Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Pier Vincenzo Di Domenico

Born  19 Nov 1909Milan


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello
  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


13 Nov 1942 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
13 Nov 1942 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare

Career information

ETTORE FIERAMOSCA (T.V. First Officer): from 10.01.1938 to ?
TURCHESE (T.V. C.O.): from 05.12.1940 to 27.10.1941.
TURCHESE (T.V. C.O.): from 01.12.1941 to 20.06.1942.
Promoted C.C. in February 1942.

Commands listed for Pier Vincenzo Di Domenico

Submarine Type Rank From To
Turchese (TC)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.5 Dec 194027 Oct 1941
Turchese (TC)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.1 Dec 194120 Jun 1942

Ships hit by Pier Vincenzo Di Domenico

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Pier Vincenzo Di Domenico

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Turchese (TC)5 Dec 19401212Fiume5 Dec 19401635Fiume18Diving exercises to 60 meters.

Turchese (TC)6 Dec 19400836Fiume6 Dec 19401436Pola63Passage Fiume-Pola.

Turchese (TC)7 Dec 19401410Pola7 Dec 19401440Pola?Changed anchorage.

Turchese (TC)9 Dec 19400805Pola9 Dec 19401725Pola61Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Laurana.

Turchese (TC)11 Dec 19400800Pola11 Dec 19401715Pola57Exercises.

Turchese (TC)12 Dec 19400820Pola12 Dec 19401425Pola14Gyrocompass tests.

Turchese (TC)13 Dec 19400810Pola13 Dec 19401710Pola57Sailed with the submarine Fieramosca, escorted by the tug Tenace, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Turchese (TC)14 Dec 19401418Pola14 Dec 19401435Pola?Changed anchorage.

Turchese (TC)26 Dec 19401940Pola28 Dec 19401415Brindisi370Passage Pola-Brindisi.

1.Turchese (TC)30 Dec 19401000Brindisi10 Jan 19411730Brindisi887Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto and west of Corfu, in 39°30'N, 19°10'E. Uneventful, only heard H.E.

Turchese (TC)21 Jan 19411005Brindisi21 Jan 19411114Brindisi1Changed anchorage?

Turchese (TC)22 Jan 19410900Brindisi22 Jan 19411230Brindisi18Exercises

Turchese (TC)29 Jan 19410842Brindisi29 Jan 19411230Brindisi18Exercises.

2.Turchese (TC)30 Jan 19411000Brindisi10 Feb 19411815Brindisi908Patrolled off Albanian coast, within 10 miles from 39°10'N, 19°20'E. Uneventful except for H.E.

3.Turchese (TC)21 Feb 19411300Brindisi4 Mar 19411450Brindisi985Patrolled west of Corfu within 10 miles from 39°10'N, 19°20'E. Uneventful.

Turchese (TC)15 Mar 19412200Brindisi16 Mar 19411735Crotone179Passage Brindisi-Crotone.

Turchese (TC)20 Mar 19411400Crotone22 Mar 19411730Cagliari485Passage Crotone-Cagliari. Uneventful.
  20 Mar 1941On this date, some sources claim that Turchese carried out an attack an enemy destroyer and was depth charged. This is an error and is not recorded in her report.

Turchese (TC)31 Mar 19410800Cagliari31 Mar 19411215Cagliari31Exercises.

4.Turchese (TC)3 Apr 19411250Cagliari9 Apr 19411715Cagliari552Patrolled north of Cape Blanc (Tunisia), within 20 miles from 37°30'N, 09°50'E, on a patrol line with Corallo. Uneventful, sighted only French ships.

Turchese (TC)18 Apr 19412000Cagliari20 Apr 19411000Messina360Passage Cagliari-Messina.

5.Turchese (TC)21 Apr 19411856Messina7 May 19411440Leros1451Patrolled off Mersa Matruh and Gulf of Sollum, within 20 miles from 32°10'N, 27°30'E on a NE-SW axis.
  30 Apr 19411727
1939 (e)
At 1727 hours, Turchese was on a hydrophone watch, proceeding submerged, when suddenly she was shaken by two explosions believed to be from aircraft bombs. This was followed at 1842 hours, by eight more explosions and still more until 1940 hours. The submarine escaped by diving to 90-95 meters. Explosions were also heard the next day, but a distance. The diesel engines developed defects on 3rd May, perhaps due to the depth-charging, so the patrol was abandoned.

This was most likely an attack by the destroyers HMS Juno and HMS Jaguar who claimed the submarine probably sunk. HMS Juno was damaged by the premature explosion of a depth-charge and had five killed and eleven wounded.

Turchese (TC)19 May 19410950Leros19 May 19411048Leros?Changed anchorage?

Turchese (TC)26 May 19410805Leros26 May 19411219Leros23Exercises.

Turchese (TC)27 May 19410738Leros27 May 19411043Leros3Trials.

6.Turchese (TC)31 May 19410320Leros8 Jun 19411435Taranto1040Patrolled south of Kupho Island (southeast of Crete), within 20 miles from 33°50'N, 26°00'E. Returned to Taranto because of mechanical defects.
  5 Jun 19412043
(0) 20 miles SW of Cape Krio (Crete).
At 2043 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 2,000 metres. As Turchese was submerging, the submarine was recognized as Italian. This was Smeraldo.

