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List of shipwrecks in August 1944

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

1 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1944
Ship State Description
Seia Maru  Japan World War II: The ammunition transporter was bombed and sunk in the Banda Sea 20km east of northern entrance of Chapalulu (Tjapaloeloe) Strait, Sula Islands, Netherlands Indies (1°46′S 125°35′E / 1.767°S 125.583°E / -1.767; 125.583), by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy. 41 passengers and 22 crewmen were killed.[1][2][3][4]
TK-334  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by a mine with all hands in the Dniester estuary.[5]

2 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1944
Ship State Description
DC 10 Schwan Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Eiderstedt, Schleswig-Holstein.[1]
USS Fiske  United States Navy
USS Fiske

World War II: The Edsall-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°11′N 33°29′W / 47.183°N 33.483°W / 47.183; -33.483) by U-804 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 209 crew.[6]

FH 02 Orne Kriegsmarine World War II: The harbour protection vessel was sunk at Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure, France in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command, Royal Air Force.[1]
Garibaldi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Genoa.[1]
Kondor Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was destroyed at Le Havre in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command.[1]
Konei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) south of Kukizaki, south west of Nagoya (33°37′N 136°20′E / 33.617°N 136.333°E / 33.617; 136.333) by USS Tautog ( United States Navy). 11 crew were killed.[2][7][8]
KT 20 Kriegsmarine World War II: The landing craft was sunk in an Allied air raid on Genoa.[1]
M 4430 Sopot Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Le Havre.[1]
MAL 16 Kriegsmarine World War II: The MAL 1A type landing fire support lighter was bombed and heavily damaged by Soviet aircraft off Emajõgi estuary in Lake Peipus, Estonia. She was towed along the Emajõgi river by MAL 24 but was grounded 12 km of Tartu and became a total loss after the explosion of her ammunition. One crew was killed and 6 wounded.[9]
Maas  Germany World War II: The coaster was set afire at Le Havre in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command.[1]
NT 28 Planet Kriegsmarine World War II: The net tender was sunk at Le Havre in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command.[1]
RA 257 Kriegsmarine World War II: The RA 251-class minesweeper, a former VAS 301-class submarine chaser, was sunk in Genoa Bay by Allied aircraft.[10]
S 39 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 motor torpedo boat was sunk at Le Havre in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command.[1][11]
S 114 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 motor torpedo boat was sunk at Le Havre in an air raid by aircraft of Bomber Command.[1][11]
Wilhelm A. Reidemann  Germany World War II: The tanker was gutted by fire in an Allied air raid on Nantes, Loire-Inferieure, France.[12]

3 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 August 1944
Ship State Description
Elisabeth Dal  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 300: The cargo ship (4,258 GRT, 1910) collided with Jacksonville ( United States) in the Rviver Mersey and was beached. Elisabeth Dal was declared a total loss and consequently scrapped.[13][14]
HMT Gairsay  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (545/770 t, 1943) was sunk in the English Channel by a Kriegsmarine Marder midget submarine. 31 crew were killed.[1][15][16][17]
HMS LCG(L) 764  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft tank (350/570 t, 1943) was sunk in the English Channel by a Kriegsmarine Marder midget submarine. Eight crew were killed. There were 27 survivors.[1][15][16][18][19]
Pascoli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged at La Ciotat, Var, France by French submarine Curie ( Free French Naval Forces). She was consequently scrapped.[20]
HMS Quorn  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class destroyer (1,000/1,340 t, 1940) was torpedoed and sunk off Normandy by a Kriegsmarine Marder midget submarine. 130 crew were killed.[1][15][16][21]
Samlong  United Kingdom World War II: The Liberty ship (7,176 GRT, 1943) was torpedoed and damaged in the English Channel off Normandy, France. She was declared a constructive total loss.[22]
Seiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary netlayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Molucca Sea outside Tobabi Port, Tobabi Island, north coast of Mangole Island, Sula Islands (1°46′S 126°15′E / 1.767°S 126.250°E / -1.767; 126.250) by USS Cod ( United States Navy). Two crew and 56 passengers were killed.[1][2][3]
TShch-127  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk by a mine off Mantsinsaari island, Lake Ladoga. 6 names of killed crew are listed for this loss on the OBD Memorial website.[23][24][25]

4 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 1944
Ship State Description
Enju Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Scavenger: Convoy 4804: The Enju Maru-class auxiliary transport was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi) north west of Chichijima 28°33′N 141°48′E / 28.550°N 141.800°E / 28.550; 141.800 by aircraft of Task Group 58.1, United States Navy. Twenty-one passengers and 52 crewmen were killed.[1][2][26]
GK 61 Pétrel Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed at Heraklion, Crete, Greece by HMS Vox ( Royal Navy).[1]
Koshu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Anshu Maru-class transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in south end of the Strait of Makassar (04°05′S 117°40′E / 4.083°S 117.667°E / -4.083; 117.667) by USS Ray ( United States Navy). Aboard were 1,513 Javanese laborers to repair the Japanese airfield at Makassar and 540 other passengers. 1,239 laborers, 273 passengers and 28 gunners and crewmen were killed.[1][27]
M 422 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine France by Allied aircraft.[1][28]
M 424 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged in the English Channel off Saint-Malo by Allied aircraft. She was not repaired.[1]
M 444 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Brest, Finistère, France by an Allied air attack.[1]
Matsu  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy 4804: The Matsu-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) north west of Chichijima (27°40′N 141°48′E / 27.667°N 141.800°E / 27.667; 141.800) by USS Cogswell, USS Ingersoll and USS Knapp (all  United States Navy) with the loss of 205 of her 210 crew.
Maycrest  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off the coast of Calvados, France.[29]
Miyagi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu (28°11′N 141°43′E / 28.183°N 141.717°E / 28.183; 141.717) by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy).[1]
No. 15  Soviet Navy The R Type minesweeper was lost on this date.
Petrel Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the south coast of France by HMS Universal ( Royal Navy).[1]
Ryoku Maru  Japan World War II: The collier was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Bonin Islands by USS Biloxi ( United States Navy).[30]
SAT 12 Globe Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Walcheren, Schleswig-Holstein.[1]
Sierra Cordoba  Kriegsmarine World War II: The accommodation ship was damaged by fire in an Allied air raid at Hamburg. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service.[31]
Sperrbrecher 146 Havik Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was bombed and sunk at Pauillac, Gironde France in an Allied air raid.[1]
Syogen Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean (27°40′N 141°48′E / 27.667°N 141.800°E / 27.667; 141.800) by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft.[32]
T-4  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class landing ship was bombed and damaged at Futami Port, Chichi Jima, (27°07′N 142°12′E / 27.117°N 142.200°E / 27.117; 142.200) by aircraft from USS Cabot ( United States Navy). She was bombed and sunk (27°07′N 142°12′E / 27.117°N 142.200°E / 27.117; 142.200) with all crew on 5 August by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill ( United States Navy), or stranded and flooded at Futami Port on 4 August and bombed and further damaged on 5 August.[33][34][35]
T-133  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Scavenger: Convoy 4804: The No. 103-class landing ship was bombed and sunk off Chichi Jima, (24°47′N 141°20′E / 24.783°N 141.333°E / 24.783; 141.333) by aircraft of Task Group 58.1, United States Navy.[1][33]
Tannenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship in the Gironde, at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Gironde.[1][36]
Theologos SA 83  Greece World War II: The sailing vessel (25 GRT) was shelled and sunk at Heraklion by HMS Vox ( Royal Navy).[1]
Thetis  Greece World War II: The sailing vessel was shelled and sunk at Heraklion by HMS Vox ( Royal Navy).[1]
Tonegawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation Scavenger: Convoy 4804: The Ryunan Maru-class auxiliary transport was shelled/bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Chichijima, at the north end of the Ogasawara Islands, (27°40′N 141°48′E / 27.667°N 141.800°E / 27.667; 141.800) by USS Mobile ( United States Navy) and US Navy aircraft. 61 troops and 83 crewmen were killed.[37]
Unkai Maru No. 7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Scavenger: Convoy 4804: The transport was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) north west of Chichijima 27°05′N 142°11′E / 27.083°N 142.183°E / 27.083; 142.183 by aircraft of Task Group 58.1, United States Navy.[1][38]
Zensho Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy).[1]

