List of shipwrecks in April 1942

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The list of shipwrecks in April 1942 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during April 1942.

April 1942
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1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Buccaneer  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Skaggerak by Kriegsmarine ships whilst attempting to escape from Sweden.[1]
Escalante R  United States World War II: The ship was scuttled in the Philippines by the US Army.[2]
Giovanni delle Bande Nere  Regia Marina World War II: The Giussano-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 11 nautical miles (20 km) off Stromboli by HMS Urge ( Royal Navy).
Kanlaon II  United States World War II: The ship was scuttled in the Philippines by the US Army.[2]
Loch Don  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) north north east of Bermuda by U-202 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by Helen Forsey ( United Kingdom).[3]
Michael  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-404 ( Soviet Navy) off Vardø, Norway.[4]
HMS P36  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Malta by Regia Aeronautica aircraft. Raised 7 August 1958 and scrapped.[5]
HMS Pandora  Royal Navy World War II: The Parthian-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Malta by Regia Aeronautica aircraft with the loss of 27 crew. Raised September, 1943 but not repaired, scrapped post war.[6]
Rio Blanco  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°16′N 74°18′W / 35.267°N 74.300°W / 35.267; -74.300) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Hertfordshire ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Niagara ( Royal Canadian Navy).[7][8]
Shunsei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Pulau Perak, Malaya by HMS Truant ( Royal Navy). Two crewmen killed.[9]
HMT Solomon  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk.[6][10]
Skytteren  Norway World War II: The whaling factory ship was scuttled off Måseskär, Sweden to avoid capture.
Storsten  Norway World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Skaggerak by German aircraft with the loss of 17 of the 49 people on board.
Tiger  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Henry, Virginia (36°50′N 75°49′W / 36.833°N 75.817°W / 36.833; -75.817) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 42 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by USS YP-52 ( United States Navy). Tiger was taken in tow by USCGC Jackson ( United States Coast Guard) and Relief ( United States) but foundered the next day in Chesapeake Bay and was declared a total loss. The wreck was scrapped in 1954.[11]
UJ 1203 Heinrich Günther  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sunk off Pien, Tytursaari in the Gulf of Finland .[12][13]
Willesden  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South Atlantic by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).
Yae Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Pulau Perak, Malaya by HMS Truant ( Royal Navy). Two gunners and 4 crewmen were killed.[9]

2 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Clan Ross  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea 300 miles south west of Bombay (15°58′N 68°24′E / 15.967°N 68.400°E / 15.967; 68.400) by I-6 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Eleven crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by Christensen ( Norway) and an Indian vessel.[14]
David H. Atwater  United States World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Charles, Virginia and Cape Henlopen, Delaware by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine).
V 1515 Rothienbaum  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bunk at Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France in an allied air raid. Later raised, repaired and returned to service as M 3857 Rothienbaum.[12]
Valerian Kuibishev  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea (44°57′N 36°58′E / 44.950°N 36.967°E / 44.950; 36.967) by Luftwaffe aircraft. 24 crewmen killed, 32 rescued.[15]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Aust  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South Atlantic by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).
Glenshiel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-7 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[12]
Empire Starlight  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Murmansk, Soviet Union by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later raised[12]
Otho  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) east of Cape Henry, Virginia (36°25′N 72°22′W / 36.417°N 72.367°W / 36.417; -72.367) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 32 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gallia ( Norway) and USS Zircon ( United States Navy).[16]
New Westminster City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Murmansk by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later raised.[12]
Shaumian  Soviet Navy World War II: The Novik-class destroyer was wrecked off Rybachka-Gelendshik in the Black Sea. Scrapped.[17]
Tobruk  Poland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and severely damaged at Murmansk by Luftwaffe aircraft. Repairs took until September to complete.
West Irmo  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of Takoradi, Gold Coast (2°10′N 5°35′W / 2.167°N 5.583°W / 2.167; -5.583) by U-505 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of the 109 people aboard. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMS Copinsay ( Royal Navy), which took West Irmo in tow but she later sank at 2°17′N 5°25′W / 2.283°N 5.417°W / 2.283; -5.417.[18]

4 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Alphacca  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (1°50′N 7°40′W / 1.833°N 7.667°W / 1.833; -7.667) by U-505 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 72 crew.[19]
Comol Rico  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 225 nautical miles (417 km) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico (20°46′N 66°46′W / 20.767°N 66.767°W / 20.767; -66.767) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Sturtevant ( United States Navy).[20]
Dagfred  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (16°15′N 82°09′E / 16.250°N 82.150°E / 16.250; 82.150) by two Imperial Japanese Navy cruisers. All 40 crew were allowed to take to the lifeboats before Dagfred was sunk.[21]
Glavkos  Hellenic Navy World War II: The Proteus-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Malta.[22]
RFA Plumleaf  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk at Malta by aircraft of II Fliegerkorps. Raised on 28 August 1947, subsequently scrapped in Sicily, Italy.[12][23]
RT-103  Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Zyp Navolok by Luftwaffe aircraft.[12]
Turbo  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker, which had been bombed and damaged on 20 August 1941, was under tow of Gladys Moller ( United Kingdom) in the Red Sea when she broke in two and sank at 25°16′N 35°25′E / 25.267°N 35.417°E / 25.267; 35.417.[24]

