Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Raul Galletti

Born  27 Dec 1907Buenos Aires
Died  9 Feb 1987(79)Brindisi


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


  Ufficiale dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
3 Oct 1941 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
27 Jun 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
25 Jan 1943 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
11 Mar 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
11 Mar 1943 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
11 Mar 1947 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

SIRENA (T.V. C.O.): from 03.02.1940 to 27.10.1940.
H.1 (T.V. C.O.): from 30.08.1941 to 01.02.1942?
ACCIAIO (T.V. C.O.): from 04.02.1942 to 03.05.1942.
ANTONIO SCIESA (T.V. C.O.): from 04.05.1942 to 13.11.1942 (sunk, survived).
Promoted C.C. ca. February 1943.
DELFINO (C.C. resp.): from 08.02.1943 to 28.02.1943 (repairs at Taranto).
GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA (C.C. resp.): from 06.03.1943 to 17.07.1943 (not operational at Taranto)
TITO SPERI (C.C. resp.): from 07.03.1943 to 28.06.1943 (in reserve at Taranto).
ATROPO (C.C. C.O.): from 03.05.1943 to 20.05.1943.
TITO SPERI C.C. resp.): from 02.07.1943 to 17.07.1943 (in reserve at Taranto).

Commands listed for Raul Galletti

Submarine Type Rank From To
Sirena (SI)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.3 Feb 194027 Oct 1940
H 1 (H1, P.56)CoastalT.V.30 Aug 19411 Feb 1942
Acciaio (AC)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.4 Feb 19423 May 1942
Antonio Sciesa (SC)Ocean goingT.V.4 May 194212 Nov 1942
Delfino (DL)Ocean goingC.C.8 Feb 194328 Feb 1943
Atropo (AT, N.51)MinelayingC.C.3 May 194320 May 1943
Tito Speri (TS)Ocean goingC.C.7 Mar 194328 Jun 1943
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingC.C.6 Mar 194317 Jul 1943
Tito Speri (TS)Ocean goingC.C.2 Jul 194317 Jul 1943

Ships hit by Raul Galletti

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Raul Galletti

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Sirena (SI)10 Jun 1940Tobruk18 Jun 1940TobrukAt Tobruk.
  12 Jun 19400340+
(0) At Tobruk.
At about 0340 hours, Sirena was anchored in Tobruk harbour when she came under air attack. She was near-missed but undamaged.

1.Sirena (SI)18 Jun 19402141Tobruk22 Jun 19400856Tobruk367Patrolled in Gulf of Sollum, 20 miles north of Ras Uleima, between 32°00'N and coast of Cyrenaica, and between 25°20'E and 27°20'E. Forced to break off patrol after being depth-charged on 21st June.
  21 Jun 19400457
(0) Probably 20 miles north of Ras Uleima.
At 0457 hours, Sirena was proceeding at a depth of 45 metres when she was badly shaken by a depth charge. She was taken down to 80 metres. Until 1220 hours, 36 depth-charge explosions were heard.

Sirena (SI)25 Jun 19402025Tobruk30 Jun 19400940Crotone553Passage Tobruk-Taranto via Crotone for repairs.
  27 Jun 19401715
(0) ?
At 1715 hours, a bomber was seen apparently flying from Malta to Alexandria. Sirena quickly dived to 50 metres.
  28 Jun 19401215
(0) ?
At 1215 hours, a smoke was sighted on the horizon. Sirena dived to listen on her hydrophones, picking up noises.
  28 Jun 19401244
(0) ?
At 1244 hours, two aircraft were observed through the periscope, flying toward the submarine. Sirena was taken down to 50 metres.
  28 Jun 1940173537° 03'N, 18° 43'E
(0) ?
At 1735 hours, Sirena surfaced, but two minutes later an aircraft was seen. She quickly dived to 50 metres.

