List of shipwrecks in January 1945

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The list of shipwrecks in January 1945 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during January 1945.

January 1945
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1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Kyokko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Andaman Sea off the Mergui Archipelago, Malaya.[1]

2 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1945
Ship Country Description
CD-138  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MATA-38A: The Type D escort ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force. All 82 crew members were lost.[2]
Choei Maru No. 27 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[3]
Daian Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea east of Madoera, Netherlands East Indies (05°50′S 113°12′E / 5.833°S 113.200°E / -5.833; 113.200) by USS Becuna ( United States Navy).[4]
John M. Clayton  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was bombed and damaged at Mindoro, Philippines by Japanese aircraft and was beached with a loss of four Naval Armed Guards. She was later repaired and returned to service as USS Harcourt.[5][6]
Hakka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force. Twenty-four crewmen were killed.[7]
HMT Hayburn Wyke  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium (51°15′N 02°48′E / 51.250°N 2.800°E / 51.250; 2.800) by the Seehund midget submarine U-5304 ( German Navy).[8][9]
Hishigata Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MATA-38A: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force with the loss of a crewman and 56 passengers.[7]
Koryo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[7]
Meiru Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MATA-38A: The transport was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force with the loss of 60 crew and 400 passengers.[7]
Shinshu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MATA-40: The landing craft depot ship (a.k.a. Fuso Maru) was torpedoed and damaged by USS Aspro ( United States Navy) south of the Formosa Strait (21°51′N 119°44′E / 21.850°N 119.733°E / 21.850; 119.733). She was sunk the next day by United States Navy aircraft 47 nautical miles (87 km) off Takao, Formosa. A total of 66 gunners, 33 crewmen and 283 soldiers were killed.[10]
Shirokawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[7]
Taishen Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon (16°37′N 120°19′E / 16.617°N 120.317°E / 16.617; 120.317) by Douglas A-20 Havoc and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[7]
YU-1  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Type 3 submergence transport vehicle sank during an American air raid in at Port Poro, Luzon. She was salvaged on 18 January 1945 by USS Grasp ( United States Navy).[11]

3 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1945
Ship Country Description
CHa-10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed and sunk off Davao, Mindanao, Philippines (07°04′N 125°37′E / 7.067°N 125.617°E / 7.067; 125.617) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force.[12]
Elsass  German Navy World War II: The minelayer struck a mine in the Samsø Belt, Denmark, and sank.[13]
Henry Miller  United States World War II: Convoy GUS 63: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (35°51′N 6°24′W / 35.850°N 6.400°W / 35.850; -6.400) by U-870 ( German Navy). Fifty of her 72 crew were taken off by USS Brunswick ( United States Navy). She sailed to Gibraltar but was declared a constructive total loss.[14][15]
Kawauchi Maru no. 22  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the west coast of Formosa by United States Navy aircraft.[16]
Kinrei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the west coast of Formosa by United States Navy aircraft.[17]
Sanni Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the west coast of Formosa by United States Navy aircraft.[18]
HMS Shakespeare  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was shelled and damaged by a Japanese merchant ship in Nankauri Strait, Andaman Islands, and later damaged by bombs from aircraft. She was declared a constructive total loss and sold for scrap 14 July 1946.[19]
Shibazono Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 4101: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (30°21′N 142°15′E / 30.350°N 142.250°E / 30.350; 142.250) by USS Kingfish ( United States Navy). Fifty-seven crewmen were killed.[8][20]
Shoto Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 4104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Kingfish ( United States Navy). Six crew were killed. Survivors were rescued by Takunan Maru No.2 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[21]
Ume Maru no. 2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the west coast of Formosa by United States Navy aircraft.[22]
Yaei Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 4101: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (30°21′N 142°15′E / 30.350°N 142.250°E / 30.350; 142.250) by USS Kingfish ( United States Navy). Two passengers, two gunners, and 27 crewmen were killed.[20]

