List of shipwrecks in January 1943

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

January 1943
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1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Arthur Middleton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UGS 3: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (35°45′N 0°45′W / 35.750°N 0.750°W / 35.750; -0.750) by U-73 ( German Navy) with the loss of 24 gunners, 43 crew, and all eleven crew of USS LCT-21 ( United States Navy). Three gunners were rescued by HMS Boreas ( Royal Navy).[1]
Brageland  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (0°19′N 37°26′W / 0.317°N 37.433°W / 0.317; -37.433) by U-163 ( German Navy). All 28 crew survived.[2]
Empire March  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 150 nautical miles (280 km) north west of Tristan da Cunha by Michel ( German Navy). 33 crewmen killed. Her master, and 24 crewmen taken POW.[3]
Empire Panther  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire.[3]
USS LCT-21  United States Navy World War II: The landing craft tank was lost when Arthur Middleton ( United Kingdom) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-73 ( German Navy). Lost with all 11 hands.[1]
Eros  Sweden The Red Cross ship ran aground on the north west point of Polykandros, Greece and was wrecked.[4]
MTB 105  Royal Navy World War II: The Thornycroft MTB-104-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled by the Flower-class corvette HMCS Woodstock ( Royal Canadian Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean after floating away from the sinking Special Service Vessel HMS Fidelity ( Royal Navy), sunk by U-435 ( German Navy) on 30 December 1942. Eight crewmen aboard rescued.[5]
Muansa  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Kongsfjord by L-20 ( Soviet Navy).[4]
Renzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshū by USS Porpoise ( United States Navy).[6]
Rhakotis  Germany World War II: The blockade runner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (23°30′S 5°30′W / 23.500°S 5.500°W / -23.500; -5.500) by HMS Scylla ( Royal Navy). Amongst those killed was one of the three survivors from City of Cairo ( United Kingdom). The other two survivors were rescued by U-410 ( German Navy) and were taken as prisoners of war.[7]
St. Merriel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bône, Algeria by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft of III Staffeln, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe.[4]

2 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Alarm  Royal Navy The Algerine-class minesweeper was lost on this date.[8]
Ebon Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Argonaut ( United States Navy).[4]
Empire Metal  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bône, Algeria by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft of III Staffeln, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe.[4] Raised in August 1949 but broke in two and subsequently scrapped.[3]
F 162  German Navy World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by a mine in the Kerch Strait with the loss of 2 crew.[9][10][11]
USS Grebe  United States Navy The fleet tug, a former Lapwing-class minesweeper, was destroyed by a typhoon during 1–2 January 1943 at Vuata Vatoa, Fiji Islands after becoming grounded while attempting to salvage Thomas A. Edison ( United States) on 6 December 1942.[12]
Thomas A. Edison  United States The Liberty ship was destroyed by a typhoon during 1–2 January 1943 at Vuata Vatoa, Fiji Islands after becoming grounded on 4 December 1942.[12][13]

3 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Baron Dechmont  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape San Roque, Brazil (3°11′S 38°41′W / 3.183°S 38.683°W / -3.183; -38.683) by U-507 ( German Navy) with the loss of seven of her 44 crew.[14]
British Vigilance  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea approximately 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) north east of Barbados (20°58′N 44°40′W / 20.967°N 44.667°W / 20.967; -44.667) by U-514 ( German Navy) with the loss of 27 of her 54 crew. The ship was abandoned and the survivors were rescued by HMS Saxifrage ( Royal Navy). British Vigilance was torpedoed and sunk on 24 January at approximately 21°N 45°W / 21°N 45°W / 21; -45 by U-105 ( German Navy).[3][15]
HMS LCP(L) 17  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[16]
Ulpio Traiano  Regia Marina World War II: Operation Principal: The Capitani Romani-class cruiser was sunk at Palermo, Sicily by a Royal Navy human torpedo.[17]

