Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Paolo Vagliasindi

Born  4 May 1907Randazzo (Catania)
Died   1992(84)Catania


  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


16 Mar 1942 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
25 Jun 1945 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare

Career information

BEILUL (C.C. C.O.): from 24.09.1939 to 01.08.1941.
TITO SPERI (C.C. C.O.): from 01.08.1941 to 10.02.1942.
SQUALO (C.C. C.O.): from 21.02.1942 to 06.06.1942.
From 18.12.1942, on medical leave.
Joined RSI.

Commands listed for Paolo Vagliasindi

Submarine Type Rank From To
Beilul (BU)Coastal / Sea goingC.C.24 Sep 19391 Aug 1941
Tito Speri (TS)Ocean goingC.C.1 Aug 194110 Feb 1942
Squalo (SQ)Ocean goingC.C.21 Feb 19426 Jun 1942

Ships hit by Paolo Vagliasindi

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Paolo Vagliasindi

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
1.Beilul (BU)9 Jun 19401450Augusta19 Jun 19400645Augusta660Patrolled between Pantelleria and Lampedusa. Uneventful.

2.Beilul (BU)24 Jun 19402300Augusta27 Jun 19401930Leros650Sailed for patrol in 35°50'N, 23°10'E but then ordered to proceed immediately to Leros. British Intelligence reported the position as 35°40'N, 23°10'E and that she arrived at Leros at 1912 hours on the 27th.

3.Beilul (BU)3 Jul 19402000Leros10 Jul 19400500Leros680Sailed with submarine Tricheco and patrolled between Alexandria and Cape Kupho (Crete) in 32°40'N, 28°10'E.
  7 Jul 19402341
2339 (e)
32° 40'N, 28° 10'EAt 2340 hours, the Officer of the Watch sighted the shadow of a destroyer. He recognised it to be of the "W" class.

At 2341 hours, a single torpedo (450mm, W.200 type) was fired from a bow tube at a range of 1,000-1,200 metres and Beilul crash-dived. About a minute later, the submarine had reached a depth of 25 metres when a loud explosion was heard, followed by six or seven more, causing various damages, especially to the hydroplane control and the depth gauge. The submarine went down to 80 metres. The damages were repaired in a short time. It was believed that the target had been sunk, but the hydrophones detected two other vessels, which were now hunting the submarines.

At 2355 hours, one vessel dropped 10-12 depth charges, which exploded on the port side.

At 0103 hours, another attack followed again with 10-12 depth charges causing further damages. Prudently, C.C. Paolo Vagliasindi took his submarine to a depth of 95 metres.

At 1105 hours, Beilul returned to periscope depth to find the vessels were gone. Still, the submarine surfaced only at 1945 hours. Vagliasindi decided to abort his mission and return to Leros.

The target had been the destroyer HMS Hasty. She had avoided the torpedo and attacked the submarine with a full pattern of depth-charges.

Italian Naval Intelligence heard that HMS Whirlwind had been sunk the next day and attributed her loss to Beilul. Actually, she was sunk on 5th July in home waters.

Beilul (BU)17 Aug 19401600Leros17 Aug 19401900Leros10Trials.

Beilul (BU)22 Aug 19400800Leros22 Aug 19401200Leros15Trials.

4.Beilul (BU)16 Sep 19400800Leros21 Sep 19400700Leros502Patrolled in southwest Aegean.

5.Beilul (BU)27 Sep 19401530Leros4 Oct 19401045Naples827Patrol and passage Leros-Naples. At 0530 hours on 30th September, she heard what appeared to be a naval force with her hydrophones, when 20 miles off Zante, but nothing was sighted.

Beilul (BU)4 Nov 19401000Naples4 Nov 19401700Naples37Trials.

Beilul (BU)6 Nov 19401300Naples6 Nov 19401800Naples24Trials.

Beilul (BU)16 Nov 19401000Naples16 Nov 19401700Naples26Exercises.

Beilul (BU)20 Nov 19400800Naples20 Nov 19401800Naples36Exercises.

Beilul (BU)21 Nov 19401300Naples21 Nov 19401700Naples22Exercises.

Beilul (BU)22 Nov 19401215Naples22 Nov 1940?NaplesExercises.

Beilul (BU)23 Nov 19402300Naples24 Nov 19400900Naples29Exercises.

