List of shipwrecks in February 1944

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

February 1944
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1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Agia Paraskevi  Greece World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) north east of Soueida, Syria by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine).[1]
Edward Bates  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Ténès, Algeria (36°38′N 0°50′E / 36.633°N 0.833°E / 36.633; 0.833) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken in tow but later sank.[2]
Himli Lebanese French flag.svg Lebanon World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Soueida by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[3]
I-171  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Green Island, New Guinea (05°37′S 154°14′E / 5.617°S 154.233°E / -5.617; 154.233) by USS Guest and USS Hudson (both  United States Navy) with the loss of all 91 hands.[4][5]
Nanka Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy A: The transport was torpedoed and sunk near Halmahera, Maluku Islands by USS Hake ( United States Navy). 258 troops, 6 crew and one gunner died.[6][7]
Ro-39  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaichū type submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wotje(09°24′N 170°32′E / 9.400°N 170.533°E / 9.400; 170.533) by USS Walker ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 70 hands.[8]
Salem Lebanese French flag.svg Lebanon World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Soueida by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[9]
Tacoma Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy A: The Tacoma Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk near Halmahera by USS Hake ( United States Navy). 2 crewmen killed.[6]
Toei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SO-805: The Toei Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau (04°24′S 143°15′E / 4.400°S 143.250°E / -4.400; 143.250) by USS Seahorse ( United States Navy). Fifty-six crewmen were killed.[10]
UJ 1702  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MOB-FD-class naval trawler/submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the North Sea west of Stadlandet, Norway by British aircraft.[11]
UJ 2124 Elaki  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk at Porto Lago, Greece during a British air raid.[11]
Umikaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Shiratsuyu-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy) with the loss of 50 of her 265 crew.
Valencia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and severely damaged off Stadlandet by British aircraft. She was declared a total loss.[11]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Charlotte Schliemann  Kriegsmarine World War II: The supply ship was scuttled in the Indian Ocean (23°23′S 74°37′E / 23.383°S 74.617°E / -23.383; 74.617) to avoid capture by HMS Relentless ( Royal Navy). The crew were rescued by U-532 ( Kriegsmarine).[12]
HMS LCI(S)-2511  Royal Navy The landing craft, infantry (small) was wrecked at Portslade, Sussex.[13][14]
Leda  Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Amorgos, Greece by British aircraft.[11]
Toyo Maru No.5  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (33°32′N 135°58′E / 33.533°N 135.967°E / 33.533; 135.967) by USS Plunger ( United States Navy).[15]
Toyo Maru No.8  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Plunger ( United States Navy).[16]
V 1702 Unitas III  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot collided with U-987 ( Kriegsmarine) and sank in the Baltic Sea.[11]
Yahiya Syria Syria World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea six nautical miles (11 km) off Cape Basit by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[17]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Ariake Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-30: The Standard Wartime Type 1TM oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Shanghai (28°32′N 124°04′E / 28.533°N 124.067°E / 28.533; 124.067) by USS Tambor ( United States Navy). Nineteen passengers and 28 crewmen were killed.[18]
Chung Cheng  China World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Aden (13°54′N 54°30′E / 13.900°N 54.500°E / 13.900; 54.500) by U-188 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twenty of her 71 crew. Survivors were rescued by a British merchant ship.[19][20]
Goyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-30: The oiler was torpedoed and damaged in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Shanghai (28°32′N 124°04′E / 28.533°N 124.067°E / 28.533; 124.067) by USS Tambor ( United States Navy) and was abandoned. She sank sometime between 3 and 5 February at (28°44′N 123°38′E / 28.733°N 123.633°E / 28.733; 123.633). Three passengers and Fifteen crewmen were killed.[21]
M 18  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged in a raid on Wilhelmshaven by the United States Eighth Air Force.[11]
M 29  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged in a raid on Wilhelmshaven by the United States Eight Air Force.[11]
Masfjord  Norway The coaster ran aground at Masfjordnes, Hordaland in a storm. She capsized and sank with the loss of eleven lives.[22]
Monte Pascoal  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Monte-class ocean liner, being used as an accommodation ship was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven by United States Eighth Air Force aircraft. She was raised in May 1944,[23] but was not repaired.
Nichai Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Hanover Island, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]
RA 15  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk at Svendborg, Denmark by Danish saboteurs.[11]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Goryu Maru  Japan World War II: The water tanker was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by United States Navy aircraft.[11]
I-175  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Marshall Islands (06°48′N 168°08′E / 6.800°N 168.133°E / 6.800; 168.133) by USS Charrette and USS Fair (both  United States Navy) with the loss of all 100 crew.[24][25]
SG 18  Kriegsmarine World War II: The anti-aircraft corvette was bombed and sunk at Toulon, Var by Allied aircraft.[11][26]
U-854  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea north of Swinemünde, Pomerania (54°44′N 14°16′E / 54.733°N 14.267°E / 54.733; 14.267) with the loss of 51 of her 58 crew.[27]
Vautour  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Aigle-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Toulon by Allied aircraft.[11]

5 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Asahi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The hospital ship was damaged in a collision with Menju Maru ( Japan) in the Inland Sea west of Ushijima 1.25 nautical miles (2.32 km) off Bizan Seto (34°21′N 133°46′E / 34.350°N 133.767°E / 34.350; 133.767) and was beached. She broke in two on 24 February and was declared a total loss.[28]
Koryo Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Penang, Malaya by HMS Stonehenge ( Royal Navy).[11]
Lusan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Swatow, China by Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[11]
M 156  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was damaged in a battle with HMS Brissenden, HMS Talybont, HMS Tanatside and HMS Wensleydale (all  Royal Navy) and was beached at Aber Wrac'h, Finistère, France. She was then destroyed the next day by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 266 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[11][29]
Radbod  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Selbervik, Norway by British aircraft.[11]
Rozan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Swatow by Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[11]
Seikyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Swatow by Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[11]
Taishin Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Flasher ( United States Navy).[11]
Tristan  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Irben Strait.[30]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Grundsee  Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Irben Strait.[30]
Kaiyu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]
Takegiku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wewak by Douglas A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]
Takenoura Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[31]
Tatsumi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wewak by Douglas A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell and Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]
U-177  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic west of Ascension Island (10°35′S 25°15′W / 10.583°S 25.250°W / -10.583; -25.250) by a Consolidated PB4Y Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 50 of her 65 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Omaha ( United States Navy).