4 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HNoMS Bodø  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The naval whaler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aberdeen, Scotland. Thirty of the 32 crew lost their lives, the survivors being rescued by a British trawler. She was returning from a special operation to Norway.[18][19][20]
M 4242  German Navy World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (43°55′N 00°42′W / 43.917°N 0.700°W / 43.917; -0.700) by USS Shad ( United States Navy).[21]
Schokland  Netherlands ( German Navy): World War II: The cargo ship, under German command, carrying sacks of cement and iron girders and 284 troops returning from leave, sank after hitting a reef a mile off Portelet Bay, Jersey Channel Islands. 106 of the troops who had been in a hold, died.[22]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Città di Palermo  Regia Marina World War II: The armed merchant cruiser, being used as a troop transport, was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Proteus ( Royal Navy). 921 killed.[23]
Keifuku Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, New Britain by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[24]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS LCT 106  Royal Navy The Mk. 2 landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Benghazi, Libya.[25]
HMS LCT 107  Royal Navy The Mk. 2 landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Benghazi, Libya.[26]
U-164  German Navy World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Pernambuco, Brazil (1°58′S 39°22′W / 1.967°S 39.367°W / -1.967; -39.367) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 54 of her 56 crew.[27]
USS YP-492  United States Navy World War II: The patrol boat was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Florida in a collision with USS YP-6713 ( United States Navy).[28]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Akabahra  Norway World War II: Convoy MKS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe. All 25 crew were rescued.[4][29]
Benalbanach  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MKS 5: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe with the loss of 410 lives.[4]
Bersagliere  Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer was sunk by American aircraft at Palermo, Sicily, with the loss of 59 crew.[30][31][32]
HMT Horatio  Royal Navy World War II: The Shakespearian-class trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape de Garde, Algeria by S-58 ( German Navy). Only two crewmen survived the sinking, rescued by S-58 and made prisoners of war. 31 crew were lost.[17][33]
HMT Jura  Royal Navy World War II: The Isles-class trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) north east of Algiers (36°58′N 03°48′E / 36.967°N 3.800°E / 36.967; 3.800) by U-371 ( German Navy) with the loss of seventeen of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Stronsay ( Royal Navy).[17][34]
Myoko Maru  Imperial Japanese Army
Myoko Maru

World War II: Operation 18: The troopship was bombed and damaged by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, Martin B-26 Marauder, Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft of the United States Army Air Force, Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force or Royal New Zealand Air Force and Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force. She was beached at Malahang, Papua New Guinea (06°49′S 147°04′E / 6.817°S 147.067°E / -6.817; 147.067), where she was bombed again the next day and destroyed.[35]

Nichiryu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation 18: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Lae, New Guinea (06°30′S 149°00′E / 6.500°S 149.000°E / -6.500; 149.000) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina of 11 Sqn RAAF. Survivors were rescued by Maikaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[36] Casualties were heavy: 361 troops lost according to one source[37], 456 dead and missing and 85 wounded according to another.[38]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Albert L. Ellsworth  Norway World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea (27°57′N 28°50′W / 27.950°N 28.833°W / 27.950; -28.833) by U-436 ( German Navy). Afire from bow to stern, she was abandoned by her 42 crew, who were rescued by HMS Havelock ( Royal Navy). Albert L. Ellsworth was shelled and sunk by U-436 the next day.[39]
M 489  German Navy World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was sunk at Rotterdam by sabotage. Raised 10 January, 1943, repaired, and returned to service.[40][41]
Oltenia II  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (27°59′N 28°50′W / 27.983°N 28.833°W / 27.983; -28.833) by U-436 ( German Navy) with the loss of seventeen of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock ( Royal Navy).[42]
Yorkwood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Macau, Brazil (4°10′S 35°30′W / 4.167°S 35.500°W / -4.167; -35.500) by U-507 ( German Navy) with the loss of one of her 48 crew. Her captain was taken aboard U-507 as a prisoner of war.[43]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Birmingham City  United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°23′N 55°48′W / 7.383°N 55.800°W / 7.383; -55.800) by U-124 ( German Navy) with the loss of ten of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 ( United States Navy)[44]
Brasil  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Stavanger, Norway.[4]
Broad Arrow  United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°35′N 55°45′W / 7.583°N 55.750°W / 7.583; -55.750) by U-124 ( German Navy) with the loss of 23 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 ( United States Navy).[45]
Collingsworth  United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°12′N 55°37′W / 7.200°N 55.617°W / 7.200; -55.617) by U-124 ( German Navy) with the loss of twelve of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by Dalvangen ( Norway) and USS PC-577 ( United States Navy).[46]
Corsaro  Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 187 lives. There were 48 survivors.[4][47]
Emilio Morandi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy). There were 66 dead and 32 survivors.[4][47]
Empire Lytton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-442 with the loss of 14 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock and HMS Saxifrage (both  Royal Navy).[3][48]
Empire Spruce  United Kingdom The tug collided with another ship and sank in the Firth of Clyde with the loss of four of her six crew.[49]
Louise Lykes  United States World War II: The Type C2-F cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°15′N 22°00′W / 56.250°N 22.000°W / 56.250; -22.000) by U-384 ( German Navy) with the loss of all 83 crew.[50]
RFA Minister Wedel  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-522 ( German Navy). All 38 crew were rescued by HMS Havelock ( Royal Navy).[51]
Minotaur  United States World War II: Convoy TM 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°12′N 55°37′W / 7.200°N 55.617°W / 7.200; -55.617) by U-124 ( German Navy) with the loss of six of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 ( United States Navy).[52]
Norvik  Panama World War II: Convoy TM 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Tenerife, Spain (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-522 ( German Navy) with the loss of two of her 45 crew.[53][54]
RD 56  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk at Bizerta, Tunisia by Allied aircraft. There was no casualty. She was raised but bombed and sunk again three months later.[55][47]
S-104  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was sunk by a mine in the English Channel. One crew was killed and 4 wounded.[56]
Svea Jarl  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Stavanger.[4]
William Wilberforce  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Canary Islands, Spain (29°20′N 26°53′W / 29.333°N 26.883°W / 29.333; -26.883) by U-511 ( German Navy) with the loss of three of her 63 crew. Survivors were rescued by Monte Arnabal ( Spain).[57]
Yosinogawa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Toep Harbour, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea by USS Nautilus ( United States Navy).[4][58]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Argonaut  United States Navy World War II: The Argonaut-class submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea by Hamakaze, Isokaze and Maikaze (all  Imperial Japanese Navy). There were no survivors from her 102 crew.[59]
Dalny  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off San Remo, Italy, by HMS Tribune, and was beached. All crew was rescued. The wreck was attacked several times by submarines and aircraft before being towed to Toulon and scuttled there in August 1944.[4][60][61]
Norwalk  United States The cargo ship was sunk north of Cuba (23°18′N 80°00′W / 23.300°N 80.000°W / 23.300; -80.000) in a collision with Nidareid ( Norway). One crewman was killed.[62]
Okikaze  Imperial Japanese Navy
Okikaze sinking, seen through the periscope of USS Trigger

