Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Bandino Bandini

Capitano di Corvetta

Born  25 Mar 1906Florence
Died   1990(83)Milan


 C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


  Croce al merito di guerra
  Cavaliere dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
7 Nov 1941 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
17 Aug 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
12 Apr 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

MARCANTONIO BRAGADINO (C.C. C.O.): from 19.02.1940 to 18.08.1940.
ENRICO TOTI (C.C. C.O.): from 21.08.40 to 15.11.40.
ATROPO (C.C. C.O.): from 23.11.1940 to 24.06.1941.
In 1942: Second in Command of Scuola A.S. (Antisubmarine School). Joined R.S.I.

Commands listed for Bandino Bandini

Submarine Type Rank From To
Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)MinelayingC.C.20 Feb 194018 Aug 1940
Enrico Toti (TO)Ocean goingC.C.21 Aug 194015 Nov 1940
Atropo (AT, N.51)MinelayingC.C.23 Nov 194024 Jun 1941

Ships hit by Bandino Bandini

DateSubmarineShip hitTypeGRTNat.Loss type
1.15 Oct 1940Enrico TotiHMS TriadSubmarine1,090BritishSunk

War patrols listed for Bandino Bandini

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)31 May 19401026Augusta31 May 19401630Augusta29Exercises.

Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)21 Jun 19402325Augusta23 Jun 19400938Naples295Passage Augusta-Naples.

1.Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)24 Jun 19401607Naples28 Jun 19401426Tobruk865Supply mission to Tobruk: brought 27 tons of material for the Italian Air Force.
  25 Jun 19401530
(0) 4 miles from Cape Dell'Armi (or near Melito Porto Salvo).
At 1530 hours, Bragadino was fired upon twice in error by the A/S auxiliary Marongiu (A.S.3) of Gruppo Cacciasommergibile Messina. Marongiu was not aware that only submerged submarines should be attacked near the Italian coast.

Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)29 Jun 19402105Tobruk4 Jul 19401930Taranto707Passage Tobruk-Taranto.
  30 Jun 19401343
1345 (e)
33° 49'N, 23° 16'EAt 1343 hours, an aircraft was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres and Bragadino crash-dived. She has reached a depth of 15 metres when she was shaken by the explosions of three bombs. She escaped by going down to 80 metres.

This was a Swordfish of 824 Squadron from HMS Eagle. It actually dropped six 100-lb bombs. At the time the British Mediterranean fleet was 10 miles west of the submarine on an easterly course and turned southward to avoid the submarine.
  1 Jul 1940103535° 14'N, 22° 14'EAt 0910 hours, an aircraft was sighted astern following a parallel course to the submarine. Bragadino crash-dived and went down to 80 metres.

At 1035 hours, two bombs exploded near on the port side of the submarine but without causing damage. More explosions followed. About two hours later, propellers sound were picked up and about twenty depth charges were heard until 1835 hours.
  2 Jul 1940121535° 14'N, 22° 14'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1215 hours, the submarine was at a depth of 40-50 metres when several bombs or depth-charges were heard. Bragadino was taken down to 80 metres. At 1300 hours, another thirteen depth charges were heard but the submarine escaped damage.

Enrico Toti (TO)3 Sep 19400800Brindisi3 Sep 19401231Brindisi30Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)5 Sep 19400914Brindisi5 Sep 19401400Brindisi22Exercises in 40°42'25'N, 17°54'45'E.

Enrico Toti (TO)10 Sep 19400810Brindisi10 Sep 19401330Brindisi21Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Pallade.

Enrico Toti (TO)12 Sep 19400812Brindisi12 Sep 19401222Brindisi21Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)22 Sep 19400800Brindisi22 Sep 19401243Brindisi25Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)28 Sep 19400808Brindisi28 Sep 19401150Brindisi18Exercises.

Enrico Toti (TO)4 Oct 19401405Brindisi4 Oct 19401805Brindisi20Exercises.

