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  • Said survivors saw you to definitely, for the United kingdom destroyers, the brand new crew was all of the into deck, during the notice, towards the them

    The newest Navigatori-classification destroyer (up to 1938 classified “esploratore leggero” – white scout) Alvise da Mosto (demanded of the Capitani di Fregata Francesco Dell’Anno) sailed towards the 29 November 1941 so you can escort to help you Tripoli the present day tanker Iridio Mantovani, holding 8629 t out of defectively called for fuel of all categories. Super got forewarned the british your tanker will be cruising having North Africa, for this reason on a single go out Push K (five white cruisers and you may around three destroyers in two squadrons) got sortied of Malta.

    To the step one December, in the 1300 h the tiny convoy is screened because of the recon airplanes, right after which attacked from the Bristol Blenheim bombers, you to struck the brand new Mantovani, crippling the woman; just like the destroyer stood because of the to greatly help, the trouble is actually worse because the some other heavens attack doomed the brand new tanker at the 1650 h, compelling the crew to help you dump ship. (more…)