World War II: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Katsura, Chiba (35°02′N 140°12′E / 35.033°N 140.200°E / 35.033; 140.200) by USS Trigger ( United States Navy) with the loss of most of her 148 crew.

11 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1943
Ship Country Description
British Dominion  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-522 ( German Navy) with the loss of 37 of her 53 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMS Godetia ( Royal Navy). British Dominion was later torpedoed and sunk (30°30′N 19°55′W / 30.500°N 19.917°W / 30.500; -19.917) by U-620 ( German Navy).[63]
Ocean Vagabond  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 115: The Ocean ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°17′N 20°11′W / 57.283°N 20.183°W / 57.283; -20.183) by U-186 ( German Navy) with the loss of one of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wanderer ( Royal Navy).[64]
USS PT-43  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 77' PT boat was shelled and damaged off Guadalcanal, (09°15′S 159°42′E / 9.250°S 159.700°E / -9.250; 159.700) by Hatsukaze, and Tokitsukaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). One crew was killed. The empty boat grounded on Japanese-held shore and was destroyed the next day by gunfire from the corvette HMNZS Kiwi ( Royal New Zealand Navy).[65][66]
USS PT-112  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat was shelled and sunk off Guadalcanal, (09°15′S 159°42′E / 9.250°S 159.700°E / -9.250; 159.700) by Hatsukaze, and Tokitsukaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew survived.[67][66]
Vittoria Beraldo  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[4] [68]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Ardente  Regia Marina The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was sunk in a collision with Grecale ( Regia Marina) west of Sicily. 118 of her 162 crew were killed, as were 8 crew and around 100 German soldiers aboard Grecale.[69][47]
C S Flight  United Kingdom World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°25′N 65°00′W / 12.417°N 65.000°W / 12.417; -65.000) by U-105 with the loss of 49 of her 72 crew.[70]
HMT Kingston Jacinth  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon.[17]
Patrol Boat No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat, a former Minekaze-class destroyer, was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Hanover Island, Bismarck Archipelago (02°51′S 149°43′E / 2.850°S 149.717°E / -2.850; 149.717) by the submarine USS Guardfish ( United States Navy).[4][71]
USS PT-28  United States Navy The Elco 77' PT boat was wrecked at Dora Harbor, Unimak Island, Alaska.[72]
USS Worden  United States Navy
USS Worden