VMV-12  Merivoimat World War II: Continuation War: The VMV-8-class patrol boat was sunk at Helsinki by Soviet aircraft.[32]

7 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Freidig  Norway World War II: Convoy EN 342: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Wrath, Sutherland, United Kingdom after her cargo of rye shifted. Twenty of her 22 crew were lost.[33]
Rheinhausen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Norway by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy).[11]
X22  Royal Navy World War II: The midget submarine collided with HMS Syrtis ( Royal Navy) and sank in the Pentland Firth with the loss of all four crew.[11][34]
Viril  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Chios, Greece by British aircraft.[11]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Gigliola  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Zara, Yugoslavia.[35]
Lima Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy Mo-Ta-06: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south west of Kagashima(31°05′N 127°37′E / 31.083°N 127.617°E / 31.083; 127.617) by USS Snook ( United States Navy) with the loss of 2,765 troops, four workers, nine gunners and 56 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by PB-38 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and Hyoei Maru No. 5 ( Japan).[36][37]
HNoMS MTB 625  Royal Norwegian Navy The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was wrecked in the Shetland Islands.[38]
Margit  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UR 108: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea south east of Iceland (61°30′N 10°30′W / 61.500°N 10.500°W / 61.500; -10.500) by U-985 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[39]
Petrella  Germany World War II: The prisoner transport was torpedoed and sunk in Suda Bay by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 2,670 lives.
Shiranesan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Kyushu by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[11]
U-762  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland (49°02′N 16°58′W / 49.033°N 16.967°W / 49.033; -16.967) by HMS Wild Goose and HMS Woodpecker (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[40]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1944
Ship Country Description
HMS LCA 522  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost on this date.[41]
Pamona  Germany World War II: The merchant ship was sunk at Crete by British aircraft.[42]
U-238  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland by HMS Kite, HMS Magpie and HMS Starling (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.
U-734  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland (49°43′N 16°23′W / 49.717°N 16.383°W / 49.717; -16.383) by HMS Starling and HMS Wild Goose (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[43]
Viva  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (12°30′N 57°50′E / 12.500°N 57.833°E / 12.500; 57.833) by U-188 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued by Marwarri ( United Kingdom).[44]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1944
Ship Country Description
El Grillo  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in Seyðisfjörður by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe.[11]
Malta Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MOTA-01: The Yoshida Maru No. 1-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Bashi Channel south of Formosa (23°12′N 121°30′E / 23.200°N 121.500°E / 23.200; 121.500) by USS Pogy ( United States Navy). An unknown number of passengers and 33 crewmen were killed.[45][46]
Minekaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MOTA-01: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Bashi Channel south of Formosa (23°12′N 121°30′E / 23.200°N 121.500°E / 23.200; 121.500) by USS Pogy ( United States Navy). Ninety-nine crewmen, including her commanding officer, were killed.[46]
Nina  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Genoa, Italy.[47]
Shinkoku Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-01: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Bashi Channel south of Formosa (23°12′N 121°30′E / 23.200°N 121.500°E / 23.200; 121.500) by USS Pogy ( United States Navy) and was beached.[46]
U-545  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides (58°17′N 13°22′W / 58.283°N 13.367°W / 58.283; -13.367) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 612 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of one of her 57 crew. She was consequently scuttled due to damage received.[48]
U-666  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine went missing on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 51 crew. Cause believed to be aircraft from HMS Fencer ( Royal Navy) whilst the submarine was west of Ireland attacking the homeward bound Convoy ON 223.[49][50]

11 February[edit]

For the loss of the German cargo ship Emsland on this date, see the entry for 20 January 1944.
List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1944
Ship Country Description
G 106 San Giorgio  Kriegsmarine The guard ship was sunk on this date.[51]
Makki Faulbaum  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Namsos, Norway by HMS Stubborn ( Royal Navy).[11][52]
USS PT-279  United States Navy The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was sunk off Bouganville Solomon Islands(05°30′S 154°15′E / 5.500°S 154.250°E / -5.500; 154.250) in a collision with her sister boat USS PT-282 ( United States Navy).[53]
Satsuma Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was damaged in the South China Sea off Wenchow, China by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the Chinese Air Force and later sunk by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy) with the loss of four crew.[11][54][55]
Sturm  Germany The coaster collided with Triton ( Germany) and sank in Bergen harbour, Norway.[56]
U-283  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°45′N 12°50′W / 60.750°N 12.833°W / 60.750; -12.833) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 407 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[57]
U-424  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland (50°00′N 18°14′W / 50.000°N 18.233°W / 50.000; -18.233) by HMS Wild Goose and HMS Woodpecker (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.[58]
V 5106 Sturm  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in a naval battle.[59]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Choko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk north west of Penang, Malaya (05°46′N 99°52′E / 5.767°N 99.867°E / 5.767; 99.867) by HMS Stonehenge ( Royal Navy).[60]
Harm Fritzen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged off the coast of Norway by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy). She was consequently beached.[11]
I-27  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was depth charged, shelled, torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south west of the One and a Half Degree Channel (1°25′N 72°22′E / 1.417°N 72.367°E / 1.417; 72.367) by HMS Paladin and HMS Petard (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 98 of her 99 crew and a war correspondent. The survivor was taken as a prisoner of war.
Khedive Ismail  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KR 8: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south west of the One and a Half Degree Channel (1°25′N 72°22′E / 1.417°N 72.367°E / 1.417; 72.367) by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 1,297 of the 1,511 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Paladin ( Royal Navy).
No. 11  Soviet Navy The No. 11-class landing tender was lost on this date.[61]
Oria  Germany The transport ran aground in a storm on the Gaideronos Reef, Rhodes, Greece and broke in two. Only 60 of the approximately 4,300 people (mostly Italian prisoners) on board were rescued.[62]
Ro-110  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-100-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Bengal (17°25′N 83°21′E / 17.417°N 83.350°E / 17.417; 83.350) by HMIS Jumna ( Royal Indian Navy), HMAS Ipswich, and HMAS Launceston (both  Royal Australian Navy) with a loss of all 47 crewmen.[63]
Ronsan Maru  Japan World War II: The Konsan Maru-class tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Okinoerabu Island, 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Amami-o-Shima, (24°44′N 128°42′E / 24.733°N 128.700°E / 24.733; 128.700) by USS Tambor ( United States Navy). Two gunners and seventeen crewmen were killed.[18]

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1944
Ship Country Description
HMT Cap d' Antifer  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk in the North Sea (53°17′N 01°06′E / 53.283°N 1.100°E / 53.283; 1.100) by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot with all 24 hands.[64][65]
Hans Bornhofen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy) off Stavanger, Norway.[66]
Henry  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Hustadvika, off Kristiansund by HNoMS MTB 627 and HNoMS MTB 653 (both  Royal Norwegian Navy).
