List of shipwrecks in July 1943

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

July 1943
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1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Empire Ibex  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean (53°30′N 36°25′W / 53.500°N 36.417°W / 53.500; -36.417) with Empire MacAlpine ( United Kingdom) and was severely damaged. She was abandoned the next day by her crew, who were rescued by Perth ( United Kingdom. Empire Ibex sank on 3 July at 53°36′N 36°16′W / 53.600°N 36.267°W / 53.600; -36.267.[1][2]
Isuzu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[3]
Kashi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The net layer was bombed and sunk by American aircraft at Bairoko, Solomon Islands.[4]
Tutoya  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Iguape by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 37 crew.[5]

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Bloody Marsh  United States World War II: The T2 tanker was on her maiden voyage. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°33′N 78°57′W / 31.550°N 78.950°W / 31.550; -78.950) by U-66) ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 77 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS SC-1048 ( United States Navy).[6]
Canton Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Formosa by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[4]
Crab Banshu Maru No. 7  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States by USS S-35 ( United States Navy).[4]
Empire Kohinoor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (6°20′N 16°30′W / 6.333°N 16.500°W / 6.333; -16.500) by U-618 ( Kriegsmarine). The same submarine torpedoed her again the next day and sunk her with the loss of six of her 87 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gascony ( United Kingdom) and HMS Wolverine ( Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboat.[1][7]
Hoihow  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 103 nautical miles (191 km) north west of Mauritius (19°30′S 55°30′E / 19.500°S 55.500°E / -19.500; 55.500) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 145 of the 149 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Mormacswan ( United States).[8]
USS PT-153  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat ran aground and was abandoned off Munda Point, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.[9]
USS PT-158  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat ran aground and was abandoned off Munda Point.[10]
Yoneyama Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The troop transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea (01°30′N 119°30′E / 1.500°N 119.500°E / 1.500; 119.500) north east of Cape Talok, Borneo by USS Thresher ( United States Navy). Eleven gunners and an unknown number of crewmen were killed.[11]

3 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Anzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea (38°20′N 138°24′E / 38.333°N 138.400°E / 38.333; 138.400) by USS Scorpion ( United States Navy). Twenty passengers, a guard and five crewmen were killed.[12]
Elihu B. Washburne  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil (24°05′S 45°23′W / 24.083°S 45.383°W / -24.083; -45.383) by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine). All 70 crew survived.[13][14]
Kherzon  Soviet Union The Liberty ship ran aground on the east coast of Kamchatka and broke in two on her delivery voyage to the Soviet Union. Both halves were refloated and later scrapped.[15]
Kokuryu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea (38°20′N 138°24′E / 38.333°N 138.400°E / 38.333; 138.400) by USS Scorpion ( United States Navy). Three guards and three crewmen were killed.[12]
HMS LST 429  Royal Navy The MK 2-class landing ship tank burned and sank north of Zuwarah, Libya (33°05′N 11°52′E / 33.083°N 11.867°E / 33.083; 11.867).[16]
Samuel Heintzelman  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (28°30′S 105°00′E / 28.500°S 105.000°E / -28.500; 105.000) by an Imperial Japanese Navy ship.[17]
U-126  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (46°02′N 11°23′W / 46.033°N 11.383°W / 46.033; -11.383) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 172 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 55 crew.[18]
U-628  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (44°11′N 8°45′W / 44.183°N 8.750°W / 44.183; -8.750) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[19]

4 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Breiviken  Norway World War II: Convoy DN 50: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Portuguese East Africa (21°50′S 37°50′E / 21.833°S 37.833°E / -21.833; 37.833) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 36 crew.[20]
Changri Lá  Brazil World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic off Arraial do Cabo by U-199 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all ten crew.[21]
City of Venice  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KMS 18B: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of Cape Tenez, Algeria (36°44′N 1°31′E / 36.733°N 1.517°E / 36.733; 1.517) by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of the 482 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Honeysuckle, HMS Restive, HMS Rhododendron and HMS Teviot (all  Royal Navy).[22]
Koki Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 172: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) north west of Naha, Okinawa (28°29′N 124°15′E / 28.483°N 124.250°E / 28.483; 124.250) by USS Snook ( United States Navy). 1 crewman killed.[23]
Liverpool Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 172: The Daifuku Maru No. 1-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) north west of Naha, Okinawa (28°29′N 124°15′E / 28.483°N 124.250°E / 28.483; 124.250) by USS Snook ( United States Navy). Three crewmen were killed.[23]
Michael Livanos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (22°52′S 36°47′E / 22.867°S 36.783°E / -22.867; 36.783) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 41 crew.[24]
Nikkyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Jack ( United States Navy).[25]
Pelotaslóide  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil by U-590 ( Kriegsmarine).[4]
Sabbia  Italy World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean sea south of Capo Linaro, Italy by HNLMS Dolfijn ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[4][26]
Sisman  Turkey World War II: The motorboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMS Trident ( Royal Navy).[4]
St. Essylt  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KMS 18B: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of Cape Tenez (36°44′N 1°31′E / 36.733°N 1.517°E / 36.733; 1.517) by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 399 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Honeysuckle, HMS Restive and HMS Rhododendron (all  Royal Navy).[27]

