List of shipwrecks in June 1940

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The list of shipwrecks in June 1940 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during June 1940. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

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1 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Aidee  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge was damaged by enemy action and was abandoned between Dunkerque, France and De Panne, Belgium. All crew were rescued.[1]
Amulree  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The yacht collided with HMS Vimy ( Royal Navy) in the Strait of Dover and sank.[1]
HMT Argyllshire  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by S-34 ( Kriegsmarine). Five survivors were rescued by HMT Malabar ( Royal Navy).[1][2]
HMS Astronomer  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off the north coast of Aberdeenshire (58°01′N 2°12′W / 58.017°N 2.200°W / 58.017; -2.200) by U-58 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 105 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Leicester City and HMT Stoke City (both  Royal Navy).[1][3][4]
Barbara Jean  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge was damaged by enemy action at Dunkerque, France and was abandoned. Three of her crew were rescued.[1]
HMS Basilisk  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The B-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off De Panne, Belgium by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She scuttled at 51°08′N 02°35′E / 51.133°N 2.583°E / 51.133; 2.583 by HMS Whitehall ( Royal Navy). Seven of her 138 crew were killed. 77 survivors rescued by the trawler Le Jolie Mascotte ( France), and 54 by HMS Whitehall ( Royal Navy).
HMS Brighton Queen  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France. The survivors were rescued by HMS Saltash ( Royal Navy).[1][5]
Denis Papin  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[1][6]
Doris  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge stuck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Dunkerque, France.[1]
Duchess  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) east of Dunkerque, France. All crew were rescued.[1]
Elbe  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1] She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans.[7]
Ethel Everard  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge was damaged by enemy action and abandoned at Dunkerque, France or La Panne, Belgium.[1]
Fair Breeze  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter struck a submerged wreck in the North Sea at Dunkerque, France and sank.[1]
Foudroyant  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Adroit-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft. 150 survivors rescued by the trawler Bernadette and motor yacht Naiad Errant (both  France), and the naval trawler Gava. ( French Navy).
Grive  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The yacht was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[1]
HMS Havant  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The H-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the English Channel by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was subsequently scuttled by HMS Saltash ( Royal Navy). 33 people were killed.
Hertha Johanne  Nazi Germany The auxiliary schooner sank in the Baltic Sea south of Falster, Denmark.[8]
Ioanna  Greece World War II: Convoy HG 32F: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 120 nautical miles (220 km) west of Cape Finisterre, Spain by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by Cabo Razo ( Spain).[1][9][10]
HMS Keith  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The B-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off De Panne, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 36 of her 166 crew. The survivors were rescued by Hilda ( Netherlands), HMS Salamanderand HMS St Abbs both ( Royal Navy), ST Servia, and ST Vincia (both  United Kingdom).[1]
Lady Rosebery United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) east of Dunkerque, France with the loss of one of her crew.[1][11]
La Mousaillon  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[1][12]
Lark  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge was beached and abandoned at Dunkerque, France.[1]
HMT Lord Cavan  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler was shelled and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by German artillery.[1]
Marie Johannes  Germany World War II: The schooner struck a mine and sank off Gedser, Denmark.[13]
HMS Mosquito  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Dragonfly-class gunboat was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled on 3 June by HMS Locust ( Royal Navy).[1][14]
HMS Orford  Royal Navy World War II: The troopship was bombed and damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea off Marseilles, France, whilst evacuating Allied troops and was beached. Fourteen people were lost in the bombing. The wreck was broken up for scrap in Savona, Italy, in 1947.[15]
Prague  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 13 nautical miles (24 km) off North Foreland, Kent. She was beached off Sandwich, Kent. She was refloated on 6 June and anchored in The Downs, the United Kingdom.[1]
Renown  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The fishing boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Sandettie Lightship.[1]
Royalty  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Thames barge was beached and abandoned at Malo-les-Bains, France.[1]
Scotia  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France (51°07′N 2°10′E / 51.117°N 2.167°E / 51.117; 2.167) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 28 crew and at least 200 French soldiers. Survivors rescued by HMS Esk, HMT Fisher boy, HMT Fidget, and HMT Jaketa, all ( Royal Navy).
Sivert Nielsen  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Vestfjorden, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[16]
HMS Skipjack  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Halcyon-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk off De Panne, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of most of the 275 people on board.[1]
Slasher  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (54°35′N 1°16′E / 54.583°N 1.267°E / 54.583; 1.267) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one of her nine crew.[17]
HMS St Abbs  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Saint class Admiralty tug was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France (51°04′N 2°27′E / 51.067°N 2.450°E / 51.067; 2.450) by Luftwaffe aircraft. 19 crewmen and 86 Royal Army and Navy passengers, survivors of HMS Keith, were killed, 30 rescued.[18]
HMT St Achilleus  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off De Panne, Belgium.[19]
HMS St Fagan  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Saint class Admiralty tug was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. 25 crewmen killed, 7 rescued.[20]
HMT Stella Dorado  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by S-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[21]
Venus  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea at Gravelines, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[1][22]

2 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Anna Leopold  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The fishing vessel was sunk in the North Sea at Dunkerque, France by enemy action.[1]
HMT Blackburn Rovers  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 24 nautical miles (44 km) east by south of North Foreland, Kent. Her survivors were ultimately rescued by HMT Saon ( Royal Navy).[1][23]
Chella  France The ocean liner was bombed and damaged at Marseilles, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. Towed outside port because of its load of ammunition, she was later shelled and sunk in shallow waters by the auxiliary cruiser Cyrnos. Her wreck remained visible; it was scrapped in situ in 1954.[1][24]
Emma  France The trawler collided with Hebe ( Finland) in the North Sea off the South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent and sank.[1]
Florida  Panama The cargo ship ran aground at Cape Spartel, Morocco and was declared a constructive total loss.[25]
Fossa  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug ran aground at Dunkerque, France and was abandoned. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service with them.[1]
Getuigt vor Christus  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The fishing vessel was sunk in the North Sea at Dunkerque, France by a German patrol boat.[1]
Greynight  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (54°40′N 1°30′E / 54.667°N 1.500°E / 54.667; 1.500) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one of her eight crew.[26]
HMHS Paris  Royal Navy (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: Operation Dynamo: The hospital ship was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France (51°11′N 2°07′E / 51.183°N 2.117°E / 51.183; 2.117) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken under tow but sank the next day. Two crew were killed.[1][27]
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Vlaanderen  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The fishing vessel was sunk in the North Sea at Dunkerque, France by enemy action.[1]
Polycarp  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Land's End, Cornwall (49°19′N 5°35′W / 49.317°N 5.583°W / 49.317; -5.583) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine). All 43 crew were rescued by Espiguette ( France).[28]
HMT Westella  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: the naval trawler struck a mine in the North Sea whilst rescuing survivors from HMT Blackburn Rovers ( Royal Navy) and sank. The survivors from both boats were rescued by HMT Saon ( Royal Navy).[1][29]
Winga  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Jernland ( Norway) in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Hartlepool, Co Durham and sank with the loss of 14 of her 22 crew.[30][31]

