Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||26 Feb 1918||Naples|
Career informationFrom 29.06.1939 to ? served as G.M. on the light cruiser DA BARBIANO.
AMMIRAGLIO CAGNI (T.V. Navigation Officer): from 25.07.1941 to April 1942+.
ASCIANGHI (T.V. First Officer): from February 1943 to May 1943?
ARGO (T.V. C.O.): from 08.05.1943 to 11.09.1943.
Commands listed for Arcangelo Giliberti
|Argo (AO, I.26)||Ocean going||T.V.||8 May 1943||11 Sep 1943|
Ships hit by Arcangelo GilibertiNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Arcangelo Giliberti
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||15 May 1943||0815||Pozzuoli||15 May 1943||1145||Pozzuoli||9,2||Exercises.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||19 May 1943||0220||Pozzuoli||20 May 1943||0749||La Maddalena||254||Passage Pozzuoli-La Maddalena.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||1 Jun 1943||0450||La Maddalena||1 Jun 1943||1155||Ajaccio||75||Passage La Maddalena-Ajaccio.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||4 Jun 1943||0835||Ajaccio||4 Jun 1943||1229||Ajaccio||18,3||Exercises.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||8 Jun 1943||0815||Ajaccio||8 Jun 1943||1230||Ajaccio||12,5||Exercises.|
|1.||Argo (AO, I.26)||12 Jun 1943||2105||Ajaccio||21 Jun 1943||0855||Ajaccio||870,1||Patrolled between 38°20'N and 39°00'N, and between 05°00'E and 05°40'E. On 15th June, she was ordered to move 40 miles to the south. On 17th June, she was ordered 37°20'N and the Algerian coast, between 05°07'E and 05°40'E.|
|19 Jun 1943||0220||37° 16'N, 5° 19'E||A Sunderland aircraft circled the submarine. The gun crew were readied to open fire on the aircraft, but an opportunity arose and Argo dived without being attacked.|
|19 Jun 1943||0902||36° 54'N, 5° 25'E|
(0) 246° - Cape Carbon - 16 miles.
|At 0656 hours on 19th June, H.E. were heard and the submarine came to periscope depth and sighted a patrol vessel. T.V. Giliberti assumed that the vessel was perhaps patrolling ahead of a convoy in the Gulf of Bougie and submerged to a depth of 50 metres for a listening watch. At 0812 hours, noises were heard. It was a convoy steering 105°, entering the anchorage. At 0902 hours, four torpedoes from the bow tubes were fired a 7,000-ton freighter from a distance of 3,000 metres. Three hits were heard and the submarine dived to a depth of 110 metres, but there was no immediate reaction from the enemy. In fact, no hits were confirmed.|
|21 Jun 1943||0150|
(0) Off Cape Scorno.
|At 0150 hours, the submarine Velella was encountered and recognition signals were exchanged.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||22 Jun 1943||0930||Ajaccio||22 Jun 1943||1620||La Maddalena||67,6||Passage Ajaccio-La Maddalena.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||25 Jun 1943||2200||La Maddalena||26 Jun 1943||2324||Pozzuoli||226,1||Passage La Maddalena-Pozzuoli via (1) Point A Olbia (2) 40°48'N, 10°26'E (3) Point C Naples.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||28 Jun 1943||0610||Pozzuoli||28 Jun 1943||0829||Naples||11,5||Passage Pozzuoli-Naples.|
|2.||Argo (AO, I.26)||10 Jul 1943||0300||Castellammare di Stabia||14 Jul 1943||0835||Taranto||?||Patrolled off Sicilian coast for Operation ZETA in zone 172 [between 38°25'N and 38°35'N, and between 12°40'E and 13°00'E], ordered to area 83 (near 37°02'N, 15°28'E). Early return due to engine defects.|
|11 Jul 1943||1000||37° 19'N, 15° 32'E||Many aircraft were seen and the submarine dived.|
|11 Jul 1943||1131||37° 03'N, 15° 32'E||The submarine sighted the crew of a German torpedo bomber in a life boat and proceeded to pick up the four men. While the rescue was in progress, vessels were sighted on the horizon. As soon as the operation was completed, the submarine submerged to close the enemy, but they were too far to intercept.|
|11 Jul 1943||1402||37° 02'N, 15° 28'E||At 1215 hours, Argo dived at a depth of 30 metres and closed Syracuse. She listened with her hydrophones and came back to periscope depth from time to time to take a peek. At 1257 hours, a convoy was discerned over the horizon. At 1330 hours, a cruiser of the SOUTHAMPTON class and other warships could be observed. This was later identified as one of two cruisers, screened by four destroyers. At 1402 hours, four torpedoes were fired from a distance of 4,000 metres. One explosion was heard, as the submarine went down to 110 metres. The target may have been the cruiser HMS Uganda, in company with the antiaircraft cruiser HMS Carlisle, but the attack does not appear to have been observed. An A/S hunt started at 1752 hours which lasted until 0055 hours on 12th July. At 0200 hours, the submarine surfaced and retired to the northeast.|
|12 Jul 1943||0330||37° 19'N, 15° 51'E||At 0330 hours, Argo sighted an unknown submarine which may have been Bronzo,on her way to Syracuse.|
|12 Jul 1943||0445||37° 26'N, 15° 57'E||An unidentified aircraft was seen and Argo dived. The submarine then reported to have been hunted from 0455 to 1808 hours.|
|13 Jul 1943||0416||37° 56'N, 16° 42'E||At 0416 hours, flashes or flares were sighted to the rear and then several aircraft came into view. The submarine dived at 0436 hours and was hunted from 0449 to 1005 hours.|
|3.||Argo (AO, I.26)||22 Jul 1943||1955||Taranto||27 Jul 1943||1037||Taranto||?||Sailed for patrol off the east coast of Sicily (Operation ZETA) but aborted due to defects (damaged gyroscopic and magnetic compasses) before reaching her destination. This was known through ULTRA and she returned to Taranto and eventually went to Monfalcone for a long refit.|
|26 Jul 1943||1024||38° 11'N, 17° 37'E||Two unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||30 Jul 1943||1957||Taranto||3 Aug 1943||0716||Venice||561||Passage Taranto-Venice.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||5 Aug 1943||0831||Venice||5 Aug 1943||1535||Monfalcone||55||Passage Venice-Monfalcone.|
|Argo (AO, I.26)||11 Sep 1943||Monfalcone||11 Sep 1943||Scuttled||Scuttled after armistice.|
|11 Sep 1943|
(0) At Monfalcone.
|The submarine was at Monfalcone at armistice time and was scuttled.|
21 entries. 14 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 11 events.