5 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Abingdon  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class minesweeper was bombed by Italian aircraft at Malta. She was beached and abandoned after being declared a total loss. Scrapped in place in the 1950s.[25]
Byron D. Benson  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 7.5 nautical miles (13.9 km) off the Currituck Inlet, North Carolina (36°08′N 72°32′W / 36.133°N 72.533°W / 36.133; -72.533) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Dione ( United States Coast Guard) and USS Hamilton ( United States Navy). Byron D. Benson sank on 8 April.[26]
Catahoula  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (19°16′N 68°12′W / 19.267°N 68.200°W / 19.267; -68.200) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Sturtevant ( United States Navy).[27]
HMS Cornwall  Royal Navy
HMS Cornwall

World War II: Easter Sunday Raid: The County-class cruiser was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south west of Ceylon by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 198 of her 700 crew.

Dardanus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bay of Bengal by Nakajima B5N aircraft based on Ryūjō. Taken under tow by Gandara ( United Kingdom). Shelled and sunk the next day by Mikuma and Mogami (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[28]
HMS Dorsetshire  Royal Navy World War II: Easter Sunday Raid: The County-class cruiser was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south west of Ceylon by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 234 of her 653 crew.
Empire Beacon  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off St. Anns Head, Pembrokeshire
Feddy  United Kingdom The cargo ship was lost in a collision with the trawler Visenda ( United Kingdom) off North Ronaldsay.[29]
HMS Gallant  Royal Navy World War II: The G-class destroyer was bombed and damaged beyond economical repair while being repaired after having previously lost her bow to a mine and being beached at Malta on 10 January 1941. The wreck was refloated and sunk as a blockship in September, 1943.[30]
Harpasa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by "Kate"s from Ryūjō. 6 crewmen killed.[31]
HMS Hector  Royal Navy World War II: Easter Sunday Raid: The armed merchant cruiser was bombed and sunk at Colombo, Ceylon by Japanese aircraft.
Ninetto G.  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Una ( Royal Navy), east of Syracuse, Italy (37°05′N 15°41′E / 37.083°N 15.683°E / 37.083; 15.683).[32]
RT-61  Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Murmansk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[12]
Soli  Norway World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged at Columbo, Ceylon by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was declared a total loss and beached. She was refloated on 4 January 1952 and subsequently scrapped at Karachi, Pakistan.[33]
HMS Tenedos  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Colombo by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 33 crew.
Washingtonian  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedord and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-5 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[12]

