Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Giuseppe Mellina

Born  8 Feb 1902Rome


  C.F.Capitano di Fregata


8 Apr 1939 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
6 Oct 1942 Croce di guerra al valore militare
4 Jul 1943 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

From 25.01.1940, served as MUGGIANO CAPO UFF. ALL. SMG.
From 08.06.1940, in command of 8° GRUPSOM (Trapani).
GLAUCO (C.F. C.O.): From 26.08.1940 to November 1940?

Commands listed for Giuseppe Mellina

Submarine Type Rank From To
Glauco (GU, I.24)Ocean goingC.F.26 Aug 194030 Nov 1940

Ships hit by Giuseppe Mellina

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Giuseppe Mellina

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Glauco (GU, I.24)14 Sep 19400735Naples14 Sep 19401200Naples26Exercises.

Glauco (GU, I.24)21 Sep 19400755Naples21 Sep 19401205Naples28Exercises.

1.Glauco (GU, I.24)26 Sep 19401931Naples20 Oct 19401136Le VerdonSailed for Bordeaux via 38°20'N, 09°00'E and Atlantic patrol between 38°37'N and 38°40'N and 16°50'W and 32°00'W. Passed Gibraltar on 2nd October 1940. Escorted in by the German minesweepers M-13, M-21 and two V-boats (patrol boats).
  3 Oct 1940052835° 45'N, 6° 19'WAn enemy escort vessel was sighted and attacked with a stern shot (450mm, W 200 type) from a distance of 1,000 metres, but was missed.
  3 Oct 1940053035° 45'N, 6° 19'WTwo more torpedoes (533mm, S.I. type) were fired at the same target from the stern tubes, at a distance of 1,400 metres, but again missed.
  4 Oct 19400900
(0) West of Gibraltar.
On passage from Port Arthur (Texas) to Barcelona, the Spanish tanker Campero (6,382 GRT, built 1934) was stopped and her papers examined before she was allowed to proceed.
  7 Oct 1940094537° 07'N, 19° 36'WAA convoy was observed, steering 030° at 10 knots. The attack was aborted due to the indecision of C.F. Mellina (who was later dismissed from submarine command due to his lack of offensive spirit).
  12 Oct 19401915
(0) West of Gibraltar.
The Portuguese Corvo (727 GRT, built 1919), on passage from Terceira to Lisbon, was stopped and her papers examined before she was released to resume her passage.

2.Glauco (GU, I.24)21 Oct 19400845Le Verdon21 Oct 19401530PauillacPassage Le Verdon-Pauillac, escorted by the auxiliary Cap Hadid.

3.Glauco (GU, I.24)22 Oct 19400815Pauillac22 Oct 19401205Bordeaux3711Passage Le Verdon-Bordeaux for refit [mileage from 26th September].

9 entries. 5 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 5 events.

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