List of shipwrecks in February 1942

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

February 1942
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1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Absirtea  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) north west of Cape Dukato, Albania by HMS Thunderbolt ( Royal Navy).[1]
Bordeaux Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Marshalls-Gilberts raids: The Nanman Maru class transport was bombed/torpedoed and sunk at the Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands (9°27′N 170°13′E / 9.450°N 170.217°E / 9.450; 170.217 ) by SBD Dauntless dive bombers and TBD Devastators from USS Enterprise ( United States Navy). 1 Gunner and 2 crewmen killed.[2][3]
Hardhausen  Norway World War II: The motor boat was shelled and sunk off Tjeldodden in Ofotfjorden, Norway, by German shore-based artillery with the loss of two crew.[4]
Kashima Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Marshalls-Gilberts raids: The auxiliary Net Layer was bombed/torpedoed and sunk at the Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands (9°27′N 170°13′E / 9.450°N 170.217°E / 9.450; 170.217 )by SBD Dauntless dive bombers and TBD Devastators from USS Enterprise ( United States Navy).[5]
Norah Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft.[6]
Tacoma Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°33′N 69°21′W / 37.550°N 69.350°W / 37.550; -69.350) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 97 crew.[1][7]
Toyotsu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Marshalls-Gilberts raids: The auxiliary Gunboat was shelled and sunk off Wotje by USS Northampton, and USS Salt Lake City both ( United States Navy).[8][9]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1942
Ship Country Description
HMT Cape Spartel  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 7.5 nautical miles (13.9 km) south west of the North Outer Dowsing Lightship ( United Kingdom) (53°28′42″N 0°49′12″E / 53.47833°N 0.82000°E / 53.47833; 0.82000 by Luftwaffe aircraft.[10]
HMT Cloughton Wyke  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°59′00″N 1°18′30″E / 52.98333°N 1.30833°E / 52.98333; 1.30833 by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.[1][11]
Tamagawa Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippines (17°16′N 119°48′E / 17.267°N 119.800°E / 17.267; 119.800) by USS Seadragon ( United States Navy).[12]
U-581  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Faial Channel 6 kilometers southwest of Pico Island in the Azores (39°00′N 30°00′W / 39.000°N 30.000°W / 39.000; -30.000) by the destroyer HMS Westcott  Royal Navy) with the loss of four of her 45 crew. Her commanding officer swam to shore and returned to Germany via Spain.[13]
W. L. Steed  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) off the mouth of the Delaware River (38°25′N 73°00′W / 38.417°N 73.000°W / 38.417; -73.000) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Alcantara ( Royal Navy) 3 on the 4th, Hartlepool ( United Kingdom) 2 on the 6th with one dying on the 10th, and Raby Castle ( United Kingdom) rescued one, but he died on the 15th.[1][14][15]
W-9  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The W-7-class minesweeper was sunk by a mine in Ambon Bay (03°42′S 128°10′E / 3.700°S 128.167°E / -3.700; 128.167).[16]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Amerikaland  Sweden World War II: The ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States (36°36′N 74°10′W / 36.600°N 74.167°W / 36.600; -74.167) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Castor ( Netherlands), Port Halifax ( United Kingdom) and Taubate ( Brazil).[1][17]
Katong  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Palembang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of all but five crew.[1]
Loch Ranza  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca (0°37′N 104°14′E / 0.617°N 104.233°E / 0.617; 104.233 by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 18 of the 50 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Subador ( United Kingdom).[1]
Napoli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Kuriat, Tunisia by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[1]
Norah Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner with refugees from Singapore by way of Java was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. 57 women and children survivors, 28 of whom were wounded, were rescued by HMAS Hobart ( Royal Australian Navy) and 13 of the ship's crew were rescued by HMS Tenedos ( Royal Navy).[18]
Pinna  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the Strait of Malacca (0°52′S 104°19′E / 0.867°S 104.317°E / -0.867; 104.317) by Japanese aircraft. She was attacked again the next day and was beached and abandoned with the loss of 20 of the 45 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Subador ( United Kingdom).[1]
Talthybius  United Kingdom The cargo liner was bombed and sunk at Singapore by Japanese aircraft. She was later salvaged and passed to the Imperial Japanese Navy as Taruyasu Maru.

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Deneb  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was sunk off Riau Island by Japanese aircraft.[19]
Dvinoles  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a collision in the Atlantic Ocean with another ship. No casualties. The crew were rescued by USS Lea ( United States Navy).[20]
San Gil  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°05′N 74°40′W / 38.083°N 74.667°W / 38.083; -74.667) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 42 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Nike ( United States Coast Guard).[1]
Silveray  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°54′N 61°16′W / 43.900°N 61.267°W / 43.900; -61.267) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 58 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Campbell ( United States Coast Guard) and the fishing vessel Lucille M ( Canada).[1][21]
Togian  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and damaged in the Timor Sea off Koepang, Dutch East Indies by I-56 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was scuttled off Koepang (10°11′46″N 123°31′32″E / 10.19611°N 123.52556°E / 10.19611; 123.52556) on 22 February.[1]
Van Lansberge  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged by I-55 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), in the Java Sea south of Makassar, Dutch East Indies. She was scuttled by HNLMS Pieter de Bitter ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[1][22]

5 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Arbutus  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy ONS 63: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°05′N 18°43′W / 55.083°N 18.717°W / 55.083; -18.717) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of her 87 crew.[1]
China Arrow  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°44′N 73°18′W / 37.733°N 73.300°W / 37.733; -73.300) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by USCGC Nike ( United States Coast Guard).[1]
Corland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (53°43′N 0°36′E / 53.717°N 0.600°E / 53.717; 0.600 by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 27 crew were rescued.[1]
HNLMS Daneb  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft.[23]
Empress of Asia  Canada
Empress of Asia

World War II: The troopship was bombed and sunk off Singapore by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 16 of the 1,820 people aboard.