Irma  Norway World War II: The passenger ship was sunk at Hustadvika, off Kristiansund by HNoMS MTB 627 and HNoMS MTB 653 (both  Royal Norwegian Navy).
USS LCT-220  United States Navy The landing craft tank foundered off Anzio, Lazio, Italy in a storm.[67]
Shoka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Hainan, China by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]
VAS 206  Regia Marina The VAS 201-class submarine chaser was wrecked off Capri.[68]
Yoshino Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Aitape, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1944
Ship Country Description
British Chivalry  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled, and sunk in the Indian Ocean south west of Addu Atoll The Maldives (00°50′S 68°00′E / 0.833°S 68.000°E / -0.833; 68.000) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of six crewmen. Thirteen crewmen were killed when I-37 machine guned the lifeboats. Nine gunners and 29 crewmen were rescued by Delane ( United Kingdom) 37 days later.[69]
Brynilen  Norway World War II: The troopship was bombed and sunk at Hammerfest, Finnmark. She was raised in 1947 and scrapped in 1951.[70]
F 587C  Kriegsmarine The MFP-C landing craft was sunk on this date.[71]
Hokuan Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mindoro Strait by USS Flasher ( United States Navy).[11]
KF 458  Kriegsmarine The gunboat, a converted MFP-C landing craft, was sunk on this date.[71]
HMS LCP(M) 781  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (mortar) was lost on this date.[72]
Minryo Maro  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mindoro Strait by USS Flasher ( United States Navy).[11]
Mitsu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the mouth of the Sepik, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy.[11]
Nittoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[36]
Perseus  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Moss, Norway.[11]
SK-176  Soviet Navy The PP-19-OK-class motor anti-submarine boat was sunk on this date.[73]
SK-177  Soviet Navy The PP-19-OK-class motor anti-submarine boat was sunk on this date.[73]
SK-510  Soviet Navy The BMO-class armored motor anti-submarine boat was sunk on this date.[74]
SK-511  Soviet Navy The BMO-class armored motor anti-submarine boat was sunk on this date.[74]
HMS Salviking  Royal Navy World War II: The salvage vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Laccadive Sea south west of Ceylon (3°30′N 76°30′E / 3.500°N 76.500°E / 3.500; 76.500) by U-168 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 28 crew.[75]
Tanahorn  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Hammerfest. She was refloated in March 1944, repaired, and returned to service in April 1947.[76]
U-738  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in a collision off Gotenhafen, West Prussia with Erna ( Germany) with the loss of 22 of her 46 crew.[77] She was refloated on 3 March but was not repaired.[11]
UIT-23  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca (4°27′N 100°11′E / 4.450°N 100.183°E / 4.450; 100.183) by HMS Tally-Ho ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 26 of her 40 crew.[78]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Agano  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Agano-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean north of Truk (10°11′N 151°42′E / 10.183°N 151.700°E / 10.183; 151.700) by USS Skate ( United States Navy) with the loss of 203 of her 726 crew. She sank on 17 February. Survivors were rescued by Oite ( Imperial Japanese Navy), but were all lost when she was also sunk later by aircraft.
Elihu Yale  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was sunk by a Luftwaffe glider bomb in the Mediterranean Sea off Anzio, Lazio, Italy (41°27′N 12°38′E / 41.450°N 12.633°E / 41.450; 12.633). Seven Stevadores, two gunners and three crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by USS LCT-152 ( United States Navy).[2]
Epaminondas C. Embiricos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Laccadive Sea south west of Ceylon (1°30′N 73°00′E / 1.500°N 73.000°E / 1.500; 73.000) by U-168 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 42 crew. Two crew were taken on board U-168 as prisoner of war. The rest of the survivors were rescued by HMS Fara and HMT Overdale Wyke (both  Royal Navy).[79]
Fort St Nicholas  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Shingle: The Fort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Capri, Campania, Italy (40°34′N 14°37′E / 40.567°N 14.617°E / 40.567; 14.617) by U-410 ( Kriegsmarine). All 67 people on board were rescued by a Royal Air Force rescue boat.[80][81]
Hoshi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the South China Sea off the coast of Korea.[11]
Hoshi Maru No.2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[36]
I-43  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 280 miles (450 km) east south east of Guam (10°23′N 150°23′E / 10.383°N 150.383°E / 10.383; 150.383) by USS Aspro ( United States Navy). Lost with all 166 hands.[82]
Kamome Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tsushima Strait by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[11]
USS LCT-35  United States Navy World War II: The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank was burned out and sunk while tied up alongside Elihu Yale ( United States) when she was sunk by a glide bomb off Anzio. Survivors rescued by USS LCT-152 ( United States Navy).[83]
M 3411  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper collided with another vessel and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Suffolk, United Kingdom whilst engaged in a battle with HMMTB 439, HMMTB 441, HMMTB 443, HMMTB 444 and HMMTB 455 (all  Royal Navy).[11]
Matsu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an air attack at Rabaul, New Guinea.[84]
Messina  Sweden World War II: The auxiliary schooner struck a mine and sank at Falsterbo. Her crew were rescued. She was refloated in March 1945, repaired and returned to service.[85]
HNoMS ML 210  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was mined and sunk off the Somme estuary. Five crewmen were killed.[86]
Niedersachsen  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was torpedoed and sunk off Toulouse, Var, France (43°02.6′N 6°01.7′E / 43.0433°N 6.0283°E / 43.0433; 6.0283) by HMS Upstart ( Royal Navy).[11][87]
Odatsuki Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-7: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Flores Sea (09°15′N 127°00′E / 9.250°N 127.000°E / 9.250; 127.000) by USS Tinosa ( United States Navy). Four passengers and six crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by Nagata Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[88][89]
Paule  Germany World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Hyères, Var by HMS Ultor ( Royal Navy).[11]
Ping Sang France Vichy French Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Hongay, French Indochina (21°00′N 107°22′E / 21.000°N 107.367°E / 21.000; 107.367) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[90]
Ro-40  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-35-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Kwajalein Atoll (09°50′N 166°35′E / 9.833°N 166.583°E / 9.833; 166.583) by USS Macdonough, USS Phelps and USS Sage (all  United States Navy). Lost with all 69 hands.[91]
Ryoka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the East China Sea off the mouth of the Yangtze.[11]
Taiyo Maru No. 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was sunk at Rabaul, New Guinea by USS Gato ( United States Navy).[11]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1944
Ship Country Description
CH-39  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was damaged off Three Island Harbour, New Hanover Island (02°24′S 150°06′E / 2.400°S 150.100°E / -2.400; 150.100) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th Bomb Squadron and run aground on a reef. She is later bombed and destroyed by aircraft of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. 14 crewmen killed.[92][93]
CHa-16  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk off New Ireland (02°24′S 150°06′E / 2.400°S 150.100°E / -2.400; 150.100) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 38th and 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[94]
Chojo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-7: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Flores Sea (08°30′N 126°58′E / 8.500°N 126.967°E / 8.500; 126.967) by USS Tinosa ( United States Navy). A total of 748 troops and sailors, seventeen gunners, three guards, fifteen lookouts and 72 crewmen were killed.[88]
