Italian submarines in World War Two
|Born||2 Oct 1909||Orte (Viterbo)|
Career informationVENIERO (T.V. First Officer): from 22.03.1940 to ?
Promoted C.C. on ?
SIRENA (C.C. C.O.): from 11.01.1941 to 05.08.1942.
FRANCESCO RISMONDO (C.C. C.O.): from 08.09.1942 to 01.10.1942?
CIRO MENOTTI (C.C. C.O.): from 05.11.1942 to 03.02.1943.
FRATELLI BANDIERA (C.C. C.O.): from 07.08.1943 to 11.09.1943. Joined RSI.
Commands listed for Rodolfo Scarelli
|Sirena (SI)||Coastal / Sea going||C.C.||11 Jan 1941||5 Aug 1942|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||C.C.||8 Sep 1942||1 Oct 1942|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||C.C.||24 Oct 1942||5 Nov 1942|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||Ocean going||C.C.||5 Nov 1942||3 Feb 1943|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||Ocean going||C.C.||7 Aug 1943||11 Sep 1943|
Ships hit by Rodolfo ScarelliNo ships hit by this Commander.
War patrols listed for Rodolfo Scarelli
|Submarine||Date||Time||Port||Arr. date||Arr. time||Arr. port||Miles||Description|
|Sirena (SI)||11 Jan 1941||1030||Taranto||11 Jan 1941||1725||Taranto||35||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||15 Jan 1941||0835||Taranto||15 Jan 1941||1320||Taranto||35,5||Exercises, escorted by minesweeper R.D.6.|
|Sirena (SI)||19 Jan 1941||0815||Taranto||19 Jan 1941||1240||Taranto||29,5||Exercises, escorted by minesweeper R.D.6.|
|1.||Sirena (SI)||23 Jan 1941||1800||Taranto||24 Jan 1941||1405||Taranto||49||Defensive patrol in Gulf of Taranto.|
|2.||Sirena (SI)||25 Jan 1941||0945||Taranto||30 Jan 1941||0835||Leros||694||Passage Taranto-Leros. Uneventful.|
|Sirena (SI)||7 Feb 1941||0030||Leros||7 Feb 1941||1420||Leros||15||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||13 Feb 1941||0808||Leros||13 Feb 1941||1404||Leros||31||Exercises.|
|3.||Sirena (SI)||16 Feb 1941||2020||Leros||19 Feb 1941||0740||Leros||385||Patrolled off Kupho Nisi, Crete, in 34°59'N, 26°25'E. Patrol interrupted because of defects.|
|Sirena (SI)||6 Mar 1941||0935||Portolago (Leros)||6 Mar 1941||1646||Portolago (Leros)||37,5||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||15 Mar 1941||1325||Portolago (Leros)||15 Mar 1941||1720||Portolago (Leros)||28||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||16 Mar 1941||0910||Portolago (Leros)||16 Mar 1941||1158||Portolago (Leros)||19||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||17 Mar 1941||0854||Portolago (Leros)||17 Mar 1941||1753||Portolago (Leros)||59,5||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||20 Mar 1941||2330||Portolago (Leros)||21 Mar 1941||0430||Portolago (Leros)||38||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||30 Mar 1941||0848||Portolago (Leros)||30 Mar 1941||1548||Portolago (Leros)||39||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||4 Apr 1941||0920||Portolago (Leros)||4 Apr 1941||1630||Portolago (Leros)||50,5||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||8 Apr 1941||0805||Portolago (Leros)||8 Apr 1941||1644||Portolago (Leros)||37||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||12 Apr 1941||0648||Portolago (Leros)||12 Apr 1941||1208||Portolago (Leros)||33||Exercises.|
|4.||Sirena (SI)||13 Apr 1941||1812||Leros||19 Apr 1941||1610||Leros||601||Patrolled north of Crete in 35°50'N, 24°15'E.|
|14 Apr 1941||2327||36° 07'N, 24° 15'E||At 2324 hours, a destroyer of the AFRIDI class was sighted at 4-5,000 metres, steering 130° at 22 knots.|
At 2327 hours, Sirena had closed on the surface to a distance of 2,300-2,500 metres and fired two torpedoes from bow tubes. No visible result was observed, but inside the submarine a hit was heard and it was believed the destroyer had been damaged. In fact, no British destroyer reported any damage at this time.
|16 Apr 1941||1919|
(0) Near Cape Malea.
