List of shipwrecks in March 1944

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The list of shipwrecks in March 1944 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during March 1944.

March 1944
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1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1944
Ship Country Description
HMS Gould  Royal Navy World War II: The Captain-class frigate was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Portugal by U-358 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 123 of her 137 crew.[1][2][3]
HMS LCA 726  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault was lost in Home Waters.[4][5]
HMS LCA 908  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault was lost in Home Waters.[4][5]
Luigi Martini  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Chioggia, Venice.[6]
Saint Louis  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Accra, Gold Coast (5°23′N 0°09′W / 5.383°N 0.150°W / 5.383; -0.150) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 85 of the 134 people on board.[7]
U-358  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal (45°46′N 23°16′W / 45.767°N 23.267°W / 45.767; -23.267) by HMS Affleck, HMS Garlies, HMS Gore and HMS Gould (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 50 of her 51 crew.[8]
U-603  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°55′N 26°10′W / 48.917°N 26.167°W / 48.917; -26.167) by USS Bronstein ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[9][10]
U-709  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°10′N 26°00′W / 49.167°N 26.000°W / 49.167; -26.000) by USS Bostwick, USS Bronstein and USS Thomas (all  United States Navy) with the loss of all 52 crew.[9][11]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Joel R. Poinsett  United States The Liberty ship broke in two in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south east of St. John's Newfoundland. Her crew abandoned ship and were rescued by a corvette. Foundation Franklin ( Canada) towed the stern section to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was subsequently used as a depot ship.[12]
HMS LCA (HR) 672  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault (hedgerow) foundered off eastern Scotland during exercises.[13][14]
HMS LCA (HR) 811  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault (hedgerow) foundered off eastern Scotland during exercises.[15][16]
HMS LST 342  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy MKS 40: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°00′N 17°23′W / 48.000°N 17.383°W / 48.000; -17.383) by U-744 ( Kriegsmarine).[17]
Shinkyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Picuda ( United States Navy).[6]
Thor  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Stad, Norway by HMS Venturer ( Royal Navy).[6][18]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Adriatico  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Split, Yugoslavia.[6]
Akashishan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of the Kuril Islands by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy).[6]
Belorussia  Soviet Union World War II: The timber carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk (46°28′N 149°18′E / 46.467°N 149.300°E / 46.467; 149.300) by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy). Her master and 39 crew were killed, 2 survivors.[19]
Fort McLeod  United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (2°01′N 77°06′E / 2.017°N 77.100°E / 2.017; 77.100) by I-162 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her crew were rescued by HMS Sluna ( Royal Navy) and tug Integrity ( United Kingdom).[20]
Karatsu  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The gunboat was torpedoed and damaged off the Philippines by USS Narwhal ( United States Navy). Although towed to Manila for repairs, these were not completed. She was scuttled as a blockship in Manila Bay on 5 February 1945.
HMS LCS(M) 69  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft support (mortar) sank during exercises off east Scotland.[4]>[21]
Nittai Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea 290 nautical miles (540 km) north west of Halmahera, New Guinea (03°08′N 123°56′E / 3.133°N 123.933°E / 3.133; 123.933) by USS Rasher ( United States Navy). A crewman was killed.[6][22]
Shirakami  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Sokuten-class minelayer collided with Nichiran Maru ( Imperial Japanese Army) off Yoshino-hama in the Pacific Ocean (46°11′N 150°30′E / 46.183°N 150.500°E / 46.183; 150.500) in a storm. Damage control failed and she broke up and sank on 5 March (45°30′N 150°00′E / 45.500°N 150.000°E / 45.500; 150.000). Seventy survivors were rescued.[23]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Anna Martini  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Zara, Yugoslavia.[6]
Desdemona  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat off Gilleleje, Denmark.[6]
Empire Tourist  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RA 57: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, Norway (73°25′N 22°11′E / 73.417°N 22.183°E / 73.417; 22.183) by U-703 ( Kriegsmarine). All 68 crew were rescued by HMS Gleaner ( Royal Navy).[24][25]
IV 10 Annibale Bosco A.  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was sunk on this date.[26]
I-O-111  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
Joel R. Ponsett  United States World war II: The Liberty ship broke in two in the Atlantic Ocean (43°30′N 56°30′W / 43.500°N 56.500°W / 43.500; -56.500) and was abandoned. The stern section was towed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and put to use as a depot ship.[28]
Kayo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Peto ( United States Navy).[29]
KT 42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was destroyed in an American air raid on Toulon, Var, France.[6]
M 6000 Altino  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk on this date.[26]
Ominesan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of Miri, Borneo (05°29′N 108°46′E / 5.483°N 108.767°E / 5.483; 108.767) by USS Bluefish ( United States Navy). Forty-six crewmen were killed.[30]
Sifnos  Kriegsmarine World War II: The coaster was sunk in Suda Bay by an Allied air attack.[6]
U-472  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Barents Sea (73°05′N 26°40′E / 73.083°N 26.667°E / 73.083; 26.667) by a rocket attack by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 816 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm base on HMS Chaser and by shelling from HMS Onslaught (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 23 of her 43 crew.[31]
UJ 6080  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was destroyed in an American air raid on Toulon.[6]
Vs 223  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Neufarhwasser.[6]