4 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1945
Ship Country Description
CHa-163  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was damaged by United States Navy aircraft in the Formosa Strait and was consequently scuttled.[23]
CHa-176  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by United States Navy aircraft in the Formosa Strait.[23]
CHa-210  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk in the Formosa Strait by United States Navy aircraft.[24]
HMHDML 1163  Royal Navy World War II: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was torpedoed and sunk in Bregulie Bay by S 33 ( German Navy).[8]
Horikoshi Maru No. 15  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was mined and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north east of Mukai Jima.[25]
Iwato Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport ship was sunk by United States Navy aircraft north east of Formosa.[23]
Lewis L. Dyche  United States World War II: The Liberty ship exploded when a kamikaze detonated her cargo of bombs and fuzes south of Mindoro, Philippines (12°19′N 121°04′E / 12.317°N 121.067°E / 12.317; 121.067). Lost with all hands. The explosion damaged oiler USS Pecos, minelayer USS Monadnock and seaplane tender USS Half Moon (all  United States Navy).[23]
Lütjehorn  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg, Pomerania.[8]
Nipiwan Park  Canada World War II: Convoy SH 194: The Park ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Halifax, Nova Scotia (44°30′N 63°00′W / 44.500°N 63.000°W / 44.500; -63.000) by U-1232 ( German Navy). She broke in two, with the bow section sinking. A new bow section was constructed and she was returned to service in November 1946. Two crew members perished in the incident.[26][27][28]
USS Ommaney Bay  United States Navy World War II: The Casablanca-class escort carrier was severely damaged by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft in the Sulu Sea. She was scuttled by USS Burns ( United States Navy).[29]
Oregon I  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore at Wilson's Point, Bangor, County Down, and broke in two. Both sections were refloated in October and scrapped.[30]
Polarland  Norway World War II: Convoy SH 194: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Halifax, Nova Scotia (44°30′N 63°00′W / 44.500°N 63.000°W / 44.500; -63.000) by U-1232 ( German Navy) with the loss of seventeen of her 22 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Kentville ( Royal Canadian Navy).[31]
Sperrbrecher 11 Belgrano  German Navy World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Flensburg Fjord.[8]
V 1255 Ernst Hecht  German Navy The Vorpostenboot ran aground and was wrecked.[32]
W-41  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MATA-36B: The W-19-class minesweeper was damaged off Kaika, Kainan Island, Formosa by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft and was beached. Refloated, repaired and returned to service by mid-February.[33]
USS YCF-59  United States Navy The car float sprang a leak and was beached in the Delaware River to prevent sinking.[34]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Alsace  German Navy World War II: The minelayer struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat east of Samsø, Denmark.[8]
CHANT 68  United Kingdom The Channel tanker capsized and sank at Grangemouth Harbour, Stirlingshire. She was salvaged, but repairs were deemed uneconomic and she was scrapped.
Ha-71  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine was bombed and sunk 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) west south west of Chichi Jima by Consolidated PB4Y Liberator aircraft of Squadron VPB-111, United States Navy.[35]
Ha-82  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Surigao Strait by USS Taylor ( United States Navy).[36]
HMS HDML 1163  Royal Navy World War II: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was sunk in the Adriatic Sea by Kriegsmarine Schnellboote.[37]
Kanko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary netlayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Cavalla ( United States Navy).[38]
Lewis L. Dyche  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack.[39]
Momi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Matsu-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk 28 nautical miles (52 km) west south west of Manila, Philippines (14°00′N 120°20′E / 14.000°N 120.333°E / 14.000; 120.333) by United States Navy aircraft. The ship exploded and sank with the loss of all hands.[40]
Shunsen Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary netlayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Cavalla ( United States Navy).[41]
T-107  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No. 103-class landing ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Hahajima (26°27′N 141°11′E / 26.450°N 141.183°E / 26.450; 141.183) by USS Fanning ( United States Navy):[42]
T-154  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No. 103-class landing ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, (24°27′N 141°20′E / 24.450°N 141.333°E / 24.450; 141.333) by USS Dunlap, USS Cummings, USS Ellet, USS Roe (all  United States Navy).[42]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1945
Ship Country Description
USS Brooks  United States Navy World War II: The high-speed transport, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was damaged in the Lingayen Gulf by a Japanese kamikaze attack with the loss of three of her crew. She was towed to San Pedro, California, but was not repaired.
CHa-64  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk in the South China Sea off Poulo Condore Island, French Indochina by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[43]
Dora Fritzen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Stavfjord off Askvoll, Norway by HNoMS MTB 722 ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[44][45]
Hinoki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Matsu-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged by United States Navy aircraft. She was shelled and sunk in the approaches to Manila Bay (14°30′N 119°30′E / 14.500°N 119.500°E / 14.500; 119.500) the next day by USS Charles Ausburne, USS Braine, USS Russell, and USS Shaw (all  United States Navy). Lost with all hands.[46]
Isaac Shelby  United States World War II: Convoy NV 90: The Liberty ship struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea and was severely damaged. She was declared a total loss.[8]
Iyasaka Maru No. 8  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon, Philippines by United States Navy aircraft.[47]
Kyodo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Kyodo Maru-class cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon by United States Navy aircraft. Ten crewmen killed.[48]
Kyoei Maru no. 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon by United States Navy aircraft.[49]
Kyoei Maru No. 6  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Babuyan Channel off the north coast of Luzon by United States Navy aircraft.[50]
Kyoei Maru No. 10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon, Philippines by United States Navy aircraft.[51]
USS Long  United States Navy World War II: The destroyer-minesweeper, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was sunk in Lingayen Gulf (16°12′N 120°11′E / 16.200°N 120.183°E / 16.200; 120.183) by a Japanese kamikaze aircraft. All crew were rescued by USS Hovey ( United States Navy).
MW 151  Germany World War II: The motor lighter was attacked off the Hellisøy Lighthouse, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 144 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force.[8] and was consequently beached. She subsequently broke up.[8]
Nanko Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon by United States Navy aircraft.[52]
Nanshin Maru no. 10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk off the north coast of Luzon by United States Navy aircraft.[53]
Nichiei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Thailand 60 nautical miles (110 km) north east of Kota Bharu, Malaya (06°45′N 102°55′E / 6.750°N 102.917°E / 6.750; 102.917) by USS Besugo ( United States Navy). Twenty-nine passengers, her captain and 40 crewmen were killed. There were 134 survivors. They were rescued by Chiburi, CD-17, and CD-19 (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[54]
Nittei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary transport ran aground in fog on Himeshima Reef off the north east tip of the Noto Peninsula and broke in two. Survivors stayed on the aft section and were rescued by Nosho Maru ( Japan) and Banshu Maru No. 53 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) on 8 January. The aft section sank the next day.[55]
OVR-9  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeping boat was lost on this date.[56]
Sirius  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Bjordal, Norway by aircraft of 144, 455 and 489 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. Raised in summer 1945, repaired and returned to service in January 1947.[57]
Tarakan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy YUSA-FU2: The Type 1TM Standard Wartime Merchant tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) north east of Hainan, China (19°45′N 111°25′E / 19.750°N 111.417°E / 19.750; 111.417) by USS Sea Robin ( United States Navy). 12 crewmembers lost. Survivors were rescued by Hatsukari ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[58]
WBS 10 Windhuk  German Navy World War II: The naval whaler was lost on this date.[59]
HMS Walpole  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer struck a mine in the North Sea off Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands and was severely damaged. She was taken in to Sheerness, Kent where she was declared a constructive total loss.[8]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1945
Ship Country Description
