Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders


Armando Rosso

Born  9 May 1910Savona

Ranks

  S.T.V.Sottotenente di Vascello
18 Oct 1940 T.V.Tenente di Vascello

Decorations

30 Jan 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

JALEA (S.T.V. First Officer): from 06.06.1938 to 16.05.1942.
Promoted T.V. on 18.10.1940.
N.1 (ex-Yugoslav OSTVENIK) (T.V. C.O.): from 21.05.1941 to 23.05.1941? FILIPPO CORRIDONI (T.V. C.O.): from 26.05.1942 to 24.05.1943.
ATROPO (T.V. C.O.): from 19.05.1943 to 05.06.1943.

Commands listed for Armando Rosso


Submarine Type Rank From To
Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)T.V.21 May 194123 May 1941
Filippo Corridoni (CR)MinelayingT.V.26 May 194224 May 1943
Atropo (AT, N.51)MinelayingT.V.19 May 19435 Jun 1943

War patrols listed for Armando Rosso

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)21 May 19410600Teodo21 May 19412130SpalatoPassage Teodo-Spalato of the three ex-Yugoslav submarines N 1, N 2 and N 3 escorted by the torpedo boat Bassini.

Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)22 May 19410955Spalato22 May 19411730ZaraPassage Spalato-Zara of the three ex-Yugoslav submarines N 1, N 2 and N 3 escorted by the torpedo boat Bassini.

Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)23 May 19410945Zara23 May 19411900Pola318,8Passage Zara-Pola of the three ex-Yugoslav submarines N 1, N 2 and N 3 with the torpedo boat Bassini and the tug Marittimo [mileage is from 21st May].

Filippo Corridoni (CR)26 May 19421345Brindisi26 May 19421707Brindisi18,5Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)30 May 19420751Brindisi30 May 19421147Brindisi18,5Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)4 Jun 19421315Brindisi4 Jun 19421750Brindisi28Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)12 Jun 19420803Brindisi12 Jun 19421143Brindisi26,5Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)17 Jun 19420808Brindisi17 Jun 19421202Brindisi18Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)21 Jun 19422020Brindisi22 Jun 19421550Taranto158Passage Brindisi-Taranto.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)25 Jun 19421510Brindisi25 Jun 19421710Brindisi9,5Exercises.

1.Filippo Corridoni (CR)26 Jun 19421120Taranto30 Jun 19422055DernaSupply mission to Derna with 56 tons of stores. ULTRA sigint had learnt that the Italian submarines Atropo, Bragadino, Corridoni and Zoea were used to transport stores to Derna and were passing through 33°20’N, 22°40’E.
  28 Jun 1942113035° 45'N, 20° 11'EAt 1130 hours, a derelict mine was sighted.
  29 Jun 19421045-1105
(0) Probably ca. 90 miles NW of Derna.
Between 1045 and 1105 hours, twenty-four bombs fell at a minimum distance of 1,000 meters from Corridoni. The submarine had not heard any hydrophone effect and it was assumed that they were dropped by aircraft. Zoea, who was in 33°54' N, 23°00' E (or probably about 50 miles West of Corridoni) at 1050 hours, also reported hearing distant explosions.

2.Filippo Corridoni (CR)3 Jul 19422010Derna7 Jul 19421310Messina569,5Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Corridoni was ordered to remain east of 22° meridian until noon on 5th July, but this was received at 0530 hours on the 5th when the submarine was in 3°26'N, 20°34'E, which was 73 miles away and it was impossible to be there in time.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)7 Jul 19421535Messina8 Jul 19421713Trapani217,7Passage Messina-Trapani. Escorted by the torpedo boat Mezza, until 3 miles south of Stromboli.
  8 Jul 19421235At 1235 hours, two Italian steamers were sighted on a northerly course, escorted by a CANT Z.501. They appeared under air attack and a long column of smoke was seen.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)13 Jul 19421535Trapani13 Jul 19421713Trapani13,22Exercises.

3.Filippo Corridoni (CR)14 Jul 19421315Trapani16 Jul 19421052Tripoli449,7Sailed escorted by the minesweeper R.D.16, replaced by the torpedo boat Centauro until 2110 hours on the 14th, as the weather had worsened. She proceeded for supply mission to Tripoli with 50 tons of petrol through Point V (33°12'N, 12°56'E). At 0530 hours on the 16th, she was met by a fishing vessel and guided through the minefields.

4.Filippo Corridoni (CR)17 Jul 19422000Tripoli19 Jul 19421200Trapani844,2Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli (mileage is for round trip).
  18 Jul 19421536
(0) 166° - Linosa Island - 12 miles.
At 1536 hours, a derelict mine of the Italian type was sighted.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)24 Jul 19421500Trapani25 Jul 19420145Trapani27Exercises.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)25 Jul 19421445Trapani27 Jul 19420609Messina223,6Passage Trapani-Messina.

5.Filippo Corridoni (CR)5 Aug 19421820Messina8 Aug 19422050DernaSupply mission to Derna with 122 tons of stores.
  6 Aug 19421053At 1053 hours, a Sunderland aircraft was seen and the submarine dived.
  6 Aug 19421610At 1610 hours, two German aircraft were seen at a distance of 6,000 metres and exchanged recognition signals.

6.Filippo Corridoni (CR)11 Aug 19421930Derna15 Aug 19420745Augusta1291Return trip from supply mission to Derna.
  14 Aug 1942155737° 18'N, 16° 35'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1557 hours, the submarine Marcantonio Bragadino was sighted at a distance of 5,000 metres.

