List of shipwrecks in April 1944

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The list of shipwrecks in April 1944 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during April 1944.

April 1944
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1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Dahomian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 10 nautical miles (19 km) west south west of Cape Point, South Africa (34°25′S 18°19′E / 34.417°S 18.317°E / -34.417; 18.317) by U-852 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMSAS Krugersdorp and HMSAS Natalia (both  South African Navy).[1]
Jared Ingersoll  United States World War II: Convoy UGS 36: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea west of Algiers, Algeria by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was abandoned by her crew, who were rescued by USS Mills ( United States Navy). USS Mills and the tug HMS Mindfull ( Royal Navy) towed the ship to Algiers where she was beached. Later repaired and returned to service.[2]
Mantai  Japan World War II: the coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Truculent ( Royal Navy).[3]
Minami Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (25°59′N 131°19′E / 25.983°N 131.317°E / 25.983; 131.317) by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[4]
UJ 2127 Theodoros  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by British aircraft.[3]

2 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Akebono Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The transport ship was sunk in an air raid on Truk by Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Seventh Air Force.[3]
Kaiserin Dagmar  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Ems.[3]
HMS LCA(HR) 672  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Assault was lost on this date.[5]
HMS LCA(HR) 811  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Assault was lost on this date.[6]
U-360  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Norwegian Sea south west of Bear Island, Norway (72°28′N 13°04′E / 72.467°N 13.067°E / 72.467; 13.067) by HMS Keppel ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[7]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Fagerstrand I  Germany World War II: The factory ship was set on fire and severely damaged in Kåfjord following an Allied attack on Tirpitz ( Kriegsmarine). The wreck was laid up, and scuttled in October 1944 by German forces. Raised in 1947, extended and returned to service in 1950 as Sande.[8]
I-O-78  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[9]
PiLB 425  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[10]
StuBo 1033  Kriegsmarine World War II: The StuBo42 type landing craft/motor launch was sunk on this date.[11]
Suiten Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[12]
Tosei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Nanpō Islands by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[13]
U-288  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°44′N 27°12′E / 73.733°N 27.200°E / 73.733; 27.200) by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 819 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Activity and Grumman TBM Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft of 846 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Tracker (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[14]

4 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1944
Ship Country Description
I-169  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was sunk in a diving accident north-west of Dublon Island, Truk, during an air raid by Consolidated PBY-4 Liberator aircraft.[15]
I-O-10  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[9]
Sperrbrecher 157  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and was severely damaged off Brest, Finistère, France.[3]

5 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1944
Ship Country Description
CHa-46  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1 class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk at Wake Island by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of VB-109, United States Navy.[3][16]
Choun Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was sunk in an air raid on Rabaul, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force.[3]
Iwakuni Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was sunk in an air raid on Rabaul by Consolidated B-25 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force.[3]
R-261  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk off Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France by Allied aircraft.[17]
Tenryu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was sunk in an air raid on Rabaul by Consolidated B-25 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force.[3]
Sapporo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The depot ship was sunk at Truk in an air raid by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of VB-109, United States Navy.[3]
UJ 6070 Cetonia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Armed Yacht/Sub Chaser was lost on this date.[18]
USS YT-247  United States Navy World War II:The Harbor Tug was swamped and foundered 425 nautical miles (787 km) south west of Oahu, Hawaii (14°14′N 158°59′E / 14.233°N 158.983°E / 14.233; 158.983) while under tow from Pearl Harbor to Palmyra Island.[19]