5 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Protector  United States World War II: Convoy PA 44: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Oman by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[4]
Devis  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KMS 18B: The assault command ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Cap Bengut, Algeria (37°01′N 4°10′E / 37.017°N 4.167°E / 37.017; 4.167) by U-593 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 52 of the 343 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cleveland ( Royal Navy).[28]
H8  Regia Marina World War II: The Holland 602 type submarine was sunk at La Spezia during an air raid by the Royal Air Force.[4]
M-106  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was depth charged and damaged by UJ 1206, UJ 1212, UJ 1214, and UJ 1217 (all  Kriegsmarine). She was rammed and sunk by UJ 1217 after surfacing.[29]
Maltran  United States World War II: Convoy GTMO 134: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (18°11′N 74°57′W / 18.183°N 74.950°W / 18.183; -74.950) by U-759 ( Kriegsmarine). All 47 crew were rescued by SC-1279 ( United States Navy).[30]
R-111  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by British aircraft off Vlieland, Friesland, Netherlands.[31]
USS Strong  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was torpedoed in Kula Gulf off New Georgia, Solomon Islands (8°05′S 157°15′E / 8.083°S 157.250°E / -8.083; 157.250) by Niizuki ( Imperial Japanese Navy), then shelled by shore batteries and sank with the loss of 46 of her 329 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Chevalier ( United States Navy).
U-535  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Cape Finisterre, Spain (43°38′N 9°13′W / 43.633°N 9.217°W / 43.633; -9.217) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 53 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 55 crew.

6 July[edit]

For the loss of USS LST-333 on this day, see the entry for 22 June 1943.
List of shipwrecks: 6 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Erg  Canada The tug was in collision with Norelg ( Norway) at Halifax, Nova Scotia and sank with the loss of nineteen lives. She was later refloated, but declared a constructive total loss and was scuttled on 24 August.
GM 53  Regia Marina World War II: The guard ship struck a mine and sank in the Aegean Sea off Saloniki, Greece.[4]
USS Helena  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Kula Gulf: The St. Louis-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands (7°46′00″S 157°11′00″E / 7.76667°S 157.18333°E / -7.76667; 157.18333) by Suzukaze and Tanikaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 168 of her 888 crew.[4]
Hydraios  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (24°44′S 35°12′E / 24.733°S 35.200°E / -24.733; 35.200) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew survived.[32]
Jasper Park  Canada World War II: The Park ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (32°52′S 42°15′E / 32.867°S 42.250°E / -32.867; 42.250) by U-177 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Quiberon and HMAS Quickmatch (both  Royal Australian Navy).[33][34]
Nagatsuki  Imperial Japanese Navy
Nagatsuki, May 1944

World War II: Battle of Kula Gulf: The Mutsuki-class destroyer was shelled and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Kolombangara by United States Navy ships. She was beached near Bambari Harbour (7°57′S 157°12′E / 7.950°S 157.200°E / -7.950; 157.200) but was bombed and sunk the next day by American aircraft.

Niizuki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Kula Gulf: The Akizuki-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kolombangara (7°57′S 157°12′E / 7.950°S 157.200°E / -7.950; 157.200) by United States Navy ships.
Ritsa  Soviet Union World War II: The auxiliary sailing vessel was sunk near Arkhipo-Osipouka by German motor torpedo boats.[35]
S 59  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939 E-boat was bombed and sunk at Porto Embedocle, Italy.[4][36]
Shahjehan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MWS 36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Benghazi, Libya (33°01′N 21°32′E / 33.017°N 21.533°E / 33.017; 21.533) by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 328 people aboard. She was taken in tow but sank the next day at 32°55′N 21°10′E / 32.917°N 21.167°E / 32.917; 21.167. Survivors were rescued by HMS Aphis and HMS St. Monance (both  Royal Navy).[37]
HNLMS TM 27  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The TM 22-class motor torpedo boat was sunk at Curacao by an explosion.[38]
Tripoli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Saracen ( Royal Navy).[4]

7 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Banshu Maru No.33  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Japan by USS Permit ( United States Navy).[39]
F 144  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[40]
James Robertson  United States World War II: Convoy BT 18: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil (4°05′S 35°38′W / 4.083°S 35.633°W / -4.083; -35.633) by U-185 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 69 crew. Survivors were rescued by Jaguarão ( Brazilian Navy) and USS PC-575 ( United States Navy) or reached land in their lifeboat.[41][42]
Leana  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Zavora Point, Portuguese East Africa (25°06′S 35°33′E / 25.100°S 35.550°E / -25.100; 35.550) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 66 crew. Her captain was taken aboard U-198 as a prisoner of war. The rest of the survivors reached land in their lifeboats.[43]
M-31  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was sunk with depth charges by destroyer Mărăşeşti ( Romanian Naval Forces).[44]
MAS 536  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526-class MAS boat was sunk off Leros in a collision with Rubattino ( Kingdom of Italy).[45]
Poelau Roebiah  Netherlands World War II: Convoy TAG 70: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (17°56′N 75°57′W / 17.933°N 75.950°W / 17.933; -75.950) by U-759 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 123 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-1253 ( United States Navy).[46]
Thomas Sinnickson  United States World War II: Convoy BT 18: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Fortaleza, Brazil (3°51′S 36°22′W / 3.850°S 36.367°W / -3.850; -36.367) by U-185 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Surprise ( United States Navy), which scuttled the ship.[47][48]
U-951  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal (37°40′N 15°30′W / 37.667°N 15.500°W / 37.667; -15.500) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 46 crew.[49]
Wilhelmsburg  Germany World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea (39°55′N 25°50′E / 39.917°N 25.833°E / 39.917; 25.833) by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy).[50]
William Boyce Thompson  United States World War II: Convoy BT 18: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 175 nautical miles (324 km) off Fortaleza by U-185 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Jaguarão ( Brazilian Navy) and USS Surprise ( United States Navy).[51]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1943
Ship Country Description
B. P. Newton  Norway World War II: Convoy TJ 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°50′N 50°20′W / 5.833°N 50.333°W / 5.833; -50.333) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-495 ( United States Navy).[52]
Eldena  United States World War II: Convoy TJ 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°50′N 50°20′W / 5.833°N 50.333°W / 5.833; -50.333) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine). All 66 crew were rescued by USS PC-592 ( United States Navy).[53]
HMS LCT 547  Royal Navy The Mk 4 landing craft tank foundered off Malta.[54]
S 102  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was sunk by a mine in the Black Sea south of Kerch, Soviet Union.[4][55]
Showa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Japan by USS Permit ( United States Navy).[39]
Sperrbrecher 165 Gebweiler  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank off Gothenburg, Sweden.[4][56]
U-232  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°37′N 13°41′W / 40.617°N 13.683°W / 40.617; -13.683) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator of the United States Army Air Forces.[57]
U-514  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 54 crew.
Valfiorita  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Ultor ( Royal Navy).[4]