India Arrow  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°48′N 72°34′W / 38.800°N 72.567°W / 38.800; -72.567) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing skiff Gitana ( United States).[1][24]
Konsul Schulte  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Honningsvåg, Norway by ShCh-421 ( Soviet Navy).[1]
Montrolite  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°14′N 60°05′W / 35.233°N 60.083°W / 35.233; -60.083) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Winkleigh ( United Kingdom).[1][25]
Stanbank  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°55′N 61°47′W / 34.917°N 61.783°W / 34.917; -61.783) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rhexenor ( United Kingdom).[26]
Tidore  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Sumbawa, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[1]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Halcyon  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°20′N 59°16′W / 34.333°N 59.267°W / 34.333; -59.267 by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[1]
Major Wheeler  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.[1][27]
Opawa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°21′N 61°13′W / 38.350°N 61.217°W / 38.350; -61.217) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 56 of her 71 crew. Survivors were rescued by Hercules ( Netherlands).[1][28]
U-82  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal (44°10′N 23°52′W / 44.167°N 23.867°W / 44.167; -23.867) by HMS Rochester and HMS Tamarisk (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.

7 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Aosta  Italy World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 45 nautical miles (83 km) south of Pantelleria by HMS Lively and HMS Zulu (both  Royal Navy). 25 survivors were rescued by MAS 560, MAS 563 and MAS 577 (all  Regia Marina).[1]
Empire Sun  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°55′N 64°22′W / 43.917°N 64.367°W / 43.917; -64.367) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 11 of the 65 people aboard.[1][29]
Grongo  Regia Marina World War II: The naval trawler was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 45 nautical miles (83 km) south of Pantelleria by HMS Lively and HMS Zulu (both  Royal Navy). Seven survivors were rescued by MAS 577 ( Regia Marina).[1]
Van Cloon  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea south of Bawean, Dutch East Indies by I-55 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 187 survivors were rescued by USS Isabel ( United States Navy).[1][30]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Giuseppina  Italy World War II: The auxiliary barquentine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Kefalonia, Greece by Sokół ( Polish Navy).[22][31]
Ocean Venture  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°05′N 74°46′W / 37.083°N 74.767°W / 37.083; -74.767) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Roe ( United States Navy).[1][32]
West Jaffrey  United States The Design 1013 cargo ship ran aground on Pease Island and was a total loss.[33]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Alysse  Free French Naval Forces World War II: Convoy ONS 61: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 420 nautical miles (780 km) east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (46°22′N 43°42′W / 46.367°N 43.700°W / 46.367; -43.700) by U-654 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Hepatica and Moose Jaw (both  Royal Canadian Navy). Alysse foundered on 10 February at 46°34′N 44°10′W / 46.567°N 44.167°W / 46.567; -44.167)[1][34]
Anderson  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 174: The cargo ship ran aground at Easter Head, St. Shott's, Newfoundland with the loss of eight of her 25 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Brant ( United States Navy).[35][36]
Empire Fusilier  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of St John's, Newfoundland by U-85 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Barrie ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][29][37]
Frodi Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland The trawler ran aground and sank at Seafellsnes. She was being used as a coaster at the time.[38]
Herald  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was scuttled at Singapore. She was later salvaged by the Japanese and entered Imperial Japanese Navy service as the escort ship Heiyo.[22]
Kurama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by USS Trout ( United States Navy) north-east of Taiwan (25°25′N 122°13′E / 25.417°N 122.217°E / 25.417; 122.217).[39]
USS Lafayette  United States Navy
USS Lafayette

The ocean liner caught fire, capsized and sank at New York whilst under conversion to a troopship. Salvaged in 1946 and scrapped.

Meroendoeng  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean(5°30′N 81°10′E / 5.500°N 81.167°E / 5.500; 81.167) by I-65 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[1]
Natsushio  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kagero-class destroyer sank due to damage suffered the previous day when she was torpedoed in the Makassar Strait 22 miles south of Makassar(05°10′S 119°24′E / 5.167°S 119.400°E / -5.167; 119.400) by the submarine USS S-37 ( United States Navy) with the loss of 8 killed and 2 wounded. Survivors were rescued by the destroyers Kuroshio and Oyashio (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[40]
Salpi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) east of Cape Ferrato on 9 February.[22][41]
Sullberg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea.[1]
HMS Tanjong Katong  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was bombed and sunk in the Sungei Kranji River, Singapore by Japanese aircraft.[1]
Tolosa  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean of the coast of the Carolinas, United States (40°00′N 73°50′W / 40.000°N 73.833°W / 40.000; -73.833) by U-108 with the loss of all 22 crew.[1][42]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Chuwa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Chuwa Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea(25°23′N 122°42′E / 25.383°N 122.700°E / 25.383; 122.700) east of Kirun by USS Trout ( United States Navy). There were no fatalities.[43]
Wolfram  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Borkum, Lower Saxony.[1]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Blink  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°00′N 72°27′W / 35.000°N 72.450°W / 35.000; -72.450) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by Monroe ( United States).[1][44][45][46][47]
Doob  Soviet Navy World War II: The minelayer struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Sevastopol.[22]
Heina  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°10′N 21°07′W / 56.167°N 21.117°W / 56.167; -21.117) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued by HMCS Dauphin ( Royal Canadian Navy).[48]
HMS Lipis  Royal Navy The armed patrol vessel sank off Singapore with the loss of one crew member.[1]
M 1208  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Barfleur, Manche, France.[22]
R-42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper struck a wreck and sank in La Manche.[49]
Rhoda and Simit III both  United Kingdom The motor launches were scuttled at Singapore.[1]
USS Shark  United States Navy World War II: The Porpoise-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean by Japanese destroyer Yamakaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all 54 crew.[50]
HMCS Spikenard  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy SC 67: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°10′N 21°07′W / 56.167°N 21.117°W / 56.167; -21.117) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 of her 65 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gentian ( Royal Navy).[51]
Victolite  Canada World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 260 nautical miles (480 km) north north west of Bermuda (36°12′N 67°14′W / 36.200°N 67.233°W / 36.200; -67.233) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[1][52]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Dixie Sword  United States The freighter foundered off Monomoy Island in Nantucket Sound (41°35′N 69°59′W / 41.583°N 69.983°W / 41.583; -69.983).[53]
Lucania  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Una ( Royal Navy).[1]
Wreck of the Maori
HMS Maori  Royal Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Grand Harbour, Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member. She was later raised and scuttled off Malta on 15 July 1945.
V 1302 John Mahn  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by Royal Air Force aircraft.[1][54]