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Autolycus  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all ( Imperial Japanese Navy)). 17 crewmen killed.[34]
Banjoewangi  Netherlands World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by Yura and Yūgiri (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]
Batavia  Netherlands World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 14 miles east of Calingapatam by Yura and Yūgiri (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]
Bienville  United States World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was Bombed and damaged in the Bay of Bengal by planes from Ryūjō, torpeded and sunk 17°50′N 84°50′E / 17.833°N 84.833°E / 17.833; 84.833) by Chōkai (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). 24 crewmen killed.[35]
Dagfred  Norway World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off Sacramento Light, 60 miles east of Masuliptam, by two Imperial Japanese Navy cruisers. All 40 crew survived.[28]
Elsa  Norway World War II: Operation C: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 35 nautical miles (65 km) east of Cuttack, Orissa, India by two Imperial Japanese Navy cruisers with the loss of one of her 30 crew.[36]
Exmoor  United States World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[34]
Gandara  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled in the Bay of Bengal by Mikuma and Mogami and torpedoed by Amagiri ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and sunk while towing Dardanus ( United Kingdom).[28]
Ganges  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 25 miles south of Vizagapatam by floatplanes from Chōkai ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[37] Fifteen crew were killed.[38]
HMS Havock  Royal Navy The H-class destroyer ran aground and was wrecked off Kelibia, Tunisia with the loss of one crew member. 150 crewmen and 100 military passengers interned by Vichy French.
Hermod  Norway World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 10 miles off Godavari coast by two Imperial Japanese Navy cruisers. All 36 crew survived.[39]
Indora  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[34]
HMIS Indus  Royal Indian Navy World War II: The Grimsby-class sloop was sunk in a Japanese air raid on Akyab, Burma.
Koll  Norway World War II: The motor tanker was torpedoed and sunk east of Cape Hatteras in the Atlantic Ocean (34°39′N 68°25′W / 34.650°N 68.417°W / 34.650; -68.417) by U-571 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Cunene, Lobito (both  Portugal) and St. Cergue (  Switzerland).[40][41]
Kollskegg  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 35°30′N 73°00′W / 35.500°N 73.000°W / 35.500; -73.000) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Bushranger ( Panama) and HMCS Niagara ( Royal Canadian Navy).[42]
Malda  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[34]
Maksim Gorki  Soviet Navy World War II: The cruiser was bombed and severely damaged at Leningrad by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe.[12]
Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya  Soviet Navy World War II: The Gangut-class battleship was bombed and severely damaged at Leningrad by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe.[12] Repairs took until September to complete.
Selma City  United States World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 25 miles south of Vizagapatam 17°40′N 83°20′E / 17.667°N 83.333°E / 17.667; 83.333) by floatplanes from Chōkai ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[37]
Shinkiang  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was Bombed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by planes from Ryūjō ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]
Shinkuang  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[34]
Silksworth  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 19°53′N 86°30′E / 19.883°N 86.500°E / 19.883; 86.500) by Kumano and Suzuya and Shirakumo (all  Imperial Japanese Navy). There were 50 survivors.[34]
HMSAS Sydostlandet  South African Navy World War II: The naval trawler was wrecked off the Umgami River Estuary.[43]
Taksang  United Kingdom World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal 14 miles east of Calingapatam by Yura and Yūgiri (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]
Van Der Capellen  Netherlands World War II: Operation C: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bay of Bengal by planes from Ryūjō ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She sinks on the 8th.[35]
Washingtonian  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean at the western entrance to Eight Degree Channel by I-4 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her crew of 42 sailed their lifeboats to the Maldive Islands.[44]
HMS West Cocker  Royal Navy World War II: The West-class tugboat was bombed and sunk at Malta .[45]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Bahadur  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea 170 miles notth west of Bombay (19°44′N 68°28′E / 19.733°N 68.467°E / 19.733; 68.467) by I-6 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her crew were rescued by Volunteer ( United States).[46]
British Splendour  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°07′N 75°19′W / 35.117°N 75.317°W / 35.117; -75.317) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT St. Zeno ( Royal Navy).[47]
HMS Emily  Royal Navy World War II: The tugbpat was bombed and sunk at Malta.[48]
HMS Hellespont  Royal Navy World War II: The Robust-class tugboat was bombed and sunk at Malta.[49]
Lancing  Norway World War II: The factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras (35°08′N 75°22′W / 35.133°N 75.367°W / 35.133; -75.367) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 50 crew. The survivors were rescued by Pan Rhode Island ( United States).[50] The Lancing (shipwreck) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[51]
Murrayfield  United Kingdom World War II:The cargo ship ran aground off Mousa, Shetland Islands. She floated off on 8 April and sank.[52]
Rosa M  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Cattaro by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[12]
HMHS Somersetshire  Royal Navy World War II: The hospital ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°13′N 26°34′E / 32.217°N 26.567°E / 32.217; 26.567) by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of the 187 people aboard. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by a Royal Hellenic Navy destroyer. The crew later reboarded the ship and she was escorted into Alexandria, Egypt by tugs. Later repaired and returned to service.[53]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Ara  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.[12]
Carolina Thornden  United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled in Water Sound, Scapa Flow as a blockship.[54]
USS Dewey  United States Navy World War II: The drydock was scuttled off Bataan to prevent capture.[55]
Esso Baton Rouge  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) north east of St. Simons, Georgia (31°02′N 80°53′W / 31.033°N 80.883°W / 31.033; -80.883) by U-123 with the loss of two of her 38 crew. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service in November 1942.[56]
Eugene V. R. Thayer  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil by Pietro Calvi ( Regia Marina).[57]
Fultala  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 miles west of Colombo, Ceylon (06°52′N 76°54′E / 6.867°N 76.900°E / 6.867; 76.900) by I-3 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The entire crew were rescued.[58]
Kurzesee  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by a mine at (70°06′N 21°00′E / 70.100°N 21.000°E / 70.100; 21.000) off Skjervøy, Norway.[59]
HMS Moor  Royal Navy World War II: The mooring vessel struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.[60]
Nemanja  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°30′N 64°50′W / 40.500°N 64.833°W / 40.500; -64.833) by U-84 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 47 crew.[61]
Oklahoma  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off St. Simons, Georgia by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 37 crew. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service in December 1942.[62]
ShCh-421  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was damaged by a mine, scuttled by K-22 the next day. No casualties.[63]
HMT Svana  Royal Navy World War II: The whaler was bombed and sunk off Alexandria, Egypt by Regia Aeronautica aircraft.[64]
HMT Thorgrim  Royal Navy World War II: The whaler was bombed and sunk off Alexandria, Egypt by Regia Aeronautica aircraft. She was refloated in August 1950, reportedly taken over by the Egyptian Government.[65]

