Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Giovanni Cunsolo

Capitano di Corvetta

Born  15 Oct 1910Petralia Sottana (Palermo)


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello
28 Aug 1941 C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


2 Dec 1941 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
2 Jun 1944 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
5 Feb 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

ENRICO TOTI (T.V. First Officer): ? to February 1941.
ENRICO TOTI (T.V. resp.): from 22.10.1940? to 02.02.1941 (refit at Pola).
H.8 (T.V. C.O.): from 07.02.1941 to 21.08.1941.
H.2 (T.V. C.O.): from 07.03.1941 to 03.04.1941.
FILIPPO CORRIDONI (T.V. C.O.): from 21.08.1941 to 22.10.1941 (promoted to C.C. in August 1941).
TURCHESE (T.V. C.O.): from 28.10.1941 to 30.11.1941.
Promoted to C.C. on ?
FILIPPO CORRIDONI (C.C. C.O.): from 28.08.1941 to 31.01.1942.
TRICHECO (C.C. C.O.): from 01.02.1942 to 18.03.1942 (sunk, Cunsolo survived).
GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA (C.C. resp.): from 28.03.1942 to 31.03.1942 (refit at Taranto).
LUIGI SETTEMBRINI (C.C. resp.): from 28.03.1942 to 22.04.1942 (refit at Taranto).
RUGGIERO SETTIMO (C.C. resp.): from 28.03.1942 to 07.04.1942 (refit at Taranto).
PIETRO MICCA (C.C. resp.): from 01.04.1942 to 08.04.1942 (refit at Taranto).
TITO SPERI (C.C. resp.): from 01.04.1942 to 08.04.1942 (reserve at Taranto).
FILIPPO CORRIDONI (C.C. C.O.): from 08.04.1942 to 26.05.1942.
From 31.01.1943, Head of GRUPPANTISOM NAPOLI.

Commands listed for Giovanni Cunsolo

Submarine Type Rank From To
Enrico Toti (TO)Ocean goingT.V.22 Oct 19402 Feb 1941
H 2 (H2)CoastalT.V.7 Mar 19413 Apr 1941
H 8 (H8)CoastalT.V.7 Feb 194121 Aug 1941
Filippo Corridoni (CR)MinelayingC.C.28 Aug 194122 Oct 1941
Turchese (TC)Coastal / Sea goingC.C.28 Oct 194130 Nov 1941
Filippo Corridoni (CR)MinelayingC.C.2 Dec 194131 Jan 1942
Tricheco (TR)Ocean goingC.C.1 Feb 194218 Mar 1942
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingC.C.28 Mar 194231 Mar 1942
Ruggiero Settimo (RS)Ocean goingC.C.28 Mar 19427 Apr 1942
Pietro Micca (MC)MinelayingC.C.31 Mar 19428 Apr 1942
Tito Speri (TS)Ocean goingC.C.1 Apr 19428 Apr 1942
Luigi Settembrini (ST)Ocean goingC.C.28 Mar 194222 Apr 1942
Luigi Settembrini (ST)Ocean goingC.C.23 Apr 194222 May 1942
Filippo Corridoni (CR)MinelayingC.C.8 Apr 194226 May 1942

Ships hit by Giovanni Cunsolo

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Giovanni Cunsolo

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Enrico Toti (TO)22 Oct 1940Pola2 Feb 1941PolaRefit at Pola.

H 8 (H8)7 Feb 19410925Taranto7 Feb 19411135TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)8 Feb 19410815Taranto8 Feb 19411045TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)10 Feb 19410750Taranto10 Feb 19411810TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)11 Feb 19410800Taranto11 Feb 19411650TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)12 Feb 19410810Taranto12 Feb 19411525TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)13 Feb 19410850Taranto13 Feb 19411615TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)16 Feb 19410830Taranto16 Feb 19411455TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)17 Feb 19410910Taranto17 Feb 19411345TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)20 Feb 19410545Taranto20 Feb 19411225TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)23 Feb 19410852Taranto23 Feb 19411145TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)24 Feb 19411005Taranto24 Feb 19411515TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)26 Feb 19410845Taranto26 Feb 19411350TarantoExercises, escorted by MAS 438.

H 8 (H8)1 Mar 19410835Taranto1 Mar 19411815TarantoExercises. Then docking and refit.