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Brunei  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Singapore.[1]
HMT Chengteh  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Rhio Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 68 of the 118 people aboard.[1]
Derrymore  United Kingdom World War II: the former passenger ship, armed and requisitioned in Australia carrying ammunition and many British airmen, was torpedoed and sunk some 50 miles NNW of Batavia by I-55 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of nine of the 245 people aboard. Survivors (one being future Prime Minister of Australia John Gorton) were rescued by HMAS Ballarat ( Royal Australian Navy) and HNLMS Cheribon ( Koninklijk Marine).[1][55][56][57]
Giang Bee  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk off Berhala Island, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 223 of the 293 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Hung Jao ( United Kingdom).[1]
Greedir  Iceland World War II: The trawler was sunk off Hvalfjordur, Iceland in a collision with USS Ericsson ( United States Navy).[58]
Hosang  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground whilst on a voyage from Singapore to Palembang, Dutch East Indies and was abandoned. She was later salvaged by the Japanese, repaired and entered service as Gyozan Maru.[1]
HMS Jarak  Royal Navy The auxiliary patrol vessel was shelled and damaged in the Rhio Strait by Japanese forces. She was abandoned, but was later reboarded. Developed engine defects on 18 February and was scuttled south of Singkap Island, Dutch East Indies.[1]
Kuala  United Kingdom World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. 150 survivors were rescued by HMT Tandjong Pinang ( Royal Navy).[1]
HMS MMS-180  Royal Navy World War II: The MMS I-class Motor Minesweeper was sunk in a collision off the River Tyne.[59]
Manvantara  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft whilst on a voyage from Palembang to Batavia, Dutch East Indies with the loss of four of the 51 people aboard.[1]
Merula  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Banka Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 42 of the 50 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Herborg ( Norway).[1]
HMS Panglima  Royal Navy World War II: The patrol boat was scuttled in the Bangka Strait.[1]
Redang  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk 50 nautical miles (93 km) east south east of Berhala Island, Dutch East Indies by Japaneses naval vessels with the loss of 58 of the 89 people aboard.[1]
HMS Scorpion  Royal Navy World War II: The gunboat was shelled and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese destroyers with the loss of 115 of her 145 crew.[1]
HMS Siang Wo  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine vessel was bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft. She was beached on Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies with the loss of two lives. Declared a total loss.[1]
Sudabar  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of five of her 86 crew.[1]
Sui Wo  United Kingdom World War II: The accommodation ship was bombed and sunk at Singapore by Japanese aircraft.[1]
HMS Tempest  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Gulf of Taranto by Circe ( Regia Marina).
HMS Trang  Royal Navy The auxiliary patrol vessel ran aground on Peak Island, Singapore. She was refloated and scuttled in Cooper's Channel. 26 crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Ariosto  Italy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy), killing 160 of the 410 people aboard, including 135 Allied prisoners of war.[60] Survivors were rescued by Premuda and Polluce (both  Regia Marina).[1]
Clan Chattan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MW 9A:The troopship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 358 people aboard were rescued.[1]
HMS Dragonfly  Royal Navy World War II: The Locust-class gunboat was bombed and damaged off Rusuk Buaja Island, Singapore by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 32 crew and an unknown number of passengers. She was abandoned and later sank. Two crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
Empire Spring  United Kingdom World War II: The CAM ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 42°N 55°W / 42°N 55°W / 42; -55 by U-576 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of all 55 crew.[1][29][61]
HMS Grasshopper  Royal Navy World War II: The Locust-class gunboat was bombed and sunk off Rusuk Island, Singapore by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 165 crew. Some survivors were rescued by HMS Stronghold ( Royal Navy). One crew member was taken as a prisoner of war.[1]
HMS Hua Tong  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was bombed and sunk at Palembang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft. All crew survived.[1]
Inabasan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by R.A.F. Bristol Blenheims of 211 Squadron in the South China Sea, north of Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (1°25′S 105°00′E / 1.417°S 105.000°E / -1.417; 105.000).[62]
Kamuning  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (8°35′N 81°44′E / 8.583°N 81.733°E / 8.583; 81.733 by I-66 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of three crew. 63 survivors rescued by HMS Balta ( Royal Navy).[1]
HMS Kung Wo  Royal Navy World War II: The minelayer was bombed and damaged 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Pompong Island, Dutch East Indies and was abandoned with the loss of one crew member. She later sank. Of the survivors, one crew member was taken as a prisoner of war.[1]
HMS Li Wo  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea off Malaya and was sunk by Yura ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her captain, Thomas Wilkinson was awarded a Victoria Cross for this action.
HMML 310  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft. She was scuttled at Tjebia, Dutch East Indies.[1]
HMML 311  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and sunk by Japanese warships in the Banka Strait .[63]
Penelope  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (15°00′N 64°20′W / 15.000°N 64.333°W / 15.000; -64.333) by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 49 crew.[64]
HMS Pengawal  Royal Navy The Tug was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft in the Durian Strait near Singapore.[65]
President Taylor  United States American President Lines cargo liner requisitioned for war service, allocated by War Shipping Administration (WSA) to U.S. Army grounded while landing two companies of infantry and two battalions of coast artillery, about 1,100 men, for the Canton (Kanton) Island garrison. The ship was eventually a total loss despite extensive efforts to refloat.[66][67][68]
Rowallan Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and disabled in the Mediterranean (34°54′N 19°40′E / 34.900°N 19.667°E / 34.900; 19.667 by Luftwaffe aircraft. The presence at sea of the battleship Caio Duilio ( Regia Marina) forced the British escort to scuttle the steamer.[69] All 100 people aboard were rescued.[1]
HMS St. Breock  Royal Navy The Saint-class Rescue Tug was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Sumatra.[70]
HMS St. Just  Royal Navy The Saint-class Rescue Tug was scuttled off Palembang.[71]
HMS Shu Kwang  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was bombed and sunk in the Java Sea (0°35′N 104°00′E / 0.583°N 104.000°E / 0.583; 104.000) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 20 crew. Around 273 people were rescued.[1]
HMS Tien Kwang  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary anti-submarine vessel was bombed and damaged south of the Rhio Strait off Pampong Island. She was scuttled the next day. Of over 300 people aboard, only four survived to be taken as prisoners of war.[1]
Vyner Brooke  Sarawak World War II: Bangka Island massacre: The royal yacht was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait 15 nautical miles (28 km) north of Muntok, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 125 of the 228 people aboard. Two crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Biela  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°55′N 45°40′W / 42.917°N 45.667°W / 42.917; -45.667) by U-98 ( Kriegsmarine). with the loss of all 50 crew.[72][73]
Birk  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank at Kirkenes, Norway with the loss of 26 crew.[74]
Buarque  Brazil World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape May, New Jersey and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (36°35′N 75°20′W / 36.583°N 75.333°W / 36.583; -75.333) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 85 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Calypso ( United States Coast Guard), USS Eagle 19 and USS Jacob Jones (both  United States Navy).[72][75]