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 450C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
Hsing Yun Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Yangtze-kiang.[3]
HMS LCP(S) 9  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft Personnel (Small) was wrecked at Weymouth, England.[21][22]
R-192  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Cecina, Tuscany, Italy during a battle with Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[3][23]
Ruth I  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 156: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°05′N 35°11′W / 45.083°N 35.183°W / 45.083; -35.183) by U-302 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Chelmer ( Royal Navy).[24]
South America  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 156: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°04′N 35°22′W / 45.067°N 35.367°W / 45.067; -35.367) by U-302 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by Goodwin ( United Kingdom).[25]
U-302  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°05′N 35°11′W / 45.083°N 35.183°W / 45.083; -35.183) by HMS Swale ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[26]
U-455  Kriegsmarine World War II:The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Ligurian Sea off Portofino, Genoa, Italy with the loss of all 51 crew.
Wesergau  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Stad, Norway by Ula ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[27]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Asien  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Lista, Norway by HMS Unshaken ( Royal Navy).[3]
F 519B  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-B landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
I-2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type J1 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bismarck Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) west north west of New Hanover, off Emirau Island (02°17′S 149°14′E / 2.283°S 149.233°E / -2.283; 149.233) by USS Saufley ( United States Navy). Lost with all 111 hands.[28]
Rion  Soviet Union World War II: The barge struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea (42°11′N 41°38′E / 42.183°N 41.633°E / 42.183; 41.633).[29]
U-856  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IX submarine was depth charged, shelled, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°18′N 62°22′W / 40.300°N 62.367°W / 40.300; -62.367) by USS Champlin and USS Huse (both  United States Navy) with the loss of 27 of her 55 crew.[30][31][32]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Aratama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The ammunition ship was torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean 7 nautical miles (13 km) east of Guam (13°16′N 145°11′E / 13.267°N 145.183°E / 13.267; 145.183) by USS Seahorse ( United States Navy). Her cargo of gasoline exploded damaging Asakaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She drifted on fire for 3 days before coming to rest on a reef, and sinking partially submerged in shallow water, in Talafofo Bay, Guam on 11 April. Four crewmen were killed. She eventually sank completely post-war after damage by many typhoons over a number of years.[33][34]
Enco  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Venice during an Allied air raid.[3]
Honan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Whale ( United States Navy).[35]
Nebraska  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (11°55′S 19°52′W / 11.917°S 19.867°W / -11.917; -19.867) by U-843 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 68 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Kindat ( United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboat.[36][37]
U-2  Kriegsmarine The Type IIA submarine collided with the trawler Helmi Söhle ( Germany) in the Baltic Sea near Pillau, East Prussia and sank with the loss of seventeen of her 35 crew.
U-962  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (45°43′N 19°57′W / 45.717°N 19.950°W / 45.717; -19.950) by HMS Crane and HMS Cygnet (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.
V 622 Almuth  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique.[3]

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 552C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
Hokurei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the South China Sea south of Hainan, China.[3]
HMS LCP(S) 1026  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft Personnel (Small) was wrecked at Weymouth, England.[38][39]
Mimasaka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off the Mariana Islands (15°30′N 145°00′E / 15.500°N 145.000°E / 15.500; 145.000) by USS Seahorse ( United States Navy). She sank the next day. Seven troops and eleven crewmen were killed.[33][40]
PiLB 510  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[41]
SC-497  United States Navy The SC-497-class submarine chaser grounded on Cook's Reef, off Mai Island, New Hebrides, and sank the next day.[42]
Takasago Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Takasago Maru-class hospital ship struck a mine in Pallau's Southwest Passage and was beached. She was salvaged and returned to service.[43]
U-515  Kriegsmarine
U-515

World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Chatelain, USS Flaherty, USS Pillsbury and USS Pope (all  United States Navy). She surfaced, and was then bombed, shelled and sunk by the four destroyers and by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Guadalcanal ( United States Navy) with the loss of sixteen of her 60 crew.

10 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1944
Ship Country Description
USS Holder  United States Navy World War II: The Edsall-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was towed to Oran and then to New York, where she was condemned. A 95-foot (29 m) section of her stern was used to repair USS Menges ( United States Navy).
M-459  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed by Soviet aircraft and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Aseri, Estonia (59°30′N 27°05.09′E / 59.500°N 27.08483°E / 59.500; 27.08483).[44]
Oldham  United States World War II: Convoy SC 156: The cargo ship suffered a broken propeller shaft and was abandoned by her 51 crew. They were rescued by Goodwin ( United Kingdom). Oldham was towed to St. John's, Newfoundland.[45]
Sperrbrecher 193 Albrecht Durer  Kriegsmarine World War II: The River Sperrbrecher was lost on this date.[46]
TK-212  Soviet Navy World War II: The A-2 (Higgins 78') class motor torpedo boat was lost in the Barents Sea during an attack on a German convoy.[3][47]
U-68  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (33°24′N 18°59′W / 33.400°N 18.983°W / 33.400; -18.983) by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Guadalcanal ( United States Navy) with the loss of 56 of her 57 crew.

