Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan/HMS Regent

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Platon Alexiades
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Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan/HMS Regent

Post by Platon Alexiades » 10 Jul 2020 17:18

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 determined to look for it and hopefully they will succeed.

I am looking for more info on her life as G.R.S.251 up to the Armistice if anyone can help.

Platon

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Re: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan/HMS Regent

Post by Dili » 10 Jul 2020 21:46

Thanks
Any narrative on loss of Regent?

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Re: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan/HMS Regent

Post by Platon Alexiades » 10 Jul 2020 22:19

Hi Dill,

HMS Regent apparently attacked the Roumanian Balcic (3600 GRT, 1940) near Monopoli on 18 April 1943. She was hunted by Italian A/S craft but apparently without success. Starting on 1st May 1943, bodies were found near Brindisi, she is believed to have been mined in the area? Exactly where is the question as there were several minefields in the area. Hopefully, her wreck will be found in the near future.

Best regards,

Platon

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Re: Wreck of Italian submarine Giovanni Bausan/HMS Regent

Post by Dili » 12 Jul 2020 02:30

Thanks Platon.

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