List of shipwrecks in June 1941

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The list of shipwrecks in June 1941 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during June 1941.

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1 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Alfred Jones  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 140 nautical miles (260 km) west south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (approximately 8°N 15°W / 8°N 15°W / 8; -15) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 76 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Marguerite ( Royal Navy).[1][2]
HMS Calcutta  Royal Navy World War II: The C-class cruiser was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) off Alexandria, Egypt by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
Exportador I  Portugal World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 137 nautical miles (254 km) south west of Cape St. Vincent (35°40′N 10°30′W / 35.667°N 10.500°W / 35.667; -10.500) with the loss of two of her 22 crew.[1][3]
Scottish Monarch  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°58′N 27°20′W / 12.967°N 27.333°W / 12.967; -27.333 by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Alphard ( Netherlands) and Christine Marie ( United Kingdom).[1][4]
San Marco  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) due east of Cabo Carbonara, Sardinia by HMS Clyde ( Royal Navy).[1]

2 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Beaumanoir  United Kingdom World War II: the cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of 506 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[1][5] Her 30 crew survived.[6]
John  Belgium World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Kasteholm  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (63°07′N 11°18′W / 63.117°N 11.300°W / 63.117; -11.300) with the loss of one crew member.[1]
HMT Kos XXII  Royal Navy World War II: The Naval Whaler was bombed and sunk in the eastern Mediterranean Sea south of Crete by enemy aircraft.[1][7]
HMS LCT 16  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Tank was bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Cania, Crete.[8]
Michael E  United Kingdom World War II: The CAM ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by Alcinous ( Netherlands). She was on her maiden voyage.
Prince Rupert City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°46′N 4°41′W / 58.767°N 4.683°W / 58.767; -4.683) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.[1]
U-147  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IID submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Ireland (56°38′N 10°24′W / 56.633°N 10.400°W / 56.633; -10.400) by HMS Periwinkle and HMS Wanderer (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 24 crew.

3 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Belchen  Germany World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Davis Strait (approximately 59°N 17°W / 59°N 17°W / 59; -17) by HMS Aurora and HMS Kenya (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of five of the 54 people on board. Survivors were rescued by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine).[9]
Eibergen  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°02′N 25°06′W / 48.033°N 25.100°W / 48.033; -25.100) by German submarine U-75 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cairo ( Royal Navy).[1]
Iki Kardeshler  Turkey World War II: The auxiliary schooner was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (35°36′N 32°52′E / 35.600°N 32.867°E / 35.600; 32.867) by MTB 215 ( Royal Navy).[1]
Inversuir  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (48°28′N 28°20′W / 48.467°N 28.333°W / 48.467; -28.333) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). She was later torpedoed and sunk by U-75 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew were rescued by Para ( Norway), HMS Wanderer ( Royal Navy) and another ship.[1][10]
Mamari  Royal Navy World War II: The decoy ship struck the wreck of Ahamo ( United Kingdom) in the North Sea (53°22′N 0°59′E / 53.367°N 0.983°E / 53.367; 0.983) and remained fast on the wreck. She was attacked the next day by Kriegsmarine schnellboots, but the torpedo struck Ahamo. All crew were rescued by Sabine) ( United Kingdom).[1]
Royal Fusilier  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea (55°22′N 1°21′W / 55.367°N 1.350°W / 55.367; -1.350) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) south west of the Isle of May, Fife. All crew were rescued.[1]
Strombo  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in Salamis Bay, Greece (39°57′N 25°38′E / 39.950°N 25.633°E / 39.950; 25.633 by HMS Parthian ( Royal Navy. She was beached in the Dardanelles, where she was declared a total loss.[1]
Zealandic  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner struck the wreck of Ahamo ( United Kingdom in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk (53°22′N 0°59′E / 53.367°N 0.983°E / 53.367; 0.983) whilst evading a bombing attempt by Luftwaffe aircratft. She was then torpedoed and sunk by Kriegsmarine E-boats.

