Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||7 Nov 1911||La Spezia|
Career informationGOFFREDO MAMELI (T.V. First Officer): from 15.01.1939 to ?
UARSCIEK (T.V. C.O.): from 01.01.41 to 17.06.1941.
ZOEA (T.V. C.O.): from 18.06.1941 to 14.11.1941 (accidental sinking, later raised and repaired).
TRICHECO (T.V. C.O.): from 16.11.1941 to 31.01.1941.
PIETRO MICCA (T.V. C.O.): from 01.01.1942 to 03.02.1942.
Promoted to C.C. ca. April 1942.
ZOEA (C.C. C.O.): from 03.02.1942 to 20.06.1942.
MARCANTONIO BRAGADINO (C.C. C.O.): from 08.04.1942 to 10.04.1942.
DANDOLO (C.C. C.O.): from 24.06.1942 to 10.08.1942 (briefly replaced by T.V. Giovanni Febbraro 11-14.08.1942).
DANDOLO (C.C. C.O.): from 14.08.1942 to 24.08.1942.
SERPENTE (C.C. C.O.): from 29.08.1942 to 29.09.1942.
RUGGIERO SETTIMO (C.C. C.O.): from 29.09.1942 to 22.01.1943.
Commands listed for Alberto Campanella
|Uarsciek (UR)||Coastal / Sea going||T.V.||1 Jan 1941||17 Jun 1941|
|Zoea (ZE)||Minelaying||T.V.||18 Jun 1941||14 Nov 1941|
|Tricheco (TR)||Ocean going||T.V.||16 Nov 1941||31 Dec 1941|
|Pietro Micca (MC)||Minelaying||T.V.||1 Jan 1942||3 Feb 1942|
|Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)||Minelaying||C.C.||8 Apr 1942||10 Apr 1942|
|Zoea (ZE)||Minelaying||T.V.||3 Feb 1942||20 Jun 1942|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||Ocean going||C.C.||24 Jun 1942||24 Aug 1942|
|Serpente (ex-Nautilus) (SE)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||29 Aug 1942||29 Sep 1942|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||Ocean going||C.C.||29 Sep 1942||22 Jan 1943|
Ships hit by Alberto CampanellaNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Alberto Campanella
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Uarsciek (UR)||10 Jan 1941||0850||Taranto||10 Jan 1941||1645||Taranto||45,6||Exercises.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||13 Jan 1941||0855||Taranto||13 Jan 1941||1430||Taranto||19,75||Exercises.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||18 Jan 1941||0801||Taranto||18 Jan 1941||1550||Taranto||31,5||Exercises.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||21 Jan 1941||0813||Taranto||21 Jan 1941||1540||Taranto||33,8||Exercises.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||23 Jan 1941||0905||Taranto||23 Jan 1941||1145||Taranto||19||Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.24.|
|1.||Uarsciek (UR)||23 Jan 1941||1705||Taranto||24 Jan 1941||2204||Taranto||159,5||Hydrophone watch. Uneventful.|
|2.||Uarsciek (UR)||25 Jan 1941||1945||Taranto||26 Jan 1941||1710||Taranto||116,6||Hydrophone watch. Uneventful, except for sinking a derelict mine.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||27 Jan 1941||0710||Taranto||27 Jan 1941||1301||Taranto||28,9||Exercises.|
|3.||Uarsciek (UR)||31 Jan 1941||0700||Taranto||12 Feb 1941||1400||Taranto||873||Patrolled south of Otranto Straits within 10 miles from 38°40'N, 19°40'E. Uneventful.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||28 Feb 1941||0930||Taranto||28 Feb 1941||1004||Taranto||0,5||Entered dock.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||3 Mar 1941||1030||Taranto||3 Mar 1941||1130||Taranto||0,3||Entered dock.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||5 Mar 1941||0820||Taranto||5 Mar 1941||1220||Taranto||23||Exercises escorted by the minesweeper R.D.30.|
|4.||Uarsciek (UR)||6 Mar 1941||1057||Taranto||18 Mar 1941||1225||Taranto||927||Patrolled south of Otranto Straits within 10 miles from 38°40'N, 19°40'E. Uneventful.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||25 Mar 1941||0930||Taranto||25 Mar 1941||1000||Taranto||0,5||Entered dock.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||4 Apr 1941||1015||Taranto||4 Apr 1941||1540||Taranto||34||Exercises with the tug Littoria.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||9 Apr 1941||0930||Taranto||9 Apr 1941||1600||Taranto||35,8||Exercises.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||15 Apr 1941||0804||Taranto||15 Apr 1941||1600||Taranto||42,9||Exercises, escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||19 Apr 1941||0704||Taranto||19 Apr 1941||0808||Taranto||1,5||Exercises?|
|Uarsciek (UR)||20 Apr 1941||0810||Taranto||20 Apr 1941||1355||Taranto||28,8||Exercises escorted by the fishing vessel Sparviero.|
|5.||Uarsciek (UR)||21 Apr 1941||1230||Taranto||30 Apr 1941||1130||Taranto||870||Patrolled south of Otranto Straits between 39°00'N and 39°40'N, and between 19°10'E and 19°50'E. Uneventful.|
|Uarsciek (UR)||12 May 1941||0845||Taranto||12 May 1941||Time?||Taranto||27,8||Exercises with the submarine Menotti.|
|6.||Uarsciek (UR)||13 May 1941||2255||Taranto||30 May 1941||1800||Taranto||1933||Patrolled off Egyptian coast, between 31°40'N and 32°10'N, and between 26°20'E and 27°00'E, between Sidi Barrani and Mersa Matruh. Sighted fishing vessels twice and may have been hunted by one of them on 22nd May.|
|21 May 1941||0800-1940|
(0) Near Mersa Matruh?
