Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Innocenzo Ragusa

Tenente di Vascello

Born  7 Jan 1909Crotone (Calabria)
Died  May 1943(34)Killed in action


18 Jan 1941 T.V.Tenente di Vascello
  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


4 Jul 1942 Croce di guerra al valore militare
5 Aug 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare (posthumous)
14 Jan 1948 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare (posthumous)

Career information

LUCIANO MANARA (T.V. First Officer): from 18.11.1939 to January 1941.
LUCIANO MANARA (T.V. C.O.): from 18.01.1941 to 31.10.1941.
PLATINO (T.V. C.O.): from 01.11.1941 to 28.06.1942.
Promoted C.C. in April 1942.
GORGO (C.C. C.O.): from 11.11.1942 to 02.06.1943 (sunk, Ragusa was killed).

Commands listed for Innocenzo Ragusa

Submarine Type Rank From To
Luciana Manara (MR)Ocean going14 Oct 194012 Dec 1940
Luciana Manara (MR)Ocean goingT.V.18 Jan 194131 Oct 1941
Platino (PT)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.1 Nov 194128 Jun 1942
Gorgo (GG)Sea goingC.C.11 Nov 19422 Jun 1943

Ships hit by Innocenzo Ragusa

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Innocenzo Ragusa

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Luciana Manara (MR)14 Oct 1940Naples12 Dec 1940NaplesRefit in Naples. Change in command.

Luciana Manara (MR)21 Jan 19410800Naples21 Jan 19411230Naples34Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)21 Jan 19411845Naples22 Jan 19411915Trapani208Passage Naples-Trapani.

Luciana Manara (MR)28 Jan 19410800Trapani28 Jan 19411210Trapani19Exercises.

1.Luciana Manara (MR)1 Feb 19411500Trapani5 Feb 19411345Trapani473Sailed with Santarosa for patrol west of Malta, within 10 miles on meridian from 36°25'N, 12°40'E, on a patrol line with Santarosa. No enemy sighted or heard.
  5 Feb 19411138
(0) Off Marsala.
Two Heinkel 111 bombers from X. Fliegerkorps made threatening dives. The submarine refrained from arming her MGs and the bombers finally left.

2.Luciana Manara (MR)12 Feb 19412100Trapani22 Feb 19411610Trapani1160Patrolled southwest of Malta, within 15 miles from 35°55'N, 13°35'E on a NW-SE axis.
  15 Feb 19411715
(0) Off Malta.
Hydrophone effects were heard and later associated to the presence of an enemy submarine off Lampedusa. The torpedoes were loaded in the tubes and the submarine surfaced at 1735 hours, but sighted nothing.
  16 Feb 19410520-0610
(0) Off Malta.
An intermittent light was seen and was believed to be from survivors of a downed aircraft. The submarine searched the area but found nothing.

Luciana Manara (MR)13 Mar 19410800Trapani13 Mar 19411145Trapani19Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)20 Mar 19410800Trapani20 Mar 19411145Trapani18Exercises.

3.Luciana Manara (MR)17 Apr 19412115Trapani28 Apr 19411430Trapani1044Patrolled southwest of Malta within 15 miles from 35°27'N, 13°42'E on a NW-SE axis. Uneventful. Heard only H.E.

Luciana Manara (MR)20 May 19410800Trapani20 May 19411000Trapani5Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)21 May 19410800Trapani21 May 19411200Trapani18Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)30 May 19410800Trapani30 May 19411200Trapani18Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)5 Jun 19410800Trapani5 Jun 19411240Trapani21Exercises.

4.Luciana Manara (MR)5 Jun 19412343Trapani12 Jun 19410740Trapani1141Patrolled south of Sardinia, in 37°50'N, 10°00'E ,then proceeding on course 265° to within 10 miles from 37°42'N, 06°00'E in anticipation of an enemy naval force from Gibraltar. Uneventful.

Luciana Manara (MR)20 Jun 19410800Trapani20 Jun 19411300Trapani17Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)2 Jul 19410800Trapani2 Jul 19411130Trapani21Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)8 Jul 19410800Trapani8 Jul 19411130Trapani20Exercises.

Luciana Manara (MR)18 Jul 19410800Trapani18 Jul 19411130Trapani20Exercises.