9 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1943
Ship Country Description
De la Salle  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ST 71: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Benin 60 nautical miles (110 km) south west of Lagos, Nigeria (5°50′N 2°22′E / 5.833°N 2.367°E / 5.833; 2.367) by U-508 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of the 249 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Commandant Detroyat ( Free French Naval Forces).[58]
Manchester Citizen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ST 71: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Benin 60 nautical miles (110 km) south west of Lagos (5°50′N 2°22′E / 5.833°N 2.367°E / 5.833; 2.367) by U-508 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 104 crew. Survivors were rescued by Commandant Detroyant ( Free French Naval Forces).[59]
N 20  Soviet Union The seiner was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Japan by USS Permit ( United States Navy).[60]
PiLB 103  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[61]
Samuel Heintzelman  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (approximately 9°S 81°E / 9°S 81°E / -9; 81) by U-511 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 75 people aboard.[62]
Sejner No. 20  Soviet Union World War II: The research vessel was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Permit ( United States Navy), which rescued the survivors.[4]
U-435  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Figueira, Portugal (39°48′N 14°22′W / 39.800°N 14.367°W / 39.800; -14.367) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 179 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[63]
U-590  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean of the mouth of the Amazon River (3°22′N 48°38′W / 3.367°N 48.633°W / 3.367; -48.633) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 45 crew.[64]

10 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Alice F. Palmer  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (26°30′S 44°20′E / 26.500°S 44.333°E / -26.500; 44.333) by U-177 ( Kriegsmarine). All 68 crew were rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Air Force or reached land in their lifeboats.[65]
Kyokuyo Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pompano ( United States Navy.[4]
HMS LCT 154  Royal Navy The Mk 1 landing craft tank foundered off Bizerte, Algeria.[66]
HMS LCT 311  Royal Navy The Mk 1 landing craft tank foundered off Bizerte while under tow.[67]
USS LST-313  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Gela: The Mk 1 landing craft tank was bombed, set on fire and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (37°01′N 14°15′E / 37.017°N 14.250°E / 37.017; 14.250) off Gela, Sicily, Italy.[68]
M-153  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was shelled and sunk off the coast of Biscay, Spain by HNoMS Glaisdale ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[4][69]
M 4451 Gauleiter Alfred Meyer  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk on this date.[70]
USS Maddox  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Gela: The Gleaves-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) off Gela Sicily, Italy by an Italian Royal Air Force Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber.
Oriole  Regia Marina World War II: The M-1915-class minesweeper was bombed at Augusta, Sicily by British aircraft. She was subsequently scuttled.[71][72]
Scandinavia  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north of Cayenne, French Guiana (8°21′N 48°30′W / 8.350°N 48.500°W / 8.350; -48.500 by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew survived.[73]
USS Sentinel  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Gela: The Auk-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Licata, Sicily. Survivors were rescued by USS LCI-33, USS PC-550 and USS SC-530 (all  United States Navy)
Talamba  India (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: Battle of Gela: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk by a Regia Aeronautica Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber with the loss of five crew.