|At 0450 hours, the hydrophones picked up the sounds of three vessels.|
At 0800 hours, the noises intensified and until 1940 hours, Uarsciek was subjected to prolonged depth-charging, but escaped.
|22 May 1941||1000-1100|
(0) Near Mersa Matruh?
|At 0430 hours, a vessel was detected with the hydrophones.|
From 1000 to 1100 hours, Uarsciek was depth-charged by the vessel but managed to escape. She was again depth-charged very closely at 1600 hours, and the A/S hunt went on until 0010 hours on the 23rd.
At 0040 hours, the submarine surfaced after having spent 20 hours and 30 minutes submerged.
|23 May 1941||0530-1800|
(0) Near Mersa Matruh?
|From 0530 to 1800 hours, the submarine was hunted and heard 40 depth charge explosions.|
|7.||Zoea (ZE)||23 Jun 1941||0840||Taranto||26 Jun 1941||2040||Derna||Supply mission to Derna (76 tons of ammunition). Uneventful.|
|8.||Zoea (ZE)||27 Jun 1941||0300||Derna||29 Jun 1941||1200||Taranto||1190||Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful.|
|9.||Zoea (ZE)||4 Jul 1941||1145||Taranto||7 Jul 1941||2100||Derna||Supply mission to Derna (54 tons of ammunition) Uneventful.|
|10.||Zoea (ZE)||7 Jul 1941||2330||Derna||10 Jul 1941||1030||Taranto||1184||Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful.|
|11.||Zoea (ZE)||17 Jul 1941||1030||Taranto||20 Jul 1941||2100||Derna||Supply mission to Derna (56 tons of ammunition). Uneventful.|
|12.||Zoea (ZE)||21 Jul 1941||0100||Derna||23 Jul 1941||1145||Taranto||1182||Return trip from supply mission to Derna. Uneventful.|
|13.||Zoea (ZE)||6 Aug 1941||1330||Taranto||10 Aug 1941||0510||Bardia||?||Supply mission to Bardia with 57 tons of petrol. First submarine to reach Bardia following the British evacuation.|
|8 Aug 1941||0310||34° 50'N, 21° 50'E||At 0310 hours, a submarine was sighted on parallel but opposite course. Zoea turned away.|
MARICOSOM had issued orders not to attack submarines when east of 22° E and this was close to the limit.
|8 Aug 1941||1000|
|34° 00'N, 23° 16'E||Aircraft had been seen in the distance at 0700, 0900 and 0915 hours.|
At 1000 hours, a fourth aircraft was sighted and circled the submarine at a distance of 2,500 metres. It finally attacked, as Zoea opened fire with her machine guns at distance of 1,500 metres. Three bombs were dropped, falling about 20 metres from the starboard bow. The aircraft attempted a second attack from the stern, Zoea opened fire with two machine guns and, as the aircraft was 500 metres away, it was hit and crashed in the sea. Zoea did not linger on the surface as three aircraft were seen approaching and she dived.