USS Hovey  United States Navy World War II: The destroyer-minesweeper, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was torpedoed and sunk in Lingayen Gulf (16°20′N 120°10′E / 16.333°N 120.167°E / 16.333; 120.167) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 24 of her 167 crew and 24 of the survivors from USS Brooks and USS Long (both  United States Navy).
Mount Orthrys  Greece The cargo ship collided with Errina ( Netherlands) in the River Thames, caught fire, was beached and broke in two. Consequently scrapped.[60]
Nichiei Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Inland Sea of Japan (31°20′N 123°40′E / 31.333°N 123.667°E / 31.333; 123.667) by USS Spot ( United States Navy).[61]
USS Palmer  United States Navy World War II: The destroyer-minesweeper, a former Wickes-class destroyer, was bombed and sunk in Lingayen Gulf (16°12′N 120°11′E / 16.200°N 120.183°E / 16.200; 120.183) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 28 of her 122 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS West Virginia ( United States Navy).
S-4  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was depth charged and sunk by T3 ( German Navy) in Danzig Bay.[8]
Shinsei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The stores ship was bombed and sunk in the Formosa Strait (22°40′N 118°45′E / 22.667°N 118.750°E / 22.667; 118.750) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[62]
Viola  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Moster, Norway by HNoMS MTB 712 ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[63][64]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Anyo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-30: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (24°50′N 120°35′E / 24.833°N 120.583°E / 24.833; 120.583) by USS Barb ( United States Navy). One hundred and thirty-eight crewmen were killed.[65]
Daigo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The 1K-class ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Korea (34°37′N 122°12′E / 34.617°N 122.200°E / 34.617; 122.200) by USS Balao ( United States Navy). Forty-nine crew members survived the sinking and made away on lifeboats, but 30 died of exposure before reaching the Chinese coast. When they arrived at the coast they discovered Chinese Communist troops were waiting and all but one committed suicide rather than surrender.[66]
Fusa  Norway World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in Korsfjord, Norway by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of seven of the 42 people on board.[67]
Hikoshima Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-30: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by USS Barb ( United States Navy) and ran aground in Tungshiao Bay. She is abandoned apparently with out loss.[68]
Manju Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MOTA-30: The tanker (a.k.a. Manzyu Maru) was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by USS Queenfish ( United States Navy) and ran aground in Tungshiao Bay (24°47′N 120°32′E / 24.783°N 120.533°E / 24.783; 120.533). She sank the next day. Thirteen guards and 30 crewmen were killed.[69]
Meiho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Queenfish ( United States Navy).[8]
Sanyo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-30: The tanker was torpedoed, damaged, and ran aground in the Pacific Ocean (24°50′N 120°35′E / 24.833°N 120.583°E / 24.833; 120.583) by USS Barb ( United States Navy). She sank on 9 January. Twelve guards, two instructors, three watchmen, and 29 crewmen were killed.[70]
Shinyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The 1K-class ore carrier ran aground in Tungshiao Bay. She sank the next day.[69]
Tatsuyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Standard 2AT-class cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Formosa Strait by USS Barb ( United States Navy). The ship exploded, killing all 63 crewmen.[71]
Trygg  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in Korsfjord, Norway by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of two crew.[72]
V-5116  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bombed and sunk in Korsfjord by Royal Air Force aircraft.[67]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1945
Ship Country Description
CD-3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C escort ship was bombed and sunk north of Keelung, Formosa (27°10′N 121°45′E / 27.167°N 121.750°E / 27.167; 121.750) by United States Navy aircraft. One hundred and seventy-three men were lost.[73]
CH-61  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk off southern Formosa (22°40′N 120°04′E / 22.667°N 120.067°E / 22.667; 120.067) by United States Navy aircraft.[74]
CHa-216  Imperial Japanese Navy The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was lost in the Formosa area.[24]
Fukuyama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk south of Formosa by United States Navy aircraft.[75]
Hisagawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MOTA-30: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by United States Navy aircraft. A total of 2,117 troops, 84 gunners, and all 84 crewmen were killed.[76]
Hokoku Maru No. 9  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk north of Keelung by United States Navy aircraft.[77]
Jonas Lie  United States World War II: Convoy ON 277: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Bristol Channel (51°45′N 5°26′W / 51.750°N 5.433°W / 51.750; -5.433) by U-1055 ( German Navy) with the loss of two of the 69 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMT Huddersfield Town ( Royal Navy) and Fosna ( Norway). On 11 January, Jonas Lie was taken in tow by Empire Sprite ( United Kingdom) and HMS Stormking ( Royal Navy) but the tow parted the next day. She sank on 14 January.[78][79]
Juko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was bombed and sunk at Takao, Formosa by United States Navy aircraft. Later raised.[80]
Kaiho Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Standard Wartime Type 2TL tanker was bombed by United States Navy aircraft and beached off Chinka, Pescadores. A total of 314 troops, six gunners, four watchmen and fourteen crewmen were killed.[81]
Kuroshio Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk at Takao (22°00′N 120°05′E / 22.000°N 120.083°E / 22.000; 120.083) by United States Navy aircraft. Raised post war, repaired and put into Chinese service 1947. Requisitioned by Hong Kong in 1951 and then to the Admiralty as Surf Pilot. Scuttled in March 1960.
L'Enjoue  Free French Naval Forces World War II: Convoy GC 107: The L'Eveille-class escort was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Spartel, Morocco by U-870 ( German Navy).[82]
M 3144  German Navy World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Irben Strait.[8]
Nanshin Maru No. 4  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off northwest Luzon by United States Navy aircraft.[83]
Nikolaifleet  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Norway by HNoMS MTB 711 and HNoMS MTB 623 (both  Royal Norwegian Navy).[84]
S-104  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was sunk by a mine.[85]
Shinko Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea off Banten Bay Tandjung Pating Borneo (03°41′S 111°57′E / 3.683°S 111.950°E / -3.683; 111.950) by HNLMS O 19 ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[86]
U-679  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Baltic Sea (59°26′N 24°07′E / 59.433°N 24.117°E / 59.433; 24.117) by MO-124 ( Soviet Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[87]
Ume Maru No. 21  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Keelung by United States Navy aircraft.[88]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Arax  Soviet Navy World War II: The Angara-class gunboat was sunk by mines at Odessa. Later raised and either broken up, or returned to Romania, repaired and returned to service as Dumitrescu ( Romanian Naval Forces).[89]
Blackheath  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Spartel, Morocco (35°49′N 6°03′W / 35.817°N 6.050°W / 35.817; -6.050) by U-870 ( German Navy and was beached. All 51 crew were rescued by HMS Ballinderry and HMS Kilbernie (both  Royal Navy). Blackheath broke her back on 14 January and was declared a total loss.[90][91]
CD-42  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type D escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea west of Kume Island Okinawa.(27°01′N 126°34′E / 27.017°N 126.567°E / 27.017; 126.567) by USS Puffer ( United States Navy). She was lost with all 170 hands.[92][93]
USS LCI(G)-365  United States Navy World War II: Operation Mike I: The landing craft infantry (gunboat) was sunk by Imperial Japanese Army Shin'yō-class suicide motorboats in Lingayen Gulf.[8]
USS LCI(M)-974  United States Navy World War II: Operation Mike I: The landing craft infantry (mortar) was sunk by Imperial Japanese Army Shin'yō-class suicide motorboats in the Lingayen Gulf (16°06′N 120°14′E / 16.100°N 120.233°E / 16.100; 120.233).[94]
USS LST-925  United States Navy World War II: The landing ship tank was damaged by Imperial Japanese Army Shin'yō-class suicide motorboats in Lingayen Gulf and beached on "Orange Beach" (16°06′N 120°14′E / 16.100°N 120.233°E / 16.100; 120.233). Repaired and returned to service.[95]
USS LST-1028  United States Navy World War II: The landing ship tank was damaged by Japanese Army Shin'yō-class suicide motorboats in Lingayen Gulf and beached on "Orange Beach" (16°06′N 120°14′E / 16.100°N 120.233°E / 16.100; 120.233). Repaired and returned to service.[95]
M 322  German Navy World War II: The minesweeper was damaged at Haram, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 144 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force. She was beached but was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[8]
M 5610  German Navy World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was sunk at Haram by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 144 Squadron, Royal Air Force, 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force.[8]
S 33, S 58 and S 60  German Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boats ran aground on Unije, Yugoslavia. S 33 was destroyed on 16 January by Royal Navy motor gun boats and motor torpedo boats. The other two vessels were scuttled.[8]