5 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1944
Ship State Description
Eiko Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The ammunition transport was sunk at Halmahera, New Guinea by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[1]
Gunnaren  Sweden World War II: The fishing trawler (62 BRT) struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak off Skagen, Denmark. The whole crew survived[1][39]
Hinko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The wreck of the Hinko Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and destroyed where she was beached in Futami Bay, Chichijima by US Navy aircraft.[40][41]
Kanno Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary guard ship was lost on this date.
HMS LCT 1039  Royal Navy The Mk 4-class landing craft tank (350/586 t, 1944) was lost on this date.
HMS LCT 1076  Royal Navy The Mk 4-class landing craft tank (350/586 t, 1944) foundered on this date.[42]
M-271 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Pauillac, Gironde, France by Allied aircraft.[43]
M-325 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Pauillac by Allied aircraft.[44]
Mefküre  Turkey World War II: The motor schooner was torpedoed and sunk at Constanţa, Romania by Shch-215 ( Soviet Navy) with the loss of 305 lives.
Miyako Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Barbel ( United States Navy).[1]
No. 708  Soviet Navy The R Type minesweeper was lost on this date.
No. 907  Soviet Navy The KM-4-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.
Shirohama Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Zuikai Maru-class auxiliary transport (a.k.a. Shirahama Maru) was bombed and sunk in shallow water while docking in Beaton Bay, Celebes (05°00′N 123°00′E / 5.000°N 123.000°E / 5.000; 123.000), or off Boetoeng, Api Island, Celebes Islands (04°40′S 122°47′E / 4.667°S 122.783°E / -4.667; 122.783) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. The wreck was abandoned two days later.[1][45]
T-2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class landing ship was bombed and damaged off Chichi Jima (27°07′N 142°12′E / 27.117°N 142.200°E / 27.117; 142.200) by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill ( United States Navy). Later, in a storm, she struck a reef and sank at 27°05′N 142°09′E / 27.083°N 142.150°E / 27.083; 142.150.[46]
Tsurumi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Shiretoko-class fleet oiler was torpedoed and sunk in Davao Gulf (05°53′N 125°41′E / 5.883°N 125.683°E / 5.883; 125.683) by USS Cero ( United States Navy).[1][47]
U-671 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel south of Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom (50°23′N 0°06′E / 50.383°N 0.100°E / 50.383; 0.100) by HMS Stayner and HMS Wensleydale (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 47 of her 52 crew.[48]
V 725 Petit Poilu Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bombed and sunk at Pauillac by Allied aircraft.[1]
Yayoi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Yayoi Maru-class transport ship was either torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Cobia ( United States Navy),[1] or bombed and heavily damaged by aircraft from Task Force 58 on 4 August, 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi) north west of Mukojima, Ogasawara Gunto, setting her ablaze and later abandoned by her crew. She sank the next day at 28°33′N 141°48′E / 28.550°N 141.800°E / 28.550; 141.800.[49]

6 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 August 1944
Ship State Description
Amethyste  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at St. Malo, France.[50]
Ch 1 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ch 1-class submarine chaser was bombed and sunk at Toulon, Var by Allied aircraft.[51]
Empire City  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy DKA 21: The cargo ship (7,295 GRT, 1943) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (11°33′S 41°25′E / 11.550°S 41.417°E / -11.550; 41.417) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two (Engineers) of her 70 crew. The rest of the survivors reached land in their lifeboats.
Fukuju Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy TAMO-29: The Fukuju Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south of Shushan Island (34°10′N 128°58′E / 34.167°N 128.967°E / 34.167; 128.967) by USS Picuda ( United States Navy). 28 crewmen killed.[52]
HDML 1060  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch (44/52 t, 1942) was sunk by an ammunition explosion in Poole area. Three crew were killed.[53]
M 133 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France[54]
M 206 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Malo.[55]
M 263 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was shelled and sunk north of the Île d'Yeu by HMCS Haida, HMCS Iroquois (both  Royal Canadian Navy), HMS Ashanti and HMS Tartar (both  Royal Navy).[56]
M 486 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was shelled and sunk off Les Sables-d'Olonne.[57]
M 4612 Walkerie Kriegsmarine The naval trawler/auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.
Mameluck Kriegsmarine World War II: The Le Hardi-class destroyer was sunk in an American air raid on Toulon.[1]
Otto  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of the Île d'Yeu by HMS Ashanti, HMS Bellona, HMS Tartar (all  Royal Navy), HMCS Haida and HMCS Iroquois (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[1][58]
SG 3 Sans Souci Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sans Souci-class sloop was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Les Sables-d'Olonne (46°30′N 01°47′W / 46.500°N 1.783°W / 46.500; -1.783) by Allied aircraft with the loss of 40 lives.[1][59][60]
Shiroganesan Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy SAMA-16: The Type 1B Wartime Standard cargo ship (a.k.a. Siroganesan Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (14°10′N 117°02′E / 14.167°N 117.033°E / 14.167; 117.033) west of Luzon, Philippines by USS Rasher ( United States Navy). Fifteen passengers, fourteen gunners and 22 crewmen were killed.[61]
Shonan Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-22: The Shonan Maru class ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea (30°55′N 129°45′E / 30.917°N 129.750°E / 30.917; 129.750) north west of Kuroshima Island, Japan by USS Pintado ( United States Navy). Five crewmen were killed. Four Daihatsu landing barges go down with the ship.[62][52]
Showa Maru No. 6 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost.
Thétis  French Navy World War II: The unrepaired hulk of the Circé-class submarine sank at Toulon, France, due either to neglect or damage inflicted by bombs during an Allied air raid.[63]
U-471 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VII submarine was bombed and sunk at Toulon by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. She was raised in 1945, repaired and entered Marine Nationale service in 1946 as Millé.[64]
U-736 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°19′N 4°16′W / 47.317°N 4.267°W / 47.317; -4.267) by HMS Loch Killin ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 28 of her 47 crew.
U-952 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Toulon in an American air raid.[65]
U-969 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and destroyed at Toulon by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[66]
UJ 6085 Kriegsmarine World War II: The UJ 6077-class submarine chaser was sunk at Toulon by Allied aircraft.
Uwajima Maru No. 15  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Banda Sea by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.[1]
V 215 Oliva Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was scuttled at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.[1]
V 414 Sachsenwald Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk by Royal Navy warships in the Bay of Biscay north of the Île d'Yeu, France.
V-1594 Kriegsmarine World War II: The cable ship was sunk by Royal Navy warships in the Bay of Biscay north of the Île d'Yeu, France.[58]
Zuisho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Ray ( United States Navy).[67][68]

7 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 August 1944
Ship State Description
Amsterdam  United Kingdom World War II: The hospital ship (4,220 GRT, 1930) was sunk by a mine while taking casualties from Juno Beach, Calvados, France. A total of 55 patients, ten Royal Army Medical Corps staff, 30 crew and eleven prisoners of war were killed.[1][69]
Chuiloide  Brazil The cargo ship collided with Tiete ( Brazil) in the Atlantic Ocean off Santa Catarina, Brazil (28°05′S 48°30′W / 28.083°S 48.500°W / -28.083; -48.500). Both ships sank.[70]
Condé Kriegsmarine World War II: The accommodation ship was bombed, set afire and sunk at Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France She was refloated on 28 December and used as a coal hulk at Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Condé was sold for scrapping on 9 May 1947.[71]
Empire Day  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,242 GRT, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika (7°06′S 42°00′E / 7.100°S 42.000°E / -7.100; 42.000) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine). Her captain was taken aboard U-198 as a prisoner of war. The rest of her 42 crew reached land in their lifeboats.
F 963 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
F 968 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Kinshu Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Luzon Strait by USS Sailfish ( United States Navy).[1]
Kusagaki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MI-13: The Mikura-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (14°50′N 119°57′E / 14.833°N 119.950°E / 14.833; 119.950) north west of Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines by USS Guitarro ( United States Navy). 97 crew were killed. 30 survivors were rescued by Asakaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[72]
Kyo Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Moro Gulf off Zamboanga City, Philippines by USS Puffer ( United States Navy).[1]
USS LCT-182  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank foundered in heavy seas in the Kula Gulf off the Solomon Islands.[73]
L'Impetuese/FR 54  Germany World War II: The Élan-class minesweeper was scuttled at Marseille.[74]
M 3201 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, West Flanders, Belgium.[1]
Nagara  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Nagara-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off the Amakusa Islands (32°09′N 129°53′E / 32.150°N 129.883°E / 32.150; 129.883) by USS Croaker ( United States Navy). 349 crew died. There were 237 survivors.[75]
Rikke  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Øresund.[1]
RO 8 Irene  Kriegsmarine World War II: The transport ship was scuttled as a blockship at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped in 1946.[76]
Shinten Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Luzon Strait by USS Sailfish ( United States Navy).[1]
William L. Marcy  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the English Channel by Kriegsmarine schnellboote and was declared a constructive total loss.[77]
Yamatama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea south of Mindanao, Philippines by USS Bluegill ( United States Navy).[1]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1944
Ship State Description
Admiralty Floating Dry Dock No. 23  Royal Navy The floating dry dock suffered a broken back, broke in two and sank at Trincomalee, Ceylon when improperly pumped out with the battleship HMS Valiant ( Royal Navy) in the dock.[78]
Conte Verde  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The ocean liner (a.k.a. Teikyo Maru) was bombed and sunk in the Huangpu River at Shanghai, China by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 373rd Bomb Squadron, United States Army Air Force. She was raised by the Japanese on 16 December and towed to Shanghai for repairs.[79]
Ezra Weston  United States World War II: Convoy EBC 66: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Trevose Head, Cornwall (50°47′N 5°03′W / 50.783°N 5.050°W / 50.783; -5.050) by U-667 ( Kriegsmarine). All 71 crew were rescued by HMT Jacques Morgand and HMS LCT 24 (both  Royal Navy).[80][81]
F 434  Kriegsmarine The Type C Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Fort Yale  United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship (7,134 GRT, 1942) struck a mine and was damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (49°25′N 0°27′W / 49.417°N 0.450°W / 49.417; -0.450. She was taken in tow, but was torpedoed and sunk at 50°23′N 0°55′W / 50.383°N 0.917°W / 50.383; -0.917) by U-480 ( Kriegsmarine) on 23 August.[82]
M 366  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Île Noirmoutier, Finistère, France by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1][83]
M 367  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Île Noirmoutier by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1][84]
M 422  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Gironde, France, by British aircraft.[85]
M 428  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Île Noirmoutier by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1][86]
M 438  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Île Noirmoutier by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1][87]
PiLB 264  Kriegsmarine The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.
HMCS Regina  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy EBC 66: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Trevose Head (50°42′N 5°03′W / 50.700°N 5.050°W / 50.700; -5.050) by U-667 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 96 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Jacques Morgand and HMS LCT 644 (both  Royal Navy).[88]
Sperrbrecher 134 Falke  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Lorient, Morbihan, France by Allied aircraft.[1][89]
Tama Maru No. 6  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy).[1]

