List of shipwrecks in February 1943

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The list of shipwrecks in February 1943 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during February 1943.

February 1943
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1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1943
Ship Country Description
USS De Haven  United States Navy World War II: Operation Ke: The Fletcher-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) east of Savo Island, Solomon Islands with the loss of 167 of her 329 crew. 146 survivors rescued by USS LCT-63 and USS LCT-181 both ( United States Navy).
Fushimi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tarpon ( United States Navy).[1]
Joseph Elise  France World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco (28°03′N 12°54′W / 28.050°N 12.900°W / 28.050; -12.900) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 12 crew.[2]
Makigumo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Yūgumo-class destroyer struck a mine and was damaged in the Pacific Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south south west of Savo Island (9°15′S 159°47′E / 9.250°S 159.783°E / -9.250; 159.783). The 237 crew were taken off by Yūgumo ( Imperial Japanese Navy), which scuttled the ship.
Othmarschen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine off the North Cape, Norway.[3]
Pozzuoli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[1]
USS PT-37  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT Boat was shelled and sunk by Kawakaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy) off Guadalcanal.[4]
USS PT-111  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT Boat was shelled and sunk by Kawakaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy) off Guadalcanal.[5]
USS PT-123  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 77' PT Boat was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal.[6]
UJ 1101  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in Porsangerfjord by L-20 ( Soviet Navy).[1]
UJ 1108  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in Porsangerfjord by L-20 ( Soviet Navy).[1][7]
V 5909 Coronel  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Seeteufel class Naval Whaler Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in Varangerfjord.[1]
V 6115 Ostwind  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Polarkreis class naval whaler Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk by M-172 ( Soviet Navy) off Kiberg, Norway (70°25′N 31°02′E / 70.417°N 31.033°E / 70.417; 31.033) .[8]
HMS Welshman  Royal Navy World War II: The Abdiel-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Tobruk, Libya (32°12′N 24°52′E / 32.200°N 24.867°E / 32.200; 24.867) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 152 of her 242 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Belvoir and HMS Tetcott (both  Royal Navy).[9]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1943
Ship Country Description
LCT 326  Royal Navy World War II: The Mk. 3 Landing Craft Tank foundered in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Man.[10]
Jeremiah van Rensselaer  United States World War II: Convoy HX 224: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Greenland (55°13′N 28°52′W / 55.217°N 28.867°W / 55.217; -28.867) by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 47 of her 71 crew. Survivors were rescued by Accrington ( United Kingdom).[11][12]
Salemi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Capri by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[1]
Valsavoia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Capri by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[1]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Cordelia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 224: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (56°37′N 22°58′W / 56.617°N 22.967°W / 56.617; -22.967) by U-632 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 46 of her 47 crew. The survivor was rescued by U-632 and made a prisoner of war.[13]
Dorchester  United States Army World War II: Convoy SG 19: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) west of Cape Farewell, Greenland (59°22′N 48°42′W / 59.367°N 48.700°W / 59.367; -48.700) by U-223 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 675 of the 904 people aboard including fifteen Navy Gunners and four Army Chaplains. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Comanche and USCGC Escanaba (both  United States Coast Guard).[14]
Greylock  United States World War II: Convoy RA 52: The Design 1133 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea (70°52′N 0°21′W / 70.867°N 0.350°W / 70.867; -0.350) by U-255 ( Kriegsmarine). All 70 crew were rescued by HMS Harrier, HMT Lady Madeleine and HMT Northern Wave (all  Royal Navy).[15]
Inverilen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 224: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (56°35′N 23°30′W / 56.583°N 23.500°W / 56.583; -23.500) by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 47 crew. She was abandoned by the survivors, who were rescued by HMS Asphodel ( Royal Navy). Inverilen later sank at 56°13′N 20°35′W / 56.217°N 20.583°W / 56.217; -20.583.[16]
Rhexenor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (24°59′N 43°57′W / 24.983°N 43.950°W / 24.983; -43.950) by U-217 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 70 crew. One survivor was taken aboard U-217 as a prisoner of war. Others were rescued by HMY Conqueror ( Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[17]
Saetta  Regia Marina World War II: The Freccia-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[18]
U-265  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°35′N 22°49′W / 56.583°N 22.817°W / 56.583; -22.817) by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 220 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[19]
Uragano  Regia Marina World War II: The Ciclone-class torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[18]
