Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Filippo Flores

Birth details unknown


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


2 Dec 1941 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
4 Apr 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

MOCENIGO (T.V. First Officer): from 14.08.1938 to ?
MOCENIGO (T.V. resp.): from 05.09.1941 to 21.09.1941.
GALILEO FERRARIS (T.V. C.O.): 21.09.0941? to 25.10.1941 (sunk, Flores survived as PoW).

Commands listed for Filippo Flores

Submarine Type Rank From To
Mocenigo (MO, I.19)Ocean goingT.V.5 Sep 194121 Sep 1941

Ships hit by Filippo Flores

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Filippo Flores

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Mocenigo (MO, I.19)18 Sep 19411120La Spezia18 Sep 19411200La Spezia0,3Changed moorings.

Mocenigo (MO, I.19)18 Sep 19411530La Spezia18 Sep 19411600La Spezia0,3Changed moorings.

Galileo Ferraris (FE, I.32)10 Oct 1941Bordeaux10 Oct 1941PMLe VerdonPassage Bordeaux-Le Verdon. Departure delayed because of the presence of mines was suspected.

Galileo Ferraris (FE, I.32)12 Oct 1941Date???Le Verdon12 Oct 1941Date???La PallicePassage Le Verdon-La Pallice for trials.

1.Galileo Ferraris (FE, I.32)14 Oct 1941EveningLa Pallice25 Oct 19411233SunkSailed for a patrol between 39°00'N and 40°00'N, and between 22°00'W and 23°00'W. At 1915 hours on 22nd October, she was ordered to an area between 36°00'N and 37°00'N, and between 11°00'W and 12°00'W, this was following news of the departure of a convoy from Gibraltar (this was convoy H.G.75). At 1505 hours on 24th October, she was ordered to patrol a line on the 36°15'N parallel between 13°15'W and 15°05'W. Sunk by the escort destroyer HMS Lamerton and Catalina aircraft (A202), which was covering convoy H.G.75 and sighted the submarine at a distance of 15 miles at 1030 in position 37°00'N, 14°00'W, about 40 miles ahead of the convoy. At 1233 hours, the submarine was scuttled with HMS Lamerton still 6,300 yards away. Five men were drowned (or 6?), fifty-two men were picked up.
  18 Oct 1941115542° 43'N, 15° 16'WAt 1155 hours, Ferraris was requested by BETASOM to give her position and replied accordingly.
  25 Oct 1941
1030 (e)

(e) 37° 07'N, 14° 19'W
The Catalina "A" of 202 Squadron (Squadron Leader N.F. Eagleton) was covering convoy H.G.75, when Ferraris was discovered at a distance of 15 miles. The aircraft swooped down to the attack and dropped two bombs (or four depth-charges?) which fell close, but failed to detonate. The submarine replied with machine gun fire and hit the aircraft which was s lightly damaged, but Eagleton alerted HMS Lamerton who was now rushing to the scene.
  25 Oct 1941
1240A (e)

(e) 37° 27'N, 14° 34'W
Ferraris sighted a vessel mistaken for a corvette and opened fire with her two 100mm guns. This was HMS Lamerton (a HUNT class escort destroyer) who arrived at 24 knots and opened fire at 1220 hours at 9,000 yards. At the same time, the Italian made her last signal indicating her predicament. At 1233 hours, Flores believing the game was up, ordered her to be scuttled although the submarine had not been hit and the destroyer was still 6,300 yards away. HMS Lamerton had only been hit by a single shell fragment and arrived in time to pick up fifty-two survivors, five men were drowned.

7 entries. 5 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 3 events.

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