

This was HMS Regent (Lieutenant W.N.R. Knox, RN). The Italian submarine was mistaken for a destroyer and she crash-dived. She had already escaped a dive-bombing attack at 0250 hours.

At 0451 hours, Onice made an enemy report and returned to Benghazi.
Loris Albanese19 Nov 1941035036.10 N, 13.30 E
At 0350 hours, a small vessel was sighted. It was perhaps a submarine chaser. Onice turned away.
Raffaello Allegri3 Jan 19420935At 0935 hours, an aircraft was sighted on the horizon. Onice dived.
Raffaello Allegri5 Jan 19421835At 1835 hours, the submarine surfaced in sight of a hospital ship at a distance of 4,000 metres. It had not been detected by the hydrophones.
Bruno Zelik11 Mar 19421445(o) NE of Malta.At 1006 hours, Onice (and Uarsciek) had been informed that an enemy force of three cruisers, five destroyers and four auxiliaries had been sighted, at 0745 hours in Italian Grid 6719 (34°20' N, 22°25' E), steering 285°, 22 knots. This was followed by more signals.

At 1445 hours, two aircraft were sighted steering 270°. Onice dived.
Bruno Zelik16 Mar 19420120
0115 (e)
37.29 N, 16.32 E
At 0120 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 800-1,000 metres. Shortly after, Onice fired two torpedoes from her bow tubes at a range of 500 metres. She then opened fire as she steered straight for the enemy. After the third round, fired at only 150 metres, the submarine crash-dived as Onice passed over her.

This was HMS P 36 (Lieutenant H.N. Edmonds, DSC) who mistook Onice for an E-boat which fired two bursts above the submarine. HMS Unbeaten was in an adjacent area and heard two loud explosions at 0130 hours but these were probably the torpedoes hitting bottom.
Bruno Zelik17 Mar 19421315(o) West of Crete.At 1315 hours, Onice was suddenly attacked by a German aircraft, which strafed her. The submarine made the recognition signal and the aircraft flew away. At 1330 hours, two more aircraft were sighted and this time Onice dived immediately.
Bruno Zelik21 Mar 1942161434.18 N, 22.54 E
At 1614 hours, in poor visibility, a convoy was sighted at a distance of 3,000 metres. Onice submerged, but immediately lost contact.
Bruno Zelik23 Mar 1942143334.14 N, 22.26 E
(o) Italian Grid 5806/2.
At 1342 hours, noises were detected with hydrophones. At 1415 hours, an enemy squadron could be seen at 7-8,000 metres. It consisted of three destroyers leading three or four cruisers, flanked by more destroyers.

At 1433 hours, two torpedoes were fired from bow tubes with the destroyer screen at a distance of 1,800 metres and the cruisers at 2,500-3,000 metres. The "senzabolla" (bubbleless) system did not work and C.C. Zelik decided to take his submarine to a depth of 40 metres. At 1436 hours, an explosion was heard and a torpedo was assumed to have hit. The explosion was also heard in Platino who was in the area.

This was most probably the 15th Cruiser Squadron retiring to Alexandria after the Second Battle of Sirte. The attack does not seem to have been observed and the torpedoes missed.
Bruno Zelik23 Mar 1942150634.14 N, 22.02 E
(o) Italian Grid 5806/2.
At 1506 hours, a cruiser and destroyer were sighted on an opposite course at a distance of 5,000 metres. Onice lost contact but sighted them again at 1602 hours, this time at a distance of 8-10,000 meters.
Bruno Zelik28 Apr 1942034536.50 N, 11.07 E
At 0343 hours, a large submarine was sighted at a distance of 3-4,000 metres.

At 0345 hours, two torpedoes were fired. One of them porpoised and both missed. The rough seas prevented Onice from carrying a gun action and the enemy submarine dived at 0347 hours.

No enemy submarine operated in the area. Either Onice attacked Corallo by mistake or the "submarine" was perhaps a fishing vessel. At the same time,in the adjacent area, Corallo was in the process of sinking of the Tunisian fishing vessel Tunis and she did not dive as reported by C.C. Zelik.
Bruno Zelik9 May 19422114(o) 2 miles north of Cape Bon.At 2114 hours, Onice was strafed by an aircraft and crash-dived.
Bruno Zelik9 May 19422119(o) 2 miles north of Cape Bon.At 2119 hours, propellers of a fast destroyer were heard. It was steering south. This was the fast minelayer HMS Welshman proceeding to Malta with supplies. The noises quickly faded away.
Ferdinando Corsi15 Jun 19421217At 1217 hours, information was received of an enemy convoy of fourteen ships had been sighted in Grid 8331/2, steering 090°. Shortly after, this was corrected to 120°, 8 knots. Onice surfaced and altered course to 060° to intercept. This was the HARPOON convoy proceeding from Gibraltar to Malta.
Ferdinando Corsi15 Jun 19421307At 1307 hours, an aircraft was seen and Onice dived.