USS YC-886 and USS YC-887 ( United States Navy): World War II: The Open Lighters sank in heavy weather at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[20]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Le Tre Sorrelle Marie  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at "Pt. Alice" by HMS Unseen ( Royal Navy).[1]
No 2  Soviet Union World War II:The Government owned Bolinder Type Landing Barge hulk was sunk at Southern Ozereyka near Novorossiysk.[21]
No 4  Soviet Union World War II:The Government owned Bolinder Type Landing Barge hulk was sunk at Southern Ozereyka near Novorossiysk.[22]
No 6  Soviet Union World War II:The Government owned Bolinder Type Landing Barge hulk was sunk at Southern Ozereyka near Novorossiysk.[23]
SKA-051  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Novorossiysk.[1]
SKA-0141  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Novorossiysk.[1]
U-187  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°12′N 36°35′W / 50.200°N 36.583°W / 50.200; -36.583) by HMS Beverley and HMS Vimy (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of nine of her 54 crew.[24]

5 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Corona  Norway World War II: Convoy AW 22: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°11′N 24°46′E / 32.183°N 24.767°E / 32.183; 24.767) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine). All 103 people aboard were rescued by HMS ML 356 and HMS ML 1012 (both  Royal Navy). Corona was taken under tow by HMS Erica ( Royal Navy) and beached at Tobruk, Libya. She sank on 24 February but was refloated on 17 October 1947, only to sink two days later whilst under tow.[25]
Henrik  Norway World War II: Convoy AW 22: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (32°11′N 24°46′E / 32.183°N 24.767°E / 32.183; 24.767) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by vessels escorting the convoy.[26]
HMS Stronsay  Royal Navy World War II: The Isles-class trawler struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Philippeville, Algeria. Her crew survived.[9]
Tristan  Germany World War II: The cargo ship disappeared en route from Danzig to Memel.[27]
UJ 1108 Elbe  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk by K-3 ( Soviet Navy) off Berlevåg, Norway (70°12′N 27°41′E / 70.200°N 27.683°E / 70.200; 27.683) .[28][29]
Utilitas  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy) east of Palermo, Italy.[30]
V 1602 La Provence  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak.[1]
West Portal  United States World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 53°N 33°W / 53°N 33°W / 53; -33) by U-413 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 77 crew.[31]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Grundsee  Germany The cargo ship disappeared in the Baltic Sea north of Memel.[32]
I-O-16 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was driven ashore and wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off North Africa.[33][34][35]
I-O-30 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was driven ashore and wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off North Africa.[33][34][35]
I-O-31 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was driven ashore and wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off North Africa.[33][34][35]
K-0154  Soviet Navy World War II: The MKM Type patrol vessel was sunk on this date.[36]
HMS LCM 80  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft, Mechanized was wrecked at Benghazi.[37][38]
HMCS Louisburg  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran, Algeria by Regia Aeronautica aircraft with the loss of 42 of her 92 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Lookout ( Royal Navy).[9]
Nagisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Tinian by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy) and was beached. Two crewmen were killed. She was refloated on 15 February. Repaired and returned to service in November, 1943.[39]
Polyktor  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°04′N 33°04′W / 53.067°N 33.067°W / 53.067; -33.067) by U-266 ( Kriegsmarine). Only two crew survived, they were taken aboard U-266 as prisoners of war.[40]
SF 207 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed, or mined, and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[1][35][41]
Zagloba  Poland World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship struggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°23′N 16°00′W / 56.383°N 16.000°W / 56.383; -16.000) by U-262 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 26 crew.[42]

7 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Adamas  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship collided with one of the escorting destroyers in the Atlantic Ocean. She was scuttled by HMS Beverley ( Royal Navy). Lobelia ( Free French Naval Forces) rescued 13 survivors.[43][44]
Afrika  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°16′N 26°31′W / 55.267°N 26.517°W / 55.267; -26.517) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of the 60 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Campanula and HMS Mignonette (both  Royal Navy).[45]
Baltonia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MKS 7: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°58′N 5°59′W / 35.967°N 5.983°W / 35.967; -5.983 with the loss of eleven of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kingsland ( United Kingdom.[46]
Daghild  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) and was abandoned by her 39 crew, who were rescued by Lobelia ( Free French Naval Forces). Daghild was torpedoed and sunk the next day at 55°25′N 26°12′W / 55.417°N 26.200°W / 55.417; -26.200) by U-608 ( Kriegsmarine).[43]
Empire Banner  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by U-77. She was then bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 72 people aboard were rescued by HMCS Camrose ( Royal Canadian Navy).
