Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||11 Jun 1900||Foligno (Perugia)|
|Died||Nov 1943||(43)||Executed by the Germans in Leros|
Career informationPIETRO MICCA (C.F. C.O.): from 12.05.1940 to 03.08.1940.
In November 1943, was captured and executed by the Germans in Leros.
Commands listed for Vittorio Meneghini
|Pietro Micca (MC)||Minelaying||C.F.||12 May 1940||3 Aug 1940|
Ships hit by Vittorio MeneghiniNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Vittorio Meneghini
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Pietro Micca (MC)||1 Jun 1940||1058||La Spezia||3 Jun 1940||2131||Taranto||Passage La Spezia-Taranto.|
|1.||Pietro Micca (MC)||5 Jun 1940||0245||Taranto||20 Jun 1940||2125||Crotone||2118||Laid 40 mines off Alexandria, from 31°17.15'N, 29°32°55'E to 31°18.45'N, 29°33.45'E . Meneghini (born 11th June 1900) was awarded the Medaglia d'argento.|
|8 Jun 1940||2100||33° 20'N, 22° 40'E||At 2100 hours, an escorted steamer was sighted. The escort vessel turned toward the submarine as if she attempted to ram. Pietro Micca dived immediately and the vessel passed just above her.|
|12 Jun 1940||0330-0356||31° 17'N, 29° 32'E||Between 0330 and 0356 hours, a minefield of 40 mines was laid from 31°17.15' N, 29°32°55' E to 31°18.45' N, 29°33.45' E. The initial mine was laid at a depth of 299 metres.|
At 1940 hours on the same day, the destroyer HMAS Stuart sighted a mine 17 miles from Ras El Tin (Alexandria) lighthouse and detected more with her ASDIC. In all, 11 mines laid in 130 fathoms were destroyed the same day. These mines were cleared by the minesweepers HMS Abingdon and HMS Bagshot of the 2nd Minesweeping Flotilla on the next day.
Mines were located in:
31°20' N, 29°34.5' E
31°17.5' N, 29°28' E
31°24.5' N, 29°36.5' E
31°32.5' N, 29°46.5' E.
It is possible that a mine from this field survived the minesweeping and damaged the destroyer HMS Janus at 1724 hours on 4th June 1942 in 31°15.5' N, 29°44' E. The mine detonated in her wake and the ship required three weeks repairs.
The consequence of this minefield was that British naval forces, and in particular submarines, were instructed to keep outside the 200-fathom line from enemy coast.
|12 Jun 1940||0730||31° 30'N, 29° 40'E||Between 0730 and 1100 hours, depth charges were heard in the distance and it was believed that Micca was the object of a hunt.|
|13 Jun 1940||1923-1940|
(e) 31° 33'N, 29° 50'E
(0) About 25 miles NW of Alexandria.
|Distant explosions were heard in groups of four and were probably those from the destroyers HMAS Voyager and HMS Decoy which were hunting a U-boat contact (it was bogus).|
|2.||Pietro Micca (MC)||22 Jun 1940||0605||Crotone||22 Jun 1940||1622||Taranto||113||Passage Crotone-Taranto.|
|Pietro Micca (MC)||20 Jul 1940||0739||Taranto||20 Jul 1940||1517||Taranto||32||Exercises.|
|3.||Pietro Micca (MC)||24 Jul 1940||2155||Taranto||25 Jul 1940||1055||Taranto||74,2||Defensive patrol in Gulf of Taranto.|
|Pietro Micca (MC)||28 Jul 1940||0600||Taranto||28 Jul 1940||1140||Taranto||53||Exercises.|
9 entries. 6 total patrol entries (3 marked as war patrols) and 4 events.