Elihu Yale  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Anzio, Lazio, Italy by German aircraft.[11]
Grauerort  Germany World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk at Zante, Greece by British aircraft. She was later refloated and returned to service.[11]
HA-52  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B Midget submarine was sunk off Three Island Harbor, New Hanover Island (02°24′S 150°06′E / 2.400°S 150.100°E / -2.400; 150.100) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th Bomb Squadron. 1 crewman killed, 1 rescued by CH-39 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[93]
HMS LST 418  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Shingle: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Ponza Island, Italy (41°00′N 12°55′E / 41.000°N 12.917°E / 41.000; 12.917) by U-230 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 lives. Survivors were rescued by USS LCI(L)-194 ( United States Navy).[95]
Sanko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Three Island Harbour (02°24′S 150°06′E / 2.400°S 150.100°E / -2.400; 150.100) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th Bomb Squadron, of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Fourteen crewmen were killed.[92]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Aikoku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy
Aikoku Maru explodes
World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The transport exploded and sank in Truk Lagoon, South Pacific Mandate (07°22′N 151°56′E / 7.367°N 151.933°E / 7.367; 151.933) after being bombed and torpedoed by United States Navy aircraft. More than 925 people were killed.[96]
Akagi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Akagi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser was bombed and damaged at Truk (07°50′N 151°25′E / 7.833°N 151.417°E / 7.833; 151.417) by United States Navy aircraft and was consequently scuttled. A total of 512 passengers and 788 sailors were lost.[97]
Amagisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Azumason Maru-class transport was bombed and sunk south west of Uman Island, Truk (07°18′N 151°53′E / 7.300°N 151.883°E / 7.300; 151.883) by United States Navy aircraft. Three crewmen were killed.[98]
CH-24  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The No.13-class submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Truk (7°24′N 150°30′E / 7.400°N 150.500°E / 7.400; 150.500) by USS Burns ( United States Navy. Six crew survived and were taken as prisoners of war.
Empire Knoll  United Kingdom The collier came ashore at Tynemouth, Northumberland in a gale. She broke in two, a total loss.[99]
Fujikawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy
The wreck of Fujikawa Maru on 20 January 2011
World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The aircraft transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk by United States Navy Grumman Avenger aircraft.[96]
Fujisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Fujisan Maru-class oiler was bombed and damaged between Moen and Dublan, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank on 18 February. Two troops and two crewmen were killed.[100]
Fuku Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guardboat was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Koravia Bay, New Britain by United States Navy Grumman TBF Avenger and Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft.[101]
Fumizuki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Mutsuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged off Truk (07°24′N 151°44′E / 7.400°N 151.733°E / 7.400; 151.733) by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day with the loss of 29 of her 154 crew.
Gyoraitei No. 10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The T-51-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by US Navy aircraft (07°31′N 151°59′E / 7.517°N 151.983°E / 7.517; 151.983).[102][103]
Gyoten Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 3206: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Truk (8°04′N 149°28′E / 8.067°N 149.467°E / 8.067; 149.467) by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[99]
Hoyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Hoyo Maru-class oiler was bombed, capsized and sank in shallow water with part of the hull above water east of Fenfar Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. Six crewmen were killed.[104]
I-11  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type A1 submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Nicholson ( United States Navy).
Iwate Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Koravia Bay, New Britain by United States Navy Grumman TBF Avenger and Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft. There were no casualties.[11][101]
Jozan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Truk by USS Cod ( United States Navy).[11]
Kashi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off New Hanover Island by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. She was beached.[11]
Katori  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Katori-class cruiser was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Truk (07°15′N 151°15′E / 7.250°N 151.250°E / 7.250; 151.250) by USS Iowa ( United States Navy).[105]
Kiyosumi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The auxiliary cruiser was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Fefan Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft.[96]
Maikaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: Convoy No. 4215: The Kagerō-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Truk by USS Minneapolis and USS New Orleans (both  United States Navy) with the loss of all 239 crew.[106]
No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary minesweeper either foundered, or was beached, in Karavia Bay, Rabaul. Scrapped 1958.[107]
Naka  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Sendai-class cruiser was bombed, torpedoed and sunk west of Truk in the Pacific Ocean (07°15′N 151°15′E / 7.250°N 151.250°E / 7.250; 151.250) by United States Navy aircraft. Two hundred and forty crewmen were lost; there were 210 survivors.[108]
Nichiro Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 7125: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Palau (8°50′N 135°40′E / 8.833°N 135.667°E / 8.833; 135.667) by USS Sargo ( United States Navy). Thirty-three crewmen were killed.[109]
R-39  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-25 minesweeper was sunk by Allied aircraft at Porto Ercole.[110]
R-200  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk by Allied aircraft at Porto Ercole.[111]
Rio de Janeiro Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Rio de Janeiro Maru-class submarine tender was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean east of Umon Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She sank the next day.[96]
ShCh-216  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Black Sea west of Sevastopol (44°37′N 32°04′E / 44.617°N 32.067°E / 44.617; 32.067) by UJ-103 and UJ-106 (both  Kriegsmarine).[112]
Shoei Maru No. 7 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[31]
Shonan Maru No.15  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: Convoy No. 4215: The auxiliary submarine chaser/naval trawler was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by USS New Jersey ( United States Navy).[105]
Shinkoku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Shinkoku Maru-class oiler was bombed and damaged north west of Fefan Island, Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She was bombed again on 18 February and sank in shallow water. Seventy passengers and sixteen crewmen were killed.[113]
Tatsuha Maru  Japan World War II: Operation Hailstorm: Convoy No. 3206: The transport was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Truk by United States Navy aircraft.[114]
Tonan Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Tonan Maru No. 2-class oiler was bombed and damaged at Truk by United States Navy aircraft. She was bombed again on 18 February and sank in shallow water. Three hundred and fifteen people were killed. Raised, repaired post-war and returned to service as a whale oil factory ship.[115]
Tachikaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) off Kuop, Truk (07°03′N 151°5′E / 7.050°N 151.083°E / 7.050; 151.083) by United States Navy aircraft with the loss of 67 crewmen.[116]
