Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Aldo Cocchia

Born  30 Aug 1900Naples
Died  12 Dec 1968(68)Naples


  C.F.Capitano di Fregata


  Grande ufficiale dell'ordine della Republica Italiana
  Commendatore dell'ordine della Corona d'Italia
  Cavaliere dell'ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro
12 Jan 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
17 Dec 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
11 Feb 1943 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
25 Jul 1947 Medaglia d'argento al valore militare
23 May 1958 Medaglia d'oro al valore militare

Career information

From 20.04.1940, Head of 1° GRUPPO (La Spezia).
LUIGI TORELLI (C.F. C.O.): From 23.08.1940 to 06.10.1940. From 07.10.1940, served as Chief of Staff at BETASOM then transferred to command the landing expedition to Crete in May 1941, etc. From 20.03.1942, in command of destroyer DA RECCO).

Commands listed for Aldo Cocchia

Submarine Type Rank From To
Luigi Torelli (TI, I.9, UIT.25)Ocean goingC.F.23 Aug 19406 Oct 1940

Ships hit by Aldo Cocchia

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Aldo Cocchia

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Luigi Torelli (TI, I.9, UIT.25)24 Aug 19400800La Spezia24 Aug 19401400La Spezia40Trials.

Luigi Torelli (TI, I.9, UIT.25)28 Aug 19400800La Spezia28 Aug 19401200La Spezia16Trials.

Luigi Torelli (TI, I.9, UIT.25)29 Aug 19400800La Spezia29 Aug 19401200La Spezia16Trials.

1.Luigi Torelli (TI, I.9, UIT.25)31 Aug 19401540La Spezia5 Oct 19401300Bordeaux4898Passage La Spezia to Bordeaux and patrol off Azores. Cocchia left the boat to become Chief of Staff at BETASOM. Passed Gibraltar on 8th September. Patrolled between 37°00' and 38°40'N, and between 16°50'W and 25°10'W and as far as 30°05'W. Escorted in by the German minesweeper M-12.
  8 Sep 19402300
(0) West of Gibraltar.
At 2300 hours, a Greek vessel Griegi (no such name in Lloyds?), on passage from Casablanca to Seville carrying 940 tons of phosphate, was stopped by Torelli and examined. She was released as her documents were in order.
  21 Sep 1940055538° 09'N, 28° 15'WAt 0445 hours, a vessel well illuminated was sighted steering 270°.

At 0555 hours, a torpedo (533mm, S.I. type) was fired from a bow tube at 1,500 metres and missed ahead. C.F. Cocchia was about to renew the attack when she was recognised as neutral.
  27 Sep 1940234838° 29'N, 21° 58'WAt 2345 hours, in rough seas, a steamer was sighted at 1,500 metres steering 340°,

At 2348 hours, a torpedo (533mm, S.I. type) was fired from a bow tube at a distance of 600 metres. It veered off course and missed by 100 metres ahead.

At 2350 hours, Torelli presented her stern and fired a torpedo (533mm, S.I. type) from a distance of 600 metres. It also veered off course, but this time missing astern. The vessel escaped by emitting a heavy smoke.
  4 Oct 19401740
(0) Near Saint Yzans.
At 1740 hours, Torelli was proceeding to Bordeaux with a French pilot on board, escorted by the German minesweeper M-12, when she ran aground. After several attempts the submarine managed to free herself and resumed her course.
  5 Oct 19400640
(0) Gironde estuary.
At 0640 hours, Torelli ran aground again. After several attempts the submarine managed to free herself and resumed her course.

8 entries. 4 total patrol entries (1 marked as war patrols) and 5 events.

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