List of shipwrecks in March 1942

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The list of shipwrecks in March 1942 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during March 1942.

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS A  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in Imperial Japanese Navy service as CHa-113 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[1]
HNLMS Arens  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya in April 1943. Repaired 29 January-29 February 1944. Commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-108 on 31 July 1944.[2]
Augustina  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was scuttled to prevent capture by Harukaze ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Harukaze machine gunned the survivors in their lifeboats killing 39.[3]
HNLMS Bellatrix  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Tandjong Priok. raised by the Japanese, returned post-war.[4][5]
Carperby  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 520 nautical miles (960 km) east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (39°57′N 55°40′W / 39.950°N 55.667°W / 39.950; -55.667) by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[6]
Chapaev  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship struck a Soviet mine and sank in the Black Sea near Sevastopol. Conflicting sources say there were at least 88 or as many as 120 dead.[7][8]
Charles Racine  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°33′N 60°10′W / 23.550°N 60.167°W / 23.550; -60.167) by Giuseppe Finzi ( Regia Marina). All 48 crew were rescued, seven by an Argentinian merchant ship and 41 by USS Moffett ( United States Navy).[9]
USS Edsall  United States Navy
USS Edsall

World War II: The Clemson-class destroyer was bombed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft then shelled and sunk by Hiei and Kirishima (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island with the loss of 146 of her 153 crew. Five or six crewmen rescued by the Japanese, five were later executed in a prisoner of war camp.[10]