11 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Bahia Camarones  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk with gunfire off Eigerøy Lighthouse, Norway.[96]
Banshu Maru No. 56  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the south entrance to Manila Bay as a blockship.[97]
USS Belknap  United States Navy World War II: Operation Mike I: The Clemson-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack in the Lingayen Gulf with the loss of 38 of her crew. She was consequently withdrawn from service.[8]
Hakuyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (or submarine chaser) was sunk in the south entrance to Manila Bay as a blockship.[98]
T-33 Korall  Soviet Navy World War II: The Virsaytis-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Tallinn off Aegna, Estonia (59°45′N 24°47′E / 59.750°N 24.783°E / 59.750; 24.783) by U-745 ( German Navy).[99]
M-273  German Navy World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was shelled and sunk west of Eigersund, Norway (58°20′N 05°00′E / 58.333°N 5.000°E / 58.333; 5.000) by HMS Norfolk, HMS Bellona, HMS Onslaught, HMS Onslow and HMS Orwell (all  Royal Navy).[100][101]
Normandy Coast  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea west of Anglesey (53°19′N 4°48′W / 53.317°N 4.800°W / 53.317; -4.800) by U-1055 ( German Navy) with the loss of nineteen of her 27 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS PC-74 ( Royal Navy).[102]
Pasajes  Germany The cargo ship ran aground in the Skagerrak (58°05′N 8°15′E / 58.083°N 8.250°E / 58.083; 8.250). Refloated and placed under repair. Seized by the British in May 1945, entered service as Empire Rhondda.[103]
Roanoke  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea west of Anglesey (53°19′N 4°48′W / 53.317°N 4.800°W / 53.317; -4.800) by U-1055 ( German Navy) with the loss of four of her 63 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS PC-74 ( Royal Navy) and Senga ( Yugoslavia).[104]
Wa-10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the South China Sea west of Vigan Luzon Philippines (17°20′N 120°00′E / 17.333°N 120.000°E / 17.333; 120.000) by a United States Navy destroyer.[105]
USS YMS-14  United States Navy The YMS-1-class minesweeper was sunk in Boston Harbor in a collision with USS Herndon ( United States Navy).[106]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Akashi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina (10°20′N 107°45′E / 10.333°N 107.750°E / 10.333; 107.750) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. A total of 64 troops, 21 gunners, and 21 crewmen were killed.[107][108]
Ayanami Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[109]
Ayayuki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Cape Padaran, French Indochina (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[110]
Bahia Camarones  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and severely damaged in the North Sea off Egersund, Norway by HMS Bellona, HMS Norfolk, HMS Onslaught, HMS Onslow and HMS Orwell (all  Royal Navy). She was abandoned by her crew.[8]
Banshu Maru No. 63  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship was damaged in the South China Sea off Qui Nhon, French Indochina (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167 by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and was consequently beached. She was declared a total loss.[111]
CD-17  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (10°20′N 107°50′E / 10.333°N 107.833°E / 10.333; 107.833) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. All 159 crewmen were lost.[8][112]
CD-19  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (10°20′N 107°50′E / 10.333°N 107.833°E / 10.333; 107.833) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[8][113]
CD-23  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. One hundred and fifty-five crewmen were lost.[114]
CD-35  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Sixty-nine crewmen were lost.[115]
CD-43  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The Type C escort ship was bombed in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and was beached on an uninhabited island (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917). She was scuttled by her crew. Twenty-nine crewmen were lost.[116]
CD-51  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. One hundred and fifty-nine crewmen were lost.[117]
CH-31  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Padaran (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[118]
CH-43  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk in Cam Rahn Bay, French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[119]
Chiburi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Mikura-class frigate was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (10°20′N 107°50′E / 10.333°N 107.833°E / 10.333; 107.833) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. 88 crewmen lost.[8][120]
Charlotte  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and severely damaged in the North Sea off Egersund, Norway by HMS Bellona, HMS Norfolk, HMS Onslaught, HMS Onslow and HMS Orwell (all  Royal Navy). She was abandoned by her crew.[8]
Daikyu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy SASHI-05: The Standard Type 2AT tanker was bombed in the South China Sea by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and was beached north of Qui Nhon. She was declared a total loss. ~A total of 198 troops and seventeen crewmen were killed.[121]
Eiho Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea south east of Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[122]
Eiman Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 with a loss of nineteen crew and thirteen naval gunners.[123]
France Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy SASHI-30: The Daifuku Maru No. 1-class troopship was attacked by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and beached in the Mekong Delta 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Gocong, French Indochina (09°35′N 106°48′E / 9.583°N 106.800°E / 9.583; 106.800). She was declared a total loss. Five passengers and 38 crew were lost.[124]
Hoei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea south east of Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[125]
Horai Maru No. 9  Japan World War II: Convoy SASHI-05: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Six gunners and eleven crewmen were killed.[126]
Ikutagawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary transport ship was sunk at Saigon, French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[127]
Ilona Siemers  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Bergen, Norway by Avro Lancaster aircraft of 9 and 617 Squadrons, Royal Air Force using Tallboy bombs.[8]
Kashii  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The Katori-class cruiser was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon (13°50′N 109°20′E / 13.833°N 109.333°E / 13.833; 109.333) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Six hundred and twenty-one crewmen were lost; there were nineteen survivors.[128]
Kembu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The tanker was sunk near Bin h Dinh, French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[129]
Kenei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The cargo ship was sunk at Saigon by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[130]
Kensei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea south east of Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[131]
Kiyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[132]
Kong Oscar II  Germany World War II: The cargo ship ran aground in a storm at Sandnessjøen, Norway. She sank the next day. The wreck was scrapped during the winter of 1954–55.[133]
Koshin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea south east Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Forty-four crewmen were killed.[134]
Kumagawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler (a.k.a. Shumagawa Maru and Tamagawa Maru) was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (10°20′N 107°50′E / 10.333°N 107.833°E / 10.333; 107.833) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Ninety-eight passengers and seven crewmen were killed.[108]
Kyoei Maru No. 7  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy SASHI-30: The transport was bombed and sunk in the Mekong Delta 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Gocong (09°35′N 106°48′E / 9.583°N 106.800°E / 9.583; 106.800) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 with the loss of all hands.[135]
Kyokuun Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship was bombed in the South China Sea by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and was beached north of Qui Nhon. She was declared a total loss.[136]
USS LCI(L)-600  United States Navy World War II: The landing craft infantry (large) was sunk at Ulithi, Caroline Islands by a Kaiten suicide submarine/human torpedo ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[137]
La Motte-Picquet France Vichy French Navy World War II: The training hulk, a former Duguay-Trouin-class cruiser, was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cat Lai, French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[138]
Louhi  Finnish Navy World War II: Lapland War: The Louhi-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Finland off Hanko (59°40′N 23°05′E / 59.667°N 23.083°E / 59.667; 23.083) by U-370 ( German Navy), or sunk by mines, with the loss of ten of her 41 crew.[139]
M-1  German Navy World War II: The M 1935-class minesweeper was sunk at Bergen in an air raid by Avro Lancaster aircraft of 9 and 617 Squadrons, Royal Air Force using Tallboy bombs. Twenty of the ship's crew were killed in the sinking.[8][140][141]
M-273  German Navy World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was shelled and sunk off Egersund by HMS Bellona, HMS Norfolk, HMS Onslaught, HMS Onslow and HMS Orwell (all  Royal Navy).[8][142]
Nanryo Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: Convoy SASHI-05: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Two gunners and six crewmen were killed.[143]
Octant France Vichy French Navy World War II: The survey ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cat Lai by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[144]
Otowa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in Cam Rahn Bay (11°50′N 109°00′E / 11.833°N 109.000°E / 11.833; 109.000) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[145]
Otsusan Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-86: The standard type 2AT tanker (a.k.a. Otsuyama Maru and Otusan Maru) was bombed in the South China Sea by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38 and was beached north of Qui Nhon. She was declared a total loss. Twenty-eight crewmen were killed.[146]
Otto Petersen  Denmark World War II:The cargo ship struck a mine in the Skaggerak off Skelvik, Norway and was beached. She was declared total loss.[147] She was later repaired and returned to service.
PB-103  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The patrol boat, a former Lapwing-class minesweeper, was strafed in the South China Sea off Cape Padaran (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38, setting off her depth charges sinking her in shallow water with her bridge above water. Sunk with 23 killed and 52 wounded.[148]
HMS Regulus  Royal Navy World War II: The Algerine-class minesweeper was mined and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Corfu, Greece.[149]
San Luis Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) north east of Binh Dinh, French Indochina (14°20′N 109°09′E / 14.333°N 109.150°E / 14.333; 109.150) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Nine gunners and three crewmen were killed.[150]
Shingi Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy SASHI-30: The transport (a.k.a. Shintai Maru and Jingi Maru) was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea (09°24′N 106°44′E / 9.400°N 106.733°E / 9.400; 106.733) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. A total of 790 troops and 38 crew were lost.[135]
Shinsei Maru No. 17  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Saigon by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[151]
Shoei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[152]
USS Swordfish  United States Navy World War II: The Sargo-class submarine was either depth charged or struck a mine and sank off Okinawa Island, Japan with the loss of all 59 crew.
T-140  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.103-class landing ship was sunk at Saigon by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[153]
Taikyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[154]
Tatsuhato Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[155]
Toyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The troopship was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape St. Jacques (10°20′N 107°45′E / 10.333°N 107.750°E / 10.333; 107.750) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. A soldier, 28 other passengers, and 23 crewmen were killed.[108][156]
Treern  South African Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Aegean Sea off eastern Greece (39°06′N 23°14′E / 39.100°N 23.233°E / 39.100; 23.233) with the loss of 23 of her 24 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Musketeer ( Royal Navy).[157]
W-101  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SATA-05: The Bangor-class minesweeper was sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Padaran (11°10′N 108°55′E / 11.167°N 108.917°E / 11.167; 108.917) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[158]
Yujo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship (a.k.a. Yoshu Maru and Yushu Maru) was sunk in the South China Sea north of Qui Nhon by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Five gunners and 45 crewmen were killed.[159]
Yusei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-86: The cargo ship was damaged in the South China Sea off Qui Nhon (14°15′N 109°10′E / 14.250°N 109.167°E / 14.250; 109.167) by United States Navy aircraft. She was beached but was declared a total loss.[160]