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Diana  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of two of her crew.[6][32]
John Holt  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Guinea (3°56′N 7°36′E / 3.933°N 7.600°E / 3.933; 7.600) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine). Of the 95 people on board, two were taken as prisoners of war and were lost when U-66 was sunk. The others were rescued by Empire Ruby ( United Kingdom).[33]
HMS ML 387  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk by an internal explosion at Beirut, Syria.[34]
U-366  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean north west of Hammerfest, Norway (72°10′N 14°44′E / 72.167°N 14.733°E / 72.167; 14.733) by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 816 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Chaser ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.[35]
UJ 1703  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MOB-FD-class naval trawler/submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk by Allied aircraft off Lindesnes, Norway.[36]
UJ 1704  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft off Lindesnes.[37]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1944
Ship Country Description
America Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 420 nautical miles (780 km) north north west of Saipan (22°19′N 143°54′E / 22.317°N 143.900°E / 22.317; 143.900) by USS Nautilus ( United States Navy). Five hundred and ninety-nine passengers and crew were killed. There were 43 survivors.[38]
Daniel Chester French  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Bizerta, Algeria (37°17′N 10°22′W / 37.283°N 10.367°W / 37.283; -10.367). 24 troops, 4 gunners and 9 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by HMS Charon ( Royal Navy), Thelma ( United Kingdom) and Rescue (United Kingdom Gibraltar).[39]
Rabe  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Stavanger, Norway by HMS Satyr ( Royal Navy).[6]
U-744  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°01′N 22°37′W / 52.017°N 22.617°W / 52.017; -22.617) by HMCS Chaudiere, HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS Fennel, HMCS Gatineau, HMCS St. Catharines (all  Royal Canadian Navy), HMS Icarus and HMS Kenilworth Castle (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of twelve of her 52 crew.[40]
U-973  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Norwegian Sea (70°40′N 5°48′E / 70.667°N 5.800°E / 70.667; 5.800) by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 816 Squadron Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Chaser ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 51 of her 66 crew.
V 1304 Eisenach  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea off IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands by HMMTB 224, HMMTB 225, HMMTB 232, HMMTB 234, HMMTB 241 and HMMTB 244 (all  Royal Navy).[41]
Virginia Dare  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunis, Tunisia. She was declared a total loss.[6]