Empire Mordred  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MKS 7: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°58′N 5°59′W / 35.967°N 5.983°W / 35.967; -5.983) and broke in two. Both sections sank with the loss of 15 of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Scarborough ( Royal Navy).[47][48]
Empire Webster  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KMS 8: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria 36°47′N 1°37′E / 36.783°N 1.617°E / 36.783; 1.617) by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 63 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Camrose ( Royal Canadian Navy).[47][49]
Harmala  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°14′N 26°37′W / 55.233°N 26.617°W / 55.233; -26.617) by U-614 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by Lobelia ( Free French Naval Forces).[50]
Henry R. Mallory  United States World War II: Convoy SC 118: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) south west of Iceland (55°18′N 26°29′W / 55.300°N 26.483°W / 55.300; -26.483) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 272 of the 494 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Bibb and USCGC Ingham (both  United States Coast Guard).[51]
K-22  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Helnes Lighthouse, Norway.[1]
Kalliopi  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°27′N 26°08′W / 55.450°N 26.133°W / 55.450; -26.133) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 36 crew.[52]
HMS LCI(L)-162  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft Infantry (Large) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-596 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 lives.[53]
Mary Slessor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MKS 7: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°55′N 6°02′W / 35.917°N 6.033°W / 35.917; -6.033) with the loss of 32 of the 80 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Landguard ( Royal Navy).[54]
Nerva  Norway The cargo ship ran aground in a blizzard off Rørvik, Norway.[55][56]
Robert E. Hopkins  United States World War II: Convoy SC 118: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 650 nautical miles (1,200 km) west of Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland (55°13′N 26°22′W / 55.217°N 26.367°W / 55.217; -26.367) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mignonette ( Royal Navy).[57]
HMT Tervani  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by Acciaio ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 22 crew.[9]
Toward  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 118: The convoy rescue ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell (55°13′N 26°22′W / 55.217°N 26.367°W / 55.217; -26.367) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 46 of the 74 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Mignonette ( Royal Navy).[58]
U-609  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°17′N 26°38′W / 55.283°N 26.633°W / 55.283; -26.633) by Lobelia ( Free French Naval Forces) with the loss of all 47 crew.[59]
U-624  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°42′N 26°17′W / 55.700°N 26.283°W / 55.700; -26.283) by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 220 Squadron Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.[60]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1943
Ship Country Description
HMT Bredon  Royal Navy World War II: The Hill-class trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands (29°49′N 14°05′W / 29.817°N 14.083°W / 29.817; -14.083) by U-521 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 43 crew.[61]
Iron Knight  Australia World War II: Convoy OC 8: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Montague Island, Australia (36°51′S 149°44′E / 36.850°S 149.733°E / -36.850; 149.733) by I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 36 of her 50 crew. Fourteen survivors were rescued by Le Triomphant ( Free French Naval Forces).[62]
Kusuyama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tunny ( United States Navy).[1]
HMS LCM 61  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft, Mechanized sank in a storm in Benghazi Harbor.[63][64]
HMS LCT 2335  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 118: The Landing Craft, Tank was being transported as deck cargo aboard Daghild ( Norway) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk.[65]
No. 86  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[66]
Newton Ash  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 118: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (56°25′N 22°26′W / 56.417°N 22.433°W / 56.417; -22.433) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Ingham ( United States Coast Guard).[67]
Northern Sword  United States World War II: Freighter acquired by U.S. Army sunk by collision in the Caribbean Sea while in transit to the Southwest Pacific Area for Army service.[68][69]
Roger B. Taney  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (22°00′S 7°45′W / 22.000°S 7.750°W / -22.000; -7.750) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Bagé ( Brazil) and Penrith Castle ( United Kingdom).[70]
SF 98 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia.[1][35][41]
SF 208 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was driven ashore and wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia.[1][35][41]
Tatsuta Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (43 nautical miles (80 km))south east of Mikura-jima (33°45′N 140°25′E / 33.750°N 140.417°E / 33.750; 140.417) by USS Tarpon ( United States Navy). All 1,223 troops and 198 crewmen were killed.[71]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Avorio  Regia Marina World War II: The Acciaio-class submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by HMCS Regina ( Royal Canadian Navy). She was taken in tow, but foundered the next day.[72]
HMS Erica  Royal Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya and sank with some loss of life. Over 70 survivors were rescued by HMSAS Southern Maid ( South African Navy).[9]
Eritrea  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy) east of Monopoli, Italy (40°56′N 17°36′E / 40.933°N 17.600°E / 40.933; 17.600).[73]
F 278A  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was wrecked on this date.[74]
Kusuyama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Taiwan Strait (22°40′N 119°12′E / 22.667°N 119.200°E / 22.667; 119.200) by USS Tunny ( United States Navy).[75]
Malachite  Regia Marina World War II: The Perla-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HNLMS Dolfijn ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[1]
Pan Royal  United States World War II: Convoy UGS 5: The Design 1019 cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean (36°40′N 67°20′W / 36.667°N 67.333°W / 36.667; -67.333) with Evita ( Norway) and George Davis ( United States) and sank with the loss of eight of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Boyle ( United States Navy).
