Italian submarines in World War Two

Italian Commanders

Federico Tamburini

Born  13 Sep 1910Treviso
Died  17 Mar 1942(31)Killed in action


  T.V.Tenente di Vascello
  C.C.Capitano di Corvetta


7 Nov 1941 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare
12 Jan 1942 Medaglia di bronzo al valore militare

Career information

GUGLIELMOTTI (T.V. First Officer): from 20.03.1940 to November 1940.
GUGLIELMOTTI (T.V. C.O.): from 20.11.1940 to 28.02.1941.
AMMIRAGLIO MILLO (T.V. C.O.): from 30.11.1941 to 13.12.1941.
AMMIRAGLIO MILLO (T.V. C.O.): from 01.01.1942 to 04.02.1942.
GUGLIELMOTTI (T.V.): from 01.09.1941 to 17.03.1942 (refit at Taranto from 19.10.1941 to February 1942. Sunk, Tamburini was killed).
Promoted to C.C. in early February 1942.

Commands listed for Federico Tamburini

Submarine Type Rank From To
Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)Ocean goingT.V.20 Nov 194028 Feb 1941
Ammiraglio Millo (EM)Ocean goingT.V.30 Nov 194113 Dec 1941
Ammiraglio Millo (EM)Ocean goingT.V.1 Jan 19424 Feb 1942
Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)Ocean goingT.V.1 Sep 194117 Mar 1942

Ships hit by Federico Tamburini

No ships hit by this Commander.

War patrols listed for Federico Tamburini

 SubmarineDateTimePortArr. dateArr. timeArr. portMilesDescription
Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)20 Nov 1940Massawa28 Feb 1941MassawaRefit at Massawa. change in command.
  5 Jan 19411300-1400
(0) At Massawa.
At 1300 hours, the Italian submarines at Massawa came under attack by three Blenheim bombers.

At 1400 hours, a new attack was made by two Blenheim bombers.

Guglielmotti was slightly damaged by near misses.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)7 Sep 19410715Bordeaux7 Sep 19412300La Pallice164Passage Bordeaux-La Pallice.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)8 Sep 19410725La Pallice8 Sep 19411605La Pallice40Exercises.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)9 Sep 19411005La Pallice10 Sep 19410140La Pallice66Exercises.

1.Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)10 Sep 19411800La Pallice14 Sep 19411300Bordeaux674Sailed for training patrol, between 44°00'N and 45°00'N, and between 08°10'W and 10°00'W.

2.Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)22 Sep 19410806Bordeaux16 Oct 19410930Messina2835Passage Bordeaux-Messina and patrolled off Melilla, between 35°50'N and the coast and 02°30'W and 03°20'W. Passed Gibraltar on 30th September 1941.
  30 Sep 19410440
(0) 169° - Cape Malabata - 6 miles.
At 0440 hours, a dark ship was sighted at 2,000 metres and Guglielmotti took avoiding action.
  1 Oct 1941022535° 59'N, 3° 46'WAt 0225 hours, three or four destroyers were sighted at 12,000 metres. Guglielmotti turned away.
  12 Oct 1941091035° 45'N, 2° 46'WAt 0910 hours, a submarine which could not be identified was sighted at a distance of 6-7,000 metres. Guglielmotti attempted to close but lost contact. This was probably HMS Porpoise on her way from Gibraltar to Malta.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)18 Oct 19411230Messina19 Oct 19410830Taranto258Passage Messina-Taranto surfaced, at 13 knots. Then refit until February 1942.

3.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)30 Nov 19411310Taranto3 Dec 19411810BardiaSupply mission to Bardia and Benghazi (140.8 tons of petrol in 7398 cans, 29.7 tons of provisions and 1.05 tons of ammunition) (part 1). Ammiraglio Millo made a passage on the surface and maintained an average speed of 15 knots from Santa Maria di Leuca to Bardia. Uneventful.

4.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)3 Dec 19412325Bardia6 Dec 19410835BenghaziSupply mission to Bardia and Benghazi (140.8 tons of petrol in 7398 cans, 29.7 tons of provisions and 1.05 tons of ammunition) (part 2). She also brought twenty-nine British PoWs (one General, three colonels, three majors and twenty-two other ranks) to Benghazi. Uneventful.

