Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders


Alcide Bardi

Born  2 Oct 1907Castellamare di Stabbia
Died  10 Oct 1972(65)Rome

Ranks

  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta
  C.F.Capitano di Fregata

Decorations

  Medaglia di bronzo
  Medaglia d'argento
  Cavaliere dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
  Grande ufficiale dell'ordine della Republica Italiana

Career information

LUIGI SETTEMBRINI (C.C. C.O.): from 12.03.1940 to 08.10.1941.
GIOVANNI BAUSAN (C.C. C.O.): from 10.10.1941 to 14.11.1941.
GOFFREDO MAMELI (C.C. C.O.): from 15.11.1941 to 18.06.1942.
SANTORRE DI SANTAROSA (C.C. C.O.): from 19.06.1942 to 14.08.1942.
Promoted to C.F. on ?
TITO SPERI (C.C. C.O.): from 01.03.1943 to 06.03.1943.
WOLFRAMIO (C.C. C.O.): from 07.07.1943 to 09.09.1943.
From 14.08.1942, was assistant to Admiral Antonio Legnani (Head of MARICOSOM).

Commands listed for Alcide Bardi


Submarine Type Rank From
Luigi Settembrini (ST)Ocean goingC.C.12 Mar 19408 Oct 1941
Giovanni Bausan (BN)Ocean goingC.C.10 Oct 194114 Nov 1941
Goffredo Mameli (GM)Ocean goingC.C.15 Nov 194118 Jun 1942
Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)Ocean goingC.C.19 Jun 194214 Aug 1942
Giovanni da Procida (DP)Ocean goingC.F.1 Mar 19435 Mar 1943
Tito Speri (TS)Ocean goingC.F.1 Mar 19436 Mar 1943
Wolframio (Volframio) (VO)Coastal / Sea goingC.F.7 Jul 19439 Sep 1943

War patrols listed for Alcide Bardi

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 Jun 19401137Augusta9 Jun 19401340Taranto303Passage Augusta-Taranto for docking to repair torpedo tube no.4. Available at 48 hours notice.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)18 Jun 19401315Taranto18 Jun 19401745TarantoExercises, escorted by the minesweeper R.D. 13.

1.Luigi Settembrini (ST)20 Jun 19402158Taranto21 Jun 19401052Taranto90Sailed with the submarine Uebi Scebeli and patrolled in Zone B. Defensive patrol in the middle of Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)4 Jul 19401630Taranto5 Jul 19401645Augusta283Passage Taranto-Augusta. Sailed with the submarine Settimo.
  5 Jul 19400515
(0) 189° - Cape Colonne 10.3 miles.
A dark ship was observed moving northward with three small vessels. A single torpedo (533mm) was fired from No.1 bow tube angled at 030°, at a distance of 3,000 metres. Luckily, it missed. This was the Italian armed merchant cruiser Caralis (3,510 GRT, built 1928) and C.C. Bardi had not been informed of her passage. At this time, the submarine had lost contact with Ruggiero Settimo but they joined again at 0615 hours.

2.Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 Jul 19402320Augusta12 Jul 19401300Augusta442,4Patrolled in 36°20'N, 17°20'E, on a patrol line on the parallel with Settimo, Sciesa, Pisani and Brin.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)27 Jul 1940Augusta27 Jul 1940Augusta11Exercises.

3.Luigi Settembrini (ST)4 Aug 19401758Augusta19 Aug 19400822Augusta1281,5Patrolled in western Aegean, between 35°20'N and 36°20'N, and between 21°30'E and 22°30'E.
  7 Aug 1940051535° 40'N, 22° 20'ETwo large destroyers had first been sighted at 0457 hours. At one point they appeared to be moving away, but they changed course and came back within range. On the spur of the moment, C.C. Bardi decided to fire a single torpedo from a distance of 3,000 metres, aimed at the second unit. It missed. The two vessels were possibly HMS Jervis and HMS Hostile, carrying an A/S sweep in the area of Elephonisi Island.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)21 Aug 19400530Augusta21 Aug 19401142Messina76Passage Augusta-Messina.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)11 Sep 19400625Messina1 Sep 19401100Messina42Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Sep 19400615Messina23 Sep 19401510Messina80Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)10 Oct 19401100Messina10 Oct 19401740Messina49Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)12 Oct 19400835Messina12 Oct 19401525Messina71Exercises.

