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Giuseppe Finzi

CountryItaly
Ship ClassCalvi-class Submarine

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6 Mar 1942 German submarine U-505 sank Norwegian tanker Sydhav off Sierra Leone, British West Africa at 1131 hours; 12 were killed, 24 survived. Also in that morning, Italian submarine Tazzoli sank Dutch freighter Astrea in the Central Atlantic. Tazzoli struck again at 2215 hours, sinking Norwegian ship T√łnsberg Fjord; all 33 aboard survived. At 2306 hours, 150 miles south of Iceland, U-701 sank British fishing trawler Rononia, killing all 11 aboard. Italian submarine Finzi sank French tanker Melpomene; all 49 aboard survived. Finally, 50 miles south of Newfoundland, German submarine U-587 sank Greenland merchant ship Hans Egede, killing all 23 aboard.
10 Mar 1942 At 2310 hours, when northeast of Anguilla, the 9,959-ton Norwegian motor taker Charles Racine was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi (Commander Ugo Giudice). The torpedo hit on the port side, forward of the engine room; water gushed in and the engines stopped. Shortly thereafter another torpedo struck, also on the port side. The radio operator sent out an SOS with their position. After the entire crew of 41 had gotten safely away in four lifeboats they observed two more torpedoes hitting the ship, this time on the starboard side, and later in the night they heard another two explosions followed by flames. The crew remained in the vicinity until daylight, but when the captain rowed back to the ship that morning to look for the fourth boat it was nowhere to be seen, so sail was set for Puerto Rico.
11 Mar 1942 Morosini sighted smoke from a tanker in the Atlantic Ocean at 1153 hours. At 1245 hours, she made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi and passed on the intelligence regarding the nearby tanker. At 1838 hours, she fired two bow torpedoes, buth of which missed. The tanker opened fire with her stern gun, forcing Morosini to submerge at 1950 hours. At 2020 hours, Giuseppe Finzi reported that the tanker had escaped toward the south. At 2222 hours, she sighted British freighter Manaqui and began to maneuver to an attack position.
14 Mar 1942 Morosini made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi in the Atlantic Ocean at 1310 hours. At 1445 hours, Giuseppe Finzi extended her tow cable and her 120-meter fuel hose to Morosini to transfer some fuel. At 1555 hours, the tow cable broke out in heavy seas, but the fuel transfer continued. At 2100 hours, after 20.9 tons of fuel was transferred onto Morosini, the two submarines were disconnected from each other.
20 Jun 1942 Leonardo da Vinci made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi in the Atlantic Ocean at 1856 hours. Between 2000 and 2300 hours, Giuseppe Finzi transferred 14 tons of fuel to Leonardo da Vinci.
25 Jun 1942 Morosini, in the Atlantic Ocean at 2200 hours, was informed that fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi would transfer 15 tons of fuel to Morosini.
26 Jun 1942 Morosini, in the Altantic Ocean at 0003 hours, received word from fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi that Finzi had 313 tons of fuel, and would meet with Morosini at sea on 29 Jun 1942; the actual meeting would be delayed until 1 Jul 1942.
1 Jul 1942 Morosini made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi in the Atlantic Ocean at 1231 hours. They had originally planned to transfer fuel from Giuseppe Finzi to Morosini, but an accidental collision necessitated repairs at sea, and the transfer was to be delayed.
4 Jul 1942 Italian submarines Morosini and Giuseppe Finzi reported that due to the damage sustained in the accidental collission that took place in the Atlantic Ocean on 1 Jul 1942, the planned fuel transfer between the two submarines could not take place.
17 Jul 1942 Giuseppe Finzi, while at sea in the Atlantic Ocean at 0245 hours, was ordered to provide 30 tons of fuel to fellow Italian submarine Morosini.
24 Jul 1942 Giuseppe Finzi, while at sea in the Atlantic Ocean at 0115 hours, was ordered to provide 30 tons of fuel to fellow Italian submarine Morosini. The rendezvous was to be 27 Jul 1942. At 0130 hours, Morisini reported in on her position and supply status.
27 Jul 1942 Giuseppe Finzi made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Morosini in the Atlantic Ocean at 1050 hours and transferred 25 tons of fuel and 1 ton of oil.
19 Mar 1943 Leonardo da Vinci sank British freighter Lulworth, en route from Cape Town, South Africa to Freetown, Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate, with two torpedo hits in the Atlantic Ocean at 0400 hours. One of the survivors was rescued by Leonardo da Vinci, while 14 others took to a lifeboat. The lifeboat was not found until 49 days later, by HMS Rapid, by which time only two were still alive. At 2158 hours, Leonardo da Vinci made rendezvous with fellow Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi and transferred the Lulworth survivor and Empress of Canada survivor to Giuseppe Finzi. Meanwhile, Giuseppe Finzi transferred 90 tons of fuel, three torpedoes, food, and lubricating oil to Leonardo da Vinci. The two submarines parted ways at 2340 hours.
29 Mar 1943 The 5,575-ton British merchant steamer Celtic Star was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine Giuseppe Finzi, south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa whilst on a voyage from Manchester, England, United Kingdom; Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom; and Freetown to Montevideo, Uruguay; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was carrying 4,410 tons of general cargo including mail. Two crew members were lost.




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