An appropriate story for a Memorial Day weekend.
“It is 100 per cent the P311, as this was the only submarine with those very special characteristics that set it apart,” said Ms Pegararo.
“He went down Sunday with a go-pro on his helmet, but decided to go down again today with lights to take better quality video. He has made all the announcements to the competent authorities.”
Mr Bondone dove to a depth of 103 meters to explore the submarine, which he reported as intact, with some damage to the bow believed to be from a mine, but otherwise “hermetically sealed.”
“When it sunk, it went straight down as it is intact on the seabed, and still very well preserved, with a lot of crustaceans and colourful marine life,” Ms Pegararo said.
“It looks like it probably went down with air sealed inside, leaving the crew to die eventually of oxygen deprivation,” Mr Bondone told La Nuova Sardegna.
HMS P 311 was lost while engaged in Operation Principle, the Chariot attack on Italian cruisers at La Maddalena.
P 311 departed from Malta on 28 December 1942. She sent her last signal on 31 December 1942 from position 38º10’N, 11º30’E.
After this signal she was not heard from again and she is presumed sunk by Italian mines in the approaches to Maddalena on or around 2 January 1943.
Go here to read the rest. Seventy-one men went down with the P311, their fates unknown to their families and friends for 73 years. May their souls rest in peace. Just a drop in the water of the ocean of grief that was World War II and a reminder of the price which men and their families and friends were called upon to pay in a conflict that is now departing from living memory.