9 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1944
Ship State Description
Boko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea north west of Tokunoshima (27°56′N 128°47′E / 27.933°N 128.783°E / 27.933; 128.783) by USS Barbel ( United States Navy).[90]
Hiyoshi Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The fishing trawler was sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Trenchant ( Royal Navy).[1]
Koshin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy Convoy MOTA-22: The Koshin Maru-class transport (6,350 GRT 1938) was sunk when her cargo of ammunition caught fire and exploded in the East China Sea north west of Formosa (26°10′N 124°15′E / 26.167°N 124.250°E / 26.167; 124.250). Twenty-eight crewmen were killed.[91]
HMS LCM 618  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized (22/52 t, 1942) was lost on this date.
HMS LCM 640  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized (22/52 t, 1942) was lost on this date.
USS PT-509  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was shelled, rammed and sunk off Jersey, Channel Islands by a Kriegsmarine minesweeper. 14 crew were killed and the sole survivor was captured.[92][93][94][95]
Spichern Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker was bombed and severely damaged at Brest, Finistère, France in an Allied air raid. She was scuttled as a blockship on 31 August. She was raised in 1947, repaired and returned to service in May 1949 as the Norwegian Ringfjell.[96]
Splendor  Italy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in an Allied air raid on Savona.[1]
TA19 Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat, a former Curtatone-class destroyer, was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea by Pipinos ( Royal Hellenic Navy).[1]
Tokuyu Maru or
Tokuyusan Maru
 Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Halmahera, New Guinea by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[1]
V 241 Oliva Kriegsmarine World War II: The KFK 2-class Vorpostenboot was sunk in the English Channel off Fécamp, Seine-Inférieure, France by HMGB Grey Owl and HMGB Grey Shark (both  Royal Navy).[1]
Yagi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea north west of Tokunoshima (27°56′N 128°47′E / 27.933°N 128.783°E / 27.933; 128.783) by USS Barbel ( United States Navy).[97]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1944
Ship State Description
FN 02 Kunlabori  Kriegsmarine The guard ship was sunk on this date.
Iddesleigh  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed by a Kriegsmarine E-boat and was beached at Langrune-sur-Mer, Calvados, France. She was sunk on 17 August by a manned torpedo.[98]
Johanna  Germany World War II: The cargo ship departed from Istanbul, Turkey on this date. Believed to have been subsequently torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea. Raised post-war, repaired and put into Soviet service as Marshal Tolbukhin.[70]
Kertosono  Germany World War II: The cargo liner was scuttled at Nantes, Loire-Inférieure, France. She was refloated in August 1945 and scrapped in 1947.[76]
HMS LCT 1092  Royal Navy The LCT Mk 4-class landing craft tank (350/586 t, 1944) sank while under tow.[99]
Lindau  Kriegsmarine World War II: The accommodation ship was set on fire in the Loire River at Nantes (47°13′N 01°34′W / 47.217°N 1.567°W / 47.217; -1.567) by German Forces and sunk by the explosion of mines being stored on the ship. She was raised in 1946 and towed to Antwerp, Belgium, for scrapping.[100]
M 133  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.[1]
M 384  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Nantes, Loire-Inférieure, France.[101]
Monsun  Germany World War II: The tanker (8,038 GRT, 1929) was bombed and sunk at Nantes by Allied aircraft. She was refloated in March 1945, repaired and entered French service in March 1948 as Brière.[102][103]
R 34  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-25 minesweeper was sunk by aircraft off Milos, Greece.
R 89  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an Allied air raid on "Lepsoe", Norway.[1]
RA 260  Kriegsmarine The RA 251-class minesweeper ran aground at Cape Mortula, Italy, and was wrecked.[1]
Sakue Maru Go  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an air attack at Rabaul.[104]
Santos  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Borkum, Lower Saxony in a British air raid.[1]
Seiyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy).[1]
Shinei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Standard Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Bolinao, Philippines (16°15′N 119°45′E / 16.250°N 119.750°E / 16.250; 119.750) by USS Guitarro ( United States Navy). A crewman was killed.[105]
Sperrbrecher 16 Tulane  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher (5,488 GRT, 1940) was bombed and damaged at La Pallice, Seine-Inférieure, France by Allied aircraft. She sank the next day. Raised on 30 July 1946, repaired and returned to Norwegian service in February 1949 as Tulane.[1][106]
Toseki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Molucca Sea south of the Celebes Islands, Netherlands East Indies by USS Cod ( United States Navy).[1]
U-608  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France (46°30′N 3°08′W / 46.500°N 3.133°W / 46.500; -3.133) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force and by HMS Wren ( Royal Navy). All 52 crew survived.[107]
Vierlanden  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Nantes. She was refloated in October. Subsequently repaired, and entered French service as Palmyre in May 1946.[1][108]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1944
Ship State Description
Antarktis  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Couëron, Loire-Inférieure, France. The wreck was partly raised in 1946, and scrapped in 1948. The part not raised was scrapped in situ in 1948.[1][109]
Baudoinville  Germany World War II: The ship was scuttled at Nantes, Loire-Inférieure, France.[1]
Erling Lindøe  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,281 GRT, 1917) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat with the loss of nineteen of her 25 crew.[110]
Ermland Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Nantes. The wreck was raised and broken up in February 1945.[111]
Gotland  Sweden World War II: The fishing trawler (63 BRT) struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak off Hanstholm, Denmark with the loss of all five crew.[1][39][112]
Giuseppe Dormio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea while sailing from Pola to Fiume. There were 6 dead.[1][113][114]
Ikuta Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank off Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.[1]
Kraft  Germany World War II: The salvage vessel was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
La Baise France Vichy France World War II: The tanker was destroyed on the stocks at Nantes[1]
La Mayenne France Vichy France World War II: The tanker was destroyed on the stocks at Nantes.[1]
M 27 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gironde at Pauillac, Gironde, France. 41 crew were killed.[1][115]
M 84 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was scuttled at Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure, France.[116]
M 384 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was scuttled at Nantes.[85]
M 4408 Harle Kriegsmarine The naval trawler/auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.
Monsun  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
Olinda  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
Passat Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker (8,998 GRT, 1926) was scuttled Nantes.[1] The wreck was raised and broken up in 1949.[117]
R-70 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was sunk by mines in the Gulf of Finland (60°20′N 27°50′E / 60.333°N 27.833°E / 60.333; 27.833) with the loss of 21 lives.[118][119]
Roko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[1]
Shinsei Maru No. 6  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Molucca Sea by USS Cod ( United States Navy).[1]
Sperrbrecher 16 Tulane Kriegsmarine The Sperrbrecher was sunk on this date.
Sperrbrecher 20 Kolente Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was scuttled and Nantes.[1] She was refloated post-war, repaired and returned to French service as Saint Michel.[108]
TA1  Germany World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
TA2  Germany World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
TA3  Germany World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
TA6  Germany World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
Tenerife II  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
U-385 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (46°16′N 2°45′W / 46.267°N 2.750°W / 46.267; -2.750) by a Short Sunderland of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and also by HMS Starling ( Royal Navy) with the loss of one of her 43 crew.[120]
U-967 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled at Toulon, Var, France with the loss of two crew.
V 623 Jupiter Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
V 723 Jeanne Marie Kriegsmarine The naval trawler/Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.
Wilhelm A. Riedemann  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Nantes.[1] She was refloated on 1 May 1945 and scrapped in 1947.[12]
Wangerland  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Nantes.[1]
Wille  Germany World War II: The salvage vessel was scuttled at Nantes.[1]

