Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Peppino Manca

Born  6 Aug 1904?


  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


8 Apr 1939 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

ETTORE FIERAMOSCA (C.C. C.O.): from 01.03.1940 to 25.08.1940.
ATROPO (C.C. C.O.): from 18.09.1940 to 22.11.1940.
From 26.03.1942, served as Head of MARISER SUDA.
From 11.07.1943, served at MARISTAT per COMANDO SUPREMO.

Commands listed for Peppino Manca

Submarine Type Rank From To
Ettore Fieramosca (FM)Ocean goingC.C.1 Mar 194025 Aug 1940
Atropo (AT, N.51)MinelayingC.C.18 Sep 194022 Nov 1940

Ships hit by Peppino Manca

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Peppino Manca

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
1.Ettore Fieramosca (FM)9 Jun 19401415La Spezia14 Jun 19400600La Spezia508Patrolled off Imperia 122° - Capo d'Arma - 17 miles or 43°38'N, 08°02'E on a patrol line in with Mocenigo and Gondar. Sighted submarines several times, in some instances these were probably Mocenigo or Gondar, in adjacent areas, but their identities could not be determined in order to carry out an attack.

2.Ettore Fieramosca (FM)20 Jun 19402300La Spezia25 Jun 19401145La Spezia587Patrolled offf Hyères (Toulon) between 42°20'N and 42°50'N, and between 06°00 and 06°40'E. An explosion of her battery (ten casualties) forced an early return.
  24 Jun 19402135
(0) Off Hyères (Toulon).
Ettore Fieramosca had a battery explosion as she was surfacing. Two officers and eight ratings were wounded, but none severely. The submarine had to abort her mission and return to base. After repairs she was relegated to training duty only.

Atropo (AT, N.51)21 Oct 19400825Taranto21 Oct 19401550Taranto42Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)25 Oct 19400900Taranto25 Oct 19401125Taranto8,2Exercises.

3.Atropo (AT, N.51)27 Oct 19401100Taranto31 Oct 19400030Taranto650,5Minelaying operation southeast of Zante. Interrupted after the explosion of two of her mines.
  29 Oct 1940083937° 50'N, 21° 05'EAt 0839 hours, Atropo was laying a minefield from 37°50'50" N, 21°05'20" E to 37°50'50" N, 21°04' 30" E (off Zante) when the premature explosions of two mines interrupted the mission. This was minefield J 6 A N and three groups of eight mines and two groups of six mines of the T.800 type were to be laid for a total of 36 mines. Only 16 mines were laid before the accident occurred.

The accident was viewed with great concern and it was suspected that the submarine Foca, who had failed to return from a similar mission, may have been victim of a similar accident. The Italian High Command decided to cancel future minelaying missions and the submarines of this class would be used in transport missions instead. No offensive minelaying missions would be carried out by Italian submarines for the remainder of the war. Just before the Armistice, Atropo was scheduled to lay an experimental defensive minefield. It is not certain if this was ever carried out as relevant documents are lost.

Atropo (AT, N.51)1 Nov 1940Taranto1 Nov 1940TarantoThe Duce visited the submarine to enthusiastic acclaims.
  1 Nov 1940
(0) At Taranto.
During the day, the Duce passed in review the crew of Atropo to enthusiastic applause.

Atropo (AT, N.51)8 Nov 19400806Taranto8 Nov 19401300Taranto33,6Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)22 Nov 19400800Taranto22 Nov 19401310Taranto20,5Exercises.

8 entries. 8 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 3 events.

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