5.Luciana Manara (MR)22 Jul 19411830Trapani27 Jul 19411335Trapani602Patrolled west of Malta in 36°10'N, 13°30'E, on a patrol line with Bandiera. On 23rd July, was ordered to shift patrol to 220° - 10 miles.
  24 Jul 19410855
(0) West of Malta.
MARICOSOM informed the submarine (signal of 1040/23) that a convoy (a battleship, three cruisers and fourteen merchant ships) [operation SUBSTANCE] had been sighted at 0730/23 in 052° - Cape Bougaroni - 50 miles. A second signal (MARICOSOM 1835/23) reported a battleship, an aircraft carrier, three cruisers, five destroyers and ten merchant ships was at 1700 in 030° - Cape Blanc - 50 miles and Luciano Manara was ordered to move 120° - 10 miles from her present position. Merchant ships were to be the preferred targets. At 0855 hours, four unescorted large merchant ships were sighted at a range of 12,000 metres. The submarine could not close the range to less than 11,000 meters but, at 0940 hours, sighted a Savoia 79 bomber flying toward the convoy and the submarine made an enemy report at 1005 hours.
  24 Jul 19411610
(0) West of Malta.
A 6,000-ton tanker, steering 330°, was sighted at a distance of 9,000 metres. The submarine surfaced at 1620 hours and tried to close on the surface with her gun crew at the ready; a destroyer suddenly appeared, forcing the submarine to submerge and contact was lost. The submarine surfaced again at 1640 hours and made an enemy report.
  24 Jul 19412020
(0) West of Malta.
A destroyer was sighted 9,000 metres away; the submarine tried to close but lost contact at 2057 hours.

6.Luciana Manara (MR)31 Jul 19411605Trapani5 Aug 19410720Trapani535Patrolled east of Pantelleria in 36°25'N, 12°42'E, on a patrol line with Bandiera. Uneventful.

7.Luciana Manara (MR)10 Aug 19410027Trapani22 Aug 19411030Trapani1036Patrolled in zone K.2, an area between 36°53'N and 36°57'N and 11°12'E and the Tunisian coast, off Ras Mustafa.
  13 Aug 19411503-1533
(0) 215° - Ras Mustafa - 14 miles.
At 1400 hours, an unknown freighter on a southerly course was observed at a distance of 9,000 metres and the submarine took an intercepting course. As no French ship was listed on the calendar at this time, so two torpedoes were readied in the bow tubes.

At 1503 hours, the range had closed to 6,000 metres and a warning shot was fired across her bows, followed by seven more rounds until the vessel was finally brought to a stop. This was the Vichy French Ville De Bastia (1,336 GRT, built 1920) on passage from Tunis to Sfax. She was released after verifying her identity. The French protested the incident, but the Italians authorities had been misinformed by Marine Alger who mentioned that she was going to Marseille. Several French ships were sighted during this patrol but without further incident.

Luciana Manara (MR)16 Sep 19411545Trapani17 Sep 19411410Naples206Passage Trapani-Naples for refit.

Platino (PT)4 Nov 19410805La Spezia4 Nov 19411800La Spezia54Exercises, escorted by auxiliaries Crotone and Capodistria.

Platino (PT)8 Nov 19410800La Spezia8 Nov 19411830La Spezia30Exercises.

Platino (PT)11 Nov 19410850La Spezia11 Nov 19411355La Spezia23Exercises escorted by the auxiliaries Torre Annunziata, Crotone and Capodistria.

Platino (PT)13 Nov 19411100La Spezia13 Nov 19411830La Spezia41Exercises with submarine Da Procida, escorted by the auxiliary Torre Annunziata.

Platino (PT)20 Nov 19410815La Spezia20 Nov 19411930La Spezia70Exercises.

Platino (PT)26 Nov 19410845La Spezia26 Nov 19411730La Spezia45Exercises.

Platino (PT)27 Nov 1941La Spezia27 Nov 1941La SpeziaJoined MARICOSOM and assigned to 1.GRUPSOM

Platino (PT)1 Dec 19410805La Spezia1 Dec 19411630La Spezia58Exercises escorted by the torpedo boat Carini, MAS 525 and the tugs Santantioco and Crotone.

