Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by Felix C » 18 Apr 2020 11:36

I can read Italian. It would be interesting to see how many sunk by submarine, surface forces, a/c, mines.etc. Can you post images? If no, I understand.thanks for replying

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by LColombo » 18 Apr 2020 12:54

Oh, no problem at all. I have plenty of spare time and not much to do right now. It is better for me to translate and post it here, for two reasons: the USMM book is old (1960s) and some causes of sinking have since been amended, so I can make corrections; and by translating and leaving it here it may be useful for others in the future.

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by LColombo » 18 Apr 2020 14:16

Here it is - part one, losses in 1940-41. Disclaimer: this does not include (a) warships and (b) ships sunk in port.

Maria, Italian steam freighter, 440 GRT, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 28/6/1940
Celio, Italian passenger steamer, 3864 GRT, route Derna-Benghazi, sunk by mine 24/7/1940
Leopardi, Italian steam freighter, 3298 GRT, route Benghazi-Derna, sunk by mine 14/8/1940
Famiglia, Italian steam freighter, 813 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by submarine (HMS Pandora) 28/9/1940
Cuma, Italian motor freighter, 6463 GRT, route Porto Empedocle-Catania (both locations in Sicily, so I am not sure why it was include in this list: I will mark other such cases with a *), sunk by mine 18/10/1940
Marangona, Italian steam tanker, 5257 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by mine 10/12/1940
Norge, Italian refrigerated cargo ship, 6511 GRT, route Palermo Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 21/12/1940
Peuceta, Italian steam freighter, 1926 GRT, same convoy and fate as Norge
Vulcano, Italian steam freighter, 273 GRT, sunk by mine 5/1/1941
Giovanni Maria, Italian steam freighter, 636 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by mine 9/1/1941
Città di Messina, Italian troopship, 2472 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Regent) 15/1/1941
Ingo, German steam freighter, 3950 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 27/1/1941
Multedo, Italian steam freighter, 1130 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, went missing 3/2/1941 (possibly mined or foundered in bad weather)
Silvia Tripcovich, Italian steam freighter, 2365 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Upright) 22/2/1941
Capo Vita, Italian steam freighter, 5683 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Utmost) 9/3/1941
Fenicia, Italian steam freighter, 2584 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unique) 10/3/1941
Heraklea, German steam freighter, 1927 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Utmost) 28/3/1941
Persiano, Italian steam tanker, 2474 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Tetrarch) 12/4/1941
Adana, German steam freighter, 4205 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Jervis, Janus, Nubian and Mohawk) 16/4/1941 (“Tarigo” convoy)
Aegina, German steam freighter, 2447 GRT, same convoy and fate as Adana
Arta, German steam freighter, 2452 GRT, ditto
Iserlohn, German steam freighter, 3704 GRT, ditto
Sabaudia, Italian steam freighter, 1590 GRT, ditto
Egeo, Italian armed merchant cruiser, 3311 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Jervis, Janus, Jaguar, Juno) 24/4/1941
Leverkusen, German steam freighter, 7836 GRT, route Tripoli-Naples, sunk by submarine (HMS Upholder) 1/5/1941
Arcturus, German steam freighter, 2596 GRT, same convoy and fate as Leverkusen
Tenace, Italian steam freighter, 1142 GRT, sunk by surface ships (cruiser HMS Ajax, destroyers HMS Havock, Hotspur and Imperial) 8/5/1941
Capitano A. Cecchi, Italian AMC, 2321 GRT, same convoy and fate as Tenace
Giovinezza, Italian steam freighter, 2362 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Tetrarch) 18/5/1941
Conte Rosso, Italian troopship, 17,869 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Upholder) 24/5/1941
Arsia, Italian steam freigther, 736 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Unique) 3/6/1941
Montello, Italian steam freighter, 6117 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 3/6/1941
Beatrice C. (or Beatrice Costa), Italian steam freighter, 6132 GRT, same convoy and fate as Montello
Silvio Scaroni, Italian steam freighter, 1367 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Taku) 12/6/1941
Pietro Querini, Italian steam freighter, 1004 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Union) 22/6/1941
Ninfea, Italian steam freigher, 607 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Triumph) 5/7/1941
Caldea, Italian motor freighter, 2703 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Taku) 13/7/1941
Barbarigo, Italian motor freighter, 5293 GRT, route Tripoli-Naples, sunk by submarine (HMS P 33) 15/7/1941