The Farragut-class destroyer was driven onto rocks at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka Island, Alaska and was wrecked with the loss of fourteen of her 186 crew.[73]

USS YP-492  United States Navy The patrol boat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean when it ran aground on the west coast of the big island of Hawaii, Hawaii Territory.[74]

13 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Iwashiro Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean between Kwajalein and Truk by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy).[75]
Siraha Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea by USS Searaven ( United States Navy).[76]
U-224  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Algiers, Algeria (36°28′N 0°49′E / 36.467°N 0.817°E / 36.467; 0.817) by HMCS Ville de Quebec ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 46 crew.[77]
U-507  German Navy World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 330 nautical miles (610 km) off Cape Saint Rocque, Brazil (1°38′S 39°52′W / 1.633°S 39.867°W / -1.633; -39.867) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 54 people aboard.
Virgo  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum, Germany with the loss of one of her 27 crew.[78][79]

14 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Ganjitsu Maru No. 1 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Searaven ( United States Navy).[4]
Narvalo  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Malta (34°08′N 16°04′E / 34.133°N 16.067°E / 34.133; 16.067) by HMS Pakenham ( Royal Navy) and a Bristol Beaufort aircrsft of the Royal Air Force. Twenty-Eight crew and eight British prisoners of war were lost.[80]
Oued Tifled  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Sahib ( Royal Navy).[4]
Sainte Maxime  Free France The cargo ship collided with Wendell Philipps ( United States) and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cap Bon, Algeria.[81]
Shiraha Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Searaven ( United States Navy).[4]
UJ 1107 Star XX  German Navy The submarine chaser/naval whaler collided with Dessau ( Germany) and sank off the Rotvær Lighthouse, Norway.[4]
V 703 Henry Fricke  German Navy The Vorpostenboot was lost after it ran aground on Alderney, Channel islands.[82]

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Annitsa  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°02′N 21°58′E / 33.033°N 21.967°E / 33.033; 21.967) by U-617 ( German Navy) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Southern Isles ( Royal Navy).[83][84]
Emma  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid ( Royal Navy).[4]
Harboe Jensen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°04′N 21°50′E / 33.067°N 21.833°E / 33.067; 21.833) by U-617 ( German Navy) with the loss of eighteen of her 24 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Southern Isles ( Royal Navy).[83]
HMS LCP(L) 80  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[85]
Mapele  United States The 3,545-ton steam cargo ship was wrecked at Cape Devine (55°22′45″N 160°09′00″W / 55.37917°N 160.15000°W / 55.37917; -160.15000 (Cape Devine)) in the Shumagin Islands in the Gulf of Alaska off the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska. One crewman and one member of the embarked United States Navy Armed Guard perished; the other 48 people aboard were rescued by the salvage ship USS Discoverer ( United States Navy)[86]
Nichimei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy S-23: The cargo ship was carrying Japanese troops and Allied prisoners of war. She was sunk 200 nautical miles (370 km) south southwest of Rangoon, Burma (13°30′N 97°30′E / 13.500°N 97.500°E / 13.500; 97.500) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force with widely conflicting reports of casualties.[87]
Ocean Courage  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (10°52′N 23°28′W / 10.867°N 23.467°W / 10.867; -23.467) by U-182 ( German Navy) with the loss of 52 of her 58 crew. Survivors were rescued by Silverwalnut ( United Kingdom).[88][89]
Tritone  Regia Marina World War II: The Flutto-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Algiers, Algeria (37°06′N 05°22′E / 37.100°N 5.367°E / 37.100; 5.367) by HMS Antelope ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Port Arthur ( Royal Canadian Navy). Twenty-six crew were lost, 25 survivors were rescued and became prisoners of war.[90]
UJ 1406  German Navy World War II: The Mob-FD-class naval trawler/submarine chaser was bombed and sunk at Lorient, Morbihan, France during a Royal Air Force air raid.[4]

16 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Chifuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Kavieng, New Ireland (04°03′N 151°55′E / 4.050°N 151.917°E / 4.050; 151.917) by USS Growler ( United States Navy). One crewman was killed.[91][92]
D'Annunzio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Kelvin and HMS Nubian (both  Royal Navy).[4]
F 174  German Navy The MFP-A landing craft sank in storm in the Baltic Sea (59°02′N 21°38′W / 59.033°N 21.633°W / 59.033; -21.633) while under tow by icebreaker Nordlicht that rescued the whole crew.[93]
Kinposan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kinjosan Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Kavieng, New Ireland, 8 nautical miles (15 km) north east of Los Reyes Island (02°47′S 149°10′E / 2.783°S 149.167°E / -2.783; 149.167) by USS Greenling ( United States Navy). Thirty-one crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-17 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[4][94]
Nortind  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 223: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°40′N 33°10′W / 58.667°N 33.167°W / 58.667; -33.167) by U-358 ( German Navy).[3]
Schenectady  United States
Schenectady

The T2 tanker broke in two at Portland, Oregon. Subsequently repaired and entered service in April 1943.