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Baarn  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and set on fire off Avola, Sicily, Italy by German aircraft. She was scuttled by Allied ships.[74]
HMS California  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy Faith: The troopship was bombed and set afire in the Atlantic Ocean west of Vigo, Spain by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe and was abandoned with the loss of 46 lives. Survivors were rescued by HMS Douglas, HMS Moyola (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy). She was scuttled the next day.
Duchess of York  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy Faith: The troopship was bombed and set afire in the Atlantic Ocean west of Vigo by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 40. Survivors were rescued by HMS Douglas, HMS Moyola (both  Royal Navy) and HMCS Iroquois ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of 27 lives. She was scuttled the next day.
Flutto  Regia Marina World War II: The Flutto-class submarine was sunk in the Straits of Messina (37°34′N 15°43′E / 37.567°N 15.717°E / 37.567; 15.717) by HMMTB 640, HMMTB 651, and HMMTB 670 (all  Royal Navy).[75]
USS LST-158  United States Navy World War II: The Mk. 1 landing ship tank was bombed, abandoned and sank in the Mediterranean Sea (37°05′N 13°55′E / 37.083°N 13.917°E / 37.083; 13.917) off Licata, Sicily.[76]
M-153  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Melbreak, HMS Wensleydale (both  Royal Navy) and HNoMS Glaisdale ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[77]
Mary Livanos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (15°40′S 40°45′E / 15.667°S 40.750°E / -15.667; 40.750) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 36 crew.[78]
Robert Rowan  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was bombed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Gela, Sicily, Italy (36°47′N 14°30′E / 36.783°N 14.500°E / 36.783; 14.500).[79]
SG 13  Kriegsmarine World War II: The escort vessel was torpedoed and damaged by Allied aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea and was beached. She was refloated on 23 July and taken to La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône France.[4]
Taiko Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy O-404: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea (12°45′N 131°50′E / 12.750°N 131.833°E / 12.750; 131.833) by USS Gurnard ( United States Navy). 2 gunners and 10 crewmen killed.[80]
Takatori Maru No. 8  Japan World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Formosa by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[4]
Tell  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Saracen ( Royal Navy).[4]

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1943
Ship Country Description
African Star  United States World War II: The Type C2 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (25°46′S 40°45′W / 25.767°S 40.750°W / -25.767; -40.750) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one gunner. Survivors were rescued by Maranhao ( Brazilian Navy.[81]
Chikuzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Haiphong, French Indochina by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the American Fourteenth Air Force.[4]
MS 62  Regia Marina World War II: The MS 51-class MS boat was sunk at Milazzo by Allied aircraft.[82]
Niitaka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Plunger ( United States Navy).[4]
Ocean Peace  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Avola, Sicily, Italy (36°55′N 15°13′E / 36.917°N 15.217°E / 36.917; 15.217) by enemy aircraft.[83]
Rahmani  United Kingdom World War II: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Aden (14°52′N 52°06′E / 14.867°N 52.100°E / 14.867; 52.100) by I-29 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[84]
Ro-107  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Kula Gulf: The Ro-100-class submarine was sunk off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands by USS Taylor ( United States Navy). Lost with all 42 hands.[4][85]
Tairyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Haiphon by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the American Fourteenth Air Force.[4]
U-409  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Algiers, Algeria (37°12′N 0°40′E / 37.200°N 0.667°E / 37.200; 0.667) by HMS Inconstant ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 11 of her 48 crew.[86]
U-506  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Vigo, Galicia, Spain (42°30′N 16°30′W / 42.500°N 16.500°W / 42.500; -16.500) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces with the loss of 48 of her 54 crew.
U-561  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Straits of Messina by HMMTB 81 ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 42 of her 47 crew.[87]

13 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Acciaio  Regia Marina World War II: The Acciaio-class submarine was sunk off Calabria (38°30′N 15°49′E / 38.500°N 15.817°E / 38.500; 15.817) by HMS Unruly ( Royal Navy). Lost with all 46 hands.[88]
USS Gwin  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Kolombangara: The Gleaves-class destroyer was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands (7°41′S 157°27′E / 7.683°S 157.450°E / -7.683; 157.450) by USS Ralph Talbot ( United States Navy) after battle damage.
Jintsū  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Kolombangara: The Sendai-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Solomon Islands (7°38′S 157°06′E / 7.633°S 157.100°E / -7.633; 157.100) by Allied cruisers and destroyers.
Nereide  Regia Marina World War II: The Sirena-class submarine was sunk south east of the Straits of Messina (37°25′N 16°07′E / 37.417°N 16.117°E / 37.417; 16.117) by HMS Echo and HMS Ilex ( Royal Navy).[88]
Ste. Christophe  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Messina, Sicily, Italy by Allied aircraft.[89]
Timothy Pickering  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was bombed and set on fire in the Mediterranean Sea off Avola, Sicily (37°00′N 15°21′E / 37.000°N 15.350°E / 37.000; 15.350) by Luftwaffe aircraft. A totla of 127 of the 128 British troops, 16 of the 23 gunners, and 22 of the 43 crewmen on board were killed. She was then scuttled by a Royal Navy destroyer.[47]
U-487  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (27°15′N 34°18′W / 27.250°N 34.300°W / 27.250; -34.300) by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Core ( United States Navy) with the loss of 31 of her 68 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Barker ( United States Navy).
U-607  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°02′N 9°14′W / 45.033°N 9.233°W / 45.033; -9.233) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 228 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 45 of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wren ( Royal Navy).

14 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Harvard  United Kingdom World War II: The auxiliary schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Trinidad (10°05′N 60°20′W / 10.083°N 60.333°W / 10.083; -60.333) by U-572 ( Kriegsmarine). All eight crew were rescued by USAT State of Virginia ( United States Army).[90]
I-179  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai VII (I-176-class) submarine sank in the Inland Sea of Japan off the Akizaki Lighthouse in a diving drill when a hatch was left open. Seventy-nine crew were killed. Raised and scrapped between April 1956 and March 1957.[91]
USS LCT-19  United States Navy World War II: The Mk. 5 landing craft tank was bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Salerno, Italy.[92]
Robert Bacon  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Portuguese East Africa (15°02′S 14°16′E / 15.033°S 14.267°E / -15.033; 14.267) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 71 crew. Survivors were rescued by English Prince and Steaua Romana (both  United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboat.[79][93]
San Francisco  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Cape Corso, Corsica, France by British aircraft.[94]
U-160  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Grumman TBM Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Santee ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 57 crew.[95][96]
Venezia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Messina, Sicily by Allied aircraft.[4]
HMMGB 641  Royal Navy World War II: The motor gun boat was sunk in the Strait of Messina by Nichelio ( Regia Marina).[4]