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Athelstane  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Operation C: The WWI Z-class tanker was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Ceylon.[66]
Atlas  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°27′N 76°16′W / 34.450°N 76.267°W / 34.450; -76.267) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by a United States Coast Guard cutter.[67]
Benwood  Norway World war II;The cargo ship collided with Robert C. Tuttle ( United States) in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Molasses Reef, Florida. She grounded on Alligator Reef, but slid off and sank on 14 April.[68]
British Sergeant  United Kingdom World war II: Operation C: The tanker was sunk in the Indian Ocean off Batticaloa, Ceylon, by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft.[69]
Esparta  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (30°46′N 81°11′W / 30.767°N 81.183°W / 30.767; -81.183) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Tyrer ( United States Navy).[70]
Fanefjeld  Norway World War II: Convoy UR 17: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-252 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 24 people aboard.[71]
Gala  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[12]
Henry Keswick  United Kingdom World War II: The US Navy requisitioned tug was sunk in Manila Bay off Corregidor Island. All crew survived, or C.O. reported killed, but were interned. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Keishu Maru.[72][73][74]
HMS Hermes  Royal Navy World War II: Operation C: The Hermes class aircraft carrier was sunk in the Indian Ocean east of Ceylon by Japanese D3A1 dive bombers from Hiryū, Shōkaku, and Zuikaku all( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 307 crew.
HMS Hollyhock  Royal Navy World War II: Operation C: The Flower-class corvette was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean east of Ceylon by Japanese aircraft while rescuing survivors of Athelstane ( Royal Fleet Auxiliary). She sank in 30 to 45 seconds. 49 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by Athelstane's lifeboats.
HMS Lance  Royal Navy World War II: The L-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Malta. She was declared a constructive total loss. refloated and towed to the U.K. for scrapping 1944.[75]
Malchace  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°28′N 75°56′W / 34.467°N 75.933°W / 34.467; -75.933) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by Faja de Oro ( Brazil).[76]
USS Napa  United States Navy World War II: The Bagaduce-class fleet tug was scuttled off Corregidor Island, Philippines.
Norviken  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and near missed in the Indian Ocean by aircraft from Akagi ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of four of her 46 crew. She was abandoned and came ashore the next day at Timkovie, Ceylon, later catching fire and breaking in two.[77]
USS PT-34  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 77'-class PT boat was strafed, bombed and sunk off Cauit Island, Philippines by Japanese Navy float planes. Of 6 crewmembers 2 were killed and 3 wounded.[78]
HMAS Vampire  Royal Australian Navy World War II: Operation C: The V-class destroyer was sunk in the Indian Ocean east of Ceylon by Japanese aircraft with the loss of nine crew.
Yu Sang  United States Army World War II: The harbor craft was bombed and sunk in the Philippines.[2]

10 April[edit]

For the scuttling of the former Finnish cargo ship Caroline Thordén on this date, see the entry for 26 March 1941.
List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Balkis  Norway World War II: Convoy CL 14: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) north of Fortaleza, Brazil (2°30′S 38°00′W / 2.500°S 38.000°W / -2.500; -38.000) by Pietro Calvi ( Regia Marina) with the loss of seven of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by Scania ( Sweden).[79]
USS Canopus  United States Navy World War II: The submarine tender was scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, Philippines.
Empire Prairie  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (approximately 35°N 60°W / 35°N 60°W / 35; -60) by U-654 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[80][81]
USS Finch  United States Navy World War II: The Lapwing-class minesweeper was bombed and damaged in Manila Bay off Corregidor Island, Philippines by Japanese aircraft. All 78 crew abandoned the ship, which sank the next day. She was subsequently salvaged by the Japanese and entered Imperial Japanese Navy service as PB-103
HMT Jade  Royal Navy World War II: The Gem-class trawler was bombed and heavily damaged off Valletta, Malta by Italian aircraft. Scuttled sometime in 1943.[82]
Kirkpool  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South Atlantic by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).
HMS LCA 166  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Assault was lost on this date.[83]
Q-112 Abra, Q-113 Agusan,
Q-114 Danday and Q-115
 Philippine Army,  United States Army World War II: The Thornycroft 65 foot Class Motor Torpedo Boats were scuttled in Manila Bay off Paomborg, 4 miles off the east coast of Bataan.[84][85]
Sado Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Yokohama, Honshū by USS Thresher ( United States Navy).[86]
San Delfino  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°35′N 75°06′W / 35.583°N 75.100°W / 35.583; -75.100) by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Norwich City ( Royal Navy).[87]
Tamaulipas  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°25′N 76°00′W / 34.417°N 76.000°W / 34.417; -76.000) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Norwich City ( Royal Navy).[88]
USS Uranus  United States Navy World War II:The Uranus-class stores ship ran aground at Akureyri, Iceland. Refloated on 13 April with assistance from USS Keywaydin and USS Symbol (both  United States Navy) and returned to service.