UJ-2103  German Navy The submarine chaser ran aground and was wrecked off Euboea, Greece.[4][95]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Bombardiere  Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[4]
Heiyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Whale ( United States Navy). Nine hundred passengers and 44 crewmen were killed.[75]
Llanashe  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Cape St. Francis, Cape Colony (34°00′S 28°30′E / 34.000°S 28.500°E / -34.000; 28.500) by U-182 ( German Navy) with the loss of 33 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Tarakan ( Netherlands).[96]
HMS LCT 2234, HMS LCT 2239,
HMS LCT 2267 and HMS LCT 2344
 Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft tanks were being carried as deck cargo on Vestfold ( Panama) and were lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk.[97][98]
Ostende  Belgium World War II: Convoy SC 115: The cargo ship either suffered an onboard explosion and sank in the Atlantic Ocean,[99] or struck a mine in Loch Lathaich and was beached on the Isle of Mull. Her cargo of ammunition exploded. Two of her 48 crew were killed.[100]
Vestfold  Panama World War II: Convoy HX 222: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°25′N 26°12′W / 61.417°N 26.200°W / 61.417; -26.200) by U-268 ( German Navy) with the loss of 19 of the 75 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin ( United Kingdom).[97]
Yachiyo Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[4]
Zenobia Martini  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unseen ( Royal Navy).[4]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Algeria  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by Allied aircraft.[4]
Ankara  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea north-east of Cani Island, Tunisia. All 109 crew and 118 passengers were saved.[101][102]
Favør  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Sardinia, Italy by HMS Loyal ( Royal Navy).[4][103]
Jan Mayen  Norway The whaler ran aground off Leirabodi, Reykjavík, Iceland and was abandoned. Salvage was abandoned on 26 January and she subsequently broke up and sank.[104]
Kalingo  Australia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tasman Sea off New South Wales, Australia (34°07′S 153°15′E / 34.117°S 153.250°E / -34.117; 153.250) by I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[105]
Senzan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kavieng, New Ireland (03°29′S 149°02′E / 3.483°S 149.033°E / -3.483; 149.033) by a United States Army Air Forces Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft. Seven crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-16 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[106]
Sportivo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°00′N 12°08′E / 33.000°N 12.133°E / 33.000; 12.133) by HMS Unseen ( Royal Navy). The whole crew was saved.[4][107]
Tōei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 100 miles south west (06°21′N 150°23′E / 6.350°N 150.383°E / 6.350; 150.383) of Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Silversides ( United States Navy). Four crewmen killed.[108]
Yamafuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-39 Airacobra aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[109]

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Commercio  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid ( Royal Navy).[4]
Cleopatra  Regia Marina World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid ( Royal Navy).[4]
Edda  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbroken ( Royal Navy).[4]
Eso  Regia Marina World War II: The Galeb-class minelayer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunis, Tunisia by British aircraft.[110]
Genyo Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Haddock ( United States Navy).[4]
HH 05 Deli  German Navy World War II: The naval drifter/patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands by Allied aircraft.[4]
Myoho Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 35, Part A: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north north east of Buin, Papua New Guinea (05°38′S 156°20′E / 5.633°S 156.333°E / -5.633; 156.333) by USS Swordfish ( United States Navy). 61 troops and 3 crewmen were killed. 800 survivors were rescued by Shigure ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[111]
Seikai Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[4]
Stromboli  Italy World War II: The transport ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Kelvin, HMS Nubian (both  Royal Navy) and Vasilissa Olga ( Greece Navy).[4]