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Aquitania  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft off Barcelona, Spain,[97] or was bombed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Civitavecchia by Allied aircraft.[4]
Empire Lake  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 240 nautical miles (440 km) east of Madagascar (21°27′S 51°47′E / 21.450°S 51.783°E / -21.450; 51.783) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 38 crew.[1][98]
Gilbert B. Walters  United Kingdom World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Trinidad (9°40′N 59°50′W / 9.667°N 59.833°W / 9.667; -59.833) by U-572 ( Kriegsmarine). All 11 crew survived.[99]
Harmonic  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) east of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23°00′S 33°00′W / 23.000°S 33.000°W / -23.000; -33.000) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by Imhambane ( Portugal).[100]
HMS LCT 2263  Royal Navy The Mk 5 landing craft tank was lost on this date.[101]
MAS 535, MAS 548  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526-class MAS boats were sunk at Termini Imerese by Allied aircraft.[102]
Remo  Regia Marina World War II: The R-class submarine was sunk in the Straits of Messina (39°19′N 17°30′E / 39.317°N 17.500°E / 39.317; 17.500) by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[103]
U-135  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°20′N 13°17′W / 28.333°N 13.283°W / 28.333; -13.283) by HMS Balsam, HMS Mignonette, HMS Rochester (all  Royal Navy) and an American Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft with the loss of five of her 46 crew.[104]
U-509  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Madeira, Portugal (34°02′N 26°01′W / 34.033°N 26.017°W / 34.033; -26.017) by Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft based on USS Santee ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 54 crew.[105]
U-759  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (15°58′N 73°44′W / 15.967°N 73.733°W / 15.967; -73.733) by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 47 crew.

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Bjørkhaug  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was destroyed by the explosion of her cargo of land mines at Algiers, Algeria with the loss of nine of her 30 crew. Fort Confidence ( United Kingdom) was set on fire. Around 1,000 people were killed in the port.[106]
HMS Cleopatra  Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Dandolo ( Regia Marina). Repairs took until November 1944 to complete.
Fort Confidence  United Kingdom The Fort ship caught fire at Algiers following the explosion of Bjørkhaug ( Norway). She was taken under tow by the tug Hudson ( Netherlands) and was beached. She was declared a total loss.[106][107]
Fort Franklin  United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south east of Réunion (22°36′S 51°22′E / 22.600°S 51.367°E / -22.600; 51.367) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 55 crew.[108]
Richard Caswell  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 150 nautical miles (280 km) off Floranapolis, Brazil (28°10′S 46°30′W / 28.167°S 46.500°W / -28.167; -46.500) by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 69 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Barnegat ( United States Navy), Mexico ( Argentina) or reached land in their lifeboats.[109]
U-67  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (30°05′N 44°17′W / 30.083°N 44.283°W / 30.083; -44.283) by aircraft based on USS Core ( United States Navy) with the loss of 48 of her 51 crew.[110][111]
Urado Maru  Japan The cargo ship was sunk in a collision with Seizan Maru ( Japan) off Hojo. Survivors rescued by Seizan Maru ( Japan).[112]
William F. Humphrey  United States World War II: The cargo ship was shelled, torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 miles west of Pointe Noire, West Africa by Michel ( Kriegsmarine). Two gunners and four crewmen killed. Her master, two gunners, and eight crewmen were rescued by Triton ( Norway). Michel rescued two gunners and 26 crewmen, taking them as prisoners of war. One wounded gunner died on board. Survivors were turned over to the Japanese. Three crewmen died in Japanese prison camps and one when Junyo Maru ( Japan) was sunk.[113]

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1943
Ship Country Description
City of Canton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean north east of Beira, Portuguese East Africa (13°52′S 41°10′E / 13.867°S 41.167°E / -13.867; 41.167) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 103 crew. One survivor was taken aboard U-178 as a prisoner of war, the rest were rescued by Lubao ( Portugal) and Suffren ( Free French Naval Forces).[114]
Hatsuyuki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was bombed by US aircraft at Kahili, Shortland Islands (06°50′S 155°47′E / 6.833°S 155.783°E / -6.833; 155.783) detonating the aft magazine and sinking her in shallow water. A total of 82 crewmen and 38 soldiers were killed.[115]
M-346  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-403 ( Soviet Navy) in Tanafjord, Norway.[116]
HMS MTB 316  Royal Navy World War II: The Elco 77' PT boat was shelled and sunk with all hands by Scipione Africano ( Regia Marina) off Reggio, Italy.[117]
Ransæter  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank off Sørfolla, Norway, with the loss of four of the 12 people aboard.[118]
UJ 1706 Mob FD 61  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was sunk off Sognesjøen, Norway by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 235 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[4]

