Capriotti, Fiorenzo

Birth Name Capriotti, Fiorenzo [1]
Gender male
Age at Death 98 years, 2 months, 2 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth September 8, 1911    

Military Service   Decima Flottiglia Mezzi d‘Assalto MAS, Regia Marina, Regno d’Italia Fiorenzo Capriotti served as Capo Meccanico di 3^ classe - M.A.V.M.

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Military Action July 25, 1941 Attacco a Malta  

Event Note

Fiorenzo Capriotti was seiously wounded, and captured by the British, and held as a POW for five years, in England, Scotland, Missouri and Hawaii.
In March, 1946, he returned to Italy.

Military Service   שייטת 13 S-13 Shayetet 13, צבא הגנה לישראל  

Event Note

Fiorenzo Capriotti was approached by a man from the SIS, the Italian secret service
Fiorenzo Capriotti cites: "“He told me, ‘there is a little job for you… something you know how to do very wel!
The idea was to send to Israel two operators of assault craft. One of them, for submarine craft, was the naval vessel sub-lieutenant, Nicola Conte, who had worked with the British, and another one for the surface work, who would be me.”



Event Note

Acrum Shavit cites: "In the summer of 1948 we received several special “explosive boats” from Italy and with them came the expert, Fiorenzo Capriott."
Fiorenzo Capriotti assumed the identity of Mr. Katz, a Romanian refugee on his way to Palestine, and went to Milano to meet Ephraim Ilin., who had acquiredt six MTM craft, which were tested out by Capriotti at Milano’s artificial lake; they were then packaged and sent to Israel.
Fiorenzo Capriotti was sent to Israel a few months later, where he mentored Yochai Fishmann Bin-Nun and Yosef Dror, and trained Israelis in the Lake Kinneret, who destroyed Emir Farouk, anchored in the port of Gaza and sank it, using the techniques that Capriotti’s comrades had used seven years before.
Fiorenzo Capriotti was not allowed to take part in the operation.

Event Note

Fiorenzo Capriotti returned to Italy, reported to the Italian secret service, and moved to Lugano where he worked for four years exporting arms to Israel.

Honor October 22, 1992    

Event Note

Admiral Ami Ayalon, Commander in Chief of the Israeli Navy, presented him with a parchment: “Fiorenzo Capriotti, who fought in the glorious vanguard unit “Decima Flottiglia MAS” of the Italian Navy during the Second World War; who was of such great help to us in founding and training the Commando unit of our navy, during the War of Independence, totally identifying himself with it, with devotion and spirit of sacrifice, at his own risk and peril. In acknowledgement of this contribution to the rebirth of the state of Israel, we offer him in homage the title of: Commander ad honorem of the Thirteenth Fleet“.

Death November 10, 2009 San Benedetto del Tronto, provincia di Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italia Fiorenzo Capriotti died at l'ospedale Civico di San Benedetto del Tronto

Burial November 12, 2009 San Benedetto del Tronto, provincia di Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italia The funeral of Fiorenzo Capriotti was held in the Church of San Benedetto Martire



Source References

  1. Diario di un fascista alla corte di Gerusalemme 1948-2002


    1. Capriotti, Fiorenzo