Brarena, Italian steam tanker, 6996 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 22/7/1941
Preussen, German steam freighter, 8230 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 22/7/1941
Nita, Italian steam freighter, 6813 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 7/8/1941
Adua, Italian refrigerated cargo vessel, 400 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 15/8/1941
Maddalena Odero, Italian steam freighter, 5479 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs and torpedoes) 18/8/1941
Esperia, Italian troopship, 11,398 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unique) 20/8/1941
Lussin, Italian Navy transport, 3988 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Upholder) 22/8/1941
Costanza, Italian steam freighter, 582 GRT, route Lampedusa-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 23/8/1941
Cilicia, Italian motor freighter, 2747 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Rorqual) 28/8/1941
Andrea Gritti, Italian motor freighter, 6338 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 3/9/1941
Sirena, Italian steam freighter, 794 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Thunderbolt) 12/7/1941
Livorno, German steam freighter, 1824 GRT, route Naples-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Thunderbolt) 11/9/1941
Caffaro, Italian steam freighter, 6476 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 12/9/1941
Alfredo Oriani, Italian steam freighter, 3059 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 13/9/1941
Nicolò Odero, Italian steam freighter, 6003 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 14/9/1941
Oceania, Italian troopship, 19,403 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Upholder) 18/9/1941
Neptunia, Italian troopship, 19,328 GRT, same convoy and fate as Oceania
Fluvior, Italian steam tanker, 389 GRT, sunk by mine 29/9/1941
Castellon, German steam freighter, 2086 GRT, route Naples-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Perseus) 2/10/1941
Rialto, Italian motor freighter, 6099 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 5/10/1941
Paola Z. Podestà, Italian steam freighter, 863 GRT, route Trapani-Pantelleria-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 8/10/1941
Zena, Italian steam freighter, 5219 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 11/10/1941
Casaregis, Italian steam freighter, 6485 GRT, same convoy and fate as Zena
Bainsizza, Italian steam freighter, 7933 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs and torpedoes) 15/10/1941
Caterina, Italian steam freighter, 4786 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 19/10/1941
Marigola, Italian steam freighter, 5996 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, damaged by torpedo bombers while grounded 24/9/1941, further damaged by submarines (HMS Urge on 22/10 and HMS Utmost on 1/11) while still grounded, total loss
Anna Zippitelli, Italian steam freighter, 1019 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 5/11/1941
Minatitlan, Italian motor tanker, 7599 GRT, route Messina-Tripoli, sunk by surface ships (Force K: cruisers HMS Aurora and Penelope, destroyers HMS Lance and Lively) 9/11/1941 (“Duisburg” convoy)
Sagitta, Italian steam freighter, 5153 GRT, same convoy and fate as Minatitlan
Rina Corrado, Italian steam freighter, 5180 GRT, ditto
Maria, Italian motor freighter, 6339 GRT, ditto
Conte di Misurata, Italian steam tanker, 5014 GRT, ditto
Duisburg, German steam freighter, 7389 GRT, ditto
San Marco, German steam freighter, 3113 GRT, ditto
Maritza, German steam freighter, 2910 GRT, route Piraeus-Benghazi, sunk by surface ships (Force K) 24/11/1941
Procida, German steam freighter, 1842 GRT, same convoy and fate as Maritza
Capo Faro, Italian steam freighter, 3476 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by aircraft (bombs and torpedoes) 30/11/1941
Adriatico, Italian AMC, 1976 GRT, route Argostoli-Benghazi, sunk by surface ships (Force K) 1/12/1941
Iridio Mantovani, Italian motor tanker, 10,540 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by surface ships (Force K) 1/12/1941
Sebastiano Venier, Italian motor freighter, 6311 GRT, route Benghazi-Brindisi, sunk by submarine (HMS Porpoise) 9/12/1941
Calitea, Italian troopship, 4013 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Talisman) 11/12/1941
Carlo Del Greco, Italian motor freighter, 6836 GRT, route Naples-Taranto-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Upright) 13/12/1941
Fabio Filzi, Italian motor freighter, 6836 GRT, same convoy and fate as Carlo Del Greco
Lina, Italian steam tanker, 1235 GRT, route Pantelleria-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 17/12/1941
Cadamosto, Italian steam freighter, 1010 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, sunk by mine 22/12/1941
Spezia, German steam freighter, 1825 GRT, same convoy and fate as Cadamosto

Parts 2 and 3, dealing with losses in 1942 and 1943, will follow later...