18 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Dunarea 1  Romania World War II: The lighter was sunk in the Kerch Strait by M-111 ( Soviet Navy).[4]
Incomati  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of Lagos, Nigeria (3°09′N 4°15′E / 3.150°N 4.250°E / 3.150; 4.250) by U-508 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 223 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Boadicea and HMS Bridgewater (both  Royal Navy).[119]
USS LST-342  United States Navy World War II: The Mk 1 landing ship tank was torpedoed and sunk in the Solomon Sea by Ro-106 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) south east of New Georgia (09°03′S 158°11′E / 9.050°S 158.183°E / -9.050; 158.183).[120]
Remo  Regia Marina World War II: The R-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[4]
Romolo  Regia Marina World War II: The R-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Ionian Sea east of Augusta, Sicily (37°20′N 16°18′E / 37.333°N 16.300°E / 37.333; 16.300) by Vickers Wellington aircraft of 221 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[4][121]
USS YF-487  United States Navy World War II: The self-propelled covered lighter sank in the Caribbean Sea.[122]

19 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Kaituna  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was damaged by a limpet mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Cyprus and was consequently beached.[4]
Mikage Maru No.20  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Shinsei Maru No. 18-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Marshall Islands (18°45′N 166°04′E / 18.750°N 166.067°E / 18.750; 166.067) by USS Porpoise ( United States Navy). 3 crewmen killed.[123]
NKi09 Alane  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk by S-56 ( Soviet Navy) off Gamvik, Norway.[4][124]
R-33  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-25 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft at Yalta, Soviet Union.[125]
U-513  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic south east of São Francisco do Sol, Brazil (27°17′S 47°32′W / 27.283°S 47.533°W / -27.283; -47.533) by Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 46 of her 53 crew.
Vidar  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.[4]

20 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1943
Ship Country Description
F 147  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[126]
F 466  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type C Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[127]
Fort Pelly  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed, caught fire, exploded and sank at Augusta, Sicily, Italy during a raid by enemy aircraft.[128]
Kiyonami  Imperial Japanese Navy The Yūgumo-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north north west of Kolombangara, Solomon Islands (7°13′S 156°45′E / 7.217°S 156.750°E / -7.217; 156.750) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. Lost with all hands, including survivors of Yūgure ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[129]
USS PT-166  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat was sunk by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force in the Ferguson Passage, off Vonavona Island, south of Kolombangara (08°15′S 156°53′E / 8.250°S 156.883°E / -8.250; 156.883).[130]
Silvio Onorato  Regia Marina World War II: The armed yacht was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[4]
U-558  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (45°10′N 9°42′W / 45.167°N 9.700°W / 45.167; -9.700) by two Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 19th Bombardment Squadron, United States Army Air Forces and a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 45 of her 50 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMCS Athabaskan ( Royal Canadian Navy).
UJ 1423 Emanuella  Kriegsmarine The submarine chaser struck a sunken wreck and foundered off Lorient, Morbihan, France.[4]
V 805 Island  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands (53°26′N 5°14′E / 53.433°N 5.233°E / 53.433; 5.233).[131]
V 1014 Richard Ohlrogge  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Great Belt.[132]
V 6114  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine off Gamvik, Norway.[133]
Yūgure  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hatsuharu-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north north west of Kolombangara (7°25′S 156°45′E / 7.417°S 156.750°E / -7.417; 156.750) by Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft of the United States Marine Corps. Survivors were rescued by Kiyonami ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[134]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Empire Florizel  United Kingdom World War II: Allied invasion of Sicily: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Augusta, Sicily by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
No. 123  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[135]
Ocean Virtue  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was bombed and sunk at Augusta by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was salvaged later that year and converted with passenger accommodation in 1946.[136]
Saipan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Palau by USS Haddock ( United States Navy).[137]
U-662  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Amazon Estuary (3°56′N 48°46′W / 3.933°N 48.767°W / 3.933; -48.767) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 44 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Siren ( United States Navy).[138]

22 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Durazzo  Regia Marina World War II: The Fasana-class minelayer was sunk east of Corsica by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[139]
Empire Moon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (36°42′N 15°20′E / 36.700°N 15.333°E / 36.700; 15.333) by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine). She was towed to Syracuse, Sicily and beached. All 48 crew survived. Although declared a total loss, she was refloated in June 1945, repaired and returned to service.[1][140]
Hudayi Bahri  Turkey World War II: The vessel was shelled and sunk in the Bosphorus by L-4 ( Soviet Navy).[4]
HMS MTB 288  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 72'-class motor torpedo boat was bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Augusta, Sicily.[141]
No. 61  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[142]
Nisshin  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The seaplane carrier was bombed and sunk by American aircraft off the south east tip of Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands (06°33′S 156°10′E / 6.550°S 156.167°E / -6.550; 156.167). Five hundred and thirty-nine troops and an undetermined number of crew were killed; 91 troops and 87 crew were rescued.[143]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Aderno  Italy World War II: the cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Civitavecchia, Italy by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[144]
Alcides  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (approximately 3°S 68°E / 3°S 68°E / -3; 68) by I-10 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Twelve of her 52 crew were killed. The 40 survivors took to the lifeboats. Three officers were taken aboard I-10 as prisoners of war; the other 37 crew were massacred in the lifeboats.[145]
Ascianghi  Regia Marina World War II: The Adua-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Augusta, Sicily by HMS Eclipse and HMS Laforey (both  Royal Navy). There were some survivors.[146]
F 146  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[147]
F 432  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type C Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[148]
F 546  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type C Marinefahrprahm was wrecked on this date.[149]
Gurpinar  Turkey World War II: The vessel was shelled and sunk in the Bosphorus by L-4 ( Soviet Navy).[4]
USS LCT-196  United States Navy The LCT Mk 5-class landing craft tank sank in a storm off Salerno.[150]
M-152  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gironde estuary, France.[151]
HMS Newfoundland  Royal Navy World War II: The Crown Colony-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Ascianghi ( Regia Marina). Repairs took until 1944 to complete.
U-527  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°25′N 27°56′W / 35.417°N 27.933°W / 35.417; -27.933) by Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy) with the loss of 40 of her 49 crew.[152][153]
U-598  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Natal, Brazil (4°05′S 33°23′W / 4.083°S 33.383°W / -4.083; -33.383) by two Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 43 of her 45 crew.[154]
U-613  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Azores, Portugal (35°35′N 28°36′W / 35.583°N 28.600°W / 35.583; -28.600) by USS George E. Badger ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 48 crew.[155]