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Charlotte  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cap Lukull.[6]
Juyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and a sank in the Indian Ocean off Koh Chang, Thailand.[6]
Lippe  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed by HMS Sceptre ( Royal Navy) at 64°32′N 10°38′E / 64.533°N 10.633°E / 64.533; 10.633 and beached in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. She broke in two and was declared a total loss.[6][42]
M 4405 Marie-Anne  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Jacquilne-class naval trawler/ auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off La Pallice, Charente-Maritime, France by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[6]
PiLB 464  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[43]
PiLB 485  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[43]
USS PT-337  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was shelled and sunk by shore batteries off Hansa Bay, New Guinea. Survivors were rescued on 11 March by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[44]
Sperrbrecher 10 Vigo  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Norderney.[6]
TK-24  Soviet Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boat was captured by Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boats at Ak Mechet, but it sank due to battle damage.[45]
TK-362  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[46]
Tarifa  Norway World War II: Convoy AB 33: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea 250 nautical miles (460 km) east of Socotra, Mahra Sultanate (12°48′N 58°44′E / 12.800°N 58.733°E / 12.800; 58.733) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 148 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Avon ( Royal Navy).[47][48]
Valera  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 120 nautical miles (220 km) north of Barranquilla, Colombia (11°30′N 76°27′W / 11.500°N 76.450°W / 11.500; -76.450) by U-518 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by a United States Coast Guard ship.[49]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1944
Ship Country Description
IV 57 Ebe  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was sunk on this date.[26]
M 386  Kriegsmarine The M 1940-class minesweeper, was sunk in Strander Bight by a mine. later salvaged and repaired.[50]
Pomona  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in Suda Bay by an Allied air attack.[6]
Shobu Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Sea Rover ( Royal Navy).[6]
TA15  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat, a former Sella-class destroyer, was sunk off Heraklion, Greece by rocket firing British aircraft. Later raised and taken to Piraeus for repairs. She was sunk there in an Allied air raid.[6][51]
Toyokuni Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy TASA-08: The Standard Type 1K ore carrier was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea south east of Hong Kong (19°21′N 116°09′E / 19.350°N 116.150°E / 19.350; 116.150) by USS Lapon ( United States Navy). She was taken in tow by Nichirei Maru ( Japan). She was torpedoed again the next day by USS Lapon and sank in the South China Sea 350 nautical miles (650 km) of Cape Bojeador, Luzon, Philippines (19°44′N 115°52′E / 19.733°N 115.867°E / 19.733; 115.867). Fifteen people were killed.[52]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1944
Ship Country Description
British Loyalty  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk at Addu Atoll, Maldives by U-183 ( Kriegsmarine). She was salvaged and returned to use as a hulk.[53]
Clark Mills  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Bizerta, Algeria by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached but declared a total loss.[54]
Genei Maru No. 12  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Hollandia, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy.[6]
Hasshu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Hollandia by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy.[6]
Kinka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul, New Guinea by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[6]
Kissho Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Greenwich Island, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[6]
Kissho Maru No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[55]
USS Leopold  United States Navy World War II: Convoy CU 16: The Edsall-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-255 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 171 of her 199 crew. She was abandoned and sank the next day. Survivors were rescued by USS Joyce ( United States Navy).
Mankei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[6]
HMS MTB 266  Royal Navy World War II: The ELCO 70'-class motor torpedo boat was heavily damaged by enemy gunfire. She sank at Alexandria, Egypt on 17 April.[56]
Nichirei Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy TASA-08: The Standard Type 1K ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 350 nautical miles (650 km) west of Cape Bojeador, Luzon, Philippines (19°44′N 115°52′E / 19.733°N 115.867°E / 19.733; 115.867) by USS Lapon ( United States Navy) while towing Toyokuni Maru ( Japan). Six gunners and 46 crewmen were killed.[52]
Richard Bland  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Iceland (65°53′N 14°10′W / 65.883°N 14.167°W / 65.883; -14.167) by U-255 ( Kriegsmarine).[57]
Yashima Maru  Empire of Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Hollandia by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy.[6]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1944
Ship Country Description
HMS Asphodel  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SL 150: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (45°24′N 18°09′W / 45.400°N 18.150°W / 45.400; -18.150) by U-575 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 92 of her 97 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Clover ( Royal Navy).[58]
Rabe  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Stavanger, Norway.[59]
USS SC-700  United States Navy The submarine chaser burned at Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands in a refueling accident.[60]
S-54  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine struck a mine and sank in Syltefjord, Norway.[6][61]
Sangigi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.[62]
Tsukikawa Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was torpedoed and damaged (01°52′S 128°12′E / 1.867°S 128.200°E / -1.867; 128.200) by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy). She sank the next day under tow (01°25′S 128°14′E / 1.417°S 128.233°E / -1.417; 128.233), Two crewmen and four troops were killed.[63]
U-343  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia (38°07′N 9°41′E / 38.117°N 9.683°E / 38.117; 9.683) by HMT Mull ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.
U-450  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Ostia, Italy (41°11′N 12°27′E / 41.183°N 12.450°E / 41.183; 12.450) by HMS Blankney, HMS Blencathra, HMS Brecon, HMS Exmoor (all  Royal Navy) and USS Madison ( United States Navy). All 42 crew survived.[64]
U-625  Kriegsmarine
U-625

