Saturday, 14 September 2013

Katsonis day ...

Today is the 70th anniversary of the loss of the Katsonis submarine ...

Katsonis Painting By I Kalogeropoulos
14 Sep. 1943 - Katsonis surfaces and charges its batteries and then submerges to patrol the area between Pilio and Skiathos, looking for a captured French ship, Simfra, understood to be carrying German soldiers on leave.
Commander Laskos spots a sail boat and decides to surface to try to get more information about Simfra. While he is still talking probably to the boat's skipper, what looks like Simfra is spotted in the horizon. Katsonis soon receives optical identification signals from the ship, but it isn't Simfra. It is the German subchaser UJ-2101.
Katsonis crash dives, but soon receives depth charges and is forced to resurface. Laskos orders the crew to return fire with the cannon, and after the gunners are killed, he himself takes their place, but is killed too, and Katsonis sinks.

31 men of the crew, including the captain, went down with Katsonis:

V. LASKOS
S. MYKONIOS
S. TROUPAKIS
P. LAMPRINOUDIS
M. KAVALOUDIS
K. KSENOS
I. CHRYSOCHERIS
N. PANAGIOTIZAS
D. MARALETOS
L. STAMOS
P. MAGIATIS
V. RANTOS
N. MANTONANAKIS
A. VLACHAKIS
D. KOUVELIS
E. TSATSARIS
K. SELLAKIS
P. TSAKONAS
I. ECONOMOU
A. KRESTAS
E. PLATIDIS
S. KSEPAPADEAS
Ch. ALEXIOU
N. THYMARAS
M. LIMNAIOS
X. MITSIALIS
G. LENTZAKIS
N. MOSCHONAS
A. FOUNTOULAKOS
N. KOUROUZIS
D. PRINTZOS
Z. ZOGRAFOS

15 were captured, while Lt. Tsoukalas and petty officers Tsingros swam for 9 hours to reach Skiathos and Antoniou to reach Pilio. They later returned to the Middle East. (http://greek-war-equipment.blogspot.gr/)

2 comments:

  1. Another moving wartime story, certainly one to think about as we sit and look out to sea in our relatively peaceful times.

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