11 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 April 1944
Ship Country Description
AF 24  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was sunk at Stettin, Pomerania during an American air raid.[3]
Akigumo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kagerō-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Moro Gulf 30 nautical miles (56 km) south east of Zamboanga (6°43′N 122°23′E / 6.717°N 122.383°E / 6.717; 122.383) by USS Redfin ( United States Navy). One hundred and thirty-seven people were killed, including her commanding officer.
Emily  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Stettin during an American air raid.[3]
F 300  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk at Stettin during an American air raid.[3]
F 389  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk at Stettin during an American air raid.[3]
M 6022 Enseigne  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Untiring ( Royal Navy).[3]
Mars  Kriegsmarine World War II: The artillery training ship was bombed and destroyed by fire at Stettin in an American air raid.[3][48]
R-27  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-25 minesweeper was sunk in the Pilava-Konigsberg Canal by mines.[49]
R-204  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk by Soviet aircraft at Feodosija, Soviet Union. Raised, repaired, and put into Soviet Navy service as BO-51.[50][51]
Stör  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Kirkenes, Norway.[52]
Tärnan  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Pillau, Germany.[3]
U-108  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was bombed and sunk at Stettin in an American air raid. She was raised on 17 July and decommissioned. Scuttled on 24 April 1945.[3][53]
U-902  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Stettin during an American air raid.[3]
UJ 2143 Aghios Trias  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary Sub Chaser was lost on this date.[54]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1944
Ship Country Description
USS ATR-98  United States Navy World War II:The rescue tug was sunk in a collision with tug USS Abnaki (ATF-96) ( United States Navy) off The Azores (44°04′N 24°08′W / 44.067°N 24.133°W / 44.067; -24.133).[55]
Cerere  Germany World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Untiring ( Royal Navy).[3]
Diana  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Oneglia, Greece by HMS Untiring ( Royal Navy).[3]
I-174  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Truk, South Pacific Mandate (10°05′N 152°29′E / 10.083°N 152.483°E / 10.083; 152.483) by a Consolidated PB4Y Liberattor aircraft of United States Navy squadron VB-108. Lost with all 107 hands.
Narita Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Hollandia, New Guinea by Douglas A-26 Invader, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[3]
PT-135  United States Navy World War II:The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was scuttled after running aground north of Crater Point, New Britain(05°21′S 152°09′E / 5.350°S 152.150°E / -5.350; 152.150) [56]
StuBo 1045  Kriegsmarine World War II: The StuBo42 type landing craft/motor launch was sunk on this date.[11]
Taichu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Okinawa, Japan (08°08′N 128°57′E / 8.133°N 128.950°E / 8.133; 128.950) by USS Halibut ( United States Navy).[57]

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 565  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft.[3][20]
Ikazuchi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south south east of Guam (10°13′N 143°51′E / 10.217°N 143.850°E / 10.217; 143.850) by USS Harder ( United States Navy). Lost with all hands.
Solvoll  Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea 150 nautical miles (280 km) west of the Lofoten Islands by U-711 ( Kriegsmarine). All eight people on board were taken on board U-711 as prisoners and were held by the Gestapo until the end of the war.[58]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Bärenfels  Germany World War II:World War II: The cargo ship struck mines and sank in the Norwegian Sea off Bergen, Norway.[59]
Baroda  United Kingdom World War II:
One of the ships damaged in the Bombay Explosion

Bombay Explosion: The cargo liner was lost as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[60]

HMHS Chantilly  United Kingdom World War II:Bombay Explosion: The hospital ship was severely damaged by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
HMIS El Hind  Royal Indian Navy World War II:Bombay Explosion: The Landing Ship, Infantry (Large) was burned out as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[61]
Fort Crevier  United Kingdom World War II:Bombay Explosion: The Fort ship was severely damaged by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India. She was subsequently used as a hulk until scrapped in 1948. A crewman was killed.[62]
Fort Stikine  United Kingdom World War II:Bombay Explosion: The Fort ship exploded and sank at Bombay. The explosion resulted in the loss of many more ships.[63]
Graciosa  Norway World War II:Bombay Explosion: The cargo ship was severely damaged by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) and was declared a total loss. She was sold for scrap in July 1944.[64]
Generaal Van Der Heijden  Netherlands World War II: Bombay Explosion: The ship was lost as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[60][65]
Generaal Van Swiete  Netherlands World War II:Bombay Explosion: The ship was lost as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[60][65]
Iran  Panama World War II:Bombay Explosion: The cargo ship was severely damaged by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) and was declared a total loss.[66]
Jalapadna  British India World War II:Bombay Explosion: The ship was lifted by the tsunami caused by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) and broke in two when slammed down on a dock at Bombay, India.[60]
Kingyuan  United Kingdom World War II:Bombay Explosion: The ship was lost as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[60]
HMS LCP(L) 323  Royal Navy World War II:Bombay Explosion: The Landing Craft, Personnel, Large, was destroyed by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom).[3]
HMS LCP(R) 866  Royal Navy World War II:Bombay Explosion: The Landing Craft Personnel (ramp) was burnt out as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[67][68]
Norse Trader  Panama World War II:Bombay Explosion: The cargo ship was severely damaged by the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) and was declared a total loss.[69]
Rod El Farag  Egypt World War II:Bombay Explosion: The ship was lost as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India.[60]
Tinombo  Netherlands World War II:Bombay Explosion: The ship was burnt out as a result of the explosion of Fort Stikine ( United Kingdom) at Bombay, India. Declared a total loss, she was sunk for use as a jetty.[60][70]
U-448  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Azores, Portugal (46°22′N 19°35′W / 46.367°N 19.583°W / 46.367; -19.583) by HMS Pelican ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Swansea ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of nine of her 51 crew.[71]
Vesper  Kriegsmarine World War II: The fishing cutter was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Makkaur, Norway by Soviet aircraft.[3][72]