Roger B. Taney  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°00′S 15°00′W / 23.000°S 15.000°W / -23.000; -15.000) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine).[76]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Amari Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pickerel ( United States Navy).[1]
Cosala  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Una ( Royal Navy) off Punta Staletti, Italy.[77]
Petrarch  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sicily by HMS Una ( Royal Navy).[1]
Queen Anne  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CA 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Agulhas, South Africa (34°53′S 19°51′E / 34.883°S 19.850°E / -34.883; 19.850) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT St. Zeno ( Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[78]
SF 210 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Cape Bon Tunisia.[1][35][79]
SF 210 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Cape Bon Tunisia.[1][35][79]
Saroena  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (33°47′N 35°09′E / 33.783°N 35.150°E / 33.783; 35.150) by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 59 crew. The ship was beached near Beirut, Lebanon. Refloated on 12 February, later repaired and returned to service.[80]
Starr King  United States
Starr King

World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (34°15′S 154°20′E / 34.250°S 154.333°E / -34.250; 154.333) by I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Survivors were rescued by HMAS Warramunga ( Royal Australian Navy).[62][81]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Al Kasbanah  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Tripoli, Libya (35°02′N 34°35′E / 35.033°N 34.583°E / 35.033; 34.583) by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[82]
Dolphin  Palestine World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Tripoli (35°02′N 34°35′E / 35.033°N 34.583°E / 35.033; 34.583 by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[83]
Grete  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Valencia off Caope Oropesa by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1][84]
Helmspey  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 11 nautical miles (20 km) south of Cape St. Francis, Cape Colony (34°22′S 24°54′E / 34.367°S 24.900°E / -34.367; 24.900) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 46 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by R-4 (Air Force Ensign of South Africa (1940-1951).svg South African Air Force).[85]
Husni Lebanese French flag.svg Lebanon World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Tripoli 35°02′N 34°35′E / 35.033°N 34.583°E / 35.033; 34.583 by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[86]
I-18  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The I-16-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Coral Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of San Cristóbal, Solomon Islands (14°15′S 161°53′E / 14.250°S 161.883°E / -14.250; 161.883) by USS Fletcher ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 102 crew.[87]
Lola  Germany World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unison ( Royal Navy).[1]
Sabah el Kheir  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Jaffa, Palestine by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[88]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Castilian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck East Platters Rocks, near The Skerries, Anglesey, Wales,and sank.
Fechenheim  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged by K-3 ( Soviet Navy) off Båtsfjord, Norway and was consequently beached. Later refloated and towed to Germany where she was deemed beyond repair.[29]
Sveggsund  Norway The coaster's cargo caught fire and she burnt and sank in Billefjord, Norway.[89]
U-442  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal (37°32′N 11°56′W / 37.533°N 11.933°W / 37.533; -11.933) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Mafalda  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk off Lungha by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy).[1]
U-620  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Lisbon, Portugal (39°18′N 11°17′W / 39.300°N 11.283°W / 39.300; -11.283) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 202 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 47 crew.[90]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Hirotama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Makassar Strait 73 miles west of Cape Mandal, Celebes (03°59′S 117°30′E / 3.983°S 117.500°E / -3.983; 117.500) by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[91][92]
Hitachi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Koshin Maru-class transport was bombed and sunk off Buin by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force (06°45′S 155°50′E / 6.750°S 155.833°E / -6.750; 155.833).[1][93]
Krazny Profintern  Soviet Union World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea by U-19 ( Kriegsmarine).[1]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Atlantic Sun  United States World War II: Convoy ON 165: The tanker straggled behind the convoy due to engine trouble. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 51°N 41°W / 51°N 41°W / 51; -41) by U-607 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 65 of her 66 crew. The survivor was taken aboard U-607 as a prisoner of war.[94]
Modica  Italy World War II: the cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Naples. She was raised in 1947, repaired and returned to service.[95]
Molo Carmine  Italy World War II: the cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Naples.[95]
Suruya Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia, Solomon Islands by USS Gato ( United States Navy).[96]
Tateyama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pickerel ( United States Navy).[1]
U-529  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°45′N 31°09′W / 55.750°N 31.150°W / 55.750; -31.150) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[97]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Amberjack  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, by a Japanese aircraft and Hiyodori and CH-18 (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).