At 1750 hours, underwater signals were received, emitted from a distance of 4-6,000 metres, but Sirena did not answer.
  29 Jun 19400630
0635 (e)
37° 54'N, 18° 04'EAt 0630 hours, an aircraft was sighted at 3,000 metres, flying at an altitude of 500 metres. At first, it was thought to be Italian. As it closed, it was recognised as enemy and Sirena opened fire with her machine guns.

This was Sunderland 'Q' (L.5806) of 228 Squadron, piloted by Wing Commander G.E. Nicholetts. It dropped four A/S bombs, which straddled the submarine at distances of only 5-10 metres, but failed to explode. On a second run, two more A/S bombs were released, which fell 20 yards ahead of the submarine. T.V. Galetti believed that he had been attacked by two aircraft (perhaps not realising that both runs had been made by the same aircraft). He also believed that the first bomber had been repeatedly hit and one of its gunners mortally wounded as her strafing was very wild. He thought the first attacker had then been shot down. This was not the case and Nicholetts described the antiaircraft fire as completely ineffective.

At 0633 hours, Sirena crash-dived to 50 metres, as the aircraft was making its second run. She was not damaged and Galetti did not record any explosion on the second attack, so perhaps the last two A/S bombs were dud too.

For this action, T.V. Galetti was awarded the Madaglia d'argento.

Sirena (SI)1 Jul 19400518Crotone1 Jul 19401655Taranto110Passage Crotone-Taranto.

Sirena (SI)15 Aug 19400807Taranto15 Aug 19401822Taranto41,5Exercises.

Sirena (SI)17 Aug 19400738Taranto17 Aug 19401800Taranto50,7Exercises.

Sirena (SI)19 Aug 19400734Taranto19 Aug 19401915Taranto81Exercises.

Sirena (SI)21 Aug 19401321Taranto21 Aug 19401600Taranto3Exercises.

2.Sirena (SI)29 Aug 19400540Taranto21 Sep 19401732Taranto1843,5Patrolled southeast of Crete through (1) 33°12'N, 25°46'E (2) 32°40'N, 26°24'E (3) 34°34'N, 27°26'E (4) 34°04'N, 28°04'E.
  30 Aug 1940015038° 06'N, 18° 02'EAt 0150 hours, Sirena was proceeding on the surface when a submarine was sighted at 1,200 metres. She closed to 700 metres, but the attack was aborted as Ruggiero Settimo was known to be in the area. Afterwards, it was concluded that the submarine was enemy, but no British or Hellenic submarines operated in the vicinity.

Sirena (SI)23 Oct 19401300Taranto23 Oct 19401635Taranto18,7Trials.

Sirena (SI)24 Oct 19401300Taranto24 Oct 19401655Taranto23,5Exercises.

Sirena (SI)26 Oct 19401300Taranto26 Oct 19401725Taranto26,8Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)3 Sep 19410850La Spezia3 Sep 19411710La Spezia33,5Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)5 Sep 19410838La Spezia5 Sep 19411318La Spezia24,5Exercises with H.4 and H.6, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Torre Annunziata.

H 1 (H1, P.56)7 Sep 19410940La Spezia7 Sep 19411845La Spezia38Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)9 Sep 19410842La Spezia9 Sep 19411710La Spezia27Exercises with H.4, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Santantioco.

H 1 (H1, P.56)12 Sep 19410900La Spezia12 Sep 19411512La Spezia29Exercises.

3.H 1 (H1, P.56)12 Sep 19411615La Spezia15 Sep 19410825La Spezia273Patrolled with Colonna and H.6 in Gulf of Genoa, on a line 6 miles 017°-197° from 44°14'N, 08°59'E, following a report of a British naval force from Gibraltar. Uneventful.

H 1 (H1, P.56)19 Sep 19410850La Spezia19 Sep 19411710La Spezia27,5Exercises with Da Procida and H.6 escorted by the auxiliaries S. Antioco, Capodistria, Crotone and Rimini.