Egitto  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary cruiser struck a mine and sank off Taranto. 77 of her 103 crew members were killed.[7][11]
HMS Encounter  Royal Navy World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The E-class destroyer was shelled and sunk off Bawean (5°00′S 111°00′E / 5.000°S 111.000°E / -5.000; 111.000) by Ashigara and Myōkō (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of seven of her 158 crew.[10] Encounter's survivors spent the night in the water and were rescued the next day, i.e. March 2nd[12] by Ikazuchi ( Imperial Japanese Navy)
HNLMS Evertsen  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Admiralen-class destroyer was shelled and damaged by Murakumo and Shirakumo (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) and was beached on Sebuku Island in Sunda Strait. Nine crewmen killed.[10][13]
HMS Exeter  Royal Navy
HMS Exeter
World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The York-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk by Inazuma ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Some of Exeter's survivors were then rescued by Inazuma during the afternoon following the battle,[14] while the remainder were rescued the next day, i.e. March 2nd[15] by Ikazuchi ( Imperial Japanese Navy),
HNLMS Fazant  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies as a blockship. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya on 31 July 1944. Repaired and commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-109 on 15 October 1944.[16]
Finnanger  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°40′N 58°38′W / 38.667°N 58.633°W / 38.667; -58.633) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 39 crew.[17]
HMS HDML 1063  Royal Navy World War II: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was lost at Tanjung Priok, Dutch East Indies.[18]
Horai Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The hospital ship was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston ( United States Navy) and HMAS Perth ( Royal Australian Navy).[19]
USS Houston  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Northampton-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 693 of her 1,061 crew.
Le Maire  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-2 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[7]
HNLMS Merel  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Tandjong Priok.[4][5]
Modjokerto  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by Chikuma ( Imperial Japanese Navy) south of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. 42 crewmen killed and 25 survivors later executed in a prisoner of war camp.[7][20]
PLM 20  Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Misrata, Libya by HMS Unbeaten ( Royal Navy). There were 9 dead and 32 survivors.[10][21][22]
Parigi  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by I-2 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 18 survivors rescued by HNLMS K XI ( Royal Netherlands Navy) and 8 by HMAS Yarra ( Royal Australian Navy).[23]
Paula  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Tandjong Priok to avoid capture by the Japanese. Subsequently salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Arare Maru.[24]
USS Pecos  United States Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Christmas Island by Aichi D3A aircraft from Sōryū ( Imperial Japanese Navy) There were 232 survivors.
HMAS Perth  Royal Australian Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Leander-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 353 of her 681 crew.
HNLMS Poolster  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Batavia. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Horei Maru.[4][5]
USS Pope  United States Navy World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The Clemson-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Java Sea (4°00′S 111°30′E / 4.000°S 111.500°E / -4.000; 111.500) by Japanese aircraft. Pope's survivors were rescued late in the evening on March 3rd[25] by Inazuma ( Imperial Japanese Navy) after having spent almost two and a half days adrift in the water.[26]
RT-19 Komintern  Soviet Union World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea north of Cape Teriberski by U-436 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 hands.[27][28]
HNLMS Rigel  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Tandjong Priok.[5]
Roggeveen  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The auxiliary depot ship was scuttled to prevent capture. Raised and scrapped 1951.[4]
Rooseboom  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by I-59 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) west of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean (00°15′N 86°50′E / 0.250°N 86.833°E / 0.250; 86.833). About 250 passengers and crew killed. Two survivors were rescued by Palopo ( Netherlands) on 11 March.[29]
Sakura Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Sakito Maru-class anti-aircraft transport was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston ( United States Navy) and HMAS Perth ( Royal Australian Navy).[30]
HMS Scott Harley  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean. Lost with all hands.[31]
Shinshu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Shinshu Maru-class landing craft depot ship was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston ( United States Navy) and HMAS Perth ( Royal Australian Navy). Raised, repaired and returned to service.[32]
Siaoe  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by Japanese warships near Bojonegoro, Java.[33]
HNLMS TAN 1  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary oiler was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese on 24 December 1942 and repaired. Put into Imperial Japanese Army service as Arare Maru on 31 January 1943.[34]
Tatusumo Maru  Japan World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The transport ran aground during the battle. She was refloated, converted into a tanker, and returned to service.[35]
Tokushima Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was bombed by Allied aircraft and beached at Kragan Village, East Java (100 miles west of Surabaya) to prevent sinking. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[36]
Tomohon  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) 230 miles south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean.[37]
Toradja  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship was sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) 250 miles (400 km) south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean. 11 crewmen killed.[38]
U-656  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Race, Newfoundland (46°15′N 53°15′W / 46.250°N 53.250°W / 46.250; -53.250) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 45 crew.[39]
W-2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The W-1-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston ( United States Navy) and HMAS Perth ( Royal Australian Navy). Raised, repaired and put in reserve status.[40]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Albatros  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Ariake Maru.[4][41]
HNLMS Aldebaran  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya.[4][41]
HNLMS Alor  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[4]
Angelina  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as Anjo Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[42]
HNLMS Ardjoeno  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-102 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[43]
HNLMS Aroe  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[4]
HNLMS B  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-112 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[44]
HNLMS Banckert  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Admiralen-class destroyer was scuttled by being torpedoed by HNLMS K XVIII ( Royal Netherlands Navy) at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies. Raised by the Japanese and partially repaired and put in service as PB-106.[45]
HNLMS Bangkalen  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Bangkalen-class minelayer was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[46]
HNLMS Biaro  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled.[4]
HNLMS Boeroe  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[47]
HNLMS Bogor  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[4]
HNLMS Castor  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Osei Maru.[5]
HNLMS Ceram  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[4]
HNLMS Cheribon  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[47]
HNLMS D  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[48]
De Klerk  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies, to prevent capture. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Imaji Maru.[49]
HNLMS Digoel  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[50]
HNLMS Djampea  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled, raised and repaired at an unknown date, was in Dutch service post war.[4]
HNLMS Djember  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as Wa-104 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Djombang  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as Wa-106 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
USAT Don Esteban  United States World War II: Philippines Campaign: The United States Army Transport was sunk by Japanese forces off Mindoro in the Philippines.
HNLMS Endeh  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was sunk off the west coast of Java by Matsuke and Shiokaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Enggano  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as Wa-107 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Eradanus  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Enoshima Maru.[4][41]
Fabritsius  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in shallow water off Kamysh Burun (44°51′N 35°08′E / 44.850°N 35.133°E / 44.850; 35.133) by aircraft of VIII Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe. She settled with most of the wreck above water. Five crew and several passengers killed.[7][52]
HNLMS Fakfak  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired and put in service as Wa-102 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Farmalhout  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled.[4]
HNLMS Flores  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired and put in service as Wa-101 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Fomalhaut  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya.[5]
HNLMS Garoet  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired and put in service as Wa-103 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
HNLMS Gedah  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-104 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[43]
HNLMS Gemma  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Kita Maru.[4][41]
Giang Seng  United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[53]
HNLMS Grissee  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired and put in service as Wa-105 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[51]
Gunny  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (27°09′N 66°22′W / 27.150°N 66.367°W / 27.150; -66.367) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by Temmaren ( Sweden).[54]
Ha-13  Imperial Japanese Navy The midget submarine sank during training at Aki Nada. The instructor and two trainees were killed.[55]
HNLMS K X  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K VIII-class submarine was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.
HNLMS K XIII  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K XI-class submarine was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[56]
HNLMS K XVIII  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K XIV-class submarine was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. The commanding officer and two crewmen were killed by a scuttling charge that detonated while they were inspecting the boat on 3 March.[57]
Kamogawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft ferry was torpedoed and sunk north of the mouth of the Lombok Strait (8°06′S 115°57′E / 8.100°S 115.950°E / -8.100; 115.950) by USS Sailfish ( United States Navy). 5 crewmen, 273 troops and 48 other passengers killed.[58]
Kasuaris  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker was scuttled off Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Crew were rescued by Inazuma ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[59]
Kawi  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-109 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[43]
HNLMS Koning der Nederlanden  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The accommodation ship was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.
Kyo Maru No. 11 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Luzon: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk in Subic Bay by Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft.[60][61]
Lawoe  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-110 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[43]
Merapi  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper was blown up incomplete on her slipway at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[62]
HNLMS No. 16  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled.[4]
HNLMS No. 17  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled.[4]
USS Pillsbury  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Clemson-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Christmas Island by Atago and Takao (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all 116 crew.
HNLMS Pollux  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tender/patrol vessel was scuttled. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service February 1943 as Hourai ( Imperial Japanese Navy), later Hoya.[4][41]
Prominent  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy warships.[7]
Proteus  Norway World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Batavia, Dutch East Indies.[63]
HNLMS Ram  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Regulus-class auxiliary minelayer was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese and conversion to a gunboat was started, but never completed, and was scrapped post war.[64]
HNLMS Rigel  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Rigel-class minelayer was scuttled as a blockship at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[65]
Salak  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-118 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[43]
Sina Bang  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was sunk by aircraft based on Ryūjō ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[7]
Slamat  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper was blown up incomplete on her slipway at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[62]
HNLMS Soemenep  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Soemenep-class minelayer was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[66]
Speelman  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger ship was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies, to prevent capture. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Hakko Maru.[67]
USS Stewart  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Clemson-class destroyer was scuttled at Surabaya naval base, Dutch East Indies. She was later salvaged by the Imperial Japanese Navy and entered service as Patrol Boat No. 102
HMS Stronghold  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The destroyer was shelled and sunk south of Java (12°20′S 112°00′E / 12.333°S 112.000°E / -12.333; 112.000) by Arashi, Maya and Nowaki (all  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 70 crew. About 50 survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[10]
Talang Akar  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Tango Maru.[68]
HNLMS TAN 2  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Yuno Maru.[4]
HNLMS TAN 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was shelled and sunk in the Bali Sea by Japanese submarine.[4]
HNLMS TAN 4  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Eiho Maru.[4]
HNLMS TAN 5  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged July, 1942 and put in Japanese service 5 August 1942 as Aiten Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[69]
HNLMS TAN 6  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Yusei Maru.[70]
HNLMS TAN 8  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Teikai Maru.[4]
Tjerimai  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled incomplete at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, completed and put in service as CHa-101 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in August 1942.[71]
Toendjoek  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tandjung Priok as a blockship. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Tango Maru.[72]
Tomori  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Sumatra Maru.[73]
Tunni  Norway World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies.[74]
HNLMS Valk  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as P-104 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[4][41]
HNLMS Witte de With  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Admiralen-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.
Unnamed Dutch floating drydock  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The unnamed Dutch floating drydock was scuttled by being torpedoed by HNLMS K XVIII ( Royal Netherlands Navy) at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies.[75]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1942
Ship Country Description
USS Asheville  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Asheville-class gunboat was shelled and sunk south of Java, Netherlands East Indies by Arashi and Nowaki (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). Of her 159 crew, one officer was taken as a prisoner of war, other survivors were machine gunned in the water.
Bantam  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Alor-class auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled incomplete at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, completed and put in service as CHa-117 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in August 1943.[76]
Bintoehan  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled south of Java, Netherlands East Indies to prevent her capture by Arashi ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[7]
Cuma  Germany World War II: The ammunition ship was bombed, and sunk at Palermo, Sicily by Vickers Wellington aircraft of the Royal Air Force. The wreck was scrapped 1946–48.[7][77]
Helenus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°01′N 12°02′W / 6.017°N 12.033°W / 6.017; -12.033) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 82 crew. Survivors were rescued by Beaconsfield ( United Kingdom).[78]
Jean et Jacques  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel north of Cape Gris Nez by Royal Navy motor torpedo boats. There were 7 dead and 38 survivors.[7][79][80]
Koolama  Australia World War II: The ship was bombed and sunk at Wyndham, Western Australia Raised in 1948, taken out to sea and scuttled.[81]
Mary  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 165 nautical miles (306 km) off the coast of Brazil (8°25′N 52°50′W / 8.417°N 52.833°W / 8.417; -52.833) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Alcoa Scout ( United States).[82]
USS Perch  United States Navy World War II: The Porpoise-class submarine was depth charged and damaged northwest of Soerabaja, Java, Netherlands East Indies, by Amatsukaze and Hatsukaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) on 1 March and attacked by Sazanami and Ushio (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) on 2 March, the crippled submarine was scuttled by her crew in the Java Sea when Sazanami and Ushio attacked her again. Ushio rescued her entire crew of 59, but 5 of them died in Japanese prison camps before the end of the war.[7]
Siantar  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled, torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 250 miles north west of Shark Bay, Australia (21°20′S 108°45′E / 21.333°S 108.750°E / -21.333; 108.750) by I-1 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 37 survivors were rescued by Van Spielbergen ( Netherlands). 21 crewmen were killed.[83]
Van Waerwijck  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies. Raised, repaired, and put in Japanese service as Hirukiku Maru (a.k.a. Harugiku Maru).[84]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Anking  Royal Navy World War II: The depot ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java, Netherlands East Indies by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 40 of her 97 crew. Some survivors were rescued by HNLMS K XI ( Royal Netherlands Navy) and Tawali ( Netherlands), others reached Java and were taken as prisoners of war.[10]
HNLMS BEN 1  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker was scuttled at Soerabaja to prevent capture.[4]
HNLMS BEN 2  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker was sunk by Japanese destroyers in the Bali Strait.[4]
Enggano  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged by a floatplane from Takao ( Imperial Japanese Navy) on 1 March. The burning and abandoned ship was scuttled by shelling by Chikuma and Urakaze (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[85]
Erimo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler was torpedoed in Sunda Strait off Bali Island (04°19′S 108°25′E / 4.317°S 108.417°E / -4.317; 108.417) by USS S-39 ( United States Navy). She was beached on Bali and declared a constructive total loss. The wreck was scrapped post-war. Survivors were rescued by Yura ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[86]
Francol  United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all but two crew.[10]
Kaijo Maru No.2  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean about 145 nautical miles (269 km) south of Truk, Micronesia by USS Grampus ( United States Navy).
HMS LCP(L) 106  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was wrecked at Tobruk.[87][88]
HMS MMS 51  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The MMS-class minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all  Imperial Japanese Navy). Some survivors were rescued by Tjimanoek ( Netherlands), others reached Java and were taken as prisoners of war.[10]
Manipi  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Tjilatjap by the Japanese. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Mainici Maru.[7][89]
Merkus  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean north east of Cocos Island (08°40′S 94°30′E / 8.667°S 94.500°E / -8.667; 94.500) by I-7 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Survivors eventually made it to Sumatra.[90]
Morioka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a Japanese mine and sank west of Nakadori Island, Japan (32°55′N 129°26′E / 32.917°N 129.433°E / 32.917; 129.433). There were no casualty.[91][92]
HNLMS Tydeman  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The survey ship was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Choyo.[4][93]
HMAS Yarra  Royal Australian Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Grimsby-class sloop was sunk in Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 147 of her 160 crew, plus some survivors of Parigi ( Netherlands). The survivors were rescued by HNLMS K XI ( Royal Netherlands Navy).

