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U BOATS SUNK IN SOUTH ATLANTIC - U 128 / UIT 22

21)UIT 22




Photo https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/Liuzzi_in_build.jpg


                                                        UIT 22


LIUZZI CLASS TYPE


Commander: Oberleutnant Karl Wunderlich



Displacement 1,030 long tons (1,050 t) surfaced

1,484 long tons (1,508 t) submerged


Length: 253 ft (77m)


Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)


Draught: 14 ft (4.3 m)


Propulsion:  Diesel-electric


2 × 1750 HP Tosi diesel engines


2 × electric motors


Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) surfaced


knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) submerged


Complement: 50


Armament: 8 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

2 × 100 mm (4 in) / 47 caliber guns

4 × 13.2 mm (0.52 in) machine guns


Sunk 11 March 1944 some 556 miles south of Capetown, in pos. 41º 28"S 17º 40"E. 


55 Dead. All crew lost, being 43 Germans and 12 Italians.



U.I.T. leaves Bordeaux for the last time. Photo. http://www.pilotspost.co.za/arn0001040



Alpino Bagnolini (pennant number BI) was launched 28 October 1939 and completed on 22 December 1939. Bagnolini was at sea when Italy declared war, and torpedoed the cruiser HMS Calypso south of Crete on 12 June 1940. A second Mediterranean war patrol was unsuccessful. Bagnolini sailed on 9 September 1940 and passed the Strait of Gibraltar on 13 September for an Atlantic patrol to Bordeaux on 30 September.


After conversion to a German transport submarine, Bagnolini sailed as UIT-22 on 26 January 1944 bound for Penang and was sunk off the Cape of Good Hope by No. 262 Squadron RAF Consolidated PBY Catalinas on 11 March.


 

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