Turchese (TC)20 Jun 19411445Taranto20 Jun 19411750Taranto2Gyrocompass tests.

Turchese (TC)24 Jun 19411000Taranto24 Jun 19411010Taranto?Changed anchorage.

Turchese (TC)21 Aug 19411149Taranto21 Aug 19411930Taranto29Trials, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

Turchese (TC)23 Aug 19411414Taranto23 Aug 19411624Taranto2Gyrocompass tests.

Turchese (TC)24 Aug 19410842Taranto24 Aug 19411752Taranto63Exercises.

Turchese (TC)27 Aug 19410805Taranto27 Aug 19411710Taranto60Exercises.

Turchese (TC)29 Aug 19411100Taranto29 Aug 19411810Taranto33Exercises with the torpedo boat Altair.

Turchese (TC)1 Sep 19410855Taranto2 Sep 19411210Messina255Passage Taranto-Messina.

Turchese (TC)3 Sep 19411900Messina5 Sep 19410707Cagliari351Passage Messina-Cagliari.

Turchese (TC)9 Sep 19410730Cagliari9 Sep 19411355Cagliari26Exercises.

7.Turchese (TC)11 Sep 19411340Cagliari16 Sep 19410933Cagliari685Patrolled north of Cape Bougaroni, in 38°00'N, 06°00'E, then, on 14th September was ordered to 38°10'N, 04°00'E. Uneventful.

Turchese (TC)22 Sep 19410708Cagliari22 Sep 19411224Cagliari35Exercises with the submarines Serpente and Adua, escorted by the torpedo boat Abba and the minesweeper Balear.

8.Turchese (TC)23 Sep 19411900Cagliari4 Oct 19412225Cagliari1258Patrolled South of Balearic Islands between Cape Palos and Cape Caxine, between 36°50'N (or 36°30'N?) and 37°30'N, and between 00°20'E and 00°40'E, on a patrol line with Adua.
  30 Sep 1941103936° 49'N, 0° 24'EAt 0503 hours, information was received that, at 0350 hours, the submarine Adua had sighted a squadron of eleven destroyers. However, it appeared this force would pass much farther north of Turchese.

At 1017 hours, smokes were sighted at a distance of 14,000 metres.

At 1039 hours, Turchese had closed to 6,000 metres and two cruisers of the ARETHUSA class and two destroyers could be made out.

At 1110 hours, the submarine was at a depth of 19 metres, when six explosions were heard near the submarine. Turchese was taken down to 40 metres. At 1339 hours, the hydrophone noises had ceased.

These were probably HMS Gurkha and HMS Legion, screening Force H and returning from operation HALBERD. They were shortly to sink Adua.
  2 Oct 1941065037° 15'N, 3° 12'EAt 0650 hours, a submarine was sighted at a distance of 2,000 metres. It was probably Italian. Visibility was poor and Turchese took avoiding action.

Turchese (TC)15 Oct 19410805Cagliari15 Oct 19411230Cagliari30Exercises.

9.Turchese (TC)16 Oct 19412340Cagliari21 Oct 19411116Cagliari552Patrolled off Cape de Fer, with the submarines Alagi, Aradam, Serpente and Diaspro between 37°40'N and 37°50'N (or 37°10'N and 37°20'N?), and between 06°40'E and 07°20'E. Uneventful. Sighted only French ships.

Turchese (TC)27 Oct 19411310Cagliari27 Oct 19411615Cagliari15Exercises, escorted by the minesweeper Balear.

10.Turchese (TC)18 Dec 19412025Cagliari25 Dec 19411630Cagliari763Patrolled off Cape Bougaroni, between 37°30'N and Algerian coast, and between 06°20'E and 06°30'E. Sighted only French ships.
  19 Dec 1941094038° 05'N, 7° 47'EAt 0940 hours, a German U-boat (possibly U-74), sighted at a distance of 3,000 metres, made an unintelligible signal. Turchese proceeded on her course.
  21 Dec 1941012437° 21'N, 6° 22'EAt 0124 hours, a steamer believed to be French was sighted.
  22 Dec 1941025537° 32'N, 6° 28'EAt 0124 hours, a steamer believed to be French was sighted.
  23 Dec 1941170537° 21'N, 6° 26'EAt 1445 hours, hydrophone noises were heard bearing 248°. The direction varied considerably. Turchese steered toward them.

At 1705 hours, two cruisers of the NEWCASTLE class and four destroyers of the JERVIS class were sighted at a distance of 12,000 metres, proceeding at 25 knots. The submarine could not close to less than 7,000 meters.

These were probably HMS Dido and the destroyers HMAS Nestor, HMS Zulu, HMS Gurkha, HMS Arrow and HMS Foxhound.

11.Turchese (TC)1 Jan 19422000Cagliari2 Jan 19421650TrapaniSailed for patrol with Axum, Alagi and Aradam, between 34°20'N and 34°40'N, and between 14°00'E and 14°40'E, on a line 60-100 miles south of Malta. Diverted to Trapani because of defects.

