Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders


Renato D'Elia

Birth details unknown

Ranks

  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta

Decorations

Career information

MALACHITE (C.C. C.O.): from 15.12.1939 to 11.08.1940.
REGINALDO GIULIANI (C.C. C.O.): from 13.08.1940 to 12.01.1941.
From 27.11.1942, served on the staff of MARINA BRINDISI.

Commands listed for Renato D'Elia


Submarine Type Rank From
Malachite (MH)Coastal / Sea goingC.C.15 Dec 193911 Aug 1940
Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)Ocean goingC.C.13 Aug 194012 Jan 1941

War patrols listed for Renato D'Elia

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Malachite (MH)10 Jun 1940Taranto10 Jun 1940TarantoAt Taranto.

1.Malachite (MH)17 Jun 19402330Taranto2 Jul 19400750Taranto2169,8Patrolled between 40°40'N and 41°20'N and 02°40'E and 03°20'E, 40 miles southeast of Barcelona up to 27 June.
  21 Jun 19401144
1045 (e)
39° 51'N, 5° 10'EAt 1144 hours, a formation of twelve aircraft was sighted at a distance of 3,500 metres. They attacked Malachite who dived. She reached 44 meters when she was shaken by an explosion, which caused slight damage.

This could have been French T 2 Squadron (Laté.29-8 seaplanes evacuating from Berre to Bougie) which attacked a submarine with five aircraft. The attack is reported as havinf occured on 22 June, but refers to a signal from Marine Bougie of 1325 hours on 21st June, so the date is probably an error. The attacks were carried out by T 21 piloted by L.V. Lamiot (unable to drop his bomb), T 22 (did not attack), T 23 piloted by L.V. Jourdain (dropped a bomb, which did not explode), T 210 piloted by E.V. Grosclaude (dropped a bomb which exploded), T 27 piloted by Maître Le Gall (dropped a bomb) and T 21 which made a second run and dropped a bomb, but it did not explode.
  24 Jun 1940220241° 18'N, 2° 44'EAt 2202 hours, a tanker was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres followed shortly after another four merchant vessels. Malachite tried to close the range unsuccessfully and the heavy seas prevented a gun action.
  28 Jun 1940135039° 48'N, 5° 22'EAt 1350 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 3,500 metres, steering 340° in heavy seas. C.C. Renato d'Elia decided not to attempt an attack as he believed it might be Nani. This could not be, as she had already reached Naples. Possibly this could have been either Ascianghi, Cappellini or Mocenigo but their patrol reports are not precise enough to determine which one.

Malachite (MH)15 Jul 19400545Taranto17 Jul 19401800Pola614Passage Taranto-Pola. Then refit.

Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)13 Aug 19400725Taranto13 Aug 19401139Taranto18Trials.

Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)14 Aug 19400729Taranto14 Aug 19401515Taranto32,9Trials.

Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)16 Aug 19400735Taranto16 Aug 19401431Taranto26,8Trials.

Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)27 Aug 19401345Taranto28 Aug 19402015Trapani431,6Passage Taranto-Trapani.

2.Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)29 Aug 19401855Trapani5 Oct 19401020Le Verdon5122,2Passage to Bordeaux. Passed Gibraltar on 10th September 1940. Patrolled in area between 32°00'N and 33°40'N, and between 16°50'W and 30°05'W. On 30th September 1940, the submarine had water damage to the diesel plant. Note: in the early hours of 11th September, a French squadron also crossed the Straits of Gibraltar, HMS Hotspur, HMS Griffin and HMS Encounter were hunting a submarine at the time but Giuliani does not seem to have been much disturbed. Met Baracca and escorted in by the German minesweepers M-9 and M-13.
  26 Sep 1940112033° 25'N, 21° 35'W(Time not given) A steamer was sighted steering 030°. The flag could not be distinguished, but appeared to be red.

At 1120 hours, from a distance of 5,000 metres, the vessel opened fire on the submarine with a stern gun, the shells fell short but with a yellow colouring. She escaped when Giuliani's gun jammed.
  5 Oct 19400815+
0716 (e)
45° 39'N, 1° 41'WAt 0815 hours, Giuliani was proceeding in company of Baracca, escorted by the German minesweepers M-9 and M-13 and by the Sperrbrecher Cap Hadid, when three torpedo wakes were sighted. They apparently missed 300 metres astern and exploded at the end of their run.

The attacker was the submarine HMS Tigris (Lieutenant Commander H.F. Bone, RN). She had sighted what was believed to be three U-boats (only two were present) escorted by two ELAN class boats and had fired a salvo of four torpedoes from 2,500 yards range.
Two explosions were heard after 124 and 131 seconds and then only two U-boats were sighted, leading Lt. Cdr. Bone to believe that a U-boat had been sunk.