4.Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Oct 19401745Messina6 Nov 19401500Messina1750Sailed with the submarine Dessié. Patrolled off Cyrenaic coast between 32°55'N and 33°55'N, and between 23°55'E and 25°10'E, on a patrol line with Dessié.
  25 Oct 19400950-1055
(0) Off Cyrenaica.
The French hospital ship Sphinx was sighted.
  26 Oct 19401818
(0) Off Cyrenaica.
An unknown submarine was observed at 5,000 metres and she quickly submerged. This was actually Dessié who mistook Settembrini for an Italian torpedo-boat and dived preventively.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)26 Nov 19400835Messina26 Nov 19401545Messina78Exercises.

5.Luigi Settembrini (ST)21 Dec 19400100Messina1 Jan 19411330Messina1603,5Patrolled off Cyrenaic coast from 32°50'N, 22°50'E, on course 190° for 190 miles then on course 360° for 30 miles and from 36°00'N, 20°40'E to 36°00'N, 17°20'E.
  24 Dec 19400527
0532 (e)
33° 03'N, 22° 39'E
(e) 33° 20'N, 22° 43'E
At 0519 hours, a submarine was sighted bearing 020° on the port side at a distance of 4,000 metres, proceeding westward. Luigi Settembrini took an interception course and at 0527 hours, having closed to 1,200 metres, fired a single bow torpedo but it missed. Bardi gave the order to prepare for gun action, but then cancelled as the submarine appeared to be similar to Tembien. He took his submarine deep to disengage. This was HMS Otus (Lt. Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) who reported being attacked by a MAMELI class submarine.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)6 Jan 19411500Messina7 Jan 19411037Naples223Passage Messina-Naples. Then refit.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)5 Mar 19410937Naples5 Mar 19411820Naples75,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 Mar 19410915Naples8 Mar 19411610Naples44Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)13 Mar 19411214Naples13 Mar 19411735Naples36,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)15 Mar 19410742Naples15 Mar 19411716Naples53Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 Mar 19410857Naples19 Mar 19411542Naples38,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)20 Mar 19410758Naples20 Mar 19411210Naples32Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Mar 19410704Naples23 Mar 19411658Naples51,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)26 Mar 19411410Naples27 Mar 19410919Messina223Passage Naples-Messina.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)31 Mar 19410757Messina31 Mar 19411421Augusta68Passage Messina-Augusta.

6.Luigi Settembrini (ST)3 Apr 19411357Augusta9 Apr 19411115Augusta584,5Patrolled east of Malta within 15 miles from 35°00'N, 16°00'E on a NE-SW axis.. Uneventful.

7.Luigi Settembrini (ST)15 Apr 19412220Augusta4 May 19411311Messina1882Patrolled off Cyrenaica and Egypt, within 20 miles from 32°20'N, 25°40'E on a NE-SW axis.
  23 Apr 1941024433° 26'N, 26° 23'EA cruiser of the LEANDER class on a NNW course was first sighted at 0237 hours at a distance of 4,000 metres. Seven minutes later, the submarine remaining on the surface, fired two bow torpedoes (533mm) as the range had closed to 2,000 metres. They missed. This was perhaps the light cruiser HMAS Perth ?
  23 Apr 19410246.533° 26'N, 26° 23'EA third torpedo was fired at the same cruiser and the submarine immediately submerged. Three explosions were heard after ten minutes, but they were probably the torpedoes hitting the bottom.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)3 Jun 19410810Messina3 Jun 19411820Messina73Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)6 Jun 19410810Messina6 Jun 19411615Messina68Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)28 Jun 19410805Messina28 Jun 19411240Messina38Exercises.