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Argus  Germany The cargo ship was destroyed when her cargo of munitions exploded at Hambukt, Norway.[10]
Auby  Sarawak World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies. She was later raised by the Japanese.[94][95]
HNLMS Barentz  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The miscellaneous depot ship was bombed, burned out, and sunk at Tjilatjap.[4]
Benmohr  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 210 nautical miles (390 km) south south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (6°05′N 14°15′W / 6.083°N 14.250°W / 6.083; -14.250) by U-505 ( Kriegsmarine). All 56 crew were rescued by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 95 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[96]
Bussard  Germany The cargo ship was wrecked off Kristiansand, Norway.[97]
HNLMS Canopus  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Tjilatjap. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Ariake Maru.[4][5]
Collamer  United States World War II: Convoy HX 178: The Design 1022 cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°19′N 63°09′W / 44.317°N 63.150°W / 44.317; -63.150) by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Empire Woodcock ( United Kingdom).[98]
HNLMS Hoofdinspector Zeeman  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The tender/patrol vessel was bombed and sunk.[4]
Kaijo Maru No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was torpedoed and sunk 130 miles south of Truk (04°52′N 151°20′E / 4.867°N 151.333°E / 4.867; 151.333) by USS Grampus ( United States Navy). Her commanding officer and 89 crewmen and passengers were killed.[99]
Mariana  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Turks Island (22°14′N 71°23′W / 22.233°N 71.383°W / 22.233; -71.383) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 36 crew.[100]
Marin Sanudo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10.5 nautical miles (19.4 km) southwest of Lampedusa by HMS Uproar ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 57 of the 220 mean aboard.[10][101]
O. A. Knudsen  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (26°17′N 75°50′W / 26.283°N 75.833°W / 26.283; -75.833) by U-128 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew.[102]
AS 91 Ottavia  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was shelled and sunk off Capo Ortholiti (38°16′N 20°20′E / 38.267°N 20.333°E / 38.267; 20.333) by HMS Thorn ( Royal Navy). 17 crew members were killed and all five survivors were wounded.[103]
Rüstringen  Germany The pilot boat was wrecked in the Wadden Sea. Four of her crew survived.[104]
Takao Maru  Japan World War II: The passenger/cargo ship, beached at Santa, Ilocos Sur, Luzon, Philippines (17°29′N 120°26′E / 17.483°N 120.433°E / 17.483; 120.433) due to bomb damage suffered in an attack by United States Army Air Forces aircraft on 10 December 1941, was destroyed by Philippine guerrillas. Her wreck later was stripped for usable parts.[105]
Tohiti  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Tjilatjap. Raised by the Japanese, but not repaired. Scrapped in 1945, post war.[106]
V 2001 Pastor Pype  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot was wrecked in the Wadden Sea whilst going to the assistance of Rüstringen ( Germany). All 28 crew survived.[107]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS BEN 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture.[4]
HNLMS BEN 4  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Harufuji Maru.[4]
HNLMS C  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-116 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[108]
Congo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary cruiser was bombed and sunk at Nouméa, New Caledonia by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Yorktown ( United States Navy).[7]
Hans Egede Denmark Greenland World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°00′N 55°30′W / 46.000°N 55.500°W / 46.000; -55.500) by U-587 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 23 crew.[109]
Hvoslef  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Fenwick Island, Delaware, United States (38°27′N 74°54′W / 38.450°N 74.900°W / 38.450; -74.900) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 20 crew.[110]
Lahneck  Germany The cargo ship was lost in a collision off Oksøy, Norway.[111]
Mandar  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The steamer was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Hiyoshi Maru.[112]
HNLMS Moera Boelian  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The miscellaneous depot ship was scuttled to prevent capture.[4]
Pasir  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Raised and scrapped in 1946.[113]
Peta  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The auxiliary depot ship was scuttled to prevent capture.[4]
HNLMS Pieter de Bitter  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Dutch East Indies campaign: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, to avoid capture by advancing Japanese forces.
Poseidon  Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker was scuttled off Tjilatjap to prevent capture by the Japanese. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Hosei Maru in 1942.[114]
Rononia  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-701 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 11 crew.[115]
HNLMS Serdang  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Serdang-class auxiliary motor torpedo boat tender/torpedo repair ship was scuttled near Soerabaya.[4][116]
Smyshleny  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 7U Storozhevoy-class destroyer struck a mine in the Black Sea off Kerch. She sank in a storm the next day off Yuzhnaya Ozereyka near Novorossiysk.[7][117]
Sydhav  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°47′N 14°57′W / 4.783°N 14.950°W / 4.783; -14.950) by U-505 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Kelt ( Royal Navy).[118]
Taki Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Narwhal ( United States Navy.[119]
Tenyu Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was bombed and damaged at Nouméa by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Yorktown ( United States Navy). She was consequently beached.[7]
Tønsbergfjord  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Bermuda (31°22′N 68°05′W / 31.367°N 68.083°W / 31.367; -68.083) by Enrico Tazzoli ( Regia Marina). All 33 crew were rescued by Arthur W. Sewall ( Norway), Telamon ( Netherlands) and Velma ( Norway).[120]
HNLMS Willebrord Snelluis  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The survey ship was scuttled.[4]
X 127  Royal Navy World War II: The fuel lighter was sunk by German or Italian aircraft off Manoel Island, Malta.[121]
Yokohama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Nouméa by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Yorktown ( United States Navy).[7]

