Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Emilio Botta

Born  14 Oct 1918Foggia


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


13 Jun 1943 Croce di guerra al valore militare
18 Feb 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

CIRO MENOTTI (S.T.V. Navigation Officer): from 23.03.1941 to June 1942+.
VELELLA (S.T.V. First Officer): from July 1943? to ?
DIASPRO (T.V. C.O.): from 12.09.1943 to 22.11.1944.
TURCHESE (T.V. C.O.): from 23.11.1944 to end of war.
From ? to mid-1945: Head of COMANDO GRUPPO BRINDISI.

Commands listed for Emilio Botta

Submarine Type Rank From To
Diaspro (DS)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.12 Sep 194322 Nov 1944
Turchese (TC)Coastal / Sea goingT.V.23 Nov 1944Aug 1945

Ships hit by Emilio Botta

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Emilio Botta

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Diaspro (DS)9 Dec 19430945Cagliari9 Dec 19431233Cagliari7,5Trials after repairs.

Diaspro (DS)18 Dec 19431320Cagliari20 Dec 19431020Palermo224Passage Cagliari-Palermo with steamer Lucera and the torpedo boat Carini.

Diaspro (DS)21 Dec 19432312Palermo23 Dec 19431050Augusta195Passage Palermo-Augusta with the British steamers Empire Fay, Lucera and Portsea and the American Conasauga and escorted by the destroyer Carini and the torpedo boat Clio.

Diaspro (DS)21 Jan 19440720Augusta21 Jan 19441353Augusta33Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)16 Feb 19440905Augusta18 Feb 19440930Brindisi291Passage Augusta-Brindisi with a convoy escorted by destroyer Granatiere, the torpedo boats Libra and Monzambano and the corvettes Sfinge and Fenice.

Diaspro (DS)16 Jul 19440805Brindisi16 Jul 19441626Brindisi35Trials.

Diaspro (DS)19 Jul 19440800Brindisi19 Jul 19441740Brindisi54,8Trials.

Diaspro (DS)22 Jul 19440820Brindisi22 Jul 19441625Brindisi46,4Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)28 Jul 19440830Brindisi28 Jul 19441610Brindisi40,8Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)29 Jul 19440935Brindisi29 Jul 19441653Brindisi?Gyrocompass tests.

Diaspro (DS)5 Aug 19440810Brindisi5 Aug 19441515Brindisi28,9Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)9 Aug 19440836Brindisi9 Aug 19441601Brindisi23,5Exercises.

1.Diaspro (DS)17 Aug 19440751Brindisi22 Aug 19440956Brindisi542,9Special operation. Landed a group on Zante and another on Cephalonia.
  19 Aug 19440020-0152
(0) Zante Island.
Between 0020 and 0152 hours, Diaspro landed four agents on the island of Zante (one British officer, one Greek officer and two other ranks).
  20 Aug 19440100-0425
(0) Cephalonia.
Between 0100 and 0425 hours, Diaspro landed agents on the island of Cephalonia.

Diaspro (DS)16 Sep 19440800Brindisi16 Sep 19441500Brindisi42Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)13 Oct 19440909Brindisi14 Oct 19440932Taranto163Passage Brindisi-Taranto with the submarine Platino and the corvette Minerva.

Diaspro (DS)16 Oct 19440838Taranto16 Oct 19441730Taranto24Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)18 Oct 19440753Taranto18 Oct 19442330Taranto45,7Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)23 Oct 19441420Taranto23 Oct 19442145Taranto32,6Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)28 Oct 19440618Taranto28 Oct 19441455Taranto20Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)30 Oct 19441135Taranto30 Oct 19442020Taranto34Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)3 Nov 19441132Taranto3 Nov 19441542Taranto22,2Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)7 Nov 19441555Taranto7 Nov 19442021Taranto23,3Exercises.

Diaspro (DS)13 Nov 19441430Taranto14 Nov 19441448Brindisi154,6Passage Taranto-Brindisi with the submarine Alagi and the torpedo boat Sagittario.

Turchese (TC)22 Jun 19450605Brindisi22 Jun 19450800Naples450Passage Brindisi-Naples then in reserve until end of war.

25 entries. 24 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 2 events.

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