8.Luigi Settembrini (ST)5 Jul 19412002Messina19 Jul 19411403Messina2130Patrolled north-east of Ras Azzaz, through Point G (30°20'N, 25°40'E) and Point Y (32°05'N, 25°40'E) to area between 32°00'N and 32°15'N, and between 25°00'E and 25°20'E.
  10 Jul 19410025
0100 (e)

(e) 32° 07'N, 24° 59'E
Two motorboats were sighted a range of 1,500 metres and the submarine opened fire with her main armament and her Breda machine guns. After the third 102mm round, the gun jammed, however, hits were claimed with the machine guns after 250 13,2mm rounds were fired. The target was apparently a Eureka boat on passage from Tobruk to Mersa Matruh. No mention of damage was made.
  11 Jul 19410330
(0) North of Cyrenaic coast.
Two destroyers, proceeding at high speed steering 110°, were observed from a distance of 8-9,000 metres, but they passed out of range.
  13 Jul 19410436
0600 (e)

(e) 32° 03'N, 25° 53'E
At 0423 hours, an enemy unit was seen 7-8,000 metres ahead and the submarine proceeded at full speed to the attack. At 0436 hours, the distance had dropped to about 2,000 metres and a torpedo was fired from the surface to the target, now identified as a destroyer, but without success. Luigi Settembrini submerged eight minutes later, as the enemy warship turned toward her. However, the submarine returned to periscope depth when the enemy did not show much aggressiveness, but a second destroyer now appeared on the scene at a distance of 3,000 m. The submarine had remained at periscope depth, when one of the destroyers suddenly increased speed and made straight for the submarine, which was forced to go deep. Bardi had ordered tubes no.5 and 7 to be ready for a stern shot, but was now forced to disengage. At 0504 hours, three depth charges exploded near the submarine and about a minute later another four more exploded but further away . The submarine was slightly damaged but escaped by going down to 90 metres. The destroyers were HMS Hero and HMAS Voyager, on passage from Tobruk to Alexandria. The Australian destroyer had first sighted the Italian submarine, but it was HMS Hero who delivered the attack, dropping six depth charges set at medium depth. The two destroyers did not linger on the scene and resumed their passage.
  14 Jul 19411407
(e) 32° 03'N, 25° 53'E
A two-funneled steamer was observed. The submarine closed to attack at a distance of 2,000 metres, but the vessel (approximately 4-5,000) tons appeared to be abandoned very near the coast and had perhaps run aground. It was not considered worth of expending a torpedo on her and the attack was aborted.
  14 Jul 19412104
(e) 32° 03'N, 25° 53'E
A section of destroyers was observed at a distance of 5,000 metres, on a 270° course, at high speed. The range could not be closed and no attack was attempted.
  15 Jul 19410305
(e) 32° 03'N, 25° 53'E
A pair of destroyers were observed on a 100° course at speed of at least 25 knots. The range could not be closed and no attack was attempted.
  15 Jul 19410400-044031° 58'N, 24° 59'EWhat appeared to be a small vessel was observed, at a short distance, as the submarine was cruising on the surface. Gun fire was about to be opened, when the gunnery 2nd officer remarked that the target may be an Italian submarine. However, another unit appeared shortly after, very similar to the first one. As it was improbable to be in the presence of two Italian submarines, gunfire was opened with the deck gun targeting the vessel to starboard and the machine guns dealing with the vessel to port at about 600 metres. However, after the fifth round, the 102mm gun jammed and the action was broken off although some hits were claimed, the Breda machine guns having expended 400 13.2mm rounds. These were probably the British Army lighters A-10 and A-11 on their way to Tobruk.
  15 Jul 1941231031° 58'N, 24° 59'E
(0) North of Cyrenaic coast near Ras Azzaz.
Two small vessels were observed, similar the ones encountered earlier in the day. Fire was opened with the Breda machine guns from a distance of 1,000 metres. As the deck gun was still not operable, Bardi did not insist and after firing 250 13.2mm rounds, he decided to break off the action. These were probably the Army lighters A-10 and A-11. A-10 was later attacked by Junkers 87 dive-bombers and sunk.
  16 Jul 19410135-0226
(0) North of Cyrenaic coast.
A vessel was observed which later proved to be a 600-700-ton tanker and the submarine opened fire with heavy and light machine-guns (the deck gun was still inoperable) and attempted to launch a 450mm torpedo from the bow tube set at a depth of 3 metres, but it misfired. C.C. Bardi ordered a second torpedo to be fired from a bow tube (533mm) also set a depth of 3 metres, but it appeared to pass under the target. The bow tubes were now empty and as the submarine did not carry reloads. Bardi decided to ram the vessel and the shock was violent. The vessel now appeared to be sinking slowly and Luigi Settembrimi circled to pick up survivors but despite shouting to them on the megaphone, no one answered.