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Arabutan  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 81 nautical miles (150 km) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°15′N 73°55′W / 35.250°N 73.917°W / 35.250; -73.917) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 55 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Calypso ( United States Navy).[122]
Asahisan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Shioyasaki by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy).[7]
Barbara  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°10′N 73°05′W / 20.167°N 73.083°W / 20.167; -73.083) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 85 crew.[123]
Cardonia  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (19°53′N 72°27′W / 19.883°N 72.450°W / 19.883; -72.450) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Mulberry ( United States Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[124]
HNLMS Golden Leeuw  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Prins van Orange-class minelayer was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[125]
Independence Hall  United States World War II: The cargo ship ran aground off Sable Island, Nova Scotia Canada. She broke in two and sank the next day. Ten crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Niagara ( Royal Canadian Navy).[126][127]
Izhora  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy QP 8: The cargo ship was shelled and damaged by German surface ships including Tirpitz ( Kriegsmarine) in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, finished off by Z14 Friedrich Ihn ( Kriegsmarine) with depth charges dropped alongside after falling out of the convoy with engine problems. 31 crewmen killed, 1 captured and later died as a prisoner of war.[128][129]
Nyggjaberg  Faroe Islands
Nýggjaberg on a Faroe postage stamp.

World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by the U-701 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[130]