Capo Orso  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft south-west of Marsala, Italy (37°40′N 12°07′E / 37.667°N 12.117°E / 37.667; 12.117).[98]
Hyuga Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo shp was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[1]
Kola  Soviet Union The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Sawfish ( United States Navy). Her Master, 44 crewmen, 10 Soviet Navy personnel, and 16 other passengers killed in the sinking or died during the two weeks spent in lifeboats before reaching land.[99]
Listo  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Spodsbjerg, Denmark.[100]
Melilla  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off IJmuiden, Netherlands.[101]
Passubio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Calabria by HMS Unrivalled ( Royal Navy).[1]
SF 152 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was driven ashore and wrecked, or foundered, in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[1][35][41]
Sparviero  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Calabria by HMS Unrivalled ( Royal Navy).[1]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Deer Lodge  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (33°46′S 26°57′E / 33.767°S 26.950°E / -33.767; 26.950) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMSAS Africana ( South African Navy), HMHS Atlantis ( Royal Navy) and the trawler Havorn ( South Africa).[102]
F 473  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea south west of Feolent, Soviet Union.[103]
Ilmen  Soviet Union The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of Kyushu (30°56′N 135°30′E / 30.933°N 135.500°E / 30.933; 135.500) by USS Sawfish ( United States Navy). 7 crewmen killed. 35 survivors rescued by Kashirstroy ( Soviet Union).[104]
Llanashe  United Kingdom The 4,836 grt freighter was torpedoed off Port Elizabeth (34°00′S 28°30′E / 34.000°S 28.500°E / -34.000; 28.500) on voyage from New York by U-182 ( Kriegsmarine). There were 33 killed.[105]
S-71  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was shelled, rammed and sunk by HMS Garth ( Royal Navy).[106]
U-69  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°36′N 41°07′W / 50.600°N 41.117°W / 50.600; -41.117) by HMS Fame ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 46 crew.
U-201  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°50′N 40°50′W / 50.833°N 40.833°W / 50.833; -40.833) by HMS Viscount ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.
U-205  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (32°56′N 22°01′E / 32.933°N 22.017°E / 32.933; 22.017) by a Bristol Bisley aircraft of the South African Air Force and also by HMS Paladin ( Royal Navy) with the loss of eight of her 50 crew.[107]
XXI Aprile  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily by HMS Splendid ( Royal Navy).[1]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Akagane Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and damaged in the Pacific Ocean south west of Attu Island, Alaska, United States by USS Gillespie and USS Indianapolis (both  United States Navy). She sank two days later at 53°05′N 171°22′E / 53.083°N 171.367°E / 53.083; 171.367).[108]
Betta  Germany The cargo ship struck the breakwater at Valencia, Spain and sank. The wreck was broken up in situ in 1946.[109]
Brasiloide  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off the Garcia D'Avila Lighthouse (12°38′S 37°57′W / 12.633°S 37.950°W / -12.633; -37.950) by U-518 ( Kriegsmarine). All 50 crew survived.[110]
Col di Lana  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft north-west of Palermo, Italy (38°29′N 12°49′E / 38.483°N 12.817°E / 38.483; 12.817).[111]
RD 24  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper foundered in a storm off Egadi Island west of Sicily.[112]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Ockenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum.[1]
Mogamigawa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea north of the Mariana Islands by USS Whale ( United States Navy).[113]
Somedono Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Somedono Maru class transport was bombed and sunk at Buin, Bouganville. 2 passengers and 26 crewmen are killed.[114]
U-268  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°03′N 5°56′W / 47.050°N 5.933°W / 47.050; -5.933) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 172 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.
U-562  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Benghazi, Libya by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 38 Squadron, Royal Air Force and also by HMS Hursley and HMS Isis (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[115]
Zeus  Greece World War II: Convoy ONS 165: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°28′N 44°50′W / 49.467°N 44.833°W / 49.467; -44.833) by U-403 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[116]
V 408 Haltenbank  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain by USS Blackfish ( United States Navy).[1][117]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Kjøbenhavn  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany.[84]
Oshio  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Asashio-class destroyer was torpedoed off Wewak, New Guinea by USS Albacore ( United States Navy) and sunk under tow in the Pacific Ocean 70 miles north-west of Manus Island, Admiralty Islands (00°50′S 146°06′E / 0.833°S 146.100°E / -0.833; 146.100) with the loss of eight of her crew. Survivors were rescued by Arashio ( Imperial Japanese Navy.[118]
Radhurst  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 165: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) north north west of St. John's, Newfoundland (49°50′N 41°50′W / 49.833°N 41.833°W / 49.833; -41.833) by U-525 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 42 crew.[119]