20 January[edit]

For the loss of the American tanker Brilliant on this day, see the entry for 18 November 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Assiria  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli, Libya.[4]
Giulia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Tripoli by a limpet mine place by Chariot XIII, operating from HMS Thunderbolt ( Royal Navy).[4]
Irma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Zuara, Libya by HMS Kelvin and HMS Jaguar (both  Royal Navy).[112]
Jean Jadot  Belgium World War II: Convoy KMS 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean off Cape Ténès, Algeria by U-453 ( German Navy) with the loss of 15 of the 414 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Verity ( Royal Navy) and the trawler Duguay Trouin ( France).[113]
Marco Foscarini  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]
Maria Angelette  Regia Marina World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Saracen ( Royal Navy).[4]
Marrochino  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]
Meiu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy 35C: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off (03°52′N 153°56′E / 3.867°N 153.933°E / 3.867; 153.933) by USS Silversides ( United States Navy). Four hundred troops and one crewman were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-11 and Choun Maru No. 2 both ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[108]
Santorre Santarosa  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine ran aground in the Mediterranean off Tripoli (32°55′N 13°11′E / 32.917°N 13.183°E / 32.917; 13.183) and then was torpedoed and sunk by HMS MTB 260 ( Royal Navy).[114]
Surabaya Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy 35C: The Indus Maru-class transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (03°52′N 153°56′E / 3.867°N 153.933°E / 3.867; 153.933) by USS Silversides ( United States Navy). Scuttled by Asagumo ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 462 troops, her captain and 36 crewmen killed.[108]
Tanja  Germany The coaster ran aground at Kirkenes, Norway and was wrecked.[115]
Tevere  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Asama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[4]
Città di Genova  Regia Marina World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Tigris ( Royal Navy)[4][116]
Hampton Lodge  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe.[4]
Kenkon Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 35B: The Kaihei Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia, Solomon Islands by USS Gato ( United States Navy). 36 troops and 7 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by Shirayuki ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[117]
No. 012  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was sunk on this date.[118]
RD 31, RD 36,
RD 37 and RD 39
 Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweepers were sunk by HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin (both  Royal Navy) while trying to escape from Tripoli, Libya.[55]
Saturno  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
USS SC-709  United States Navy The SC-497-class submarine chaser was wrecked at Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.[119]
U-301  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Bonifacio, Corsica, France (41°27′N 7°04′E / 41.450°N 7.067°E / 41.450; 7.067) by HMS Sahib ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 46 crew.
Victory  United States The 17-ton, 35-foot (11 m) fishing vessel burned at 55°17′N 131°37′W / 55.283°N 131.617°W / 55.283; -131.617 (Victory) near Gravina Poit just south of Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[120]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Hassu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[121]
Mount Mycale  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 117: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°00′N 50°30′W / 52.000°N 50.500°W / 52.000; -50.500) by U-413 ( German Navy) with the loss of all of her crew of 10.[122]
Neva  Sweden World War II: Convoy UR 59: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (61°35′N 14°15′W / 61.583°N 14.250°W / 61.583; -14.250) by U-358 ( German Navy) with the loss of 19 of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Cape Portland ( Royal Navy).[123]
HMAS Patricia Cam  Royal Australian Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk off the Wessel Islands by a Japanese floatplane.[124]
RD 33 and RD 43  Regia Marina The RD-class minesweepers foundered in a storm off the east coast of Tunisia.[55][125]
Ruhr  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Palermo, Italy.[126]
Vassilios A. Polemis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°32′N 52°38′W / 42.533°N 52.633°W / 42.533; -52.633) by U-333 ( German Navy) with the loss of 21 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by Leonidas N. Condylis ( Greece).[127]
Yashima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[4]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Alexandria  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-431 ( German Navy).[128]
Benjamin Smith  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) off Cape Palmas, Liberia (4°05′N 7°50′W / 4.083°N 7.833°W / 4.083; -7.833) by U-175 ( German Navy). All 66 crew survived.[129][130]
City of Flint  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-575 ( German Navy).
F 152  German Navy World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by Allied fighter-bombers off Cap Bon, Tunisia. One crew was wounded.[131]
Hakaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gazelle Channel south of Kavieng (2°47′S 150°38′E / 2.783°S 150.633°E / -2.783; 150.633) by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy). thirteen crewmen were killed, 124 survivors were rescued by Akitsushima ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
Luni  Italy World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy).[4]
R-44  German Navy World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Brest, Finistère, France by United States Eighth Air Force aircraft.[4][132]
Viminale  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy).[4]
USS YP-577  United States Navy The yard patrol boat was destroyed by an explosion at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois.[133]

