Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders


Ugo Gentili

Born  22 Nov 1901Aquila

Ranks

  T.V.Tenente di Vascello

Decorations

Career information

BALILLA (T.V. First Officer): from 05.02.1940 to November 1940+.
BALILLA (T.V. C.O.): from 23.12.1940 to 28.03.1941?
ENRICO TOTI (T.V. C.O.): from 03.02.1941 to 08.03.1941?
FILIPPO CORRIDONI (T.V. C.O.): from 24.04.1941 to 28.08.1941.
H.8 (T.V. C.O.): from 22.08.1941 to 27.01.1942.
H.8 (T.V. C.O.): from 16.02.1942 to 27.02.1943.
ENRICO TOTI (T.V. C.O.): from 04.03.1943 to 30.04.1943.
GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA (T.V. C.O.): from 13.10.1943 to 13.04.1944.

Commands listed for Ugo Gentili


Submarine Type Rank From To
Enrico Toti (TO)Ocean goingT.V.3 Feb 19418 Mar 1941
Balilla (BL)Ocean goingT.V.23 Dec 194028 Mar 1941
Filippo Corridoni (CR)MinelayingT.V.24 Apr 194128 Aug 1941
H 8 (H8)CoastalT.V.22 Aug 194127 Jan 1942
H 8 (H8)CoastalT.V.16 Feb 194227 Feb 1943
Enrico Toti (TO)Ocean goingT.V.4 Mar 194330 Apr 1943
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingT.V.13 Oct 194313 Apr 1944

War patrols listed for Ugo Gentili

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Balilla (BL)30 Jan 19410825Pola30 Jan 19411423Pola48Trials after refit, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Balilla (BL)3 Feb 19410835Pola3 Feb 19411527Pola56Exercises with the submarine Ammiraglio Cagni, escorted by the auxiliary Laurana.

Balilla (BL)12 Feb 19410822Pola12 Feb 19411455Pola5Exercises.

Balilla (BL)13 Feb 19410832Pola13 Feb 19411750Pola52Exercises with torpedo boat Audace, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Enrico Toti (TO)18 Feb 19410905Pola18 Feb 19411210Pola4Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)21 Feb 19410855Pola21 Feb 19411558Pola18Exercises.

Balilla (BL)23 Feb 19410815Pola23 Feb 19411611Pola47Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and San Giorgio.

Balilla (BL)25 Feb 19410807Pola25 Feb 19411638Pola51Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Enrico Toti (TO)25 Feb 19410800Pola25 Feb 19411835Pola65Sailed with Bausan, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio. Hydrophone exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Balilla (BL)26 Feb 19410808Pola26 Feb 19411703Pola57Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)26 Feb 19410902Pola26 Feb 19411640Pola12Exercises.

Balilla (BL)28 Feb 19410804Pola28 Feb 19411753Pola69Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)1 Mar 19410822Pola1 Mar 19411658Pola49Exercises with Adua, Bragadino and Fisalia, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliary Jadera.

Balilla (BL)3 Mar 19411745Pola4 Mar 19410145Pola69Sailed with the submarine Adua escorted by San Giorgio for night torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Audace.

Enrico Toti (TO)5 Mar 19410830Pola5 Mar 19411831Pola70Exercises.

Balilla (BL)6 Mar 19410845Pola6 Mar 19411830PolaExercises, escorted the auxiliary Jadera and the tug Tenace.

Enrico Toti (TO)6 Mar 19410905Pola7 Mar 19410010Pola160Sailed for exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and Tenace.

Enrico Toti (TO)8 Mar 19410905Pola8 Mar 19411444Pola50Exercises.

Balilla (BL)9 Mar 19410900Pola9 Mar 19411420MonfalconePassage Pola-Monfalcone.

Balilla (BL)28 Mar 19410900Monfalcone28 Mar 19411440PolaPassage Monfalcone-Pola to be disarmed.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)15 Jun 19411000Taranto15 Jun 19411150Taranto3Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)16 Jun 19410818Taranto16 Jun 19411635Taranto41Exercises with the submarine H 2, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)17 Jun 19411200Taranto17 Jun 19411712Taranto35,5Exercises in Gulf of Taranto with the submarines H 2 and H 8 and the torpedo boat Aretusa.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)21 Jun 19410750Taranto21 Jun 19411725Taranto53,5Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)22 Jun 19410800Taranto22 Jun 19411715Taranto41Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)25 Jun 19411100Taranto25 Jun 19411740Taranto34Exercises with the torpedo boat Cassiopea.

1.Filippo Corridoni (CR)29 Jun 19410935Taranto1 Jul 19411310Taranto390Supply mission to Derna but then recalled.
  1 Jul 19410300
(0) Off Cape Santa Maria di Leuca.
At 0300 hours, the submarine Atropo was sighted and exchanged recognition signals.

2.Filippo Corridoni (CR)2 Jul 19411445Taranto6 Jul 19412020DernaSupply mission to Derna (53 tons of ammunition). Uneventful.

