Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Domenico Romano

Born  11 Sep 1911Bergamo


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello
  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


6 Dec 1941 Croce di guerra al valore militare
29 Jan 1942 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
12 Apr 1946 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

GIOVANNI BAUSAN (T.V. C.O.): from 19.01.1941 to 01.02.1941.
DAGABUR (T.V. C.O.): from 19.01.1941 to 01.02.1941.
Promoted C.C. on ?
LUIGI SETTEMBRINI (T.V. C.O.): from 28.01.1943 to 31.05.1943.
RUGGIERO SETTIMO (T.V. C.O.): from 26.02.1943 to 04.03.1943.

Commands listed for Domenico Romano

Submarine Type Rank From To
Giovanni Bausan (BN)Ocean goingT.V.19 Jan 19411 Feb 1941
Dagabur (DA)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.3 Feb 194125 Aug 1941
Ruggiero Settimo (RS)Ocean goingC.C.26 Feb 19434 Mar 1943
Luigi Settembrini (ST)Ocean goingC.C.28 Jan 194331 May 1943

Ships hit by Domenico Romano

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Domenico Romano

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Giovanni Bausan (BN)19 Jan 1941Pola1 Feb 1941PolaRefit?

Dagabur (DA)5 Feb 19411405Augusta5 Feb 19411535Augusta5Trials.

Dagabur (DA)6 Feb 19410910Augusta6 Feb 19411135Augusta9Trials.

1.Dagabur (DA)12 Feb 19411830Augusta24 Feb 19411015Augusta870Patrolled west of Malta, within 15 miles from 35°30'N, 16°10'E. Uneventful. Heard only H.E.

Dagabur (DA)13 Mar 19410815Augusta13 Mar 19411115Augusta12Trials and exercises.

2.Dagabur (DA)24 Mar 19411725Augusta9 Apr 19410820Augusta1656Patrolled between Alexandria and Cape Krio, within 20 miles from 33°30'N, 25°20'E on a 035°-215° axis.
  28 Mar 1941
1210 (e)
At 1210 hours, a British bomber reported an enemy submarine. This may have been Dagabur, who reported close and distant explosions during the day.
  28 Mar 19410804
(0) West of Malta.
At 0804 hours, Dagabur heard H.E. followed by explosions in the vicinity and believed she was the subject of a systematic A/S hunt. The submarine escaped without damage.
  30 Mar 1941203733° 47'N, 25° 24'EAt 2100 hours on 29th March, two signals were received, one reporting a convoy and the other a naval force located about 30 miles away. Dagabur altered course to intercept.

At 1835 hours on 30th March, a cruiser of the LIVERPOOL class was sighted at a distance of 7,000 metres. The submarine disengaged.

At 2027 hours, another cruiser of the LIVERPOOL class was sighted at distance of 8,000 metres.

At 2037 hours, the range had closed to 3,000 metres and two torpedoes were fired, aimed at the cruiser. Two hits were heard after 170 seconds.

It is possible that this was the light cruiser HMS Bonaventure who was sunk by Ambra at 0244 hours on the 31st. Some sources have mentioned that Dagabur damaged Bonaventure before she was finished by Ambra. There is no evidence to support this theory. If Bonaventure was Dagabur's target, there is little doubt that she was missed.
  31 Mar 19410515
(0) West of Malta.
At 0515 hours, hydrophone effects were heard, followed by explosions in the vicinity. Dagabur escaped without damage.
  3 Apr 19411430-2000
(0) West of Malta.
Between 1430 and 2000 hours, H.E. were heard followed by depth-charges at 15 minutes interval in the vicinity of Dagabur who was later believed to be the target of a systematic A/S hunt. The submarine escaped without damage.

Dagabur (DA)15 Apr 19410845Augusta16 Apr 19411430Naples285Passage Augusta-Naples for refit.

Dagabur (DA)29 May 19410845Naples29 May 19411745Naples27Trials.

Dagabur (DA)1 Jun 19410720Naples1 Jun 19411755Naples41Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)2 Jun 19412015Naples3 Jun 19410145Naples22Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)6 Jun 19410700Naples6 Jun 19411810Naples67Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)7 Jun 19411320Naples7 Jun 19411810Naples23Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)9 Jun 19410805Naples9 Jun 19411640Naples41Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)10 Jun 19410710Naples10 Jun 19411147Naples31Trials and exercises.

Dagabur (DA)13 Jun 19411130Naples14 Jun 19411307Augusta254Passage Naples-Augusta.

3.Dagabur (DA)16 Jun 19411135Augusta19 Jun 19410935Augusta472Sailed for patrol between 32°13 N and 32°27 N, and between 25°00'E and 25°20'E. then was to proceed to Leros. Turned back due to defects. C.F. Luigi Caneschi (commander of 10° Gruppo) criticized the decision to abandon the patrol, as the defects could have been repaired at sea.

Dagabur (DA)2 Jul 19411005Augusta2 Jul 19411215Augusta14Exercises.

Dagabur (DA)3 Jul 19411417Augusta3 Jul 19411612Augusta14Exercises.

4.Dagabur (DA)4 Jul 19412019Augusta22 Jul 19410745Augusta2001,5Patrol north of Mersa Matruh, via Point Z (33°00'N, 27°10'E) and in area between 31°54'N and the Egyptian coast and between 27°00'E and 27°20'E. Uneventful. Heard only H.E.

