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Old 22-06-2013, 13:14
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The Italian Submarine DURBO was sunk East of Gibraltar by HMS FIREDRAKE and HMS WRESTLER on 18 October 1940.

When I was drafted to HAFMED, the NATO headquarters in Malta, I worked with one of the DURBO survivors, Luigi Cecchini, and we became good friends. Some years later he asked me to help him to get in touch with survivors from HMS FIREDRAKE, who had taken care of him and his shipmates. FIREDRAKE was sunk later in the war.

Sadly, Luigi has crossed the bar and I am trying to find out more about his submarine. I shall be most grateful if anyone can help me please?

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Hi!

I'll check my sources, I hope there will be something useful for you.

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Hi! Some technical data:

Built by: OTO Melara, La Spezia
Keel laid: 8marzo1937
Launched: 6marzo1938
Commissioned: 1luglio1938

Class: "600"
Serie: "Adua"
Other units in the "Adua" serie: Adua, Axum, Aradam, Alagi, Macallè, Gondar, Neghelli, Ascianghi, Dessiè, Dagabur, Uarsciek, Uebi Scebeli, Scirè, Tembien, Lafolè, Beilul.

Technical Data:

Displacement: 683/856 tons
Weapons: 4x 533mm torpedo tubes forward
2x 533mm torpedo tubes backward
1x 100/47 deck gun
2x 13.2 mm ainti-aircraft gun
Propulsion: surface 2 Fiat 700 Hp
below surface 2 Marelli 400 Hp
Maximum speed: surface 14 kn
below surface 7.5 kn
Range: surface 3180 miles at 10.5 kn; 2200 miles at 14 kn
below surface 74 miles at 4 kn; 7.5 miles at 7.5 kn
Length: 60.18 m
Beam: 6.45 m
Draught: 4.73 m
Crew: 4 officers, 40 men

Source: "I Sommergibili Italiani"; Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare, Roma 1963.
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Many thanks, bezukhov! I appreciate your assistance.

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