The vessel was still afloat and Bardi decided to finish her off with a stern shot (450mm) from 500 metres. Although the torpedo had been set to a depth of 2 metres and appeared to go hit the squarely amidship, no explosion ensued and it must again have missed under. Another torpedo fired from stern set at a depth of 0 metres had the same result. Frustrated, Bardi could only order machine-gun fire to aim at the waterline hoping they would speed up the sinking. A total of 900 13.2mm and 200 6.5mm rounds were fired before the submarine left the scene. The target may have been the British Army lighter A-10 which was reported missing at that time and may have been damaged by Junkers 87.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 Aug 19410810Messina19 Aug 19411355Messina37,5Trials.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)22 Aug 19410835Messina22 Aug 19411730Messina80,5Trials and exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)24 Aug 19410038Messina24 Aug 19410703Augusta75Passage Messina-Augusta.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)29 Aug 19410815Augusta29 Aug 19411130Augusta23Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)1 Sep 1941Time?Augusta1 Sep 1941Time?Augusta49Exercises.

9.Luigi Settembrini (ST)3 Sep 19411858Augusta18 Sep 19411911Augusta1765Patrolled off Ras Mustafa. Sighted many ships, but all were French or Italian.
  4 Sep 19412335-2352
2345 (e)
36° 28'N, 11° 05'ELuigi Settembrini encountered the Italian tug Nettuno towing the sailing vessel Giuseppe Bertolli who were proceeding from Hammamet to Pantelleria. Nettuno opened fire on the submarine mistaking it for British. The submarine replied with her deck gun claiming three 102mm hits (only one actually hit) and with her machine-guns. The crew of the tug abandoned ship in two lifeboats. When the identity was ascertained, they returned to their vessel with one crew member slightly wounded. The tug was still in condition to continue her voyage and the submarine left the scene at 0115 hours on the 5th.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 Sep 19411104Augusta19 Sep 19411736Messina75Passage Augusta-Messina.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)7 Oct 19410806Messina7 Oct 19411200Messina24,5Exercises, escorted by motorboat Marzano (A.S.67).

Giovanni Bausan (BN)11 Oct 19410800Pola11 Oct 19411650Pola60,5Exercises.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)16 Oct 19410800Pola16 Oct 19411725Pola72Exercises with the submarine Des Geneys, escorted by the auxiliary Salvatore.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)17 Oct 19411305Pola17 Oct 19412357Pola117Exercises with the submarine Medusa escorted by the auxiliary Grado.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)20 Oct 19410850Pola20 Oct 19411730Pola83,5Exercises.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)23 Oct 19410800Pola23 Oct 19411820Pola86,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)27 Oct 19410820Pola27 Oct 19411915Pola79Exercises escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliary Grado.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)29 Oct 19410800Pola29 Oct 19411625Pola67Exercises with the submarine Toti, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)2 Nov 19410849Pola2 Nov 19411630Pola53,05Exercises with the submarine Emo, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)3 Nov 19410830Pola3 Nov 19411655Pola71Exercises with the submarine Emo, escorted by the auxiliary Grado.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)4 Nov 19410802Pola4 Nov 19411635Pola57Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio and the torpedo boat Audace.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)5 Nov 19410800Pola5 Nov 19411705Pola57Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Grado.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)8 Nov 19410935Pola8 Nov 19411620Fiume61Passage Pola-Fiume.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)13 Nov 19410940Fiume13 Nov 19411200Fiume9Exercises.