Skåne  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Bahamas Islands by Giuseppe Finzi ( Regia Marina). All 34 crew were rescued.[131][132]
Steel Age  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) north of Paramaribo, Surinam (6°45′N 53°15′W / 6.750°N 53.250°W / 6.750; -53.250) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 34 crew. The survivor was taken aboard U-129 as a prisoner of war.[133]
Taiyuan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Christmas Island by Haruna, Hamakaze, Kongō and Urakaze (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[7]
Uniwaleco  South Africa World War II: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 45 nautical miles (83 km) west of the Saint Vincent Passage (13°23′N 62°04′W / 13.383°N 62.067°W / 13.383; -62.067) by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 51 crew.[134]
HNLMS Valk  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender was run aground near the mouth of the Harbor at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies, in a failed attempt to scuttle her as a block ship and to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya on 21 April 1943. Repaired and commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-104 on 31 January 1944.[135]
Woolgar  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south west of Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[136]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Baluchistan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°13′N 8°32′W / 4.217°N 8.533°W / 4.217; -8.533) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 71 people aboard.[137]
Ebro  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in Strathbeg Bay. She was declared a total loss.[138]
HNLMS Eland Dubois  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper was scuttled in the Madura Strait off Java, after suffering boiler failure during her escape from advancing Japanese forces in the Dutch East Indies.
Esso Bolivar  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) south east of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (19°38′N 74°38′W / 19.633°N 74.633°W / 19.633; -74.633) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 50 crew. The survivors abandoned her and were rescued by USS Endurance ( United States Navy). Esso Bolivar was towed to Guantanamo Bay. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service in August 1942.[139]
Hengist  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Wrath (59°31′N 10°15′W / 59.517°N 10.250°W / 59.517; -10.250) by U-569 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Groenland ( France).[140]
HNLMS Jan van Amstel  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper was sunk by a Japanese destroyer in the Madura Strait off Java.
HNLMS Krakatau  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Krakatau-class minelayer was scuttled off Madura, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[141]
DK-38 Mgla  Soviet Navy The auxiliary guard ship ran aground at Cape Tsyp-Navolok and sank.[142]
HMT Northern Princess  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler/ocean boarding vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland (45°22′N 55°59′W / 45.367°N 55.983°W / 45.367; -55.983) by U-587 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[143]
Sneg  Soviet Union The icebreaker was lost in the Black Sea between Taman and Kerch.[144]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Cayrú  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) off New York by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 53 of her 89 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS AMc-202 ( United States Navy) and Titania ( Norway).[145]
Hanseat  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) north west of Cape Maysi, Cuba by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew survived.[146]
Lily  Greece World War II: Convoy ON 68: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 470 nautical miles (870 km) east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°32′N 54°14′W / 43.533°N 54.233°W / 43.533; -54.233) by U-587 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Sackville ( Royal Canadian Navy).[147]
HMT Notts County  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (61°10′N 13°16′W / 61.167°N 13.267°W / 61.167; -13.267) by U-701 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 41 crew.[10][148]
Shera  Soviet Navy The naval whaler iced up, capsized and sank in the Barents Sea while being delivered to the Soviets by the Royal Navy.[149]
Tyr  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°12′N 61°15′W / 43.200°N 61.250°W / 43.200; -61.250) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by two Canadian warships, one of which was HMCS Georgian ( Royal Canadian Navy).[150]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Gulftrade  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey (39°50′N 73°52′W / 39.833°N 73.867°W / 39.833; -73.867) with the loss of 18 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Antietam ( United States Navy) and USS Larch ( United States Navy).[151]
Kongō Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy
Kongō Maru sinking
World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The Kiyosumi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser was bombed and sunk in Huon Bay off Lae, New Guinea (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft.[152]
Kosei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina.[153]
Lady Nelson  Canada World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk at Port Castries, Saint Lucia by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of the 235 people aboard. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service in April 1943 as a hospital ship.[154]
Lakshmi Govina  United Kingdom World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (13°22′N 87°27′E / 13.367°N 87.450°E / 13.367; 87.450) by I-62 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[155]
Tenyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was bombed, broke in two and sank in Huon Bay (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft. Nine crewmen killed.[156]
Umtata  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk at Port Castries by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 177 people aboard. She was later salvaged, and temporarily repaired, but was torpedoed and sunk in July 1942 whilst under tow to the United States for permanent repairs.[157]
Yokohama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The transport was bombed and sunk in Huon Bay (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft. One crewman killed.[152]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Baikal Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[7]
Caribsea  United States World War II: The Design 1099 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 14 nautical miles (26 km) off the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, North Carolina (34°36′N 76°18′W / 34.600°N 76.300°W / 34.600; -76.300) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by Norlindo ( United States).[158]
Chilka  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 60 miles (97 km) south of Padang, Sumatra (00°30′S 95°50′E / 0.500°S 95.833°E / -0.500; 95.833) by I-2 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Three officers, three laskars and one gunner killed. Survivors sailed in lifeboats to an island in the Netherlands East Indies. Her captain and six volunteers sailed for Ceylon and were rescued by a Greek ship off Madras, India.[159]
Fukushu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea 270 miles east of Shanghai (30°53′N 126°20′E / 30.883°N 126.333°E / 30.883; 126.333) by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[160]
Horseferry  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by S 70 ( Kriegsmarine).[7]
Mount McKinley  United States The 4,861-gross register ton, 360.2-foot (109.8 m) steam cargo liner ran aground without loss of life on the beach at Scotch Cap on the coast of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands while running a zigzag course during a submarine alert. She broke up on the beach during storms in the spring of 1942.[161][162]
HMS Naiad  Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-565 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 77 of her 480 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Jervis, HMS Kipling and HMS Lively (all  Royal Navy).[10]
HMT Stella Capella  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Iceland (64°48′N 13°20′W / 64.800°N 13.333°W / 64.800; -13.333) by U-701 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 33 crew.[10][163]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Ingerto  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 70: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (41°30′N 51°00′W / 41.500°N 51.000°W / 41.500; -51.000) by U-578 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 32 crew.[164]
Olga  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of the Nuevitas Lighthouse, Cuba (21°32′N 76°24′W / 21.533°N 76.400°W / 21.533; -76.400) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by United States Navy vessels.[165]
HMS St Briac  Royal Navy World War II: The air target vessel, formerly a ferry, struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aberdeen with the loss of five of her nine crew.[7][10]
Texan  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Nuevitas, Cuba (21°34′N 76°28′W / 21.567°N 76.467°W / 21.567; -76.467) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel Yoyo ( Cuba).[166]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Albert F. Paul  United States World War II: The four-masted schooner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) north east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (36°00′N 72°00′W / 36.000°N 72.000°W / 36.000; -72.000) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all eight crew.[167]
Chichibu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary stores ship was torpedoed and sunk 30 miles south west of Mikurajima (33°50′N 139°32′E / 33.833°N 139.533°E / 33.833; 139.533) by USS Gar ( United States Navy). 22 passengers and 4 crewmen killed. 59 crew and passengers rescued by Hiyoshi Maru No. 2 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[168][169]
Colabee  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Guajaba, Cuba (22°10′N 77°30′W / 22.167°N 77.500°W / 22.167; -77.500) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 37 crew. The survivors abandoned ship and reached land in their lifeboats. Colabee ran aground. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service in September 1942.[170]
John D. Gill  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 25 nautical miles (46 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina (33°55′N 77°39′W / 33.917°N 77.650°W / 33.917; -77.650) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC CG-4405 ( United States Navy) and Robert H. Colley ( United States).[171]
Mabella  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the Coromandel Coast, India (14°00′N 81°47′E / 14.000°N 81.783°E / 14.000; 81.783) by I-164 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of at least nine of her crew. Survivors were rescued by Tanfield ( United Kingdom).[172]
Maria Immacolata  Italy World War II: The fishing lugger was shelled and sunk off Mehedia, Tunisia by HMS Una ( Royal Navy).[7][173]
Number Two  United States World War II: The 74-gross register ton, 70-foot (21.3 m) scow was sunk by Japanese forces near Dutch Harbor, Territory of Alaska.[174]
Number Four  United States World War II: The 74-gross register ton, 70-foot (21.3 m) scow was sunk by Japanese forces near Dutch Harbor, Territory of Alaska.[174]
USS PT-32  United States Navy World War II: The Elco-77-class PT boat was scuttled by USS Permit ( United States Navy) off Taguayan Island, Philippines after becoming disabled.[175]
Tama Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The minesweeper sank off New Guinea due to damage inflicted on her on 10 March by Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown (both  United States Navy).
Tolten  Chile World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 32 nautical miles (59 km) off Barnegat, New Jersey, United States (40°10′N 73°50′W / 40.167°N 73.833°W / 40.167; -73.833) by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 27 crew. The survivor was rescued by USS Larch ( United States Navy).[176][177][178][179]
Trepca  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°00′N 73°25′W / 37.000°N 73.417°W / 37.000; -73.417) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Swedish merchant ship.[180]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Ammiraglio Enrico Millo  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Calabria, Italy (38°27′N 16°37′E / 38.450°N 16.617°E / 38.450; 16.617) by HMS Ultimatum ( Royal Navy) with the loss 55 crew, there were 15 survivors 14 of whom were rescued and captured by Ultimatum.[181][182]
Brabo  Belgium The cargo ship collided with Poznan ( Poland) and was beached off South Shields, Northumberland United Kingdom. She was declared a total loss.[94] The wreck was salvaged and broken up 1949–50.[183]
British Resource  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (430 km) north of Bermuda (36°04′N 65°38′W / 36.067°N 65.633°W / 36.067; -65.633) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 46 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Clarkia ( Royal Navy).[184]
Kellerwald  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Helgoland.[7][10]
Lemuel Burrows  United States World War II: The collier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey (39°21′N 74°13′W / 39.350°N 74.217°W / 39.350; -74.217) by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by James Elwood Jones and Sewell Point (both  United States).[185]
Penelope  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (15°00′N 64°20′W / 15.000°N 64.333°W / 15.000; -64.333) by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine).[186]
Sarniadoc  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Guadeloupe by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[187]
Ste. Marcelle France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Mocenigo ( Regia Marina).[188]
U-133  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Saronic Gulf (37°50′N 23°35′E / 37.833°N 23.583°E / 37.833; 23.583) with the loss of all 45 crew.[189]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1942
Ship Country Description
USCGC Acacia  United States Navy World War II: The buoy tender was shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea about 80 miles southwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[190]
Ario  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 11 nautical miles (20 km) south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°37′N 76°20′W / 34.617°N 76.333°W / 34.617; -76.333) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Du Pont ( United States Navy). Ario sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) east of Cape Lookout (34°14′N 76°27′W / 34.233°N 76.450°W / 34.233; -76.450).[191]
Nicole Schiaffino  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Norway.[192]
Dago  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cádiz, Spain by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[7]
Olean  United States World War II: The Design 1128 tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) south of Cape Lookout (34°22′N 76°29′W / 34.367°N 76.483°W / 34.367; -76.483) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by lifeboats from Cape Lookout and Fort Macon. Olean was towed to the Hampton Roads and later dry docked. Although she was declared a constructive total loss, she was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration, repaired and returned to service as Sweep.[193]
S-111  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot capsized and sank after a battle with motor gun boats HMMGB 87, HMMGB 88 and HMMGB 91 (all  Royal Navy).[7][194]
U-503  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Newfoundland (45°50′N 48°50′W / 45.833°N 48.833°W / 45.833; -48.833) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 51 crew.
HMS Vortigern  Royal Navy World War II: The V-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S-104 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 96 of her 110 crew.