H 1 (H1, P.56)25 Sep 19410745La Spezia25 Sep 19411630La Spezia34Exercises with with the tug Favignana, MAS 505 and MAS 571.

4.H 1 (H1, P.56)26 Sep 19411830La Spezia29 Sep 19410850Santa Margherita Ligure248,5Patrolled with Da Procida, Beilul, H.4 and H.6 in Gulf of Genoa, on a line miles 6 miles 153°-333° from 44°11'N, 08°56'E, in anticipation of an enemy force from Gibraltar. Uneventful except for sighting antiaircraft fire from the direction of Genoa.

H 1 (H1, P.56)30 Sep 194118300720Santa Margherita Ligure30 Sep 19411228La Spezia39Passage Santa Margherita Ligure-La Spezia.

H 1 (H1, P.56)30 Sep 19410720Santa Margherita Ligure30 Sep 19411228La Spezia39Passage Santa Margherita Ligure-La Spezia.

H 1 (H1, P.56)2 Oct 19410720La Spezia2 Oct 19411430La Spezia43Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)8 Oct 19411825La Spezia9 Oct 19410023La Spezia43Exercises with H.4 and H.6, escorted by the auxiliary Taormina.

H 1 (H1, P.56)14 Oct 19411145La Spezia14 Oct 19411742La Spezia26Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)18 Oct 19411230La Spezia18 Oct 19411415La Spezia12Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)19 Oct 19411846La Spezia19 Oct 19412016La Spezia9,5Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)21 Oct 19410855La Spezia21 Oct 19411653La Spezia28Exercises with the submarine H.4 escorted by the auxiliary Capodistria.

H 1 (H1, P.56)23 Oct 19410725La Spezia23 Oct 19411440La Spezia26Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)24 Oct 19410750La Spezia24 Oct 19411148La Spezia22,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Torre Annunziata.

H 1 (H1, P.56)31 Oct 19410905La Spezia31 Oct 19411050La Spezia11Exercises with the submarine H.4 escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Crotone.

H 1 (H1, P.56)14 Nov 19410858La Spezia14 Nov 19411427La Spezia24Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)15 Nov 19410812La Spezia15 Nov 19411538La Spezia33Exercises with the submarine Acciaio, escorted by the destroyer Premuda and MAS 570.

H 1 (H1, P.56)21 Nov 19411200La Spezia21 Nov 19411845La Spezia35Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)25 Nov 19410830La Spezia25 Nov 19411242La Spezia18Exercises with the submarines H.6, Colonna and Cobalto, escorted by the torpedo boat La Masa and MAS 510.

H 1 (H1, P.56)26 Nov 19410830La Spezia26 Nov 19411340La Spezia20Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)28 Nov 19411244La Spezia28 Nov 19411539La Spezia25,5Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)29 Nov 19410857La Spezia29 Nov 19411626La Spezia24,5Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)2 Dec 19410850La Spezia2 Dec 19411650La Spezia31Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Capodistria and two MAS boats.

H 1 (H1, P.56)3 Dec 19410930La Spezia3 Dec 19411630La SpeziaExercises with the submarine H.4, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Capodistria, MAS 510 and MAS 525.

H 1 (H1, P.56)5 Dec 19410854La Spezia5 Dec 19411520La Spezia19Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Favignana, MAS 510 and MAS 525.

H 1 (H1, P.56)19 Dec 19410840La Spezia19 Dec 19411350La Spezia25Exercises with the submarines Malachite and Da Procida, escorted by the auxiliaries Porto Sdobba, Crotone and Capodistria, MAS 507 and MAS 510.

H 1 (H1, P.56)27 Dec 19410845La Spezia27 Dec 19411326La Spezia25Exercises with the submarine Platino, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Crotone.

H 1 (H1, P.56)30 Dec 19410848La Spezia30 Dec 19411042La Spezia11,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Favignana.