World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (52°35′N 20°19′W / 52.583°N 20.317°W / 52.583; -20.317) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 422 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 52 crew.[65]

U-845  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°20′N 20°33′W / 48.333°N 20.550°W / 48.333; -20.550) by HMS Forester ( Royal Navy), HMCS Owen Sound, HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Swansea (all  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of ten of her 55 crew.[66]
William B. Woods  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Palermo, Sicily, Italy (38°36′N 13°54′E / 38.600°N 13.900°E / 38.600; 13.900) by U-952 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 52 of the 478 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Aretusa ( Regia Marina) and two Fairmile B motor launches ( Royal Navy).[67][68]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1944
Ship Country Description
André Lebon France Vichy France World War II: The barge was bombed and sunk in an American air raid on Toulon, Var.[6]
Carmen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in an American air raid on Toulon.[6]
Dupleix  French Navy World War II: The forward half of Suffren-class heavy cruiser, which had been salvaged in two halves in 1943, was sunk in an American air raid on Toulon. The stern half sank four days later.[6]
F 884D  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-D landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
F 888D  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-D landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
M 6000 Altino  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[70]
M 6024  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former Crabe-class naval tugboat, was bombed and sunk at Toulon by Allied aircraft.[71]
UIT-22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Liuzzi-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the South Atlantic south of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (41°28′S 17°40′E / 41.467°S 17.667°E / -41.467; 17.667) by South African Air Force aircraft with the loss of all 43 crew.[72]
U-380  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Toulon in an American air raid with the loss of one life.
U-410  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Toulon in an American air raid.