The aircraft was Blenheim 'X' (Z.6421) of 203 Squadron piloted by Flight Lieutenant Corbould. It had sighted the submarine described as small (!) in very dark colours and with no visible armament, steering 100° at 10 knots. It released four SAP bombs, one of which was seen to fall 10-15 yards off the port bow. The aircraft was not shot down as claimed and reached Mersa Matruh.
|10 Aug 1941||0910+|
(0) At Bardia.
|General Rommel and General Count Giorgio Carlo Calvi di Bergolo visited the submarine.|
|14.||Zoea (ZE)||10 Aug 1941||0930||Bardia||13 Aug 1941||1430||Taranto||1577||Return trip from supply mission to Bardia.|
|10 Aug 1941||0910+|
(0) At Bardia.
|General Rommel and General Count Giorgio Carlo Calvi di Bergolo visited the submarine.|
|11 Aug 1941||0725||34° 05'N, 22° 20'E|
|At 0725 hours, an aircraft was sighted and it made a stern attack. Zoea opened fire with her machine guns at a range of 1,500 metres. The aircraft replied with its own machine guns but did not drop any bomb. It circled at a distance of 4,000 metres for 40 minutes and it was believed that the aircraft was summoning other bombers to attack.|
At 1115 hours, a second aircraft appeared diving from the sun. The submarine made the recognition signal but was not answered and opened fire with her machine guns at a range of 2,000 metres. The aircraft strafed the submarine but did not carry out a bombing attack.
|11 Aug 1941||1825||34° 05'N, 22° 20'E||At 1825 hours, an aircraft flying low came from the sun and strafed the submarine. Zoea opened fire at about 1,000 metres, but one of her gunners was seriously wounded. The aircraft made the reconnaissance signal of the CAT (German Air Corps) while the submarine was plainly displaying the Italian flag. This did not prevent the aircraft making another strafing run, flasing again the CAT reconnaissance signal before flying away.|
|12 Aug 1941||0830||36° 00'N, 20° 00'E|
|At 0830 hours, a French convoy was sighted at a distance of 1,500 metres, steering 110°, 10 knots. Zoea dived to avoid being seen.|
|Zoea (ZE)||22 Oct 1941||Taranto||22 Oct 1941||0815||Sunk||At Taranto, sunk accidentally at her moorings. Later raised and repaired.|
|22 Oct 1941||0815-0920|
(0) At Taranto.
|The submarine had just left the dock when she accidentally sank at her moorings sometime between 0815 and 0920 hours when the starboard mine hatch was accidentally opened.|
There were a number of persons on board. The inquest recorded that some nineteen persons were in the control room at one time or another. Who could have opened the hatch by mistake? Three were electricians from the crew and the remainder workers from the S. Giorgio, Calzoni and Tosi firms and from MARICOST Taranto. There were crew members in other parts of the boat when the accident occurred.
The crew members did not panic and evacuated in good order. However, some of the workers panicked. The submarine sank slowly and Maggiore G.N Festuccia from the nearby submarine Ammiraglio Saint Bon, had time to run and board Zoea. He tried to close the hatches but was not in time and was thrown in the water. There were no victims. The submarine was raised on 5th November and docked. It took several months to be repaired, in time for operation HARPOON.
|15.||Tricheco (TR)||21 Nov 1941||1455||Augusta||5 Dec 1941||1115||Augusta||1287,6||Patrolled southeast of Malta between 34°20'N and 34°40'N, and between 16°00'E and 16°40'E (or and between 15°40'E and 16°00'E?). On a patrol line with Delfino and Settembrini.|
|30 Nov 1941||1147||34° 23'N, 15° 46'E||An enemy squadron was first detected by hydrophones at 1045 hours. They came into view and the submarine fired thee torpedoes (533mm) from her bow tubes at a range of 1,500 metres at a target described as a cruiser of the FROBISHER class, one of four cruisers and two destroyers steering 085° at 18 knots. These were actually Force B (the light cruisers HMS Ajax and HMS Neptune of the 7th C.S. with the destroyers HMS Kimberley and HMS Kingston) and Force K (the light cruiser HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope with destroyer HMS Lively). One hit was heard after 75 seconds, but this was not confirmed and the attack does not appear to have been observed. The British squadron only reported a CANT float plane sighted to the SW in position 34°24' N, 15°37' E at 1123 hours.|
|Tricheco (TR)||28 Dec 1941||0855||Augusta||28 Dec 1941||1220||Augusta||26,3||Exercises, escorted by the auxiliary minesweeper Tea.|
|Pietro Micca (MC)||12 Jan 1942||0838||Taranto||12 Jan 1942||1432||Taranto||42||Exercises.|
|16.||Pietro Micca (MC)||18 Jan 1942||1158||Taranto||22 Jan 1942||1230||Tripoli||648||Supply mission to Tripoli (156.4 tons of stores distributed as such: 78 tons of petrol, 15.7 tons of weapons and ammunition, 18.7 tons of foodstuff).|
|19 Jan 1942||0935|
(0) Ca. 140 miles South of Santa Maria di Leuca.