At 1405 hours, information was received that the enemy convoy was still in Grid 8331 but now steering 120°, 8 knots.
Ferdinando Corsi15 Jun 19421630At 1630 hours, an escort vessel was sighted proceeding at 16 knots at a distance of 15,000 metres. It disappeared from view.
Ferdinando Corsi15 Jun 19421707At 1707 hours, a steamer was sighted on the horizon at a distance of 20,000 metres, proceeding at 10 knots.

Onice proceeded to attack and sighted three large steamers, escorted by four destroyers, steering 040° at 10 knots. At 1815 hours, the range had closed only to 9,000-10,000 meters and it became evident that they would pass out of range. At 1856 hours, the submarine surfaced and made an enemy report.
Ferdinando Corsi23 Jun 19422039At 2039 hours, Onice was ordered to intercept an enemy tanker sighted off Ras Mahmur proceeding to Malta. She altered course to intercept and dived to listen with the hydrophones but heard nothing.
Ferdinando Corsi10 Jul 19421436At 1436 hours, a derelict mine was sunk by machine gun fire.
Ferdinando Boggetti31 Jan 19430550(o) South of Prassonissi (Rhodes) [Point D].At 0550 hours, a surfaced submarine was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres. Onice attempted a stern shot, but the submarine dived before the torpedoes could be fired. This sighting appears to be bogus.
Ferdinando Boggetti7 May 19431740
1841 (e)
34.26 N, 23.10 E
(e) 34.15 N, 23.35 E
At 1740 hours, three bombers were seen and Onice crash-dived. She had reached a depth of 20 metres, when three bombs exploded, causing no damage.

These were three Baltimore of 454 Squadron (RAAF), returning to base after an uneventful anti-shipping sweep of the Aegean Sea.

At 1841C hours, the leading aircraft (AH158) piloted by Flight Lieutenant M. Moore sighted a fully surfaced U-boat, steering 250° at 7 knots. The submarine began an immediate crash dive. The Baltimore dived to attack and, from 1000 feet, dropped two 250 lb. General Purpose bombs with a three second delay, just as the periscope was seen to submerge. The bombs overshot by about 50 yards. The second aircraft, (AG869) piloted by Sergeant D. Todhunter, while at extreme range, fired a short burst from its forward guns at the submerging U-boat. As the three aircraft were short of fuel, they could not linger on the scene and returned to base.
Ferdinando Boggetti9 May 19432235At 2235, hours an illuminated hospital ship was sighted.
Ferdinando Boggetti19 May 1943113132.30 N, 19.00 E
(o) Approximately.
At 1131 hours, a convoy was sighted at a distance of 10,000 metres. Onice closed to 8,000 metres and could make out nine steamers of medium tonnage, escorted by four corvettes. It passed out of range.
Ferdinando Boggetti16 Jul 194334.28 N, 24.15 E
A German aircraft located a submarine and strafed it. Later, it was believed that this was an Italian submarine from the Dodecanese. It may have been Onice, but her report does not list this attack.
Ferdinando Boggetti17 Jul 19430645(o) Ca. 15 miles East of Gavdo Island.At 0645 hours, two three-engine aircraft was seen and Onice dived.
Ferdinando Boggetti18 Jul 19430455(o) Middle of Ionian Sea.At 0455 hours, a four-engine aircraft was seen and Onice dived.
Ferdinando Boggetti18 Jul 19431805(o) Ionian Sea.At 1805 hours, a derelict mine was sunk by machine gun and rifle fire.
Ferdinando Boggetti6 Sep 19430020At 0020 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted.
Ferdinando Boggetti6 Sep 19430130At 0020 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted and exchanged recognition signals.
Ferdinando Boggetti7 Sep 19432230At 2230 hours, an Italian submarine was sighted. Onice made recognition signals,but was not answered.

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