SF 99 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was wrecked in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia.[35][41]
SF 209 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was wrecked in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea at Cape Bon Tunisia.[35][41]
SF 215 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[35][41]
SF 216 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[35][41]
Shinkoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Halibut ( United States Navy).[1]
USS YMS-133  United States Navy The minesweeper foundered in a storm at Coos Bay, Oregon.[120]

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Artemis Pitta  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Melos, Greece by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of 14 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[121]
Baalbeck  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Algeria by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy).[1]
Empire Trader  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal by U-92 ( Kriegsmarine). All 106 crew were rescued by Stockport ( United Kingdom) before Empire Trader was scuttled at 48°27′N 29°47′W / 48.450°N 29.783°W / 48.450; -29.783 by HMCS Dauphin ( Royal Canadian Navy) following orders received from the Admiralty.[47][122]
H. H. Rogers  Panama World War II: Convoy ONS 167: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 550 nautical miles (1,020 km) west of the Fastnet Rock (50°30′N 24°38′W / 50.500°N 24.633°W / 50.500; -24.633) by U-664 ( Kriegsmarine). All 73 crew were rescued by Rathlin ( United Kingdom).[123]
Kuwayama Maru  Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and damaged in the Flores Sea by USS Thresher ( United States Navy). After evading Japanese anti-submarine defences, USS Thresher torpedoed and sunk her the next day.[124]
Rosario  United States World War II: Convoy ONS 167: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 550 nautical miles (1,020 km) west of the Fastnet Rock (50°30′N 24°38′W / 50.500°N 24.633°W / 50.500; -24.633) by U-664 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 3 Gunners and 30 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin ( United Kingdom).[125]
SF 211 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was driven ashore and wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon Tunisia.[1][35][41]
Stigstad  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 166: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 49°26′N 29°08′W / 49.433°N 29.133°W / 49.433; -29.133) by U-332 and U-604 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Thomas Boot ( United Kingdom).[126]
Thorsheimer  Germany World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) south west of Marettimo, Italy by British aircraft.[1][127]
U-623  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°08′N 29°37′W / 48.133°N 29.617°W / 48.133; -29.617) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[128]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Chattanooga City  United States World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°53′N 32°24′W / 46.883°N 32.400°W / 46.883; -32.400) by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine). All 58 crew were rescued by HMCS Trillium ( Royal Canadian Navy).[129]
Empire Redshank  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (46°53′N 34°32′W / 46.883°N 34.533°W / 46.883; -34.533) by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine). All 47 crew were rescued by HMCS Trillium ( Royal Canadian Navy), which scuttled the ship.[130]
Expositor  United States World War II: Convoy ON 166: The Design 1022 cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (46°53′N 34°32′W / 46.883°N 34.533°W / 46.883; -34.533) by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 60 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMCS Trillium ( Royal Canadian Navy). Expositor was torpedoed and sunk the next day by U-303 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
Gerd  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (37°45′N 11°37′E / 37.750°N 11.617°E / 37.750; 11.617) by Allied aircraft based on Malta.[1][109]
N. T. Nielsen Alonso  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 166: The factory ship straggled behind the convoy, was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) east of Cape Race, Newfoundland by U-92 and U-753 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 53 crew. She was scuttled at 48°00′N 34°00′W / 48.000°N 34.000°W / 48.000; -34.000 by ORP Burza ( Polish Navy). Survivors were rescued by USCGC Campbell ( United States Coast Guard).[132][133]
Roxburgh Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal (38°12′N 26°22′W / 38.200°N 26.367°W / 38.200; -26.367) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine). All 64 crew survived.[134]
U-225  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°37′N 30°35′W / 48.617°N 30.583°W / 48.617; -30.583) by HMS Dianthus ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 46 crew.[135]
U-606  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°44′N 33°43′W / 47.733°N 33.717°W / 47.733; -33.717) by ORP Burza ( Polish Navy) and USCGC Campbell ( United States Coast Guard) with the loss of 36 of her 47 crew.[136]
HMCS Weyburn  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy MKS 8: The Flower-class corvette struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea east of Gibraltar (35°46′N 6°02′W / 35.767°N 6.033°W / 35.767; -6.033) with the loss of nine of her 77 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Black Swan and HMS Wivern (both  Royal Navy).[9]
USS YP-72  United States Navy World War II: The Yard Patrol Craft ran aground and sank at Spruce Cape, Kodiak, Alaska.[137]