|At 0935 hours, three aircraft were seen and Micca dived. Bomb explosions were heard but the submarine escaped damage.|
|17.||Pietro Micca (MC)||25 Jan 1942||1348||Tripoli||30 Jan 1942||1400||Taranto||750,5||Return from supply mission to Tripoli and hydrophone watch on 26-27th January, in area between 33°20'N and 34°00'N and 17°20'E and 18°00'E. Uneventful.|
|25 Jan 1942||1200|
(0) Tripoli harbour.
|At noon, the submarine was visited by Generals Cavallero (Head of Comando Supremo) and Bastico (Head of Axis Forces in North Africa).|
|Marcantonio Bragadino (BG)||8 Apr 1942||Brindisi||10 Apr 1942||Brindisi||In Brindisi (refit?).|
|Zoea (ZE)||16 Apr 1942||1400||Taranto||16 Apr 1942||1745||Taranto||15||Trials.|
|Zoea (ZE)||19 Apr 1942||1232||Taranto||19 Apr 1942||1800||Taranto||37||Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.13.|
|Zoea (ZE)||23 Apr 1942||0815||Taranto||23 Apr 1942||1545||Taranto||42||Trials, escorted by the minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Zoea (ZE)||26 Apr 1942||0700||Taranto||26 Apr 1942||1250||Taranto||46||Trials and exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||8 May 1942||1440||Taranto||8 May 1942||1845||Taranto||46||Exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||18 May 1942||0830||Taranto||18 May 1942||1730||Taranto||56||Exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||24 May 1942||0730||Taranto||24 May 1942||1330||Taranto||52||Exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||30 May 1942||0730||Taranto||30 May 1942||1250||Taranto||46||Exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||4 Jun 1942||0800||Taranto||4 Jun 1942||1740||Taranto||79||Exercises.|
|Zoea (ZE)||6 Jun 1942||0815||Taranto||6 Jun 1942||1320||Taranto||33||Exercises with the torpedo boat Sagittario.|
|18.||Zoea (ZE)||14 Jun 1942||0830||Taranto||19 Jun 1942||1435||Taranto||846||Patrolled southeast of Malta between 35°00'N and 35°20'N, and between 15°40'E and 16°00'E.|
|19 Jun 1942||0503||At 0503 hours, the submarine Micca was sighted.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||30 Jun 1942||0955||Naples||30 Jun 1942||1726||Naples||58||Trials.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||4 Jul 1942||0830||Naples||4 Jul 1942||1815||Naples||57||Trials and gyrocompass tests.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||5 Jul 1942||1458||Naples||5 Jul 1942||2330||Naples||76||Exercises.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||7 Jul 1942||0904||Naples||7 Jul 1942||1410||Naples||36||Trials.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||8 Jul 1942||1400||Naples||8 Jul 1942||1541||Naples||23||Trials.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||9 Jul 1942||1000||Naples||10 Jul 1942||1200||Cagliari||287||Passage Naples-Cagliari.|
|19.||Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||13 Jul 1942||2100||Cagliari||23 Jul 1942||0945||Cagliari||1184||Patrolled south of Majorca with Otaria and Emo on a patrol line between 37°40'N and 38°00'N, and between 02°20'E and 02°40'E. Briefly left her area westward to intercept a damaged enemy cruiser (HMS Charybdis) on 20th-21st July.|
|19 Jul 1942||1345||37° 27'N, 1° 57'E|
(0) Approximate position.