4 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Beatrice C  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) north east of the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia by Martin Maryland aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[1][5]
Esso Hamburg  Germany World War II: The tanker was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (7°35′N 31°25′W / 7.583°N 31.417°W / 7.583; -31.417) by HMS Brilliant and London (both  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. All 87 were rescued.[1]
Gonzenheim  Germany World War II: The supply ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (43°29′N 24°04′W / 43.483°N 24.067°W / 43.483; -24.067 by HMS Nelson and HMS Neptune (both  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. 63 survivors were rescued by HMS Neptune.[1]
Montello  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) north east of the Kerkennah Islands by Martin Maryland aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[1][5]
Queensbury  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy WN 36: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°50′N 2°07′W / 56.833°N 2.117°W / 56.833; -2.117) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 11 crew.[1]
Robert Hughes  United Kingdom World War II: The dredger struck a mine and sank at the mouth of the Ogun River, Lagos, Nigeria with the loss of 14 of her 31 crew.[1][11]
Trecarrell  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°10′N 31°00′W / 47.167°N 31.000°W / 47.167; -31.000 by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by Cornerbrook ( United Kingdom).[12]
HMS Van Meerlant  Royal Navy World War II: The Douwe Aukes-class minelayer struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary off the Isle of Sheppey, Kent with the loss of all crew.

5 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Anders Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom by U-141 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[13]
Arsia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Lampedusa by HMS Unique ( Royal Navy).[14]
HMT Ash  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of some crew.[1][15]
Egerland  Germany World War II: The tanker was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 7°N 31°W / 7°N 31°W / 7; -31) by HMS Brilliant and London (both  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. All 94 were rescued.[1]
Frieda  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (31°39′N 15°39′E / 31.650°N 15.650°E / 31.650; 15.650 by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[1]
Himalaya  United Kingdom World War II: The coal hulk was bombed and sunk at Portland, Dorset by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
HMT Lavinia L  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Sheerness, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Trio Frassinetti  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (31°39′N 15°39′E / 31.650°N 15.650°E / 31.650; 15.650 by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[1]
Valoroso  Regia Marina World War II: The gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (31°39′N 15°39′E / 31.650°N 15.650°E / 31.650; 15.650 by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[1]
Wellfield  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°34′N 31°34′W / 48.567°N 31.567°W / 48.567; -31.567) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Heina ( Norway)[1][16]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Alberta  France World War II: The tanker was shelled and damaged in the Aegean Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) north east of Cape Hellas, Greece by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy). An attempt by the tug Taxiarchis ( Turkey) to take the ship in tow was repelled by HMS Torbay. Alberta was sunk by HMS Torbay on 10 June.[1]
Baron Lovat  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 63: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°30′N 11°30′W / 35.500°N 11.500°W / 35.500; -11.500) by Guglielmo Marconi ( Regia Marina).[1]
Elbe  Germany World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°30′N 36°09′W / 23.500°N 36.150°W / 23.500; -36.150) by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 824 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy). 19 survivors were rescued by HMS Hilary ( Royal Navy).[1][17]
Glen Head  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal (35°40′N 10°30′W / 35.667°N 10.500°W / 35.667; -10.500) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of 27 crew.[1][5][18]
Kastelholm  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland (63°06′N 34°19′W / 63.100°N 34.317°W / 63.100; -34.317) by U-559 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 38 crew.[19][20]
Sacramento Valley  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (17°10′N 30°10′W / 17.167°N 30.167°W / 17.167; -30.167) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Caithness ( United Kingdom) and Stanvac Calcutta ( Panama).[1][21]
Taberg  Sweden World War II: Convoy OG 63: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°36′N 11°12′W / 35.600°N 11.200°W / 35.600; -11.200) by Guglielmo Marconi ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 15 crew.[1]
Taurus  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (56°47′N 2°15′W / 56.783°N 2.250°W / 56.783; -2.250) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 37 crew were rescued by HMT Chrysolite ( Royal Navy) and the fishing vessel Elizabeth ( United Kingdom).[22][23]
Tregarthen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°17′N 36°20′W / 46.283°N 36.333°W / 46.283; -36.333 by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[1][24]
Yselhaven  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°25′N 40°54′W / 49.417°N 40.900°W / 49.417; -40.900) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Hammarland ( Finland).[1][25]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1941
Ship Country Description
No. 10  Royal Navy World War II: The examination vessel, a former pilot boat, struck a mine and sank at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.[1][5]

