Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Giovanni Tarabini Castellani

Born  25 Oct 1913Genoa


  S.T.V.Sottotenente di Vascello
  T.V.Tenente di Vascello


10 Dec 1941 Croce di guerra al valore militare
9 Feb 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
18 Jul 1942 Croce di guerra al valore militare
22 Apr 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
4 Apr 1945 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

AMBRA (S.T.V. then T.V. First Officer): from 30.09.1939 to November 1940+.
Promoted T.V. on ?
AMBRA (T.V. resp.): from 25.06.1940 to 09.08.1940? (refit at Taranto).
LUIGI TORELLI (T.V. First Officer): from 16.06.1941 to April 1942+.
ARGENTO (T.V. C.O.): from 12.08.1942 to 05.12.1942.
From 07.12.1942 to at least February 1943, served at MARICOSOM.
DIASPRO (T.V. C.O.): from 22.11.1944 to end of war.

Commands listed for Giovanni Tarabini Castellani

Submarine Type Rank From To
Ambra (AM)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.25 Jun 19409 Aug 1940
Argento (AG)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.12 Aug 19425 Dec 1942
Diaspro (DS)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.22 Nov 1944Aug 1945

Ships hit by Giovanni Tarabini Castellani

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Giovanni Tarabini Castellani

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Ambra (AM)25 Jun 1940Taranto9 Aug 1940TarantoRefit.

Argento (AG)15 Aug 19421400Taranto15 Aug 19421630Taranto11Trials.

Argento (AG)16 Aug 19420715Taranto16 Aug 19422025Taranto64Exercises.

Argento (AG)20 Aug 19421227Taranto20 Aug 19421920Taranto55Exercises.

Argento (AG)21 Aug 19421400Taranto24 Aug 19420030Naples530Passage Taranto-Naples.

Argento (AG)26 Aug 19421320Naples26 Aug 19422145Naples28Exercises.

Argento (AG)5 Sep 19421415Naples5 Sep 19421930Naples31Exercises.

Argento (AG)9 Sep 19421435Naples9 Sep 19421950Naples35Exercises.

Argento (AG)10 Sep 19420940Naples10 Sep 19421822Naples41Exercises.

Argento (AG)11 Sep 19420806Naples11 Sep 19421655Naples56Exercises.

Argento (AG)12 Sep 19421430Naples12 Sep 19422305Naples50Exercises.

Argento (AG)14 Sep 19421430Naples15 Sep 19421920Naples167Exercises.

Argento (AG)17 Sep 19420815Naples17 Sep 19421933Naples77Exercises.

Argento (AG)18 Sep 19421845Naples18 Sep 19422140NaplesExercises with the torpedo boat Cosenz.

Argento (AG)19 Sep 19421640Naples19 Sep 19421856Naples14,5Trials.

Argento (AG)20 Sep 19421435Naples21 Sep 19421350Cagliari297,5Passage Naples-Cagliari.

Argento (AG)24 Sep 19421355Cagliari24 Sep 19421927Cagliari23Exercises.

1.Argento (AG)25 Sep 19422000Cagliari13 Oct 19421230Cagliari1508Sailed for a patrol off the Algerian coast through 37°08'N, 02°40'E to an area between 37°30'N and 38°00'N, and between 02°00'E and 02°20'E.
  26 Sep 1942074038° 16'N, 7° 16'EAt 0740 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 10,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  26 Sep 1942115538° 12'N, 7° 06'EAt 1155 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 9,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  9 Oct 1942213537° 36'N, 2° 07'EAt 2135 hours, a submarine was sighted steering 200°. It was believed to be Nichelio. Argento turned away.
  10 Oct 1942231537° 37'N, 2° 06'EAt 2315 hours, a submarine was sighted steering 300°. Argento turned away.
  12 Oct 19421335At 1335 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 10,000 metres and the submarine dived.

Argento (AG)24 Oct 19420817Cagliari24 Oct 19421220Cagliari22Exercises.

2.Argento (AG)7 Nov 19420303Cagliari19 Nov 19421218Cagliari1412Sailed for patrol between 37°00'N and Algerian coast, and between 07°00'E and 07°30'E. On the evening of 8th November, her area was changed to between 37°00'N and 37°20'N, and between 05°40'E and 06°00'E.
  8 Nov 19420431At 0431 hours, an aircraft was sighted passing closely ahead and dropped a flare. The submarine dived.
  8 Nov 19420930At 0930 hours, an aircraft was seen at a distance of 10,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  8 Nov 19421150At 1150 hours, a Sunderland aircraft was seen at a distance of 9,000 metres and the submarine dived.
  14 Nov 1942043236° 59'N, 7° 06'EAt 0432 hours, a vessel was sighted. Argento maneuvered to gain an attack position. At 0439 hours, this was achieved, but then a second ship was sighted and both were later recognised as small patrol vessels. The attack was aborted.
  16 Nov 1942035537° 43'N, 5° 07'EAt 0355 hours, a shadow was sighted and initially taken for a submarine. It turned out to be a patrol vessel and Argento turned away.
  16 Nov 1942051036° 46'N, 5° 09'EAt 0510 hours, two motorboats were sighted cruising at slow speed. The submarine turned away.
  16 Nov 1942053036° 46'N, 5° 10'EAt 0530 hours, a small patrol vessel was sighted and Argento turned away.

Argento (AG)27 Nov 19421400Cagliari27 Nov 19421650Cagliari15Trials and exercises.

