Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Luigi Caneschi

Born  1 Oct 1900Naples


  C.F.Capitano di Fregata


12 Apr 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
5 Mar 1946 Croce di guerra al valore militare

Career information

ATROPO (C.F. C.O.): from 28.12.1939 to 18.09.1940.
From November 1940 to ? served as Head of 9° GRUPSOM (Brindisi).
From 06.06.1941, Head of 10° GRUPSOM (Augusta).
From 24.03.1942 to June 1942+, served as Head of 9° GRUPSOM (Brindisi).
SANTORRE DI SANTAROSA (C.F. C.O.): from 13.04.1942 to 19.06.1942 (refit in Brindisi).

Commands listed for Luigi Caneschi

Submarine Type Rank From To
Atropo (AT, N.51)MinelayingC.F.1 Jan 194018 Sep 1940
Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)Ocean goingC.F.13 Apr 194219 Jun 1942

Ships hit by Luigi Caneschi

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Luigi Caneschi

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Atropo (AT, N.51)10 Jun 19401050Taranto10 Jun 19401240Taranto5,4Exercises.

1.Atropo (AT, N.51)22 Jun 19401100Taranto26 Jun 19400700Leros643,1Supply mission to Leros, brought 27 tons of ammunition and stores.
  26 Jun 19400245
0330 (e)
36° 51'N, 26° 19'EAt 0245 hours, Atropo was proceeding on the surface with her electric motors, when a submarine was sighted proceeding on the surface at 11 knots. Two bow (533mm) torpedoes were fired at a distance of 1,100 metres (only two forward tubes were loaded). They missed.

The target was the French submarine Achéron (Capitaine de corvette Jean Joseph Marie Alliou) returning to Beirut after a patrol off Leros.

Atropo (AT, N.51)30 Jun 19401050Leros30 Jun 19401115Leros3,5Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)12 Jul 19400900Leros12 Jul 19401055Leros3,3Exercises.

2.Atropo (AT, N.51)15 Jul 19401816Leros27 Jul 19401200Taranto1188,6Return trip from supply mission and patrol in Cerigotto Channel in 36°00'N, 23°30'E.

Atropo (AT, N.51)5 Aug 19400740Taranto5 Aug 19401140Taranto26,5Exercises.

Atropo (AT, N.51)15 Aug 19400830Taranto15 Aug 19401145Taranto13,2Exercises.

3.Atropo (AT, N.51)27 Aug 19401120Taranto1 Sep 19400850Rhodes740,25Supply mission to Rhodes. Uneventful.

4.Atropo (AT, N.51)2 Sep 19402100Rhodes3 Sep 19400730Leros106Passage Rhodes-Leros.

5.Atropo (AT, N.51)10 Sep 19401700Leros14 Sep 19401300Taranto655,6Return trip from supply mission to Leros.

Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)13 Apr 1942Brindisii19 Jun 1942BrindisiIn Brindisi (refit). C.F. Luigi was responsible for the boat and was also Head of 9° GRUPSOM BRINDISI.

11 entries. 11 total patrol entries (5 marked as war patrols) and 1 events.

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