12.Turchese (TC)2 Jan 19421900Trapani8 Jan 19421940Cagliari1027Sailed for patrol with Axum, Alagi and Aradam, between 34°20'N and 34°40'N, and between 14°00'E and 14°40'E on a line 60-100 miles south of Malta via 35°00'N, 13°00'E.

Turchese (TC)16 Jan 19421345Cagliari16 Jan 19421715Cagliari14Trials.

13.Turchese (TC)28 Jan 19421420Cagliari28 Jan 19421930Cagliari46Sailed for patrol with Alagi, Aradam, Brin and Axum, between 37°30'N and 38°00'N, and between 07°00'E and 07°10'E but was recalled at 1646 hours on the 28th.

Turchese (TC)3 Feb 19421225Cagliari3 Feb 19421735Cagliari33Exercises.

14.Turchese (TC)9 Feb 19421535Cagliari21 Feb 19421110Cagliari1143Patrolled off Philippeville, between 37°30'N and 38°00'N, and between 06°00'E and 06°10'E, on a line with Aradam and Axum.
  11 Feb 19421500At 1500 hours, a submarine on a westerly course was sighted. It was believed to be Benedetto Brin.

15.Turchese (TC)27 Feb 19421238Cagliari4 Mar 19421630Cagliari765Patrolled off Algerian coast between 37°20'N and 37°30'N, 03°40'E and 04°40'E, on a line with Axum, Aradam and Brin. Sighted only French ships.

16.Turchese (TC)27 Mar 19422205Cagliari2 Apr 19420938Cagliari643Patrolled off Cape Bougaroni, between 37°10'N and 37°20'N, and between 05°20'E and 06°20'E, on a line with Aradam.
  30 Mar 1942171237° 25'N, 6° 29'EAt 1712 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 7,000 metres and Turchese dived. At the time, the submarine was proceeding to intercept an enemy cruiser reported SE of La Galite, at 2009 hours. It was believed that the cruiser had passed some ten miles away.
  1 Apr 19420300
0200 (e)
37° 40'N, 6° 26'EAt 0300 hours, a large seaplane, believed to be a Catalina, was sighted a distance of 1,000 metres. Turchese crash-dived as five bombs exploded, but they caused only minor damages.

Indeed, this was Catalina 'J' (AJ.160) of 202 Squadron piloted by Flying Officer I.F. Edgar. The submarine had first been detected by radar at 8 miles and then sighted steering 075°. The attack was delivered from a height of 75 feet, as the submarine submerged. Seven depth charges were released (an 8th hung up) and a large oil slick was observed.

17.Turchese (TC)4 Apr 19420118Cagliari11 Apr 19420850Cagliari674Patrolled north of Cape Bon in zone K.1 (between 37°12'N and Tunisian coast, 11°00'E and 11°05'E) with Aradam in zone K.2.
  8 Apr 19422120
(0) Off Cape Bon.
At 2120 hours, information was received that a cruiser and a destroyer had been sighted proceeding west. Turchese and Aradam were told to close the North African coast.

Turchese moved to a position 2 miles from Cape Bon but sighted nothing.

Turchese (TC)18 Apr 19421405Cagliari19 Apr 19421040Trapani181Passage Cagliari-Trapani. Uneventful.

18.Turchese (TC)20 Apr 19421540Trapani20 Apr 19422155Trapani50Sailed for patrol between 38°00'N and 38°40'N, and between 09°20'E and 09°40'E following a signal reporting an enemy force, but was then recalled at 1341 hours on the 20th.

19.Turchese (TC)1 May 19421952Trapani17 May 19421015Trapani1842Patrolled south of Formentara [38°42'N, 01°27'E] between 37°40'N and 38°20'N, 01°20'E and 01°40'E. On the evening of 8th May, was moved 20 miles to the south and, on the evening of 11th May, a further 40 miles to the south.
  8 May 1942001038° 18'N, 1° 31'EAt 0010 hours, Turchese was informed that a convoy was sighted proceeding east. The submarine was not in a position to intercept but, at 2000 hours, she received an order to move 20 miles south from her present position.
  9 May 1942124337° 27'N, 1° 37'EAt 1243 hours, a Sunderland was sighted at a distance of 7,000 metres. No action was taken.
  11 May 1942170037° 27'N, 1° 37'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1700 hours, information was received of a cruiser sighted SW of La Galite proceeding eastward. Turchese moved to intercept and at 2000 hours received the order to move 40 miles south of her position, which she reached at 2353 hours. The submarine submerged to listen with her hydrophones, but nothing was detected.
  15 May 1942143338° 05'N, 4° 20'EAt 1433 hours, the French steamer Île Rousse (1,367 GRT, built 1918) was sighted steering 325°.

Turchese (TC)21 May 19422108Trapani23 May 19422125La Spezia400Passage Trapani-La Spezia. Uneventful.

Turchese (TC)29 May 19420730La Spezia29 May 19421343Genoa56Passage La Spezia-Genoa, escorted by MAS 566 for refit.

64 entries. 56 total patrol entries (19 marked as war patrols) and 17 events.

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