24 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Cicogna  Regia Marina World War II: The Gabbiano-class corvette was wrecked off Messina after being damaged by American aircraft.[156]
Fort Chilcotin  United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 420 nautical miles (780 km) east south east of Bahia, Brazil (15°03′S 32°35′W / 15.050°S 32.583°W / -15.050; -32.583) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Tacito ( Argentina).[107][157]
Henzada  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 100 nautical miles (190 km) south west of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25°30′S 44°00′W / 25.500°S 44.000°W / -25.500; -44.000) by U-199 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by Baltic ( Panama).[158]
Pegasus  Sweden World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south west of Madagascar (28°05′S 37°40′E / 28.083°S 37.667°E / -28.083; 37.667) by U-197 ( Kriegsmarine). All 38 crew were rescued by R-2 (Air force ensign of South Africa (1940–1951).svg South African Air Force) and HMY Virginia ( Royal Navy).[159]
U-459  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was attacked in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°53′N 10°38′W / 45.883°N 10.633°W / 45.883; -10.633) by Vickers Wellington aircraft of 172 and 547 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of 18 of her 59 crew. She was scuttled due to damage received.
U-622  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Trondheim, Norway (63°27′N 10°23′E / 63.450°N 10.383°E / 63.450; 10.383) in a United States Army Air Forces raid.[160]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1943
Ship Country Description
FO 16 Frundsberg  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was sunk on this date.[161]
Fasan  Germany World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk during an American air raid on Hamburg.[4]
FR.70  Regia Marina World War II: The minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[4]
G 1  Germany World War II: The submarine chaser was destroyed on the stocks during an American air raid on Hamburg, Germany.[4]
General Artigas  Germany World War II: The accommodation ship was bombed and sunk off Hamburg, Germany.[4][162]
Haakon Jarl  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Hamburg, Germany, in an Allied air raid. She was on her maiden voyage at the time. Refloated in November 1943, repairs completed in February 1947 and re-entered service as Svein Jarl.[163]
R-186  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk in the Aegean Sea off Spadafora, Italy by Allied aircraft.[4][164]
S-44  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was bombed and sunk at Kiel.[55]
S-77  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was sunk by HMMGB 40 and HMMGB 42 (both  Royal Navy).[55]
Suwa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Finback, USS Seadragon and USS Tunny (all  United States Navy).[4]
T-904  Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Yugor Strait (69°34′N 59°56′E / 69.567°N 59.933°E / 69.567; 59.933) with the loss of ten of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by T-879 and T-887 (both  Soviet Navy).[4][165]
Thames Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (02°46′N 148°35′E / 2.767°N 148.583°E / 2.767; 148.583) 240 miles north of Manus by USS Pompon ( United States Navy). Two gunners and four crewmen were killed.[166]
U-996  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[4]
U-1011  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was destroyed on the stocks during an American air raid on Hamburg.[4]
U-1012  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was destroyed on the stocks during an American air raid on Hamburg.[4]
V 801 Max Gundelach  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea west of Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands by Allied action.[4]
Vaterland  Germany World War II: The ocean liner was destroyed by fire during an American air raid on Hamburg.[4] Wreck scrapped in 1948.
Veendam  Germany World War II: The barge was bombed and sunk during an American air raid on Hamburg.[4]
Weissesee  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Hamburg, Germany. Wreck raised and scrapped in 1949.[167]
Zhdanov  Soviet Union World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Matochkin Strait, Soviet Union.[168]

26 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Alberto Fassio  Italy World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Patras, Greece.[169]
El Argentino  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Lisbon, Portugal by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Halizones  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Lisbon by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
No. 115  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The TM 4-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[170]
U-359  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Caribbean Sea south off the south west tip of Haiti (18°06′N 75°00′W / 18.100°N 75.000°W / 18.100; -75.000) by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 47 crew.[171]

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Akademik Shokalski  Soviet Union World War II: The survey ship was shelled and sunk off Sporyji Navolok by U-255 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eleven of her 25 crew. Survivors were rescued by Poljarnik ( Soviet Union).[172]
Château Yquem  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Usurper ( Royal Navy).[4]
Hamburg  Kriegsmarine The decommissioned barracks ship, a former Bremen-class cruiser, was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg. Wreck raised in 1949 and scrapped in 1956.
Hirashima  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Sokuten-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea west of the Goto Islands, off Cape Ose, Fukue Jima (02°50′S 149°01′E / 2.833°S 149.017°E / -2.833; 149.017) by USS Sawfish ( United States Navy).[173]
I-168  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Steffen Strait (31°00′N 130°33′E / 31.000°N 130.550°E / 31.000; 130.550) by USS Scamp ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 97 hands.
HMS LCT 353  Royal Navy World War II: The Mk 3 landing craft tank was bombed and sunk off Syracuse, Sicily by Italian aircraft.[174]
Lighter No. 3032  Soviet Union The tanker lighter was wrecked in the Caspian Sea near the Makhachkala.[35]
No. 014  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[175]
No. 125  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[176]
S 137  Kriegsmarine World War II: The S 38-class Schnellboot was destroyed during an Allied air raid on Hamburg.[4]
Teikin Maru  Japan World War II: The transport (a.k.a. Teikan Maru) struck a mine in the South China Sea off Hainan Island (19°57′N 109°05′E / 19.950°N 109.083°E / 19.950; 109.083) and sank.[177]