3.Filippo Corridoni (CR)7 Jul 19410200Derna10 Jul 19411220Taranto1166,5Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful (mileage is for round trip).

4.Filippo Corridoni (CR)19 Jul 19410835Taranto22 Jul 19412113DernaSupply mission to Derna (58 tons of ammunition). Uneventful

5.Filippo Corridoni (CR)23 Jul 19410300Derna26 Jul 19411255Taranto1181Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful (mileage is for round trip).

6.Filippo Corridoni (CR)8 Aug 19411110Taranto12 Aug 19411938BardiaSupply mission to Bardia (14 tons of petrol, 48 tons of ammunition). Upon arrival in Bardia, the submarine was visited by General Rommel.
  12 Aug 1941030032° 00'N, 25° 40'EAt 0300 hours, a submarine was sighted and was believed to have been Zoea. MARICOSOM had issued orders not to attack submarines when east of 22° E. Later it was found that it could not be Zoea and was probably enemy.
  12 Aug 19412215
(0) In Bardia harbour.
At 2215 hours, an aircraft surprised the submarine and dropped four bombs, which fell about 20 metres off the starboard side. The shock was violent enough to disable the gyrocompass, but no damage was reported.

Bardia was raided by a Blenheim and three Albacores from 826 Squadron (FAA). One was armed with a torpedo and the others two with two general purpose 500 lb bombs. Two more Albacore from the same squadron were armed with torpedoes and followed about four hours later. The bombers reported an oil patch and believed the submarine had been damaged.

7.Filippo Corridoni (CR)12 Aug 19412340Bardia17 Aug 19411248Taranto1516Return trip from supply mission to Bardia. On 16th August, Swordfish of 826 Squadron raided Bardia with the intention of attacking a submarine [Corridoni] who had been reported there but found nothing (mileage is for round trip).
  12 Aug 1941030032° 00'N, 25° 40'EAt 0300 hours, a submarine was sighted and was believed to have been Zoea. MARICOSOM had issued orders not to attack submarines when east of 22° E. Later it was found that it could not be Zoea and was probably enemy.
  12 Aug 19412215
(0) In Bardia harbour.
At 2215 hours, an aircraft surprised the submarine and dropped four bombs, which fell about 20 metres off the starboard side. The shock was violent enough to disable the gyrocompass, but no damage was reported.

Bardia was raided by a Blenheim and three Albacores from 826 Squadron (FAA). One was armed with a torpedo and the others two with two general purpose 500 lb bombs. Two more Albacore from the same squadron were armed with torpedoes and followed about four hours later. The bombers reported an oil patch and believed the submarine had been damaged.
  15 Aug 19411433
1527 (e)
35° 00'N, 21° 10'EAt 1433 hours, an enemy submarine was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres. Corridoni submerged to attack but lost contact.

The submarine was HMS Torbay (Lieutenant Commander A.C.C. Miers, RN). She had sighted the Italian submarine 5 miles ahead. The British submarine dived to attack.

8.H 8 (H8)25 Aug 19412112Taranto26 Aug 19411212Taranto102,5Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

9.H 8 (H8)26 Aug 19412100Taranto27 Aug 19411210Taranto102,2Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)4 Sep 19410710Taranto4 Sep 1941Taranto102,2Collided with the tug Titan. Docked for repairs on 5th September.
  4 Sep 19410730
(0) La Spezia harbour.
At 0730 hours, H.8 collided with the tug Titan (Captain Carlo Bussani) in La Spezia harbour. The collision caused enough damage to force the cancellation of her mission.

H 8 (H8)5 Oct 19410835Taranto5 Oct 19411850TarantoTrials with MAS 8/D.

10.H 8 (H8)7 Oct 19412052Taranto8 Oct 19411255Taranto102,5Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

11.H 8 (H8)11 Nov 19411600Taranto12 Nov 19411245Taranto126Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

12.H 8 (H8)13 Nov 19411700Taranto14 Nov 19411300Taranto107Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)20 Nov 19411030Taranto20 Nov 19411620TarantoTorpedo firing exercises with the submarine Micca and the torpedo boat Aretusa.

H 8 (H8)28 Nov 19411255Taranto28 Nov 19411630TarantoTrials, escorted by MAS 5/D.

H 8 (H8)2 Jan 19421100Taranto2 Jan 19421755TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)9 Jan 19421438Taranto9 Jan 19421710TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)10 Jan 19421455Taranto10 Jan 19421505TarantoChanged moorings?

H 8 (H8)12 Jan 19421311Taranto13 Jan 19420945Brindisi147Passage Taranto-Brindisi.

H 8 (H8)16 Feb 19420910Brindisi16 Feb 19421110BrindisiExercises.

H 8 (H8)20 Feb 19421300Brindisi20 Feb 19422235BrindisiExercises.

H 8 (H8)21 Feb 19422330Brindisi22 Feb 19421525Taranto154Passage Brindisi-Taranto.