15 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 564C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
F 569  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft.[3][20]
Friedrichshafen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Egersund, Norway by HMS Venturer ( Royal Navy).[73]
Hakuo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[74]
Rapel  Chile The cargo ship struck a rock in the Guia Narrows and was beached (58°45′S 74°25′W / 58.750°S 74.417°W / -58.750; -74.417). She was declared a total loss.[75]
Solveig  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Makkaur, Norway by Soviet aircraft.[3]
Sumida Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu.[3]
UJ 2141  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by British aircraft.[3]
W-7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.7-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the Nicobar Islands (11°34′N 93°08′E / 11.567°N 93.133°E / 11.567; 93.133) by HMS Storm ( Royal Navy).[76]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1944
Ship Country Description
AF 1  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was bombed and sunk at Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France by Allied aircraft.[3]
F 402C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
Hino Maru No.1  Japan World War II: Convoy H-22: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea by USS Paddle ( United States Navy). Nineteen troops and nineteen crewmen were killed.[77]
Meyer London  United States World War II: Convoy UGS 37: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Derna, Libya (32°38′N 23°08′E / 32.633°N 23.133°E / 32.633; 23.133) by U-407 ( Kriegsmarine) All 72 crew were rescued by HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy).[78][79]
Mito Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy H-22: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea by USS Paddle ( United States Navy). A total of 280 troops, nine gunners and 29 crewmen were killed.[77]
PiLB 379  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[41]
Pan-Pennsylvania  United States World War II: Convoy CU 21: The Type T3 tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) east of New York (40°05′N 69°40′W / 40.083°N 69.667°W / 40.083; -69.667) by U-550 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten gunners and fifteen of her 56 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by USS Joyce and USS Peterson (both  United States Navy). Some of the shells fired by USS Gandy, USS Joyce and USS Peterson (all  United States Navy) in sinking U-550 ( Kriegsmarine) hit Pan-Pennsylvania setting her on fire (40°09′N 69°44′W / 40.150°N 69.733°W / 40.150; -69.733). Pan-Pennsylvania was scuttled by bombing and sank on 18 April at 40°24′N 69°37′W / 40.400°N 69.617°W / 40.400; -69.617 by Allied aircraft.[80][81]
R-108  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands in a collision with R-229 ( Kriegsmarine).[3][82]
Shinyu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea by USS Redfin ( United States Navy).[83]
Thomas G. Masaryk  United States World War II: Convoy UGS-37: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea 17 nautical miles (31 km) off Derna (32°51′N 23°00′E / 32.850°N 23.000°E / 32.850; 23.000) by U-407 ( Kriegsmarine). All 70 crew abandoned ship and were rescued by HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy). Thomas G. Masaryk was taken in tow by HMS Captive ( Royal Navy) and beached in Maneola Bay. She was shelled and sunk in order to extinguish the fire that had started when she was torpedoed. She was refloated on 28 August and towed by HMS Captive to Port Said, Egypt but was declared a constructive total loss.[84][85]
U-550  Kriegsmarine
U-550.

World War II: The IXC/40 submarine was depth charged, shelled, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°09′N 69°44′W / 40.150°N 69.733°W / 40.150; -69.733) by USS Gandy, USS Joyce and USS Peterson (all  United States Navy) with the loss of 44 of her 56 crew. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war by USS Joyce.

Yamagata Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea by USS Redfin ( United States Navy). 28 passengers and 5 crewmen killed.[83]

17 April[edit]

For the sinking of the Japanese Navy tanker Iro on this date, see the entry for 31 March 1944. For the sinking of HMMTB 266 on this date, see the entry for 9 March 1944.
List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Alba Julia  Romania World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and set afire in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft. She was a total loss.[3]
Arizona  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She was refloated on 22 October 1946 but ran aground whilst under tow and was declared a total loss.[86]
GR 02  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk at Kos, Greece by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[3]
GR 94  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk at Kos by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[3]
James Guthrie  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Salerno, Italy. She was beached at Naples but broke in two and was declared a constructive total loss.[87]
L-6  Soviet Navy World War II: The Leninets-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Black Sea by UJ 115 Rosita ( Kriegsmarine).[3]
M 3860  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the German Bight.[3]
Matsue Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Harder ( United States Navy).[88]
Noshiro Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Searaven ( United States Navy).[3]
U-342  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°32′N 29°20′W / 60.533°N 29.333°W / 60.533; -29.333) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 162 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 51 crew.[89]
U-986  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (50°09′N 12°51′W / 50.150°N 12.850°W / 50.150; -12.850) by USS PC-619 and USS Swift (both  United States Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.[90]

