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LUPO 1938 (Italy)

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:41 pm

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Built in 1936-'38 by C.N.Q., Fiume, for the Italian Navy.
Torpedo boat, 'Spica' class, (32 units) 'Alcione' group, displacement:808/1040 tons, Loa:83,50m (273' 11") B:8,10m. (26' 7") Draft:2,55m. (8' 4") 2 Yarrow boilers, 2 Tosi geared steam turbines:19.000 hp. 2 shafts, 34 kn. complement:116, armament:3 × 100 mm (3.9") 100/47 dual-purpose guns, 9–11 × 20 mm (0.79") Breda 20/65 mod. 35 AA guns, 2 × 13.2 mm (0.52") anti-aircraft machine guns, 4 × 450 mm (18") torpedo tubes (2 × triple mounts) up to 20 mines.
Along with Libra, torpedoed the British tanker Desmoulea(8120 tons) in the Kasos straits on 31 January 1941 at the position 35°33′32″N 25°34′14″E, disabling her for the rest of the war. The tanker was part of the convoy AN.14, and had departed Alexandria for Piraeus. Captained by Francesco Mimbelli during the reconquest of Kastelorizo and the Battle of Crete, where she survived a battle against three cruisers and five destroyers, saving half of a small ships convoy.
Sunk 2 December 1942 by destroyers HMS Jervis,HMS Javelin, HMS Janus and HMS Kelvin while picking up survivors from the Italian cargo ship Veloce en route to Tripoli. Two other steamers, part of the same convoy, eventually reached home.

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