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Platon Alexiades

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  1. Dear Francesco, Many thanks! You are a fountain of knowledge! All the best, Platon
  2. I would like to know any info on this ship which was apparently a Yugoslav prize. The book "Navi Mercantili Perdute" does not seem to shed light on its exact origin. Many thanks, Platon
  3. Caro Franco, Olinca is in Roumania: ca. 44°50'45" N, 29°30'50" E. The minefield of L 6 was laid from 44°45.5' N, 30°17.2' E, etc. Cordialmente, Platon
  4. Caro Franco, Many thanks for the information. I always look forward to your articles. Cordialmente, Platon
  5. Caro Franco, A very interesting article. I have a few questions: 1. Do you know on what date T.V. Enrico Lesen d'Aston was succeeded by C.F. Alberto Torri as Capo Squadriglia C.B.? [a little error in your text: in 1943 Torri had been commanding officer of the submarine Jalea not Dagabur (which he had left in June 1942)]. 2. Do you know the dates of changes of command for C.B.2 from T.V. Russo to S.T.V. Barbi? For C.B.3 from T.V. Sorrentino to S.T.V. Nardon? Many thanks, Platon
  6. I am looking for photographs of TV Pescatore, commanding officer of the submarine ACCIAIO for an article on the story of this submarine. I am also looking for photos of Italian submarine commanders and biographic details. I have collected some from the Fototeca of the Ufficio Storico and have read Uomini Della Marina" which has info on some of the commanders, so I am looking for sources beyond these. Many thanks. Platon
  7. Dear Francesco, Thank you for these details. Any chance of unearthing a more recent photo of this vessel? Number of victims? Some sources reports no survivors while others seem to infer that most of the crew survived. Best regards, Platon
  8. It appears that the wreck of this submarine was probably found. https://apnews.com/15a7061222add012d94cbc8dadfb112b?fbclid=IwAR3VUjeS1SB4iUVQssWz79AdbfEAd4VcQCBSi7DmQ_BuSDEtWgpzt4rUZC4 It seems that wreck discoveries are accelerating as boundaries of underwater exploration are pushed farther. Platon
  9. A French team has been exploring the wreck of the auxiliary Silvia Onorato (F.50, 207 GRT, 1895) sunk by HMS Safari off Corsica on 20.07.1943. There is a photo of her dated 1924 but they are looking for more recent photos and any information on this vessel and list of crew and victims. According to Lloyd her size was 140.5 x 21.3 x 11.9 feet (42.8 x 6.5 x 3.6 metres) and I know she was armed with one 76/40 gun and eight depth charges but little else. Many thanks, Platon
  10. Thank you Iskandar. It appears the wreck lost its bows, probably due to a torpedo from GREIF which finished her off. Best regards, Platon
  11. Dear Francesco, Indeed the design of the German "K" light cruisers was not successful and their operational life was very restricted with transporting troops to Norway perhaps the high point of their career. All the best, Platon
  12. The wreck of the German light cruiser KARLSRUHE was located. She had been sunk by the submarine HMS TRUANT (Lt. Cdr. C.H. Hutchinson, RN) on 9 April 1940, the same day Norway was invaded. Ten torpedoes had been fired but only one hit her stern and it was enough. https://www.statnett.no/en/about-statnett/news-and-press-releases/news-archive-2020/unique-discovery-on-the-seabed-wreck-of-sunken-wwii-warship-discovered-after-80-years An interesting find! Platon
  13. Hello, I have read most Italian submarine reports (all?) at the Ufficio Storico and do not remember one instance of a submarine using this Girosi device. Perhaps Franco Mattesini can confirm this? A curious idea though! Platon
  14. Thank you Marco for the info. Can anyone provide details of her life as GRS 251? I only have her at Brinsisi in March 1943. She may have been still there at the Armistice but I have no further information except for her being towed to the position off Barletta. Platon
  15. Hello Corto Maltese, It appears the wreck was that of the oil depot ship G.R.S. 251 (ex submarine Giovanni Bausan). Also referred as G.S.R.251 (perhaps a typo?). See the other posting. Many thanks, Platon
