Re: italian destroyer Aviere
Posted by: Platon Alexiades
Date: February 14, 2005 01:28PM
So far I have found no evidence of the destroyer AVIERE hit by a torpedo either from SOKOL or TORBAY. SOKOL reported attacking an AVIERE class destroyer and this was later assumed erroneously as the AVIERE herself.
Chapman in his book on TORBAY writes that she hit the destroyer (actually torpedo-boat) CASTORE in the bow and she was damaged. Hezlet in his book states that the attack was never confirmed and I cannot confirm it either: CASTORE was operating the previous month in the Spezia-Napoli area and was involved in the hunt for the Dutch submarine O.21 following a failed attack on the steamer BOLZANETTO (23 November 1941). I do not know if she would have been ordered to Navarin.
Brian: there is a bit of a mix-up in Rohwer's book concerning UNBEATEN's (not UNBENDING) attacks on 15 and 16 July 1941.
First UNBEATEN did not carry out an attack on 16 July 1941 (off Messina or elsewhere). She did attack two schooners on 15 July 1941 in Marsa Zuaga (which is not in the Gulf of Sidra as is listed in Rohwer's but but west of Tripoli, about 32°50 N /12°25 E). I have not been able to identify these two schooners (I am open to suggestions!).
On the same day TAKU attacked with gunfire the tug NETTUNO (406 tons) together with the schooner VINCENZO P. (270 GRT)in 30°44.5 N/18°20 E off El AWEJUA (this is in the Gulf of Sidra). The NETTUNO was badly damaged and beached but her crew saved, later salvaged. The VINCENZO P.was sunk but her crew was also saved.