H 8 (H8)25 Feb 19420807Taranto25 Feb 19421316TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)26 Feb 19420750Taranto26 Feb 19421535TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)27 Feb 19421115Taranto27 Feb 19421715TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)28 Feb 19420620Taranto28 Feb 19421502TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)12 Mar 19420744Taranto12 Mar 19421423TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)13 Mar 19421917Taranto13 Mar 19422110TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)14 Mar 19422000Taranto15 Mar 19420320TarantoExercises.

13.H 8 (H8)17 Mar 19421925Taranto18 Mar 19421100Taranto107Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

14.H 8 (H8)21 Apr 19421950Taranto22 Apr 19421205Taranto102Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6. Uneventful.

15.H 8 (H8)22 Apr 19421945Taranto23 Apr 19421127Taranto107Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

16.H 8 (H8)12 May 19421945Taranto13 May 19421210Taranto103Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

17.H 8 (H8)14 May 19421945Taranto15 May 19421130Taranto103Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)7 Jun 19420740Taranto7 Jun 19421416TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)16 Jul 19420720Taranto16 Jul 19421645TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)7 Aug 19421355Taranto7 Aug 19421837TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)23 Aug 19421143Taranto23 Aug 19421758TarantoExercises with the destroyer Zeno.

H 8 (H8)12 Sep 19420635Taranto12 Sep 19421137TarantoExercises.

H 8 (H8)20 Sep 19420746Taranto20 Sep 19421246TarantoExercises.

18.H 8 (H8)29 Sep 19421915Taranto30 Sep 19421125Taranto104Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

H 8 (H8)2 Oct 19421749Taranto5 Oct 19420215MessinaPassage Taranto to Naples, but diverted to Messina due to propeller defect.

H 8 (H8)5 Oct 19421535Messina5 Oct 19421615MessinaExercises.

H 8 (H8)29 Oct 19420830Messina29 Oct 19421055MessinaExercises.

H 8 (H8)30 Oct 19421145Messina31 Oct 19420850NaplesPassage Messina-Naples.

H 8 (H8)2 Nov 19421825Naples4 Nov 19420730La SpeziaPassage Naples-La Spezia.

H 8 (H8)11 Nov 19420840La Spezia11 Nov 19421130La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)11 Nov 19421400La Spezia11 Nov 19421710La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)12 Nov 19420835La Spezia12 Nov 19421200La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)12 Nov 19421310La Spezia12 Nov 19421630La SpeziaExercises.

19.H 8 (H8)12 Nov 19422125La Spezia16 Nov 19421208La Maddalena425Defensive patrol off Ajaccio (Corsica) with the submarine Bajamonti between 41°40'N and 41°55'N and 08°20'E and Corsican coast. Uneventful.
  14 Nov 19420612
(0) Probably off Corsica.
At 0612 hours, a submarine was sighted. It was believed to be Italian submarine Bajamonti. By precaution, H.8 submerged.
  15 Nov 1942073641° 05'N, 8° 25'EAt 0736 hours, a MAS boat was sighted.

20.H 8 (H8)26 Nov 19420220La Maddalena26 Nov 19421215La Maddalena65Defensive patrol off Ajaccio (Corsica) with submarine Bajamonti. Uneventful, except for the very bad weather encountered (Force 7), which forced the submarine to return to port.

H 8 (H8)26 Nov 19420830La Maddalena26 Nov 19421215La MaddalenaExercises.

H 8 (H8)29 Nov 19421600La Maddalena30 Nov 19421130La SpeziaPassage La Maddalena-La Spezia.

H 8 (H8)1 Dec 19420740La Spezia1 Dec 1942Time?La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)17 Dec 19420915La Spezia17 Dec 19421415GenoaPassage La Spezia-Genoa.

H 8 (H8)25 Jan 19430955Genoa25 Jan 19431620GenoaExercises.

H 8 (H8)29 Jan 19430935Genoa29 Jan 19431515La SpeziaPassage Genoa-La Spezia, escorted by the corvette Cicogna.

H 8 (H8)5 Feb 19431050La Spezia5 Feb 19431610La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)9 Feb 19431135La Spezia9 Feb 19431605La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)12 Feb 19430845La Spezia12 Feb 19431600La SpeziaExercises.

H 8 (H8)15 Feb 19430835La Spezia15 Feb 19431650La SpeziaExercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)5 Mar 19431430Taranto5 Mar 19431831Taranto20Trials.

Enrico Toti (TO)6 Mar 19430545Taranto6 Mar 19431110Taranto12,9Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)13 Mar 19430800Taranto13 Mar 19431550Taranto64Trials.

Enrico Toti (TO)1 Apr 19430730Taranto1 Apr 19431414Taranto26Trials.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)13 Oct 1943Taranto13 Apr 1944TarantoIn Taranto. Change in command.

98 entries. 94 total patrol entries (20 marked as war patrols) and 9 events.

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