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by LColombo » 18 Apr 2020 20:29

Part two, losses in 1942.

Perla, Italian steam freighter, 5741 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by torpedo bombers 7/1/1942
Victoria, Italian troopship, 13,098 GRT, route Taranto-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 24/1/1942
Napoli, Italian motor freighter, 6142 GRT, route Taranto-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 3/2/1942
Ariosto, Italian steam freighter, 4116 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS P38) 15/2/1942
Tembien, Italian steam freighter, 5584 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by submarine (HMS Upholder) 27/2/1942
Marin Sanudo, Italian motor freighter, 5081 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Uproar) 5/3/1942
Bosforo, Italian steam freighter, 3648 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Proteus) 31/3/1942
Gala, Italian steam freighter, 1029 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Thrasher) 18/4/1942
Bellona, German steam freighter, 1927 GRT, route Benghazi-Brindisi, sunk by submarine (HMS Torbay) 18/4/1942
Assunta De Gregori, Italian steam freighter, 4219 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 19/4/1942
Bolsena, Italian steam freighter, 2384 GRT, route Benghazi-Taranto, sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 18/5/1942
Capo Arma, Italian steam freighter, 3172 GRT, route Benghazi-Messina, sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 29/5/1942
Gino Allegri, Italian motor freighter, 6836 GRT, route Taranto-Benghazi, sunk by combined action of bombers and submarine (HMS Proteus) 31/5/1942
Reginaldo Giuliani, Italian motor freighter, 6837 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by torpedo bombers 5/6/1942
Reichenfels, German motor freighter, 7744 GRT, route Taranto-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 21/6/1942
Sant’Antonio, Italian steam freighter, 1480 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Thrasher) 23/6/1942
Regulus, Italian steam freighter, 1085 GRT, route Tripoli-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 24/6/1942
Città di Agrigento, Italian motor cargo and passenger ship, 2480 GRT, route Tobruk-Marsa Matruh, sunk by surface ship (HMS Dido and Euryalus, destroyers HMS Paladin, Pakenham and Javelin) 20/7/1942
Vettor Pisani, Italian motor freighter, 6339 GRT, route Taranto-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 25/7/1942
Monviso, Italian motor freighter, 5322 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Thorn) 3/8/1942
Wachtfels, German steam freighter, 8647 GRT, route Benghazi-Souda-Piraeus, sunk by submarine (HMS Proteus) 7/8/1942
Ogaden, Italian steam freighter, 4553 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by submarine (HMS Porpoise) 12/8/1942
Lerici, Italian motor freighter, 6070 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by submarine (HMS Porpoise) 16/8/1942
Rosolino Pilo, Italian motor freighter, 8326 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 18/8/1942
Istria, Italian steam freighter, 5416 GRT, route Souda-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 27/8/1942
Dielpi, Italian steam freighter, 1527 GRT, route Souda-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 27/8/1942
Manfredo Camperio, Italian motor freighter, 5463 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 27/8/1942
Paolina, Italian steam freighter, 4894 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by mine 27/8/1942
Sanandrea, Italian steam tanker, 5077 GRT, route Taranto-Piraeus-Souda-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 30/8/1942
Picci Fassio, Italian steam tanker, 2261 GRT, route Souda-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 2/9/1942
Padenna, Italian steam freighter, 1589 GRT, route Piraeus-Tobruk, sunk by submarine (HMS Thrasher) 4/9/1942
Davide Bianchi, Italian steam freighter, 1477 GRT, route Piraeus-Tobruk, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 4/9/1942
Albachiara, Italian steam freighter, 1245 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by submarine (HMS Traveller) 5/9/1942
Carbonia, Italian steam freighter, 1237 GRT, route Naples-Tobruk, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 17/9/1942
Leonardo Palomba, Italian steam freighter, 1110 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 22/9/1942
Francesco Barbaro, Italian motor freighter, 6343 GRT, route Brindisi-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 27/9/1942
Kreta, German steam freighter, 853 GRT, route Tobruk-Benghazi, sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 8/10/1942
Dandolo, Italian steam freighter, 4964 GRT, route Piraeus-Souda-Benghazi, sunk by torpedo bombers 8/10/1942
Lupa, Italian motor tanker, 379 GRT, route Tunis-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unbending) 8/10/1942
Alga, Italian steam freighter, 1851 GRT, route Palermo-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unbending) 9/10/1942