3 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Edv. Nissen  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[1]
Gourko  United Kingdom Operation Dynamo: World War II: The steamer struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[32]
Holland  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[33]
Ocean Lassie  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Felixtowe, Suffolk with the loss of six of her nine crew.[1][34]
Perrakkis L Cambanis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel at Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Herta Engeline Fritzen.[1]
Purfina  French Navy World War II: The patrol boat struck a mine in the English Channel off Le Havre, France and sank.[1]
Snabb  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) off Cape Finisterre, Spain by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. The survivors were rescued by Kyriakoula ( Greece).[1][35]
Westcove  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[36]

4 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Emil Deschamps  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) east north east of Foreness Point, Kent, United Kingdom (51°24′00″N 1°19′24″E / 51.40000°N 1.32333°E / 51.40000; 1.32333) and sank. Survivors were rescued by HMS Albury ( Royal Navy), Marie Anne and Sainte Elisabeth (both  French Navy).[1]
Marechal Foch  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler collided with HMS Leda ( Royal Navy) in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France and sank. Survivors were rescued by VTB-25 ( French Navy).[1]
Moyle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship.[37]
Pacifico  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[38]
River Humber  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with HMS Folkestone ( Royal Navy) in the Irish Sea north of Holyhead, Anglesey and sank.[39]

5 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Brage  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Kiel Lightship ( Germany).[40]
Capable  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the English Channel east of the Isle of Wight with the loss of all seven people on board.[1][41]
Lapwing  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine in the North Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire and sank. All nine crew were rescued.[42]
M-11  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine off Jæderen, Norway and sank.[1]
Palime  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea near Stavanger, Norway and was beached. She was later declared a constructive total loss.[43]
Skandia  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat (57°33′N 11°35′E / 57.550°N 11.583°E / 57.550; 11.583).[44][45]
Stancor  United Kingdom The coaster was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°48′N 8°45′W / 58.800°N 8.750°W / 58.800; -8.750) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). Nine of the 19 crew were rescued by the trawler Kinaldie ( United Kingdom), the rest reached land in their lifeboat.[1][46]
Sweep II  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea east of Harwich, Essex with the loss of two crew.[1][47]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Harcalo  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was beached in the North Sea off Ramsgate, Kent (51°19′N 1°32′E / 51.317°N 1.533°E / 51.317; 1.533) with the loss of three crew. She was declared a total loss.[1][48]
Lapwing  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine in the North Sea (54°00′N 1°10′E / 54.000°N 1.167°E / 54.000; 1.167) and sank. All crew were rescued.[1]
M-11  Kriegsmarine World War II: The type 1935 minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Feistein, Norway.[49]
Stancor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Outer Hebrides by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). 19 crew were rescued.[50]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Carinthia  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser sank after being torpedoed and damaged west of Galway Bay, Ireland (53°13′N 10°40′W / 53.217°N 10.667°W / 53.217; -10.667) the previous day by the German submarine U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew.
Eros  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Tory Island, County Donegal, Ireland by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned by her 62 crew, who were rescued by HMT Paynter ( Royal Navy). Eros was taken in tow by HMS Berkeley ( Royal Navy) and beached on Tory Island. She was later repaired and returned to service.[1][51]
Francis Massey  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Tory Island by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of her 35 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Volunteer ( Royal Navy).[1][52]
Salome  France The tanker sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and entered service as Breisgau.[1]

8 June[edit]

For the scuttling of HMS Mashobra on this day, see the entry for 25 May 1940.
For the scuttling of RFA Oleander on this day, see the entry for 26 May 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Acasta  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Juno: The A-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea by Gneisenau and Scharnhorst (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 193 of her 194 crew.
HMS Ardent  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Juno: The A-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea by Gneisenau and Scharnhorst (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 137 of her 138 crew.
HMS Glorious  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Juno: The aircraft carrier was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea by Gneisenau and Scharnhorst (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 1,207 of her 1,247 crew.
Hardingham  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea north north east of Margate, Kent (51°39′N 1°40′E / 51.650°N 1.667°E / 51.650; 1.667.[53][54]
HMT Juniper  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Juno: The Tree-class trawler was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Jan Mayen, Norway (67°20′N 4°10′E / 67.333°N 4.167°E / 67.333; 4.167 by Admiral Hipper ( Kriegsmarine) and four German destroyers. Only four crew survived.[53]
Oil Pioneer  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Juno: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Jan Mayen (67°20′N 4°10′E / 67.333°N 4.167°E / 67.333; 4.167) by Admiral Hipper ( Kriegsmarine) and four German destroyers with the loss of 20 of her 45 crew.[53]
HMS Orama  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Juno: The troopship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea (67°44′N 3°52′E / 67.733°N 3.867°E / 67.733; 3.867) by Admiral Hipper ( Kriegsmarine) and four German destroyers with the loss of 19 of her 299 crew.[53]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Amythyste  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France.[55]
Angiulin  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine off Cape Granitola, Italy and sank.[53][56]
Ariadne  Norway World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea (67°55′N 2°10′E / 67.917°N 2.167°E / 67.917; 2.167) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of nine crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Arrow ( Royal Navy).[53]
Avvenire  Italy World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria.[53]
HNoMS B-3  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The B-class submarine suffered a battery explosion in Gavlefjord off Alsvåg, Norway and was subsequently scuttled to prevent capture by German forces.[57]
HMT Dewey Eve  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk at Scapa Flow in a collision with trawler Gold Crown ( United Kingdom).[53]
Dockenhuden  Nazi Germany The coaster was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Stolpmünde, East Prussia.[53]
Dulwich  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Villequier, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as Holtenau.[53]
Empire Commerce  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea off Margate, Kent. She was severely damaged and declared a constructive total loss, the first Empire ship lost through enemy action.
Kong Halfdan  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Great Belt. Refloated in May 1941, repaired and returned to service in April 1942.[58]
Madeleine Louise  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53]
Margareta  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) off Cape Finisterre, Spain (44°04′N 12°30′W / 44.067°N 12.500°W / 44.067; -12.500) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 24 crew.[53][59][60]
Max Wolf  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Berville, Seine-Maritime, France by Luftwaffe aircraft and beached at Tancarville. Two of her crew were killed.[53]
Notre Dames des Dunes  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53]
Prins Olav  Norway World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea (67°55′N 2°10′E / 67.917°N 2.167°E / 67.917; 2.167) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member. The survivors were rescued by HMS Arrow ( Royal Navy).[53]
Turquoise  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Dieppe, France.[55]
V-801  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea off Ameland, Netherlands (53°33′N 6°02′E / 53.550°N 6.033°E / 53.550; 6.033). Survivors were rescued by V-803 ( Kriegsmarine)[53][61]