H 1 (H1, P.56)2 Jan 19420827La Spezia2 Jan 19421258La Spezia25,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Capodistria.

H 1 (H1, P.56)11 Jan 19420820La Spezia11 Jan 19421155La Spezia21Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)15 Jan 19420852La Spezia15 Jan 19421540La Spezia23Exercises.

H 1 (H1, P.56)28 Jan 19420825La Spezia28 Jan 19421318La Spezia20Exercises with the submarine H.6, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Capodistria.

H 1 (H1, P.56)31 Jan 19420837La Spezia31 Jan 19421505Genoa50Passage La Spezia-Genoa for refit.

Acciaio (AC)4 Feb 19420855La Spezia4 Feb 19421736La Spezia60,5Exercises with electric G7e torpedoes, escorted by the auxiliary Crotone.

Acciaio (AC)6 Feb 19421030La Spezia6 Feb 19421730La Spezia2Gyrocompass trials.

Acciaio (AC)7 Feb 19420907La Spezia7 Feb 19421553La Spezia10,5Silent running trials.

Acciaio (AC)9 Feb 19420900La Spezia9 Feb 19421618La Spezia50,2Diving trials to a depth of 80 metres and machine-gun firing exercises.

Acciaio (AC)16 Feb 19420900La Spezia16 Feb 19421745La Spezia12,5Exercises.

Acciaio (AC)19 Feb 19420848La Spezia19 Feb 19421200La Spezia5,5Exercises with the submarines Ambra and Rismondo, escorted by the auxiliaries Crotone and Porto Sdobba.

Acciaio (AC)20 Feb 19420820La Spezia20 Feb 19421437La Spezia20,7Gunfire exercises.

Acciaio (AC)2 Mar 19420753La Spezia2 Mar 19421700La Spezia40,8Exercises firing torpedoes by day. Escorted by the torpedo boat La Masa and the auxiliaries Crotone, Torre Annunziata and Santantioco.

Acciaio (AC)11 Mar 19421835La Spezia12 Mar 19420135La Spezia35Exercises firing torpedoes by night with the torpedo boat Carini.

Acciaio (AC)12 Mar 19420740La Spezia12 Mar 19421137La Spezia35Search for torpedoes.

Acciaio (AC)14 Mar 19420945La Spezia16 Mar 19421755Augusta710,2Passage La Spezia-Augusta. Uneventful.

5.Acciaio (AC)26 Mar 19421854Augusta12 Apr 19420815Augusta1751Escorted out by the minesweeper Maria Capo Colonne for a patrol north of Libya, between 33°55'N and 34°05'N, and between 22°50'E and 23°50'E. On 8th April, ordered to Grids 7610 and 7636 (60 miles to the west of her initial area), but her patrol was cut short due to serious engine defects which required two months of repairs.
  27 Mar 19420845At 0845 hours, an aircraft was seen and the submarine dived.
  27 Mar 19421320At 1320 hours, a vessel was sighted at a distance of 7,000 metres. The submarine maneuvered to attack on the surface, but then sighted an aircraft at a distance of 4,000 metres. It proved to be Italian and the vessel was later identified as a hospital ship.
  30 Mar 19420420At 0420 hours, a Catalina aircraft was sighted at a distance of 300 metres, flying at an altitude of 300-400 metres and steering 110° and the submarine crash-dived.

Acciaio (AC)28 Apr 19421525Augusta28 Apr 19421835Augusta7Trials.

Acciaio (AC)30 Apr 1942Augusta30 Apr 1942Augusta7The Prince of Piedmont, who in 1946, as Umberto II, would become the last King of Italy [his reign would last only a month], visited the submarine base at Augusta and boarded Acciaio to review her crew.

Acciaio (AC)2 May 19420810Augusta2 May 19421130Augusta14,1Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Diversi.

Antonio Sciesa (SC)4 Jun 19420820Taranto4 Jun 19421450Taranto47,2Trials.