Platino (PT)16 Dec 19410815La Spezia16 Dec 19411815La Spezia40Exercises with submarine H 6, escorted by the destroyer Premuda, the torpedo boat Carini and the auxiliaries Capodistria, Crotone, Santantioco, Torre Annunziata and Favignana.

Platino (PT)18 Dec 19410820La Spezia18 Dec 19412200La Spezia67Exercises.

Platino (PT)22 Dec 19410800La Spezia22 Dec 19411615La Spezia44Exercises with the submarine Malachite, escorted by the auxiliaries Porto Sdobba, Capodistria and Favignana.

Platino (PT)24 Dec 19410845La Spezia24 Dec 19411615La Spezia3Exercises.

Platino (PT)27 Dec 19410810La Spezia27 Dec 19411600La Spezia60Exercises with submarine H 1, escorted by the auxiliaries Capodistria and Crotone.

Platino (PT)29 Dec 19411430La Spezia31 Dec 19411545Messina570Passage to La Spezia-Messina.

Platino (PT)2 Jan 19420900Messina2 Jan 19421115Augusta6Trials, escorted by the auxiliary Diversi.

8.Platino (PT)2 Jan 19422155Messina6 Jan 19420935Messina410Patrolled southeast of Cape Passero, on aline 80 miles from Malta, between 36°00'N, 36°40'N, and between 15°40'E and 16°20'E, on a patrol line with submarines Onice, Delfino and Alagi. Left patrol on 5th January.
  3 Jan 19421005
(0) Off Murro di Porco.
At 0838 hours, the hydrophones picked up noises.

At 1005 hours, a large vessel was sighted at a distance of 8,000 metres, steering 190°.

At 1030 hours, it proved to be an Italian hospital ship of the AQUILEIA class and the attack was broken off.
  5 Jan 19420150
0155-0157 (e)
36° 00'N, 15° 40'EMARICOSOM had alerted the submarines Platino, Alagi, Manara and Delfino of the presence of an enemy submarine, reported at 0845 hours on 4th January, in Grid 3998/5 (3500' N, 15°30' E), steering 160°, 10 knots.

At 0150 hours, Platino sighted a submarine at a distance of 4,000 metres. She attempted a stern shot, but the target submerged and Platino did the same but could not regain contact.

This was ORP Sokol (Kpt. mar. Boris Karnicki). The Polish submarine had sighted the Italian submarine but mistook her for HMS Unbeaten.

9.Platino (PT)21 Jan 19421415Messina25 Jan 19421015Augusta502Sailed with the submarine Corallo and patrolled southeast of Malta, between 35°00'N and 35°20'N, and between 16°00'E and 16°20'E. Uneventful.
  23 Jan 19420254At 0254 hours, a derelict mine was sighted. Engines were stopped with the intention to destroy it by machine-gun fire, but the mine was lost from view in the low visibility.

10.Platino (PT)26 Jan 19420109Augusta29 Jan 19420845Augusta427Patrolled southeast of Malta, between 35°00'N and 35°20'N, and between 15°20'E and 15°40'E. Heard only hydrophone effects.

11.Platino (PT)10 Feb 19421830Augusta26 Feb 19421045Augusta1547Patrolled north of Cyrenaica, 8 miles from 34°10'N, 20°40'E on the meridian. On the evening of 15th February, was ordered to shift position 098° - 148 miles to form a patrol line with Menotti to intercept an enemy convoy. Nothing was sighted.
  14 Feb 1942063033° 35'N, 20° 41'EAt 0630 hours, a derelict mine was sighted and 50 rounds of 13.2mm ammunition were expended but without sinking it.
  14 Feb 19421100At 1100 hours, information was received of the passage of a convoy coming from the west. At 1241 hours, Platino heard H.E., believed to be from this convoy and, at 1447 hours, heard what appeared to be a torpedo hit but sighted nothing.
  16 Feb 19420210At 0210 hours, the silhouette of a submarine was sighted at a distance of 2,000 metres. It was probably Italian and part of the barrage line.

Platino (PT)13 Mar 19421500Augusta13 Mar 19421800Augusta18Exercises escorted by the auxiliary Nuovo Avvenire.