13 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1945
Ship Country Description
I-362  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type D submarine was sunk between Ulithi and Eniwetok (12°08′N 154°27′E / 12.133°N 154.450°E / 12.133; 154.450) by USS Fleming ( United States Navy).[161]
USS P-584  United States Navy World War II: The ex-United States Army Air Force crash rescue boat, with a United States Navy crew, but under operational control of the Office of Strategic Services was destroyed by an explosion at Livorno, Italy with eleven crewmen wounded.[162]
SS-1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The SS-class landing ship was sunk off Luzon by United States aircraft.[163]
Vs 130  German Navy World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was sunk on this date.[164]
Vaga  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Homborsund, Norway by Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of seven lives.[8][165]
USS YC-912  United States Navy The open lighter foundered in heavy weather in the North Pacific.[166]

14 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Athelviking  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy BX 141: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°28′N 63°28′W / 44.467°N 63.467°W / 44.467; -63.467) by U-1232 ( German Navy) with the loss of four of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCML-102 ( Royal Canadian Navy).[167]
British Freedom  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy BX 141: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Halifax, Nova Scotia (44°28′N 63°28′W / 44.467°N 63.467°W / 44.467; -63.467) by U-1232 ( German Navy) with the loss of one of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Gaspé ( Royal Canadian Navy).[168]
Martin van Buren  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (44°28′N 63°28′W / 44.467°N 63.467°W / 44.467; -63.467) by U-1232 ( German Navy) with the loss of three gunners. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMCS Comox and HMCS Fundy (both  Royal Canadian Navy). Martin van Buren was taken in tow by a tug, but the tow line was cut by a naval vessel which ignored signals being flown by the tug. She drifted ashore at Sambro and broke in two. She was declared a constructive total loss. The wreck was scrapped in situ in 1950.[169][170]
Mimi Horn II  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Brüsterort, Pomerania by Soviet A-20 Havocs.[8][171]
USS PT-73  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was wrecked and scuttled in Baliquias Bay Mindoro (13°50′N 120°10′E / 13.833°N 120.167°E / 13.833; 120.167).[172]
S-180  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was sunk by a mine in the North Sea off Texel, North Holland, Netherlands.[8][85]
UJ 1756 Bison  German Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[59]
Yurishima  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hirashima-class minelayer (a.k.a. Yurijima) was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kota Bharu, Malaya (05°45′N 113°13′E / 5.750°N 113.217°E / 5.750; 113.217) by USS Cobia ( United States Navy).[173]

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Claus Rickmers  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Lervik, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[8]
Doggerbank  Germany World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Danzig.[8]
Enoshima Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Takao, Formosa (22°37′N 122°15′E / 22.617°N 122.250°E / 22.617; 122.250) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[174]
Ferdinand  Germany World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Danzig.[8]
Harima Maru  Empire of Japan World War II: The tanker was sunk in the South China Sea off Yulin, Hainan, China by United States Navy aircraft.[175]
Hatakaze  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kamikaze-class destroyer was sunk in the South China Sea off Takeo (22°37′N 122°15′E / 22.617°N 122.250°E / 22.617; 122.250) by United States Navy aircraft.[176]
Horei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea south of Formosa by American aircraft.[8]
Kujyo Maru No. 5  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Paramushiro Island, Kuril Islands by aircraft.[177]
Kyo Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the Malacca Strait northwest of Penang, Malaya (05°18′N 100°20′E / 5.300°N 100.333°E / 5.300; 100.333) by a mine.[178]
Maja  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea south east of Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland (53°40′N 5°14′W / 53.667°N 5.233°W / 53.667; -5.233) by U-1055 ( German Navy) with the loss of 25 of her 65 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Hendrik Conscience ( Belgium).[179]
Mirii Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The 1TL-class fleet tanker was sunk off Takao (22°37′N 122°15′E / 22.617°N 122.250°E / 22.617; 122.250) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. 10 crew members and 17 Naval Gunners lost.[8][180]
Ping Sung France Vichy French Navy World War II: The patrol craft was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Hongay, French Indochina by a North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[181]
T-14  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class landing ship was sunk at Takeo by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[182]
HMS Thane  Royal Navy World War II: The Bogue-class escort carrier was torpedoed and damaged in the Firth of Clyde by U-1172 ( German Navy) with the loss of ten crew. She was towed to Greenock, Renfrewshire by HMS Loring but was declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in 1946.[183]
Tsuga  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Momi-class destroyer was sunk in the South China Sea off Magong, Formosa (23°33′N 119°33′E / 23.550°N 119.550°E / 23.550; 119.550) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[184]
USS YP-73  United States Navy The yard patrol craft ran aground and sank 1,000 yards (910 m) east of the Spruce Cape signal station, Kodiak, Alaska. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Bittersweet ( United States Navy).[185]

