Italian submarines in World War Two
Capitano di Corvetta
|Born||12 Aug 1908||Forenza (Potenza)|
Career informationSANTORRE DI SANTAROSA (T.V. resp.): from 09.06.1940 to 13.06.1940.
MALACHITE (T.V. resp.): from 12.08.1940 to 26.08.1940 (refit at Pola).
Promoted to C.C. on ?
SANTORRE DI SANTAROSA (C.C. C.O.): from 30.08.1940 to 18.12.1940.
SALPA (C.C. C.O.): from 04.01.1941 to 28.04.1941. From 25.01.1943, served as First Officer of battleship DUILIO.
Commands listed for Guido Coscia
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||Ocean going||T.V.||9 Jun 1940||13 Jun 1940|
|Malachite (MH)||Coastal / Sea going||T.V.||12 Aug 1940||26 Aug 1940|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||Ocean going||C.C.||30 Aug 1940||18 Dec 1940|
|Salpa (SP)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||4 Jan 1941||28 Apr 1941|
Ships hit by Guido CosciaNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Guido Coscia
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||9 Jun 1940||Trapani||13 Jun 1940||Trapani||Change in command.|
|Malachite (MH)||12 Aug 1940||Pola||26 Aug 1940||Pola||Refit in Pola. Change in command.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||7 Sep 1940||0800||Messina||7 Sep 1940||1900||Messina||68,5||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||11 Sep 1940||0610||Messina||11 Sep 1940||1100||Messina||35||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||12 Sep 1940||0610||Messina||12 Sep 1940||1535||Messina||72,5||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||20 Sep 1940||1800||Messina||21 Sep 1940||1035||Trapani||180||Passage Messina-Trapani.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||26 Sep 1940||0800||Trapani||26 Sep 1940||1220||Trapani||24||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||28 Sep 1940||0859||Trapani||28 Sep 1940||1230||Trapani||16,5||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||3 Oct 1940||0800||Trapani||3 Oct 1940||1055||Trapani||19||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||5 Oct 1940||0820||Trapani||5 Oct 1940||1200||Trapani||15||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||8 Oct 1940||1355||Trapani||9 Oct 1940||0702||Messina||184||Passage Trapani-Messina.|
|1.||Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||13 Oct 1940||0200||Messina||24 Oct 1940||0852||Messina||1317||Patrolled between 34°10'N and 34°45'N, and between 23°20'E and 24°10'E.|
|14 Oct 1940||0014||37° 46'N, 17° 35'E||An enemy submarine was observed steering 270°. This was almost certainly HMS Triad. Santorre Di Santarosa fired a single torpedo from a bow tube at short range, but missed. The enemy submarine replied with a torpedo, which also missed. In a little more than 24 hours, HMS Triad would encounter a second Italian submarine, Enrico Toti, with fatal consequences.|
|2.||Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||8 Nov 1940||1903||Messina||9 Nov 1940||1037||Augusta||122,5||Sailed for patrol off Malta in 35°25'N, 15°45'E, but collided with sailing vessel Giuseppe e Maria (V.104) and had to turn back.|
|9 Nov 1940||0311|
(0) 176° - Murro Light - 5.7 miles.
|Santorre Di Santarosa collided with the motor sailing vessel Giuseppe e Maria (V.104, 93 tons) which sank. The submarine was damaged and had to turn back after picking up ten survivors.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||6 Dec 1940||0830||Augusta||6 Dec 1940||1135||Augusta||10||Exercises.|
|Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||11 Dec 1940||0705||Augusta||11 Dec 1940||1403||Messina||73,3||Passage Augusta-Messina.|
|3.||Salpa (SP)||26 Jan 1941||1400||Augusta||27 Jan 1941||0907||Augusta||124||Hydrophone Watch off Augusta. Uneventful except for H.E.|
|4.||Salpa (SP)||31 Jan 1941||1710||Augusta||5 Feb 1941||1250||Augusta||585||Sailed for patrol off Cyrenaica. Damaged by A/S craft, but turned back due to defects.|
|3 Feb 1941||0200||35° 50'N, 18° 48'E||At 0200 hours, three enemy destroyers were sighted and they hunted the submarine until 1600 hours.|
|5.||Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||1 Feb 1941||1507||Trapani||5 Feb 1941||1205||Trapani||495||Patrolled west of Malta within 15 miles from 35°55'N, 13°35 E on a SE-NW axis. Uneventful except for distant explosions coming from the direction of Malta.|
|Salpa (SP)||5 Feb 1941||0744||Augusta||6 Feb 1941||1426||Messina||585||Passage Augusta-Messina [mileage is from 31st January].|
|6.||Santorre Di Santarosa (SN)||8 Feb 1941||2125||Trapani||11 Feb 1941||1611||Trapani||389||Patrolled west of Malta within 15 miles from 35°55'N, 13°35'E on a SE-NW axis. Uneventful.|
|Salpa (SP)||10 Feb 1941||0950||Messina||11 Feb 1941||1515||Taranto||270||Passage Messina-Taranto. Repairs until 20th March 1941.|
|10 Feb 1941||1815|
(0) 278° - Punta Stilo - 5.5 miles.
|At 1815 hours, two torpedo wakes were sighted on the starboard side. Salpa put the helm hard to port to avoid them.|
This attack was made by the submarine HMS Rover (Lieutenant. Commander H.A.L. Marsham, RN). She had sighted a submarine of the PERLA class at a distance of 8,000 yards and, at 1752 hours, fired five torpedoes from a distance of 1,500 yards (a sixth misfired and Marsham believed it was the one that should have hit).
At 2300 hours, Salpa encountered a convoy (the Germans Arta, Heraklea and Maritza, all empty, on transfer from Bari to Messina) escprted by the destroyer Baleno and signalled the presence of the enemy submarine.
|Salpa (SP)||14 Feb 1941||0245||Taranto||14 Feb 1941||1220||Taranto||Trials.|
|Salpa (SP)||24 Mar 1941||1128||Taranto||24 Mar 1941||1816||Taranto||36||Exercises.|
|7.||Salpa (SP)||31 Mar 1941||1645||Taranto||14 Apr 1941||1545||Taranto||1413,5||Patrolled off Albanian coast in 41°50'N, 18°25'E on a SE-NW axis, off Cape Krio. Sighted MAS boats and heard H.E.|
|8.||Salpa (SP)||25 Apr 1941||1837||Taranto||26 Apr 1941||1105||Taranto||88||Hydrophone Watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.|
|9.||Salpa (SP)||27 Apr 1941||2110||Taranto||28 Apr 1941||1048||Taranto||95||Hydrophone Watch in Gulf of Taranto. Uneventful.|
26 entries. 26 total patrol entries (9 marked as war patrols) and 4 events.