W-26  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The W-19-class minesweeper was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Koravia Bay, New Britain by United States Navy aircraft. Scrapped in situ in 1958.[101]
Zuikai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: Convoy No. 3206: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Truk by United States Navy aircraft.[114]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1944
Ship Country Description
HMS Breda  Royal Navy World War II: The armed yacht was sunk in a collision off Campbeltown Argyllshire.[117]
CH-29  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The submarine chaser was sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Udot Isaland, Truk (07°25′N 151°45′E / 7.417°N 151.750°E / 7.417; 151.750) by United States Navy aircraft.[118]
CHa-17  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk off Kavieng, New Ireland by American aircraft.[119]
F 442C  Kriegsmarine The MFP-C landing craft was sunk on this date.[71]
Heian Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstorm: The Heian Maru-class submarine tender was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Truk (07°23′N 151°52′E / 7.383°N 151.867°E / 7.383; 151.867) by United States Navy aircraft.[96]
USS LCT-205  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank capsized in the Gulf of Tunis while under tow.[120]
Oite  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Hailstone: The Kamikaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk (07°40′N 138°57′E / 7.667°N 138.950°E / 7.667; 138.950) by United States Navy aircraft with the loss of 172 of her 192 crew and all 523 survivors from Agano ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
HMS Penelope  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Shingle: The Arethusa-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) west of Naples, Campania, Italy (40°33′N 13°14′E / 40.550°N 13.233°E / 40.550; 13.233) by U-410 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 417 of her 623 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS LST 165 and HMS LST 430 (both  Royal Navy).[121]
U-7  Kriegsmarine The Type IIB submarine sank near Pillau in a diving accident with the loss of all 29 crew.
U-406  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°32′N 23°36′W / 48.533°N 23.600°W / 48.533; -23.600) by HMS Spey ( Royal Navy) with the loss of twelve of her 57 crew.[122]
USS YT-198  United States Navy World War II: Operation Shingle: The tug struck a mine off Anzio, Lazio, Italy and sank.[123]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1944
Ship Country Description
CH-22  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-902: The No.13-class submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the Bismark Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) south of Kavieng, New Ireland (03°04′S 150°42′E / 3.067°S 150.700°E / -3.067; 150.700) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group and Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the 23rd Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[11][124]
CH-40  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-902: The No.13-class submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the Bismark Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) south of Kavieng (03°04′S 150°42′E / 3.067°S 150.700°E / -3.067; 150.700) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group and Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the 23rd Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[11][125]
CHa-34  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk off Kavieng (02°45′S 150°47′E / 2.750°S 150.783°E / -2.750; 150.783) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group and Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the 23rd Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[11][94]
Ichiyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-40: The Standard Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (15°46′N 115°57′E / 15.767°N 115.950°E / 15.767; 115.950) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). Twenty-eight crewmen were killed.[126]
Kokuei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-40: The Standard Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (14°34′N 114°11′E / 14.567°N 114.183°E / 14.567; 114.183) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). Six crewmen were killed.[11][126]
Nanei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-40: The Standard Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (14°34′N 114°11′E / 14.567°N 114.183°E / 14.567; 114.183) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). Five gunners and 55 crewmen were killed.[126]
Nichirin Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-40: The Standard Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (15°40′N 115°48′E / 15.667°N 115.800°E / 15.667; 115.800) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). Forty-eight crewmen were killed.[126]
Shinkiki Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy O-902: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Gazalle Channel by Douglas A-20 Havoc, North American B-25 Mitchell and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[11]
Shinto Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: Convoy O-902: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Gazalle Channel 22 nautical miles (41 km) south of Kavieng (02°46′S 150°42′E / 2.767°S 150.700°E / -2.767; 150.700) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group and Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the 23rd Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Nineteen crewmen, 41 troops and 46 gunners were lost.[11][125]
Tatsugiku Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy O-902: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Gazalle Channel 22 nautical miles (41 km) south of Kavieng (02°46′N 150°42′E / 2.767°N 150.700°E / 2.767; 150.700) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group and Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft of the 23rd Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Fifteen crewmen were lost.[125]
U-264  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Starling and HMS Woodpecker (both  Royal Navy). All 52 crew survived.[127]
U-386  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°51′N 22°44′W / 48.850°N 22.733°W / 48.850; -22.733) by HMS Spey ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 33 of her 49 crew.[128]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Elima  Germany The cargo ship collided with another vessel in Trondheimsfjord, Norway and was beached.[129]
Hamburg  Kriegsmarine The MFP-A landing craft was sunk on this date.[71]
Hydro  Norway World War II: The train ferry was sunk in Lake Tinnsjø near Rjukan by Norwegian saboteurs whilst carrying heavy water for the German nuclear programme.
USS LCT-340  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Sicily, Italy, or off the coast of Algeria (36°49′N 01°55′E / 36.817°N 1.917°E / 36.817; 1.917).[130]
HMS LST 305  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Shingle: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 41°14′N 12°31′E / 41.233°N 12.517°E / 41.233; 12.517 by U-230 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
USS LST-348  United States Navy World War II: Operation Shingle: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Naples, Campania, Italy (40°57′N 13°14′E / 40.950°N 13.233°E / 40.950; 13.233) by U-410 ( Kriegsmarine).[132]
NB-9  Yugoslav Navy World War II: The Yugoslav Partizan gunboat was rammed and sunk by a Royal Navy destroyer.[133]
Nanyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea east of Formosa by USS Pogy ( United States Navy).[45]
Schwerin  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was sunk by British aircraft.[134]
Taijin Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea east of Formosa by USS Pogy ( United States Navy).[45]
UJ 2208 Alfred  Kriegsmarine The naval trawler/submarine chaser was lost on this date.[135]
HMS Warwick  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Bristol Channel off Trevose Head, Cornwall (50°27′N 5°23′W / 50.450°N 5.383°W / 50.450; -5.383) by U-413 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 67 of her 160 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Saladin and HMS Scimitar (both  Royal Navy).[136]
HMS Woodpecker  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy ON 224: The Black Swan-class sloop was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-265 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow but foundered on 27 February at 48°49′N 22°11′W / 48.817°N 22.183°W / 48.817; -22.183.