16 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Anri No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Hong Kong by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft.[186]
Dejatelnyj  Soviet Navy World War II: Convoy KB 1: The Clemson-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Kara Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Cape Terebirski (69°04′N 36°10′E / 69.067°N 36.167°E / 69.067; 36.167) by U-956 ( German Navy) with the loss of 117 of her 124 crew.[187] Survivors were rescued by Dzerki ( Soviet Navy).[8]
Donau  Germany World War II: The troopship was sunk in Oslofjord, Norway, by ten limpet mines that had been placed by Norwegian saboteurs. The wreck was raised in 1952 and towed to Bremerhaven, West Germany for scrapping.
Henrietta Schulze  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea (56°19′N 20°23′E / 56.317°N 20.383°E / 56.317; 20.383) south west of Liepāja, Latvia by Shch-307 ( Soviet Navy).[188]
James Harrod  United States The Liberty ship collided with Raymond B. Stevens ( United States) in the North Sea off Deal, Kent. She was beached in Pegwell Bay but broke in two and was declared a constructive total loss.[189]
USS LSM-318  United States Navy World War II: Operation Mike I: the landing ship medium was sunk in the Lingayen Gulf by a kamikaze attack.[8]
HMS LST-415  Royal Navy World War II: The landing ship tank, Mk.2 was torpedoed and damaged off the Tongue Lightship ( United Kingdom) by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot and was beached. She was subsequently scrapped.[190]
Matsushima Maru  Japan World War II: The Type 2TL Wartime Standard tanker was bombed and damaged at Hong Kong by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. A guard, eight troops and three crewmen were killed. She was beached the next day on Koshima Island, Hong Kong and abandoned. Scrapped in 1947.[191]
S-33  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939 Schnellboot was beached on the island of Unije, Yugoslavia and was then destroyed by HMMTB 698 ( Royal Navy).[192]
Sanka Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was sunk at Hong Kong by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. Twenty-one crewmen were killed.[186]
Tenei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was sunk at Hong Kong by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. A passenger, two troops and three crewmen were killed.[186]
U-248  German Navy World War II: The Type VII submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Hayter, USS Hubbard, USS Otter (DE-210) and USS Varian (DE-798) (all  United States Navy).[193][194][195][196]
V 6408 Skagerak  German Navy World War II: The Tirol-class naval whaler/Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk off Folda, Norway by HNoMS Utsira ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[197]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Aar  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Ammon  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Christian Russ  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Emma Sauber  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
F 1  German Navy World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[198]
Griep  German Navy World War II: The salvage ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Henriette Schulte  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Soviet air raid on Memel, East Prussia.[8]
Hiev  German Navy World War II: The salvage ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Johanna  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
M-305  German Navy The minesweeper foundered in the Baltic Sea off Brüsterort, Pomerania.[199]
Mangan  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
Martha Peters  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
S 58 and S 60  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939 Schnellboote were beached on the island of Unije, Yugoslavia and was then destroyed by motor gun boats.[200]
Steinburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was beached near Libau, Latvia.[201]
T-15  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class landing ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[202]
U-2515  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8][203]
U-2523  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8][204]
U-2530  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8] d.[205]
U-2532  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
U-2537  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[8]
V 1417 Stoomloodsvartuig 17  German Navy World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands by British aircraft.[8]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Empire Clansman  United Kingdom World War II: The collier ran aground on South Carr Rocks, off North Berwick, Berwickshire. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.
HMS LCP(L) 11  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[206]
HMS MTB-690  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat struck a submerged wreck and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk.[207]
Samvern  United Kingdom World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and sank in the Scheldt, Belgium (51°22′N 3°02′E / 51.367°N 3.033°E / 51.367; 3.033).[208]

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Carrier  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom.[8][209]
HMT Northern Isles  Royal Navy The anti-submarine naval trawler was wrecked off Durban, South Africa.[210]
HMS Porpoise  Royal Navy World War II: The Grampus-class submarine was sunk in the Malacca Strait off Penang, Malaya by Japanese aircraft.
Usa Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Shanghai, China by USS Spot ( United States Navy).[8]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Hidaka Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy FU-905: The Type 1K ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 260 nautical miles (480 km) south east of Cape Muroto (13°32′N 135°58′E / 13.533°N 135.967°E / 13.533; 135.967) by USS Batfish ( United States Navy). Fourteen passengers and two crewmen were killed.[211]
Syuri Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boat tender (a.k.a. Shuri Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea at the south end of the Tsushima Strait (33°45′N 128°43′E / 33.750°N 128.717°E / 33.750; 128.717) by USS Tautog ( United States Navy). Her captain and 118 crewmen were killed; one crewman was rescued by USS Tautog and made a prisoner of war.[202]
Tokiwa Maru  Japan World War II: The fishing trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Spot ( United States Navy).[8]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1945
Ship Country Description
HMS Computator  Royal Navy The naval trawler was sunk in a collision with HMS Vanoc ( Royal Navy) off Normandy (49°42′N 00°37′W / 49.700°N 0.617°W / 49.700; -0.617).[212]
Galatea  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in St. George's Channel off Bardsey Island (52°40′N 5°23′W / 52.667°N 5.383°W / 52.667; -5.383) by U-1051 ( German Navy) with the loss of twenty of her 21 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Tyler ( Royal Navy).[213][214]
George Hawley  United States World War II: Convoy TBC 43: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the English Channel 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the Wolf Trap Lighthouse (50°0′N 5°45′W / 50.000°N 5.750°W / 50.000; -5.750) by U-1199 ( German Navy) with the loss of two of her 68 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by TID-74 ( United Kingdom) and S. Wiley Wakeman ( United States). George Hawley was taken in tow by HMS Allegiance ( Royal Navy) and beached at Falmouth, Cornwall, where she was declared a constructive total loss. Refloated in June 1946, subsequently scuttled.[215]
Haruta Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Haruta Maru-class salvage ship was bombed and sunk at Hong Kong (22°20′N 114°10′E / 22.333°N 114.167°E / 22.333; 114.167) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[216]
USS LCT-253  United States Navy The landing craft tank foundered in the Pacific Ocean off the Gilbert Islands.[217]
M-305  German Navy The Type 1940 minesweeper foundered in the Baltic Sea off Brüsterort, Pomerania.[142]
HMML 891  Royal Navy World War II: The motor launch was sunk by a mine off Ramree Island, Burma.[218]
Munakata Maru  Japan World War II: The Standard 2AT tanker was bombed and damaged at Keelung, Formosa (22°37′N 120°15′E / 22.617°N 120.250°E / 22.617; 120.250) by aircraft from USS Yorktown and USS Cabot (both  United States Navy). A gunner and three crewmen were killed. She was bombed again the next day, set on fire and exploded.[219]
Shincho Maru  Japan World War II: The Standard 1TM tanker was bombed and sunk in Takao Harbour, Formosa (22°37′N 120°15′E / 22.617°N 120.250°E / 22.617; 120.250) by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. Raised and resunk at the entrance to Takao Harbour on 15 April.[220]
Teifu Maru  Japan World War II: The transport (a.k.a. Taihu Maru) was bombed and sunk at Takao (22°37′N 121°15′E / 22.617°N 121.250°E / 22.617; 121.250) by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. Eight crewmen were killed.[221]
U-1199  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Isles of Scilly (49°57′N 5°42′W / 49.950°N 5.700°W / 49.950; -5.700) by HMS Icarus and HMS Mignonette (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 48 of her 49 crew.[222]
Yamazowa Maru  Japan World War II: The Standard 2AT tanker was bombed and sunk in Takao Harbor (22°37′N 120°15′E / 22.617°N 120.250°E / 22.617; 120.250) by United States Navy carrier-based aircraft. Raised, repaired in 1946 and put into Chinese service as Ven Ping.[219]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Saga  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Saga-class river gunboat was bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force.[223]
Stockholm  Germany World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Stavanger, Norway by HMS Venturer ( Royal Navy).[8][224]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Daikyo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy MOTA-32: The Standard Type 1K ore carrier (a.k.a. Taikyo Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in Namkwan Harbour, China (27°02′N 120°27′E / 27.033°N 120.450°E / 27.033; 120.450) by USS Barb ( United States Navy). A total of 360 troops, 28 gunners, and 56 crewmen were lost. Six Daihatsu-class landing craft and two Shohatsu-class landing craft were lost as cargo.[225]
Halo  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by S 168 and S 176 (both  German Navy).[8]
Hozan I-Go  Japan World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Indian Ocean north of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies.[226]
I-48  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 12 nautical miles (22 km) north west of Yap, Caroline Islands (09°55′N 138°17′E / 9.917°N 138.283°E / 9.917; 138.283) by USS Conklin and USS Corbesier (both  United States Navy). All 122 crewmen were killed.[227]
Kainan Maru No. 7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Bonin Islands by USS Sennet ( United States Navy).[8]
Nikkaku Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Indian Ocean north of Sumatra.[226]
HMS LCM 1131  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost on this date.[228]
S 199  German Navy World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk in the North Sea in a collision with S 701 ( German Navy).[8][85]
Taian Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by USS Gar ( United States Navy).[229]
Vigsnes  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea (53°32′N 4°19′W / 53.533°N 4.317°W / 53.533; -4.317) by U-1172 ( German Navy). All 25 crew survived.[230]