10 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Capo Noli  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was beached in the St Lawrence River, near Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, by her crew. An attempt to scuttle the ship was foiled by HMCS Bras d'Or ( Royal Canadian Navy) She was later salvaged by the Canadians and re-entered service as Bic Island.[53][62]
Celina  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in Algeciras Bay, Gibraltar to prevent capture by British forces.[62]
Danilo B  Italy World War II: The sailing ship struck a mine and sank at Capri, Italy.[13]
Ellavore  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached, but attempts to salvage her were abandoned. All crew survived.[63]
Gerusalemme  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted off the coast of Natal, South Africa and was beached by her crew.[62]
Jacobus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France.[64]
Kaupo  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was sunk as a block ship at Dieppe, France.[13][65]
Lavoro  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Gibraltar to prevent capture by British forces.[53]
Libano  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Gibraltar to prevent capture by British forces. She was later salvaged by the British, repaired and re-entered service.[53]
Numbolio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in Algeciras Bay, Gibraltar to prevent capture by British forces.[62]
Olterra  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The tanker was partially sunk by British commandos in the Bay of Gibraltar off Algeciras, Spain. She was raised and repaired in 1942 and placed in service with the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) as a mother ship for Italian naval commandos.[66]
Pagao  Italy World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Rada di Algeceiras.[53]
Pollenzo  Italy The cargo ship was scuttled at Algeciras, Spain.[13]
River Ness  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) north east by north of The Skerries, Anglesey by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53]
River Tyne  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Dieppe, France.[67]
Sverre Sigurdssøn  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Hjeltefjorden (60°36′N 4°55′E / 60.600°N 4.917°E / 60.600; 4.917) with the loss of one crew member.[68]
Timavo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted off the coast of Natal, South Africa and was beached by her crew.[62]
Umbria  Italy World War II: The passenger cargo vessel was scuttled in the Red Sea (37°19.40′N 19°38.20′E / 37.32333°N 19.63667°E / 37.32333; 19.63667, near Port Sudan) to prevent capture by HMS Grimsby ( Royal Navy).[53][69] She was carrying a cargo of 5,000 tons of bombs, which remain in the wreck and pose a risk to Port Sudan, to Eritrea.[70]
HMS Van Dyck  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Alphabet: The armed boarding vessel was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Andenes, Norway by a Focke Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of seven of the 168 people on board.[13][53][71]

11 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Albertville  Belgium World War II: The ocean liner was bombed and sunk in the Havre Roads 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) off Octeville-sur-Mer, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[13][53][55]
Bruges  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry-transport was bombed and damaged at Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached to prevent her sinking.[53][72]
General Metzinger  France World War II: The ocean liner was bombed and sunk at Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of six crew.[73]
La Bretonnière  French Navy World War II:The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Le Havre, France.[53]
Makis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea north of Pantelleria, Italy.[53]
Marzocco  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the North Sea off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom and broke in two. Subsequently uses as a blockship at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands.[55][74]
Mount Hymettus  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (42°12′N 11°20′W / 42.200°N 11.333°W / 42.200; -11.333) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine). All 24 crew survived.[53][75][76][77]
Niobe  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53][78]
Patrice II  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Fécamp, France by German artillery.[53]
Piriapolis  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53][79]
Polinice  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Malta following seizure by the British the previous day.[53][80]
Predappio  Italy World War II: The sailing vessel struck a mine and sank at Taranto, Italy.[13]
Saint Ronaig  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the English Channel at Seaford, East Sussex with the loss of four of her eight crew. The wreck was dispersed in July 1950 by HMS Flatholm ( Royal Navy.[81]
San Calogero  Italy World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank at Taranto, Italy.[13]
Syrie  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[53][82]
Timavo  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo liner was deliberately run aground and wrecked north east of Durban, South Africa whilst under attack by South African Air Force aircraft.[80]
Violando N Goulandris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (44°04′N 12°30′W / 44.067°N 12.500°W / 44.067; -12.500 by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 28 crew.[53][83][84]
Zinovia  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranea Sea north of Pantelleria.[53]