Beilul (BU)26 Nov 19400835Naples27 Nov 19401435Augusta292Passage Naples-Augusta.

Beilul (BU)23 Dec 19401400Augusta28 Dec 19401200Leros674Passage Augusta-Leros via Cerigotto Channel through (1) 35°40'N, 20°20'E (2) 328° - Agria Grabusa Lt. (Crete) - 10' (3) 260° - C. Malaka (Crete) - 29' (4) 158° - Makra Island - 11' (5) Point E of Stampalia . Uneventful.

6.Beilul (BU)7 Jan 19411950Leros13 Jan 19410800Leros541Patrolled off Cape Sidero and in Kaso Strait [or area D for DARIO].
  9 Jan 19410017
After midnight (e)
35° 25'N, 26° 28'EAt 2340 hours, the Officer of the Watch detected a number of vessels. Soon they appeared to be from a convoy in two columns, consisting of five merchant vessels estimated at over 5,000 GRT, escorted by three destroyers proceeding at 10 knots.

At 0017 hours, Beilul fired four bow torpedoes (three 533mm and one 450mm), from the surface, at a distance of 3,000 metres, aimed at three vessels forming a continuous target. The submarine was forced to dive as a destroyer turned toward her. Explosions were heard after 175 and 185 seconds and it was believed that two vessels had been hit. Two minutes later, this was followed by two loud detonations and attributed to secondary explosions on the stricken ships.

This was the convoy A.S. 10 on passage from Piraeus to Port Said and Alexandria, consisting of the freighters British Destro (3,553 GRT, built 1920, convoy leader), Bantria (2,402 GRT, built 1928), Desmoulea (8,120 GRT, built 1939), Christa (2,590 GRT, built 1938), El Hak (1,022 GRT, built 1929), Meroë (3,832 GRT, built 1936), Greek Styliani (1,420 GRT, built 1920), Odysseus (1,065 GRT, built 1922), Maiotis (1,718 GRT, built 1888), Heron (1,516 GRT, built 1906) , Sofia (593 GRT, built 1938) (Sofia was diverted to Suda and was not present) screened by the Hellenic destroyers Vasilefs Georgios (escort leader: Captain Mezeviris), Vasilissa Olga, Spetsai, Psara and Koundouriotis. The closest explosion occurred near Vasilefs Georgios. Captain Meseviris initially thought that one of his destroyers had dropped depth charges. It was only discovered that a submarine attack had taken place after the Italian Radio Station Stefani announced it.

Vagliasindi complained that Beilul did not carry reload torpedoes and, having emptied his forward tubes, he could not effectively mount another attack.

7.Beilul (BU)8 Feb 19412030Leros15 Feb 19410715Leros524Patrolled between 35°40'N and 36°20'N, and between 24°00'E and 24°40'E, between Polykandro and Milo. Uneventful, except for H.E.

Beilul (BU)5 Mar 19410900Leros5 Mar 19411700Leros37Exercises.

8.Beilul (BU)13 Mar 19412300Leros18 Mar 19411000Leros415Patrolled in Aegean, about 30 miles south of Kaso Strait. Uneventful. Heard only H.E. at 1720 hours on the 17th, believed to be from enemy naval force reported the previous day by Air Reconnaissance.

9.Beilul (BU)10 Apr 19410240Leros23 Apr 19411400Leros901Patrolled in 34°00'N, 27°43'E on axis 60°-240°. Uneventful. Heard only H.E. at a distance.

10.Beilul (BU)8 May 19412000Leros14 May 19410430Leros664Patrolled between 31°20'N and 33°30'N and 34°00'N, and between 28°00'E and 29°20'E,
  11 May 1941200033° 34'N, 29° 08'EAt 2000 hours, information was received of the passage of a convoy and Beilul altered course to intercept.

At 0405 hours on 12th May, the convoy was distinctly heard on the hydrophones at a distance of 40 miles, but the sound grew fainter and disappeared at about 1000 hours in the direction of Alexandria. Beilul gave up the chase at 1045 hours, when she was in 32°40' N, 28°14' E.
  12 May 1941115733° 34'N, 29° 08'E
(0) Approximately.
At 1157 hours, a hydrophone effect was heard and was suspected to be an A/S vessel. Beilul dived to 60 meters. At 1400 hours she was suddenly straddled by depth-charges. Close explosions continued until 1511 hours, causing serious damage to the submarine. Three vessels were detected. Beilul finally surfaced at 1945 hours, ready to battle it out, only to find they had disappeared. However, the damages forced the submarine to abandon the patrol.