Iris  Netherlands World War II: The Tanker was scuttled at Palembang, Netherlands East Indies.[76]
HMML 169  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch caught fire at Gibraltar and was destroyed.[72]
HMML 433  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and sunk by IJN warships in the Bangka Strait[77]
Hong Chuan  United Kingdom World War II: The steamboat was set on fire by burning buildings at Jambi, Dutch East Indies and sank.[72]
Hung Gao  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was sunk by enemy action.[1]
HMT Jerantut  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol boat was scuttled at Palembang, Dutch East Indies.[72]
Johanne Justesten  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (9°04′N 75°58′E / 9.067°N 75.967°E / 9.067; 75.967) by I-65 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of one of her 59 crew.[72][78]
HMT Klias  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol boat was scuttled at Palembang.[72]
HMT Mata Hari  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine vessel was shelled and sunk at Bangka, Dutch East Indies by Japanese artillery. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[72]
Meropi  Greece World War II: Convoy ON 60: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) east of the Sambro Island Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°14′N 62°41′W / 44.233°N 62.683°W / 44.233; -62.683 by U-566 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of the 40 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Sherbrooke ( Royal Canadian Navy).[72][79]
Mersing  United Kingdom World War II: The steamboat was sunk at Singapore by enemy action.[72]
HNLMS Pro Patria  Koninklijk Marine The Pro Patria-class minelayer was scuttled at Palembang[80]
HNLMS Semiramis  Koninklijk Marine The Tanker was scuttled at Palembang, Netherlands East Indies. raised, repaired, put in service as Kyoko Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[76]
HMY Silvia  Royal Navy World War II: The yacht was sunk at Singapore by enemy action.[72]
Siushan  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was sunk at Singapore by enemy action.[72]
Sungei Pinang  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was sunk by enemy action.[1]
HNLMS Van Ghent  Koninklijk Marine The Admiralen-class destroyer ran aground on Bamidjo Reef in the Stolze Strait between Banka Island and Billiton Island, Dutch East Indies (03°02′S 107°21′E / 3.033°S 107.350°E / -3.033; 107.350). Her crew were rescued by HNLMS Banckert ( Koninklijk Marine) and HNLMS Van Ghent was scuttled.[81]
Yin Ping  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was shelled and sunk in the Bangka Strait off Muntok, Dutch East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy vessels with the loss of 50 of the 75 people aboard.[72]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Bagan  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was scuttled at Palembang, Dutch East Indies.[72]
E. H. Blum  United States World War II: The tanker struck a US mine, broke in half and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Henry, Va. All crewmen were rescued by USCGC Woodbury ( United States Coast Guard). Both halves were salvaged and the ship was repaired and put back in service.[82]
Elizabeth World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was shelled and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese artillery with the loss of 24 of 26 people aboard.[72]
HMT Fuh Wo  Royal Navy The auxiliary minesweeper was beached on Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies and was destroyed by her crew.[72]
HMML 1062  Royal Navy The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was shelled and sunk by IJN warships in the Bangka Strait. Raised, repaired and put into Imperial Japanese Navy service as Suikei 11.[83][84]
Monagas  Venezuela World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 31 crew.[72]
Oranjestad  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off San Nicholaas, Netherlands Antilles (12°25′N 69°55′W / 12.417°N 69.917°W / 12.417; -69.917) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 25 crew.[72][85]
Rafaela  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) off Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by the tugs Mico and Parmo (both  Netherlands) but broke in two and sank in Sint Anna Bay. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[86]
Ramapo  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) off Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[87]
San Nicolas  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Point Macolla by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 26 crew.[72]
Tia Juana  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Point Macolla by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 26 crew.[72]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1942
Ship Country Description
USS Detector  United States Navy The Accentor-class minesweeper was sunk in collision with the tanker Oswego ( United States) 300 yards (274 meters) east-northeast of Finn's Ledge Buoy, Boston, Massachusetts . Later raised, repaired, and returned to service.[88]
Empire Comet  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 174: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°15′N 17°10′W / 58.250°N 17.167°W / 58.250; -17.167) by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.
NS 21  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard boat was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Skudeneshavn, Norway (59°07′N 5°17′E / 59.117°N 5.283°E / 59.117; 5.283) by Allied aircraft.[89]
USS Paramount  United States Navy The Accentor-class minesweeper ran aground off Cape Hatteras North Carolina and was abandoned. Later salvaged and returned to service.[88]
Shinyo Maru No. 5  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk off Kyūshū by USS Triton ( United States Navy).[8][22][90]
Sloet van der Beele  Netherlands World War II: The miscellaneous auxiliary transport under escort by HNLMS Van Nes and bringing a Netherlands East Indies battalion from Billiton Island to Java was torpedoed and sunk south of Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of all aboard.[91]
HMT Tandjong Pinang  Royal Navy The auxiliary patrol vessel was shelled and sunk 30 nautical miles (56 km) south of Pulo Ubar by Imperial Japanese Navy vessels. Of 150 passengers and 17 crew there were only 3 survivors, 2 of them from Kuala ( United Kingdom).[1][72]
HNLMS Van Nes  Koninklijk Marine World War II: The Admiralen-class destroyer was bombed and sunk while escorting the transport Sloet van der Beele south of Bangka by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 68.[72][91]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1942
Ship Country Description
HMT Botanic  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Grimsby, Lincolnshire with the loss of six crew.[92]
HNLMS K VII  Koninklijk Marine The K V-class submarine was bombed and sunk while lying submerged on the bottom of Surabaya Harbor by Japanese aircraft. All 13 crew lost.[93]
HMT Malacca  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled in the Tjemake River, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies.[72]
Olinda  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia, United States by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine). All 47 crew were rescued by USS Dallas ( United States Navy) and landed at Norfolk, Virginia.[72][94][95][96]
USS Pollux  United States Navy The Castor-class general stores issue ship ran aground at Lawn Point, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and was wrecked with the loss of 93 of her 199 crew.
HNLMS Soerabaja  Koninklijk Marine The gunnery training ship, formerly the coast defence ship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën ( Koninklijk Marine), was bombed and sunk at Surabaya by Japanese aircraft.[97]
Somme  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 40°N 55°W / 40°N 55°W / 40; -55) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 59 crew.[72][98]
Surcouf  Free French Naval Forces The submarine collided with Thomson Lykes ( United States) in the Caribbean Sea 70 nautical miles (130 km) north of Cristóbal, Panama and sank with the loss of all 118 crew.
USS Truxtun  United States Navy The Clemson-class destroyer ran aground at Ferryland Point, Placentia Bay and was wrecked with the loss of 110 of her 122 crew.
HMT Warland  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Spurn Point, Yorkshire[99]
USS Wilkes  United States Navy The Gleaves-class destroyer ran aground in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland but freed herself.