12 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Barbara Marie  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 34: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°16′N 13°54′W / 44.267°N 13.900°W / 44.267; -13.900) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 32 of her 37 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Leith ( Royal Navy) and Swedru ( United Kingdom).[53][85]
Baron Saltoun  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Cherbourg, France.[86]
HMS Calypso  Royal Navy World War II: The C-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Crete (33°45′N 24°23′E / 33.750°N 24.383°E / 33.750; 24.383) by Alpino Attilio Bagnolini ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 39 of her 344 crew.
Carlo  Italy The coaster struck a mine and sank at Pianosa, Italy.[13]
Cerons  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary sloop was shelled and sunk in the English Channel between Fécamp and Veules-les-Roses, France by German artillery.[53][87]
Earlspark  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 33F: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°26′N 11°33′W / 42.433°N 11.550°W / 42.433; -11.550) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Enchantress ( Royal Navy).[53][88]
Etienne Rimbert  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled at Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France.[53]
Giovanni Berta  Regia Marina World War II: The Giovanni Berta class naval trawler was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by HMS Gloucester, HMS Liverpool, and aircraft based on HMS Eagle (all  Royal Navy).[53][89]
Granville  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the English Channel between Fécamp and Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France by German artillery.[53]
Himalaya  United Kingdom World War II: The collier was bombed and sunk at Weymouth, Dorset by a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[90][91]
Innisulva  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was beached and abandoned in the River Seine in Paris with the loss of four of her five crew. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service under that name.[53]
La Mora  Italy World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank at Serchio, Italy.[13]
Orkanger  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, Egypt (31°42′N 28°50′E / 31.700°N 28.833°E / 31.700; 28.833) by Naiade and Nereide (both  Regia Marina) with the loss of five of the 39 people on board.[92]
Prinses Juliana  Netherlands World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in Poole Bay, Dorset, United Kingdom with the loss of two crew.[53][93]
Romolo  Italy World War II: The cargo liner was intercepted in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands by HMAS Manoora ( Royal Australian Navy) and was scuttled.[80]
HMT Sisapon  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Felixtowe, Suffolk with the loss of 11 crew.[53][94]
Swallow  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was beached and abandoned in the River Seine in Paris, France. All six crew survived. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service as Schwalbe.[53]
Train Ferry No.6  United Kingdom World War II: The train ferry was shelled and damaged in the English Channel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France by German artillery. She was beached and abandoned.[53]
Twente  Netherlands World War II: The tug struck a mine in the North Sea and sank.[53]
Willowbank  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 220 nautical miles (410 km) north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (44°16′N 13°54′W / 44.267°N 13.900°W / 44.267; -13.900) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine). All 51 crew were rescued by Swedru ( United Kingdom).[95]
Yvonne  Belgium World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of the Goodwin Knoll Buoy, off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom with the loss of ten of her 12 crew.[53][55]

13 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Abel Tasman  Netherlands World War II: The coaster struck a mine at the entrance to Poole Harbour, Dorset and sank with the loss of all on board.[53][96]
British Inventor  United Kingdom The tanker struck a mine in Poole Bay, Dorset and was beached. The ship broke in two on 30 July and the bow section sank. The stern section was salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[53][97]
British Petrol  United Kingdom The tanker was captured in the Atlantic Ocean 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km) off Trinidad (20°10′N 46°56′W / 20.167°N 46.933°W / 20.167; -46.933) by Widder ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 46 crew. The 44 survivors were taken as prisoners of war. She was scuttled the next day at (18°00′N 54°30′W / 18.000°N 54.500°W / 18.000; -54.500).[53][53][98]
Caroline Susan  United Kingdom The motor yacht struck a mine and sank in the English Channel south of Bournemouth, Hampshire.[99]
Marthe Roland  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France.[53]
HNLMS O 13  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 12-class submarine was lost. At one time thought to have been rammed and sunk by ORP Wilk ( Polish Navy) in the North Sea, but the sub rammed was a German U-Boat. Probably sunk by a mine. Lost with all hands.[13][100][101]
HMT Ocean Sunlight  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the English Channel off Seaford, East Sussex and sank with the loss of eight crew.[102][103]
HMS Odin  Royal Navy World War II: The Odin-class submarine was depth charged in the Gulf of Taranto, off Crotone, Italy by Strale ( Regia Marina). She surfaced and was rammed by Baleno ( Regia Marina and sunk with the loss of 56 crew.[53]
Reines des Flots  French Navy World War II: The harbour defence vessel was scuttled at Dieppe, France.[53]
HMS Scotstoun  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Barra, Outer Hebrides (57°00′N 9°57′W / 57.000°N 9.950°W / 57.000; -9.950) by U-25 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 352 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Highlander ( Royal Navy).[53][104]
Train Ferry No. 2  Royal Navy World War II: Sank off Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France. [105]

14 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Antonis Georgandis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Finisterre, Spain (42°45′N 16°20′W / 42.750°N 16.333°W / 42.750; -16.333) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) and sunk with the loss of all hands.[53]
Balmoralwood  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX-47: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°19′N 10°28′W / 50.317°N 10.467°W / 50.317; -10.467) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by Germaine ( Greece).[53][106]
Martis  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in Churchill Sound, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands. Partially salvaged post War in the late '40s.[107]
Mount Myrto  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celtic Sea (50°03′N 10°05′W / 50.050°N 10.083°W / 50.050; -10.083) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew.[53][108]
HMT Myrtle  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the north coast of Kent with the loss of all 21 crew.[53][102][109]
M 5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Kristiansand, Norway. The mine had been laid four days previously by HMS Porpoise ( Royal Navy).[13]

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Andania  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Reykjavík, Iceland (62°36′N 15°09′W / 62.600°N 15.150°W / 62.600; -15.150) by U-A ( Kriegsmarine. All 347 crew were rescued by the trawler Skallagrimur (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland).[100]
Erik Boye  Canada World War II: Convoy HX-47: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celtic Sea (50°37′N 8°44′W / 50.617°N 8.733°W / 50.617; -8.733) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine). All 22 crew were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[100][110][111]
Italia  Norway World War II: Convoy HX-47: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Ireland (50°37′N 8°44′W / 50.617°N 8.733°W / 50.617; -8.733) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 35 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[100][112]
Macallé  Regia Marina The Adua-class submarine ran aground in the Red Sea (19°00′N 38°00′E / 19.000°N 38.000°E / 19.000; 38.000). All crew were rescued by Guglielmotti ( Regia Marina). The submarine was shelled on 27 June by HMS Kandahar, HMS Kingston ( Royal Navy) and HMNZS Leander ( Royal New Zealand Navy). Aircraft from HMNZS Leander also bombed the beached submarine.[100][113]
Morse  French Navy World War II: The Requin-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Kerkennah, Tunisia with the loss of all hands.[100][114]

