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Velella was not a lucky submarine: of the thirty Italian submarines deployed to the Atlantic, she wase one of the five that did not obtain any success. Sent back to the Mediterranean in the second half of 1941, she did not have better luck there, and was eventually torpedoed and sunk by the submarine HMS Shakespeare in the evening of 7 September 1943, a few hours before the proclamation of the armistice that ended the hostilities between Italy and the Allies. The armistice had already been signed four days before, but had been kept secret for a few days, while the fighting continued. There were no survivors.
Photo credits, Giorgio Parodi/www.naviearmatori.net.