24 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1943
Ship Country Description
F 323  German Navy World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by a mine in the Kerch Strait off Eltingen. There were 13 killed and 2 survivors.[134]
Hans Schmidt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Pola, Italy.[135]
Harusame  Imperial Japanese Navy
Harusame after attack by USS Wahoo, photographed through Wahoo's periscope
World War II: The Shiratsuyu-class destroyer was torpedoed by the submarine USS Wahoo ( United States Navy) and beached to avoid sinking. She was salvaged and returned to service in late November 1943.
Kollbjørg  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 223: The tanker broke in two in a storm and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (58°28′N 41°34′W / 58.467°N 41.567°W / 58.467; -41.567) with the loss of eleven of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Pan Maryland ( United States). The bow section was scuttled on 26 January at 58°20′N 39°30′W / 58.333°N 39.500°W / 58.333; -39.500 by U-594 ( German Navy).[136][137]
Pistoia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
Ringstad  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 55: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 85 nautical miles (157 km) south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (45°50′N 51°04′W / 45.833°N 51.067°W / 45.833; -51.067) by U-333 ( German Navy) with the loss of 30 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Swanson ( United States Navy).[138]
Teddy  United States The 89-gross register ton, 69.5-foot (21.2 m) fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[139]
Verona  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
Ville de Tamatave  United Kingdom The passenger ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (50°17′N 40°55′W / 50.283°N 40.917°W / 50.283; -40.917) with the loss of all 88 people on board.[81]

25 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Corncrake  Royal Navy World War II: The Fish-class trawler minelayer foundered in the North Atlantic in a storm.[140]
HMS LCM 58  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost on this date.[141]
Lackenby  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 117: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°00′N 37°50′W / 55.000°N 37.833°W / 55.000; -37.833) by U-624 ( German Navy) with the loss of all 46 crew.[142]
Mouyassar  Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-431 ( German Navy).[143]
Omar el Kattab  Syria World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Cyprus by U-431 ( German Navy).[144]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Buyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Dutch New Guinea (01°54′N 134°57′E / 1.900°N 134.950°E / 1.900; 134.950) by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy). Eighty-six troops, 269 Indian Army prisoners of war and a crewman were killed. Between 750 and 1,000-plus survivors were rescued by Chuko Maru No. 2 Go ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[145]
Fukurei Maru No.2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 270 nautical miles (500 km) north of Dutch New Guinea (02°04′N 140°10′E / 2.067°N 140.167°E / 2.067; 140.167) by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy).[145]
Hassan  Syria World War II: The sailing ship was rammed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-431 ( German Navy).[146]
Krasnyj Partizan  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°45′N 17°30′E / 73.750°N 17.500°E / 73.750; 17.500) by U-255 ( German Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[147]
Lewis Cass  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore and wrecked on Guadalupe Island, Mexico.[148]
Nortind  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 223: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (58°30′N 34°00′W / 58.500°N 34.000°W / 58.500; -34.000) by U-358 ( German Navy) with the loss of all 42 people aboard.[149][150]
Ushio Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea west of Luzon, Philippines by USS Grayling ( United States Navy).[151]
V 1105 Ernst Gröschel  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea.[4]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Cape Decision  United States World War II: The Type C1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°57′N 47°28′W / 22.950°N 47.467°W / 22.950; -47.467) by U-105 ( German Navy). All 77 people aboard survived and reached land in their lifeboats.[152]
Julia Ward Howe  United States World War II: Convoy UGS 4: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (35°29′N 29°10′W / 35.483°N 29.167°W / 35.483; -29.167) by U-442 ( German Navy) with the loss of four of her 74 crew. Survivors were rescued by Lima ( Portuguese Navy).[153][154]
MZ 702 and MZ 725  Regia Marina World War II: The MZ-A landing craft were beached near Pisida, Libya, after an air attack. Engineers blew them on the beach on 29 January during the Axis retreat from the area.[155][156]
U-769 and U-770  Germany World War II: The Type VII submarines were severely damaged in an air raid on Wilhelmshaven by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force. Construction of both vessels is abandoned.[4]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Charles C. Pinckney  United States World War II: Convoy UGS 4: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged late in the evening of 27 January. Return fire from the Armed Guard temporarily drove off her attacker U-514 ( German Navy), who returned and sank her in the early hours of 28 January, in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (36°37′N 30°55′W / 36.617°N 30.917°W / 36.617; -30.917) with the loss of 56 of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by Caritas I (  Switzerland).[157][158]
F 359  German Navy World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk in an American bombing raid in the port of Sfax, Tunisia. Two crew were wounded ashore.[159]
SF 36 Goldbutt  German Navy World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk in an American bombing raid in the port of Sfax, Tunisia.[160]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Chicago  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Rennell Island: The Northampton-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean between Rennell Island and Guadalcanal just before midnight. Torpedoed again the next day and sunk (11°25′S 160°56′E / 11.417°S 160.933°E / -11.417; 160.933) by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft.
I-1  Imperial Japanese Navy
I-1

World War II: The J1 type submarine was rammed and wrecked in Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal by HMNZS Kiwi and HMNZS Moa (both  Royal New Zealand Navy).