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Barossa  Australia World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The freighter was bombed, beached and burned out by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.[100]
British Consul  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk at Port of Spain, Trinidad by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). She was later salvaged and repaired.
British Motorist  United Kingdom World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The tanker was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia with the loss of four of her 61 crew.
HMAS Coongoola  Royal Australian Navy World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin.[100]
Don Isidro  United States
Don Isidro.

World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The cargo ship, operating as a U.S. Army transport, was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean north west of Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia by Japanese aircraft (approximately 11°S 130°E / 11°S 130°E / -11; 130) and was beached with the loss of 11 of her 84 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Warrnambool ( Royal Australian Navy). Don Isidro was declared a total loss.[72][101][102]

Empire Kite  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°14′N 64°45′W / 43.233°N 64.750°W / 43.233; -64.750) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine)).[29]
Empire Seal  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°14′N 64°45′W / 43.233°N 64.750°W / 43.233; -64.750) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by Empire Flame ( United Kingdom).[29][72][103]
Florence D  United States World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (10°56′S 130°07′E / 10.933°S 130.117°E / -10.933; 130.117 by Japanese aircraft with the loss of three of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by the lugger St Francis ( Australia) and HMAS Warrnambool ( Royal Australian Navy).[72]
Kelat  Royal Australian Navy
Kelat.

World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The coal hulk was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin.

Mauna Loa  United States
Mauna Loa

World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The Design 1013 cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. All 44 people aboard survived.

HMAS Mavie  Royal Australian Navy World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. All four crew survived.
USAT Meigs  United States Army World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The Design 1133 cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin with the loss of two of her 62 crew.
Miraflores  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes, United States by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 crew.[72][104]
Mokihana  United States World War II: The Design 1033 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the at Port of Spain by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew survives. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service in September 1942.[105]
Neptuna  United Kingdom
Neptuna

World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft when her cargo of 100 Depth Charges[106] exploded at Darwin with the loss of 45 of her 124 crew.