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1944
Ship Country Description
CHa-38  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-003: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island, New Guinea (02°30′S 150°15′E / 2.500°S 150.250°E / -2.500; 150.250) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[11][137]
CHa-40  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-003: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[11][137]
Daigen Maru No. 6  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Tally-Ho ( Royal Navy).[11]
Kokai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-003: The transport was bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island (02°30′S 150°15′E / 2.500°S 150.250°E / -2.500; 150.250) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Seven passengers and nineteen crewmen were killed.[137]
Dina  Germany World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Genoa, Italy.[11]
Kowa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy O-003: The auxiliary gunboat was bombed and sunk north of New Hanover (02°30′S 150°15′E / 2.500°S 150.250°E / -2.500; 150.250) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th and 501st Squadrons, 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. 22 crewmen killed.[138]
R-131  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-130 minesweeper was sunk by British aircraft off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands.[139]
R-222  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk by a mine off the Schlei Estuary.[140]
S 94 and S 128  Kriegsmarine World War II: The S 38 Type Schnellboote were in collision in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk, United Kingdom whilst attacking a British convoy. Both vessels were abandoned.[11]
UJ 2208  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser struck a mine and sank in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Genoa.[11]
V 718  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ekwator-class naval trawler was sunk off Lorient by mines.[141]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1944
Ship Country Description
British Chivalry  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (00°50′S 68°00′E / 0.833°S 68.000°E / -0.833; 68.000) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Survivors were machine gunned killing nineteen, the rest of the survivors were rescued by Delane ( United Kingdom).[142]
CHa-29  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by a mine near Kavieng, New Ireland.[94]
E.G. Seubert  United States World War II: Convoy PA 69: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Aden (13°50′N 48°49′E / 13.833°N 48.817°E / 13.833; 48.817) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMIS Orissa ( Royal Indian Navy) and HMAS Tamworth ( Royal Australian Navy).[143]
Erling Brøvig  Norway World War II: Convoy PA 69: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Gulf of Aden (13°50′N 48°49′E / 13.833°N 48.817°E / 13.833; 48.817) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached off Aden. Later taken under tow to Massawa, Eritrea but broke in two during the journey. Both parts reached port and were later taken to Italy and laid up. Repaired postwar and re-entered service in 1947 as Bramora.[144]
Evangelistria  Greece World War II: The auxiliary sailing vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unsparing ( Royal Navy).[11]
Francis Garnier France Vichy French Navy World War II: The gunboat struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina.[11]
Fukuyama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (14°47′N 144°50′E / 14.783°N 144.833°E / 14.783; 144.833) by USS Tang ( United States Navy). Forty-seven crewmen were killed.[145][146]
George Cleeve  United States World War II: Convoy GUS 31: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Bône, Algeria (37°22′N 7°17′E / 37.367°N 7.283°E / 37.367; 7.283) by U-969 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 69 crew. Survivors were rescued by William T. Barry ( United States). George Cleeve was beached at Bône but was subsequently declared a constructive total loss.[147][148]
Lisa  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea north of Iraklion, Greece by British aircraft.[11]
Nagaura  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Tategami-class salvage/repair tug was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) northwest of Kavieng (00°54′S 148°38′E / 0.900°S 148.633°E / -0.900; 148.633) by USS Charles Ausburne, USS Dyson, USS Stanly, USS Conway and USS Spence (all  United States Navy). One hundred and fifty crewmen and survivors of the previous days air attacks that sank CHa-48, Kokai Maru and Kowa Maru survived the sinking. Seventy-five were rescued and made prisoners of war, the rest refused to be rescued and were lost.[149]
Natsushima  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Natsushima-class coastal minelayer was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Tingwon, New Ireland (02°49′S 149°40′E / 2.817°S 149.667°E / -2.817; 149.667) by USS Charles Ausburne, USS Dyson and USS Stanly (all  United States Navy).[150]
Nikki Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of New Guinea by USS Balao ( United States Navy). Eight crew and more than 50 troops died.[11][7]
USS PT-200  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was sunk off Newport, Rhode Island (41°23′N 71°01′W / 41.383°N 71.017°W / 41.383; -71.017) in a collision with an unknown object.[151]
Peter Skene Ogden  United States World War II: Convoy GUS 31: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Bône, Algeria (37°22′N 7°17′E / 37.367°N 7.283°E / 37.367; 7.283) by U-969 ( Kriegsmarine). All 77 crew survived. Peter Skene Ogden was taken in tow by HMS Hengist ( Royal Navy) and beached at Herbillon but was subsequently declared a constructive total loss.[152][153]
San Alvaro  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PA 69: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Aden (13°46′N 48°49′E / 13.767°N 48.817°E / 13.767; 48.817) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Tamworth ( Royal Australian Navy).[154]
Taisho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, New Guinea by Douglas SBD Dauntless and Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft of the United States Navy.[11]
Takatori Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was damaged in an air attack in Karavia Bay, Rabaul and beached. Scrapped 1958.[107]
Tama Maru No. 8 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Charles Ausburne, USS Dyson, USS Stanly, USS Conway and USS Spence (all  United States Navy).[155][156]
Teikyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MAMI-02: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (03°10′N 109°15′E / 3.167°N 109.250°E / 3.167; 109.250) by USS Puffer ( United States Navy). One hundred and ninety-two troops and seven crewmen were killed.[157]
Tenjin Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The picket ship was sunk in an air attack at Rabaul.[107]

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Anna Sofie  Norway World War II: Convoy BE 146 ST: The cargo ship's steering failed and she ran aground and sank off Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway. All crew survived.[158]
Gyoko Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-05: The ore carrier was either bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, or destroyed by an explosion in Naha harbour.[159]
Horei Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-05: The ore carrier was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Okinawa by USS Pogy ( United States Navy). Towed by Shoan Maru ( Japan) but broke in two and saink off Naha harbour (26°13′N 127°38′E / 26.217°N 127.633°E / 26.217; 127.633). One crewman was killed.[160]
Isis  Germany The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Allied aircraft 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) west of Navarino, Greece.[161]
Kimishima Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 4220: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 32 nautical miles (59 km) north east of Torishima, Izu Islands by USS Plunger ( United States Navy). Ten troops and Four crewmen were killed.[16]
Koyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 4220: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (28°49′N 141°13′E / 28.817°N 141.217°E / 28.817; 141.217) by USS Snook ( United States Navy). A total of 1,046 troops and 34 crewmen were killed. CH-42 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) rescued 142 survivors.[36]
Kunishima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Caroline Islands by USS Sunfish ( United States Navy).[162]
Kyo Maru No. 8 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[155]
Kyo Maru No. 10 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[155]
Ogura Maru No. 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ogura Maru No. 3-class auxiliary oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea east of Halmahera, Netherlands East Indies (04°23′N 129°05′E / 4.383°N 129.083°E / 4.383; 129.083) by USS Cod ( United States Navy). The commanding officer and sixteen crewmen were killed.[163]
R-187  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was damaged by allied aircraft at Rogoznica, Yugoslavia. She was taken to Pola for repairs but sank there.[11] She was later raised.[164]
S-53  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk by Royal Navy ships.[165]
S-128  Kriegsmarine The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk in a collision with S-94 ( Kriegsmarine).[165]
Shin Yubari Maru  Japan World War II: The auxiliary collier was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Saipan (15°13′N 146°02′E / 15.217°N 146.033°E / 15.217; 146.033) by USS Sunfish ( United States Navy). Seven crewmen were killed.[11][162]
Yamashimo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The repair ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (14°45′N 144°32′E / 14.750°N 144.533°E / 14.750; 144.533) by USS Tang ( United States Navy). The commanding officer and three crewmen were killed.[166]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Cymric  Ireland The schooner was sighted in the Irish Sea off Dublin. No further trace.
