Italian submarine fates

Ships hit by Italian submarines

Queen City

TypeCargo ship
CountryBritish British

Date of attack21 Dec 1942Time2058+
1725 S.A.T. (e)
FateSunk by submarine Enrico Tazzoli (C.C. Carlo Fecia di Cossato)
Position of attack0° 41'S, 41° 35'W
Complement45 (no casualties, 45 survivors)
Notes At 1232 hours, Enrico Tazzoli sighted a steamer at a distance of 5,000 metres and dived for a submerged attack. It was realised that an attack position could not be gained in time, so the submarine surfaced again at 1356 hours, with the intention of trailing the steamer and attack it after dark.

At 2058 hours, two stern torpedoes were fired and both hit.

This was the British Queen City (4,809 GRT, built 1924) steering 312°, bound from Capetown to Trinidad, carrying 7,900 tons of general cargo. Queen City sighted the U-boat, described as of the MARCELLO class, 0.25 mile on starboard beam steering 070°. The two hits had crippled her, but she did not sink.

Using gunfire, the submarine finally sent the British ship to the bottom. There were no casualties. One rating was taken prisoner aboard the submarine. Forty-four survivors, distributed in two lifeboats, reached the Brazilian coast. .

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Ships hit by Italian submarines