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1944
Ship Country Description
DB-35  Soviet Navy World War II: The No. 1 class landing boat was lost on this date.[91]
L-6  Soviet Navy World War II: The Leninets-class submarine was sunk in the Black Sea east of Constanta, Romania (43°28′N 31°32′E / 43.467°N 31.533°E / 43.467; 31.533) by UJ-104 ( Kriegsmarine).[92]
USS Gudgeon  United States Navy World War II: The Tambor-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima (22°52′N 143°32′E / 22.867°N 143.533°E / 22.867; 143.533) by a Mitsubishi G3M "Nell" bomber of the 901 Air Group, Imperial Japanese Navy.
Pan-Pennsylvania  United States World War II: Convoy CU 21: The damaged Type T3 tanker was scuttled by bombing by Allied aircraft and sank in the Atlantic Ocean at 40°24′N 69°37′W / 40.400°N 69.617°W / 40.400; -69.617.[80][81]
Ya-26  Soviet Navy World War II: The Ya-5 class motor mortar boat was lost on this date.[93]
Ya-27  Soviet Navy World War II: The Ya-5 class motor mortar boat was lost on this date.[93]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Embla  Sweden Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross: World War II: The Red Cross marked cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sète, Hérault, France by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Fifteenth Air Force.[3]
F 622C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
F 2760  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MZ-A landing craft was sunk on this date.[94]
Haruno Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was sunk at Sabang, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies by aircraft from HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy) and USS Saratoga ( United States Navy). A crewman was killed.[95]
John Straub  United States The Liberty ship struck a mine and broke in two in the Pacific Ocean off Sanak Island, Alaska (54°22′N 163°24′W / 54.367°N 163.400°W / 54.367; -163.400). The bow section sank. The aft section was scuttled by USS Albuquerque ( United States Navy). A passenger, fourteen gunners and 40 crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by the freighter FP 41 ( United States Army).[96]
José Illucea  Spain World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Gulf of Lyon by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Fifteenth Air Force.[3]
Kampung Besar  Japan World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Tantalus ( Royal Navy).[3]
Kunitsu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was sunk at Sabang, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies by aircraft from HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy) and USS Saratoga ( United States Navy). Refloated 2 January 1945 and towed to Singapore. Scuttled off Singapore in March 1947.[97]
RTShch-37  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[98]
U-974  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Karmsund, Norway (59°08′N 5°23′E / 59.133°N 5.383°E / 59.133; 5.383) by Ula ( Royal Norwegian Navy) with the loss of 42 of her 50 crew.[27][99]
V 1233 Vooruit  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea by British aircraft.[3]
V 1236 Augusta  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea by British aircraft.[3]
V 1237 Notre Dame de Dunes  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea by British aircraft.[3]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1944
Ship Country Description
El Biar  Free France World War II: Convoy UGS 38: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft off III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26 and I & II Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe.[3]
USS Lansdale  United States Navy World War II: Convoy UGS 38: The Benson-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of III Staffeln Kampfgeschwader 26 and Heinkel He 111 aircraft of I & II Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe with the loss of 47 of her 279 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Menges and USS Newell (both  United States Navy).
Krosdøl  Norway Bergen explosion: The coaster was sunk at Bergen, Norway, by the explosion of Voorbode ( Kriegsmarine).[3][100]
No. 42  Soviet Navy World War II: The No. 11 class Landing Tender was lost on this date.[101]
Paul Hamilton  United States
Paul Hamilton exploding.
World War II: Convoy UGS 38: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, blew up and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers (37°00′N 3°20′E / 37.000°N 3.333°E / 37.000; 3.333) by aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26 and I & II Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe. All 504 troops, 29 gunners and 47 crewmen aboard were killed.[3][102]
Ro-45  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaichū type submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Mariana Islands by USS Seahorse ( United States Navy).[33]
Rogaland  Norway
Rogaland

Bergen explosion: The cargo ship was sunk at Bergen by the explosion of Voorbode ( Kriegsmarine). Raised later that year and laid up at Ølesund. Repaired and returned to service in 1947.[3][103]

Royal Star  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UGS 38: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26 and I & II Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe
Sperrbrecher 102 Condor  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands by Allied aircraft.[3]
UIT-5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine was sunk at Monfalcone, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy in an Allied air raid.[3]
UJ 203  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, were sunk at Monfalcone by Allied aircraft.[104] She was further attacked and destroyed on 19 July 1944.[105]
Voorbode  Kriegsmarine Bergen explosion: The ammunition transport was sunk off Bergen by an accidental explosion. One hundred and fifty-eight people were killed. About 4,800 were wounded.