11 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Cowper  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy QP 10: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea by a Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 aircraft with the loss of nine crew.
Eurosee  Germany World War II: The tanker struck a mine in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands and broke in two.[12]
Grenanger  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°58′N 57°14′W / 22.967°N 57.233°W / 22.967; -57.233) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine). The 36 crew were rescued by Almenara ( United Kingdom) and USS Courier ( United States Navy).[89]
Gulfamerica  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Jacksonville, Florida by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by United States Coast Guard patrol boats. The hulk sank on 16 April.
Harry F. Sinclair, Jr.  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 7 nautical miles (13 km) off Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°25′N 76°30′W / 34.417°N 76.500°W / 34.417; -76.500) by U-203 with the loss of ten of her 36 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMT Hertfordshire ( Royal Navy). The burnt-out ship was later towed to Morehead City, North Carolina. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service as Annibal in 1943.[90]
Hebe  Netherlands World War II: The freighter was sunk in a collision with HMT St. Cathan ( Royal Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina. Her crew were rescued by USS YP-22, USS Azurlite, and USS Beryl (all  United States Navy).[91]
Kawsar  Egypt World War II: The transport ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (31°34′N 31°14′E / 31.567°N 31.233°E / 31.567; 31.233) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two of her crew. She was towed to Port Said but was declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in 1946.[12][92]
HMS Kingston  Royal Navy World War II: The K-class destroyer, already damaged on 22 March in action against the Italian Fleet, was bombed and damaged beyond repair while at dry dock at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft.
HMT St. Cathan  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler collided with Dutch merchant ship Hebe and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Carolina with the loss of 30 crew, 9 survivors. Survivors rescued by USS YP-22, USS Azurlite, and USS Beryl (all  United States Navy).[6]
Taijun Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Taijun Maru-class transport (also known as Taizun Maru) was bombed and damaged beyond repair in Lae Harbor, New Guinea by A-20 Havocs. She was scuttled at 06°49′N 147°02′E / 6.817°N 147.033°E / 6.817; 147.033). 3 crewmen killed.[93]
Trongate  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 79: The cargo ship caught fire at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was scuttled by Allied warships.[94]
Ulysses  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 45 nautical miles (83 km) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (34°23′N 75°35′W / 34.383°N 75.583°W / 34.383; -75.583). All 290 people aboard rescued by USS Manley ( United States Navy).[95][96]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Ben Brush  Panama World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil (04°32′S 35°03′W / 4.533°S 35.050°W / -4.533; -35.050) by Pietro Calvi ( Regia Marina) with the loss of one of heer 35 crew.[57][97]
Delvalle  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (16°51′N 72°25′W / 16.850°N 72.417°W / 16.850; -72.417) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 63 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Prince Henry ( Royal Canadian Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[98]
Empire Lotus  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 79: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (44°06′N 6°27′W / 44.100°N 6.450°W / 44.100; -6.450). All crew were rescued.[80][94]
Esso Boston  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) north east of Saint Martin by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by USS Biddle ( United States Navy).[99]
Kommunar  Soviet Union World War II: The motor sailer was sunk by mines in the Black Sea near Kamysh-Buran. Her Master and 1 crewman was killed.[100]
USS PT-35  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 77'-class PT boat was scuttled while hauled out on a marine railway at Cebu Shipyard and Engineering Works (10°18′N 123°54′E / 10.300°N 123.900°E / 10.300; 123.900) when Cebu was invaded by the Japanese.[101]
Scotia  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom.[12]
USS YAG-4  United States Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper/patrol ship was shelled and sunk by the Japanese 500 yards off Corrigidor in South Harbor.[102]

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Atlas  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[6]
HMT Coral  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Malta.[103]
El Occidente  Panama World War II: Convoy QP 10: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°28′N 38°30′E / 73.467°N 38.500°E / 73.467; 38.500) by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Speedwell ( Royal Navy).
Empire Amethyst  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Haiti (17°40′N 74°50′W / 17.667°N 74.833°W / 17.667; -74.833) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.
Empire Progress  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Race, Newfoundland (40°29′N 52°35′W / 40.483°N 52.583°W / 40.483; -52.583) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by Olaf Fostenes ( Norway).[80][104]
Harpalion  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy QP 10: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Barents Sea by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 30, Luftwaffe and was abandoned by her 70 crew. She was later torpedoed and sunk (73°33′N 27°19′E / 73.550°N 27.317°E / 73.550; 27.317) by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine).[12][105]
Kiev  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy QP 10: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°22′N 28°48′E / 73.367°N 28.800°E / 73.367; 28.800) by U-436 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Blackfly ( Royal Navy).[106]
Korsholm  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) off Cape Canaveral, Florida by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 17 crew.[107]
Leslie  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 32 crew. One survivor was rescued by Esso Bayonne ( United States), the rest reached land in their lifeboats. Leslie was raised and scrapped in August 1954.[108]
HMT Lord Snowden  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk in a collision off Falmouth.[109]
PiLB 210  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[110]
Partizan Zheleznay  Soviet Union World War II: The motor sailer was sunk by mines in the Kerch Gulf. Her Master and 5 crewmen was killed.[100]
Ryujin Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Shikoku by USS Grayling ( United States Navy).[111]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Benwood  Norway
The wreck of Benwood on 23 February 2010
The cargo ship slid off Alligator Reef – where she had grounded after colliding with Robert C. Tuttle ( United States) in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Molasses Reef, Florida, on 9 April 1942 – and sank.[68]
Chekov  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Kerch.[12]
Empire Thrush  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Chesapeake Bay, United States (35°08′N 75°18′W / 35.133°N 75.300°W / 35.133; -75.300) by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine) All 55 crew were rescued by USS Asterion ( United States Navy).[80][112]
Korthion  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Barbados (12°50′N 60°30′W / 12.833°N 60.500°W / 12.833; -60.500) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 23 crew.[113]
KT-608  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Kerch.[12]
Lancaster Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Murmansk, Soviet Union by Luftwaffe aircraft.[12]
Margaret  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod, Massachusetts by U-571 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[114]
SKA-042  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Kerch.[12]
U-85  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Drumbeat: The Type VIIB submarine was shelled, depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Bodie Island Lighthouse (33°55′N 75°13′W / 33.917°N 75.217°W / 33.917; -75.217) by USS Roper ( United States Navy with the loss of all 29 crew.
U-252  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (47°00′N 18°14′W / 47.000°N 18.233°W / 47.000; -18.233) by HMS Stork and HMS Vetch (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[115]
HMS Upholder  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was depth charged and sunk at 34°47′N 15°55′E / 34.783°N 15.917°E / 34.783; 15.917 by Pegaso ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 31 crew.