Echizen Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[145]
Krischan der Grosse  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Krischan der Grosse-class anti-aircraft ship was sunk by Allied bombers off Antwerp.[167]
Kunishima Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The transport ran aground in dense fog and was wrecked in the Kumanonada Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) southwest of Daiosaki Lighthouse (34°12′N 136°49′E / 34.200°N 136.817°E / 34.200; 136.817). Declared a constructive total loss.[168]
HMS LCP(L) 152  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[72]
Nampo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-40: The standard merchant Type 1 TL Oiler (a.k.a. Nanho Maru and Nanpo Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) east of Formosa (24°20′N 122°25′E / 24.333°N 122.417°E / 24.333; 122.417) by USS Grayback ( United States Navy).[169]
U-257  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°19′N 26°00′W / 47.317°N 26.000°W / 47.317; -26.000) by HMS Nene ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Waskesiu ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of nineteen of her 49 crew.[170]
U-761  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was detected transiting the Strait of Gibraltar by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy that was equipped with Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) gear. The Catalina, along with a Royal Air Force Catalina and a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, bombed and damaged the U-boat. When intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean off Tangier, Morocco by HMS Anthony and HMS Wishart (both  Royal Navy) she was scuttled by her crew. Nine of her 57 crew were lost. She was the first submarine sunk through use of MAD gear.[171][172]
USS YC-523  United States Navy The non self-propelled covered lighter ran aground and sank off Portsmouth, New Hampshire.[173]

25 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Choko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tang ( United States Navy).[145]
HMCS Columbia  Royal Canadian Navy The Wickes-class destroyer ran aground off Newfoundland. She was subsequently used as a hulk.
El Coston  Panama World War II: Convoy CU 15: The cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean with Murfreesboro ( United States). Both ships caught fire. El Coston was then rammed by USS Marchand ( United States Navy). All 117 crew from both ships were rescued by USS Marchand and USS Ricketts ( United States Navy). Murfreesboro sank that day, El Coston sank the next day.[174][175]
HMS Inglefield  Royal Navy World War II: The I-class destroyer was sunk by a German glide bomb off Anzio, Lazio, Italy. 35 crew were killed.[176][177]
Isora  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ionian Sea off Pylos by British aircraft.[11]
USS LCT-26  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Anzio.[178]
HMS Mahratta  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy JW 57: The M-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Ocean off Nordkapp, Norway by U-990 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 220 of her 236 crew.
Nisshō Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary oiler was torpedoed and sunk 75 nautical miles (139 km) south of Davao, Mindanao (05°50′N 126°00′E / 5.833°N 126.000°E / 5.833; 126.000) by USS Hoe ( United States Navy). Her commanding officer and 37 crewmen were killed.[179]
Philipp M  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 1371: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot with a loss of 7 crew.[11][180]
R 52  Kriegsmarine World War II: The R 41 Type minesweeper was destroyed by fire in an Allied air raid on Dieppe, Seine-Inférieure, France.[11]
Ryusei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea (07°55′N 115°15′E / 7.917°N 115.250°E / 7.917; 115.250) by USS Rasher ( United States Navy). A total of 3,000 Javanese laborers, 34 crewmen and an unknown number of Allied prisoners of war and Imperial Japanese Army troops on board were killed.[181][182]
Tango Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea (07°41′N 115°10′E / 7.683°N 115.167°E / 7.683; 115.167) by USS Rasher ( United States Navy).[181]
Toshin Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Grayback ( United States Navy).[183]
U-601  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean (70°26′N 12°40′E / 70.433°N 12.667°E / 70.433; 12.667) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 51 crew.[184]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1944
Ship Country Description
USS Ailanthus  United States Navy The Ailanthus-class net laying ship was driven ashore and wrecked in a storm while at anchor at Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands. She was declared a total loss and on 9 June was stricken from the Navy list.[185][186]
Astrolabe France Vichy French Navy World War II: The survey ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Tourane, French Indochina by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[187]
Daigen Maru No.3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Gato ( United States Navy).[188]
Directeur General Picanon France Vichy French Navy The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[189]
Gilmot France Vichy French Navy World War II: The dredge was bombed and sunk in the South China Seoff Tourane by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[190]
Hurja  Finnish Navy World War II: Continuation War: The Sisu-class motor torpedo boat was sunk at Helsinki by Soviet aircraft.[191]
USS LCT-36  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank ran aground and sank off Naples, Italy.[192]
USS LST-349  United States Navy The LST Mk 2-class landing ship tank was wrecked off Isola di Ponza, Italy (40°55′N 12°58′E / 40.917°N 12.967°E / 40.917; 12.967).[193]
USS PT-251  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was sunk in Empress Augusta Bay, Bouganville (06°30′S 155°10′E / 6.500°S 155.167°E / -6.500; 155.167) by Japanese shore batteries after running aground whilst pursuing Japanese barges.[194]
Silvermaple  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy STL 12: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Guinea (4°44′N 3°20′W / 4.733°N 3.333°W / 4.733; -3.333) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 67 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kildwick ( Royal Navy).[195]
Sutlej  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (08°00′S 70°00′E / 8.000°S 70.000°E / -8.000; 70.000) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of nine gunners and 41 crew when I-37 machine gunned the lifeboats. One gunner and ten crewmen were rescued by HMS Solvra ( Royal Navy) 42 days later. One gunner and eleven crewmen were rescued by HMS Flamingo ( Royal Navy) 46 days later.[69]
William H. Welch  United States The Liberty ship ran aground in Loch Ewe, United Kingdom in a storm. She broke in two and was declared a total loss.[196]
U-91  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°45′N 26°20′W / 49.750°N 26.333°W / 49.750; -26.333) by HMS Affleck, HMS Gore and HMS Gould (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 36 of her 52 crew.