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Grampus  Royal Navy World War II: The Grampus-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Sicily, Italy by Circe, Clio, Calliope, and Polluce (all  Regia Marina) with the loss of all 59 crew.
La Coubre  France World War II: The dredger struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Saint-Nazaire, France with the loss of three of her crew.[115]
James Stove  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Red Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) south of Aden (12°35′N 45°03′E / 12.583°N 45.050°E / 12.583; 45.050) by Galileo Galilei ( Regia Marina). All 34 crew were rescued by HMT Moonstone.[100][116]
Köningsberg  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean off Vigo, Galicia, Spain (41°36′N 10°37′W / 41.600°N 10.617°W / 41.600; -10.617) by Président Houduce ( French Navy) and was scuttled.[100]
Rastrello  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in a British air raid at Naples, Italy.[13][100]
Samland  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Juno: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Lista, Norway (58°18′N 5°40′E / 58.300°N 5.667°E / 58.300; 5.667) by HMS Tetrarch ( Royal Navy).[100]
Wellington Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Finisterre (42°39′N 17°01′W / 42.650°N 17.017°W / 42.650; -17.017) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine). 52 of her 69 crew were rescued by Pierre L D ( France), the remainder reached land in their lifeboat.[100][117][118][119]

17 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Athlete  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Capitaine Maurice Eugene  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Champlain  France World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine in the Bay of Biscay off La Pallice, France and sank with the loss of 11 or 12 of the 370 people on board. She was torpedoed on 21 June by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine).[100][120]
Elpis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (43°46′N 14°06′W / 43.767°N 14.100°W / 43.767; -14.100) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine). All 28 crew were rescued.[100][121]
Komet  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Caen, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two of her 16 crew. Survivors were rescued by a French trawler.[100][122]
HMS Lancastria  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Ariel: The troopship was bombed and sunk off Saint-Nazaire, France by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of II Gruppe, KG30 with the loss of 2,899 of the 5,310 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMT Cambridgeshire and HMS Highlander (both  Royal Navy), as well as Cymbula, Fabian, Glenaffaric, John Holt, Oronsay, Robert L Holt and Ulster Prince (all  United Kingdom).[100]
Lutteur  France World War II: The tug was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
HMT Murmansk  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler ran aground at Brest, France and was abandoned without loss. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as KFK-76, changed to "FB-06" later.[100]
Provana  Regia Marina World War II: The Marcello-class submarine was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran, Algeria by La Curieuse ( French Navy).
Inginieur Riebell  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Brest, France.[100] She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and used as an armed coastal vessel.
Roche Noire  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Teiresias  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bay of Biscay off Noimoutier, France (47°07′N 2°23′W / 47.117°N 2.383°W / 47.117; -2.383) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and abandoned off Saint-Nazaire The survivors were rescued by Holmside ( United Kingdom).[100][123]

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Achille  French Navy World War II: The Redoutable-class submarine was scuttled in a drydock at Brest, France.[100]
Agosta  French Navy World War II: The Agosta-class submarine was scuttled in a drydock at Brest, France.[100]
Alexis de Tocqueville  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Altair  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°39′N 11°15′W / 49.650°N 11.250°W / 49.650; -11.250) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine and sank. All 18 crew were rescued by the trawler Iparreko-Izarra ( Spain). Altair was subsequently scuttled two days later by HMS Prunella ( Royal Navy) at 49°36′N 11°22′W / 49.600°N 11.367°W / 49.600; -11.367.[100][124][125]
CH-16  French Navy The CH-5 class submarine chaser was scuttled incomplete off Ile de Croix, France.[126]
Clemenceau  French Navy World War II: The uncompleted Richelieu-class battleship was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Cyclone  French Navy World War II: Dunkirk evacuation: Torpedoed and damaged by the E-boat S24 ( Kriegsmarine) on 30 May 1940, the Bourrasque-class destroyer was scuttled at Brest, France to prevent her capture by advancing German forces.[127]
Dido  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was damaged and abandoned at Brest, France. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service as Dorpat.[100]
Dordogne  France World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Brest, France.
Enseigne Henri  French Navy World War II: The Dubourdieu-class gunboat was scuttled at Lorient, France to prevent capture by German forces. Raised and scrapped by the Germans.[13][100]
Etourdi  French Navy World War II: The Ardent-class gunboat was scuttled at Brest to prevent capture by German forces.[100]
Gaulois  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Saint-Servan, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.[100]
Goury  French Navy World War II: The naval tug was scuttled at Cherbourg, France.[100]
Hester  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service under that name.[100]
Jacob Christensen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Rochefort, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service as Baldur.[100]
Kergroise  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Lorient, France.[100]
La Valette  French Navy World War II: The naval tug was scuttled at Lorient, France.[100]
M-5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type M-1935 minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea north of Kristiansand, Norway (63°30′N 8°12′E / 63.500°N 8.200°E / 63.500; 8.200).[53]
Lutteur  French Navy World War II: The tug was scuttled at Brest, France. She was subsequently salvaged and repaired by the Germans and entered Kriegsmarine service as V 1801 Lutteur.[7]
Marquitta  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Cherbourg, France.[100]
P-49 Mouette  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled at Brest, France.[100]
Nuevo-Ons  Spain World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°39′N 11°00′W / 49.650°N 11.000°W / 49.650; -11.000) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 13 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Iparreko-Izarra ( Spain.[128]
Ondine  French Navy World War II: The water carrier was scuttled at Lorient, France.[100]
Ouessant  French Navy World War II: The Agosta-class submarine was scuttled at Brest, France to prevent capture by German forces.[100]
Pasteur  French Navy World War II: The Redoutable-class submarine was scuttled at Brest, France to prevent capture by German forces.[100]
Pluvoise  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Lorient, France.[100]
Reno  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea 11 nautical miles (20 km) off Ancona.[100]
Ronwyn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Rochefort, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service as Hochheimer.[100]
Sálvora  Spain World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End (49°39′N 11°00′W / 49.650°N 11.000°W / 49.650; -11.000) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). All 12 crew were rescued by the trawler Iparreko-Izarra ( Spain).[100][129][130]
Sarmatia  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End (49°09′N 12°05′W / 49.150°N 12.083°W / 49.150; -12.083) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine). All 23 crew were rescued by the trawlers Felix and Pastor Montenegro (both  Spain).[100][131][132]
Sonja  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at 63°30′N 8°12′E / 63.500°N 8.200°E / 63.500; 8.200 with the loss of 12 of her 21 crew. The survivors were rescued by Inger ( Norway).[53]
Vauquois  French Navy World War II: The Arras-class gunboat struck a mine off Le Conquet, France and was damaged. She was subsequently scuttled. 135 crewmen killed.[100]