12.Platino (PT)15 Mar 19421910Augusta30 Mar 19421010Augusta1365Patrolled north of Cyrenaica between 33°55'N and 34°05'N, and between 22°50'E and 23°50'E. Patrol marred by numerous engine defects. Carried S.I.C. torpedoes (magnetic pistols). Sighted only French ships.
  17 Mar 19421630
1630 (e)
34° 30'N, 21° 10'EAt 1630 hours, a Blenheim bomber attacked the submarine from the stern and from the sun. It dropped three small bombs (estimated at 50-kg) from a height of 500-600 metres, which fell 100 metres on the starboard side. The aircraft circled and attempted a new stern attack, but was met by the fire from the twin Breda machine-guns aft and desisted from the action. It circled again and attempted a new attack from the sun. The submarine opened fire at a range of 1,000 metres with the Breda machine-guns aft and at 500 metres with the forward machine gun. The aircraft flew away trailing smoke and T.V. Innocenzo Ragusa believed the aircraft had perhaps failed to reach its base.

This was Blenheim 'C' of 203 Squadron, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Green. The submarine was sighted 8 miles ahead, steering 116° at 8-9 knots. The aircraft climbed to 1,200 feet and dropped four 250lb depth charges. Green claimed that one bomb missed 5 yards from the starboard bow and another 10 yards on port bow. The aircraft strafed the submarine and one crew member was hit and fell backwards in the sea (no casualties were reported by the submarine). The aircraft was hit by antiaircraft rounds and suffered only minor damages, the rear-gunner was slightly wounded by splinters.
  17 Mar 1942175034° 28'N, 21° 19'EAt 1750 hours, nine Blenheim bombers were sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres and attacked Platino. Three turned toward the submarine who opened fire with the Breda twin mount aft, when the range had closed to 2,000 metres The three bombers opened fire with their machine-guns, but one of the aircraft, perhaps the squadron leader, appeared to have been hit and veered away. The other two desisted of the attack and the submarine crash-dived. Five bombs exploded over her, but Platino escaped by going down to 40 metres.

These were perhaps Beauforts of 39 Squadron.
  21 Mar 1942152034° 00'N, 23° 21'EAt 1520 hours, two destroyers and a steamer were sighted, steering 300°, 14 knots. This was expanded to a light cruiser of the DIDO class, four destroyers, a steamer and two motorships and the course was corrected to 320°. This was indeed C.S.15 (HMS Dido, etc.) with convoy MW.10 (HMS Breconshire, Clan Campbell, Talabot, Pampas, HMS Carlisle and five destroyers; these were the escort destroyers HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beaufort, HMS Dulverton, HMS Hurworth and HMS Southwold.).

The submarine took an intercepting course but lost contact at 1625 hours,
  23 Mar 1942160533° 38'N, 23° 17'EAt 1605 hours, several bomb explosions were heard indicating a convoy proceeding eastward, under air attack. An explosion believed to be a torpedo hit, had been heard earlier at 1440 hours (this was one of the torpedoes fired by Onice). The submarine heard also H.E. and depth-charges.
  23 Mar 1942180833° 38'N, 23° 17'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1808 hours, upon surfacing, the submarine observed two light cruisers of the DIDO class at a distance of 15,000 metres, steering 085°. These were probably HMS Dido and HMS Penelope. The submarine attempted to close but without success.
  27 Mar 1942072533° 27'N, 23° 55'EAt 0725 hours, a vessel was sighted at a distance of 13 miles, apparently steering toward Tobruk. It was too far to be intercepted.

Platino (PT)24 Apr 19421400Augusta24 Apr 19421920Augusta34Exercises.

13.Platino (PT)11 May 19422050Augusta26 May 19420700Augusta1465Patrolled north of Cyrenaica between 34°00'N and 34°20'N, and between 20°20'N and 21°00'E. Uneventful. Sighted only aircraft.

Platino (PT)9 Jun 19420520Augusta9 Jun 19421200Messina72Passage Augusta-Messina.

14.Platino (PT)14 Jun 19421112Augusta18 Jun 19421715Messina637Sailed with Axum, escorted off Messina by the torpedo boat Abba, and patrolled southwest of Malta, between 35°20'N and 35°40'N, and between 13°20'E and 13°40'E, to intercept an enemy convoy but had just reached her patrol area at 2230 hours on the 16th when she was recalled. Uneventful. Heard only H.E.