Beilul (BU)19 Jun 19411150Leros20 Jun 19411800CorinthPassage Leros-La Spezia, via Corinth Canal and Patras. Uneventful.

Beilul (BU)21 Jun 19410352Corinth21 Jun 19411040PatrasPassage Corinth-Patras.

Beilul (BU)21 Jun 19411255Patras22 Jun 19412115MessinaPassage Patras-Messina.

Beilul (BU)24 Jun 19411600Messina26 Jun 19411110La Spezia1109Passage Messina-La Spezia for major refit. Uneventful.

Tito Speri (TS)6 Aug 19410800Pola6 Aug 19411845Pola69Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)8 Aug 19410805Pola8 Aug 19411705Pola67,5Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)11 Aug 19410805Pola11 Aug 19411745Pola62Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)13 Aug 19411205Pola13 Aug 19412000Pola64Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)19 Aug 19410807Pola19 Aug 19411830Pola81Sailed with the submarines Jalea and Toti, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Salvore, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Tito Speri (TS)20 Aug 19410750Pola20 Aug 19411825Pola61Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)22 Aug 19410710Pola22 Aug 19411645Pola60Sailed with the submarine Medusa, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua, for torpedo firing exercises with the torpedo boat Insidioso.

Tito Speri (TS)29 Aug 19411310Pola30 Aug 19410250Pola80Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Salvore.

Tito Speri (TS)1 Sep 19411045Pola2 Sep 19410140Pola90Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)5 Sep 19410800Pola5 Sep 19411720Pola71Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)8 Sep 19410800Pola8 Sep 19411755Pola61Exercises with the submarines Jalea, Cagni and Des Geneys, escorted by the auxiliaries Salvore, Jadera and Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)11 Sep 19411030Pola11 Sep 19411900Pola67Exercises with the submarine Medusa, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera, and torpedo firing exercise on the torpedo boat Audace.

Tito Speri (TS)12 Sep 19410755Pola12 Sep 19411810Pola67Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)15 Sep 19410750Pola15 Sep 19411755Pola70Exercises with the submarine Toti, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)19 Sep 19411005Pola20 Sep 19410210Pola86Exercises with the submarine Jalea, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)22 Sep 19410802Pola22 Sep 19411732Pola60Exercises.

11.Tito Speri (TS)25 Sep 19411620Pola28 Sep 19411130Pola379A/S patrol west of Grossa Island, between 44°11'N and 43°38'N, and between 14°17'E and eastern Adriatic coast. Uneventful.

Tito Speri (TS)3 Oct 19411115Pola4 Oct 19410140Pola84Exercises with the submarine Toti, escorted by the auxiliary Salvatore.

12.Tito Speri (TS)4 Oct 19411645Pola5 Oct 19411515Pola149Antisubmarine patrol off Pola, between 44°47'N, 13°32'E and 45°14.5'N, 12°38'E to cover passage of S.S. Stockholm from Venice to Trieste. Uneventful.

13.Tito Speri (TS)9 Oct 19411655Pola11 Oct 19410300Pola447Hydrophone watch off Pola.

Tito Speri (TS)14 Oct 19411040Pola14 Oct 19411900Pola63Exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)17 Oct 19411005Pola17 Oct 19411830Pola61Exercises with the submarine Toti, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)21 Oct 19410805Pola21 Oct 19411725Pola65Exercises with the submarine Toti, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)23 Oct 19410810Pola23 Oct 19411725Pola60Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)27 Oct 19410805Pola27 Oct 19411645Pola57Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)29 Oct 19410805Pola29 Oct 19411735Pola56Exercises with the submarine Des Geneys, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace.

Tito Speri (TS)30 Oct 19410810Pola30 Oct 19411720Pola58Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Salvore.

Tito Speri (TS)3 Nov 19410808Pola3 Nov 19411645Pola66Exercises with the submarine Mameli, escorted by Morrhua.

Tito Speri (TS)5 Nov 19410808Pola5 Nov 19411645Pola57,5Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Grado.

Tito Speri (TS)10 Nov 19410800Pola10 Nov 19411650Pola61Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliary Jadera.