2.Enrico Toti (TO)11 Oct 19401530Brindisi15 Oct 19401630Brindisi705Sailed for patrol in Ionian Sea, through (a) 37°20'N, 18°20'E (b) 33°10'N, 23°20'E to an area 10 miles wide between 33°35'N, 26°50'E and 34°20'N, 28°15'E. Returned after damage following sinking of HMS Triad.
  15 Oct 19400110+38° 16'N, 17° 37'E
(0) 197° - Cape Colonne (Calabria) - 50 miles.
In bad weather, a submarine of the PERSEUS class was observed at a distance of 2,000 metres. In fact, this was HMS Triad (Lt. Cdr. G.S. Salt, RN). Enrico Toti turned immediately to port, toward the enemy who had opened fire, hitting the Italian submarine on the conning tower. S.T.V. Giuseppe Simonetti and rating Marino Casellato were slightly wounded. HMS Triad fired a torpedo, which narrowly missed Enrico Toti astern. The Italian gunners rushed to the deck gun, but it was jammed; they frantically tried to arm it, as the enemy passed at full speed at only 30 metres from the port side. One 12-cm round was finally fired, but missed. In frustration, electrician Nicola Stagi threw his shoe at the enemy submarine! The Breda machine-guns and sub-machine guns swept the enemy's deck and shouts could distinctly be heard. At a distance of about 100-200 metres, the enemy submarine dived as Toti fired a second round from her 12-cm gun, which scored a direct hit, followed by a 533mm torpedo which apparently also hit the submerged submarine. About 30 metres of her bows broke surface vertically, before she disappeared. For good measure, one more 12-cm round was fired as well a second torpedo set at a depth of nine metres, although they appear to have missed. HMS Triad was the only British submarine to be sunk by an Italian counterpart, five officers and fifty ratings went down with her.

Enrico Toti (TO)21 Oct 19401008Brindisi22 Oct 19401400Pola385Passage Brindisi-Pola.

3.Atropo (AT, N.51)23 Nov 19400645Taranto27 Nov 19401220Leros714Storing trip Taranto-Leros. Uneventful.

Atropo (AT, N.51)2 Dec 19401500Leros2 Dec 19401620Leros5Exercises.

4.Atropo (AT, N.51)3 Dec 19400140Leros8 Dec 19401740Taranto821Return voyage from storing trip Leros-Taranto and brief patrol in 35°30'N, 26°30'E.

Atropo (AT, N.51)22 Dec 19400755Taranto22 Dec 19401545Taranto46Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)23 Dec 19400805Taranto23 Dec 19401500Taranto46Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)26 Dec 19400805Taranto26 Dec 19401610Taranto49Exercises.

5.Atropo (AT, N.51)27 Dec 19400810Taranto27 Dec 19401240Taranto27,7Laid an experimental mine field. Then refit until March 1941.

Atropo (AT, N.51)14 Mar 19410840Taranto14 Mar 19411435Taranto34,5Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)31 Mar 19410838Taranto31 Mar 19411600Taranto28,5Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)11 Apr 19410836Taranto11 Apr 19411537Taranto45,2Exercises, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

Atropo (AT, N.51)3 May 19410525Taranto3 May 19411948Taranto156,53Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)5 May 19410831Taranto5 May 19411507Taranto53,9Exercises, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

6.Atropo (AT, N.51)9 May 19412238Taranto12 May 19411909DernaStoring trip Taranto to Derna with 78 tons of ammunition. Uneventful.

7.Atropo (AT, N.51)13 May 19410700Derna15 May 19411515Taranto1131Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful (mileage total).

8.Atropo (AT, N.51)18 May 19410625Taranto20 May 19412100DernaStoring trip Taranto to Derna with 79 tons of ammunition. Uneventful.

9.Atropo (AT, N.51)21 May 19410648Derna24 May 19411320Taranto1155Return trip from supply mission to Derna (mileage total).
  22 May 19410825
0930 (e)
35° 16'N, 20° 52'EAt 0825 hours, four warships were sighted at a distance of 8-9,000 metres. Atropo crash-dived and was hunted from 0850 to 1920 hours but escaped damage.

These were actually five destroyers of the 5th Flotilla: HMS Kelly (D.5), HMS Kashmir, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling and HMS Janus. They dropped 50 depth charges.

10.Atropo (AT, N.51)5 Jun 19410533Taranto7 Jun 19412010DernaPassage Taranto to Derna with 40 tons of ammunition. Uneventful.

11.Atropo (AT, N.51)8 Jun 19410012Derna10 Jun 19411100Taranto1151,9Return trip from supply mission to Derna (mileage total).
  10 Jun 19410300
(0) 12 miles south Cape Santa Maria di Leuca.
At 0300 hours, an enemy submarine was sighted.

There were none in the area. This was probably Adua on passage from Taranto to Pola and she was actually seen again at 0435 hours.

12.Atropo (AT, N.51)13 Jun 19411002Taranto15 Jun 19412131DernaPassage Taranto to Derna with 68 tons of ammunition. Uneventful.

13.Atropo (AT, N.51)16 Jun 19410320Derna19 Jun 19411110Taranto1166Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful (mileage total).

35 entries. 33 total patrol entries (13 marked as war patrols) and 7 events.

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