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Adda  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 82 nautical miles (152 km) west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (8°30′N 14°39′W / 8.500°N 14.650°W / 8.500; -14.650) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of the 425 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cyclamen ( Royal Navy).[1][26][27]
Baron Nairn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°35′N 39°02′W / 47.583°N 39.033°W / 47.583; -39.033) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. 18 survivors were rescued by HMCS Chambly ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][28]
HMT Cor Jesu  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Alnmouth, Northumberland (55°29′N 1°27′W / 55.483°N 1.450°W / 55.483; -1.450) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1]
Dirphys  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°44′N 39°02′W / 47.733°N 39.033°W / 47.733; -39.033) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 25 crew.[1][29]
Elmdene  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (8°16′N 16°50′W / 8.267°N 16.833°W / 8.267; -16.833) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by Carlton ( United States).[1][30]
Hopton  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Iceland (62°56′N 12°30′W / 62.933°N 12.500°W / 62.933; -12.500) with the loss of 11 crew.[1]
Kingston Hill  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (9°35′N 29°40′W / 9.583°N 29.667°W / 9.583; -29.667) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Achates ( Royal Navy) and Alabama ( United States).[1][31]
Pendrecht  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°18′N 36°40′W / 45.300°N 36.667°W / 45.300; -36.667) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by Alresford ( United Kingdom, Excalibur ( United States) and HMS Pandora ( Royal Navy).[1][32]
Sturla  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Policastro Bussentino, Campania by HMS Clyde ( Royal Navy).[1]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Dagmar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 53: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°29′40″N 2°00′30″W / 50.49444°N 2.00833°W / 50.49444; -2.00833) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft with the loss of three of her eighteen crew.[1][33]
Diana  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (62°04′N 13°40′W / 62.067°N 13.667°W / 62.067; -13.667) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by HMT Cape Portland ( Royal Navy).[1][5]
Fenix  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°56′N 12°14′W / 61.933°N 12.233°W / 61.933; -12.233) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of one crew member.[1][5]
Persier  Belgium After being stranded on the coast of Iceland in February 1941 and refloated in April 1941, the cargo ship broke her back when she was taken to the Kleppsvik Strand and was beached. She eventually was repaired and returned to service.
Phidias  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 330: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°25′N 26°12′W / 48.417°N 26.200°W / 48.417; -26.200) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by Embassage ( United Kingdom).[1][34]
Remagio  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Bamburgh, Northumberland (48°46′N 29°14′W / 48.767°N 29.233°W / 48.767; -29.233) by Luftwaffe aircraft and was abandoned, coming ashore north of Bamburgh. She was refloated on 26 June and taken to Lindisfarne.[1]
Sabina  Spain World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) off Genoa, Liguria, Italy. All crew were rescued.[1]
Trevarrack  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°46′N 29°14′W / 48.767°N 29.233°W / 48.767; -29.233) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[35]

10 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Ainderby  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) west by nort of Bloody Foreland, Ireland (55°30′N 12°10′W / 55.500°N 12.167°W / 55.500; -12.167) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Veteran ( Royal Navy).[1][36]
Christian Krohg  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 328: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°00′N 36°30′W / 45.000°N 36.500°W / 45.000; -36.500) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 23 crew.[1][37]
Giuseppina Ghirardi  Italy World War II: The tanker straggled behind her convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km) east of Cape Helles, Turkey by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1][38][39]
Mercier  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°30′N 41°30′W / 48.500°N 41.500°W / 48.500; -41.500) by U-204 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of seven of her 68 crew.[18][40]
HMS Pintail  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FN 477: The Kingfisher-class sloop struck a mine in the Humber Estuary and sank with the loss of 53 of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Quantock ( Royal Navy) and another vessel.[1][41]
Royal Scot  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of 11 crew.[1]
Silvio Scaroni  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 70 nautical miles (130 km) west of Benghazi, Libya (32°27′N 18°42′E / 32.450°N 18.700°E / 32.450; 18.700) by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy).[1]

11 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Baron Carnegie  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea (51°55′N 5°34′W / 51.917°N 5.567°W / 51.917; -5.567) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken in tow by Seine ( United Kingdom) but sank at 52°04′N 5°01′W / 52.067°N 5.017°W / 52.067; -5.017 with the loss of 25 crew.[1]
Cirene  Regia Marina World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Benghazi by British aircraft.[42]
Havtor  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (63°35′N 28°05′W / 63.583°N 28.083°W / 63.583; -28.083) by U-79 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 20 crew.[1][43]
Mario Bianco  Regia Marina World War II: The naval trawler was sunk at Benghazi by British aircraft.[44]
Moorwood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Whitby, Yorkshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1]
Tilly L M Russ  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Benghazi, Libya by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy).[1]

