Carlo Fecia di Cossato

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Carlo Fecia di Cossato
Carlo Fecia di Cossato (pre 1943).jpg
Born 25 September 1908
Rome
Died 27 August 1944 (1944-08-28) (aged 35)
Naples
Allegiance  Kingdom of Italy
Service/branch Regia Marina (Navy)
Commands held
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War
World War II

Awards

Carlo Fecia di Cossato (25 September 1908 – 27 August 1944) was a commander in the Regia Marina (Italian Navy). He commanded submarines and ships during World War II. He was credited with the confirmed sinking of 18 enemy ships.[1] He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Fecia di Cossato was born in Rome, Italy, on 25 September 1908. He graduated from the Naval Academy of Livorno in 1928 and assumed his duties as officer at the Italian naval delegation in China. In the early 1930s, he was an officer on two submarines and his service included their participation in the Spanish Civil War.[2]

At the beginning of the war Fecia di Cossato was the commander of submarine Ciro Menotti based in Messina, Italy. Whilst serving on the Ciro Menotti, the submarine took part in attacks against Royal Navy ships.[2] In December, he was named as the commander of the submarine Tazzoli. This submarine operated in the Atlantic Ocean, sinking 18 ships with a total tonnage of 96,553 tons and damaged another ship of 5,000 tons.[2] In February 1943, at the end of the mission near Brazil he was transferred to Italy, where he was named the commander of a squadron of torpedo boats.[2] Fecia di Cossato received the highest decoration of the Italian Armed Forces a Gold Medal of Military Valor and two silver medals for military bravery.[1][2]

After the Allies' Armistice with Italy, he fought with bravery against German shipping near Bastia.[1] Fecia di Cossato was displeased with the events of late 1943 and early 1944 with the result that he committed suicide in Naples on 27 August 1944.

Commemoration[edit]

A Sauro-class submarine, commissioned in 1980 and decommissioned in 2005, was named after him.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Italian) Giorgio Giorgerini, Uomini sul fondo. Storia del sommergibilismo italiano dalle origini a oggi, Mondadori, EAN 9788804505372.
  2. ^ a b c d e (Italian) Italian navy website.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.