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Australia  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°07′N 75°22′W / 35.117°N 75.367°W / 35.117; -75.367) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by William J. Salman ( United States).[195]
Baron Newlands  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°35′N 8°32′W / 4.583°N 8.533°W / 4.583; -8.533) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 38 crew.[196]
Oscilla  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Morosini ( Regia Marina). There were 4 dead and 41 survivors.[197]
Stangarth  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship, on her maiden voyage, was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°40′N 65°20′W / 22.667°N 65.333°W / 22.667; -65.333) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[198]
Utlandshörn  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Petsamo, Finland. There were 17 dead and 36 survivors.[199][200]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Achaia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Tripoli, Libya.[7][192]
HMS Adept  Royal Navy The rescue tug ran aground in the Hebrides Islands and was wrecked.[201]
Allende  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°00′N 7°44′W / 4.000°N 7.733°W / 4.000; -7.733) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 39 crew.[202]
Ceiba  Honduras World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°43′N 73°49′W / 35.717°N 73.817°W / 35.717; -73.817) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 44 of the 50 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Hambleton ( United States Navy).[203]
Crista  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy AT 34: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°21′N 25°00′E / 32.350°N 25.000°E / 32.350; 25.000) by U-83 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 39 crew. The survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMSAS Boksburg ( South African Navy). Crista was anchored off Bardia, Libya where the fire was extinguished. She was later repaired and returned to service in August 1943.[204]
Guglielmotti  Regia Marina World War II: The Brin-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Calabria (37°42′N 15°58′E / 37.700°N 15.967°E / 37.700; 15.967) by HMS Unbeaten ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all hands (61 men).[192][205]
Île de Batz  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°04′N 8°04′W / 4.067°N 8.067°W / 4.067; -8.067) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 4 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Weyburn ( Royal Canadian Navy).[206]
Ishikari Maru  Japan World War II: The collier was torpedoed and sunk west of Port Lloyd, Chichijima, Bonin Islands (27°05′N 142°05′E / 27.083°N 142.083°E / 27.083; 142.083) by USS Grayback ( United States Navy) with the loss of 11 crewmen.[207]
Mount Lycabettus  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°15′N 61°00′W / 40.250°N 61.000°W / 40.250; -61.000) by U-373 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[208] She was chartered by Switzerland and was sailing with neutrality mark: Switzerland cross painting with "Switzerland" written on the hull.[209]
Ranja  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°00′N 65°20′W / 38.000°N 65.333°W / 38.000; -65.333) by U-71 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[210][211]
San Demetrio  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Charles, Virginia by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by Beta ( United States).[212]
Scottish Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°10′N 8°00′W / 4.167°N 8.000°W / 4.167; -8.000) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Weyburn ( Royal Canadian Navy).[213]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1942
Ship Country Description
E.M. Clark  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 22 nautical miles (41 km) south west of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (34°50′N 75°35′W / 34.833°N 75.583°W / 34.833; -75.583) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Dickerson ( United States Navy) and Catatumbo ( Venezuela).[214]
Kassandra Louloudis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras (35°05′N 75°25′W / 35.083°N 75.417°W / 35.083; -75.417) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by USCGC Dione ( United States Navy).[215]
Tricheco  Regia Marina World War II: The Squalo-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Brindisi (40°45′N 17°56′E / 40.750°N 17.933°E / 40.750; 17.933) by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy). 38 crewmen were killed. There were 11 survivors.[216]

19 March[edit]

One more ship may have been lost on this day, see below.

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Liberator  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°05′N 75°30′W / 35.083°N 75.500°W / 35.083; -75.500) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Umpqua ( United States Navy).[217]
Maria  Regia Marina World War II: The guard boat was torpedoed, shelled and sunk off Brindisi by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[7]
Papoose  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) south east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°17′N 76°39′W / 34.283°N 76.650°W / 34.283; -76.650) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Stringham ( United States Navy).[218]
W. E. Hutton  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south east of Cape Lookout (34°25′N 76°50′W / 34.417°N 76.833°W / 34.417; -76.833) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss 13 of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by Port Halifax ( United Kingdom).[219]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Heythrop  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 miles (64 km) north east of Bardia, Libya by U-652 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 crew.[192][220]
HMS ML310  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and sunk by Imperial Japanese Army artillery. Raised, repaired and put in service as Suikei 12 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[221]
Oakmar  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°22′N 68°50′W / 36.367°N 68.833°W / 36.367; -68.833) by U-71 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Stavros ( Greece).[222]
Risøy  Norway World War II: Convoy PW 128: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one of her 18 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Ruby ( Royal Navy).[223]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Esso Nashville  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (33°35′N 77°22′W / 33.583°N 77.367°W / 33.583; -77.367) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by USS McKean ( United States Navy), USCGC Agassiz and USCGC Tallapoosa (both  United States Navy). Esso Nashville later broke in two, with the bow section sinking. The stern section was taken in tow by USS Umpqua ( United States Navy). It was later repaired with a new bow and the ship returned to service in March 1943.[224]
Georgy Dimitrov  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Sebastopol by Luftwaffe aircraft. There was no casualty.[7][225]
HMS ML 129  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by Italian aircraft with the loss of seven crew. The survivors were rescued by the damaged ML 132 that was then interned in French Algeria.[192][226]
Talyn  Norway World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Helgoland, Germany.[7]
Vamar  United Kingdom Overloaded with lumber, the cargo ship sank in the Gulf of Mexico off Mexico Beach, Florida.

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Kingston  Royal Navy World War II: Second Battle of Sirte: The British destroyer was hit and crippled by a 15-inch (381 mm) round fired by the battleship Littorio ( Regia Marina) and limped to Malta at 16 knots (30 km/h).[227] Fifteen crewmembers were killed in action. Kingston entered in dry dock after arrival, but she was declared a total constructive loss on 11 April, when she got further damage from German air strikes.[228]
Muskogee  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 450 nautical miles (830 km) south east of Bermuda (approximately 37°N 62°W / 37°N 62°W / 37; -62) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 crew.[229]
Nueva Andalucia  Norway The tanker ran aground at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She broke in two the next day, with the bow section catching fire. All 39 crew were rescued. Stern section refloated on 21 April. Later towed to New York for repairs, returned to service with a new bow section in 1947.[230]
Thursobank  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°05′N 68°30′W / 38.083°N 68.500°W / 38.083; -68.500) by U-373 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by Havsten ( Norway).[231]

23 March[edit]

For the loss of the British tanker Diala on this day, see the entry for 15 January 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Breconshire  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger-cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta by aircraft of II Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe. She was beached but capsized on 27 March.[7]
British Prudence  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 181: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°28′N 56°13′W / 45.467°N 56.217°W / 45.467; -56.217) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Witherington ( Royal Navy).
Clan Campbell  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed by aircraft of II Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea near Malta with the loss of 7 lives.[7][232]
Lanciere  Regia Marina World War II: Second Battle of Sirte: The Soldati-class destroyer foundered in a severe storm east of Malta (35°35′N 17°15′E / 35.583°N 17.250°E / 35.583; 17.250). Of her 241 or 242 crew members, only 15 survived; all but one of the survivors were injured.[233]
Naeco  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (33°59′N 76°40′W / 33.983°N 76.667°W / 33.983; -76.667) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Dione ( United States Navy), USS Osprey and USS Umpqua (both  United States Navy).[234]
Ostrovsky  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was under repairs at Tuapse when she was bombed and wrecked by Luftwaffe aircraft. Around 100 people (crewmen, workers and firemen) were killed.[7][235]
Pagasitikos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South Atlantic by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).[7]
Scirocco  Regia Marina World War II: Second Battle of Sirte: The Maestrale-class destroyer foundered in a severe storm east of Malta (35°50′N 17°35′E / 35.833°N 17.583°E / 35.833; 17.583). Only two of her 236 crewmen were saved.[236]
Vasily Chapaev  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea near the Kherson Lighthouse by Luftwaffe aircraft. 102 crew and passengers killed.[7][237]