12 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 August 1944
Ship State Description
Fusijama  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Bassens, Gironde, France. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped.[121]
Himalaya  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in the Gironde. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped.[122]
Kentuckian  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off Omaha Beach, Calvados, France.[123]
Koan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Barbel ( United States Navy).[1]
M 84 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and destroyed at Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure, France in an Allied air raid.[1]
M-370 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and damaged in the Bay of Biscay off Royan, Charente-Maritime, France by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. She was beached.[1][124]
M-468 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank north of Seter, Norway.[125]
M 4204 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk at La Pallice, Charente-Maritime, France in an Allied air raid.[1]
Marina Raskova, T-114 and T-118  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy BD 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Kara Sea by U-365 ( Kriegsmarine). The submarine then sank the T-111 Starshiy Leytenant Lekarev-class minesweeper T-114 and T-118 off Bely Island (73°22′N 66°35′E / 73.367°N 66.583°E / 73.367; 66.583). Marina Raskova was sunk by a coup de grâce from U-365 the next day at 73°21′N 67°20′E / 73.350°N 67.333°E / 73.350; 67.333. Of the 632 men on the three ships, 373 were lost and only 259 were rescued. 186 were picked up by T-116 ( Soviet Navy) and 73 others by Soviet Beriev MBR-2 aircraft.[126][127]
Mayachi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin by USS Pompon ( United States Navy).[1]
Mikage Maru No. 20  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin by USS Pompon ( United States Navy).[128]
Nämdö  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (2,816 BRT) struck a mine and sank at the mouth of the Elbe (53°51′11″N 8°56′58″E / 53.85306°N 8.94944°E / 53.85306; 8.94944) with the loss of four of her 27 crew.[1][39][129][130]
R 15 Kriegsmarine The minesweeper collided with S 629 ( Kriegsmarine) at Šibenik, Yugoslavia and sank. She was later raised, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Shinpo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MI-13: The Standard Type 1TM-class tanker (a.k.a., Shimpo Maru and Shinho Maru) was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea off Cape Calavite, Mindoro, Philippines (13°18′N 120°11′E / 13.300°N 120.183°E / 13.300; 120.183) by USS Puffer ( United States Navy). 20 crewmen were killed. She was towed to the beach and abandoned off Cape Calavite. She was torpedoed and sunk on 17 August by USS Bluefish ( United States Navy).[1][131]
Sperrbrecher 7 Sauerland Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was shelled and destroyed at La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime by HMS Diadem, HMS Onslow (both  Royal Navy) and ORP Piorun ( Polish Navy).[1]
Teikon Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MI-13: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (13°18′N 120°11′E / 13.300°N 120.183°E / 13.300; 120.183) by USS Puffer ( United States Navy). There was no loss of life.[132][133]
U-198 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was sunk in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles (3°35′S 52°49′E / 3.583°S 52.817°E / -3.583; 52.817) by HMS Findhorn ( Royal Navy) and HMIS Godavari ( Royal Indian Navy) with the loss of all 66 crew and two prisoners of war. These were the captains of Empire City and Empire Day (both  United Kingdom).
U-981 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, mined and sunk in the Bay of Biscay at La Rochelle (45°41′N 1°25′W / 45.683°N 1.417°W / 45.683; -1.417) by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 502 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of twelve of her 52 crew.[134]
Unknown Unknown World War II: A small local craft was sunk by HMIS HDML 1118 ( Royal Indian Navy) after being fired on at the entrance to the Naaf River, Burma.[135]
V 410 Germania Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the Gironde by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[1]
V 720 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was shelled and set afire in the English Channel by HMS Albrighton ( Royal Navy), HMCS Assiniboine, HMCS Qu'Appelle, HMCS Restigouche and HMCS Skeena (all  Royal Canadian Navy). She was beached at Penmarc'h, Finistère, France.[1]

13 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1944
Ship State Description
Asahari Maru No.2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Hong Kong by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[1]
Cagliari  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Poreč, Yugoslavia in an Allied air raid.[1]
Ch-12  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in Davao Gulf by USS Bluegill ( United States Navy).[1]
Dietrich von Bern Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was sunk in an Allied air raid on Genoa, Italy.[1]
USS Flier  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Balabac Strait with 12 of her 60 crew escaping the boat, but only 8 reaching the shore.[136]
Hamayoshi Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the south west tip of New Guinea by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.[1]
Kojun Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the entrance to Davao Gulf east of Mindanao (06°17′N 126°10′E / 6.283°N 126.167°E / 6.283; 126.167) by USS Bluegill ( United States Navy). A total of 42 people were killed.[137]
M-383 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was sunk in the North Sea off Langeoog, Lower Saxony by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[138][139]
Misago Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed andsunk in the entrance to Davao Gulf east of Mindanao (06°17′N 126°10′E / 6.283°N 126.167°E / 6.283; 126.167) by USS Bluegill ( United States Navy). Five crewmen killed.[137]
Radbury United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (3,614 GRT, 1910) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (24°20′S 41°45′E / 24.333°S 41.750°E / -24.333; 41.750) by U-862 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 55 crew.[140]
Schodack  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off the coast of Calvados, France.[123]
Sperrbrecher 6 Magdeburg Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was bombed and severely damaged at Royan, Charente-Inférieure, France by Allied aircraft with the loss of eight of her crew. She sank the next day. Subsequently refloated and scrapped.[1][141]
TF-11 Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo training ship, a former Type 1940 minesweeper, was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Nida, Lithuania by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[1][142]
Toei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Hokkaido by USS Tambor ( United States Navy).[143]
U-270 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France (46°19′N 2°56′W / 46.317°N 2.933°W / 46.317; -2.933) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. All 71 crew survived.[144]
V 723 Jeanne Marie Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk at Brest, Finistère, France.[1]
V 1101 Preußen Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea off Langeoog by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

14 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1944
Ship State Description
Asaka Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MATA 26: The transport was driven ashore in the Bashi Islands, north of Luzon Philippines, by a typhoon. She was later refloated and returned to service.[145]
Daigen Maru No. 7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Tosho Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea off Incheon, Korea (37°30′N 125°50′E / 37.500°N 125.833°E / 37.500; 125.833) by USS Croaker ( United States Navy) with the loss of 13 crewmen.[1][146]
Gueydon  French Navy World War II: The hulk of the decommissioned armored cruiser was bombed and sunk at Brest, France, by Royal Air Force aircraft.
Ikomasan Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MATA 26: The transport was driven ashore in the Bashi Islands, north of Luzon, by a typhoon. She was later refloated and returned to service.[145]
Kofresi  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off Omaha Beach, Calvados, France.[123]
HMS LCI(L) 99  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy EBC 72: The landing craft infantry (194/387 t, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 11 nautical miles (20 km) south west of Hartland Point, Devon (50°56′N 4°47′W / 50.933°N 4.783°W / 50.933; -4.783) by U-667 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine crew.[147]
USS LST-921  United States Navy World War II: Convoy EBC 72: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 11 nautical miles (20 km) south west of Hartland Point (50°56′N 4°47′W / 50.933°N 4.783°W / 50.933; -4.783) by U-667 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of her 113 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Londonderry ( Royal Navy) and USS LST-920 ( United States Navy). LST-921 had lost her stern, and was towed to Falmouth, Cornwall, where she was declared a total loss. Subsequently used by the United States Army as a floating machine ship at Antwerp, Belgium.[148]
M 206 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.[1]
M 4463 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off La Pallice, Seine-Inférieure, France.[1]
M 4612 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Malo.[1]
Miikesan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the East China Sea off Formosa.[1]
HMAS ML 430  Royal Australian Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch (76/86 t, 1943) was shelled and sunk north of Biak, New Guinea by HMAML 819 ( Royal Australian Navy).[149]
Sperrbrecher 5 Schwanheim Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was bombed and sunk at Royan, Charente-Inférieure, France (45°37′N 1°02′W / 45.617°N 1.033°W / 45.617; -1.033) by Allied aircraft with the loss of thirteen of her crew.[1][31]
Sperrbrecher 6 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was wrecked during/after an air attack at Royan, France.
Sumatra  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Gironde. She was refloated in 1945.[150]
T-129  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.103-class landing ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea about 40 miles south of Boeroe Island, Netherlands East Indies (04°17′S 126°46′E / 4.283°S 126.767°E / -4.283; 126.767) by USS Cod ( United States Navy).[151][152]
Taketsu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MATA 26: The tanker (a.k.a. Butsu Maru) broke up and sank in a typhoon off the Bashi Islands north of Luzon. Eight crewmen died.[145]
Teisho Maru  Japan The government chartered cargo ship was driven aground in a typhoon while anchoring off Saei (22°40′N 120°14′E / 22.667°N 120.233°E / 22.667; 120.233). Refloated 12 September. Taken to Takao for repairs, arriving 27 September.[153]
Todaro  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Gironde. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped.[154]
Tonan Maru No.2  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south of Shanghai, China by USS Pintado ( United States Navy).[1]
U-618 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France (47°22′N 4°39′W / 47.367°N 4.650°W / 47.367; -4.650) by HMS Duckworth and HMS Essington (both  Royal Navy) and a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 61 crew.[155]
V 605 Arthur Duncker Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off La Pallice.[1]
V 727 Goeland Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was scuttled at Saint-Malo.[1]
Zuisho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north west of Borneo by USS Ray ( United States Navy).[1]