Antonio Sciesa (SC)6 Jun 19420830Taranto6 Jun 19421322Taranto28Trials.

Antonio Sciesa (SC)11 Jun 19420845Taranto11 Jun 19421637Taranto36,2Trials.

Antonio Sciesa (SC)23 Jun 19420735Taranto23 Jun 19421835Taranto72,7Trials.

6.Antonio Sciesa (SC)29 Jun 19421120Taranto3 Jul 19420415Ras Hilal634,3Supply mission to Derna (68 tons: 64 tons of German petrol and 4 tons of foodstuff). As she arrived off this port, was ordered to Ras Hilal . Arrived with a defective air compressor and was assisted by Bragadino to recharge her compressors.
  30 Jun 1942051537° 29'N, 18° 49'ESix unknown aircraft were observed at a distance of 5,000 metres and the submarine dived. Five minutes later three explosions were heard but the submarine escaped unscathed.
  2 Jul 19420330
(0) 5 miles from Derna.
The submarine had bottomed in 47 meters, while attempts were made to carry out repairs of a compressor, when a short-circuit caused a fire. It was quickly extinguished thanks to the prompt intervention of the engineer Francesco Lamotta.

7.Antonio Sciesa (SC)4 Jul 19421615Ras Hilal4 Jul 19421745Ras HilalAt Ras Hilal. Surprise visit by the Duce.
  4 Jul 19421615-1745
(0) Ras el Hilal.
The Duce made an impromptu visit of the submarine and was met with enthusiasm. He thanked the submariners for their sacrifice.

8.Antonio Sciesa (SC)6 Jul 19422015Ras Hilal9 Jul 19421530Taranto1097Return trip from supply mission to Ras Hilal. Uneventful.

Antonio Sciesa (SC)22 Jul 19420830Taranto22 Jul 19421430Taranto36,7Exercises.

9.Antonio Sciesa (SC)24 Jul 19421425Taranto28 Jul 19420915Tobruk606,6Supply mission to Tobruk (71.6 tons: 64.6 tons of petrol for MAS and 7 tons of foodstuff). Uneventful. Only partly unloaded at Tobruk and was ordered to sail in the evening and return the next morning.
  26 Jul 1942
2100C (e)

(e) 34° 10'N, 22° 20'E
The submarine had just surfaced when a RAF aircraft sighted her and reported her position as 34°17' N, 22°20' E, course 150°, 12 knots. Sciesa did not notice the aircraft. The submarine HMS Thorn was informed by Senior Officer 1st Submarine Flotilla's signal of 2125C/26 but did not manage to intercept her.

10.Antonio Sciesa (SC)28 Jul 19421800Tobruk29 Jul 19420955TobrukSortie to submerge outside the harbour.

11.Antonio Sciesa (SC)29 Jul 19421857Tobruk3 Aug 19421445Taranto1421Return trip from supply mission to Tobruk. Uneventful [mileage is for round trip].

Antonio Sciesa (SC)16 Aug 19421340Taranto16 Aug 19421743Taranto13Trials.

12.Antonio Sciesa (SC)19 Aug 19421445Taranto22 Aug 19420945BenghaziSupply mission to Benghazi (73 tons: 63 tons of German ammunition and 10 tons of foodstuff).
  21 Aug 1942192034° 20'N, 19° 18'E
(0) NW of Benghazi.
An enemy submarine was sighted and Antonio Sciesa made a signal reporting the encounter. However, no British submarine operated in the area.

13.Antonio Sciesa (SC)22 Aug 19421905Benghazi26 Aug 19421315Taranto955Return trip from supply mission to Benghazi. Uneventful. Heard only H.E [mileage is for round trip].

Antonio Sciesa (SC)28 Sep 19420852Taranto28 Sep 19421710Taranto44Exercises.