|At 1120 hours, Dandolo had been informed of an enemy cruiser and altered course to 225°. At 1345 hours, a Sunderland was suddenly sighted and the submarine quickly dived. Several bombs were heard between 1349 and 1410 hours but the submarine was not damaged.|
|21 Jul 1942||0322|
|37° 50'N, 2° 10'E|
(e) 37° 48'N, 2° 05'E
|At 0015 hours, Dandolo had submerged to carry a listening watch. At 0100 hours, several H.E. were heard and the submarine surfaced . At 0258 hours, nothing had been seen and Campanella decided to dive again. Two minutes later, sounds were heard from two groups of vessels, one bearing 185° and the other in 215°. At 0306 hours, Dandolo surfaced again and proceeded toward the first group at 13.5 knots. At 0317 hours, the lookout on the starboard aft station reported a large dark mass bearing 120° at a distance of 4,000 metres. It was identified as an aircraft carrier. This was HMS Eagle with the light cruisers HMS Charybdis and HMS Cairo, escorted by the destroyers HMS Westcott, HMS Wrestler, HMS Ithuriel, HMS Antelope and HMS Vansittart, returning to Gibraltar from operation INSECT.|
At 0322 hours, the range had dropped to 2,000 metres when Dandolo fired a full salvo of four torpedoes from her bow tubes aimed at the aircraft carrier. This was a surface attack and the submarine dived upon firing. After two minutes two explosions were heard within three seconds of each other. In fact all torpedoes had missed. On board HMS Eagle, four underwater explosions were heard, one of them close.
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||28 Jul 1942||0853||Cagliari||28 Jul 1942||1250||Cagliari||29||Trials.|
|Dandolo ( DO, I.16)||16 Aug 1942||1100||Cagliari||17 Aug 1942||0830||Naples||266||Passage Cagliari-Naples.|
|Serpente (ex-Nautilus) (SE)||30 Aug 1942||0700||Susak||30 Aug 1942||1330||Pola||58||Passage Susak-Pola, escorted by the auxiliary Jadera. Then long refit at Pola.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||2 Oct 1942||0828||Taranto||2 Oct 1942||1820||Taranto||75||Trials.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||3 Oct 1942||0840||Taranto||3 Oct 1942||1340||Taranto||1,8||Gyrocompass test.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||4 Oct 1942||0840||Taranto||4 Oct 1942||1630||Taranto||47,6||Exercises.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||7 Oct 1942||1200||Taranto||7 Oct 1942||1730||Taranto||28||Exercises.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||8 Oct 1942||1600||Taranto||11 Oct 1942||1000||Pola||571,9||Passage Taranto-Pola. Uneventful.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||13 Oct 1942||0800||Pola||13 Oct 1942||1300||Fiume||71||Passage Pola-Fiume.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||15 Oct 1942||0930||Fiume||15 Oct 1942||2230||Fiume||35||Exercises.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||16 Oct 1942||1200||Fiume||16 Oct 1942||1830||Fiume||27,5||Exercises.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||17 Oct 1942||1350||Fiume||17 Oct 1942||1430||Fiume||2,5||Changed moorings.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||2 Nov 1942||1400||Fiume||4 Nov 1942||1238||Taranto||563,5||Passage Fiume-Taranto.|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||11 Nov 1942||0815||Taranto||11 Nov 1942||1145||Taranto||11,8||Trials.|
|20.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||12 Nov 1942||1147||Taranto||15 Nov 1942||1330||Tripoli||Supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful.|
|21.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||15 Nov 1942||1650||Tripoli||18 Nov 1942||1553||Taranto||1271,3||Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful [mileage is for round trip].|
|22.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||28 Nov 1942||1145||Taranto||1 Dec 1942||0930||Tripoli||Supply mission to Tripoli (31.4 tons of Italian ammunition). Uneventful.|
|23.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||1 Dec 1942||1240||Tripoli||4 Dec 1942||1600||Taranto||1391,7||Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful [mileage is for round trip].|
|24.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||16 Dec 1942||1130||Taranto||19 Dec 1942||0845||Tripoli||Supply mission to Tripoli (31.7 tons of ammunition).|
|25.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||19 Dec 1942||1115||Tripoli||23 Dec 1942||1345||Taranto||1458||Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli [mileage is for round trip].|
|20 Dec 1942||1700||The submarine was ordered to patrol in Italian Grid 8860, after two unknown vessels were reported earlier in Grid 5678 on 150° course. The submarine reverted course and proceeded to this area. At 2100 hours on 21st December, she was ordered to resume her return home.|
|26.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||7 Jan 1943||1155||Taranto||12 Jan 1943||1020||Tripoli||Supply mission to Tripoli (33.1 tons of German ammunition). Uneventful.|
|27.||Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||12 Jan 1943||1420||Tripoli||15 Jan 1943||1515||Taranto||1332,5||Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful [mileage is for round trip].|
|Ruggiero Settimo (RS)||18 Jan 1943||0800||Taranto||18 Jan 1943||1300||Taranto||26||Exercises.|
86 entries. 78 total patrol entries (27 marked as war patrols) and 18 events.