15 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 1944
Ship State Description
FL 04 Edouard Gougy Kriegsmarine The naval trawler was lost on this date.
USS LCI-1588  United States Navy World War II: Operation Dragoon: The landing craft infantry struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Var.[1]
USS LCI-1590  United States Navy World War II: Operation Dragoon: The landing craft infantry struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Var.[1]
USS LST-282  United States Navy World War II: Convoy EBC 72: The landing ship tank was damaged by a German glide bomb off Saint-Tropez, Var. She was beached and abandoned (43°25′N 06°50′E / 43.417°N 6.833°E / 43.417; 6.833).[156]
HMS LST-404  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FTM 69: The landing ship tank (1,625/4,080 t, 1942) was torpedoed and damaged in the English Channel 35 nautical miles (65 km) south east of St Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight (50°02′N 0°38′W / 50.033°N 0.633°W / 50.033; -0.633) by U-741 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight crew and several German prisoners of war. She was taken in tow by USS ATR-4 ( United States Navy) and was beached at Ryde, Isle of Wight. HMS LST-404 later broke in two and was declared a total loss. Scrapped at Zeebrugge, West Flanders, Belgium in June 1948.[157]
M 275 Kriegsmarine World War IIL The minesweeper was shelled and severely damaged in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy) and was abandoned.[1]
M 385 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Les Sables-d'Olonne, Vendée, France, by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][158]
M 4001 Este Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Brest, Finistère, France in a Royal Air Force air raid.[1][159]
M 4047 Vaterland Kriegsmarine The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk on this date.
USS PT-202  United States Navy World War II: Operation Dragoon: The PT boat struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Var.[1]
USS PT-218  United States Navy World War II: Operation Dragoon: The PT boat struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Var.[1]
R-29 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-25 minesweeper was sunk by Soviet aircraft in the Gulf of Finland.
Richthofen Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Hans Albrecht Wedel-class seaplane tender sank at Königsberg, East Prussia during fitting out, or was shelled and sunk off Les Sables-d'Olonne by HMS Mauritius ( Royal Navy).[1][160]
Sakura Maru No. 14  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Timor, Netherlands East Indies by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.[1]
SG 21 Bernd Von Arnim Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of Port Cros: The Chamois-class aviso was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Port Cros, Var by USS Somers ( United States Navy).[161] There were 99 survivors.[1]
Schnelles Geleitboot 25 Kriegsmarine World War II: The escort ship was sunk at Toulon by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[162]
Sperrbrecher 157 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1]
Sudetenland  Germany World War II: The tanker was sunk at Brest in a Royal Air Force air raid.[1] She was subsequently refloated and scrapped.[163]
Tosho Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in the Banda Sea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[1]
U-741 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure, France (50°20′N 0°34′W / 50.333°N 0.567°W / 50.333; -0.567) by HMS Orchis ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 48 of her 49 crew.[164]
UJ 6082 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Gabbiano-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 70 nautical miles (130 km) south of Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France by USS Somers ( United States Navy).[1]
V 728 Vierge de Massabielle Kriegsmarine The naval trawler/Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.
V 803 Wiesbaden Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot was sunk on this date.
William D. Byron  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Mediterranean Sea. She was towed to Savona, where she was declared a constructive total loss.[77]

16 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1944
Ship State Description
BKA-323  Soviet Navy World War II: The MBK/Project 161-class motor gun boat was sunk by German aircraft in Lake Peipus. Four crew were killed.[165][166]
Brinkum  Germany World War II: The coastal tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off "Lepsoe", Norway.[1]
HMS BYMS-2022  Royal Navy World War II: The YMS-1-class minesweeper (207/270 t, 1942) sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Frejus off Saint-Tropez, Var, France (43°24′N 06°46′E / 43.400°N 6.767°E / 43.400; 6.767).[167]
Courageous  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off Omaha Beach, Calvados, France.[123]
Empire Lancer United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,037 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (15°00′S 44°00′E / 15.000°S 44.000°E / -15.000; 44.000) by U-862 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 42 of her 79 crew.[168][169]
KTShch-152  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17-class river minesweeping launch was sunk by a mine off Sevastopol. All nine crew were killed.[165][166][170]
Lena Luckenbach  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a breakwater off Omaha Beach.[123]
M 4207 Les Baleines Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/auxiliary minesweeper was sunk by a mine in the Gironde estuary, France.[171]
MAL 22 Kriegsmarine World War II: The MAL 1A type landing fire support lighter ran aground near Meerapalu, Estonia and was abandoned after failed towing attempts.[172]
HMS MFV 624  Royal Navy The naval trawler sank in the English Channel off Normandy, France.[173]
HMS MGB 313  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile C motor gun boat (69/75 t, 1941) was sunk by a mine off Normandy. Eight crew were killed.[15][174]
HMS ML 563  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dragoon: The Fairmile B motor launch (76/86 t, 1943) struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Frejus off Saint-Tropez (43°25′N 06°43′E / 43.417°N 6.717°E / 43.417; 6.717) while trying to assist YMS-24 ( United States Navy). All crew survived but one later died of wounds.[175][176][177]
USS PT-202  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Frejus off Saint-Tropez (43°23′N 06°46′E / 43.383°N 6.767°E / 43.383; 6.767). One crew was killed.[178][179]
USS PT-218  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Frejus off Saint-Tropez (43°23′N 06°46′E / 43.383°N 6.767°E / 43.383; 6.767). The whole crew survived.[179][180]
R 20 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-17 minesweeper was sunk by a mine off Sylt, Lower Saxony with the loss of 9 lives.[181][182]
R 217 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[183]
RA 3 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[1]
RA 4 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former CH-5-class submarine chaser, was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.
RA 5 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[1]
RA 6 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former CH-44-class submarine chaser, was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[1]
RA 7 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former CH-44-class submarine chaser, was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[1]
RA 8 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former CH-44-class submarine chaser, was scuttled in the Seine at Paris.[1]
Rovigo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.[184]
Taito Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea off Incheon, Korea (36°16′N 125°49′E / 36.267°N 125.817°E / 36.267; 125.817) by USS Croaker ( United States Navy).[1]
Trémintin  French Navy World War II: The accommodation ship, a former armored cruiser, was bombed and sunk by Royal Air Force aircraft at Brest, France.
USS YMS-24  United States Navy World War II: The YMS-1-class minesweeper was sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Frejus off Saint-Tropez (43°25′N 06°43′E / 43.417°N 6.717°E / 43.417; 6.717). Five crew were killed.[93][176][185][186]

17 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1944
Ship State Description
Artushof  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Stettin, Pomerania in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
HMS BPC 1  Royal Navy The landing craft tank was lost on this date. (See below LCF(L) 1)
F 619 Kriegsmarine The Type C2 Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
I-27  Soviet Navy The KM-2 Type motor launch was lost on this date.
Jun Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of "Miscol" by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.[1]
KFK 510 Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Piast Canal.[1]
HMS LCF(L) 1  Royal Navy The LCT-2-class landing craft tank (455/540 t, 1941) was lost on this date.
HMS LCT 631  Royal Navy The Mk 4 landing craft tank (350/586 t, 1943) was lost on this date.
HMS LCT-1092  Royal Navy The LCT-1-class landing craft tank sank off in the English Channel off Normandy, France. (Look 10/08/1944)[187]
Lissa  Italy World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk by aircraft in Zara, Yugoslavia.[188]
MAL 20 Kriegsmarine World War II: The MAL 1A type landing fire support lighter was bombed by Soviet aircraft on the Emajõgi river between Lake Peipus and Tartu, Estonia. There were two killed and eleven wounded. She was towed to Tartu on 19 August and scuttled there the next day.[189][190]
No. 28  Soviet Navy The No. 16-class landing tender was lost on this date.
No. 108  Soviet Navy The No. 16-class landing tender was lost on this date.
No. 211  Soviet Navy The No. 19-class landing tender was lost on this date.
Otto Alfred Müller  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Stettin in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Peter Bornhofen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Kirkenes, Norway by Soviet aircraft. There were one dead and two wounded.[1][191][192]
Sebu  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Kirkenes in a Soviet air raid.[1]
Skjervøy Kriegsmarine The ship was sunk at Hustadvika, Norway. (See below "V 6803 Burgunder")[193]
TA35 Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat, a former Rosolino Pilo-class destroyer, struck a mine, blew in half and sank in the Fasana Channel near the Brijuni Islands. 71 crew were killed.[1][115][194]
Toni III  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône, France by Vichy French forces. Although declared a total loss in April 1945, she was refloated in February 1947. Subsequently repaired and entered Swiss service in 1950 at Neuchâtel.[195][196]
UJ 2223 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Gabbiano-class corvette was sunk in an Allied air raid on Genoa, Italy.[1]
UJ-6073 Nimet Allah Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of La Ciotat: The armed yacht was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France by HMS Aphis, HMS Scarab (both  Royal Navy) and USS Endicott or USS Somers (both  United States Navy).[1][197]
UJ 6081 Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of Port Cros: The Gabbiano-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Port Cros by HMS Aphis, HMS Scarab (both  Royal Navy) and USS Somers ( United States Navy).[1][68]
UJ-6082 Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of La Ciotat: The Gabbiano-class corvette was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off La Ciotat by USS Endicott ( United States Navy).[197]
Usko  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Stettin, Germany. Wreck scrapped in 1945–1946.[198]
V 6803 Burgunder Kriegsmarine World War II: The floating torpedo battery (151 GRT, 1915) was sunk on this date.
Yamateru Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea off Incheon, Korea by USS Croaker ( United States Navy).[1]