24 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Empire Rupert  United Kingdom The tug collided with HMS Twickenham ( Royal Navy) and sank in the English Channel off Dover, Kent (51°03′N 1°32′E / 51.050°N 1.533°E / 51.050; 1.533).
USS Extractor  United States Navy World War II: The Anchor-class rescue and salvage ship was accidentally torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea (15°44′N 135°29′E / 15.733°N 135.483°E / 15.733; 135.483) by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy) with the loss of six of her 65 crew. The survivors were rescued by USS Guardfish.
Showa Maru No. 7 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north east of Iwo Jima (24°50′N 141°22′E / 24.833°N 141.367°E / 24.833; 141.367) by USS Fanning and USS Dunlap (both  United States Navy).[231][232]
Shigure  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Shiratsuyu-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Siam (6°00′N 103°48′E / 6.000°N 103.800°E / 6.000; 103.800) by USS Blackfin ( United States Navy) with the loss of 37 of her 307 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kanju and Miyake (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).
Taimam Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Atule ( United States Navy).[8]
Tungenes  Norway World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the North Sea off Lista, Norway by German shore-based artillery. All crew survived.[72]

25 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1945
Ship Country Description
CHa-25  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk off Kyushu, possibly by a mine or submarine.[24]
Bjergfin  Norway World War II: Convoy BE-156-AL: The coaster was bombed and sunk in Eidsfjord, Norway by Allied aircraft with the loss of a crew member.[233]
Ilse Fritzen  Germany World War II: Convoy BE-156-AL: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Eidsfjord by Allied aircraft.[233]
Keinan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[234]
Malay Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Silversides ( United States Navy).[235]
Miyatake Maru No. 5 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[236]
Pergamon  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Kristiansund, Norway.[237]
USS YMS-30  United States Navy World War II: The YMS-1-class minesweeper was sunk by a mine off Anzio, Italy (41°23′N 12°45′W / 41.383°N 12.750°W / 41.383; -12.750).[238]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1945
Ship Country Description
F 978D  German Navy World War II: The MFP-D landing craft was lost on this date.[239]
Kyo Maru No. 13 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by a mine off Bangeri Point.[236][240]
HMS LCP(M) 1018  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (mortar) was lost on this date.[206]
USS LCT-1151  United States Navy World War II: The landing craft tank was lost during an amphibious operation in the Pacific Ocean north of New Guinea (01°00′N 138°36′E / 1.000°N 138.600°E / 1.000; 138.600).[217]
M-538  German Navy World War II: The salvaged, but unrepaired, Type 1916 minesweeper foundered in a storm at Hela, Pomerania.[241][242]
HNoMS MTB-712  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was wrecked in the Shetland Islands.[243]
HMS Manners  Royal Navy World War II: The Captain-class frigate was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Irish Sea 21 nautical miles (39 km) west of the Isle of Man by U-1051 ( German Navy) with the loss of 43 of her 100 crew. The ship broke in two, with the stern section sinking. The bow section was towed to Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. Declared a total loss.[244]
Tamon Maru No. 15  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Siam off the west coast of French Indochina.[245]
U-1051  German Navy World War II: The Type VII submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man (53°39′N 5°23′W / 53.650°N 5.383°W / 53.650; -5.383) by HMS Aylmer, HMS Bentinck and HMS Calder (all  Royal Navy). She surfaced and was rammed and sunk by HMS Aylmer with the loss of all 47 crew.[246]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1945
Ship Country Description
AF 30  German Navy World War II: The MFP-D landing craft gun boat was lost on this date, salvaged and put in Soviet service as BAD-17 ( Soviet Navy).[247]
Havbris  Norway The cargo ship foundered off Kristiansand, Norway with the loss of fourteen crew.[248]
USS PT-338  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was wrecked off Somimara, Luzon, Philippines (12°06′N 121°23′E / 12.100°N 121.383°E / 12.100; 121.383). She was scuttled on 28 January.[249]
Solør  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 332: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the St George's Channel (52°35′N 5°18′W / 52.583°N 5.300°W / 52.583; -5.300) by U-825 ( German Navy) with the loss of four of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by Zamalek ( United Kingdom). She was taken in tow and beached in Oxwich Bay, where she broke in two in February and was declared a total loss. The bow section was refloated and scrapped at Briton Ferry Glamorgan; the stern section was scrapped in situ in July 1952.[250][251]
U-1172  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in St. George's Channel (52°24′N 5°42′W / 52.400°N 5.700°W / 52.400; -5.700) by HMS Bligh, HMS Keats and HMS Tyler (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 52 crew.[252]
Wa-102  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Lombok Strait (08°37′S 115°39′E / 8.617°S 115.650°E / -8.617; 115.650) by USS Bergall ( United States Navy).[253]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1945
Ship Country Description
F 880D  German Navy World War II: The MFP-D landing craft was lost on this date.[239]
J. M.  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Larsnes, Norway by Allied aircraft. All crew survived.[254]
Kume  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-19: The Ukuru-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kokuzan To northeast of Shanghai in the Yellow Sea (33°54′N 122°55′E / 33.900°N 122.917°E / 33.900; 122.917) by USS Spadefish ( United States Navy). 89 crewmen lost. Survivors rescued by Kamikaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[255]
R-57  German Navy World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was sunk in Trondheim Fjord in a collision with U-1163 ( German Navy).[8][256]
Nozaki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The ammunition transport struck a mine and sank in the South China Sea off "Pulo Gambier".[245]
Sanuki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-19: The transport was torpedoed and sunk northeast of Shanghai in the Yellow Sea (33°54′N 122°55′E / 33.900°N 122.917°E / 33.900; 122.917) by USS Spadefish ( United States Navy). 87 Shin'yō-class suicide motorboats were lost as cargo. 330 naval personnel and her commanding officer were killed. Survivors rescued by Kamikaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[257]
Varp  Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was bombed and sunk in Røvdefjord, Norway.[165]
Viborg  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Rügenwalde, Pomerania, Germany (54°26′N 16°20′E / 54.433°N 16.333°E / 54.433; 16.333) by K-51 ( Soviet Navy).[258][259]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Clyde Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy MOTA-33: The Yoshida Maru No. 1-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Formosa Strait 40 nautical miles (74 km) north of Keelung, Formosa (25°20′N 121°06′E / 25.333°N 121.100°E / 25.333; 121.100) by USS Barb and USS Picuda (both  United States Navy). Of 1,577 troops and crew on board, 972 troops, 66 gunners and 61 crew were killed.[8][260][261]
F 5  German Navy World War II: The F-class escort ship was damaged by a mine between Copenhagen, Denmark and Swinemünde, Pomerania. She sank while under tow.[262]
Henry Lutgens  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was lost to a torpedo attack or mine south of Ventspils, Latvia.[263]
USS Serpens  United States Navy The Crater-class cargo ship was sunk by an explosion whilst loading depth charges at Lunga Beach, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The explosion killed 198 of her 208 crew, plus 57 stevedores on the ship and another person ashore.
Takunan Maru No. 10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy 3126: The auxiliary submarine chaser was damaged by rockets fired by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft and sank under tow in the Pacific Ocean north west of Kitano Island (27°45′N 142°00′E / 27.750°N 142.000°E / 27.750; 142.000). Two crewmen were killed.[264]
U-763  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was severely damaged at Schichau Shipyard, Köningsberg, East Prussia in a Soviet air raid on 24 January and was scuttled at 54°42′N 20°32′E / 54.700°N 20.533°E / 54.700; 20.533.[265]