12 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Carloforte  Regia Marina World War II: The naval trawler was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 36 nautical miles (67 km) west of Gorgara by explosive charges.[1]
Chinese Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Rockall, Inverness-shire (56°12′N 14°18′W / 56.200°N 14.300°W / 56.200; -14.300) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 45 of her 63 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Arbutus and HMS Pimpernel (both  Royal Navy).[1][45]
Empire Dew  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal (51°09′N 30°16′W / 51.150°N 30.267°W / 51.150; -30.267 by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by HNoMS St. Albans ( Royal Norwegian Navy).
Fianona  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Vada, Italy (43°08′N 10°30′E / 43.133°N 10.500°E / 43.133; 10.500) by HNLMS O-24 ( Koninklijk Marine).[1]
Friedrich Breme  Germany World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°48′N 24°00′W / 49.800°N 24.000°W / 49.800; -24.000 by HMS Sheffield ( Royal Navy with the loss of at least two crew. 86 survivors were rescued.[1]
Gesù e Maria  Italy World War II: The schooner was torpedoed and sank in the Aegean Sea off Skiros, Greece (39°10′N 25°20′E / 39.167°N 25.333°E / 39.167; 25.333) by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[1]
Iowan  United States The cargo ship ran aground on a reef a few hundred yards off Government Point, near Point Conception, California. Salvage operations took about two weeks, after which she was towed to Los Angeles, California, for repairs. She later returned to service.
Ranella  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 64: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°39′N 28°00′W / 43.650°N 28.000°W / 43.650; -28.000) by U-553 ( Kriegsmarine). All 29 crew survived.[1][46]
Silverpalm  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-371 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 68 crew.[47]
HMT Sisapon  Royal Navy The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex.[5]
Susan Maersk  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 370 nautical miles (690 km) north north east of the Azores (44°45′N 25°15′W / 44.750°N 25.250°W / 44.750; -25.250) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 24 crew.[1][48]

13 June[edit]

For the loss of the Norwegian coaster Ala on this day, see the entry for 17 May 1941

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Djurdjura  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 75: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°53′N 23°11′W / 38.883°N 23.183°W / 38.883; -23.183) by Brin ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 33 of her 38 crew.[1]
Eirini Kyriakides  Greece World War II: Convoy SL 75: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°53′N 23°11′W / 38.883°N 23.183°W / 38.883; -23.183) by Brin ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all hands.[1]
HMT King Henry  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Lowestoft, Suffolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Kingstown  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 9 nautical miles (17 km) north west of the South Bishop Lighthouse by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken in tow by a trawler but sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) off St. Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire. All crew were rescued.[1]
Pandias  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°49′N 23°38′W / 7.817°N 23.633°W / 7.817; -23.633) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 34 crew.[1][49]
St Patrick  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea (52°04′N 5°25′W / 52.067°N 5.417°W / 52.067; -5.417) with the loss of 31 of the 89 people on board.[1][50][51]
Tresillian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°40′N 45°30′W / 44.667°N 45.500°W / 44.667; -45.500) by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine). All 46 crew were rescued by USCGC Duane ( United States Coast Guard).[52]

14 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Giovanni Bottigliere  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sardinia by HMS Clyde ( Royal Navy).[1]
St Lindsay  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 64: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 51°N 30°W / 51°N 30°W / 51; -30) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 43 crew.[1][53]

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Audacious  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°28′N 0°51′E / 51.467°N 0.850°E / 51.467; 0.850) with the loss of all but one crew.[54]
Hans Broge  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km) west south west of Texel, North Holland, Netherlands by Royal Air Force aircraft. The wreck was subsequently raised and employed as a target.[5][55][56]

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Le Chevalier Paul France Vichy French Navy World War II: The Vauquelin-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Latakia, Syria by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm with the loss of six crew. Survivors were rescued by Valmy and Guépard (both France Vichy French Navy).[54]
V-5706  Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot ran aground and sank.[57]

17 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Cathrine  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 76: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°30′N 16°00′W / 49.500°N 16.000°W / 49.500; -16.000) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 27 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Boreas ( United Kingdom).[54][58]
Charlottetown  Canada The ferry ran aground off Port Mouton, Nova Scotia. She sank the next day at 43°51′N 64°45′W / 43.850°N 64.750°W / 43.850; -64.750.[59]
Tottenham  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°38′S 19°12′W / 7.633°S 19.200°W / -7.633; -19.200 by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine).[54]

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Doris II  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent with the loss of both crew.[54]
Norfolk  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north west of Malin Head, Ireland (57°17′N 11°14′W / 57.283°N 11.233°W / 57.283; -11.233 by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 71 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Skate ( Royal Navy).[60]
U-138  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IID submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Trafalgar, Spain (36°04′N 7°29′W / 36.067°N 7.483°W / 36.067; -7.483) by HMS Faulknor, Fearless, Forester, Foresight and Foxhound (all  Royal Navy). All 27 crew were rescued by HMS Fearless and taken as prisoners of war.[54]