Tito Speri (TS)28 Nov 19410907Pola28 Nov 19411700Pola66Exercises with the submarines Pisani, Jalea and Mameli, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and Tron.

Tito Speri (TS)2 Dec 19410808Pola2 Dec 19411715Pola61Exercises, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera and Trau

Tito Speri (TS)3 Dec 19410805Pola3 Dec 19411656Pola63Exercises, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace and the auxiliaries Trau, Jadera and San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)6 Dec 19410808Pola6 Dec 19411700Pola60Exercises with the submarines Bajamonti, Mameli, Des Geneys and Toti, escorted by the auxiliaries Audace, Jadera, Trau and San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)12 Dec 19410808Pola12 Dec 19411700Pola66Exercises with the submarines Pisani and Jalea, escorted by the torpedo boat Insidioso and the auxiliaries Trau and San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)15 Dec 19410800Pola15 Dec 19411705Pola73Exercises with the submarine Medusa, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)22 Dec 19410835Pola22 Dec 19411700Pola58Exercises with the submarine Des Geneys, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Tito Speri (TS)23 Dec 19411610Pola24 Dec 19410030Pola59Exercises with the submarine Mameli, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera.

Tito Speri (TS)27 Dec 19410807Pola27 Dec 19411715Pola66Exercises with the submarine Jalea, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)29 Dec 19410830Pola29 Dec 19411710Pola65Gunfire exercises, escorted by the auxiliary Trau.

Tito Speri (TS)30 Dec 19410808Pola30 Dec 19411700Pola66Gunfire exercises with the submarines Toti and Medusa, escorted by the auxiliaries Jadera, Grado and Trau.

Tito Speri (TS)2 Jan 19420630Pola2 Jan 19422330Pola62Torpedo firing exercises.

Tito Speri (TS)5 Jan 19420827Pola5 Jan 19421800Pola70Exercises with the submarines Jalea, Des Geneys, Medusa and Ondina, escorted by the torpedo boat Audace, and the auxiliaries Jadera, San Giorgio and Trau.

Tito Speri (TS)12 Jan 19421100Pola13 Jan 19420010Pola82Exercises.

14.Tito Speri (TS)22 Jan 19421420Pola23 Jan 19420800Pola102Patrolled in northern Adriatic. Uneventful.

Tito Speri (TS)26 Jan 19420835Pola26 Jan 19421805Pola46Exercises with the submarines Mameli and Pisani, escorted by the torpedo boat Calatafimi and the auxiliaries San Giorgio and Trau.

Tito Speri (TS)29 Jan 19421030Pola29 Jan 19422130Pola72Exercises with the submarine Pisani, escorted by the auxiliary San Giorgio.

Tito Speri (TS)7 Feb 19420820Pola9 Feb 19420930Taranto480Passage Pola-Taranto. Sighted only Italian ships.

Squalo (SQ)21 Apr 19420900Pola21 Apr 19421635Pola64Trials.

Squalo (SQ)22 Apr 19420840Pola22 Apr 19421600Pola18Gyrocompass tests.

Squalo (SQ)28 Apr 19421253Pola28 Apr 19421850Pola30Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)8 May 19421324Pola8 May 19421915Pola25Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)9 May 19421315Pola9 May 19421920Pola25Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)12 May 19420800Pola12 May 19421545Pola32Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)13 May 19421315Pola13 May 19421920Pola36Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)15 May 19420832Pola15 May 19421400Pola25Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)23 May 19420815Pola23 May 19421045Pola12Exercises.

15.Squalo (SQ)25 May 19421651Pola26 May 19420845Pola106Sailed with Mameli for hydrophone watch and exercises with battleship Roma in (a) area between 45°31'N, 12°55'E, 45°22'45'N, 13°01.5'E, 45°18'20'N, 12°50'E, 45°26.5'N, 12°43.5'E (b) area between 45°15'N and 45°24'N, 13°10'E and 13°2'5 E. Uneventful.

Squalo (SQ)28 May 19421120Pola28 May 19421620Pola10Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)29 May 19421324Pola29 May 19421920Pola13Exercises.

Squalo (SQ)30 May 19421320Pola30 May 19421700Pola8,2Exercises.

88 entries. 87 total patrol entries (15 marked as war patrols) and 4 events.

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