Giovanni Bausan (BN)14 Nov 19411035Fiume14 Nov 19411811Fiume19,06Exercises, then refit.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)19 Nov 19410823Pola19 Nov 19411740Pola62Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)22 Nov 19410806Pola22 Nov 19411726Pola61Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)25 Nov 19410804Pola25 Nov 19411715Pola55Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)28 Nov 19410800Pola28 Nov 19411728Pola51Exercises with the submarines Pisani, Speri and Jalea, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and Tron.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)3 Dec 19410813Pola3 Dec 19411705Pola60Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliaries Trau, Jadera and San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)5 Dec 19410803Pola5 Dec 19411735Pola55Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)6 Dec 19410803Pola6 Dec 19411710Pola53Exercises with the submarines Bajamonti, Des Geneys, Speri and Toti, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliaries Jadera, Trau and San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)9 Dec 19410826Pola9 Dec 19411803Pola60Exercises with the submarines Des Geneys and Bajamonti, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliaries Jadera and San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)10 Dec 19410802Pola10 Dec 19411725Pola51Exercises with the submarines Emo, Toti and Speri, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)11 Dec 19411530Pola11 Dec 19412310Pola59Exercises.

10.Goffredo Mameli (GM)12 Dec 19411402Pola14 Dec 19411311Pola219Hydrophone watch with Des Geneys (who turned back due to engine defects and was replaced by Jalea), between 45°00'N and 45°09'N, and between 12°45'E and 13°05'E to cover an important convoy. Uneventful. Heard only hydrophone effect.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)19 Dec 19410830Pola19 Dec 19411700Pola55Exercises with the submarine Speri, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)23 Dec 19411600Pola24 Dec 19410007Pola65Exercises with the submarine Speri, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)21 Jan 19421010Pola21 Jan 19421630Pola58Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Trau.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)23 Jan 19420850Pola23 Jan 19421200Pola41Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)26 Jan 19420825Pola26 Jan 19421800Pola59Exercises with the submarines Speri and Pisani, escorted by the destroyer Calatafimi and the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Trau.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)30 Jan 19420835Pola30 Jan 19421827Pola90Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)11 Feb 19421305Pola11 Feb 19421840Pola32Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)22 Feb 19420815Pola22 Feb 19421430Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)24 Feb 19420817Pola24 Feb 19421420Pola32Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)25 Feb 19421245Pola25 Feb 19421850Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)26 Feb 19420820Pola26 Feb 19421430Pola34Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)28 Feb 19421245Pola28 Feb 19421850Pola38Exercises escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)2 Mar 19420812Pola2 Mar 19421425Pola34Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)4 Mar 19421258Pola4 Mar 19421910Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)5 Mar 19421250Pola5 Mar 19421720Pola25Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)7 Mar 19421255Pola7 Mar 19421845Pola30Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)9 Mar 19420816Pola9 Mar 19421425Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)11 Mar 19421250Pola11 Mar 19421850Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)13 Mar 19420820Pola13 Mar 19421435Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)16 Mar 19421247Pola16 Mar 19421845Pola28Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)18 Mar 19421345Pola18 Mar 19421935Pola27Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)2 Apr 19420800Pola2 Apr 19421523Pola32Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)3 Apr 19421245Pola3 Apr 19421417Pola10Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)8 Apr 19421245Pola8 Apr 19421920Pola32Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)10 Apr 19420815Pola10 Apr 19421425Pola30Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Grado.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)20 Apr 19420817Pola20 Apr 19421447Pola31Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)22 Apr 19420815Pola22 Apr 19421435Pola30Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)24 Apr 19421250Pola24 Apr 19421907Pola30Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)28 Apr 19421347Pola28 Apr 19422332Pola65Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)1 May 19421315Pola2 May 19420035Pola95Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)4 May 19421315Pola4 May 19421845Pola28Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)6 May 19420830Pola6 May 19421435Pola32Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)8 May 19420827Pola8 May 19421442Pola30Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)16 May 19420830Pola16 May 19421425Pola29Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)6 Jun 19421145Pola6 Jun 19421905Pola59Trials.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)9 Jun 19421330Pola9 Jun 19421955Pola30Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)12 Jun 19420804Pola12 Jun 19421335Pola27Exercises.

