Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Salvatore Pelosi

Born  10 Apr 1906Montella (Avellino)
Died  24 Oct 1974(68)Died in a car crash near Sibari


  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


  Croce di guerra al valore militare
  Ufficiale dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
  Grande ufficiale dell'ordine della Republica Italiana
28 Jun 1945 Medaglia d'oro al valore militare

Career information

EVANGELISTA TORRICELLI (C.C. C.O.): from 12.04.1940 to 23.06.1940 (sunk, Pelosi was wounded and survived as PoW).
From ca. mid-1945: Head of COMANDO GRUPPO TARANTO.

Commands listed for Salvatore Pelosi

Submarine Type Rank From To
Evangelista Torricelli (TL)Ocean goingC.C.12 Apr 194023 Jun 1940

Ships hit by Salvatore Pelosi

DateSubmarineShip hitTypeGRTNat.Loss type
1.23 Jun 1940Evangelista TorricelliHMS KhartoumDestroyer1,720BritishDamaged?

War patrols listed for Salvatore Pelosi

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
1.Evangelista Torricelli (TL)14 Jun 19401700Massawa23 Jun 1940SunkSailed for patrol off Djibouti. Sunk in the Red Sea by the destroyers HMS Kandahar, HMS Kingston, HMS Khartoum and the sloop HMS Shoreham.
  21 Jun 1940
1109 (e)

(e) 12° 35'N, 43° 15'E
(0) 202° - Ras Bir - 10.5 miles
At 1109 hours, the destroyer HMS Kingston obtained an ASDIC contact. At 1123 hours, HMS Khartoum had also obtained an echo and attacked with two patterns of depth charges, but then contact was lost.

The submarine was Evangelista Torricelli. She had dived to 50 metres, but could not avoid some damage to her port hydroplane. The radio, echo sounding gear and compasses were rendered inoperative.
  23 Jun 1940
0300 (GMT) (e)

(e) 32° 34'N, 43° 15'E
(0) 246° - Perim High Light - 11 miles
HM destroyers Kandahar, Kingston, Khartoum and the sloop Shoreham hunted the submarine.

HMS Kingston sighted a submarine near Dimeila. Torricelli dived and attempted to escape but was depth-charged and forced to the surface. She opened fire at two "gunboats" from a range of 6,000 metres but range closed rapidly to 400 metres and her rudder was disabled and Pelosi was wounded and ordered the submarine to be abandoned. The action had lasted 36 minutes, eight were killed and fifty-three survivors were picked up (including seven officers, Pelosi was awarded the Medaglia d'Oro). The sloop Shoreham was damaged by gunfire and HMS Khartoum may have been hit by splinters but this was denied by her crew. A few hours later, Khartoum arrived at Perim and at 1150/23 June was the victim of the explosion of a torpedo air vessel and sank at 1245 hours (one killed and three seriously wounded). Although a board of enquiry concluded that her loss was accidental, doubt will remain.

2 entries. 1 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 2 events.

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