Gazzana-Priaroggia, Gianfranco

Date of birth:
August 30th, 1912 (Mailand, Italy)
Date of death:
May 23rd, 1943 (Atlantic Ocean)
Nationality:
Italian (1860-1946, Kingdom)

Biography

Gianfranco Gazzana-Priaroggia entered the Naval Academy in Livorno in 1931. He graduated in 1936 and received the rank of Sottotenente di Vascello.
During the Second World War he served as submarine commander with the Italian Navy. In these functions he sank a total of 90.601BRT.
He was killed in action on May 23rd, 1943 when the ship he served on, the "Leonarde da Vinci", was sunk by H.M.S. Active and H.M.S. Ness near Cape Finisterre.

Promotions:
1935: Guardiamarina;
1936: Sottotenente di Vascello;
?: Capitano di Corvetta.

Career:
?: "Amerigo Vespucci";
?: "Cristoforo Colombo";
?: "Trento";
?: "Trieste";
?: "Millelire";
?: “Scirč”;
?: “Balilla”;
?: "Malachite";
?: "Durbo";
June 1940: "Malachite";
?: "Tazzoli";
February 22nd, 1942: Commodore "Archimede";
August 1st, 1942: Commodore "Leonarde da Vinci"

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Capitano di Corvetta (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Commodore "Leonarde da Vinci"
Awarded on:
May 26th, 1943
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Capitano di Corvetta (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Commodore "Leonarde da Vinci"
Awarded on:
May 23rd, 1943
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Medaglia d'oro al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Atlantic Ocean July 1942
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Atlantic Ocean December 1942
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Atlantic Ocean March 1941
Medaglia de bronzo al Valore
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Atlantic Ocean September 1941
Medaglia de bronzo al Valore
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Atlantic Ocean April 1942
Medaglia de bronzo al Valore

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