Goffredo Mameli (GM)17 Jun 19421115Pola17 Jun 19422010Monfalcone96Passage Pola-Monfalcone.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)24 Jun 19420842Brindisi24 Jun 19421135Brindisi5Trials.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)25 Jun 19420832Brindisi25 Jun 19421705Brindisi45Trials.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)29 Jun 19421400Brindisi29 Jun 19421505Brindisi4Trials.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)30 Jun 19422335Brindisi1 Jul 19421344Taranto150Passage Brindisi-Taranto.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)1 Jul 19421548Taranto1 Jul 19421805Taranto10Exercises.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)4 Jul 19420800Taranto4 Jul 19421909Taranto10Exercises.

11.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)5 Jul 19421116Taranto8 Jul 19422045Derna (off entrance)Supply mission to Derna with 51 tons of ammunition, but then diverted to Tobruk and Ras Hilal. She arrived there at Derna at 2045 hours on the 8th but, before dropping anchor, was ordered to Tobruk.
  5 Jul 19421715A derelict mine was sunk by machine gun fire.

12.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)8 Jul 19422045Derna (off entrance)9 Jul 19420830TobrukSupply mission to Derna (56 tons of ammunition and 5 tons of foodstuff) but then diverted to Tobruk and Ras Hilal.

13.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)9 Jul 19421945Tobruk10 Jul 19420921Ras HilalPassage Tobruk-Ras Hilal. Possibly to disembark part of her cargo?
  10 Jul 19420130Santorre Di Santarosa was illuminated by flares apparently dropped by an aircraft and dived immediately. The submarine was a depth of 20 meters when two small bombs exploded near by but caused no damage.

14.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)10 Jul 19422300Ras Hilal14 Jul 19421600Taranto1474Return trip to supply mission to Tobruk and Ras Hilal [mileage is for round trip].
  10 Jul 19420130Santorre Di Santarosa was illuminated by flares apparently dropped by an aircraft and dived immediately. The submarine was a depth of 20 meters when two small bombs exploded near by but caused no damage.

15.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)20 Jul 19421100Taranto20 Jul 19422052Taranto84Santarosa was loaded with 79.8 tons of ammunition and 1.3 tons of foodstuff and sailed escorted by the auxiliary F.46 until 1352 hours on the 20th (when point A.2 was reached). At 1600 hours on the 20th, she turned back due to defects.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)25 Jul 19420600Taranto25 Jul 19421045Taranto56Exercises. At 1400 hours on 25th July, she unloaded her supplies (mechanical problems?).

16.Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)25 Jul 19421253Taranto25 Jul 19421342Taranto4Sailed for same supply mission but turned back. At 1400 hours on the 25th July, she again unloaded her supplies.

Giovanni da Procida (DP)1 Mar 1943Taranto5 Mar 1943TarantoIn Taranto. Change in command. Not operational until Armistice.

Tito Speri (TS)1 Mar 1943Taranto6 Mar 1943TarantoIn reserve at Taranto.

Wolframio (Volframio) (VO)9 Sep 1943La Spezia9 Sep 19431000ScuttledScuttled after Armistice. One of seven boats scuttled at La Spezia. In November 1943, she was raised by the Germans, docked and awaited a change of batteries.
  9 Sep 1943
(0) At La Spezia.
Wolframio was unable to sail from La Spezia at the Armistice and was scuttled by her crew. She was later raised by the Germans.

128 entries. 118 total patrol entries (16 marked as war patrols) and 21 events.

Events listed for Alcide Bardi

GH 09.03.2021: This table kept here until we make fix the possible missing events in table above

