Monday 26 September 2016

Submarine found by Italian diver thought to be British Second World War boat

Published 25/05/2016 | 17:36

The wreck is thought to be a Royal Navy submarine
The wreck is thought to be a Royal Navy submarine

An Italian diver claims to have located the long-lost wreck of the British submarine HMS P311, which was downed off Sardinia during the Second World War.

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Diver Massimo Bondone told the La Nuova Sardegna daily he found the P311 at a depth of 80 metres (262 feet) off the isle of Tavolara during a dive last weekend.

Paola Pegoraro of the Orso diving club, which provided logistics for the dive, said the sub was positively identified by the two Chariot "human torpedoes" affixed to the outside.

The P311 left Malta in December 1942 with 71 crew to take part in Operation Principle, an Allied attack on Italian warships off Sardinia.

According to the online resource www.naval-history.net, contact was lost on December 31 after the sub apparently hit a mine.

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