28 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Ariake  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hatsuharu-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Cape Gloucester, New Guinea by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces.
Mikazuki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hatsuharu-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Cape Gloucester by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces.
Buena Esperanca  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
Comparrel  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
Don Antonio  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
El Viro X  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
Europe 5  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
Montenegro Costas  Spain World War II: The fishing vessel was captured by HMS Kite, HMS Woodpecker, HMS Woodcock and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy) north west of Cape Ortgal and was scuttled. Her crew were put aboard the fishing vessel H. De Valterra ( Spain) and allowed to return to Spain.[4]
Ro-103  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-100-class submarine struck a mine and sank north of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Lost with all 43 hands.[4][178]
Rosalia  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°07′N 69°13′W / 12.117°N 69.217°W / 12.117; -69.217) by U-615 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HNLMS H-8 and HNLMS MBR-50 (both  Royal Netherlands Navy).[179]
Tamishima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Andaman Sea south of Rangoon, Burma by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the American Fourteenth Air Force.[4]
U-159  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Caribbean Sea south of the Dominican Republic (15°47′N 68°30′W / 15.783°N 68.500°W / 15.783; -68.500) by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 53 crew.[180]
U-404  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°53′N 9°25′W / 45.883°N 9.417°W / 45.883; -9.417) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force and 4th Anti-Submarine Squadron, United States Army Air Forces.

29 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Cornish City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (27°20′S 57°10′E / 27.333°S 57.167°E / -27.333; 57.167) by U-177 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Nizam ( Royal Australian Navy).[181]
Pietro Micca  Regia Marina World War II: The Pietro Micca-class submarine was sunk in the entrance to the Adriatic Sea (39°48′N 18°43′E / 39.800°N 18.717°E / 39.800; 18.717) by HMS Trooper ( Royal Navy).[182]
S-137  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 E-boat was sunk by Allied aircraft.[55]
USS Tuna  United States Navy World War II: The Tambor-class submarine was depth charged and severely damaged by a Consolidated PBY Catalina of the Royal Australian Air Force.[4] Repairs took until 21 August to complete.
U-614  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (46°42′N 11°03′W / 46.700°N 11.050°W / 46.700; -11.050) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 172 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[183]

30 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Emba  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk at Suchumi by U-24.[184]
Ryuzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[4]
T-911  Soviet Navy World War II: Convoy BA 12: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Novaya Zemlya (71°07′N 51°50′E / 71.117°N 51.833°E / 71.117; 51.833) by U-703 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by T-901 ( Soviet Navy).[185]
U-43  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXA submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°57′N 35°11′W / 34.950°N 35.183°W / 34.950; -35.183) by Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft based on USS Santee ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-375  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Malta (36°40′N 12°28′E / 36.667°N 12.467°E / 36.667; 12.467) by USS PC-624 ( United States Navy).[186]
U-461  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°33′N 10°48′W / 45.550°N 10.800°W / 45.550; -10.800) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force with the loss of 53 of her 68 crew.
U-462  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (45°33′N 10°58′W / 45.550°N 10.967°W / 45.550; -10.967) by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 502 Squadron, Royal Air Force and by HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Woodcock, HMS Woodpecker and HMS Wren (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of one of her 65 crew.
U-504  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Wren and HMS Woodpecker (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-591  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic (8°36′S 34°34′W / 8.600°S 34.567°W / -8.600; -34.567) by a Lockheed Ventura aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of nineteen of her 47 crew.[187]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1943
Ship Country Description
Mogamigawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft transport was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (11°04′N 153°18′E / 11.067°N 153.300°E / 11.067; 153.300) north of Truk by USS Pogy ( United States Navy). A total of 130 crew and passengers were killed; 600 survivors were rescued by Seiko Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[188]
U-199  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic (23°54′S 42°54′W / 23.900°S 42.900°W / -23.900; -42.900) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina and an A-28 aircraft of the Marinha do Brasil and a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 49 of her 61 crew. Her Captain and eleven crewmen were rescued by USS Barnegat ( United States Navy) and made prisoners of war.
V 624 Köln  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Naval Drifter/Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[189]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
M-10  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk by gunfire off Lorient, France sometime in July.[190]
HMS Parthian  Royal Navy World War II: The Parthian-class submarine was lost in the Adriatic Sea sometime after 28 July with the loss of all 65 crew.[191]
ShCh-422  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine struck a mine and sank off northern Norway between 5 and 28 July.[4][192]
Shushman  Turkey World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Fenike, probably by a Regia Marina ship.[193]
U-647  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom on or after 28 July with the loss of all 48 crew. Cause unknown.[194]

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Ship events in 1943
Ship launches: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship commissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship decommissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Shipwrecks: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948