SubmarineDateTimePositionDescription
Santorre Di Santarosa5 Jul 19421715A derelict mine was sunk by machine gun fire.
Santorre Di Santarosa10 Jul 19420130Santorre Di Santarosa was illuminated by flares apparently dropped by an aircraft and dived immediately. The submarine was a depth of 20 meters when two small bombs exploded near by but caused no damage.
Santorre Di Santarosa29 Sep 19420230A hospital ship was sighted.
Luigi Settembrini5 Jul 19400515(o) 189° - Cape Colonne 10.3 miles.A dark ship was observed moving northward with three small vessels. A single torpedo (533mm) was fired from No.1 bow tube angled at 030°, at a distance of 3,000 metres. Luckily, it missed. This was the Italian armed merchant cruiser Caralis (3,510 GRT, built 1928) and C.C. Bardi had not been informed of her passage. At this time, the submarine had lost contact with Ruggiero Settimo but they joined again at 0615 hours.
Luigi Settembrini7 Aug 1940051535.40 N, 22.20 E
Two large destroyers had first been sighted at 0457 hours. At one point they appeared to be moving away, but they changed course and came back within range. On the spur of the moment, C.C. Bardi decided to fire a single torpedo from a distance of 3,000 metres, aimed at the second unit. It missed. The two vessels were possibly HMS Jervis and HMS Hostile, carrying an A/S sweep in the area of Elephonisi Island.
Luigi Settembrini25 Oct 19400950-1055(o) Off Cyrenaica.The French hospital ship Sphinx was sighted.
Luigi Settembrini26 Oct 19401818(o) Off Cyrenaica.An unknown submarine was observed at 5,000 metres and she quickly submerged. This was actually Dessié who mistook Settembrini for an Italian torpedo-boat and dived preventively.
Luigi Settembrini24 Dec 19400527
0532 (e)
33.03 N, 22.39E
(e) 33.20 N, 22.43 E
At 0519 hours, a submarine was sighted bearing 020° on the port side at a distance of 4,000 metres, proceeding westward. Luigi Settembrini took an interception course and at 0527 hours, having closed to 1,200 metres, fired a single bow torpedo but it missed. Bardi gave the order to prepare for gun action, but then cancelled as the submarine appeared to be similar to Tembien. He took his submarine deep to disengage. This was HMS Otus (Lt. Cdr. E.C.F. Nicolay, RN) who reported being attacked by a MAMELI class submarine.
Luigi Settembrini23 Apr 1941024433.26 N, 26.23 E
A cruiser of the LEANDER class on a NNW course was first sighted at 0237 hours at a distance of 4,000 metres. Seven minutes later, the submarine remaining on the surface, fired two bow torpedoes (533mm) as the range had closed to 2,000 metres. They missed. This was perhaps the light cruiser HMAS Perth ?
Luigi Settembrini23 Apr 19410246.533.26 N, 26.23 E
A third torpedo was fired at the same cruiser and the submarine immediately submerged. Three explosions were heard after ten minutes, but they were probably the torpedoes hitting the bottom.
Luigi Settembrini10 Jul 19410025
0100 (e)
(e) 32.07 N, 24.59 E
Two motorboats were sighted a range of 1,500 metres and the submarine opened fire with her main armament and her Breda machine guns. After the third 102mm round, the gun jammed, however, hits were claimed with the machine guns after 250 13,2mm rounds were fired. The target was apparently a Eureka boat on passage from Tobruk to Mersa Matruh. No mention of damage was made.
Luigi Settembrini11 Jul 19410330(o) North of Cyrenaic coast.Two destroyers, proceeding at high speed steering 110°, were observed from a distance of 8-9,000 metres, but they passed out of range.
Luigi Settembrini13 Jul 19410436
0600 (e)
(e) 32.03 N, 25.53 E
At 0423 hours, an enemy unit was seen 7-8,000 metres ahead and the submarine proceeded at full speed to the attack. At 0436 hours, the distance had dropped to about 2,000 metres and a torpedo was fired from the surface to the target, now identified as a destroyer, but without success. Luigi Settembrini submerged eight minutes later, as the enemy warship turned toward her. However, the submarine returned to periscope depth when the enemy did not show much aggressiveness, but a second destroyer now appeared on the scene at a distance of 3,000 m. The submarine had remained at periscope depth, when one of the destroyers suddenly increased speed and made straight for the submarine, which was forced to go deep. Bardi had ordered tubes no.5 and 7 to be ready for a stern shot, but was now forced to disengage. At 0504 hours, three depth charges exploded near the submarine and about a minute later another four more exploded but further away . The submarine was slightly damaged but escaped by going down to 90 metres. The destroyers were HMS Hero and HMAS Voyager, on passage from Tobruk to Alexandria. The Australian destroyer had first sighted the Italian submarine, but it was HMS Hero who delivered the attack, dropping six depth charges set at medium depth. The two destroyers did not linger on the scene and resumed their passage.
Luigi Settembrini14 Jul 19411407(e) 32.03 N, 25.53 E
A two-funneled steamer was observed. The submarine closed to attack at a distance of 2,000 metres, but the vessel (approximately 4-5,000) tons appeared to be abandoned very near the coast and had perhaps run aground. It was not considered worth of expending a torpedo on her and the attack was aborted.
Luigi Settembrini14 Jul 19412104(e) 32.03 N, 25.53 E
A section of destroyers was observed at a distance of 5,000 metres, on a 270° course, at high speed. The range could not be closed and no attack was attempted.
Luigi Settembrini15 Jul 19410305(e) 32.03 N, 25.53 E
A pair of destroyers were observed on a 100° course at speed of at least 25 knots. The range could not be closed and no attack was attempted.
Luigi Settembrini15 Jul 19410400-044031.58 N, 24.59 E
What appeared to be a small vessel was observed, at a short distance, as the submarine was cruising on the surface. Gun fire was about to be opened, when the gunnery 2nd officer remarked that the target may be an Italian submarine. However, another unit appeared shortly after, very similar to the first one. As it was improbable to be in the presence of two Italian submarines, gunfire was opened with the deck gun targeting the vessel to starboard and the machine guns dealing with the vessel to port at about 600 metres. However, after the fifth round, the 102mm gun jammed and the action was broken off although some hits were claimed, the Breda machine guns having expended 400 13.2mm rounds. These were probably the British Army lighters A-10 and A-11 on their way to Tobruk.
Luigi Settembrini15 Jul 1941231031.58 N, 24.59 E
(o) North of Cyrenaic coast near Ras Azzaz.
Two small vessels were observed, similar the ones encountered earlier in the day. Fire was opened with the Breda machine guns from a distance of 1,000 metres. As the deck gun was still not operable, Bardi did not insist and after firing 250 13.2mm rounds, he decided to break off the action. These were probably the Army lighters A-10 and A-11. A-10 was later attacked by Junkers 87 dive-bombers and sunk.
Luigi Settembrini16 Jul 19410135-0226(o) North of Cyrenaic coast.A vessel was observed which later proved to be a 600-700-ton tanker and the submarine opened fire with heavy and light machine-guns (the deck gun was still inoperable) and attempted to launch a 450mm torpedo from the bow tube set at a depth of 3 metres, but it misfired. C.C. Bardi ordered a second torpedo to be fired from a bow tube (533mm) also set a depth of 3 metres, but it appeared to pass under the target. The bow tubes were now empty and as the submarine did not carry reloads. Bardi decided to ram the vessel and the shock was violent. The vessel now appeared to be sinking slowly and Luigi Settembrimi circled to pick up survivors but despite shouting to them on the megaphone, no one answered.