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Empire Warrior  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal (37°06′N 7°24′W / 37.100°N 7.400°W / 37.100; -7.400) by Regia Aeronautica aircraft and Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All 25 crew were rescued by an Armada Portuguesa destroyer.[5][54][61][62]
Gunda  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°36′N 9°53′W / 37.600°N 9.883°W / 37.600; -9.883) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued by HMT Imperialist ( Royal Navy) and Peterel ( United Kingdom).[5][54]

20 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Buccari  Italy The cargo ship exploded and sank at Taranto, Apulia.[54]
Enossis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Suda Bay, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.[63] (date may more likely be 20 May, a month before, when Nazis attacked Crete; by 20 June the island was firmly under German control and there was no fighting to speak of)
Ganda  Portugal World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Casablanca, Morocco (34°10′N 11°40′W / 34.167°N 11.667°W / 34.167; -11.667) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 66 people on board.[54][64][65]
Ilse  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off Hartlepool, Co Durham. Her back was broken, and the bow section was beyond salvage. Repaired at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, where a new bow section was constructed.[54]
Inverarder  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached in the Solent. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[54]
USS O-9  United States Navy
Sonar image of the wreck of O-9.
The O-class submarine foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Portsmouth, New Hampshire (42°59′N 70°27′W / 42.983°N 70.450°W / 42.983; -70.450) with the loss of all 33 crew.
Refah  Turkey World War II: Refah tragedy: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Mersin by Ondina ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 167 lives.[54][66][67]
HMT Resmilo  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[68]
Schieland  Netherlands World War II: Convoy FS 520: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (53°18′N 1°01′E / 53.300°N 1.017°E / 53.300; 1.017) by Luftwaffe aircraft. Eight survivors were rescued by HMS Mendip ( Royal Navy).[54][69]

21 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Babitonga  Germany World War II: The supply ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (2°05′N 27°42′W / 2.083°N 27.700°W / 2.083; -27.700 by HMS London ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.[54]
Criton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The captured French cargo ship left the convoy to return to Freetown, Sierra Leone. She was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean by Air France IV (France Vichy French Navy) which ordered her to divert to Conakry, French Guinea. She was shelled and sunk when she reported this by radio; with the loss of ten of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued and made prisoners of war.[54][70][71]
Gasfire  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) east of Southwold, Suffolk (52°19′N 1°59′E / 52.317°N 1.983°E / 52.317; 1.983).[54]
Kenneth Hawksfield  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) east of Southwold (52°18′N 1°59′E / 52.300°N 1.983°E / 52.300; 1.983) with the loss of one crew member.[54]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Arakaka  United Kingdom World War II: The weather ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°00′N 41°40′W / 47.000°N 41.667°W / 47.000; -41.667) by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 40 crew.[54][72]
Balzac  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (15°16′S 27°43′W / 15.267°S 27.717°W / -15.267; -27.717) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 48 crew.[54][73]
HMT Beech  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Scrabster, Caithness by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[54]
Calabria  Sweden World War II: Convoy SL 76: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Inishtrahull Island, County Donegal, Ireland by U-141 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 24 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sikh ( Royal Navy).[54][74]
Estonia  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea north west of Gotland, Sweden by S-28 ( Kriegsmarine).[5]
Gaisma  Lithuania World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja by S-59 and S-60 (both  Kriegsmarine).[5]
Liisa  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Hanko, Finland by S-31 ( Kriegsmarine).[5]
Luga  Soviet Union The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Kronstadt by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of 806 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[5]
MO-238  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Hanko by S-44 ( Kriegsmarine).[75]
Perkunas  Soviet Union World War II: The Ice class Tugboat was sunk by German aircraft.[76]
Pietro Querini  Italy World War Ii: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Pantelleria (36°11′N 12°00′E / 36.183°N 12.000°E / 36.183; 12.000 by HMS Union ( Royal Navy).[54]
Ruhno  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kronstadt.[5]
Shuka  Soviet Union World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja by S-31 ( Kriegsmarine).[5][77]