1.H 2 (H2)7 Mar 19412000Taranto8 Mar 19411045Taranto96Hydrophone Watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 2 (H2)11 Mar 19410800Taranto11 Mar 19411545Taranto30Trials with the submarine Tito Speri, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.13.

2.H 2 (H2)14 Mar 19411800Taranto15 Mar 19411015Taranto101Hydrophone Watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 2 (H2)22 Mar 19411100Taranto22 Mar 19411859Taranto54Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Canopo.

H 2 (H2)24 Mar 19410800Taranto24 Mar 19411649Taranto29Exercises with the torpedo boat San Martino.

3.H 2 (H2)26 Mar 19411730Taranto27 Mar 19411000Taranto94A/S Hydrophone watch, then refit.

H 8 (H8)3 Apr 19411250Taranto4 Apr 19411600TarantoExercises or patrol?

H 8 (H8)11 Apr 19410935Taranto11 Apr 19411525TarantoExercises, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

H 8 (H8)19 Apr 19410940Taranto19 Apr 19411255TarantoExercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Cassiopea.

4.H 8 (H8)21 Apr 19412020Taranto22 Apr 19411030Taranto97,8Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)25 Apr 19411835Taranto25 Apr 19411920TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)6 May 19410820Taranto6 May 19411445TarantoExercises with the submarine Salpa, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

5.H 8 (H8)8 May 19412020Taranto9 May 19411030Taranto99Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

6.H 8 (H8)9 May 19411930Taranto10 May 19411100Taranto97,7Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

7.H 8 (H8)18 May 19412300Taranto19 May 19411200Taranto93Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

8.H 8 (H8)21 May 19412110Taranto22 May 19411100Taranto97Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)8 Jun 19410810Taranto8 Jun 19411030TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)14 Jun 19410815Taranto14 Jun 19411315TarantoExercises.

9.H 8 (H8)15 Jun 19412100Taranto16 Jun 19411040Taranto95Hydrophone watch.

H 8 (H8)17 Jun 19410945Taranto17 Jun 19411440TarantoExercises in Gulf of Taranto with H.2, Corridoni and torpedo boat Aretusa.

10.H 8 (H8)17 Jun 19412120Taranto18 Jun 19411140Taranto95Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

11.H 8 (H8)19 Jun 19412050Taranto20 Jun 19411100Taranto?Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

12.H 8 (H8)21 Jun 19412057Taranto22 Jun 19411035Taranto92,2Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

13.H 8 (H8)4 Jul 19412110Taranto5 Jul 19410950TarantoHydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

14.H 8 (H8)20 Jul 19412110Taranto21 Jul 19411030Taranto92Anti-submarine patrol (hydrophone watch). Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)25 Jul 19410600Taranto25 Jul 19411820TarantoExercises.

15.H 8 (H8)3 Aug 19412110Taranto4 Aug 19411045Taranto94Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)16 Aug 19412015Taranto16 Aug 19412200TarantoExercises with the submarine Topazio and the torpedo boat Altair.

16.H 8 (H8)17 Aug 19412115Taranto18 Aug 19411115Taranto95,5Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)23 Aug 19410745Taranto23 Aug 19411105TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)24 Aug 19410710Taranto24 Aug 19411055TarantoExercises with two seaplanes.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)4 Sep 19410615Taranto4 Sep 19411258Taranto32Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)10 Sep 19411102Taranto10 Sep 19411800Taranto39Exercises.

17.Filippo Corridoni (CR)12 Sep 19411025Taranto15 Sep 19411450Taranto667Supply mission to Bardia (55.344 tons), but interrupted due to defects. Through ULTRA decrypt, British Intelligence knew of her impending departure for Bardia on 9th September. Then long refit.
  13 Sep 19412150At 2150 hours, a destroyer was sighted at a distance of 800 metres, steering 340°, 22 knots, which attacked the submarine. Corridoni submerged first to 70 meters and heard a metallic shock then went down to 130 meters. The submarine did not respond well to the commands and surfaced at 2212 hours but the destroyer was gone. C.C. Cunsolo decided to abandon the patrol because of defects.
  14 Sep 1941170038° 18'N, 18° 20'EAt 1700 hours, a derelict mine of the Italian P.200 type was sighted and sunk with machine gun fire.