7.Filippo Corridoni (CR)22 Aug 19422105Augusta26 Aug 19420927TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli with 48 tons of petrol. The submarine experienced trouble with both the gyrocompass and the magnetic compass.
  25 Aug 1942083233° 30'N, 16° 32'EAt 0832 hours, a periscope was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres and then for a brief moment a conning tower.

No other submarine appears to have operated in this area at that time.
  26 Aug 19420645
(0) North of Tripoli.
At 0645 hours, a German aircraft was seen and exchanged recognition signals.
  26 Aug 19420735
(0) North of Tripoli.
At 0645 hours, an Italian aircraft was seen and exchanged recognition signals.

8.Filippo Corridoni (CR)30 Aug 19421429Tripoli2 Sep 19421640Taranto1260Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli (mileage is for round trip).
  30 Aug 19421610
(0) North of Tripoli.
At 1610 hours, the Italian torpedo boat Cascino escorting a steamer were sighted.
  31 Aug 19420813-1445
(0) North of Tripoli.
Derelict mines were sighted at 0813, 0846, 0854, 1242 and at 1445 hours.

9.Filippo Corridoni (CR)20 Nov 19421515Taranto24 Nov 19421255TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli with 55 tons of army supplies.
  21 Nov 1942205036° 06'N, 18° 30'EAt 2050 hours, a derelict mine was sighted.
  24 Nov 1942021533° 02'N, 14° 16'EAt 0215 hours, a submarine of the SANTAROSA class was sighted at a distance of 600-700 metres and exchanged recognition signals. This was Ciro Menotti.

10.Filippo Corridoni (CR)25 Nov 19421430Tripoli29 Nov 19421500Taranto567,3Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli (mileage is for round trip).
  26 Nov 1942110933° 02'N, 14° 16'EAt 1109 hours, an aircraft came close to the submarine but could not be identified. The submarine dived at 1118 hours.

At 1122 hours, explosions were heard in the vicinity.

11.Filippo Corridoni (CR)18 Dec 19421315Taranto22 Dec 19421305TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli with 22 tons of ammunition (was initially intended to Buerat, but then directed to Tripoli).
  19 Dec 1942203736° 00'N, 16° 20'E
(0) Approximately.
The submarine was ordered to 36°00' N, 16°20' E, to search for German survivors from a downed aircraft. The search was unsuccessful due to low visibility.

12.Filippo Corridoni (CR)23 Dec 19421400Tripoli27 Dec 19421715Taranto1304,4Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful (mileage is for round trip).

13.Filippo Corridoni (CR)17 Jan 19431100Taranto23 Jan 19430450Augusta990,7Supply mission to Tripoli with 18 tons of ammunition and 41 tons of stores. She was in 33°48'N, 16°04'E at 0545 hours on the 20th, when she was ordered instead to Point 4 (?). At 1230 hours on the 21st, she was ordered to Zuara but was recalled at 2022 hours the same evening.

Filippo Corridoni (CR)8 Mar 19431730Augusta10 Mar 19430931TrapaniPassage Augusta-Trapani to pick up supplies for Lampedusa. Uneventful.

14.Filippo Corridoni (CR)12 Mar 19431700Trapani14 Mar 19431850LampedusaSupply mission to Lampedusa. Sighted several aircraft but was not threatened.
  14 Mar 1943010235° 31'N, 12° 45'EAt 0102 hours, a vessel was sighted in poor visibility. It was perhaps a MAS boat and Corridoni turned away.

15.Filippo Corridoni (CR)16 Mar 19430310Lampedusa18 Mar 19430246Augusta780Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa (mileage is for round trip).
  17 Mar 1943125536° 45'N, 16° 00'EAt 1255 hours, a salvo of bombs fell about 200 meters from the submarine. No aircraft were sighted but H.E were heard. More bombs fell at 1338 hours, but were between 1,000 and 2,000 meters distant.

16.Filippo Corridoni (CR)29 Mar 19431816Augusta1 Apr 19432113LampedusaSupply mission to Lampedusa.
  29 Mar 1943232537° 08'N, 15° 52'EAt 2325 hours, an enemy submarine was sighted, proceeding on 110° course at 10 knots. This was very likely HMS Unison (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) returning to Malta. When the distance was only 500 meters, Corridoni turned away as the track angle was too acute and dived to 40 meters.

17.Filippo Corridoni (CR)4 Apr 19430030Lampedusa7 Apr 19430238Augusta701Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa. Uneventful (mileage is for round trip).

Filippo Corridoni (CR)8 Apr 19431946Augusta10 Apr 19431210Naples295Passage Augusta-Naples.

Atropo (AT, N.51)21 May 19430740Taranto21 May 19431515Taranto32Exercises.

18.Atropo (AT, N.51)23 May 19431900Taranto30 May 19430010Lampedusa632Supply mission to Lampedusa (foodstuff and ammunition). Uneventful.

19.Atropo (AT, N.51)30 May 19430445Lampedusa30 May 19432200LampedusaLeft Lampedusa to submerge, during daylight hours, outside the harbour and returned to complete the disembarkation of her cargo.

20.Atropo (AT, N.51)31 May 19430120Lampedusa4 Jun 19430330Augusta264Return trip from supply mission to Lampedusa.
  1 Jun 1943003034° 40'N, 14° 03'EAt 0030 hours, an aircraft dropped flares over the submarine. Atropo crash-dived.

43 entries. 37 total patrol entries (20 marked as war patrols) and 20 events.

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