The vessel was still afloat and Bardi decided to finish her off with a stern shot (450mm) from 500 metres. Although the torpedo had been set to a depth of 2 metres and appeared to go hit the squarely amidship, no explosion ensued and it must again have missed under. Another torpedo fired from stern set at a depth of 0 metres had the same result. Frustrated, Bardi could only order machine-gun fire to aim at the waterline hoping they would speed up the sinking. A total of 900 13.2mm and 200 6.5mm rounds were fired before the submarine left the scene. The target may have been the British Army lighter A-10 which was reported missing at that time and may have been damaged by Junkers 87.
Luigi Settembrini4 Sep 19412335-2352
2345 (e)
36.28 N, 11.05 E
Luigi Settembrini encountered the Italian tug Nettuno towing the sailing vessel Giuseppe Bertolli who were proceeding from Hammamet to Pantelleria. Nettuno opened fire on the submarine mistaking it for British. The submarine replied with her deck gun claiming three 102mm hits (only one actually hit) and with her machine-guns. The crew of the tug abandoned ship in two lifeboats. When the identity was ascertained, they returned to their vessel with one crew member slightly wounded. The tug was still in condition to continue her voyage and the submarine left the scene at 0115 hours on the 5th.
Wolframio (Volframio)9 Sep 1943(o) At La Spezia.Wolframio was unable to sail from La Spezia at the Armistice and was scuttled by her crew. She was later raised by the Germans.

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