Pan Massachusetts  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°27′N 80°08′W / 28.450°N 80.133°W / 28.450; -80.133) by U-128 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Elizabeth Massey ( United Kingdom) with the aid of USCGC Forward ( United States Coast Guard).[72][107]
USS Peary  United States Navy
USS Peary
World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The Clemson-class destroyer was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin with the loss of 80 of her 101 crew.
HNLMS Piet Hein  Koninklijk Marine World War II: Battle of Badung Strait: The Admiralen-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by Asashio ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all but 33 crew.[72]
Portmar  United States
Portmar.

World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The freighter, operating as a U.S. Army transport, was bombed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft and beached at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 2 troops and 2 crewmen killed. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[100]

Zealandia  Australia World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin with the loss of two of her 142 crew.

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Berouw  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked near Semarang.[108]
Bhima  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (7°47′N 73°31′E / 7.783°N 73.517°E / 7.783; 73.517 by I-65 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All 70 people aboard were rescued.[72]
Delplata  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (14°55′N 62°10′W / 14.917°N 62.167°W / 14.917; -62.167) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine). All 52 crew were rescued by USS Lapwing ( United States Navy), which scuttled the vessel.[72][109]
Koolama  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wyndham, Western Australia by Japanese aircraft.[72]
Lake Osweya  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°14′N 64°45′W / 43.233°N 64.750°W / 43.233; -64.750) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 39 crew.[72][110]
Nordvangen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°50′N 60°54′W / 10.833°N 60.900°W / 10.833; -60.900) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 24 crew.[111]
S-53  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was sunk in a collision with S-39 ( Kriegsmarine).[112]
Scottish Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°24′N 49°36′W / 13.400°N 49.600°W / 13.400; -49.600) by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of four of her 73 crew.[72]
Sperrbrecher 171  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was sunk by mines off Calais.[22][72][113]
Tobelo  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Kupang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[72] She was later salvaged by the Japanese and entered service as Tobi Maru.[22]

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Amerika  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Netherlands.[72]
Atlanticos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of one of her 40 crew.[72]
Azalea City  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (38°00′N 73°00′W / 38.000°N 73.000°W / 38.000; -73.000) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[72][114]
Chaksang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off the mouth of the Irrawaddy River, possibly by a Japanese submarine.[115]
Circe Shell  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (11°03′N 62°03′W / 11.050°N 62.050°W / 11.050; -62.050) by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 58 crew. Survivors were rescued by Busy ( United Kingdom).[72][116]
Empire Trade  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 60: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-92 ( Kriegsmarine). She was escorted towards the Azores, Portugal by HMCS Dauphin ( Royal Canadian Navy but was scuttled at 48°27′N 29°47′W / 48.450°N 29.783°W / 48.450; -29.783 following orders received from the Admiralty. All crew rescued by Stockport ( United Kingdom.[29]
Kongsgaard  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk 7 nautical miles (13 km) north of Port Curacoa by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 46 crew.[117]
Kurtuluş  Turkey The cargo ship sank after being blown onto rocks the previous day in the Sea of Marmara off Marmara Island. All 34 crew survived.
J. N. Pew  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°40′N 74°00′W / 12.667°N 74.000°W / 12.667; -74.000) by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine).[72]
Shokyu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kyūshū by USS Triton ( United States Navy.[90]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Adellen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°20′N 38°15′W / 49.333°N 38.250°W / 49.333; -38.250) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Algoma ( Royal Canadian Navy).[72][118]
Bintang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°50′N 26°01′W / 31.833°N 26.017°W / 31.833; -26.017) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 12 of her 42 crew.[72]
Cities Service Empire  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 28°25′N 80°02′W / 28.417°N 80.033°W / 28.417; -80.033 by U-128 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 3 gunners and 11 crewmen of her 50 crew. The survivors were rescued by USS Biddle ( United States Navy) and USCGC Vigilant ( United States Coast Guard).[45][72]
Empire Redshank  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (63°24′N 2°24′W / 63.400°N 2.400°W / 63.400; -2.400) by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned by her crew and scuttled by HMCS Trillium ( Royal Canadian Navy).[29]
Hanne  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°57′N 25°26′E / 31.950°N 25.433°E / 31.950; 25.433) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four of her 25 crew.[72][119]
J. N. Pew  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°40′N 74°00′W / 12.667°N 74.000°W / 12.667; -74.000) by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Anetta I ( Panama).[120]
Kars  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 175: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°15′N 63°25′W / 44.250°N 63.417°W / 44.250; -63.417) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 50 of her 52 crew. The ship broke in two three days later, with the bow section sinking. The stern section was beached at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 27 February. She was declared a total loss. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Melville ( Royal Canadian Navy).[72][121]
Norlavore  United States The cargo ship departed from Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. No further trace, possibly torpedoed and sunk by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine).[72]
Pijnacker Hordijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea south of Tjilatjap, Dutch East Indies by I-58 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[72]
Republic  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) north east of the Jupiter Island Lighthouse, Florida (27°05′N 80°15′W / 27.083°N 80.250°W / 27.083; -80.250) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by SS Cities Service Missouri ( United States) or reached land in their lifeboats. Republic came ashore off Hobe Sound and broke in two the next day.[72][122][123][124]
Sama  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°20′N 38°15′W / 49.333°N 38.250°W / 49.333; -38.250) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of the 39 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Nicholson ( United States Navy).[72][125]
Togian  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Timor Sea off Koepang, Dutch East Indies (10°11′S 123°31′E / 10.183°S 123.517°E / -10.183; 123.517) by Japanese aircraft and scuttled. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service.[126]
Torungen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°00′N 63°30′W / 44.000°N 63.500°W / 44.000; -63.500) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 19 crew.[127]