30 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Issei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Threadfin ( United States Navy).[8]
HMS LCV 814  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft vehicle was lost on this date.[266]
Memel  German Navy World War II: Operation Hannibal: The submarine tender struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea with the loss of about 600 lives.[8]
HMS MMS-248  Royal Navy World War II: The MMS-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off mouth of the Scheldt, Netherlands.[267]
USS Pontiac  United States Navy The refrigerated cargo ship foundered in Halifax Harbour off McNabs Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°36′40″N 63°32′02″W / 44.61111°N 63.53389°W / 44.61111; -63.53389). She was raised on 17 February and subsequently passed to the United States Maritime Commission in May 1945.
Takunan Maru No. 10 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[236]
Wilhelm Gustloff  German Navy World War II: Operation Hannibal: The ocean liner was torpedoed by S-13 ( Soviet Navy) in the Baltic Sea east of Leba, Poland 55°04′22″N 17°25′17″E / 55.0729°N 17.4213°E / 55.0729; 17.4213. She sank with about 9,000 casualties: Thought to be the greatest loss of lives in a single ship incident in history. Survivors were rescued by Löwe, M 341, M 375, M 387, T36, TF 19, V 1703 Unitas 4 (all  German Navy), Gotland and Gottingen (both  Germany).

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1945
Ship Country Description
Berlin  Germany (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: Operation Hannibal: The hospital ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Swinemünde, Pomerania with the loss of one life.[8]
Daietsu Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-88B: The tanker (a.k.a. Taietsu Maru) was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea south east of Quảng Ngãi, French Indochina (14°56′N 109°00′E / 14.933°N 109.000°E / 14.933; 109.000) by USS Boarfish ( United States Navy) and beached on the coast to prevent sinking. Bombed and destroyed the next day by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force. Two gunners and seven crewmen were killed.[268]
Enki Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-88B: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea south east of Quảng Ngãi (14°56′N 109°00′E / 14.933°N 109.000°E / 14.933; 109.000) by USS Boarfish ( United States Navy). Twenty-one passengers and a crewman were killed. Survivors were rescued by Nomi ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[269]
L'Ardent  French Navy World War II: The L'Eveille-class escort was sunk in a collision at Casablanca.[270]
M-382  German Navy World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Molde, Norway by HNoMS MTB 715 ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[8][142][271]
USS PC-1129  United States Navy World War II: The PC-461-class submarine chaser was sunk in the South China Sea off Luzon, Philippines by a Japanese Shin'yō-class suicide motorboat.
Ro-115  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-100-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South China Sea west of Mindoro, Philippines (13°20′N 119°20′E / 13.333°N 119.333°E / 13.333; 119.333) by USS Bell, USS Cavalier, USS O'Bannon and USS Ulvert M. Moore. Lost with all 59 hands.[272][273]
U-3520  German Navy World War II: The Type XXI submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Bülk Lighthouse, Schleswig-Holstein (54°28′N 10°12′E / 54.467°N 10.200°E / 54.467; 10.200) with the loss of all 85 crew.[274]
Ume  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Matsu-class destroyer was sunk 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Formosa (22°30′N 122°00′E / 22.500°N 122.000°E / 22.500; 122.000) by United States Army North American B-25 Mitchell and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force. Seventy-seven crew were killed and 36 were wounded.[8][275]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1945
Ship Country Description
Christian Radich  German Navy World War II: The training ship was sunk by Allied bombers at Flensburg, Germany. Raised post-war and returned to Norwegian owners.[276]
Delmore  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a naval mine and sank in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk on or after 17 January.[8]
Herold  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bergen, Norway in December 1944 or January 1945.[277]
HMS LCV(P) 1191  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft vehicle and personnel was lost sometime in January.[266]
M-381  German Navy World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk on 31 January 1945 by HNoMS MTB 716 ( Royal Norwegian Navy) off Kristiansund, Norway. Of the 85 crew on board, 45 were killed;[278] or was torpedoed and sunk on 12 February by HMS Venturer ( Royal Navy) off Kristiansund.[142]
S-154  German Navy World War II: The TM 51-class motor torpedo boat was sunk at Pola, Adriatic Littoral Zone by Allied aircraft sometime in January.[279]
U-382  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony in an Allied air raid. Raised on 20 March but stricken from navy register.[280]
U-480  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight (50°22′41″N 1°44′10″W / 50.37806°N 1.73611°W / 50.37806; -1.73611) on or after 29 January with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-650  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°51′N 5°29′W / 49.850°N 5.483°W / 49.850; -5.483) after 7 January by an Allied naval vessel with the loss of all 47 crew.[281]
V 204 Zeiten  German Navy World War II: The naval whaler/Vorpostenboot was lost sometime in December.[59]
U-1020  German Navy World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was sunk by a mine in North Sea off Dundee, Scotland, at 56°32′42″N 001°18′54″W / 56.54500°N 1.31500°W / 56.54500; -1.31500 (U-1020) on or after 9 January with the loss of all 52 crew members.[282]
Wuppertal  German Navy World War II: The weather ship was lost in the Atlantic Ocean during January.[8]
USS YCF-59  United States Navy World War II: The non-self-propelled car float was lost off the coast of Delaware sometime in January.[283]
YU-3  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The YU-1-class submarine was scuttled in Lingayen Gulf.[11]

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Ship events in 1945
Ship launches: 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
Ship commissionings: 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
Ship decommissionings: 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
Shipwrecks: 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950