18 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1944
Ship State Description
Alba Julia  Germany World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in a port. She was refloated in 1945. Subsequently repaired and entered Soviet service in 1947 as Nikolaev.[199]
Capo Alga  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Nantes, Loire-Inférieure, France. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped in 1948.[200]
Caroline  United States The 61-gross register ton, 66.6-foot (20.3 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on Wolcott Reef (57°40′15″N 154°11′45″W / 57.67083°N 154.19583°W / 57.67083; -154.19583 (Wolcott Reef)) in the Shelikof Strait on the coast of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska.[201]
Eishin Maru  Japan World War II: Convy HI 71: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Rasher and USS Redfish ( United States Navy).[1][202]
Florida II  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Savona, Italy. She was refloated post-war and scrapped.[121]
HMS Fratton  Royal Navy World War II: The armed boarding vessel (757 GRT, 1925) was sunk in the English Channel off Normandy, France, by a Kriegsmarine Marder midget submarine.[1][203]
I-O-48 Kriegsmarine The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.
Kim Hup Soen  Japan World War II: The junk was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Malacca (04°00′S 99°32′E / 4.000°S 99.533°E / -4.000; 99.533) by HNLMS Zwaardvisch ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[204]
La Galissonnière Kriegsmarine World War II: The La Galissonnière-class cruiser was sunk in an American air raid on Toulon, Var, France.[1]
HMS LCF (II)-1  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft was sunk in the English Channel by a Kriegsmarine Marder midget submarine. (Look "LCF(L)-1" 17/08/1944)[1]
Leda  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Bremen in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Lennox  Norway World War II: Operation Schneehuhn: The motor boat (50 GRT) was shelled and sunk in the Van Mijenfjord, Svalbard, by U-307 ( Kriegsmarine). All three crew survived.[205]
M-27 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gironde Estuary, France.[206]
M 4207 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gironde Estuary.[1]
M 4618 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an air raid on Brest, Finistère, France by the Royal Air Force.[1]
HMMTB 707  Royal Navy The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat (102/118 t, 1943) was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Ireland in a collision with L'Escarmouche ( Free French Naval Forces).[207]
Nairung  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,414 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (15°00′S 42°00′E / 15.000°S 42.000°E / -15.000; 42.000) by U-862 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 92 crew.[208] Nairung was on a voyage from Durban, Union of South Africa to Bombay, India.[209]
Nansei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MI-12: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (08°39′N 116°39′E / 8.650°N 116.650°E / 8.650; 116.650) by USS Ray ( United States Navy). Three gunners and 23 crewmen were killed.[67]
Natori  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Nagara-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) east of Samar (12°29′N 128°49′E / 12.483°N 128.817°E / 12.483; 128.817) by USS Hardhead ( United States Navy) with the loss of 330 of her 438 crew. One hundred and eighty-three survivors in three boats rowed 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) to Mindanao, Philippines, arriving on 30 August. Ten of the party died during the voyage; four were rescued by USS Stingray ( United States Navy) on 31 August, and 44 were rescued by USS Marshall ( United States Navy) on 12 September, twelve of the party died earlier.[210]
Numidia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Poreč, Yugoslavia by HMMTB 295 and HMMTB 371 (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 14 lives, 5 Flak gunners and 9 sailors.[1][20][113][211][212][213][214]
Olbers  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Bremen in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Philip Heineken  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Bremen in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
R 218 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Cap d'Antifer, Seine-Inférieure, France by HMMTB 208, HMMTB 209, HMMTB 210 and HMMTB 212 (all  Royal Navy).[1]
Rio de la Plata  Argentina The passenger ship caught fire at Acapulco, Morocco. She was towed out of port and sank 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) offshore.[215]
Sperrbrecher 37 Kapolena  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete sperrbrecher was scuttled in the Charpentier Channel, off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France. The wreck was broken up in 1951.[200]
Sperrbrecher 152 Fauna  Germany World War II: The incomplete sperrbrecher was sunk at Bremen in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Strasbourg France Vichy France World War II: The Dunkerque-class battleship sank at Toulon following an American air raid on 15 August.
T22 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat wandered into a German minefield and sank in Narva Bay west of the Kurgalsky Peninsula with the loss of 143 lives.[115][216]
T30 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat wandered into a German minefield and sank in Narva Bay west of the Kurgalsky Peninsula with the loss of 114 lives.[115][217]
T32 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat wandered into a German minefield and sank in Narva Bay west of the Kurgalsky Peninsula with the loss of 137 lives.[115][218]
Taiyō  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-71: The Taiyō-class aircraft carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Bolinao, Luzon(18°10′N 120°22′E / 18.167°N 120.367°E / 18.167; 120.367) by USS Rasher and USS Redfish (both  United States Navy). Most of her crew were lost and about 790 passengers perish; but her captain and just over 400 crew and passengers survive.[1][219]
Taketoyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Pelawan Bay by USS Ray ( United States Navy).[67]
Teia Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-71: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Bolinao, Luzon (18°10′N 119°56′E / 18.167°N 119.933°E / 18.167; 119.933) by USS Rasher and USS Redfish (both  United States Navy). 2,316 troops, 275 other passengers, six guards, four gunners, ten specialists and 54 crewmen were killed.[1][202]
Teiyo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-71: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Bolinao, Luzon (18°10′N 120°22′E / 18.167°N 120.367°E / 18.167; 120.367) by USS Rasher and USS Redfish (both  United States Navy).[202][220]
U-107 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (46°46′N 3°49′W / 46.767°N 3.817°W / 46.767; -3.817) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 58 crew.
U-129 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was scuttled at Lorient, Morbihan, France. The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1946.[221]
U-621 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, France (45°52′N 2°36′W / 45.867°N 2.600°W / 45.867; -2.600) by HMCS Chaudiere, HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Ottawa (all  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of all 56 crew.[222]
U-1054 Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was in a collision with Peter Wessel ( Germany and was severely damaged. She was consequently decommissioned.[1]
UJ 1103 Gustav Korner Kriegsmarine The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost in a collision off Lista, Norway with the loss of 14 lives.[223][224]
V 406 Hans Loh Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Gironde Estuary with the loss of eighteen of her crew.[1][225]
V 6112 Friese Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk off Vardø, Norway, (70°13′N 31°04′E / 70.217°N 31.067°E / 70.217; 31.067) by M-201 ( Soviet Navy). One of her 28 crew was killed.[1][192][226]
Vesta  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Bremen in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1] She was refloated post-war, repaired and returned to service.[227]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1944
Ship State Description
Awa Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-71: The transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by USS Bluefish ( United States Navy). She was beached near Port Currimao, Luzon. She was pulled off and towed to Manila, arriving on 21 August.[1][219][228]
Colmar  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Sea off Kirkenes, Norway by STS-206 or TKA-219 (both  Soviet Navy) with the loss of all hands.[1][229][230][231]
Commandant Teste Kriegsmarine World War II: The seaplane carrier was sunk by Allied bomber aircraft at Toulon, France. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped in 1950.
F 941 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Harpagus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,271 GRT, 1942) struck a mine in Seine Bay and broke in two. The bow section sank, the stern section was beached. It was later towed to the Tyne and a new bow section was fitted. The ship was returned to service as Treworlas.[1][232][233]
Hayasui  Imperial Japanese Navy
Hayasui sinking
World War II: Convoy HI-71: The Kazahaya-class fleet oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (17°34′N 119°23′E / 17.567°N 119.383°E / 17.567; 119.383) by USS Bluefish ( United States Navy). Her captain was killed.[234]
Jean Laborde  France World War II: The cargo liner was scuttled in the Étang de Berre.[235]
M 292 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Gironde Estuary by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[1]
M 4023 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk at Brest, Finistère, France in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Noshiro Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-71: The Noshiro Maru-class transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by USS Bluefish ( United States Navy). She was beached near Port Currimao, Luzon. Refloated and proceeded on to Santiago Bay and San Fernando, Luzon.[228]
R 218 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk in the English Channel by surface ships.[236]
S 26 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was sunk in the Sulina branch of the Danube by a Soviet air attack.[1][11]
S 40 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat sunk in the Sulina branch by a Soviet air attack.[1][11]
S 57 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939 E-boat was sunk in the Adriatic Sea between Korčula and Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia by HMMGB 658, HMMTB 653 and HMMTB 675 (all  Royal Navy). Two crewmen were killed and nine wounded.[1][237][238]
Saint Enogat  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ETC 70: The cargo ship (2,360 GRT, 1918) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south east of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight (50°16′N 0°50′W / 50.267°N 0.833°W / 50.267; -0.833) by U-413 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Duke of Argyll ( Royal Navy).[239]
TKA-203  Soviet Navy World War II: The A-2 (Higgins 78')-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in the Arctic Sea off Kirkenes, Norway by M 202 (both Kriegsmarine). Six crewmen were killed, nine were taken as prisoners of war.[1][240]
Tamatsu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-71: The Mayasan Maru-class landing craft depot ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea west of Vigan City, Philippines (17°34′N 119°24′E / 17.567°N 119.400°E / 17.567; 119.400) by USS Spadefish ( United States Navy). 4,755 troops and 135 crewmen were killed.[241][219]
U-123 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was scuttled at Lorient, Morbihan, France. She was raised in 1945, repaired and entered Marine Nationale service as Blaison.
U-466 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Toulon, Var, France.
V 6102 Köln Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Sea off Kirkenes, Norway by TK-222 and TKA-215 ( Soviet Navy). Twenty crewmen killed, five wounded.[1][230]
V 6112 Friese Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Sea off Kirkenes, Norway by M-201 ( Soviet Navy).[1][230]
Wayfarer  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,068 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk 150 nautical miles (280 km) east of Portuguese East Africa (14°30′S 42°20′E / 14.500°S 42.333°E / -14.500; 42.333) by U-862 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of the 62 people aboard.[242]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1944
Ship State Description
Berwickshire  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy DN 68: The cargo ship (7,464 GRT, 1912) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) east south east of Durban, South Africa (30°58′S 38°50′E / 30.967°S 38.833°E / -30.967; 38.833) by U-861 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 102 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Norwich City ( Royal Navy).[243]
Bourges  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. She was refloated on 25 December and subsequently scrapped.[244]
Chuko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Hong Kong by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[1]
Coral  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ETC 72: The coaster (638 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south east of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight (50°13′N 0°48′W / 50.217°N 0.800°W / 50.217; -0.800) by U-764 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her seventeen crew. Survivors were rescued by Roebuck ( United Kingdom) and a Royal Navy motor launch.[245]
Daronia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy DN 68: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Indian Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) east of Durban, Union of South Africa by U-861 ( Kriegsmarine). Daronia put into Durban on 24 August. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.[246]
F 568 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk at Constanța, Romania in a Soviet air raid.[1]
F 886 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
F 889 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
F 925 Kriegsmarine The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Gonneville  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Marseille. The wreck was scrapped in situ 1944–46.[247]
M 4214 Jean Marthe Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/auxiliary minesweeper was sunk at Les Sables-d'Olonne, Vendée, France in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
No. 12  Imperial Japanese Navy The T 51-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.
No. 107  Soviet Navy The KM-4-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.
NMS Năluca  Royal Romanian Navy World War II: The Sborul-class torpedo boat was sunk at Constanța by Soviet aircraft.[248]
Potenza  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. She was raised in 1947 and scrapped.[249]
R 37 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk at Constanța in a Soviet air raid.[1]
Richard Montgomery  United States
Richard Montgomery in July 2011