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Çankaya  Turkey World War II: The auxiliary sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Black Sea by Shch-213 ( Soviet Navy).[22]
Empire Hail  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of St. John's, Newfoundland (44°48′N 40°21′W / 44.800°N 40.350°W / 44.800; -40.350) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine).[29]
George L Torian  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 120 nautical miles (220 km) south south east of Trinidad (9°13′N 59°04′W / 9.217°N 59.067°W / 9.217; -59.067) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 19 crew. Survivors were rescued by a United States Navy aircraft.[72][128]
Lennox  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Barima, Venezuela (9°15′N 58°30′W / 9.250°N 58.500°W / 9.250; -58.500) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 20 crew. Survivors were rescued by Athelrill ( United Kingdom).[72][129]
Lihue  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea 275 nautical miles (509 km) west of Martinique by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew abandoned ship and were rescued by British Governor ( United Kingdom. An attempt was made by USS Partridge ( United States Navy) to tow her to St Lucia but she sank on 26 February.[72][130]
HMS P38  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 90 nautical miles (170 km) east of Tripoli, Libya by Circe, Pessagno, and Usodimare (all ( Regia Marina)) with the loss of all 32 crew.[72]
Stockport  United Kingdom World War II: The convoy rescue ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-604 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all aboard, including the entire crew of Empire Trader ( United Kingdom.[29]
Sun  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 54 nautical miles (100 km) north of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles (13°02′N 70°41′W / 13.033°N 70.683°W / 13.033; -70.683) and was abandoned by her 36 crew. She was later reboarded and sailed to Aruba for temporary repairs. Later repaired and returned to service.[131]
Thalia  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off Moncos Island (13°00′N 70°45′W / 13.000°N 70.750°W / 13.000; -70.750 by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 41 crew.[72][132][133]
W. D. Andersen  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (27°09′N 79°56′W / 27.150°N 79.933°W / 27.150; -79.933) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of her 35 crew. The survivor was rescued by an American fishing vessel. W. D. Andersen later sank at (27°09′N 80°15′W / 27.150°N 80.250°W / 27.150; -80.250).[72][134]
West Zeda  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 125 nautical miles (232 km) south east of Trinidad (9°13′N 59°04′W / 9.217°N 59.067°W / 9.217; -59.067) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by the schooner Emeralda (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent).[72][135]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Anadara  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°45′N 42°15′W / 43.750°N 42.250°W / 43.750; -42.250 by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). She then straggled behind the convoy and was torpedoed and sunk (43°57′N 44°45′W / 43.950°N 44.750°W / 43.950; -44.750) by U-587 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 62 crew.[136][137]
Eidanger  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°11′N 43°25′W / 44.183°N 43.417°W / 44.183; -43.417) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by Toward ( United Kingdom).[138]
Empire Celt  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 534[dubious ] crew. Survivors were rescued by Citadelle ( Canada and HMT St Zeno ( Royal Navy). She was taken in tow but later broke in two, with the bow section sinking. A tug was sent to salvage the stern section but it also sank at 43°50′N 43°38′W / 43.833°N 43.633°W / 43.833; -43.633.[72]
Empire Hail  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of St John's, Newfoundland (40°48′N 40°21′W / 40.800°N 40.350°W / 40.800; -40.350) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[29][72]
Finnanger  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°45′N 42°15′W / 43.750°N 42.250°W / 43.750; -42.250 by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine).[72]
Inverarder  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°34′N 42°37′W / 44.567°N 42.617°W / 44.567; -42.617) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by Empire Flame ( United Kingdom).[72][139]
Kota Radja  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[72]
Snark  Panama World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Pacific Ocean off the Amédée Lighthouse, New Caledonia. She was beached near the lighthouse bur broke in two and was declared a total loss. The crew were rescued by USS Worden ( United States Navy).[72][140][141]
Struma  Panama World War II: The merchant ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off Yam Burnu, Turkey (41°23′N 29°13′E / 41.383°N 29.217°E / 41.383; 29.217) by Shch-213 ( Soviet Navy) with the loss of all 10 crew and all but one of at least 768 Jewish refugees aboard.[72][123]
White Crest  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 67: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°45′N 42°15′W / 43.750°N 42.250°W / 43.750; -42.250) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[142]

25 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Boeroe  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk south of the Sunda Strait by I-58 ( Imperial Japanese Navy. All 70 crew made it ashore to Java Head where they were picked up on 28 February by HMAS Bendigo and HMAS Burnie.[72][143]
Esso Copenhagen  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of one of her 39 crew.[72]
La Carriere  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (16°35′N 75°20′W / 16.583°N 75.333°W / 16.583; -75.333) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 41 crew.[72]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Cabedelo  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (16°00′N 42°30′W / 16.000°N 42.500°W / 16.000; -42.500) by Leonardo da Vinci ( Regia Marina). All 54 hands were lost.[144]
Cassimer  United States World War II: The Tanker was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (33°28′N 77°34′W / 33.467°N 77.567°W / 33.467; -77.567) 48 miles from Frying Pan Shoals in a collision with freighter Lara ( United States).[145]
Mamura  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°00′N 76°20′W / 29.000°N 76.333°W / 29.000; -76.333) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[72][146]
Monte Sarmiento  Germany World War II: The passenger ship was bombed, set afire and severely damaged at Kiel, Germany by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was consequently scrapped.[22][72]