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Adamandios Georgandis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (49°35′N 11°15′W / 49.583°N 11.250°W / 49.583; -11.250) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crewmember. Ireland sought an explanation from Germany.[100][133][134]
Baron Loundoun  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HGF 34: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west north west of Cape Ortegal, Portugal (45°00′N 11°21′W / 45.000°N 11.350°W / 45.000; -11.350) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Scarborough ( Royal Navy).[100][135][136]
British Monarch  United Kingdom The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°00′N 11°21′W / 45.000°N 11.350°W / 45.000; -11.350) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 40 crew.[100][137][138]
Brumaire  France World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Bay of Biscay by U-25 ( Kriegsmarine). She was bombed and sunk the next day at 47°14′N 3°16′W / 47.233°N 3.267°W / 47.233; -3.267 by Luftwaffe aircraft.[139][140]
Labud  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled, and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Fastnet Rock by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). All 34 crew were rescued.[141]
La Praya  French Navy World War II: The submarine was scuttled at Cherbourg, France.[13]
La Tanche  France World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Lorient, France.[142]
Le Martinique  French Navy World War II: The Redoutable-class submarine was scuttled at Cherbourg, France to prevent capture by German forces.[100]
M-1802 Friedrich Müller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea north west of Heligoland, Germany.[13][100]
Mexique  French Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France. All crew were rescued.[100][143]
Niagara  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Bream Head, New Zealand.
HMS Orpheus  Royal Navy World War II: The Odin-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Tobruk, Libya by Turbine ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 55 crew.[100]
Roland Morillot  French Navy World War II: The Redoutable-class submarine was scuttled at Cherbourg, France to prevent capture by German forces.
Roseburn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and torpedoed in the English Channel 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Dungeness, Kent by German motor torpedo boats S-19 and S-26 (both  Kriegsmarine). She was beached but declared a total loss. All crew were rescued by the drifter Lord Howe ( United Kingdom).[100][144]
The Monarch  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Point Penmarc'h, France (47°20′N 4°40′W / 47.333°N 4.667°W / 47.333; -4.667) by U-52 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 12 crew.[100][145]
Tudor  Norway World War II: Convoy HGF 34: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (45°10′N 11°50′W / 45.167°N 11.833°W / 45.167; -11.833) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 39 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis and HMS Calendula (both  Royal Navy).[100][146]
Ville de Namur  Belgium World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (46°25′N 4°35′W / 46.417°N 4.583°W / 46.417; -4.583) by U-52 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 79 crew.[79][100][147]

20 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Adamantinos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off La Rochelle, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans and seized as a prize of war.[100]
Diamante  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya (32°42′N 23°49′E / 32.700°N 23.817°E / 32.700; 23.817) by HMS Parthian ( Royal Navy).[100]
Empire Conveyor United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Barra Head (58°16′N 8°10′W / 58.267°N 8.167°W / 58.267; -8.167) by U-122 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 41 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Campbell ( Royal Navy).
François Foucault  France World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off La Pallice, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[148]
James McGee  Panama World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel, United Kingdom. All crew were rescued by HMS Wolverine ( Royal Navy).[100][149]
Moordrecht  Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 49: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Portugal (43°34′N 14°20′W / 43.567°N 14.333°W / 43.567; -14.333) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by Orion ( Greece).[13][100][150][151]
Otterpool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 34F: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall (48°45′N 8°13′W / 48.750°N 8.217°W / 48.750; -8.217) by U-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 38 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Scarborough ( Royal Navy).[100][152]
Stesso  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Cardiff, Wales by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later refloated, and departed on 31 December for scrapping at Briton Ferry.[100]
Tilia Gorthon  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of Land's End (48°32′N 6°20′W / 48.533°N 6.333°W / 48.533; -6.333) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of ten of her 21 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Leith ( Royal Navy).[100][153]

