Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Renato Guagni

Born  17 Sep 1910Florence
Died  27 Jun 1941(30)Killed in action


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


3 Sep 1947 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare (posthumous)

Career information

From 19.02.1940, served at MARINACCAD.
CIRO MENOTTI (T.V. C.O.): fFrom 06.01.1941 to 04.05.1941.
SALPA (T.V. C.O.): from 29.04.1941 to 27.06.1941 (sunk, Guagni was killed).

Commands listed for Renato Guagni

Submarine Type Rank From To
Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)Ocean goingT.V.6 Jan 19414 May 1941
Salpa (SP)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.29 Apr 194127 Jun 1941

Ships hit by Renato Guagni

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Renato Guagni

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)7 Jan 19410820Taranto7 Jan 19411450Taranto38Trials, escorted by a minesweeper.

Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)8 Jan 19410955Taranto8 Jan 19411637Taranto43Exercises.

1.Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)10 Jan 19410735Taranto10 Jan 19411700GallipoliExercises and passage to Gallipoli.

2.Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)11 Jan 19411940Gallipoli20 Jan 19411610Taranto550Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto, in 39°30'N, 19°10'E. Uneventful [mileage is from 10th January].

Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)18 Feb 19411300Taranto18 Feb 19411700Taranto36Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.30.

3.Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)22 Feb 19410735Taranto7 Mar 19411610Taranto905Patrolled south of Strait of Otranto within 10 miles from 38°40'N, 19°40'E. Uneventful, heard only H.E. and distant explosions.

Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)24 Mar 19411315Taranto24 Mar 19411730Taranto21,5Trials.

Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)27 Mar 19410925Taranto27 Mar 19411047Taranto1Trials.

4.Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)4 Apr 19412100Taranto5 Apr 19411015Taranto80Hydrophone watch in Gulf of Taranto.

5.Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)9 Apr 19411224Taranto21 Apr 19411330Taranto791Patrolled south of Otranto Straits within 10 miles from 39°20'N, 19°30'E on a NW-SE axis. Uneventful. Guagni was criticized by Admiral Falangola for staying too long underwater, as the submarine was supposed to be surfaced for the first 15 minutes of each hour, to receive instructions by short waves.

Salpa (SP)5 May 19411820Taranto6 May 19411625TarantoExercises with H.8, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

6.Salpa (SP)9 May 19411137Taranto25 May 19411145Messina2343Patrolled southwest of Crete, between 34°40'N and 35°20'N, 23°00'E and 24°40'E and from 14th to 16th May off Egyptian coast, between 31°20'N and 32°40'N, 28°00'E and 29°20'E. Uneventful except H.E.

Salpa (SP)12 Jun 19410830Messina12 Jun 19411650MessinaExercises, escorted by Arcione.

7.Salpa (SP)18 Jun 19412155Messina27 Jun 19410811 (UK)Sunk with all handsSailed for patrol off Egyptian coast and Cyrenaica, between 31°55 N and Egyptian coast, and between 26°20'E and 26°40'E (according to German records between 32°40'N and 32°27'N , and between 25°00'E and 25°20'E) She had to proceed to Leros and was sunk in 32°04'N, 26°47'E by the British submarine HMS Triumph. No survivors, five officers and forty-three ratings killed.
  27 Jun 1941
0818+ (e)

(e) 32° 05'N, 26° 47'E
At 0757 hours, the submarine HMS Triumph (Lieutenant Commander W.J.W. Woods, RN) sighted what looked like masts of a small ships. Five minutes later, it was recognised as a submarine and she probably had just surfaced. Later it was identified as a PERLA class boat, steering 003° at 10 knots.

At 0811 hours, the British submarine opened fire from 1,500 yards. In all, 33 4" rounds were fired of which 5 were direct hits as well as 330 rounds with her Lewis guns.

This was Salpa on patrol off the Egyptian coast. The Italian submarine appeared to have fired back 5 rounds with her deck gun, but was now apparently almost stopped and sinking by the stern.

At 0818 hours, HMS Triumph fired two torpedoes at 600 yards. The first deviated to port, but the second squarely hit the target and she sank. A large pool of oil was seen but no survivors.

Salpa had gone down with all hands. Five officers and forty-three ratings perished.

14 entries. 14 total patrol entries (7 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.

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