Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Vittorio Meneghini

Born  11 Jun 1900Foligno (Perugia)
Died  Nov 1943(43)Executed by the Germans in Leros


  C.F.Capitano di Fregata


  Croce al merito di guerra
  Croce al merito di guerra
  Ufficiale dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
3 Oct 1940 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
4 Apr 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare (posthumous)
27 Mar 1947 Medaglia d'oro al valore militare (posthumous)
28 Jul 1948 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare (posthumous)

Career information

PIETRO MICCA (C.F. C.O.): from 12.05.1940 to 03.08.1940.
In November 1943, was captured and executed by the Germans in Leros.

Commands listed for Vittorio Meneghini

Submarine Type Rank From To
Pietro Micca (MC)MinelayingC.F.12 May 19403 Aug 1940

Ships hit by Vittorio Meneghini

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Vittorio Meneghini

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Pietro Micca (MC)1 Jun 19401058La Spezia3 Jun 19402131TarantoPassage La Spezia-Taranto.

1.Pietro Micca (MC)5 Jun 19400245Taranto20 Jun 19402125Crotone2118Laid 40 mines off Alexandria, from 31°17.15'N, 29°32°55'E to 31°18.45'N, 29°33.45'E . Meneghini (born 11th June 1900) was awarded the Medaglia d'argento.
  8 Jun 1940210033° 20'N, 22° 40'EAt 2100 hours, an escorted steamer was sighted. The escort vessel turned toward the submarine as if she attempted to ram. Pietro Micca dived immediately and the vessel passed just above her.
  12 Jun 19400330-035631° 17'N, 29° 32'EBetween 0330 and 0356 hours, a minefield of 40 mines was laid from 31°17.15' N, 29°32°55' E to 31°18.45' N, 29°33.45' E. The initial mine was laid at a depth of 299 metres.

At 1940 hours on the same day, the destroyer HMAS Stuart sighted a mine 17 miles from Ras El Tin (Alexandria) lighthouse and detected more with her ASDIC. In all, 11 mines laid in 130 fathoms were destroyed the same day. These mines were cleared by the minesweepers HMS Abingdon and HMS Bagshot of the 2nd Minesweeping Flotilla on the next day.

Mines were located in:

31°20' N, 29°34.5' E
31°17.5' N, 29°28' E
31°24.5' N, 29°36.5' E
31°32.5' N, 29°46.5' E.

It is possible that a mine from this field survived the minesweeping and damaged the destroyer HMS Janus at 1724 hours on 4th June 1942 in 31°15.5' N, 29°44' E. The mine detonated in her wake and the ship required three weeks repairs.

The consequence of this minefield was that British naval forces, and in particular submarines, were instructed to keep outside the 200-fathom line from enemy coast.
  12 Jun 1940073031° 30'N, 29° 40'EBetween 0730 and 1100 hours, depth charges were heard in the distance and it was believed that Micca was the object of a hunt.
  13 Jun 19401923-1940
1953 (e)

(e) 31° 33'N, 29° 50'E
(0) About 25 miles NW of Alexandria.
Distant explosions were heard in groups of four and were probably those from the destroyers HMAS Voyager and HMS Decoy which were hunting a U-boat contact (it was bogus).

2.Pietro Micca (MC)22 Jun 19400605Crotone22 Jun 19401622Taranto113Passage Crotone-Taranto.

Pietro Micca (MC)20 Jul 19400739Taranto20 Jul 19401517Taranto32Exercises.

3.Pietro Micca (MC)24 Jul 19402155Taranto25 Jul 19401055Taranto74,2Defensive patrol in Gulf of Taranto.

Pietro Micca (MC)28 Jul 19400600Taranto28 Jul 19401140Taranto53Exercises.

9 entries. 6 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 4 events.

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