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Alexander Ulyanov  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by German aircraft at Tuapse. 52 crew and stevedores killed.[138]
Athelprincess  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UC 1: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Madeira, Portugal (32°02′N 24°38′W / 32.033°N 24.633°W / 32.033; -24.633) by U-522 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Weston ( Royal Navy).[139]
Empire Norseman  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UC 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Azores, Portugal by U-382 ( Kriegsmarine). All 53 crew were rescued by HMS Totland ( Royal Navy). Empire Norseman was later torpedoed and sunk at 31°18′N 27°20′W / 31.300°N 27.333°W / 31.300; -27.333) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine).[140]
Esso Baton Rouge  United States World War II: Convoy UC 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°15′N 27°22′W / 31.250°N 27.367°W / 31.250; -27.367) by U-202 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 68 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Totland ( Royal Navy).[141]
Eulima  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°48′N 36°18′W / 46.800°N 36.300°W / 46.800; -36.300) by U-186 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 62 of her 63 crew. The survivor was taken aboard U-186 as a prisoner of war.[142]
Fintra  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Algiers, Algeria (36°57′N 3°41′E / 36.950°N 3.683°E / 36.950; 3.683) by U-371 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of the 35 people aboard.[143]
Glitrefjell  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 166: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (41°11′N 35°35′W / 41.183°N 35.583°W / 41.183; -35.583) by U-628 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Dianthus ( Royal Navy).[144]
Hastings  United States World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°30′N 26°23′W / 46.500°N 26.383°W / 46.500; -26.383) by U-186 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Chilliwack ( Royal Canadian Navy).[145]
Jonathan Sturges  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°15′N 38°11′W / 46.250°N 38.183°W / 46.250; -38.183) by U-707 ( Kriegsmarine). 7 Gunners rescued by USS Belknap ( United States Navy) on 12 March, 2 Gunners and 4 crewmen are rescued and made P.O.W.s by U-336 ( Kriegsmarine) on 6 April.[146]
Kyleclare  Ireland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°50′N 13°20′W / 48.833°N 13.333°W / 48.833; -13.333) by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 18 crew.[147]
SF 87 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon Tunisia.[35][79]
SF 210 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Cape Bon Tunisia.[35][79]
Stockport  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The convoy rescue ship had fallen behind the convoy while rescuing survivors from Empire Trader ( United Kingdom). She had transferred them to HMCS Dauphin ( Royal Canadian Navy) and was attempting to regain the convoy when she was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°22′N 34°10′W / 47.367°N 34.167°W / 47.367; -34.167) by U-604 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 64 crew.[148]
U-443  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria (36°55′N 2°25′E / 36.917°N 2.417°E / 36.917; 2.417) by HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-522  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°27′N 26°22′W / 31.450°N 26.367°W / 31.450; -26.367) by Totland ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[149]
Winkler  Panama World War II: Convoy ON 166: The tanker straggled behind the convoy due to the breakdown of one of her four engines. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-628 ( Kriegsmarine). She was later torpedoed and sunk (46°48′N 36°18′W / 46.800°N 36.300°W / 46.800; -36.300) by U-223 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Dianthus ( Royal Navy).[150]
USS YP-336  United States Navy The Yard Patrol Craft ran aground and sank in the Delaware River.[151]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1943
Ship Country Description
F 143  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Kerch, Soviet Union.[1]
Ingria  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (45°12′N 39°17′W / 45.200°N 39.283°W / 45.200; -39.283) by U-600 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned by her 37 crew and was then scuttled by U-628 ( Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by HMCS Rosthern ( Royal Canadian Navy).[152]
Jonathan Sturges  United States World War II: Convoy ON 166: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°15′N 38°11′W / 46.250°N 38.183°W / 46.250; -38.183) by U-707 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Belknap ( United States Navy).[153]
HMS MTB 262  Royal Navy World War II: The Elco 70' motor torpedo boat was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Serrat, Tunisia by German aircraft.[154]
Nathanael Greene  United States World War II: Convoy MKS 8: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) north east of Oran, Algeria with the loss of four of her 57 crew. She was then torpedoed and further damaged by a Luftwaffe aircraft. Nathanael Green was taken in tow by HMS Brixham ( Royal Navy), which rescued the survivors. The tow was later transferred to HMS Restive ( Royal Navy) and the ship was beached at Salamanda. She was declared a total loss.[155]
U-649  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine collided with U-232 ( Kriegsmarine) in the Baltic Sea (55°15′N 17°15′E / 55.250°N 17.250°E / 55.250; 17.250) and sank with the loss of 35 of her 46 crew.[156]
V 1249 Mewa VIII  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea north of Borkum.[1]
HMS Vandal  Royal Navy The U-class submarine sank in the Sound of Bute off Inchmarnock, Argyllshire with the loss of all 37 crew.