21 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Alfa  Denmark World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the Eierland Lighthouse, Texel, the Netherlands by HMS H44 ( Royal Navy) with the loss of four of her crew.[100][154][155]
Berenice  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°10′N 3°35′W / 47.167°N 3.583°W / 47.167; -3.583) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 39 of the 47 people on board.[113][156][157]
Biscarosse  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Le Havre, France.[100][158]
HMS Cape Howe  Royal Navy World War II: The Q-ship, disguised as Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Prunella, was torpedoed and sunk in the Celtic Sea (49°45′N 8°47′W / 49.750°N 8.783°W / 49.750; -8.783) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 55 of her 95 crew. The survivors were rescued by Casamance ( France) and HMS Versatile ( Royal Navy).[100][159]
HMT Charde  Royal Navy The naval trawler sank in Portsmouth Harbour, United Kingdom.[160]
Hilda  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (45°46′N 3°17′W / 45.767°N 3.283°W / 45.767; -3.283) by U-52 with the loss of five of her 16 crew.[100][161][162]
Luffworth  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was abandoned at Brest, France. She was later seized by the Germans as a prize of war.[100]
Luxembourg  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°25′N 4°55′W / 47.417°N 4.917°W / 47.417; -4.917) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 46 crew.[100][163]
Mecanicien Principal Carvin  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France.[100][164]
Mercedita  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel struck a mine of Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France and was beached.[100]
S-21  Kriegsmarine World War II: The schnellboot struck a mine and sank in the English Channel west of Cap Gris Nez, France. She was salvaged in 1941 and returned to service.[100]
S-32  Kriegsmarine World War II: The schnellboot struck a mine and sank in the English Channel west of Cap Gris Nez, France.[100][165]
San Fernando  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 49: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Celtic Sea (50°20′N 10°24′W / 50.333°N 10.400°W / 50.333; -10.400) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow but sank the next day. All 49 crew were rescued by HMS Fowey and HMS Sandwich (both  Royal Navy).[166][100][167]
Vliereede  Kriegsmarine World War II: The captured ex-Dutch coastal defence ship was bombed and sunk at Den Helder, the Netherlands by Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was later salvaged by the Germans and re-entered service as the anti-aircraft battery ship Ariadne.[100]
Yarraville  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy 65 X: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Figueira da Foz, Portugal (39°40′N 11°34′W / 39.667°N 11.567°W / 39.667; -11.567) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 50 crew. The survivors were rescued by the trawler Marie Gilberte ( France).[100][168]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Amienois  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[113]
HMY Campeador V  Royal Navy World War II: The naval yacht struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Bembridge, Isle of Wight with the loss of 19 of her 21 crew.[113][169][170]
Crux  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°52′N 14°00′W / 36.867°N 14.000°W / 36.867; -14.000) by U-A ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued by Brutus ( United Kingdom).[171]
Elgo  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sfax, Tunisia by Pier Capponi ( Regia Marina) with the loss of one crewmember.[113]
Eli Knudsen  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 49: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (50°36′N 8°44′W / 50.600°N 8.733°W / 50.600; -8.733) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by HMT Agate and HMS Sandwich (both  Royal Navy). She was taken in tow the next day but sank at 50°36′N 7°51′W / 50.600°N 7.850°W / 50.600; -7.850.[113]
La Bastiase  Free French Naval Forces World War II: The Flower-class corvette struck a mine in the North Sea off Hartlepool, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of a number of the people on board.[13][113]
Le Fier  French Navy World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat struck a mine and sank, or was wrecked the next day, while under tow in the Bay of Biscay off Oléron, France. Raised by the Germans and designated TA 1.[172]
L'Entreprenant  French Navy World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat sank while under tow in the Gironde Estuary, France. Raised by the Germans and designated TA 4.[172]
Monique  France World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[173]
Neion  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°09′N 4°17′W / 47.150°N 4.283°W / 47.150; -4.283) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member.[113][174]
Randsfjord  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 49: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) south south east of Queenstown, Ireland by U-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by Port Hobart ( United Kingdom).[113][175][176]
S-32  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939 E-boat was sunk by a mine off Dungeness.[177]

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Coringa  Royal Navy World War II: The Rescue Tug sank in the Atlantic Ocean from unknown causes.[113][178]
Emeraude  French Navy World War II: The Emeraude-class submarine was scuttled at Toulouse, France.
Franz Haniel  Germany World War Ii: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Kiel.[40]
HMS Khartoum  Royal Navy World War II: The K-class destroyer suffered severe damage from explosion of her own torpedoes in their tubes and was beached in the Red Sea off Perim, Colony of Aden (12°38′N 43°24′E / 12.633°N 43.400°E / 12.633; 43.400) and subsequently sank.
Kufra  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Royan, France.[179]
Le Cherbourgeoise  French Navy World War II: The Patrol Boat was scuttled at Le Verdon, France.[113]
HMIS Pathan  Royal Indian Navy The PC-class corvette was severely damaged by the explosion of her own depth charges, or by Luigi Galvani ( Regia Marina), in the Indian Ocean off Bombay, India. She sank the next day at 18°56′N 72°45′E / 18.933°N 72.750°E / 18.933; 72.750. Seven of her crew were killed.[113][180]
Torricelli  Regia Marina World War II: The Brin class submarine was shelled and sunk in the Red Sea off Perim, Aden Colony (12°34′N 43°16′E / 12.567°N 43.267°E / 12.567; 43.267) by HMS Kandahar (F28), HMS Kingston, HMS Khartoum, HMS Shoreham (all  Royal Navy) and HMIS Indus ( Royal Indian Navy). Survivors were rescued by HMS Kandahar and HMS Kingston.[113]

24 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Albuera  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Hastings, United Kingdom by German motor torpedo boat S-36 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 36 crew. The survivors were rescued by Merope ( Netherlands).[113][181]
Beautemps-Beaupre  French Navy World War II: The unfinished, 84% complete, Bougainville-class aviso was scuttled in the Geronde Estuary, France.[182]
Cathrine  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°08′N 14°00′W / 50.133°N 14.000°W / 50.133; -14.000) by U-47. All 19 crew were rescued.[113][183]
Galvani  Regia Marina World War II: The Brin-class submarine was rammed and sunk in the Gulf of Oman (25°55′N 56°55′E / 25.917°N 56.917°E / 25.917; 56.917) by HMS Falmouth ( Royal Navy).[113]
Gamma  Denmark The auxiliary schooner sank off Sjælland, Denmark.[184]
Kingfisher  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of Beachy Head, East Sussex (50°30′N 0°28′E / 50.500°N 0.467°E / 50.500; 0.467) by German motor torpedo boat S-19 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crewmember.[113][185]

25 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMCS Fraser  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Operation Ariel: The C-class destroyer was accidentally rammed and sunk in the Gironde Estuary off Bordeaux, France (45°44′N 1°34′W / 45.733°N 1.567°W / 45.733; -1.567) by HMS Calcutta ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 145 crew and 19 of Calcutta's crew. HMS Calcutta and HMCS Restigouche ( Royal Canadian Navy) rescued the survivors.[113]
Harald Schröder  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Danish Straits and was beached.[13]
Rina Croce  Italy The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea.[13]
Saint Marguerite  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France.[113]
Saranac  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 172: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°24′N 15°05′W / 48.400°N 15.083°W / 48.400; -15.083) by U-51 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 44 crew. The survivors were rescued by Ainderby ( United Kingdom) and HMS Hurricane ( Royal Navy).[113][186]
V 1107 Portland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea south of Stavanger, Norway (58°54′N 5°05′E / 58.900°N 5.083°E / 58.900; 5.083) by HMS Snapper ( Royal Navy).[113][187]
Windsorwood  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 172: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (48°31′N 14°50′W / 48.517°N 14.833°W / 48.517; -14.833) by U-51 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by Ainderby ( United Kingdom).[113][188][189]