27 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS BEN-2  Koninklijk Marine World War II: The auxiliary oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 25 miles south west of Banyuwangi, Java, by the submarine] I-53 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[147]
HNLMS De Ruyter  Koninklijk Marine World War II: Battle of the Java Sea: The De Ruyter-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk by Haguro ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 345 of her 435 crew.
HMS Electra  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of the Java Sea: The E-class destroyer was sunk with the loss of 121 of her 173 crew.
Fernside  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Banff, Aberdeenshire.[72]
USS Langley  United States Navy World War II: The seaplane tender and aircraft transport was bombed by Japanese aircraft in the Indian Ocean south of Java, Dutch East Indies with the loss of 16 of her 468 crew. She was scuttled by USS Edsall and USS Whipple (both  United States Navy) due to damage sustained.
HMS Jupiter  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of the Java Sea: The J-class destroyer struck a mine and sank north of Java.
HNLMS Java  Koninklijk Marine World War II: Battle of the Java Sea: The Java-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk by Nachi ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 500 of her 526 crew.
HNLMS Kortenaer  Koninklijk Marine World War II: Battle of the Java Sea: The Admiralen-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by Haguro ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 40 of her 153 crew.
Macgregor  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (19°50′N 69°40′W / 19.833°N 69.667°W / 19.833; -69.667) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by a San Domingo Coast Guard cutter.[72][148]
Marore  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°33′N 74°58′W / 35.550°N 74.967°W / 35.550; -74.967) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by USCGC CG-3843 ( United States Coast Guard) and John D. Gill ( United States).[72][149]
Moesie  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Banjoewangi, Dutch East Indies by I-53 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[72]
NM-01 Vandale  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Steiermark class Naval Whaler vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk by ShCh-402 ( Soviet Navy) in the Laksefjord (71°06′N 26°57′E / 71.100°N 26.950°E / 71.100; 26.950).[150]
Nam Yong  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (15°55′S 108°05′E / 15.917°S 108.083°E / -15.917; 108.083) by an Imperial Japanese Navy submarine. Five crew were taken as prisoners of war.[72]
R.P. Resor  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) east of the Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey (39°47′N 73°26′W / 39.783°N 73.433°W / 39.783; -73.433) by U-578 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 7 Gunners and 40 crewmen. Survivors, 1 Gunner and 1 crewman, were rescued by USCGC CG-4344 ( United States Coast Guard).[151]
Starke  Sweden World war II: The train ferry struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Saßnitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.[22]
Tembien  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 24 nautical miles (44 km) west of Tripoli, Libya by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[72]

28 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1942
Ship Country Description
Ban Ho Guan  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea off Bali, Dutch East Indies by I-4 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[72]
Bayou  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°08′N 55°14′W / 8.133°N 55.233°W / 8.133; -55.233) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all but one crew.[72]
City of Manchester  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Tjilatjap, Java, at (8°16′S 108°52′E / 8.267°S 108.867°E / -8.267; 108.867) by the submarine I-53 (1925) ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of three of the 137 people aboard. Six survivors were taken as prisoners of war. Other survivors were rescued by the minesweepers USS Lark and USS Whippoorwill ( United States Navy).[72][147][152]
Everasma  Latvia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 17°N 48°W / 17°N 48°W / 17; -48) by Leonardo da Vinci ( Regia Marina). 15 crew were rescued.[72]
I-5  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type J1 modified class submarine ran aground on a reef in the north passage of Staring Bay. Refloated on 20 March 1942. Repaired and returned to service by 25 March.[153]
USS Jacob Jones  United States Navy World War II: The Wickes-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape May, New Jersey by U-578 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 102 of her 113 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Eagle Boat 56 ( United States Navy).
Leif  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°45′N 69°20′W / 34.750°N 69.333°W / 34.750; -69.333) by U-653 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sveadrott ( Sweden).[72][154]
Oregon  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°44′N 67°52′W / 20.733°N 67.867°W / 20.733; -67.867) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Four survivors were rescued by Gulfpenn ( United States), the rest reached land in their lifeboat.[72][155]
Parigi  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (approximately 8°S 109°E / 8°S 109°E / -8; 109) by I-53 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[72]
Prominent  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk 230 nautical miles (430 km) south of Tjilatlap, Dutch East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy warships with the loss of 24 lives. Survivors were rescued by Tomohon and Zaandam (both  Netherlands).[156]
HNLMS Reiger  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was wrecked north west of Java.[19][23]
HNLMS Schouten  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The misc. auxiliary was scuttled to prevent capture.[23]
HNLMS Sirius  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was sunk north west of Java by Japanese aircraft.[19]
Thyra  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, United Kingdom. All 24 crew were rescued.[72]
Tomohon  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk off Tjilatjap, Dutch East Indies by Arashi and Nowaki (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). All 30 crew were rescued.[72][156]
War Sirdar  United Kingdom World War II: The Standard British WWI type tanker was torpedoed and damaged, or ran aground on a reef, in the Sunda Strait and was beached on Agenielien Island, Dutch East Indies (5°31′S 106°36′E / 5.517°S 106.600°E / -5.517; 106.600) on March 1. She was declared a total loss. She was refloated, and repaired between March and June, 1942 and put in Imperial Japanese Army service as Honan Maru (A.K.A. Konan Maru).[72][157]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Dowgate  Royal Navy World War II: The Moorgate Class gate vessel was scuttled in February at Singapore to prevent capture.[158]
I-23  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine went missing in the area of the Hawaii Territory between Feb 24th and 28th. Probably sank in a diving accident.[159]
HMS Ludgate  Royal Navy World War II: The Moorgate Class gate vessel was scuttled in February at Singapore to prevent capture.[160]
HMS MMS 52, HMS MMS 93,
HMS MMS 94, HMS MMS 125,
HMS MMS 126, HMS MMS 127,
HMS MMS 128 and HMS MMS 166
 Royal Navy World War II: The incomplete MMS-class minesweepers were scuttled on the stocks, or scuttled by sinking, at Singapore.[161]

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