Platino (PT)27 Jun 19421320Messina27 Jun 19421655Messina18Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)11 Nov 19420930Monfalcone11 Nov 19421200MonfalconeExercises.

Gorgo (GG)12 Nov 19420850Monfalcone12 Nov 19421350Monfalcone28Trials.

Gorgo (GG)16 Nov 19420830Monfalcone16 Nov 19421415Venice64Passage Monfalcone-Venice.

Gorgo (GG)18 Nov 19420915Venice18 Nov 19421250Venice11Trials with electric torpedoes.

Gorgo (GG)23 Nov 19420900Venice23 Nov 19421545Pola77Passage Venice-Pola.

Gorgo (GG)27 Nov 19420825Pola27 Nov 19421345Pola29Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)29 Nov 19420810Pola29 Nov 19421405Pola33Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)30 Nov 19420812Pola30 Nov 19420915Pola2Changed anchorage.

Gorgo (GG)7 Dec 19420800Pola7 Dec 19421300Monfalcone67Passage Pola-Monfalcone.

Gorgo (GG)10 Dec 19420900Monfalcone10 Dec 19421650Pola76Passage Monfalcone-Pola.

Gorgo (GG)11 Dec 19420750Pola11 Dec 19421630Pola85Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)12 Dec 19420745Pola12 Dec 19421114Pola19Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)14 Dec 19420615Pola14 Dec 19421555Pola81Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)15 Dec 19420800Pola15 Dec 19421635Pola88Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)16 Dec 19421840Pola18 Dec 19421342Taranto560Passage Pola-Taranto.

Gorgo (GG)22 Dec 19420725Taranto22 Dec 19421413Taranto32Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)24 Dec 19421123Taranto24 Dec 19421548Taranto32Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)27 Dec 19422040Taranto30 Dec 19420045Naples559Passage Taranto-Naples. Uneventful.

Gorgo (GG)3 Jan 19430830Naples3 Jan 19431600Naples40Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)5 Jan 19430810Naples5 Jan 19431515Castellammare di Stabia23Exercises and passage Naples-Castellammare di Stabia.

Gorgo (GG)6 Jan 19430815Castellammare di Stabia6 Jan 19431500Castellammare di Stabia19Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)7 Jan 19430845Castellammare di Stabia7 Jan 19431610Naples34Exercises and passage Castellammare di Stabia-Naples.

Gorgo (GG)9 Jan 19430916Naples9 Jan 19431525Naples27Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)10 Jan 19431029Naples10 Jan 19431422Naples23Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)12 Jan 19431325Naples12 Jan 19431710Naples17Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)14 Jan 19431306Naples14 Jan 19431650Naples18Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)15 Jan 19430814Naples15 Jan 19431446Naples23Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)17 Jan 19430832Naples17 Jan 19431530Naples21Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)18 Jan 19430825Naples18 Jan 19431510Naples24Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)19 Jan 19431720Naples19 Jan 19432135Naples21Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)21 Jan 19430712Naples21 Jan 19431600Naples23Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)23 Jan 19431052Naples23 Jan 19432015Naples20Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)30 Jan 19431440Naples30 Jan 19431707Naples18Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)2 Feb 19431900Naples3 Feb 19432330Cagliari274Passage Naples-Cagliari.

15.Gorgo (GG)6 Feb 19431335Cagliari14 Feb 19431310Cagliari869,5Sailed for patrol between 37°20'N and the African coast and between 05°40'E and 06°00'E, off Cape Carbon.
  7 Feb 1943172536° 54'N, 5° 26'EAt 1725 hours, four minesweepers with an MTB were sighted at a distance of 6 miles. Gorgo went deep.
  8 Feb 1943022236° 53'N, 5° 25'EAt 0206 hours, a large shadow was sighted through the periscope at a distance of 6,000 metres. It was identified as a 15,000-ton vessel in convoy. Gorgo surfaced and proceeded on the electric motors to intercept. This was probably the same ship attacked earlier by Platino.

At 0222 hours, four torpedoes (533mm, G7e type) were fired from the bow tubes at a distance of 1,000 metres. The electric torpedoes had a speed of 28.5 knots. They left a very visible phosphorescent track and all four had an irregular course. The torpedo from tube 1 veered 9 degrees to the right and missed ahead. The vessel was observed to increase speed and the torpedo from tube 4 veered 9 degrees to the left and missed astern. Torpedo no. 3 veered 3 degrees to the right and narrowly missed the stern. Torpedo no. 2 had an irregular course and missed astern.