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1944
Ship Country Description
M-553  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the coast of East Prussia. She was later raised.[106]
Roland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minelayer struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland, west of the Kurgalsky Peninsula (59°43.2′N 27°28.2′E / 59.7200°N 27.4700°E / 59.7200; 27.4700).[107]

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Bahia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Lista, Norway by Ula ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[27]
Jylland  Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.[3][108]
Hokuan I-Go  Japan World War II: The salvage vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Taurus ( Royal Navy).[3]
Kainan Maru No. 15  Japan World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Taurus ( Royal Navy).[3]
Koryu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SHISA-17: The transport was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of Cape St. Jacques Lighthouse, French Indochina, by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 308th Bomb Group, United States Fourteenth Air Force. Thirty-eight troops and 43 crewmen were killed.[109]
London Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy SHISA-17: The London Maru-class transport was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of Cape St. Jacques Lighthouse, French Indochina, by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 308th Bomb Group, United States Fourteenth Air Force. Two crewmen were killed.[110]
Nagata Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SHISA-17: The Ikuta Maru class transport was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of Cape St. Jacques Lighthouse, French Indochina, by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 308th Bomb Group, United States Fourteenth Air Force. Nineteen troops, 27 other passengers, and seven crewmen were killed.[109]
Pavlin Vinogradov  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo-liner was sunk by unidentified submarine near the Alaska Territory. Her Master and 32 crewmen killed, 9 rescued.[111]
Roland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minelayer struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea.[112]
Shonan Maru No. 7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Sea Rover ( Royal Navy).[3]
U-311  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (52°09′N 19°07′W / 52.150°N 19.117°W / 52.150; -19.117) by HMCS Matane and HMCS Swansea (both  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[113]
Yamamizu Maru No. 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SHISA-17: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of Cape St. Jacques Lighthouse, French Indochina, by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 308th Bomb Group, United States Fourteenth Air Force. Eighteen crewmen were killed.[109]

23 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Amagiri  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was sunk in the Makassar Strait 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Balikpapan Borneo by a mine. Thirteen crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by the heavy cruiser Aoba and the light cruiser Ōi (both ( Imperial Japanese Navy)).[114]
Daiju Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Seto Inland Sea by the submarine USS Seadragon ( United States Navy).[115]
R 208  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine laid by an aircraft and sank in the Danube.[3]
S 54  Kriegsmarine World War II: The E-boat was badly damaged by a mine on this date. Subsequently decommissioned on 31 October 1944 and scrapped.[116]
Taiju Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by the submarine USS Seadragon ( United States Navy).[3]
V 6109 Nordwind  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Seeteufel class Naval Whaler/Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and damaged by Soviet aircraft. She was taken under tow, but later that day was bombed and sunk off Vardo by Soviet aircraft.[117]

24 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 423C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
LST-407  Royal Navy The Landing Ship, Tank Mk 2 was run aground off Naples, Italy and was not repaired. Returned to US Navy in May 1945.[118]
HMS MTB 671  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Cape Barfleur, France by Kriegsmarine destroyers.[119]
HMS Roode Zee  Royal Navy World War II: The rescue tug was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Dungeness, Kent, United Kingdom by S 100 ( Kriegsmarine).[120]