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Alf  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Tallin, Estonia by S-44  Kriegsmarine).[78]
Alstertor  Kriegsmarine World War II: The supply and prison ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (41°12′N 13°10′W / 41.200°N 13.167°W / 41.200; -13.167 by the 8th Destroyer Flotilla[Note 1] and was scuttled by her crew. Over 200 British, Chinese, Indian and Malayan prisoners of war were rescued. These were the crews of Rabaul and Trafalgar (both  United Kingdom).[54][79][80]
Bystry  Soviet Navy World War II: The Gnevny-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Sevastopol by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged.[54]
Dnepr  Soviet Navy World War II: The ship struck a mine and sank at Sevastopol.[5]
Gnevnyi  Soviet Navy World War II: The Gnevny-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea north of Hiiumaa, Estonia.[81]
Hull Trader  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk with the loss of 11 crew.[54]
Khiumadal  Soviet Union World War II: The lightship was sunk in the Baltic Sea by S-43  Kriegsmarine).[78]
M-78  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic sea west of Ventspils, Latvia (57°28′N 21°17′E / 57.467°N 21.283°E / 57.467; 21.283) by U-144 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 15 crew.[81][82]
HMT Nogi  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Cromer (52°57′N 1°28′E / 52.950°N 1.467°E / 52.950; 1.467) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[54][83] She was taken in tow by HMT Contender and HMT Solon but subsequently sank.[84]
S-3  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Libau by S-60  Kriegsmarine) with a depth charge following a surface gun battle.[54][81][78]
SP-12  Soviet Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank at Sevastopol.[5]
Trelissick  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Cromer by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[54]

24 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS Auckland  Royal Navy World War II: The Egret-class sloop was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) north east of Tobruk, Libya (32°15′N 24°30′E / 32.250°N 24.500°E / 32.250; 24.500 by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe with the loss of 36 of her 198 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Parramatta, HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Waterhen (all  Royal Australian Navy).[54][5][85]
Brockley Hill  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°30′N 38°20′W / 58.500°N 38.333°W / 58.500; -38.333) by U-651 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by Saugor ( United Kingdom).[86]
Kinross  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 336: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°23′N 38°49′W / 55.383°N 38.817°W / 55.383; -38.817) by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by HMCS Orillia ( Royal Canadian Navy).[54][87]
Lenin  Soviet Navy World War II: The Orfey-class destroyer was scuttled at Liepāja, Latvia.[5]
M-71  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja.[54][81]
M-80  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja.[54][81]
Pass of Balmaha  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe and was abandoned. She was towed to Tobruk by HMAS Waterhen ( Royal Australian Navy).[54][5]
Refah  Turkey World War II: After being hit by a torpedo fired by an unidentified submarine late the previous evening, the cargo ship sank in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 168 of the 200 people on board.
Ronis  Soviet Navy World War II: The Ronis-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja.[54][81]
S-1  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja.[54] She was salvaged by the Germans in October.[88]
T-208 Shkiv  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 53 Type minesweeper was sunk by mines at the Glotova Bank in the Black Sea.[81][89]
Silach  Soviet Union World War II: The icebreaker was scuttled at Liepāja by the Red Army.[5]
Soløy  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°39′N 39°43′W / 44.650°N 39.717°W / 44.650; -39.717) by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew were rescued by Traveller ( United Kingdom).[54][90]
Spidola  Soviet Navy World War II: The Ronis-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja.[54][81]
TKA-27  Soviet Navy World War II: The torpedo boat was lost by enemy action at Liepāja.[5]
Tunguska  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was scuttled at Liepāja.[5]
Vigrid  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 55°N 41°W / 55°N 41°W / 55; -41) by U-371 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of the 49 people on board. Survivors were rescued by USS Charles F. Hughes ( United States Navy) and HMS Keppel ( Royal Navy).[54][91][92]

25 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Anna Bulgaris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°30′N 44°00′W / 49.500°N 44.000°W / 49.500; -44.000) by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[54][93]
Dashwood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°59′N 1°52′E / 52.983°N 1.867°E / 52.983; 1.867) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[54]
Ellinico  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 55°N 38°W / 55°N 38°W / 55; -38) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[54][94]
Isle of Wight  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Scarborough, Yorkshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[54]
Nicolas Pateras  Greece World War II: Convoy OB 336: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 55°N 38°W / 55°N 38°W / 55; -38) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[54]
Schie  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OB 336: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°02′N 42°10′W / 53.033°N 42.167°W / 53.033; -42.167) by U-75 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[95]
Souffleur France Vichy French Navy World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Beirut, Lebanon (33°49′N 35°26′E / 33.817°N 35.433°E / 33.817; 35.433) by HMS Parthian ( Royal Navy)