World War II: The Liberty ship ran aground in the Thames Estuary (51°27′57″N 0°47′12″E / 51.46583°N 0.78667°E / 51.46583; 0.78667) and was declared a total loss. She still remains there as of 13 July 2024 due to her cargo of live ammunition being deemed too dangerous to salvage.

S 42 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 torpedo boat burned during a Soviet air attack on the shipyard at Constanța where she was being repaired.[1][250]
S 45 Kriegsmarine World War II: The damaged Type 1939/40 motor torpedo boat was decommissioned at Constanța after being damaged earlier by a Soviet air attack.[1][250]
S 52 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 motor torpedo boat was sunk at Constanța in a Soviet air attack.[1][250]
S 131 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 motor torpedo boat was sunk at Constanța in a Soviet air attack.[1][250]
Schnelles Geleitboot 16 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Élan-class sloop was scuttled at Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône.[1]
Schnelles Geleitboot 17 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Chamois-class aviso was scuttled west of Marseille.[251]
Schnelles Geleitboot 22  Germany World War II: The uncompleted Chamois-class minesweeping sloop was scuttled at Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône.[1]
Schnelles Geleitboot 25  Germany World War II: The uncompleted sloop was scuttled at Marseille.[1]
SM 206 Kriegsmarine World War II: The KFK-2-class naval drifter was sunk on this date.
U-9 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IIB submarine was sunk in the Black Sea at Constanța by Soviet Air Force aircraft.
U-413 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel south of Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom (50°21′N 0°01′W / 50.350°N 0.017°W / 50.350; -0.017) by HMS Forester, HMS Vidette and HMS Wensleydale (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 46 crew.
U-984 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, Finistère, France (48°16′N 5°33′W / 48.267°N 5.550°W / 48.267; -5.550) by HMCS Chaudiere, HMCS Kootenay and HMCS Ottawa (all  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[252]
U-1229 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IX submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°20′N 51°39′W / 42.333°N 51.650°W / 42.333; -51.650) by Grumman TBM Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy) with the loss of eighteen of her 59 crew.[253][254]
V 409 August Bösch Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk at Les Sables-d'Olonne in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]
Yamada Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean north east of Ceram Island, Netherlands East Indies by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.[1]

21 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1944
Ship State Description
HMCS Alberni  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette (950/1,280 t, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel (50°18′N 0°51′W / 50.300°N 0.850°W / 50.300; -0.850) by U-480 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 59 of her 90 crew. Survivors rescued by HMS MTB 469 and HMS MTB 470 (both  Royal Navy).
Albula   Switzerland World War II: The cargo ship was damaged in the port of Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France when the retreating German troops blew up the quay Traverse d'Arenc. She sank in the harbour. The crew was forced by the Germans to leave the ship the day before.[255]
Cap Corse  France
Cap Corse
World War II: The passenger-cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône. She was scrapped in situ.[256][257][258]
Durban Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: convoy MASA-10: The Delagoa Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina (11°45′N 109°46′E / 11.750°N 109.767°E / 11.750; 109.767) by USS Muskallunge ( United States Navy). Six crewmen and 509 troops were killed.[259]
Explorateur Grandidier  France World War II: The passenger ship was scuttled at Marseille. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[247]
F 812 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk by an air attack on the Rhône river near Avignon, France.[260]
F 814 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was scuttled on the Rhône.[261]
F 1166 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk by Allied aircraft off Malamocco, France. There was one dead and 10 wounded.[262]
HMS HDML 1179  Royal Navy The Harbour Defence Motor Launch (46/54 t, 1943) sank in a storm off Jamaica.[263]
Karibisches Mer Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker was scuttled as a blockship at Rouen, Seine-Inférieure, France.[1]
Kinryo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MI-12: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Paluan Bay (13°20′N 120°11′E / 13.333°N 120.183°E / 13.333; 120.183) by USS Haddo ( United States Navy). A total of 65 troops and three crewmen were killed.[264][265]
HMS Kite  Royal Navy World War II: The Black Swan-class sloop (1,350/1,880 t, 1943) was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea by U-344 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 203 of her 217 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Keppel ( Royal Navy).[266]
M 292 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Gironde Estuary, France, by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[1][267]
M 6029 Cap Noir Kriegsmarine The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk on this date.
Manø  United Kingdom The cargo ship (1,418 GRT, 1925) was wrecked on Geirfuglasker. Iceland.[268]
Norfolk Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MI-12: The Nanman Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in Mindoro Strait (13°23′N 120°19′E / 13.383°N 120.317°E / 13.383; 120.317) by USS Haddo ( United States Navy). A gunner and sixteen crewmen were killed.[269]
HMS Orchis  Royal Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette (925/1,170 t, 1940) was severely damaged by a mine and beached off Juno Beach, Calvados, France. Later declared a constructive total loss.[270]
RA 259 Kriegsmarine World War II: The VAS 301-class submarine chaser was sunk in Genoa Bay by Royal Navy ships.[10]
T 155 Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat struck a mine in the Baltic Sea off Griefswalder Oie and was severely damaged. She was declared a total loss.[1]
Taketoyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MI-12: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in Mindoro Strait (13°23′N 120°19′E / 13.383°N 120.317°E / 13.383; 120.317) by USS Guitarro, USS Haddo and USS Ray (all  United States Navy). Thirteen crewmen were killed.[1][271][272]
U-230 Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine ran aground off Toulon, Var, France (43°07′N 06°00′E / 43.117°N 6.000°E / 43.117; 6.000). All 50 crew survived. She was subsequently scuttled during Operation Dragoon.
Uga Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MI-12: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Paluan Bay (13°20′N 120°11′E / 13.333°N 120.183°E / 13.333; 120.183) by USS Guitarro, USS Haddo and USS Ray (all  United States Navy). Two gunners, 96 passengers and 29 crewmen were killed.[1][271]
V 401 Jan Mayen Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was scuttled at Bayonne, Basses-Pyrénées, France.[1]
V 402 Dr. Adolf Spilker Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was scuttled at Bayonne.[1]
V 413 Ferdinand Niedermeyer Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Gironde by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1]
VAS 255  National Republican Navy World War II: The VAS 301-class submarine chaser was sunk near Genoa by Royal Navy ships.[10]
Viper Kriegsmarine World War II: The training ship was scuttled at Bayonne.[273]
Z23 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1934A-class destroyer was sunk at La Pallice, Charente-Maritime, France in an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[1]

