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ZitatTOO: 2305/18TOI: 0950/19/2/43BIZERTA TO ROMEFROM: NAVAL COMMAND AFRICA68695: REPLY TO 66800 OF 10/2 AND FURTHER TO 22040 OF 11/2 FROM N.O.I.C. TUNISTANKER "TEODOLINDA" WAS SUNK 500 METRES SOUTH OF HAMMAMET COAST WATCHING POST IN POSITION 362305 NORTH 103602 EAST.
ZitatThe first convoy to be sought without consequences from aircraft in the dark hours of January 2, was what made the Large motorship Chisone, escorted by TB Orione (Capt. Corv. Luigi Colavolpe), who had left Tripoli to Palermo at 16:40 on 1 January.The ship arrived regularly in Palermo on the evening of the third day, while Orione had to bear off to Trapani for stormy sea from the northwest.On January 6, he left Tripoli, at 15:45, with the tanker Theodolinda with the Tug aux. Genova and with aux. minesweeper Maria di Piedigrotta the three ships were directed to Trapani. At 09:11 on the 11th the convoy escaped an attack submarine in the Gulf of Hammamet and fled first to Monastir and then in Sousse. He departed at 08:30 on the 17th, but after eight hours of sailing was attacked by a submarine (probably the English Unrivalied), that surfaced and began shooting. The Theodolinda (a pilot of 1st class. Militarized Fernando Vatteroni) returned fire, and then the submarine targeted the tugboat sinking after having disembarked the 15 crew members. The other two ships returned to Susa, hence the auxiliary minesweeper departed on the morning of the 18th reaching the Trapani's, the 19th. The Theodolinda left Susa on the morning of the 25th and from 13:00 the same day was attacked in the bay of Hammamet the submarine Unruffled which struck her with a torpedo. The crew had no time to escape to the nearby resort of Hammamet (1).________________(1) Both of these ships are listed among the losses in traffic of Tunisia, being departing the Tunisian port after a long pause, when was ceasing the Libyan traffic or had ceased altogether.