5.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)6 Dec 19412000Benghazi8 Dec 19412200BardiaSupply mission to Bardia (provisions). Uneventful. British intelligence had expected a submarine to be unloading in Bardia on the night of 6/7th December, and three Albacore of 826 Squadron were sent to attack it, but Millo arrived only the next evening.

6.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)9 Dec 19410145Bardia11 Dec 19411700NavarinoPassage Bardia-Navarino to refuel (carried fourteen PoWs and two wounded Germans). Millo had just entered Navarino, when she witnessed the attack by the submarine HMS Porpoise on the Sebastiano Venier at a distance of 6,000 metres and decided to delay her departure until after dark. She had assumed that the enemy submarine had sighted her, but this was not the case.

7.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)11 Dec 19412300Navarino13 Dec 19411130Taranto2506Passage Navarino-Taranto [mileage is for round trip, from 30th November] and patrol in Grid 3074/5.
  12 Dec 19410123
(0) West of Navarino.
At 0123 hours, the destroyer Freccia and a torpedo-boat were sighted escorting a merchant vessel. Ammiraglio Millo had been informed of their passage and prudently submerged to avoid an incident [Freccia was carrying the survivors of the transport Calitea].

Ammiraglio Millo (EM)17 Jan 19420750Taranto17 Jan 19421257Taranto30Trials escorted by the auxiliary Germanelli.

Ammiraglio Millo (EM)19 Jan 19420845Taranto19 Jan 19421540Taranto84Trials escorted by the pilot vessel Limbara.

8.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)26 Jan 19421345Taranto29 Jan 19421103TripoliSupply mission to Tripoli (154.3 tons of ammunition for German Army and 0.3 tons of auto parts). Uneventful.

9.Ammiraglio Millo (EM)30 Jan 19421830Tripoli1 Feb 19421710Taranto1251Return trip from supply mission to Tripoli.
  30 Jan 19422025
(0) Ca. 15-20 miles North of Tripoli.
At 2025 hours, an aircraft was seen. As Millo dived, she was missed by three bombs which fell 300 meters away.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)18 Feb 19421315Taranto18 Feb 19421735Taranto28Trials.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)23 Feb 19420915Taranto23 Feb 19421210Taranto30Trials.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)25 Feb 19420840Taranto25 Feb 19421648Taranto74Trials.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)27 Feb 19421241Taranto27 Feb 19421703Taranto36Trials escorted by the auxiliary Germanello.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)6 Mar 19421337Taranto6 Mar 19421836TarantoExercises.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)8 Mar 19420925Taranto8 Mar 19421718TarantoExercises escorted by the auxiliary Germanello.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)10 Mar 19421345Taranto10 Mar 19421818TarantoExercises.

Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)14 Mar 19420914Taranto14 Mar 19421338Taranto200Exercises.

10.Guglielmotti (GI, I.30 or I.33)15 Mar 19421730Taranto17 Mar 19420640Sunk with all hands237Sunk with all hands, 22 miles south of Capo Dell'Armi, Calabria or 37°42'N, 15°58'E by the British submarine HMS Unbeaten, while on passage Taranto-Cagliari (seven officers and fifty-four ratings lost).
  17 Mar 1942
0640 (e)

(e) 37° 42'N, 15° 58'E
(0) 22 miles south of Cape Dell\'Armi.
Guglielmotti was proceeding on the surface when she was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unbeaten (Lt. Cdr. E.A. Woodward, D.S.O., RN).

At 0634.5B hours, the British submarine had sighted Guglielmotti bearing 125° at 2,200 yards.

At 0640 hours, Unbeaten fired a dispersed salvo of four torpedoes from a distance of 2,000 yards and scored one hit. About twelve survivors were sighted but, tragically, could not be picked by her because of the arrival from an aircraft. The torpedo boat Francesco Stocco arrived on the scene at 1005 hours and dropped seventeen depth-charges, despite frantic signals from an aircraft not to attack because of the survivors in the water (at least three were seen). The torpedo boat picked up the body of a rating from Guglielmotti. There were no survivors. Seven officers and fifty-four ratings were killed.

27 entries. 25 total patrol entries (10 marked as war patrols) and 7 events.

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