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1944
Ship Country Description
F 350A  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
F 515C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
F 610C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
F 621C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk on this date.[20]
No. 41  Soviet Navy World War II: The No. 11 class Landing Tender was lost on this date.[121]
O 22 S  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tug was sunk in an Allied air raid on Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. She was subsequently salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[122]
R-208  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk in the Danube at Linz, Austria by a mine.[23]
S-147  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Schnellboot was sunk by La Combattante ( Free French Naval Forces).[123]
T 27  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was shelled and damaged in the English Channel in a battle with HMS Ashanti, HMS Black Prince (both  Royal Navy), HMCS Haida and HMCS Huron (both  Royal Canadian Navy). She was beached at Morlaix, Manche, France on 27 April. T 27 was further damaged in an air attack on 3 May and was torpedoed and sunk by HMMTB 673 on 7 May.[3]
T 29  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the English Channel by HMCS Haida ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of 62 of her 135 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboote.[3]
TA-23  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was damaged by a mine off Capri, Italy (43°02′N 10°12′E / 43.033°N 10.200°E / 43.033; 10.200). Scuttled by TA-29 ( Kriegsmarine) when attacked by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[124]
Tetsuyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Chichi-jima by USS Guavina ( United States Navy).[3]
UJ 206  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was scuttled at Venice, Italy after being damaged by Allied aircraft. Raised, repaired and returned to Italian service post-War.[104]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Colin  Panama World War II: Convoy SC 157: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy due to steering gear defects. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°16′N 31°58′W / 54.267°N 31.967°W / 54.267; -31.967) by U-859 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Affleck and HMS Bentley (both  Royal Navy).[125]
Eugenio C.  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft south of Bodø, Norway.[126]
I-180  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was depth charged, hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Chirikof Island (55°09′57″N 155°40′00″W / 55.16583°N 155.66667°W / 55.16583; -155.66667) by USS Gilmore ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 86 crew.
Itauri  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft south of Bodø, Norway.[127]
Jäämeri  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Darß, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.[3]
Kashiwa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Borneo by USS Crevalle ( United States Navy).[3]
KT 3  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the North Sea west of Fugloy, Faroe Islands by British aircraft. She was later salvaged and repaired.[3]
Lasbek  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Borkum by British aircraft.[3]
Lotte Leonhardt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Fuglo, south of Bodø, Norway.[128]
Miike Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by USS Trigger ( United States Navy).[129]
Noshiro Maru No. 1-Go  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Chichi-Jima by USS Guavina ( United States Navy).[3]
T-29  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat was sunk with gunfire and torpedoes off Jentilez, France.[130]
TA 26  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat struck a mine and was damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off "Capreira". She was scuttled by TA 29 ( Kriegsmarine).[3]
Tokiwa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Bonefish ( United States Navy).[3]
U-488  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (17°54′N 38°05′W / 17.900°N 38.083°W / 17.900; -38.083) by USS Barber, USS Frost, USS Huse and USS Snowden (all  United States Navy) with the loss of all 64 crew.
V 606 Fladengrund  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the Bay of Biscay south of Belle Île, Finistère, France in an Allied air raid.[3]
V 1401 Deister  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot suffered a boiler explosion and sank in the North Sea off IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands.[3]
Wazan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Kii Channel by USS Sargo ( United States Navy).[131][132]
Yoshida Maru No.1  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy TAKE No. 1: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (18°06′N 119°40′E / 18.100°N 119.667°E / 18.100; 119.667) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). 2,586 troops and 63 crewmen killed. 860 troops survived.[133]

27 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1944
Ship Country Description
Akigawa Maru  Japan World War II: The Standard Merchant Type 1K Ore Carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) west of Saipan (14°46′N 143°22′E / 14.767°N 143.367°E / 14.767; 143.367) by the submarine USS Seahorse ( United States Navy). Two troops and an unknown number of others were killed.[33]
Axel  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at the Deutsche Werke yard in Kiel, Germany.[134]
Daisun  Japan World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the South China Sea by the submarine USS Jack ( United States Navy).[135]
USS Etamin  United States Navy World War II: The Crater-class cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in Milne Bay, New Guinea, by Japanese aircraft. She consequently became a storage hulk.
Genbu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy OKI-509: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (27°16′N 128°21′E / 27.267°N 128.350°E / 27.267; 128.350) by the submarine USS Halibut ( United States Navy). Two troops and a crewman were killed.[57]
Kamome  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy OKI-509: The Tsubame-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (27°03′N 128°06′E / 27.050°N 128.100°E / 27.050; 128.100) by the submarine USS Halibut ( United States Navy).[57]
M 3668  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a KFK class naval drifter, struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium.[3]
TK-332  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was shelled and sunk by German and Romanian surface ships in the black sea.[136][137]
U-803  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Swinemünde, Pomerania, with the loss of nine of her 44 crew. Salvaged in August 1944 and cannibalized for parts.
UJ 104  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary Sub Chaser was torpedoed by TK-344 ( Soviet Navy) in the Black Sea, losing her stern, later scuttled.[138]
UJ 6075  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Toulon, Var, France, by the submarine HMS Untiring ( Royal Navy).[3][139]
Yūbari  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Yūbari-class light cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Sonsorol Island, southwest of Palau at (5°20′N 132°16′E / 5.333°N 132.267°E / 5.333; 132.267), by the submarine USS Bluegill ( United States Navy). She sank the next day. Nineteen crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by the destroyer Yūzuki ( Imperial Japanese Navy).