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Steel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (37°45′N 74°50′W / 37.750°N 74.833°W / 37.750; -74.833) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 39 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by Edmund J. Moran ( United States).[238][239]
M 3625  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands.[7]
SA 3  Kriegsmarine The SA 1-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[240]
HMS Southwold  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Valletta, Malta (35°53′N 14°35′E / 35.883°N 14.583°E / 35.883; 14.583) with the loss of five of her 164 crew.[192]
U-655  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was rammed and sunk in the Barents Sea (approximately 73°00′N 21°00′E / 73.000°N 21.000°E / 73.000; 21.000) by HMS Sharpshooter ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[241]
Yalta  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was sunk by German aircraft at Tuapse.[242]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1942
Ship Country Description
SKA 0121  Soviet Navy The MO-4 Type minesweeper was sunk by enemy coastal artillery fire in Streletskaya Bay near Sevastopol. Two crew were killed.[243][244]
Narrangansett  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°46′N 67°40′W / 34.767°N 67.667°W / 34.767; -67.667) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[245]
Ocana  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (42°36′N 65°30′W / 42.600°N 65.500°W / 42.600; -65.500) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 53 of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Mayo ( United States Navy). Ocana was scuttled on 15 April at 43°24′N 64°45′W / 43.400°N 64.750°W / 43.400; -64.750 by HMCS Burlington ( Royal Canadian Navy).[246]
HMS Sulla  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The auxiliary minesweeper foundered in a gale in the Norwegian Sea off Bear Island, Norway (70°15′N 02°10′E / 70.250°N 2.167°E / 70.250; 2.167) while being delivered to the Soviet Navy. She was lost with all 21 hands.[7][247][248]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Dixie Arrow  United States
Dixie Arrow

World War II: Operation Drumbeat: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (34°55′N 75°02′W / 34.917°N 75.033°W / 34.917; -75.033) by U-71 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Tarbell ( United States Navy).[249]

HMS Jaguar  Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sidi Barrani, Egypt (31°53′N 26°18′E / 31.883°N 26.300°E / 31.883; 26.300) by U-652 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 3 officers and 190 crewmen. Survivors, 8 officers and 45 crewmen, were rescued by naval whaler HMS Klo ( Royal Navy).[250]
HMS Legion  Royal Navy World War II: The L-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta. She was eventually refloated and resunk in deep water.[251]
HMS P39  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Grand Harbor, Valletta. She was raised and beached unrepaired in 1943 and her wreck was bombed again.[252]
Pampas  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft.[7]
RFA Slavol  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sidi Barrani (32°01′N 25°55′E / 32.017°N 25.917°E / 32.017; 25.917) by U-205 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by Vasilissa Olga ( Hellenic Navy).[192][253]
Sovietskaya Neft  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk at Tuapse by Luftwaffe aircraft.[7]
Talabot  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Valletta, Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scrapped in 1946, with final removal of the bottom of her hull in July 1985.[254]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1942
Ship Country Description
USS Atik  United States Navy World War II: The Q-ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Norfolk, Virginia (35°38′N 70°14′W / 35.633°N 70.233°W / 35.633; -70.233) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 141 crew.
Breconshire  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was sunk by Axis bombers.
Equipoise  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south east of Cape Henry, Virginia, United States (36°36′N 74°45′W / 36.600°N 74.750°W / 36.600; -74.750) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 41 of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Greer ( United States Navy).[255]
Kitano Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Lingayen Gulf, five miles (8.0 km) south of Damortis, Luzon, the Philippines (16°11′N 120°19′E / 16.183°N 120.317°E / 16.183; 120.317). Three of the 650 troops aboard were killed.[256][257]
Nissho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south east of Kumun Island (33°50′N 127°33′E / 33.833°N 127.550°E / 33.833; 127.550) by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy).
Oreste  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cattaro.[7]
Sperrbrecher 147 Koert  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea of Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands.[7]
Staghound  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Torquay, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft.[7]
RFA Svenør  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Cunene ( Portugal).[258]
U-587  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VII submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°21′N 21°39′W / 47.350°N 21.650°W / 47.350; -21.650) by HMS Aldenham, HMS Grove, HMS Leamington and HMS Volunteer (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 42 crew.[259][260]
Yubari Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Koepang, Dutch Timor by Hudson bombers of 2 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force aircraft. One crewman was killed.[261][262]

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Campbelltown  Royal Navy
HMS Campbelltown before she exploded.

World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Town-class destroyer was expended as a floating bomb at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France. She rammed the Normandie Dock drydock gates and later exploded killing about 350 people, mostly German military and some civilians. The forward section was destroyed by the explosion, the aft section was washed into the Dock, where it was scrapped by the Germans. The drydock was put out of action and not repaired until 1947. Surviving crew rescued by HMS ML 177 and HMS MTB 74 (both  Royal Navy).[263][264]

Collingdoc  United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled in Water Sound, Scapa Flow as a block ship.[265]
Empire Ranger  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea (72°10′N 30°00′E / 72.167°N 30.000°E / 72.167; 30.000) by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 aircraft. 61 survivors rescued by Z24 ( Kriegsmarine).[238]
HMS MGB 314  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile C motor gun boat was scuttled off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, due to battle damage and bad weather. 2 crewmen killed.[266]
HMS ML 156  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was scuttled off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, due to battle damage and bad weather. Crew taken off by HMS Atherstone ( Royal Navy).[267][268]
HMS ML 177  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was damaged at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries. She caught fire, burned out and was abandoned.[269][270]
HMS ML 192  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries, set on fire, struck the Old Mole and burned out. 4 crewmen killed.[271][272]
HMS ML 262  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries. she blew up after being abandoned. 7 of 16 crewmen killed.[273][274]
HMS ML 267  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries.[275]
HMS ML 268  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and blew up at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries.[276][277]
HMS ML 270  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was scuttled off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, due to battle damage and bad weather. Crew taken off by HMS Brocklesby ( Royal Navy).[278][279]
HMS ML 298  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch caught fire going through burning gasoline and was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries.[280][281]
HMS ML 306  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and damaged at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries, and then was captured off St. Nazaire by Jaguar ( Kriegsmarine), but sank due to battle damage before it could be brought into dock. Later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and put in service as RA 9 ( Kriegsmarine).[282][283]
HMS ML 446  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was scuttled off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, due to battle damage and bad weather. Crew taken off by HMS Atherstone ( Royal Navy).[284][285]
HMS ML 447  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries. Crew taken off by HMS ML 160 ( Royal Navy).[286][287]
HMS ML 457  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries.[288]
HMS MTB 74  Royal Navy World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Vosper 70 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by German shore batteries.[289]
Raceland  Panama World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea 110 miles (180 km) northeast of North Cape, Norway by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 30, Luftwaffe. Thirteen crewmen killed, twelve rescued and made prisoners of war.[7][290]
Sperrbrecher 137  Kriegsmarine World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The Sperrbrecher, acting as a guard ship, was shelled and damaged at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France, by Royal Navy vessels and German shore batteries. She was scuttled by her crew to prevent capture. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[291]