Kaldnes  German Navy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 10 nautical miles (19 km) south west of Stavanger, Norway by Handley Page Hampden aircraft of 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force with the loss of fourteen lives.[4][161]
M 4606  German Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands by Allied aircraft.[4]
Nichiun Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia, Solomon Islands (06°22′S 156°04′E / 6.367°S 156.067°E / -6.367; 156.067) by USS Gato ( United States Navy).[117]
HMS Pozarica  Royal Navy World War II: The flakship was torpedoed north of Beni Ksila, Algeria (37°04′N 4°36′E / 37.067°N 4.600°E / 37.067; 4.600) by Savoia-Marchetti SM.70 aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica and Heinkel He 111 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe. She capsized at Bougie, Algeria on 13 February 1943. Wreck scrapped in Savona, Italy, from 14 June 1951.[4][162][163]
RD 4  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in "The Narrows" by Allied aircraft.[164]
Samuel Gompers  United States World War II: The Liberty ship torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Caledonia (24°21′S 166°21′W / 24.350°S 166.350°W / -24.350; -166.350) by I-10 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 1 Gunner and 3 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by French fishing boats and P-111 ( United States Army).[165]
Ufa  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea by U-255 ( German Navy) with the loss of all 39 crew.[166]
V 2018 Vogtland  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine in the North Sea and was severely damaged.[4]
Vercelli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Cape Bon, Tunisia by Allied aircraft. She sank under tow the next day 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) off Cape Farina, Tunisia.[167]

30 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Aniello  Italy World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[4]
Daghild  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 118: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°25′N 26°12′W / 55.417°N 26.200°W / 55.417; -26.200) by U-404 ( German Navy). All 39 crew were rescued by Lobelia ( Free French Naval Forces).[168]
Gemma  Italy World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[4]
Noto  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Parma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
HMS Samphire  Royal Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Bougie, Algeria by Platino ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 45 of her 85 crew.
Toa Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk by Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers of Squadron VSMB-233, United States Marine Corps in the Solomon Sea north of Gizo Island (07°43′S 156°51′E / 7.717°S 156.850°E / -7.717; 156.850). Two troops and a crewman were killed.[169]
V 1102 Gleiwitz  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot was driven ashore and wrecked on Hanstholm.[4]
V 1109 Mähren  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot was driven ashore on Hanstholm. She was later salvaged.[4]
Unie  Regia Marina World War II: The Galeb-class minelayer was bombed and sunk by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force at Bizerte.[4][110]
USS YFD-220  United States Navy The floating dry dock sank in heavy weather off of California.[170]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Calypso  French Navy World War II: The Circé-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Bizerte, Tunisia by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Generale Marcello Prestinari  Regia Marina World War II: The Generali-class torpedo boat was sunk by a mine south-east of Cani Island, Tunisia.[171]
Nautilus  French Navy World War II: The submarine was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Prawn  United States The 22-gross register ton, 44.8-foot (13.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Wrangell, Territory of Alaska.[172]
Procellaria  Regia Marina World War II: The Gabbiano-class corvette was sunk by a mine west of Sicily.[173]
Spoletto  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
Lisboa  Germany World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) between 23 and 31 January.[4]
HMS LCP(L) 203, HMS LCP(L) 204, HMS LCP(L) 205, HMS LCP(L) 206  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) were lost sometime in January.[174]
Outarde  Canada The lake freighter ran aground near the mouth of the St Lawrence estuary near St Pierre and Miquelon.[175] She later was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.
Reichenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Tripoli, Libya by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Ninth Air Force between 15 and 21 January.[4]
San Giovanni  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Tripoli before 19 January.[4]
Teodolinda  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) between 23 and 31 January.[4]
U-337  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean on or after 3 January with the loss of all 47 crew.
U-519  German Navy World War II: The Type IXC submarine went missing as of 31 January.[176]
U-553  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean on or after 20 January with the loss of all 47 crew.

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Ship events in 1943
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