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by Platon Alexiades
Wed May 26, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian schooner Rosa Madre
Replies: 6
Views: 1196

Re: Italian schooner Rosa Madre

Hello Jan-Olof and Francesco, It looks like this Rosa Madre was sunk on the night of 30/31 December 1943 by the destroyers HMS Teazer and HMS Penn . They were on a sweep from San Benedetto to Ancona and drove a schooner ashore (ADM199/642, TNA). Unfortunately, I have no more details but Porto San Gi...
by Platon Alexiades
Tue May 25, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian schooner Rosa Madre
Replies: 6
Views: 1196

Re: Italian schooner Rosa Madre

I can only add that the supposed attack by HMS Sickle on 31 December 1943 is an error. She was on her way to Beirut after a patrol in the Aegean and carried no attack on that day.

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Sun May 23, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian schooner Rosa Madre
Replies: 6
Views: 1196

Re: Italian schooner Rosa Madre

Hi Jan-Olof, There were several Rosa Madre in the Italian Merchant Navy. I am not certain of the fate of the one built in 1923 but the one lost to HMS Sickle was sunk on 18 July 1943 (this USMM entry of 31.12.1943 is therefore incorrect and this Rosa Madre was a fishing vessel of 39.44 GRT built 193...
by Platon Alexiades
Sat May 22, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian steamer Zeffiro
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: Italian steamer Zeffiro

Hello Jan-Olof, Again Navi Mercantili Perdute erroneously attributes damage of Perseo to HMS Urge on 20 May 1941. Perseo was actually bombed by RAF aircraft at 1725/ 22 May 1941 in 36°35' N, 11°34' E. She was on a trip from Palermo to Sfax to load phosphate. Damaged, she was abandoned by her crew an...
by Platon Alexiades
Fri May 21, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Professor Eric Grove
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Professor Eric Grove

Professor Grove was a naval history expert and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Fri May 21, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian steamer Zeffiro
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: Italian steamer Zeffiro

Addendum:

ZEFFIRO apparently was a victim of the Italian S 11 minefield laid on 20 April 1941 by an Italian cruiser squadron and escorting destroyers.
by Platon Alexiades
Fri May 21, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Italian steamer Zeffiro
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: Italian steamer Zeffiro

Hello Jan-Olof, The Italian Official History (Navi Mercantili Perdute) has attributed the loss of ZEFFIRO to HMS URGE in error. ZEFFIRO hit two mines at 1020B/20 May in position 130° - Cape Bon 7 miles (approx. 37°00' N, 11°09' E). The IOH was probably misled by the time as HMS URGE attacked the CAP...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon May 17, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Submarine Lafolé
Replies: 2
Views: 739

Re: Submarine Lafolé

Hi Jordi,

HMS Greyhound.

Best regards,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Sat May 15, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: CONVOY GREECE 2 OCTOBER 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: CONVOY GREECE 2 OCTOBER 1944

Hello George and Jan-Olof, At the time of Curie 's attack (2104/2) the convoy consisted of Zar Ferdinand and Berta escorted by TA-18 and the patrol vessels GD-97 and GK-92 . Both transports were carrying a total of 1,177 troops. UJ-2102 and UJ-2144 had sailed from Saloniki at 1815/2 and were ordered...
by Platon Alexiades
Sun May 09, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge

The Malta Times has also published an article today: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/confirmed-wreck-off-malta-is-the-submarine-sunk-in-1942.870478 I have attached a 3D image of the wreck. The resolution is not great but I expect the University of Malta will release better ones in the near fu...
by Platon Alexiades
Sat May 08, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge

Hi Siri, Does this work better for you? https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/exclusive-new-footage-confirms-hms-urge-is-the-submarine-outside-grand-harbour/ If it does not work, it is possible because their web page is updated every day with other news. I will try to find out if I can get the original pag...
by Platon Alexiades
Fri May 07, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge

Hello Jan-Olof,

My work is not limited to the BETASOM submarines but encompass all Italian submarines of WW2. The publication is presently delayed by circumstances beyond my control. I am hopeful these will be soon solved. Thank you for your interest.

Best regards,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Wed May 05, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Confirmation that the Malta wreck is HMS Urge

Hello, Last week, divers led by Professor Timmy Gambin of the University of Malta carefully examined the wreck found in 2019 and identified it positively as HMS Urge. They took videos and photos and obtained details missed during the ROV inspection of 2019. A 3-D image will be produced in time. At t...
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941

Hello Jan-Olof, Many thanks for the suggestion. I have the book. It is usually very detailed but seems silent on the action of 19.08.1941 which is very frustrating! It is probable that the same units that attacked Tobruk on 17.08.1941 carried the attack two days later. Of course, we have no absolute...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Ship Forum
Topic: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941
Replies: 4
Views: 898

Re: HMS Thorbryn sunk 19.08.1941

Dear Francesco,

Thank you for your reply. I have the book. One of the survivors, described the attack as made by four Junkers 88 (I think quite different from Ju 87). I was wondering if more details were known (unit and pilots involved as Fliegerführer Afrika is rather vague).

All the best,

Platon