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Bateau  Panama World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The cargo was sunk in the Barents Sea (72°30′N 27°00′E / 72.500°N 27.000°E / 72.500; 27.000) by Z26 ( Kriegsmarine).[292]
City of New York  United States World War II: The American-South African Line cargo and passenger liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (35°16′N 74°25′W / 35.267°N 74.417°W / 35.267; -74.417) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of the 133 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Acushnet, USS Roper (both  United States Navy) and USCGC CG-455 ( United States Navy).[293]
Galilea  Italy World War II: The troop ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Proteus ( Royal Navy). 768 people were killed.[192][294]
Hertford  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (40°50′N 63°31′W / 40.833°N 63.517°W / 40.833; -63.517) by U-571 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by Glenstrae and Fort Townsend (both  United Kingdom).[295]
M 5608 Pinguin  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval drifter/minesweeper was sunk by a mine off Petsamo, Finland with the loss of 8 lives.[200][296]
Passat  Germany World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The tanker was severely damaged by the explosion of Campbeltown ( Royal Navy at Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Inférieure, France.[7]
SF 150  Kriegsmarine The Siebel ferry was lost in a collision.[297]
Schlettstadt  Germany World War II: St Nazaire Raid: The tanker was severely damaged by the explosion of HMS Campbeltown ( Royal Navy) at Saint-Nazaire.[7]
Tredinnick  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil by Pietro Calvi ( Regia Marina).[7]
Z26  Kriegsmarine World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The Type 1936A-class destroyer was shelled and sunk by HMS Trinidad and HMS Eclipse (both  Royal Navy) in the Barents Sea. 240 crewmen killed. 96 survivors rescued by Z24 and Z25.[298]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Choyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Makassar Strait by USS Sturgeon ( United States Navy).[299]
Effingham  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 43 crew. She was later torpedoed and sunk at 70°28′N 35°44′E / 70.467°N 35.733°E / 70.467; 35.733 by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by HMS Harrier ( Royal Navy) and a Soviet Navy patrol vessel.[300]
Induna  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (70°55′N 37°18′E / 70.917°N 37.300°E / 70.917; 37.300) by U-376 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 66 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Soviet Navy minesweeper.[301]
Muncaster Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (2°02′N 12°02′W / 2.033°N 12.033°W / 2.033; -12.033) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of the 329 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Ann Stathos ( Greece) and HMS Aubrietia ( Royal Navy).[302]
U-585  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Barents Sea (70°00′N 34°00′E / 70.000°N 34.000°E / 70.000; 34.000) with the loss of all 44 crew.[303]
Well Park  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).[7]

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Allegheny  United States World War II: The barge was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) east south east of the Metopkin Inlet, Virginia (37°34′N 75°25′W / 37.567°N 75.417°W / 37.567; -75.417) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine). All three crew were rescued by USCGC CG-4345 ( United States Navy).[304]
Barnegat  United States World War II: The barge was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) east south east of the Metopkin Inlet (37°34′N 75°25′W / 37.567°N 75.417°W / 37.567; -75.417) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine). All three crew were rescued by USCGC CG-4345 ( United States Navy).[305]
Bosforo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk west of Sapienza (36°38′N 21°18′E / 36.633°N 21.300°E / 36.633; 21.300) by HMS Proteus ( Royal Navy).[192][306]
London City  United Kingdom World War II: The hulk was bombed and sunk at Torquay, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft.[7]
Menominee  United States World War II: The tug was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) east south east of the Metopkin Inlet (37°34′N 75°25′W / 37.567°N 75.417°W / 37.567; -75.417) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 18 crew. Survivors were rescued by Northern Sun ( United States).[307]
Ontario  United States World War II: The barge was shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) east south east of the Metopkin Inlet (37°34′N 75°25′W / 37.567°N 75.417°W / 37.567; -75.417) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine). Her three crew abandoned the vessel and were rescued by USCGC CG-4345 ( United States Navy).[308]
San Gerardo  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 36°N 67°W / 36°N 67°W / 36; -67) by U-70 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Regent Panther ( United Kingdom).[309]
T. C. McCobb  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil by Pietro Calvi ( Regia Marina).[7]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcyone  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the coast of South Africa.[7]
Bay Innaung  British Burma World War II: The incomplete Basset-class trawler was destroyed to prevent capture at the Irrawaddy Flotilla co. shipyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[310]
Cochrane  British Burma World War II: The incomplete Basset-class trawler was destroyed to prevent capture at the Irrawaddy Flotilla co. shipyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[310]
Elara  British Ceylon World War II: The incompleteBasset-class trawler was destroyed to prevent capture at the Irrawaddy Flotilla co. shipyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[310]
Gemunu  British Ceylon World War II: The incomplete Basset-class trawler was destroyed to prevent capture at the Irrawaddy Flotilla co. shipyard, Rangoon, Burma, sometime in March.[310]
HNLMS Kraus  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The miscellaneous auxiliary was scuttled to prevent capture.[4]
HMS LCM 51  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in the Middle East sometime in March.[311][88]
HMS LCM 53  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost sometime in March.[311][88]
HMS LCP(L) 57  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) was bombed and sunk at Tobruk.[87][88]
HMS LCP(L) 117  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost in Home Waters.[87][88]
HMS LCP(L) 276  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost sometime in March.[87][88]
HMS LCP(L) 277  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost sometime in March.[87][88]
HMS LCT 155  Royal Navy The landing craft tank was lost en route from the U.K. to Gibraltar sometime in March.[312]
M 5607  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank at Petsamo in late March.[7]
Panay  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Campomanes Bay, Negros, The Philippines (09°41′N 122°24′E / 9.683°N 122.400°E / 9.683; 122.400) by the Japanese sometime in March.[313]
HNLMS Pelikaan  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The auxiliary depot/patrol vessel was scuttled sometime in early March.[4]
San Cirilo  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-62 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[7]
Shch-210  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was sunk near Cape Shabla, Romania sometime after 12 March, probably in Romanian minefield S-15.[314]
HMIS Sophie Marie  Royal Indian Navy World War II: The naval trawler either struck a mine and sank in the MacPherson Strait off the Nicobar Islands on 1 March;[10] or struck a mine and sank off the Andaman Islands on 19 March with the loss of two crew.[192]
HNLMS TM-3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-3-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled between 2 and 8 March at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in Imperial Japanese Navy service without armament.[315]
HNLMS TM-4, HNLMS TM-5,
HNLMS TM-6, HNLMS TM-7,
HNLMS TM-8, HNLMS TM-9,
HNLMS TM-10, HNLMS TM-11,
HNLMS TM-12, HNLMS TM-13,
HNLMS TM-14 and HNLMS TM-15
 Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled between 2 and 8 March at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and entered Imperial Japanese Navy service 1942–43.[316]
HNLMS TM-16, HNLMS TM-17,
HNLMS TM-18, HNLMS TM-19,
HNLMS TM-20 and HNLMS TM-21
 Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were blown up on the stocks between 2 and 8 March at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[316]
Voroshilov  Soviet Union World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk at Ozeraja by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was later refloated but not repaired.[7]

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