Dagabur (DA)26 Jul 1941Time?Cagliari26 Jul 19411120CagliariExercises.

Dagabur (DA)9 Aug 19410820Augusta9 Aug 19411055Augusta16Exercises.

5.Dagabur (DA)13 Aug 19411200Augusta15 Aug 19411113Augusta300Patrolled southeast of Malta, within 10 miles from 35°10'N, 15°42'E on the meridian.
  14 Aug 19410140
0245 (e)
35° 52'N, 15° 32'EAt 0140 hours, an enemy submarine was sighted at a distance of 700 metres, steering 290° at 7 knots. Dagabur disengaged "according to the instructions received". This was HMS Osiris (Lieutenant Commander T.T. Euman, RN) on a storing trip to Malta. The British submarine also sighted the Italian submarine and dived immediately.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)18 Feb 19431600Taranto21 Feb 19430746Pola601Passage Taranto-Pola. Uneventful.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Feb 19430805Pola23 Feb 19431240Pola24,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)23 Feb 19431335Pola23 Feb 19431726Pola17Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)26 Feb 19430815Pola26 Feb 19431215Pola15Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)26 Feb 19431345Pola26 Feb 19431812Pola14Exercises.

Ruggiero Settimo (RS)26 Feb 19430715Taranto26 Feb 19431150Taranto27Exercises.

Ruggiero Settimo (RS)28 Feb 19431600Taranto4 Mar 19431035Pola562Passage Taranto-Pola. Minor explosion in one of the engines.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)2 Mar 19430810Pola2 Mar 19431155Pola22Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)6 Mar 19430845Pola6 Mar 19431217Pola5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)9 Mar 19430820Pola9 Mar 19431210Pola19,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)9 Mar 19431345Pola9 Mar 19431815Pola20,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)11 Mar 19430808Pola11 Mar 19431247Pola19,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)13 Mar 19430815Pola13 Mar 19431300Pola21Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)13 Mar 19431405Pola13 Mar 19431835Pola21Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)15 Mar 19430815Pola15 Mar 19431255Pola25Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)15 Mar 19431405Pola15 Mar 19432025Pola25Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)17 Mar 19430800Pola17 Mar 19431233Pola20,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)17 Mar 19431505Pola17 Mar 19432233Pola27,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)22 Mar 1943080Pola22 Mar 19430945Pola1Changed moorings?

Luigi Settembrini (ST)26 Mar 19431515Pola27 Mar 19430055Pola41Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)27 Mar 19430805Pola27 Mar 19431235Pola21Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)27 Mar 19431500Pola27 Mar 19432020Pola24Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)31 Mar 19430800Pola31 Mar 19431235Pola20,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)31 Mar 19431510Pola31 Mar 19432400Pola25,5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)3 Apr 19430945Pola3 Apr 19431325Pola23Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)7 Apr 19430804Pola7 Apr 19431245PolaExercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)7 Apr 19431625Pola7 Apr 19432213Pola24Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 Apr 19430812Pola8 Apr 19431325Pola37Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)10 Apr 19431030Pola10 Apr 19431445Pola21Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)10 Apr 19431513Pola10 Apr 19432010Pola27Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)13 Apr 19430810Pola13 Apr 19431220Pola18Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)13 Apr 19431700Pola13 Apr 19432220Pola19Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)15 Apr 19430800Pola15 Apr 19431235Pola22Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)16 Apr 19430815Pola16 Apr 19431115Pola18Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 Apr 19431240Pola19 Apr 19431810Pola24Exercises with the torpedo boats Orsa and T.3 and MAS 535 and MAS 539.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)24 Apr 19430825Pola24 Apr 19431225Pola22Exercises with the torpedo boat Orsa.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)28 Apr 19431040Pola28 Apr 19431510Pola39Exercises with the torpedo boats San Martino and Pilo and the tugs Marittimo and No.90.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)28 Apr 19431615Pola28 Apr 19432020Pola26Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)1 May 19431405Pola1 May 19431905Pola22Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)2 May 19430625Pola2 May 19431220Pola39Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)3 May 19431430Pola3 May 19431925Pola22Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)5 May 19431445Pola5 May 19431925Pola19Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 May 19430930Pola8 May 19431200Pola5Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)8 May 19431436Pola8 May 19431905Pola16Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)10 May 19431400Pola10 May 19431900Pola22Exercises with the torpedo boat San Martino in Zone A/2, delimited by (1) 44°46.8'N, 13°37.5'E (2) 44°50'N, 13°33.5'E (3) 44°52.5'N, 13°46'E (4) 44°55'N, 13°42'E.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)11 May 19431400Pola11 May 19431910Pola26Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)12 May 19430815Pola12 May 19431705Pola15Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)17 May 19430810Pola17 May 19431206Pola18Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)17 May 19431600Pola17 May 19432010Pola16Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 May 19430710Pola19 May 19431058Pola19,9Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)19 May 19431403Pola19 May 19431852Pola30Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)21 May 19430800Pola21 May 19431235Pola20Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)21 May 19431355Pola21 May 19431904Pola25Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)25 May 19430815Pola25 May 19431220Pola19Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)25 May 19431400Pola25 May 19431900Pola25Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)29 May 19430752Pola29 May 19431315Pola32Exercises.

Luigi Settembrini (ST)29 May 19431445Pola29 May 19431910Pola18Exercises.

83 entries. 79 total patrol entries (5 marked as war patrols) and 6 events.

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