18.Turchese (TC)11 Nov 19411830Cagliari17 Nov 19411610Cagliari672Patrolled between Cape Bon and Ras Mustafa in zone K.1, between 37°12'N and Tunisian coast, and between 06°20'E and 06°30'E, on a patrol line with Axum, Alagi and Aradam.
  13 Nov 19410600
(0) 000° - Cape Blanc - 8 miles.
At 0600 hours, an illuminated freighter was sighted. Turchese closed to 6,000 meters and observed the vessel proceeding to Bizerta. The submarine in the following days sighted only French or Italian vessels.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)21 Jan 19420925Taranto21 Jan 19421806Taranto31Trials.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)24 Jan 19420910Taranto24 Jan 19421709Taranto63Trials.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)25 Jan 19420906Taranto25 Jan 19421142Taranto4,5Trials.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)29 Jan 19421516Taranto30 Jan 19420925Brindisi156,2Passage Taranto-Brindisi.
  29 Jan 19421730
(0) 264° - Torre Ovo (near Santa Maria di Leuca or Brindisi) - 4.2 miles.
At 1730 hours, a torpedo was fired due to an error in drill. Initially, Corridoni made an enemy report but realised later that the torpedo sighted had been her own.

Tricheco (TR)6 Feb 19421440Messina6 Feb 19421800MessinaExercises, escorted by the auxiliary Marras.

Tricheco (TR)7 Feb 19420820Messina7 Feb 19421440MessinaExercises, escorted by the auxiliary Marras.

19.Tricheco (TR)9 Feb 19421700Messina25 Feb 19421400Augusta?Patrolled north of Cyrenaica, within 8 miles from 34°20'N, 19°50'E on the meridian, with Topazio, Malachite and Perla. On the evening of 13th February, patrol was shifted 20 miles south and then returned to original position. On 15th February, she was ordered to shift her area to 098° - 148 miles.
  23 Feb 1942003035° 33'N, 18° 55'EA sudden wave shook the submarine, which nearly capsized to port with a roll of 60-70 degrees. The diesel engines were stopped and for a short while the submarine proceeded on her electric motors, but acid from the batteries had spilled over forcing the personnel to don gas masks.
  23 Feb 1942062035° 33'N, 18° 55'EAs the submarine was in difficulty and heavy forward, the four forward tubes were discharged for safety reasons. At 0720 hours on the 24th, Dandolo joined her for assistance and they proceeded in company to Augusta.

Tricheco (TR)16 Mar 19421910Augusta18 Mar 19421745SunkOn passage Augusta-Brindisi. Sunk by HMS Upholder.
  18 Mar 19421745
1726+ (e)
40° 41'N, 17° 59'E
(e) 40° 41'N, 17° 57'E
(0) 2 miles off entrance of Brindisi Harbour.
As the submarine was about to enter Brindisi, she was struck by two torpedoes from a salvo of four, fired by the submarine HMS Upholder and sank rapidly. One officer and thirty-seven ratings were killed, four officers (including Cunsolo.) and seven ratings survived and were picked up by the freighter Nazario Sauro and the sailing vessel S. Spiridione.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)28 Mar 1942Taranto31 Mar 1942TarantoIn Taranto. Change in command. Not operational until Armistice.

Ruggiero Settimo (RS)28 Mar 1942Taranto7 Apr 1942TarantoLong refit in Taranto (cont.).

Luigi Settembrini (ST)28 Mar 1942Taranto22 Apr 1942TarantoRefit at Taranto. Change in command.

Tito Speri (TS)1 Apr 1942Taranto8 Apr 1942TarantoIn reserve at Taranto.

Pietro Micca (MC)1 Apr 1942or 31/3?Taranto8 Apr 1942TarantoRefit. Change in command.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)10 Apr 19420843Brindisi10 Apr 19420950Brindisi0Tests to verify leaks.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)11 Apr 19421330Brindisi11 Apr 19421700Brindisi18,5Trials with the submarine Bragadino, escorted by the torpedo boat Orsa and the minesweeper R.D.32.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)20 Apr 19420800Brindisi20 Apr 19421150Brindisi4Gyrocompass tests.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Apr 1942Taranto22 May 1942TarantoRefit at Taranto. Change in command.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)24 Apr 19420755Brindisi24 Apr 19421157Brindisi18Trials.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)28 Apr 19420800Brindisi28 Apr 19420915Brindisi7Trials.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)14 May 19420800Brindisi14 May 19421114Brindisi19,5Exercises.

71 entries. 69 total patrol entries (19 marked as war patrols) and 7 events.

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