Argento (AG)30 Nov 19421340Cagliari30 Nov 19421723Cagliari18Trials and exercises.

Argento (AG)2 Dec 19420806Cagliari2 Dec 19421210Cagliari8,2Exercises.

Argento (AG)3 Dec 19420830Cagliari3 Dec 19421525Cagliari42Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)20 Dec 19440812Taranto20 Dec 19441640Brindisi36Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)28 Dec 19440810Taranto28 Dec 19441643Brindisi19,4Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)8 Jan 19450847Brindisi9 Jan 19450900Taranto153,1Passage Brindisi-Taranto with the destroyer Artigliere.

Diaspro (DS)15 Jan 19450658Taranto15 Jan 19451730Taranto29Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)17 Jan 19450700Taranto17 Jan 19451658Taranto14,3Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)19 Jan 19450720Taranto19 Jan 19451535Taranto14,2Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)25 Jan 19450640Taranto25 Jan 19451510Taranto22,1Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)27 Jan 19450651Taranto27 Jan 19451515Taranto19,6Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)30 Jan 19450700Taranto30 Jan 19451654Taranto53,4Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)31 Jan 19450745Taranto31 Jan 19451552Taranto14,6Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)5 Feb 19450855Taranto5 Feb 19452215Taranto60,7Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)6 Feb 19450708Taranto6 Feb 19451611Taranto23,2Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)13 Feb 19450639Taranto13 Feb 19451610Taranto6,5Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)23 Feb 19450658Taranto23 Feb 19451548Taranto29,1Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)24 Feb 19450600Taranto24 Feb 19451610Taranto58,4Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)1 Mar 19450637Taranto1 Mar 19451538Taranto22,6Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)13 Mar 19450937Taranto14 Mar 19450205Taranto67Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)14 Mar 19450814Taranto14 Mar 19451600Taranto31Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)15 Mar 19451236Taranto16 Mar 19451058Brindisi150,1Passage Taranto-Brindisi, towing MAS 510 with the torpedo boat Animoso towing the pontoon G.G.S.185.

Diaspro (DS)22 Mar 19450900Brindisi22 Mar 19451620Brindisi28Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)24 Mar 19450900Brindisi24 Mar 19451645Brindisi28,2Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)30 Mar 19450900Brindisi30 Mar 19451610Brindisi23,5Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)4 Apr 19450820Brindisi4 Apr 19451726Brindisi32Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)7 Apr 19450812Brindisi7 Apr 19451450Brindisi14,7Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)10 Apr 19451000Brindisi12 Apr 19450859Malta401Passage Brindisi-Malta with the torpedo boat Animoso. Used for A/S school until August 1945.

Diaspro (DS)13 Apr 19451000Sliema (Malta)13 Apr 19450859Sliema (Malta)56Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)14 Apr 19450625Sliema (Malta)14 Apr 19451950Sliema (Malta)56Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)16 Apr 19450635Sliema (Malta)16 Apr 19452017Sliema (Malta)69Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)20 Apr 19451005Sliema (Malta)20 Apr 19452058Sliema (Malta)53Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)21 Apr 19450640Sliema (Malta)21 Apr 19451455Sliema (Malta)43Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)23 Apr 19451030Sliema (Malta)23 Apr 19451345Sliema (Malta)48,5Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)24 Apr 19451055Sliema (Malta)24 Apr 19452005Sliema (Malta)47Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)25 Apr 19450658Sliema (Malta)25 Apr 19451524Sliema (Malta)43Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)27 Apr 19450640Sliema (Malta)27 Apr 19451635Sliema (Malta)47Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)1 May 19450620Sliema (Malta)1 May 19451535Sliema (Malta)53Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)3 May 19450645Sliema (Malta)3 May 19451515Sliema (Malta)42,5Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)5 May 19450658Sliema (Malta)5 May 19451644Sliema (Malta)57Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)7 May 19451030Sliema (Malta)7 May 19452012Sliema (Malta)50Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)13 May 19450655Sliema (Malta)13 May 19451942Sliema (Malta)52Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)16 May 19450646Sliema (Malta)16 May 19451535Sliema (Malta)44Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)18 May 19450500Sliema (Malta)18 May 19451340Sliema (Malta)56Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)21 May 19450847Sliema (Malta)21 May 19451600Sliema (Malta)43Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)27 May 19450806Malta27 May 19452113Augusta110Passage Malta-Augusta.

Diaspro (DS)28 May 19452336Augusta29 May 19450949AugustaPassage Augusta-Taranto, but turned back because of defects.

Diaspro (DS)28 May 19452336Augusta29 May 19450949Augusta80Passage Augusta-Taranto, but turned back because of defects.

Diaspro (DS)29 May 19452330Augusta31 May 19450836Taranto251Passage Augusta-Taranto.

Diaspro (DS)15 Aug 19450712Taranto15 Aug 19451348Taranto21Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)17 Aug 19451603Taranto17 Aug 19452101Taranto33,5Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)20 Aug 19451559Taranto20 Aug 19452224Taranto33,6Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)22 Aug 19451000Taranto22 Aug 19451822Taranto50,4Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)24 Aug 19450625Taranto24 Aug 19451805Taranto55Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)25 Aug 19450610Taranto25 Aug 19451335Taranto23,2Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)28 Aug 19450613Taranto28 Aug 19451613Taranto42Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)30 Aug 19450606Taranto30 Aug 19451621Taranto27,9Exercises.

88 entries. 78 total patrol entries (2 marked as war patrols) and 12 events.

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