14.Antonio Sciesa (SC)1 Oct 19421330Taranto5 Oct 19420810BenghaziSupply mission to Benghazi (71.9 tons: 51.5 tons of Italian ammunition, 11.6 tons of foodstuff, 8.6 tons of valuables).
  3 Oct 1942183934° 57'N, 17° 38'EA periscope was observed at a distance of 400-500 metres and the Italian submarine turned away immediately. No British submarine operated in the vicinity.

15.Antonio Sciesa (SC)5 Oct 19421730Benghazi8 Oct 19421500Taranto1072Return trip from supply mission to Benghazi [mileage is for round trip].
  6 Oct 19422118
2212 (e)
34° 41'N, 19° 21'E
(e) 34° 58'N, 19° 21'E
(0) 328° - Tolmeita - 146 miles.
An enemy submarine was initially sighted at 2109 hours at a distance of 4,200-4,500 metres. This was HMS Rorqual (Lt. Cdr. Lennox William Napier, RN), who made a challenge at 2114 hours. Lennox hesitated to attack as the submarine might have been HMS Parthian. At 2118 hours, Antonio Sciesa fired a single torpedo (533mm, W.260 type) at about 800 metres, an explosion was heard giving a running range of 1,200 metres and the enemy submarine was claimed sunk. In fact, HMS Rorqual was unscathed but had also heard the explosion at 2124 hours, turned away and dived.

16.Antonio Sciesa (SC)30 Oct 19421845Taranto31 Oct 19420500Taranto94,5Supply mission to Benghazi with 84 tons of stores (ammunition and surgical material) but aborted due to defects to the port diesel engine, which forced her to return.

17.Antonio Sciesa (SC)3 Nov 19421100Taranto6 Nov 19420800Tobruk667,5Supply mission to Tobruk (85.8 tons: 84.8 tons of ammunition and one ton of surgical material). Damaged at 1521/6 November 1942, by USAAF bombers (three bomb hits). Twenty-three killed, thirty-three survivors (including fourteen wounded).
  4 Nov 19420900Three unknown aircraft were observed at a distance of 5,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  5 Nov 19421430
(0) About 80 miles north of Ras Hilal.
Three unknown aircraft were observed at a distance of 3,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  6 Nov 19421521
(0) Tobruk harbour.
The submarine was anchored in Tobruk harbour when the USAAF raided the town. She was hit by three bombs and had twenty-three killed and fourteen wounded. The submarine had not yet unloaded her full cargo and about 100 cases of ammunition remained on board. Galletti was on land at the time of the attack; he was slightly wounded and rendered temporarily deaf by a bomb, which fell only three metres from him.

18.Antonio Sciesa (SC)12 Nov 1942Tobruk12 Nov 1942ScuttledScuttled off Tobruk in 32°04.6'N, 23°59.2'E to avoid capture as she was unable to sail.
  12 Nov 194232° 04'N, 23° 59'E
(0) Tobruk harbour.
Antonio Sciesa was unable to sail due to the bombing damage. The submarine had to be scuttled to avoid falling into enemy hands, as the Axis forces were withdrawing through Cyrenaica after the battle of El Alamein. Her wreck was found by British forces on 13th November.

Delfino (DL)8 Feb 1943Taranto28 Feb 1943TarantoRepairs in Taranto. Change in command.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)6 Mar 1943Taranto17 Jul 1943TarantoIn Taranto. Change in command. Not operational until Armistice.

Tito Speri (TS)7 Mar 1943Taranto28 Jun 1943TarantoIn reserve at Taranto.

Atropo (AT, N.51)18 May 19431215Taranto18 May 19431755Taranto23Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)19 May 19431250Taranto19 May 19431822Taranto22Exercises [with the auxiliary Claretta?]

Atropo (AT, N.51)20 May 19430740Taranto20 May 19431145Taranto24Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)2 Jul 1943Taranto17 Jul 1943TarantoIn reserve at Taranto.

101 entries. 92 total patrol entries (18 marked as war patrols) and 22 events.

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