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Enrico Costa  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cape Torado (38°07′N 14°37′E / 38.117°N 14.617°E / 38.117; 14.617) by HMS Utmost ( Royal Navy).[54]
M-83  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was scuttled at Liepāja, Latvia.[54][81]
M-101  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine either struck a mine, or was torpedoed and sunk, in the Baltic Sea (59°20′N 21°12′E / 59.333°N 21.200°E / 59.333; 21.200) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine).[54]
Mareeba  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (8°15′N 88°06′E / 8.250°N 88.100°E / 8.250; 88.100) by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 51 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[54]
Moskva  Soviet Navy World War II: The Leningrad-class destroyer was sunk by a Romanian minefield.[96][97][98]
Polinnia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea south east of Ischia (40°05′N 12°08′E / 40.083°N 12.133°E / 40.083; 12.133) by HMS Severn ( Royal Navy).[54][99]
HMT Tranio  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[100]
Velebit  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 28 crew.[54]

27 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Empire Ability  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°50′N 21°10′W / 23.833°N 21.167°W / 23.833; -21.167) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 107 people on board.
Empire Activity  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland (49°30′38″N 53°51′30″W / 49.51056°N 53.85833°W / 49.51056; -53.85833) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine).
HMT Force  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[54]
Glauco  Regia Marina World War II: The Glauco-class submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar (35°06′N 12°41′W / 35.100°N 12.683°W / 35.100; -12.683) by HMS Wishart ( Royal Navy). All 51 crew were rescued and taken as prisoners of war.[54]
Knud Villemoes  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) north north east of Steingrun Prik, Heligoland, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.[101]
Kongsgaard  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 133: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°00′N 30°42′W / 60.000°N 30.700°W / 60.000; -30.700) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) and was abandoned by her crew. She was later reboarded, the fire extinguished and arrived at Belfast, Northern Ireland on 2 July. Later repaired and returned to service.[102]
Lenin  Soviet Union World War II: The passenger ship either struck a mine (much more likely), or was torpedoded and sunk by NMS Delfinul ( Romanian Naval Forces) in the Black Sea with the loss of 43 crewmen and between 900 and 4,600 passengers.[103]
M-99  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea (59°20′N 21°12′E / 59.333°N 21.200°E / 59.333; 21.200 by U-149 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 20 crew.[104]
Maasdam  Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Greenland (60°00′N 30°35′W / 60.000°N 30.583°W / 60.000; -30.583) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 80 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Havprins and another ship (both  Norway)[54][105]
Malaya II  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Greenland (59°56′N 30°35′W / 59.933°N 30.583°W / 59.933; -30.583) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine): with the loss of 41 of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Collingwood ( Royal Canadian Navy).[54][106]
Mariampol  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Riga by the Red Army.[76]
Monteferland  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°47′N 1°50′E / 52.783°N 1.833°E / 52.783; 1.833) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[54]
Oberon  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (25°43′N 22°47′W / 25.717°N 22.783°W / 25.717; -22.783) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Royal Navy corvette.[54][107]
P.L.M. 22  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (25°43′N 22°47′W / 25.717°N 22.783°W / 25.717; -22.783) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 32 of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Armeria ( Kriegsmarine).[108]
River Lugar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 24°N 14°W / 24°N 14°W / 24; -14) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine). Six crew were rescued by HMS Armeria and HMS Burdock (both  Royal Navy).[54]
S-10  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Irben Strait by S-59 and S-60 (both  Kriegsmarine.[54]
S-43  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea north of Hiiumaa, Finland in the Irben Straits.[109]
S-106  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea north of Hiiumaa.[110]
Salpa  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Mersa Matruh, Egypt (32°05′N 26°47′E / 32.083°N 26.783°E / 32.083; 26.783) by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[54]
No. 27  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[111]
No. 47  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[112]
U-556  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Iceland (50°18′N 29°20′W / 50.300°N 29.333°W / 50.300; -29.333) by HMS Celandine, HMS Gladiolus and HMS Nasturtium (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of five of her 46 crew.
Vieniba  Soviet Navy World War II: The cargo-liner/hospital ship was sunk in the Baltic by German aircraft. Approximately 800 crew and passengers killed. 8 crewmen made it to shore and 5 rescued.[113]