22 August[edit]

For torpedoing of HMS Nabob see 30 September, 1944

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1944
Ship State Description
HMS Bickerton  Royal Navy World War II: The Captain-class frigate (1,432/1,823 t, 1943) was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea by U-354 ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled by HMS Vigilant ( Royal Navy) at (71°41′N 19°11′E / 71.683°N 19.183°E / 71.683; 19.183).
Chenonceaux  Germany World War II: The troopship was scuttled at Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône France. She was refloated in April 1948 and subsequently scrapped.[244]
Claus  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.[274]
Eisbär  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Kristiansand, Norway.[275]
F 859 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
F 883 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was wrecked on this date.
F 940 Kriegsmarine The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Freigelet  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was damaged by an explosion on the quayside at Marseille. She sprang a leak and capsized. She was refloated on 26 August 1946. Subsequently repaired and returned to French service in 1948 as Djenné.[276]
Hakko Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy TAMA-24A: The Standard Merchant Type 1TL tanker was torpedoed and damaged in Pacific Ocean (18°48′N 120°46′E / 18.800°N 120.767°E / 18.800; 120.767) by USS Spadefish ( United States Navy) and beached in Pasaquin Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Later refloated but wrecked by heavy swells while still in Pasaquin Bay on 18 September 1944.[277]
Hiburi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hiburi-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea off Bataan, Philippines (14°15′N 120°25′E / 14.250°N 120.417°E / 14.250; 120.417) by USS Harder ( United States Navy). One hundred and fifty-four crewmen were killed and wounded.[278][279]
Iméréthie II  France The ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated on 25 October and subsequently scrapped.[280]
Jean Labourde  France World War II: The ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated in 1946 and subsequently scrapped.[280]
HMS Loyalty  Royal Navy World War II: The Algerine-class minesweeper (940/1,225 t, 1943) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south east of the Isle of Wight (50°09′N 0°41′W / 50.150°N 0.683°W / 50.150; -0.683) by U-480 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 55 of her 85 crew.
M 4465 Frisa IV Kriegsmarine The guard ship was sunk on this date.
Marechal Lyautey  France World War II: The cargo liner was scuttled at Marseille. The wreck was scrapped in 1947–48.[280]
Mariette Pacha  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[280]
Massalia  Germany World War II: The accommodation ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated post-war and scrapped.[280]
HMS MTB 243  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 72'-class motor torpedo boat (39/47 t, 1942) was expended as a target in the Mediterranean Sea.[281]
Matsuwa  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Etorofu-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea off Bataan (14°15′N 120°25′E / 14.250°N 120.417°E / 14.250; 120.417) by USS Harder ( United States Navy). One hundred and thirty-four crewmen, including her captain, were killed.[282]
Nansatsu Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[1]
Ole Wegger  Germany World War II: The tanker (12,201 GRT, 1914) was scuttled as a blockship in the River Seine at Sahurs, Seine-Inférieure, France. She was raised in August 1945 but found to be uneconomic to repair and was scrapped in 1947.[283]
Orvieto  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated in 1945 and scrapped.[280]
Platon  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated on 1 July 1945. Consequently condemned and scrapped.[284]
R 51 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was scuttled at Rouen, France.[285]
RA 251 Kriegsmarine World War II: The RA 251-class minesweeper, a former VAS 301-class submarine chaser was sunk in Genoa Bay by Royal Navy ships.[10]
RA 255 Kriegsmarine World War II: The RA 251-class minesweeper was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Antibes, Alpes-Maritimes, France in a battle with Royal Navy ships.[1]
RA 259 Kriegsmarine World War II: The RA 251-class minesweeper was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Antibes in a battle with Royal Navy ships.[1]
Randazzo  Germany World War Ii: The cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated in 1947 and scrapped.[244]
S 148 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Schnellboot struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Burgaz, Romania.[1][286]
Sado  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Etorofu-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea off Bataan (14°15′N 120°25′E / 14.250°N 120.417°E / 14.250; 120.417) by USS Haddo and USS Harder (both  United States Navy). 73 crewmen were killed.[1][264][287]
Saint Cyrille  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated in 1948 and scrapped.[288]
Schnelles Geleitboot 16 Kriegsmarine World War II: The escort ship was scuttled at Marseille. The wreck was scrapped in 1945.[289]
Sinaia  Germany World War II: The hospital ship was scuttled at Marseille. She was refloated on 9 December 1946. Declared a total loss, she was scrapped in 1953.[288]
Sugi Maru No.5  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (11°40′N 92°45′E / 11.667°N 92.750°E / 11.667; 92.750) by HMS Statesman ( Royal Navy).[290]
Tempo I  Germany World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Marseille. She was raised in April 1946, but was declared a total loss on 6 June and subsequently scrapped.[244]
Tonan Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy TAMO-23: The Tonan Maru No. 2-class auxiliary oiler (19,262 GRT 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in South China Sea (29°53′N 125°19′E / 29.883°N 125.317°E / 29.883; 125.317) by USS Pintado ( United States Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[291]
Tusima Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy Namo 103: The Tsushima Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk south west of Suwanosejima by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy) with the loss of 1,529 passengers, including 682 children being evacuated from Okinawa, and 21 gunners and 24 crewmen. Later, only 59 of the children were saved.[292][272]
U-344 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea north east of Bear Island, Norway (74°54′N 15°26′E / 74.900°N 15.433°E / 74.900; 15.433) by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Vindex ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.[293]
V 405 J. Hinrich Wilhelms Kriegsmarine Thevorpostenboot was scuttled at Bordeaux, Gironde, France.
V 435 Kriegsmarine The KFK-2-class naval drifter/Vorpostenboot was sunk on this date.
W 22  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Mandate Islands by USS Batfish ( United States Navy).[1]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1944
Ship State Description
Asakaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kamikaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in Paluan Bay 18 nautical miles (33 km) south west of Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippines by USS Haddo ( United States Navy).
Baltic  Sweden World War II: The fishing trawler (39 BRT) struck a mine and sank west of Hamneskär with the loss of all five crew.[39][112]
Christie  Norway World War II: The motor boat was bombed and sunk in the Arctic Ocean by Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the Soviet Naval Air Force.[142]
Clipper  Norway World War II: The motor boat was bombed and sunk in the Arctic Ocean by Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the Soviet Naval Air Force.[142]
Fort Yale  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ETC 72: The Fort ship (7,134 GRT, 1942) struck a mine in the English Channel with the loss of one of her 67 crew. She straggled behind the convoy and was taken in tow by USS Farallon ( United States Navy) and HMS Hudson ( Royal Navy). Fort Yale was torpedoed and sunk in 17 nautical miles (31 km) south east of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight (50°23′N 0°55′W / 50.383°N 0.917°W / 50.383; -0.917) by U-480 ( Kriegsmarine). The 66 survivors were rescued by three Royal Navy LCIs.[294]
Ha-65  Imperial Japanese Navy Convoy 3823: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine was lost in a typhoon off Japan while under tow by Fuji Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy) when the tow line parted.[295]
Ha-73  Imperial Japanese Navy Convoy 3823: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine was lost in a typhoon off Japan while under tow by Kiri Maru No. 1 GO ( Imperial Japanese Navy) when the tow line parted.[295]
Livasbjer  Norway World War II: The motor boat was bombed and sunk in the Arctic Ocean by Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the Soviet Naval Air Force.[142]
M 344 Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France.[296]
S 72 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was sunk in an air attack.[250]
Shonan Maru No. 5  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands (27°50′N 142°06′E / 27.833°N 142.100°E / 27.833; 142.100).
TA9 Kriegsmarine World War II: The La Melpomène-class torpedo boat was sunk in an American air raid on Toulon, Var, France.[1]
Tsukushi Maru  Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[297]
U-180 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD1 submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of all 56 crew.
V 702 Memel, V 729 Marie Simone and V 730 Michel François Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of Audierne Bay: The Vorpostenboots were shelled and sunk off Audierne, Finistère, France by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][298][299]
V 717 Alfred III Kriegsmarine World War II: The Battle of Audierne Bay: The Alfred I-class Vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk off Audierne, Finistère, France by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).
V 720 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Battle of Audierne Bay: The Ekwator-class Vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk off Audierne, Finistère, France by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).
V 721 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Battle of Audierne Bay: The Ekwator-class Vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk off Audierne, Finistère, France by HMS Mauritius, HMS Ursa (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy).
Yashida Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Keelung, Formosa by USS Ronquil ( United States Navy).[1]

24 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1944
Ship State Description
AF 41 Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was sunk at IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands in an air raid by the Royal Air Force. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Dessau  Germany World War II: Convoy W 127: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Tanafjord by Soviet submarine S-15 (2) ( Soviet Navy).[12]
Empire Roseberry  United Kingdom World War II: The Empire Pym-type tanker (2,370 GRT, 1944) struck a mine and sank in the Seine Bay.[1][300]
F 820 Kriegsmarine The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
F 938 Kriegsmarine The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.
Fukurei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MOTA-23: The transport was torpedoed and damaged by USS Ronquil ( United States Navy). The partially flooded ship drifted ashore with 210 troops and four crewmen killed. The ship was abandoned about three months later.[301]
USS Harder  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in Dasol Bay by Imperial Japanese Navy ships with the loss of all 60 crew.
Havre Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Yoshida Maru No. 1-class auxiliary transport (5,467 GRT) was driven aground by a heavy rainstorm on a sand bar 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) north east of Jolo (06°03′N 120°59′E / 6.050°N 120.983°E / 6.050; 120.983). The ship could not be refloated. The wreck was bombed and heavily damaged on 30 October, and was abandoned as a constructive total loss.[302]