15 April[edit]

For the scuttling of the Dutch tanker Ocana on this day, see the entry for 25 March 1942

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1942
Ship Country Description
M 3810  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France by Royal Air Force aircraft.[12]
M 4603  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Le Havre by Royal Air Force aircraft.[12]
PT-41  United States Army World War II: The Elco 77-foot class PT boat, while being transferred by road by the US Army for use by the Army on Lake Lanao, Mindanao as a gunboat, was destroyed by the Army to prevent capture.[116][117]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Amsterdam  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°00′N 62°45′W / 12.000°N 62.750°W / 12.000; -62.750) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Ivan ( Yugoslavia).[118]
Bab el Farag  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[119]
Caspia  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMML-1023 and HMML-1032 (both  Royal Navy).[120]
Delia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Brindisi by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[12]
Desert Light  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°35′N 72°48′W / 35.583°N 72.800°W / 35.583; -72.800) by U-572 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Roper ( United States Navy).[121]
Empire Howard  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 14: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°48′N 21°32′E / 73.800°N 21.533°E / 73.800; 21.533) by U-403 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of the 62 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMT Lord Middleton and HMT Northern Wave (both  Royal Navy).[80][122]
Fatouh el Kher  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk off Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[123]
Gulfamerica  United States World War II: The abandoned tanker sank because of damage she received on 11 April 1942 when she was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Jacksonville, Florida by the submarine U-123 ( Kriegsmarine).
Robin Hood  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts (38°45′N 66°45′W / 38.750°N 66.750°W / 38.750; -66.750) by U-575 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Greer ( United States Navy) on 23 April.[124]
Svanetiya  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 535 lives.[12]
Vikings  Free French Naval Forces World War II: The anti-submarine trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 23 nautical miles (43 km) off Beirut, Lebanon by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 41 of her 57 crew.[125]

17 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Guide  United States World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (35°34′N 70°08′W / 35.567°N 70.133°W / 35.567; -70.133) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 34 crew. 13 crewmen and 5 Gunners were rescued by USS Rowan ( United States Navy) on 22 April. 23 crewmen and 4 Gunners rescued by Pacific Exporter ( United Kingdom) on 29 April. 1 crewman rescued by Hororata ( United Kingdom) on 18 May.[126]
Heinrich von Riedemann  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (11°55′N 63°47′W / 11.917°N 63.783°W / 11.917; -63.783) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine). All 44 crew were rescued by Karmt ( Norway) and Maracaibo ( Venezuela).[127]
Victoria  Argentina World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (36°41′N 68°48′W / 36.683°N 68.800°W / 36.683; -68.800) by U-201 ( Kriegsmarine) and abandoned by her 39 crew, who were rescued by USS Nicholson and USS Owl (both  United States Navy). She was subsequently boarded by men from USS Owl and towed to New York for repairs. Victoria was requisitioned by the United States on 24 July and returned to service a week later as the Panamanian Culpeper.[128]

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Bellona  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[6]
Komaki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft transport was bombed and sunk at Rabaul (04°15′S 152°20′E / 4.250°S 152.333°E / -4.250; 152.333) by US 5th Air Force Martin B-26s . The stern of the ship exploded. The rest of the ship was scuttled by shore batteries. She sank in shallow water and submerged to close to the top of the hull. Her hull was filled with dirt and became a pier.[129]
Iwata Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Doolittle Raid: The guard boat was bombed by SBD Dauntlesss and strafed by F4F Wildcats from USS Enterprise ( United States Navy). She sank the next day. Her crew were rescued by I-74 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[130]
Nagato Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Doolittle Raid: The guard boat was bombed by SBD Dauntlesss and strafed by F4F Wildcats from USS Enterprise ( United States Navy), then shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Nashville ( United States Navy).[131]
Nanshin Maru No. 26  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Doolittle Raid: The guard boat was bombed by SBD Dauntlesss and strafed by F4F Wildcats from USS Enterprise ( United States Navy). She was scuttled by Kiso ( Imperial Japanese Navy) after rescuing survivors.[132]
Nitto Maru No. 23  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Doolittle Raid:The patrol boat was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Nashville ( United States Navy). Survivors rescued by USS Nashville.[133]
Seefahrer  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum, Germany. Later raised and laid up at Askøy, Norway. Scrapped post-war at Stavanger, Norway.[6][134]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Assunta De Gregori  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sfax, Tunisia by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy).[12][135]
Chokyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[136]
Hefz el Rahman  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[137]
MAS 1D  Regia Marina World War II: The Lursen E-boat sank off Mljet Island due to a rupture in the bottom.[138]
No. 102  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[139]
Patella  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk by Michel ( Kriegsmarine). 5 crewmen killed, 60 taken POW.[140]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Agra  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 280 nautical miles (520 km) north west of Bermuda (34°40′N 69°35′W / 34.667°N 69.583°W / 34.667; -69.583) by U-654 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Tercero ( Norway).[141]
Arete  Sweden World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Great Belt.[12]
HMS Cotswold  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FS 80: The Hunt-class destroyer struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk with the loss of five crew. She was taken in tow and beached off Shotley, Suffolk. Refloated on 3 May, repaired and returned to service.[6]
Empire Dryden  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, 240 nautical miles (440 km) north west of Bermuda by U-572 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by City of Birmingham ( United States).
Harpagon  United Kingdom World War II: The convoy was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north north west of Bermuda by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 41 of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rio Diamante ( Argentina).[142]
Hödur  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway by HMS Trident ( Royal Navy).[6]
Ledokol No. 7  Soviet Union World War II: The icebreaker was sunk by mines in the Black Sea between Novorossiysk and Kerch. 25 crewman was killed, 11 rescued.[100]
M 4006 Neuwerk  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Neuwerk class Naval Trawler/minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Morlaix, Finistère, France.[12][143]
Plawsworth  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk.[144]
Steel Maker  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina (33°48′N 70°36′W / 33.800°N 70.600°W / 33.800; -70.600) by U-654 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 48 crew. 27 survivors were rescued by Pacific Exporter ( United Kingdom) on the 29th, and 1 by USS Rowan ( United States Navy)on May 18.[145]
Turksib  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was wrecked in Unimak Strait, Alaska Territory.[146]
Vae Victis  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea, 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Aldeburgh.[52]
Vineland  Canada World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°05′N 72°20′W / 23.083°N 72.333°W / 23.083; -72.333) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 35 crew.[147]