3.Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)5 Oct 19401827Le Verdon5 Oct 19402010PauillacPassage Le Verdon-Pauillac.
  5 Oct 19400815+
0716 (e)
45° 39'N, 1° 41'WAt 0815 hours, Giuliani was proceeding in company of Baracca, escorted by the German minesweepers M-9 and M-13 and by the Sperrbrecher Cap Hadid, when three torpedo wakes were sighted. They apparently missed 300 metres astern and exploded at the end of their run.

The attacker was the submarine HMS Tigris (Lieutenant Commander H.F. Bone, RN). She had sighted what was believed to be three U-boats (only two were present) escorted by two ELAN class boats and had fired a salvo of four torpedoes from 2,500 yards range.
Two explosions were heard after 124 and 131 seconds and then only two U-boats were sighted, leading Lt. Cdr. Bone to believe that a U-boat had been sunk.

4.Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)6 Oct 19400800Pauillac6 Oct 19401057BordeauxPassage Pauillac-Bordeaux.

5.Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)10 Nov 19401550Bordeaux10 Nov 19401840PauillacPassage Bordeaux-Pauillac.

6.Reginaldo Giuliani (GN, I.14, UIT.23)11 Nov 19401515Pauillac7 Dec 19401440Bordeaux2505,6Patrolled west of Ireland between 54°00'N and 54°40'N, and between 15°00'W and 21°00'W. Her commanding officer was criticised by Admiral Parona and was removed from his submarine command.
  24 Nov 1940191549° 10'N, 19° 50'WAt 1915 hours, suddenly an armed merchant cruiser was sighted coming out of a rain squall at a distance of 3,500 metres, steering 000°, 14 knots. It may have sighted the submarine as she turned toward her and increased speed. Giuliani dived and lost hydrophone contact at 2000 hours. At 2130 hours, she surfaced and made an enemy report.

15 entries. 12 total patrol entries (6 marked as war patrols) and 7 events.

Events listed for Renato D'Elia

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

SubmarineDateTimePositionDescription
Reginaldo Giuliani26 Sep 1940112033.25 N, 21.35 W
(Time not given) A steamer was sighted steering 030°. The flag could not be distinguished, but appeared to be red.

At 1120 hours, from a distance of 5,000 metres, the vessel opened fire on the submarine with a stern gun, the shells fell short but with a yellow colouring. She escaped when Giuliani's gun jammed.
Reginaldo Giuliani5 Oct 19400815+
0716 (e)
45.39 N, 01.41 W
(e) 45.39 N, 01.24 W
At 0815 hours, Giuliani was proceeding in company of Baracca, escorted by the German minesweepers M-9 and M-13 and by the Sperrbrecher Cap Hadid, when three torpedo wakes were sighted. They apparently missed 300 metres astern and exploded at the end of their run.

The attacker was the submarine HMS Tigris (Lieutenant Commander H.F. Bone, RN). She had sighted what was believed to be three U-boats (only two were present) escorted by two ELAN class boats and had fired a salvo of four torpedoes from 2,500 yards range.
Two explosions were heard after 124 and 131 seconds and then only two U-boats were sighted, leading Lt. Cdr. Bone to believe that a U-boat had been sunk.
Reginaldo Giuliani24 Nov 1940191549.10 N, 19.50 W
At 1915 hours, suddenly an armed merchant cruiser was sighted coming out of a rain squall at a distance of 3,500 metres, steering 000°, 14 knots. It may have sighted the submarine as she turned toward her and increased speed. Giuliani dived and lost hydrophone contact at 2000 hours. At 2130 hours, she surfaced and made an enemy report.
Malachite21 Jun 19401144
1045 (e)
39.51 N, 05.10 E
(e) 40.10 N, 04.30 E
At 1144 hours, a formation of twelve aircraft was sighted at a distance of 3,500 metres. They attacked Malachite who dived. She reached 44 meters when she was shaken by an explosion, which caused slight damage.

This could have been French T 2 Squadron (Laté.29-8 seaplanes evacuating from Berre to Bougie) which attacked a submarine with five aircraft. The attack is reported as havinf occured on 22 June, but refers to a signal from Marine Bougie of 1325 hours on 21st June, so the date is probably an error. The attacks were carried out by T 21 piloted by L.V. Lamiot (unable to drop his bomb), T 22 (did not attack), T 23 piloted by L.V. Jourdain (dropped a bomb, which did not explode), T 210 piloted by E.V. Grosclaude (dropped a bomb which exploded), T 27 piloted by Maître Le Gall (dropped a bomb) and T 21 which made a second run and dropped a bomb, but it did not explode.
Malachite24 Jun 1940220241.18.5 N, 02.44 E
At 2202 hours, a tanker was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres followed shortly after another four merchant vessels. Malachite tried to close the range unsuccessfully and the heavy seas prevented a gun action.
Malachite28 Jun 1940135039.48 N, 05.22 E
At 1350 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 3,500 metres, steering 340° in heavy seas. C.C. Renato d'Elia decided not to attempt an attack as he believed it might be Nani. This could not be, as she had already reached Naples. Possibly this could have been either Ascianghi, Cappellini or Mocenigo but their patrol reports are not precise enough to determine which one.

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