  16. Hi, The Barletta wreck previously reported to have been HMS Regent has been examined by Italian divers led by Fabio Bisciotti on Sunday 28th June. It has now been identified as the Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan which was converted as the oil depot G.R.S.251 and used as a target by the Allied Air Forces in June 1944. The divers were: Fabio Bisciotti Alessandro Aulicino Michele Favaron Stefania Bellesso Ruggero Nanula Pasquale Bailon Pietro Amoruso I expect they will soon publish some photos but the wreck is in a very poor shape. The wreck of HMS Regent is still to be found but the team is
  17. Dear Francesco, Many thanks for these additional details which will be added in my database! All the best, Platon
  18. Dear Francesco, You are quite correct in citing this incident. This was the the torpedoing of the Spanish CAMPOMANES (6276 GRT, 1932) by the submarine USS BARB (SS-220) on 26 December 1942. She was on passage from Bilbao to Aruba but was not sunk and managed to reach Vigo. The incident was very embarrassing and was hushed up for many years (I seem to remember that in the 70s the identity of the culprit was still being discussed!). At the time, CAMPOMANES was outside Spanish territorial waters but also outside the "Sink on Sight" zone so the British Naval Attaché in Madrid was instructed to
  19. Caro Franco, I have always read with great interest your articles published in academia.edu and your books published at the Ufficio Storico and your article of submarine operations in the Western Hemisphere is equally excellent. Readers of these lines may also note the equally interesting works by my friend Eric Wiberg ("U-boat in the Bahamas", "U-boats off Bermuda" and "U-boats off New England"). I have been toying for sometime with the idea of publishing the histories of Italian submarines in WW2 on uboat.net but this will require quite a bit time an efforts. I am sure that Italian reade
  20. Dear Francesco, Many thanks for your insightful comments with which I agree wholeheartedly. On the other hand, I do not know what the British thought about US submarines in the Atlantic Theatre where they had a lacklustre performance. They kept their opinion very discreetly to themselves! All the best, Platon
  21. Caro Franco, I have of course your Betasom book which is the definitive history of Italian submarines in the Atlantic. One would have wished that it would be translated into English as readers outside of Italy know very little of Italian submarine operations! I have a few additional comments on your Marconi article: I noted the experience of Italian submarine commanders in the battle for convoy HG 75: C.C. Livio Piomarta (Guglielmo Marconi). He had previously been in command of Ferraris and carried 13 short patrols from Massawa in the Red Sea and carried out two unsuccessful attacks befo
  22. I was reading the very interesting article by our good friend Francesco Mattesini "LE OPERAZIONI IN ATLANTICO DEI SOMMERGIBILI ITALIANI E TEDESCHI CONTRO IL CONVOGLIO BRITANNICO “HG.75 - LA CAUSA DELL’AFFONDAMENTO DEL SOMMERGIBILE GUGLIELMO MARCONI” published in Academia.edu. First I would like to convey my congratulations for an excellent article which I recommend highly to anyone interested in submarine operations. Complimenti Franco! This story has long interested me and as some of the readers may know, I have long been interested in Italian submarine operations and hope one day to publ
  23. Caro Franco, I hope you are well and surviving this terrible period without too many difficulties! Many thanks for your quick answer. I have "Navi Mercantile perdute" which is essential for naval research. According to the Diari di Guerra Marialbania Cartella 46 (USMM), Antonietta was observed to be on fire and abandoned by the torpedo-boat Antares at 0610 hours on 22 December 1940 in 40°40' N, 18°40' E. The torpedo-boat Aretusa (operating from Brindisi) was diverted to search for survivors but found nothing (the crew of six had been captured by Papanicolis). Anyone has a photo of Antoni
  24. A friend who is writing an article on Greek submarines the first phase of the 1940-1941 campaign has asked me for a photo of the schooner Antonietta (70 GRT, 1926) sunk by the submarine Papanicolis on 22.12.1940. I was unable to comply but perhaps an AIDMEN member can supply one? Full acknowledgements will be made. I remember seeing at the Fotototeca of the USMM photos of Italian warships shelling the Greek coast. Anyone has seen these? Many thanks, Platon Alexiades
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