Una, Italian steam freighter, 1397 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 11/10/1942
Loreto, Italian steam freighter, 1055 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 13/10/1942
Beppe, Italian steam freighter, 4459 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Ubending) 19/10/1942
Titania, Italian steam freighter, 5397 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Unbending and HMS Safari) 20/10/1942
Amsterdam, Italian steam freighter, 8970 GRT, route Patras-Tripoli, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 23/10/1942 while grounded (she had been torpedoed by torpedo bombers on 15/10)
Tergestea, Italian motor freighter, 5890 GRT, route Taranto-Piraeus-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 26/10/1942
Proserpina, Italian steam tanker, 4869 GRT, same convoy and fate as Tergestea
Luisiano, Italian steam tanker, 2557 GRT, route Taranto-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 29/10/1942
Tripolino, Italian steam freighter, 1464 GRT, route Benghazi-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 1/11/1942
Ostia, German steam freighter, 359 GRT, same convoy and fate as Tripolino
Zara, Italian AMC, 1976 GRT, route Piraeus-Tobruk, sunk by torpedo bombers 2/11/1942
Thessalia, German steam tanker, 2875 GRT, route Piraeus-Benghazi, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 11/11/1942
Falco, Italian steam freighter, 325 GRT, route Benghazi-Tripoli, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 12/11/1942
Scillin, Italian steam freighter, 1579 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Sahib) 13/11/1942
Hans Arp, German steam freighter, 2645 GRT, route Benghazi-Ras el Hilal, sunk by submarine (HMS Safari) 16/11/1942
Giulio Giordani, Italian motor tanker, 10,534 GRT, route Taranto-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers (drifting wreck finished off by submarine HMS Porpoise) 17/11/1942
Lago Tana, Italian AMC, 783 GRT, route Trapani-Pantelleria-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 20/11/1942
Giacoma, Italian steam freighter, 223 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 23/11/1942
Algerino, Italian steam freighter, 1371 GRT, route Tripoli-Buerat, sunk by torpedo bombers 26/11/1942
Città di Napoli, Italian AMC, 5418 GRT, route Bizerte-Palermo, sunk by mine 28/11/1942
Aventino, Italian troopship, 3794 GRT, route Palermo-Bizerte, sunk by surface ships (Force Q: cruisers HMS Auroa, Sirius and Argonaut, destroyers HMAS Quiberon and Quentin) 2/12/1942 (“H” convoy)
Aspromonte, Italian steam ferry, 976 GRT, same convoy and fate as Aventino
Puccini, Italian troopship, 2422 GRT, ditto
KT 1, German naval transport, 850 GRT, ditto
Sacro Cuore, Italian steam freighter, 1097 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 2/12/1942
Veloce, Italian steam freighter, 5451 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers (wreck finished off by destroyers HMS Jervis, Nubian, Kelvin, Javelin) 2/12/1942
Audace, Italian steam freighter, 1459 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 3/12/1942
Minerva, Italian steam freighter, 1905 GRT, route Pantelleria-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 3/12/1942
Palmaiola, Italian steam freighter, 1880 GRT, route Trapani-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 3/12/1942
Menes, German steam freighter, 5609 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by mine 3/12/1942
Noroit, German steam tanker, 453 GRT, route Tunis-Trapani, sunk by mine 5/12/1942
Süllberg, German steam freighter, 1699 GRT, route Trapani-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 9/12/1942
Macedonia, German steam freighter, 2875 GRT, route Palermo-Sousse, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 13/12/1942
Foscolo, Italian motor freighter, 4500 GRT, route Naples-Tripoli, sunk by torpedo bombers 13/12/1942
Castelverde, Italian steam freighter, 6666 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 14/12/1942
Honestas, Italian steam freighter, 4959 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Sahib) 14/12/1942
Sant’Antioco, Italian steam freighter, 5048 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 15/12/1942
Dora, German steam freighter, 584 GRT, route Sousse-Tripoli, sunk by surface ships (Force K) 21/12/1942
Etruria, Italian steam freighter, 2633 GRT, route Palermo-Bizerte, sunk by torpedo bombers 22/12/1942
Gran, German motor freighter, 4140 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by submarine (HMS Ursula) 28/12/1942
Iseo, Italian steam freighter, 2366 GRT, route Trapani-Tunis, sunk by torpedo bombers 29/12/1942
Torquato Gennari, Italian steam freighter, 1012 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Safari) 29/12/1942

Note: I summed up as "sunk" a few ships that were actually run aground and considered total losses: Sebastiano Venier, Regulus, Vettor Pisani, Napoli, etc. Anyway, they were lost to all effects and purposes.