25 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS LCP(L) 87  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft Personnel (Large) was lost on this date.[157]
Manchester Merchant  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 166: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 390 nautical miles (720 km) south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (45°10′N 43°23′W / 45.167°N 43.383°W / 45.167; -43.383) by U-628 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 35 of her 67 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Montgomery and HMCS Rosthern (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[158][159][160]
Takao Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[161]
V 2008 Ritzebüttel  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Broad Fourteens off Westkapelle, West Flanders, Belgium. Ten crew were killed.[1][162]
W 6  Germany World War II: The water boat was bombed and sunk in a Royal Air Force raid on Wilhelmshaven.[1]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1943
Ship Country Description
F 176A  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk on this date, salvaged October, 1944 and put in Soviet service as BDB-13 ( Soviet Navy).[74]
HMT Harstad  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay (50°24′21″N 3°01′41″W / 50.40583°N 3.02806°W / 50.40583; -3.02806) by Kriegsmarine E-boats with the loss of 22 of her 23 crew.[163]
Hohenfriedburg  Germany World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Spain (41°48′N 20°50′W / 41.800°N 20.833°W / 41.800; -20.833) by HMS Sussex ( Royal Navy). The crew were rescued by U-264 ( Kriegsmarine).[164]
Kyo Maru No. 3 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine off Rangoon, Burma (15°36′N 96°15′E / 15.600°N 96.250°E / 15.600; 96.250) and sank.[165][166]
Strong  Sweden World War II: The train ferry struck a mine and sank in the Great Belt. She was salvaged in April 1943.[1]

27 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1943
Ship Country Description
Bodø  Norway The coaster ran aground and sank at Bogskjærene, Norway. She was raised in 1960 and scrapped.[167]
HNLMS Colombia  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The submarine tender was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Simonstown, South Africa (33°36′S 27°29′E / 33.600°S 27.483°E / -33.600; 27.483) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 326 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Genista ( Royal Navy) and a Royal Air Force launch.[168]
T 403 Gruz  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 3 minesweeper was sunk in the Black Sea at Myskhato by S 28, S 51, S 72, and S 102, all ( Kriegsmarine).[169]
Krasnaya Gruziya  Soviet Navy World War II: The Elipidifor type auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and damaged in the Black Sea at Myskhato by S 28, S 51, S 72, and S 102, all ( Kriegsmarine) and beached. Later destroyed by German artillery and aircraft.[170]
Harstad  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Convoy WP 300: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay by S-65, S-68, S-81 and S-85 (all  Kriegsmarine).[9][171]
HMS LCT 381  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy WP 300: The Landing Craft, Tank was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay by S-65, S-68, S-81 and S-85 (all  Kriegsmarine).[9]
HMT Lord Hailsham  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy WP 300: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay by S-65, S-68, S-81 and S-85 (all  Kriegsmarine).[9]
Mius  Soviet Union World War II: The tugboat was sunk by German Schnellboots in the Black Sea near Novorossik. 10 crewmen killed.[138]
Modavia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy WP 300: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Lyme Bay by S-65, S-68, S-81 and S-85 (all  Kriegsmarine).[9]
St Margaret  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Hobson ( United States Navy).[172]
TM 25  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The TM 22-class motor torpedo boat was sunk south of Pont Kanon, Curacao by an explosion.[173]
HMS Tigris  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine (posted missing on 10 March 1943) was presumed sunk in a depth charge attack in the Mediterranean Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) of Capri, Italy by UJ 2210 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 63 crew.
V 1318 Hans Pickenpack  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea north west of Vlieland, Friesland, Netherlands.[1]

28 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1943
Ship Country Description
FR 111  Regia Marina World War II: The Requin-class submarine was bombed and sunk 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of Murro di Porco, Sicily by Allied aircraft.[174]
Ischia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy) off Portofino, Italy.[175]
HMMGB 79  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72-class Motor Gun Boat was shelled and sunk in the North Sea off the Hook of Holland, South Holland, Netherland by M 379, V 1304 Eisenach, V 1305 Wuppertal, V 1309 Kapitän Stemmer, V 1313 Uran, V 1314 Gustav Hugo Deiters and FlJ 23 (all  Kriegsmarine).[1][176]
Paolo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed by aircraft at Cagliari, Italy. While the ship was under repair from the bombing she caught fire and was destroyed on 11 June 1943.[177]
RPT-1 and RPT-3 ( Soviet Navy): World War II: Convoy HX 227: The Higgins 78' class PT Boats were being carried as deck cargo aboard Wade Hampton ( United States) and were both lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-405 ( Kriegsmarine).[178]
S 35  Kriegsmarine World War II: The E-boat struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north west of Bizerte, unisia.[1][179]
Wade Hampton  United States World War II: Convoy HX 227: The Liberty ship straggled 8 nautical miles (15 km) behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (59°49′N 34°43′W / 59.817°N 34.717°W / 59.817; -34.717) by U-405 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Beverley and HMS Vervain (both  Royal Navy).[178][180]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
Ischia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ligurian Sea between 25 and 28 February by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1]
Juan de Astigarraga  Spain World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ligurian Sea between 25 and 28 February by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1]
Krasnaya Gruziya  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-boat was sunk in the Black Sea in late February.[1]
Mariaeck  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ligurian Sea between 25 and 28 February by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1]
T-403 Gruz  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in the Black Sea in late February.[1]
HNoMS Uredd  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Operation Seagull: The U-class submarine struck a mine and sank off Fugløyvær, Norway, on or after 10 February with the loss of all 40 people aboard.
SK-0164  Soviet Navy World War II: The KM-4 patrol vessel was sunk sometime in February.[181]

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