28 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Auris  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°27′N 11°57′W / 34.450°N 11.950°W / 34.450; -11.950) by Leonardo da Vinci ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 32 of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Farndale ( Royal Navy).[54]
Barrhill  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 33: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°50′N 1°46′E / 52.833°N 1.767°E / 52.833; 1.767) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of five of her 40 crew.[54][114]
Lauenburg  Kriegsmarine
Lauenburg.
World War II: North Atlantic weather war: The weather ship was captured and sunk off Jan Mayen by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy ).
Lenin  Soviet Navy World War II: The Orfey-class destroyer was scuttled off Liepāja, Latvia.[54][81]
No. 204  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 1125 class armored motor gunboat was sunk on this date.[115]
Pluto  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) north north west of the Butt of Lewis, Hebrides, United Kingdom (59°39′N 8°20′W / 59.650°N 8.333°W / 59.650; -8.333) by U-146 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Duke ( Royal Navy).[54]
Ugo Sassi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Orosei 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north east of Capo Monte Santi by HMS Severn ( Royal Navy).[54]

29 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Cushendall  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (56°57′N 2°03′W / 56.950°N 2.050°W / 56.950; -2.050) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[54]
Ernani  Italy World War II: The blockade-running cargo ship, disguised as Enggano ( Netherlands) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 450 nautical miles (830 km) west of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain (27°52′N 26°17′W / 27.867°N 26.283°W / 27.867; -26.283) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine).[54][116]
George J Goulandris  Greece World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°05′N 25°10′W / 29.083°N 25.167°W / 29.083; -25.167) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine). All 28 crew survived.[54][117]
Grayburn  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 133: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°30′N 18°07′W / 59.500°N 18.117°W / 59.500; -18.117) by U-651 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 35 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis, HMT Northern Wave and HMS Violet (all  Royal Navy).[54][118]
Hekla Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°20′N 43°00′W / 58.333°N 43.000°W / 58.333; -43.000) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 20 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Candytuft ( Royal Navy).[54][119]
Kalypso Vergotti  Greece World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°00′N 25°00′W / 29.000°N 25.000°W / 29.000; -25.000) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 36 crew.[54][120]
Märta  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Ventspils by Luftwaffe aircraft.[5]
Rio Azul  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 29°N 25°W / 29°N 25°W / 29; -25) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Esperance Bay ( Royal Navy).[54][121]
U-651  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°52′N 18°36′W / 59.867°N 18.600°W / 59.867; -18.600) by HMS Arabis, HMS Malcolm, HMS Scimitar, HMS Speedwell and HMS Violet (all  Royal Navy). All 45 crew were rescued.

30 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1941
Ship Country Description
Capacitas  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 7 nautical miles (13 km) off San Vincenzo, Tuscany by HNLMS O 23 ( Koninklijk Marine).[54]
HMS Cricket  Royal Navy World War II: The Insect-class gunboat was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe. She was towed to Alexandria, where she was declared a constructive total loss.[5]
Krimulda  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by mines. 5 crewmen killed.[122]
MO-143  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol boat struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Mhni.[123]
Orel  Soviet Union World War II: Soviet evacuation of Odessa: The cargo ship was scuttled at Odessa by the Red Army.[124]
Peter the Great  Soviet Union World War II: Soviet evacuation of Odessa: The cargo ship was scuttled at Odessa by the Red Army.[124]
Plekhanov  Soviet Union World War II: Soviet evacuation of Odessa: The cargo ship was scuttled at Odessa by the Red Army.[124]
Pskov  Soviet Union World War II: Soviet evacuation of Odessa: The cargo ship was scuttled at Odessa by the Red Army.[124]
Saint Anselm  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 78: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 31°N 26°W / 31°N 26°W / 31; -26) by U-66 with the loss of 34 of her 67 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Moreton Bay ( Royal Navy) and Tom ( Spain).[54][125]
Voikov  Soviet Union World War II: Soviet evacuation of Odessa: The cargo ship was scuttled at Odessa by the Red Army.[124]
HMAS Waterhen  Royal Australian Navy World War II: While under tow by the destroyer HMS Defender ( Royal Navy), the W-class destroyer capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea at 32°15′N 25°20′E / 32.250°N 25.333°E / 32.250; 25.333 due to bomb damage suffered the previous day during an attack by Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers of the Regia Aeronautica and Luftwaffe. She was the first Royal Australian Navy ship lost due to enemy action during World War II.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1941
Ship Country Description
A 6  Hellenic Navy World War II: The A 1-class contraband chaser was lost sometime in May or June.[126]
Ardena  Greece World War II: The passenger Ferry, a former Azalea class Sloop, was sunk by the Germans some time in June. Raised, repaired and put in German service.[127]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 8th Destroyer Flotilla comprised HMS Faulknor, HMS Foresight, HMS Forester, HMS Foxhound and HMS Fury.

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