Part three, losses in 1943, will come tomorrow.

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by LColombo » 19 Apr 2020 13:44

Third and final part - losses in 1943.

Emilio Morandi, Italian steam freighter, 1523 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Umbra) 9/1/1943
D’Annunzio, Italian motor freighter, 4553 GRT, route Tripoli-Palermo, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Kelvin and Nubian) 16/1/1943
Zenobia Martini, Italian steam freighter, 1454 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Unseen) 17/1/1943
Sportivo, Italian steam freighter, 1598 GRT, route Tripoli-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Unseen) 18/1/1943
Edda, Italian refrigerated cargo ship, 6107 GRT, route Tripoli-Sfax, sunk by torpedo bombers (after having already been damaged by submarine HMS Unbroken) 20/1/1943
Calino, Italian troopship, 5186 GRT, route Bizerta-Naples, sunk by mine 9/1/1943
Emma, Italian motor freighter, 7931 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by submarine (HMS Splendid) 16/1/1943
Favør, German steam freighter, 1323 GRT, route Cagliari-Bizerte, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Loyal and Lightning) 18/1/1943
Ankara, German motor freighter, 4768 GRT, route Palermo-Bizerte, sunk by mine 18/1/1943
Saturno, Italian steam tanker, 5022 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by torpedo bombers 21/1/1943
Ruhr, German motor freighter, 5955 GRT, route Palermo-Bizerte, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 22/1/1943
Pistoia, Italian steam freighter, 2448 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by torpedo bombers 24/1/1943
Verona, Italian steam freighter, 4459 GRT, same convoy and fate as Pistoia
Vercelli, Italian steam freighter, 3094 GRT, route Messina-Tunis, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 30/1/1943
Parma, Italian steam freighter, 2548 GRT, route Messina-Tunis, sunk by mine 30/1/1943
Lisboa, German steam freighter, 1799 GRT, route Trapani-Sousse, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 31/1/1943
Pozzuoli, Italian steam freighter, 5345 GRT, route Trapani-Palermo (*), sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 1/2/1943
Salemi, Italian steam freighter, 1176 GRT, route Naples-Messina (*), sunk by submarine (HMS Safari) 2/2/1943
Utilitas, Italian steam tanker, 5342 GRT, route Taranto-Palermo (*), sunk by submarine (HMS Turbulent) 5/2/1943
Jaedjoer, German motor freighter, 309 GRT, route Palermo-Sousse, sunk by submarine (HMS Unison) 11/2/1943
Petrarca, Italian steam freighter, 3229 GRT, route Taranto-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Una, while aground) 15/2/1943
Capo Orso, Italian steam freighter, 3149 GRT, route Palermo-Tunis, sunk by torpedo bombers 16/2/1943
XXI Aprile, Italian steam freighter, 4787 GRT, route Palermo-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Splendid) 17/2/1943
Col di Lana, Italian motor freighter, 5891 GRT, route Tunis-Palermo, sunk by torpedo bombers 18/2/1943
Baalbeck, German steam freighter, 2115 GRT, route Trapani-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Unruffled) 21/2/1943
Thorsheimer, Italian steam tanker, 9955 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by torpedo bombers 21/2/1943
Gerd, German steam freighter, 1700 GRT, route Tunis-Palermo, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 22/2/1943
Alcamo, Italian steam freighter, 6987 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by torpedo bombers 25/2/1943
Ines Corrado, Italian motor freighter, 8061 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 7/3/1943
Balzac, German steam freighter, 5372 GRT, same convoy and fate as Ines Corrado
Henri Estier, German steam freighter, 1984 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by mine 7/3/1943
Rosario, Italian steam tanker, 5468 GRT, route Naples-Palermo-Tunisia, sunk by torpedo bombers 10/3/1943
Caraibe, German steam freighter, 4048 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunkb by torpedo bombers 14/3/1943
Pegli, Italian steam freighter, 1593 GRT, route Trapani-Palermo (*), sunk by submarine (HMS Sybil) 14/3/1943
Devoli, Italian naval oiler, 4500 GRT, route Palermo-Trapani (*), sunk by submarine (HMS Splendid) 17/3/1943