|At 1919 hours, information was received of an escorted convoy of three merchant ships, which had left Piraeus at 18 knots and of another convoy of thirteen ships from Alexandria, which was proceeding toward Cerigotto.|
Sirena proceeded to a position 15 miles west of Cape Malea to intercept them, but only heard H.E. at a distance without sighting anything.
|5.||Sirena (SI)||3 May 1941||1918||Leros||10 May 1941||0635||Leros||505||Patrolled between 36°00'N and 36°32'N, and between 24°50'E and 25°10'E. Off Polykandro and Santorini and between Santorini and Suda.|
|8 May 1941||2230|
(0) North of Crete.
|At 2230 hours, information was received of a convoy proceeding through Kaso Straits toward Suda and Sirena moved south to intercept.|
At 0010 hours on 9th May, she received another signal from MARICOSOM ordering her to a new position to intercept this convoy. Only distant noises were heard and no visual contact was made.
|6.||Sirena (SI)||26 May 1941||2320||Leros||6 Jun 1941||1210||Leros||591||Patrolled in Aegean near Crete in Grid 6016/3 or 35°08'N, 26°47'E.|
|28 May 1941||1900||35° 08'N, 26° 47'E|
|At 1835 hours, noises of two vessels were heard as Sirena was proceeding at a depth of 45 metres.|
At 1900 hours, suddenly four depth charges exploded at a distance estimated at about 40 metres. A second pattern of eight depth-charges followed shortly after and more explosions were heard at 1931 hours, but they were about 300 meters away.
|Sirena (SI)||9 Jun 1941||0828||Leros||9 Jun 1941||1103||Leros||20||Exercises.|
|7.||Sirena (SI)||23 Jul 1941||2100||Leros||1 Aug 1941||0220||Leros||310||Patrolled in 37°20'N, 27°40'E near Mykoni and Naxos. Uneventful, except for H.E. At 0530/28, was informed by Marina Rodi of the probable presence of an enemy submarine in the area, but sighted nothing.|
|Sirena (SI)||28 Aug 1941||Leros||28 Aug 1941||Leros||15||Exercises.|
|8.||Sirena (SI)||30 Aug 1941||2020||Leros||5 Sep 1941||1327||Brindisi||538||Patrolled in Aegean and passage Leros-Brindisi through (1) 36°07'N, 26°07'E (2) 36°05'N, 24°11'E (3) 35°45'N, 23°28'E (4) 35°45'N, 22°28'E (5) 36°40'N, 20°30'E then via Santa Maria Leuca to Brindisi. Uneventful.|
|Sirena (SI)||9 Sep 1941||1315||Brindisi||11 Sep 1941||0707||Pola||395||Passage Brindisi-Pola.|
|10 Sep 1941||0710||At 0710 hours, the submarine Ammiraglio Saint Bon was sighted.|
|Sirena (SI)||12 Sep 1941||0520||Pola||12 Sep 1941||1200||Monfalcone||70||Passage Pola-Monfalcone. Then refit.|
|Sirena (SI)||31 Dec 1941||0930||Monfalcone||31 Dec 1941||1740||Monfalcone||22||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||3 Jan 1942||1420||Monfalcone||3 Jan 1942||1722||Monfalcone||17||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||6 Jan 1942||1200||Monfalcone||6 Jan 1942||1600||Monfalcone||20||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||9 Jan 1942||0950||Monfalcone||9 Jan 1942||1510||Monfalcone||21||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||12 Jan 1942||1025||Monfalcone||12 Jan 1942||1600||Monfalcone||22||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||15 Jan 1942||1115||Monfalcone||15 Jan 1942||1305||Monfalcone||3||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||17 Jan 1942||1055||Monfalcone||17 Jan 1942||1736||Pola||66,4||Passage Monfalcone-Pola.|
|Sirena (SI)||20 Jan 1942||0834||Pola||20 Jan 1942||1655||Pola||57||Trials, escorted by the auxiliary Trau.|
|Sirena (SI)||21 Jan 1942||0907||Pola||22 Jan 1942||0045||Pola||45,2||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||24 Jan 1942||1442||Pola||24 Jan 1942||1800||Pola||26||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||27 Jan 1942||1039||Pola||27 Jan 1942||1838||Pola||21,6||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||29 Jan 1942||1015||Pola||29 Jan 1942||2245||Pola||67,5||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||1 Feb 1942||1033||Pola||1 Feb 1942||1228||Pola||5||Gyrocompass tests.|
|Sirena (SI)||3 Feb 1942||0935||Pola||3 Feb 1942||1230||Pola||16,08||Exercises.|
|Sirena (SI)||7 Feb 1942||0848||Pola||7 Feb 1942||1615||Pola||8,7||Gyrocompass tests.|