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Bris  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (33°35′N 69°35′W / 33.583°N 69.583°W / 33.583; -69.583) by German submarine U-201 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 25 crew. Survivors were rescued by Chester O. Swain ( United States) and USS YT-132 ( United States Navy).[148][149]
Chenango  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south east of Cape Henry, Virginia, United States (36°25′N 74°55′W / 36.417°N 74.917°W / 36.417; -74.917) by U-84 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 32 crew. The survivor was rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Coast Guard.[150][151]
HMT Jade  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the Grand Harbor Malta [152]
Kalinin  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Novorossiysk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[12]
Pipestone County  United States World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 475 nautical miles (880 km) east of Cape Henry, Virginia (37°43′N 66°16′W / 37.717°N 66.267°W / 37.717; -66.267) by U-576 ( Kriegsmarine). All 46 crew were rescued by USCGC Calypso ( United States Coast Guard), the fishing vessel Irene and May ( United States) and Tropic Star ( Norway).[153]
West Imboden  United States World War II: The Design 1013 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 175 nautical miles (324 km) east of the Nantucket Lightship ( United States Coast Guard) (41°14′N 65°55′W / 41.233°N 65.917°W / 41.233; -65.917) by U-752 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by USS Bristol ( United States Navy).[154]
13V2 Delpa II  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea ott Taranto by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[12]

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Blankenese  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Kirkenes, Norway (70°32′02″N 30°47′00″E / 70.53389°N 30.78333°E / 70.53389; 30.78333) by M-173 ( Soviet Navy).[6][155]
Derryheen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship, on her maiden voyage, was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (31°20′N 70°35′W / 31.333°N 70.583°W / 31.333; -70.583) by U-201 ( Kriegsmarine). All 51 people aboard were rescued by Lobos ( United Kingdom).[156]
El Saadiah  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[157]
San Jacinto  United States World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 375 nautical miles (694 km) south east of Cape Hatteras (31°10′N 70°45′W / 31.167°N 70.750°W / 31.167; -70.750) by U-201 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of the 183 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Rowan ( United States Navy) the next day.[158]

23 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Asuncion  Germany World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in Kvænangen.[12]
Chatwood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk.[12]
Connecticut  United States World War II: The Tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°00′S 15°00′W / 23.000°S 15.000°W / -23.000; -15.000) by LS-4 ( Kriegsmarine) operating from Michel ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her crew and 11 Naval Armed Guards. 18 survivors were rescued by Michel ( Kriegsmarine) and eventually turned over to the Japanese as P.O.W.s.[159]
Jersey  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Red Sea off Suez, Egypt.[12]
Kirkland  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TA 36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) north west of Sidi Barrani, Egypt (31°51′N 26°37′E / 31.850°N 26.617°E / 31.850; 26.617) by U-565 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Falk ( Royal Navy).[160]
Lammot Du Pont  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) south east of Bermuda (27°10′N 57°10′W / 27.167°N 57.167°W / 27.167; -57.167) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by Astri ( Sweden) and USS Tarbell ( United States Navy).[161]
Stensaas  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Slettnes, Norway (71°04′N 28°20′E / 71.067°N 28.333°E / 71.067; 28.333) by SC-401 ( Soviet Navy). The crew were rescued by UJ-1101 ( Kriegsmarine).[162]

24 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Blankenese  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk north of Persfjord (70°53′N 30°00′E / 70.883°N 30.000°E / 70.883; 30.000) by M-173 ( Soviet Navy).[163]
Empire Drum  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, 280 nautical miles (520 km) south east of New York, United States (37°00′N 69°15′W / 37.000°N 69.250°W / 37.000; -69.250) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew survived, they were rescued by USS Roper ( United States Navy) and Venezia ( Sweden).

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Leesee  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Norway.[164]
Modesta  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (33°40′N 63°10′W / 33.667°N 63.167°W / 33.667; -63.167) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Belgian Airman ( Belgium).[165]
T-494  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[166]
Toba Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north west of Luzon, Philippines (17°01′N 120°15′E / 17.017°N 120.250°E / 17.017; 120.250) by USS Spearfish ( United States Navy).[167]
Vahur  Estonia World War II: Estonian cargo ship, seized by Soviet 1940, was sunk in the Port of Leningrad by German aircraft.[168]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Partner  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 80 nautical miles (150 km) north west of Bonaire (13°32′N 67°57′W / 13.533°N 67.950°W / 13.533; -67.950) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 35 crew.[169]
Aziza  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[170]
USS Sturtevant  United States Navy World War II: The Clemson-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Florida with the loss of 15 of her 130 crew.