Forlì, Italian steam freighter, 1519 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by submarine (HMS Trooper) 17/3/1943
Manzoni, Italian motor freighter, 4550 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by torpedo bombers 22/3/1943
Monti, Italian motor freighter, 4301 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 22/3/1943
Zeila, Italian steam tanker, 1834 GRT, route Taranto-Messina (from which she was to proceed to Tunisia), sunk by submarine (HMS Unison) 23/3/1943
Nuoro, Italian steam freighter, 3075 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by torpedo bombers 31/3/1943
Crema, Italian steam freighter, 1684 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by British MTBs 1/4/1943
Benevento, Italian steam freighter, 5229 GRT, same convoy and fate as Crema
KT 13, German naval transport, 850 GRT, route Palermo-Tunis, sunk by mine 1/4/1943
Aquila, Italian steam freighter, 3386 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, lost to grounding and collision 1/4/1943
Charles Le Borgne, German steam freighter, 1789 GRT, same convoy and fate as Aquila
Rovereto, Italian steam freighter, 8563 GRT, route Naples-Bizerte, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 6/4/1943
San Diego, German steam freighter, 6013 GRT, same convoy and fate as Rovereto
Foggia, Italian steam freighter, 1227 GRT, route Sousse-Trapani, sunk by submarine (HMS Unshaken) 8/4/1943
Fabriano, Italian steam freighter, 2942 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by torpedo bombers 11/4/1943
Monginevro, Italian motor freighter, 5234 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by British MTBs 17/4/1943
Capua, Italian steam freighter, 600 GRT, route Trapani-Palermo (*), sunk by fire 17/4/1943
Mostaganem, Italian steam freighter, 1942 GRT, route Bizerte-Palermo, sunk by submarine (HMS Unrivalled) 19/4/1943
Bivona, Italian steam tanker, 1647 GRT, route Palermo-Bizerte, sunk by submarine (HMS Unrivalled) 19/4/1943
KT 7, German naval transport, 850 GRT, route Tunis-Trapani, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Laforey, Lookout and Loyal) 21/4/1943
Marco Foscarini (II), Italian motor freighter, 6406 GRT, route Bizerte-Naples, sunk by submarine (HMS Unison) 21/4/1943
Aquino, Italian steam freighter, 5043 GRT, route Livorno-Tunis, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 23/4/1943
Galiola, Italian steam freighter, 1428 GRT, route Reggio Calabria-Tunis, sunk by submarine (HMS Sahib) 24/4/1943
Teramo, Italian steam freighter, 1592 GRT, route Pozzuoli-Tunis, sunk by aircraft (bombs) and MTBs 30/4/1943
Fauna, Italian steam freighter, 575 GRT, route Pantelleria-Porto Empedocle (*), sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Nubian and Paladin) 30/4/1943
Campobasso, Italian steam freighter, 3566 GRT, route Pantelleria-Tunis, sunk by surface ships (destroyers HMS Nubian, Petard and Paladin) 4/5/1943
San Antonio, German steam freighter, 6013 GRT, route Naples-Tunis, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 5/5/1943
KT 5, German naval transport, 850 GRT, route Trapani-Cape Bon, sunk by aircraft (bombs) 9/5/1943
KT 9, German naval transport, 850 GRT, same convoy and fate as KT 5
KT 21, German naval transport, 850 GRT, ditto.

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by Felix C » 20 Apr 2020 16:48

Many many thanks. Interesting how many were to torpedo bombers vs. surface ships. Submarines as expected the majority. I recall a British author regarding a Malta based squadron which carried out night attacks on shipping. Many victories. Frustrating because he did not footnote it so we never knew the exact dates of all the successful sorties to check against records.

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Re: Axis shipping in the Mediterranean

Post by Urmel » 20 Apr 2020 20:23

The records are pretty complete in the archives and can easily be checked against this list. There is a good bit of over claiming. https://rommelsriposte.com/2018/03/24/c ... en-convoy/
The enemy had superiority in numbers, his tanks were more heavily armoured, they had larger calibre guns with nearly twice the effective range of ours, and their telescopes were superior. 5 RTR 19/11/41

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