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Alessandro Podesta  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off the north coast of Sardinia, Italy and sank.[190]
Cruz  Norway World War II: Convoy OG 34: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°53′N 14°00′W / 36.883°N 14.000°W / 36.883; -14.000 by U-A ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[113]
Cygnus  Nazi Germany The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk west of Hådyret, Norway (58°13′N 5°06′E / 58.217°N 5.100°E / 58.217; 5.100) by HMS Snapper ( Royal Navy).[191]
Dimitris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Bay of Biscay (44°23′N 11°41′W / 44.383°N 11.683°W / 44.383; -11.683) by U-29 ( Kriegsmarine) and was scuttled by gunfire. All crew were rescued.[192]
Loasso  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Mattinata, Apulia.[193]

27 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Console Generale Liuzzi  Regia Marina World War II: The Liuzzi-class submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete (33°36′N 27°27′E / 33.600°N 27.450°E / 33.600; 27.450) by Dainty, Decoy, HMS Defender, Ilex (all  Royal Navy) and Voyager ( Royal Australian Navy) and was subsequently scuttled.
Köln  Nazi Germany The cargo ship ran aground south of Gävle, Sweden and broke in two.[113][194]
Lenda  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°00′N 13°24′W / 50.000°N 13.400°W / 50.000; -13.400) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 26 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock and HMS Hurricane (both  Royal Navy).[113][195][196]
Leticia  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°11′N 13°15′W / 50.183°N 13.250°W / 50.183; -13.250) by U-47)  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 30 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Hurricane ( Royal Navy).[113][197]
HMS Orpheus  Royal Navy World War II: The Odin-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Turbine ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 54 crew.[198]

28 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Alicantino  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.[113]
Allesandro Podesta  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Asinara Gulf (40°59′N 8°34′E / 40.983°N 8.567°E / 40.983; 8.567).[113]
Anfitrite  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by aircraft of 230 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[113]
Argonauta  Regia Marina World War II: The Argonauta-class submarine was attacked and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Ras el Hilal, Libya by HMS Dainty, HMS Decoy, HMS Defender, HMS Ilex and HMS Voyager (D31) (all  Royal Navy).[113]
Castleton  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Nort Sea off the Orkney Islands by U-102 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all ten crew.[199]
Espero  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of the Espero Convoy: The Turbine-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south west of Crete (35°18′N 20°12′E / 35.300°N 20.200°E / 35.300; 20.200) by HMS Gloucester, HMS Liverpool, HMS Neptune, HMS Orion (all  Royal Navy) and HMAS Sydney ( Royal Australian Navy).
Llanarth  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°30′N 10°30′W / 47.500°N 10.500°W / 47.500; -10.500) by U-35 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by HMS Gladiolus ( Royal Navy).[113][200]
Maria  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 13 nautical miles (24 km) north of Tobruk, Libya by Royal Air Force aircraft.[113]
Paganini  Italy The troopship suffered an engine room fire, exploded and sank in the Adriatic Sea (41°27′N 19°11′E / 41.450°N 19.183°E / 41.450; 19.183) with the loss of 147 of the 950 people on board.[113][201][202]

29 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Edgehill  Royal Navy World War II: The Q-ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (29°27′N 15°25′W / 29.450°N 15.417°W / 29.450; -15.417) by U-51 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 66 of her 93 crew. The survivors were rescued by Inverlee ( United Kingdom).[113][203]
Empire Toucan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (49°20′N 13°52′W / 49.333°N 13.867°W / 49.333; -13.867 by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 34 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Hurricane, which scuttled the bow section of the ship.[113][204][205]
HNoMS No. 6  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II:The Vosper 60 foot-class Motor Torpedo Boat was sunk in a storm off Beachy Head.[206]
Rubino  Regia Marina World War II: The Sirena-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Ionian Sea, off Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy (39°10′N 18°49′E / 39.167°N 18.817°E / 39.167; 18.817),[113] by a Short Sunderland of 230 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Uebi Scebeli  Regia Marina
Uebi Scebeli

World War II: The Adua-class submarine was depth charged and sunk west of Crete (35°29′N 20°06′E / 35.483°N 20.100°E / 35.483; 20.100) by HMS Dainty and HMS Ilex (both  Royal Navy).

30 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1940
Ship Country Description
Admiral Wiley  United States The cargo ship ran aground on Kitava, Papua New Guinea and was wrecked.[207]
Avelona Star  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 36: The ocean liner was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, United Kingdom (46°59′N 12°17′W / 46.983°N 12.283°W / 46.983; -12.283) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew. The survivors were rescued by Beignon ( United Kingdom) and HMS Dunvegan Castle ( Royal Navy). Avelona Star sank the next day.[113]
Belmoira  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (48°15′N 10°30′W / 48.250°N 10.500°W / 48.250; -10.500) by U-26 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued by the trawlers Miguel Veiga and Weyler No.1 ( Spain).[113][208][209]
Empire Seaman  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in Churchill Sound, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands. Partially salvaged post War in the late '40s.[210]
Frangoula B Goulandris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Land's End, United Kingdom (49°59′N 11°24′W / 49.983°N 11.400°W / 49.983; -11.400) by U-26 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 38 crew.[113][211]
Georgios Kyriakides  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°25′N 14°33′W / 50.417°N 14.550°W / 50.417; -14.550) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued.[113][212][213]
Mary A. White  United States The schooner foundered in Massachusetts Bay, United States.[214]
Merkur  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End (48°26′N 10°58′W / 48.433°N 10.967°W / 48.433; -10.967) by U-26 with the loss of four crew.[215]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
L'Agile  French Navy World War II: The incomplete Le Fier-class torpedo boat sank while under tow in the Gironde Estuary, France. Raised by the Germans and designated TA 2.[172]
Sidney O. Neff  United States The barge sank at Menominee, Wisconsin, United States.[216]
U-122  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine disappeared in the North Sea on or after the 21st with the loss of all 56 crew.

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