27 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Fitzroy  Royal Navy World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[12]
Inga  Denmark The cargo ship was wrecked om the South Horns Reef.[171]
Svir  Soviet Navy World War II: The training ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Leningrad.[12]

28 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Arundo  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) south of the Ambrose Lightship ( United States Coast Guard) (40°10′N 73°44′W / 40.167°N 73.733°W / 40.167; -73.733) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Lea ( United States Navy).[172]
Tatsufuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Seal ( United States Navy).[173]
HMS West Dean  Royal Navy World War II: The West-class tugboat was bombed and sunk at Malta.[174]
USS YP-77  United States Navy World War II: The yard patrol craft was sunk off the Atlantic Coast in a collision.[175]

29 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Alliance  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Famagusta, Cyprus (35°09′N 33°56′E / 35.150°N 33.933°E / 35.150; 33.933) with the loss of three of her ten crew.[176]
Curityba  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by the Soviet submarine M-171 ( Soviet Navy) off Vardø, Norway.[177]
F-14-V  Norway World War II: The fishing trawler was on board Curityba ( Germany) and was lost when that ship was sunk.[12]
F 130  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was damaged by a Soviet mine in the Black Sea and beached. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[178]
Harry G. Seidel  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea west of Trinidad by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 50 crew.[179]
Mobiloil  United States World War II: The tanker was torpoedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) north east of the Turks and Caicos Islands (26°10′N 66°15′W / 26.167°N 66.250°W / 26.167; -66.250). All 52 crew were rescued by USS PC-490 ( United States Navy).[180]
Terpsithea  United Kingdom World War II: The schooner struck a mine and sank off Famagusta (35°09′N 33°56′E / 35.150°N 33.933°E / 35.150; 33.933). All crew survived.[181]
HMS Urge  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Ra's al-Hilal, Libya by a Fiat CR.42 aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica.

30 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1942
Ship Country Description
Ashkhabad  Soviet Union
Ashkhabad
World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 18 nautical miles (33 km) south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°19′N 76°31′W / 34.317°N 76.517°W / 34.317; -76.517) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned by her 47 crew, who were rescued by HMT Lady Elsa ( Royal Navy). Ashkhabad was assessed as salvageable, and Relief ( United States) was despatched to her aid, but she was scuttled by USS Semmes ( United States Navy) and HMT St Zeno ( Royal Navy) as a hazard to navigation.[182]
Athelempress  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 180 nautical miles (330 km) east of Barbados (13°21′N 56°15′W / 13.350°N 56.250°W / 13.350; -56.250) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by Atlantic ( Norway).[183]
Bidevind  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (39°35′N 72°42′W / 39.583°N 72.700°W / 39.583; -72.700) by U-752 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew survived.[184]
HMS Edinburgh  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy QP 11: The Town-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk, Soviet Union (73°09′N 32°45′E / 73.150°N 32.750°E / 73.150; 32.750) by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow, but was torpedoed and sunk in the Kola Inlet on 2 May by Z24 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 of her 750 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gossamer and HMS Harrier (both  Royal Navy).
Federal  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Gibara, Cuba (21°13′N 76°05′W / 21.217°N 76.083°W / 21.217; -76.083) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Cuban fishing vessel or reached shore in their lifeboat.[185]
Taborfjell  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles (176 km) off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States (41°52′N 67°43′W / 41.867°N 67.717°W / 41.867; -67.717) by U-576 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 20 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS P552 ( Royal Navy).[186]
Tsiokolvsky  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy QP 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by Z24 and Z25 (both  Kriegsmarine).[12]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
Chr. Knudsen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship departed from New York, United States for Cape Town, South Africa on 8 April; no further trace. It is possible that she was torpedoed and sunk by U-85 ( Kriegsmarine) on 10 April with the loss of all 33 crew.[187]
HMS LCA 211  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Assault was lost in april.[188]
HMS LCM 38  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Mechanized was lost sometime in April.[189]
MMS 148  Royal Navy World War II: The incomplete MMS-class minesweeper was scuttled on the stocks at the Rangoon Dockyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[190]
MMS 153  Royal Navy World War II: The incomplete MMS-class minesweeper was scuttled on the stocks at the Irrawaddy Flotilla co. shipyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[191]
MMS 156,MMS 161, MMS 162,
MMS 163 and MMS 164
 Royal Navy World War II: The incomplete MMS-class minesweepers were scuttled on the stocks at H Stone shipyard, Rangoon, Burma.[192]
ShCh-401  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was lost on or after 23 April, last reported off Tanafjord.[193]
HMT Senateur Duhamel  Royal Navy World War II:The naval trawler collided with USS Semmes ( United States Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Lookout, North Carolina and sank on 6 April or 6 May 1942. Survivors were rescued by USS Semmes.[194][195]
U-702  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the North Sea on or after 3 April with the loss of all 44 crew.

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Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship commissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship decommissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Shipwrecks: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947