At 0225 hours, Gorgo turned to port to fire her stern tubes, when an escort vessel dicovered her and began firing with 20mm guns, straddling her near the conning tower.

At 0228 hours, the submarine crash-dived and reached a depth of 90 metres. Three depth charges were heard.

At 0424 hours, Gorgo surfaced and made an enemy report.

At 0935 hours, the submarine proceeded to load the two reserve torpedoes in the forward tubes. This was one of the rare instances, when an Italian submarine in the Mediterranean is known to have been equipped with reserve torpedoes. The reason for this exception is not known but at this time the use of G7e torpedoes was standard and perhaps their production had reached acceptable levels. However, the practice not to carry reserve torpedoes appears to have resumed by the time of the invasion of Sicily.
  13 Feb 1943005137° 01'N, 5° 35'EAt 0051 hours, a convoy of two steamers with a corvette was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres. Gorgo closed to 3,000 meters, but the corvette turned toward her and she was forced to go deep at 0105 hours. The corvette accurately dropped four depth-charges which damaged the submarine, causing leaks. At 0135 hours, four depth charges caused more damage. The submarine had to abandon her patrol.

Gorgo (GG)20 Feb 19430955Cagliari21 Feb 19431000Naples294Passage Cagliari-Naples.

Gorgo (GG)6 Mar 19430800Naples6 Mar 19431618Naples38Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)8 Mar 19430924Naples8 Mar 19431150Naples14Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)10 Mar 19431358Naples10 Mar 19431635Naples14Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)13 Mar 19431336Naples13 Mar 19431522Naples5Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)15 Mar 19430820Naples16 Mar 19430655La Maddalena254Passage Naples-La Maddalena.

16.Gorgo (GG)18 Mar 19430105La Maddalena4 Apr 19430939La Maddalena1499Patrolled between 37°10'N and 37°30'N, and between 04°50'E and 05°20'E.
  26 Mar 1943140037° 20'N, 5° 08'EAt 1400 hours, a convoy of three steamers and three patrol vessels was sighted on a westerly course. Gorgo tried to close for an attack and but gave up at 1445 hours.
  26 Mar 1943200037° 14'N, 4° 57'EAt 2000 hours, information was received from SUPERMARINA of a convoy of thirty ships sighted at midnight on 25th March 14 miles north of Cape Ténès steering 090°. Gorgo altered course to 180° to intercept but sighted nothing.

Gorgo (GG)5 Apr 19431255La Maddalena6 Apr 19430919Naples131Passage La Maddalena-Naples.

Gorgo (GG)6 Apr 19431105Naples6 Apr 19431235Naples18Exercises.

Gorgo (GG)13 Apr 19431557Naples13 Apr 19431921Pozzuoli24Passage Naples-Pozzuoli.

Gorgo (GG)1 May 19430125Pozzuoli2 May 19430825Cagliari276Passage Pozzuoli-Cagliari.

17.Gorgo (GG)14 May 19432200Cagliari2 Jun 1943Sunk with all handsPatrolled east of the Balearic Islands. She had sailed south until 38°30'N, proceeded on an easterly course until 05°20'E and then to patrol between 38°40'N and 39°20'N, and between 05°00'E and 05°40'E, with Nichelio in an adjacent area. On 2nd June 1943, she was ordered to return home through Point Y (41°00'N, 07°00'E) and told to acknowledge as soon as 40°30'N was reached, but made no answer.

Reported sunk off Algerian coast by the destroyer USS Nields (DD-616) in 36°01'N, 00°34'W at 1730-1930 hours on 21st May, but this is doubtful. Disappeared without a trace. On 29th May, Nichelio and Gorgo were ordered to leave their patrol at 1400 hours on 30th and return to La Maddalena through Point B (Cape Scorno, Island of Asinara). At 2045 hours on 30th, Gorgo was ordered to turn back and returned to her patrol. At 2025 hours on 31st, she was ordered home. At 1850 hours on 2nd June, the order was repeated and she was asked to acknowledge reception when she had crossed 40°30'N but she failed to answer.

109 entries. 95 total patrol entries (17 marked as war patrols) and 24 events.

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