|Sirena (SI)||7 Feb 1942||2205||Pola||9 Feb 1942||1415||Brindisi||446,2||Passage Pola-Brindisi.|
|9.||Sirena (SI)||10 Feb 1942||1130||Brindisi||16 Feb 1942||2002||Taranto||1395,7||Patrolled north of Cyrenaica within 8 miles from 34°50'N, 21°20'E on the meridian with Ondina.|
|14 Feb 1942||1045||34° 38'N, 21° 16'E||At 1045 hours, a Wellington bomber was sighted at 1,000 metres. Sirena dived immediately. Later, distant explosions were heard and C.C. Scarelli assumed that Ondina was being hunted in the adjacent area.|
|14 Feb 1942||1445|
|34° 38'N, 21° 16'E||At 1445 hours, Sirena was shaken by an explosion.|
This was Hudson 'Y' f 203 RAF/459 RAAF Squadron piloted by Flight Lieutenant Campbell with Wing Commander Johnson) of 203 RAF/459 RAAF Squadron. It attacked a U-boat with four 250 lb A/S bombs when the feather of a periscope was sighted. Two bombs failed to explode, the 1st and 4th fell at about 10 and 50 yards respectively, from the periscope. The 459 RAAF squadron was being formed and it is not certain to which squadron she belonged at the time.
|Sirena (SI)||5 Mar 1942||0855||Taranto||5 Mar 1942||1330||Taranto||38,7||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||6 Mar 1942||0844||Taranto||6 Mar 1942||1626||Taranto||67,2||Trials.|
|Sirena (SI)||11 Mar 1942||1108||Taranto||15 Mar 1942||1145||Leros||968,7||Passage Taranto-Leros.|
|12 Mar 1942||1315||36° 50'N, 20° 00'E||At 1315 hours, a derelict mine was sighted and sunk by machine gun fire.|
|13 Mar 1942||1905||34° 10'N, 23° 44'E||At 1905 hours, a derelict mine was sighted. The mine could not be destroyed as it was quickly lost from view in the near darkness.|
|10.||Sirena (SI)||24 Mar 1942||1335||Leros||27 Mar 1942||0712||Rhodes||Sailed to rescue the crew of an Italian bomber, which had ditched in the sea in 33°40'N, 29°00'E, near Prassonisi, and then went to Rhodes. The search was carried out on 25-26th March but was unsuccessful.|
|Sirena (SI)||29 Mar 1942||2107||Rhodes||30 Mar 1942||0637||Portolago (Leros)||513,8||Passage Rhodes-Leros.|
|11.||Sirena (SI)||17 Apr 1942||0126||Portolago (Leros)||5 May 1942||0500||Portolago (Leros)||1701,8||Sailed through Kasos Strait for a patrol between 34°00'N and 34°20'N, and between 20°20'E and 21°20'E in Grids 1282, 1217, 1236, about 100 miles NW of Ras Hilal (ca. 34°14'N, 20°46'E) and then in Grids 3144, 3117 and 3112. . Uneventful. Returned via 34°40'N, 21°20'E and 34°40'N, 26°20'E.|
|Sirena (SI)||3 Jun 1942||0806||Portolago (Leros)||3 Jun 1942||1121||Portolago (Leros)||17,5||Trials.|
|12.||Sirena (SI)||4 Jun 1942||1607||Portolago (Leros)||21 Jun 1942||0430||Portolago (Leros)||1306,6||Sailed with the submarine Nereide and patrolled between 31°50'N and 33°05'N, and between 26°50'E and 27°30'E.|
|13 Jun 1942||2330||31° 54'N, 26° 52'E||At 2330 hours, a destroyer was sighted at a distance of 4,000 metres, but she turned away before an attack could be carried out.|
|Sirena (SI)||10 Jul 1942||0915||Portolago (Leros)||10 Jul 1942||1100||Portolago (Leros)||13,2||Trials.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||11 Sep 1942||0804||La Spezia||11 Sep 1942||1303||La Spezia||24||A/S exercises.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||15 Sep 1942||0652||La Spezia||15 Sep 1942||1807||La Spezia||83||Sailed with Bajamonti, escorted by MAS 507 and MAS 575, to test an explosive obstruction of OLMO type laid by the auxiliary Brindisi on 12th September 1942 between 44°17'21'N, 09°17'18'E and 44°17'14'N, 09°18'E.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||18 Sep 1942||0710||La Spezia||18 Sep 1942||1239||La Spezia||24||A/S exercises, escorted by AS.105, AS.107 and AS.108.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||22 Sep 1942||0012||La Spezia||22 Sep 1942||2330||La Spezia||67||Trials.|
|Francesco Rismondo (ex-N.1, ex-Osvetnik) (RI)||24 Oct 1942||Genoa||5 Nov 1942||Genoa||Refit at Genoa.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||7 Nov 1942||0700||Pola||7 Nov 1942||1137||Pola||16||Trials.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||8 Nov 1942||1000||Pola||10 Nov 1942||1340||Taranto||501,5||Passage Pola-Taranto. Uneventful.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||18 Nov 1942||0745||Taranto||18 Nov 1942||1002||Taranto||10,8||Trials.|
