The return of Carlo Acefalo

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Work by SSSUK member Ricardo Preve led to the return to Italy of a submariner's remains, in a ceremony at Port Sudan on 19th April 2018. Carlo Acefalo died in 1940 on the barren Red Sea island of Barra Musa Khebir after escaping from a sinking submarine with fellow crew members (see Sudan Studies No. 53).

 


A moment during the excavation and filming on Barra Musa Khebir, October 2017

 

"Tomba Carlo Acefalo"

"Tomba Carlo Acefalo" - The grave of Carlo Acefalo on Barra Musa Khebir (Sudan) with (left to right ) Dr. Matteo Borrini (forensic anthropologist), Ricardo Preve (expedition leader and producer of the documentary "Coming Home"), Dr. Cosimo Giachetti (Archeologist). The remains are in the box in the foreground, covered by the flag of the Italian navy.

 

hand over of the remains to the Governor of the Red Sea State on October 9, 2017, Port Sudan
Turning over the remains of Carlo Acefalo to the Red Sea State. Preve and Borrini at the hand over of the remains to the Governor of the Red Sea State on October 9, 2017, Port Sudan

 


Italian Ambassador in Sudan Fabrizio Lobasso receives the remains of Italian sailor Carlo Acefalo, who died on the island of Barra Musa Khebir in the wreck of the submarine "Macalle" in 1940, from the Red Sea State Governor at a ceremony in Port Sudan, April 19, 2018. Society member Ricardo Preve led the 4-year process of identifying and recovering the remains.