28 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1944
Ship Country Description
USS LST-507  United States Navy World War II: Convoy T-4: Battle of Lyme Bay: The Landing Ship, Tank was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay (50°28′N 02°51′W / 50.467°N 2.850°W / 50.467; -2.850) by S 100, S 130, S 136, S 138. S 140, S 142, S 143. S 145 and S 150 (all  Kriegsmarine).[3][140]
USS LST-531  United States Navy World War II: Convoy T-4: Battle of Lyme Bay: The Landing Ship, Tank was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay (50°28′N 02°51′W / 50.467°N 2.850°W / 50.467; -2.850) by S 100, S 130, S 136, S 138. S 140, S 142, S 143. S 145 and S 150 (all  Kriegsmarine).[3][141]
Helgoland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The rescue ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Gedser, Denmark.[3]
Lüneberg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Heraklion, Greece by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy).[3]

29 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1944
Ship Country Description
HMCS Athabaskan  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-du-Nord, France by T-24 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 124 of her 219 crew.
I-183  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) south of Cape Ashizuri, Japan (32°07′N 133°03′E / 32.117°N 133.050°E / 32.117; 133.050) by USS Pogy ( United States Navy).[142]
USS PT-346  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was sunk in the Bismarck Sea off Cape Lambert, New Britain Island (04°13′S 151°27′E / 4.217°S 151.450°E / -4.217; 151.450) by Vought F4U Corsair, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft of the United States Navy. Nine crew were killed. Survivors were rescued by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[143]
USS PT-347  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was sunk in the Bismarck Sea off Cape Lambert, New Britain Island (04°13′S 151°27′E / 4.217°S 151.450°E / -4.217; 151.450) by Vought F4U Corsair, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Douglas SBD Dauntless and Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft of the United States Navy. Survivors were rescued by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[144]
Pulo Salanama  Japan World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Malacca Strait (03°19′N 99°44′E / 3.317°N 99.733°E / 3.317; 99.733) by HMS Tantalus ( Royal Navy).[145]
Ro-45  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaichū type submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Truk (06°13′N 151°19′E / 6.217°N 151.317°E / 6.217; 151.317) by USS Macdonough and USS Stephen Potter (both ( United States Navy)). Lost with all 74 hands.[146]
S 54  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Schnellboot struck a mine and was damaged in the Aegean Sea. She was taken in to Salonika, Greece but was not repaired.[3]
Song Giang Go  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Varella, French Indochina by USS Flasher ( United States Navy).[3]
T-27  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat was sunk with gunfire at Brignogan-Plages, Finistère, France.[147]
Tahure France Vichy French Navy World War II: The Arras-class aviso was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off the Hon Doi Islands, Cape Varella, French Indochina (13°02′N 109°28′E / 13.033°N 109.467°E / 13.033; 109.467) by USS Flasher ( United States Navy).[148][149]
Takegawa Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy TAMA-17: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (19°20′N 118°50′E / 19.333°N 118.833°E / 19.333; 118.833) by USS Bang ( United States Navy). Seven crewmen were killed.[150]
U-421  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Toulon, Var France during an American air raid.[151]

30 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1944
Ship Country Description
CHa-38  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1 class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk at Truk by American aircraft.[16]
Nittatsu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy TAMA-17: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (19°22′N 118°45′E / 19.367°N 118.750°E / 19.367; 118.750) by USS Bang ( United States Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[152]
William S. Thayer  United States World War II: Convoy RA 59: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Bear Island, Norway by U-307 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of the 234 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Robert Eden ( United States and HMS Whitehall ( Royal Navy), which scuttled the still-floating stern section of the ship.[153]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1944
Ship Country Description
AF 16  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft, was sunk sometime in April.[20]
F 394  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft between 8 and 16 April.[3]
F 395  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft between 8 and 16 April.[3]
F 608C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk sometime in April.[20]
HMS LCM 1313, HMS LCM 1314, HMS LCM 1373, HMS LCM 1378  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Mechanized were lost in transit from the US to India sometime in April.[154][155]
HMS LCP(R) 738  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft Personnel (Ramped) was lost during an exercise at Mandapam, India.[156][157]
Shinko Maru No.1 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was lost sometime in April.[158]
U-193  Kriegsmarine The Type IXC/40 submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay on or after 23 April with the loss of all 59 crew. Cause unknown.
U-355  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine disappeared in the Barents Sea between 1 and 4 April with the loss of all 52 crew. Cause unknown.

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Ship events in 1944
Ship launches: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Ship commissionings: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Ship decommissionings: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Shipwrecks: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949