|13.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||18 Nov 1942||2350||Taranto||19 Nov 1942||0130||Taranto||Sailed for supply mission, but recalled to await new orders.|
|14.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||19 Nov 1942||0715||Taranto||22 Nov 1942||0950||Buerat El Sun||Supply mission to Buerat El Sun with 28.8 tons of ammunition for German Army and 21.1 tons of petrol.|
|20 Nov 1942||2020||The submarine was ordered to search for the crew of a German aircraft which had ditched. The submarine found nothing and returned on her original course.|
|21 Nov 1942||1105||An unknown aircraft was sighted and the submarine dived immediately.|
|21 Nov 1942||1235||Six unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.|
|21 Nov 1942||1505||Eight unidentified aircraft were seen and the submarine dived immediately.|
|15.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||22 Nov 1942||1420||Burat El Sun||26 Nov 1942||1510||Taranto||1940||Return trip from supply mission to Burat El Sun [mileage is for round trip].|
|24 Nov 1942||0235|
(0) Off Tripoli.
|The submarine Toti. was sighted and recognition signals were exchanged.|
|24 Nov 1942||0855|
(0) North of Tripoli.
|An unknown aircraft was sighted at a distance and the submarine finally dived at 0922 hours.|
|26 Nov 1942||0530|
(0) Off Cape Colonne.
|The submarine Santarosa and a patrol boat were sighted. Recognition signals were exchanged and the trio proceeded together to Taranto.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||10 Dec 1942||0655||Taranto||10 Dec 1942||0830||Taranto||13||Trials.|
|16.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||12 Dec 1942||1400||Taranto||16 Dec 1942||0545||Tripoli||Supply mission to Tripoli with 35.4 tons of ammunition, 21 tons of petrol, 11 tons of lubricating oil, 0.1 ton of cooking oil and 0.5 ton of various stores. Uneventful.|
|17.||Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||16 Dec 1942||1540||Tripoli||19 Dec 1942||1454||Taranto||1278||Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli. Uneventful.|
|Ciro Menotti (ME, N.66)||22 Dec 1942||0708||Taranto||22 Dec 1942||1338||Taranto||16||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||10 Aug 1943||0845||Pola||10 Aug 1943||1135||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||10 Aug 1943||1510||Pola||10 Aug 1943||1840||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||11 Aug 1943||0830||Pola||11 Aug 1943||1210||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||11 Aug 1943||1520||Pola||11 Aug 1943||1930||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||13 Aug 1943||0845||Pola||13 Aug 1943||1200||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||13 Aug 1943||1515||Pola||13 Aug 1943||1730||Pola||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||14 Aug 1943||2220||Pola||15 Aug 1943||0545||Fiume||Passage Pola-Fiume.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||16 Aug 1943||0800||Fiume||17 Aug 1943||0340||Fiume||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||18 Aug 1943||1100||Fiume||19 Aug 1943||0230||Fiume||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||20 Aug 1943||0600||Fiume||21 Aug 1943||0105||Fiume||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||23 Aug 1943||1030||Fiume||24 Aug 1943||0040||Fiume||Exercises.|
|Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||30 Aug 1943||0147||Sussa or Susak (Fiume)||1 Sep 1943||0640||Brindisi||453||Passage Sussa-Brindisi.|
|30 Aug 1943||0850||A German aircraft appeared and recognition signals were exchanged.|
|18.||Fratelli Bandiera (BA)||7 Sep 1943||1819||Brindisi||11 Sep 1943||2040||Taranto||704||Sailed for patrol then surrendered at Taranto. Apparently, was damaged by bombing attack.|
88 entries. 80 total patrol entries (18 marked as war patrols) and 18 events.