VMV-8  Merivoimat World War II: Continuation War: The VMV-8-class patrol boat was sunk at Helsinki by Soviet aircraft.[32]

27 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Ceylon Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy TAMO-05: The Ceylon Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea (31°35′N 127°47′E / 31.583°N 127.783°E / 31.583; 127.783) by USS Grayback ( United States Navy). Ninety-five troops and 46 were crewmen killed.[183]
President Grant  United States The War Shipping Administration troop transport bound for Milne Bay grounded on Uluma Reef about 70 nautical miles (130 km) from port and was a total loss after removal of all personnel and part of the cargo.[197]
USS Grayback  United States Navy World War II: The Tambor-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the East China Sea (25°47′N 128°45′E / 25.783°N 128.750°E / 25.783; 128.750) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of all 60 crew.
HMS MFV 70  Royal Navy The motor fishing vessel struck a submerged wreck and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Castellorizo, Italy.[198]
Rod el Farag  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Beirut, Lebanon (33°48′N 34°51′E / 33.800°N 34.850°E / 33.800; 34.850) by U-407 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[199]
Taisoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Halmahera, Malaku Islands by USS Cod ( United States Navy).[11]

28 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Akiura Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of New Guinea by USS Balao ( United States Navy).[11]
KEMTSchch-34  Soviet Navy The K-15/M-17-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[200]
Kaiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaiko Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in Noda Anchorage, Paramushiro (50°02′N 155°26′E / 50.033°N 155.433°E / 50.033; 155.433) by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy). Her commanding officer and two crewmen were killed.[201]
M-108  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine struck a mine and sank in Kongsfjord.[11]
Promontore  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Split, Yugoslavia in an Allied air raid.[11]
Sakura Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Penang, Malaya by HMS Tactician ( Royal Navy).[11]
Shoho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of New Guinea by USS Balao ( United States Navy).[11]
V 1309 Kapitän Stemmer  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot collided with V 811 Hugo Homann ( Kriegsmarine) and sank in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands.[202]

29 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 February 1944
Ship Country Description
Ascot  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) north west of Diego Suarez, Madagascar (05°00′S 63°00′E / 5.000°S 63.000°E / -5.000; 63.000) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of most of the crew when I-37 machine gunned and sank the lifeboats. Three gunners and four crewmen were rescued by Straat Soenda ( Netherlands) on 3 March.[69]
Chietti  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Cépet, Var, France (43°02′N 5°19′E / 43.033°N 5.317°E / 43.033; 5.317) by HMS Uproar ( Royal Navy).[11][203]
Käpitan Diederichsen  Germany World War II: Battle of Ist: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by Le Terrible ( Free French Naval Forces).[11]
Kelkheim  Germany The cargo ship was sunk in a collision south of Rautingen, Norway.[204]
HMS LCP(L) 541  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[72]
Palma  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Laccadive Sea 400 nautical miles (740 km) south of Ceylon (5°51′N 79°38′E / 5.850°N 79.633°E / 5.850; 79.633) by U-183 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Balta and HMT Semla (both  Royal Navy).[205]
R-194  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk by Allied aircraft off Corfu, Greece.[111]
Riga  Germany The cargo ship was wrecked off Kirkenes, Norway.[206]
Sakito Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[207]
USS Trout  United States Navy World War II: The Tambor-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the East China Sea (22°40′N 131°45′E / 22.667°N 131.750°E / 22.667; 131.750) by Asashimo ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all 81 crew.
UJ 201  Kriegsmarine World War II: Battle of Ist: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk by Le Fantasque and Le Terrible (both  Free French Naval Forces) in the Adriatic Sea.[208]
Uchide Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy TAPA-02: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean north of Palau (08°57′N 132°52′E / 8.950°N 132.867°E / 8.950; 132.867) by USS Sargo ( United States Navy). She was abandoned on 1 March and sank on 2 March.[109][209]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1944
Ship Country Description
A C C #50  United States The 7-gross register ton, 32.1-foot (9.8 m) scow was destroyed by fire in Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska.[185]
Ettore  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was damaged in an Allied air raid on Porto Ercole or Livorno, Italy on 14, 17 or 18 February and was beached.[11] The ship was eventually scuttled as a blockship at Livorno, Italy sometime in July 1944.[210]
F 770  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was damaged in an Allied air raid on Porto Ercole or Livorno on 14, 17 or 18 January and was beached.[11]
KT 31  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in an Allied air raid on Porto Ercole or Livorno on 14, 17 or 18 February.[11]
HMS LCM 192  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 234  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 254  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 270  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost.[211]
HMS LCM 279  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 282  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 327  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 329  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCM 367  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in British home waters.[14][211]
HMS LCT 375  Royal Navy The landing craft tank was lost in the Mediterranean Sea.[212]
HMS LCV 894  Royal Navy The landing craft vehicle was lost while in service with the Royal Army Service Corps at Rothesay, Scotland.[213]
HMS LCV(P) 1066  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft vehicle and personnel was lost in the vicinity of Richborough, Kent, England, during an exercise.[14][213]
USS Onyx  United States Navy The armed yacht was in collision with another vessel and was severely damaged. She was consequently withdrawn from service and designated as a target ship.
R 39  Kriegsmarine World War II: The R 25-class mineseeper was sunk in an Allied air raid on Porto Ercole or Livorno on 14, 17 or 18 February.[11]
Shoan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaiko Maru-class transport was torpedoed and damaged by the submarine USS Whale ( United States Navy) on 27 January 1943. She spent the next year under repair and was damaged again by bombing on 14 January 1944, then was bombed and damaged beyond repair by aircraft from the aircraft carriers USS Essex and USS Yorktown (both  United States Navy) on 23 February 1944 and abandoned. She sank either in February 1944 or during the June 1944 Battle of Saipan.[214]
USS Thompson  United States Navy The Clemson-class destroyer was scuttled in shallow water in San Francisco Bay in California for use as a training target.
UJ 207  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk by Allied aircraft at Breda, Girona, Italy.[208]
V 712 Chemnitz  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot was lost.[215]

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