12 March[edit]

For the sinking of Sansei Maru on this date see the entry for 8 December 1943.
List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Kirissi  Germany World War II: The tanker was bombed, torpedoed and sunk off the mouth of the Ebro by Royal Air Force aircraft.[73]
Okinoyama Maru No.3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Gato ( United States Navy).[74]
Taijin Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south east of Okinawa by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[6]
Virginia Dare  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Mediterranean Sea. She was towed to Tunis, Tunisia but broke in two and was declared a constructive total loss.[75]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Belle Isle  Germany World War II: The accommodation ship was sunk in an American air raid on Toulon, Var, France. The wreck was scrapped in 1945.[76]
F 513C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
F 588C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
H. D. Collier  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south south west of Karachi, India (21°30′N 66°11′E / 21.500°N 66.183°E / 21.500; 66.183) by I-26 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Twelve gunners and 33 crewmen were killed. Survivors rescued by Empire Raja ( United Kingdom) and Karagola ( British India). She sank on 16 March.[77]
I-O-72  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
Kokuyo Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Hachijō-jima (32°52′N 139°12′E / 32.867°N 139.200°E / 32.867; 139.200) by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy).[78]
HMS LCA(HR) 689  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault (hedgerow) was lost in Home Waters.[79][5]
HMS LCP(S) 76  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (small) was lost on this date.[80]
M 3113  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was lost on this date.[81]
Peleus  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (approximately 2°S 10°W / 2°S 10°W / -2; -10) by U-852 ( Kriegsmarine). The crew was massacred by the Germans to hide the traces of the attack. Three of her 35 crew survived and were rescued by Alexandre Silva ( Portugal).
Ryua Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (47°49′N 152°45′E / 47.817°N 152.750°E / 47.817; 152.750) by USS Tautog ( United States Navy). Lost with all on board (58 passengers, 23 gunners and 43 crewmen).[82]
Shojen Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 4.0 nautical miles (7.5 km) west of Eashima Jima by USS Tautog ( United States Navy). Forty-two passengers and fourteen crewmen were killed.[82]
Tatsuta  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Tenryū-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Hachijō-jima (32°52′N 139°12′E / 32.867°N 139.200°E / 32.867; 139.200) by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy). Twenty-six crewmen were lost, ten were wounded.[78]
U-575  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°18′N 27°34′W / 46.300°N 27.567°W / 46.300; -27.567) by Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Vickers Wellington aircraft of 172, 206 and 220 Squadrons, Royal Air Force; and also by USS Haverfield, USS Hobson (both  United States Navy) and HMCS Prince Rupert ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of eighteen of her 55 crew.[83][84]
Vs 156 Fortuna  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[85]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Irma  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was wrecked off Trondheim, Norway.[86]
Kasuga Maru No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard ship was lost on this date.[87]
M 3630 Stoomloodsvaarturg 5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk on this date.[26]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Dupleix  French Navy World War II: The stern half of Suffren-class heavy cruiser, which had been salvaged in two halves in 1943, sank due to damage suffered in an American air raid on Toulon four days earlier. The forward half had sunk on the day of the raid.[6]
Empire Ace  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was sunk at Malta in an air raid. Salvaged on 10 May, repaired and returned to service.
Europa  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was lost in a collision off Stavanger, Norway.[88]
M 10  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Dunkerque, Nord, France by HMMTB 353 ( Royal Navy).[6]
M 3630  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Gravelines, Nord by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[6]
HMS MTB 417  Royal Navy World War II: The MTB 412-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in an attack on Kriegsmarine minesweepers off the Nord coast.[6]
R-161  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk at Livorno, Italy by Soviet aircraft.[89]
Ruth Geiss  Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Swinemünde.[6]
SF 192  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[90]
SF 276  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[91]
Strauss  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Kiel.[6]
U-653  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk by a Fairey Swordfish of HMS Vindex and by gunfire from HMS Starling and HMS Wild Goose (all  Royal Navy).
V 722 Pilote XIII  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the English Channel.[6]
Vs 54 Burg  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn.[6]

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Anzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[6]
El Madina  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by Ro-111 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[6]
Kofuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of the Mariana Islands by USS Silversides ( United States Navy).[92]
HMMTB 417  Royal Navy World War II: The Motor Torpedo Boat was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Calais, France by a Kriegsmarine warship.[93]
Nichiren Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[82]
R 161  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an Allied air raid on Livorno, Italy.[6]
RA 256  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an allied air raid on Livorno.[6]
StuBo 1066  Kriegsmarine World War II: The StuBo42 type landing craft/motor launch was sunk on this date.[94]
Shirakumo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 170 nautical miles (310 km) east of Muroran, Hokkaido (42°25′N 144°55′E / 42.417°N 144.917°E / 42.417; 144.917 by USS Tautog ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 219 crew.
U-392  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°55′N 5°41′W / 35.917°N 5.683°W / 35.917; -5.683) by HMS Affleck, HMS Vanoc (both  Royal Navy) and three Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 52 crew.[95]
UJ-2209 Minerva  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was sunk in an Allied air raid on Livorno.[6]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Dempo  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SNF 17: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north north east of Bougie, Algeria (37°08′N 5°27′E / 37.133°N 5.450°E / 37.133; 5.450) by U-371 ( Kriegsmarine). All 333 people on board survived.[96]
Maiden Creek  United States World War II: Convoy SNF 17: The Type C2 cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north north east of Bougie (37°08′N 5°27′E / 37.133°N 5.450°E / 37.133; 5.450) by U-371 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of the 78 people on board. She was beached at Bougie but broke in two and was declared a constructive total loss.[97]
USS PT-283  United States Navy World War II: The Higgins 78'-class PT boat was shelled and sunk off Bougainville, Solomon Islands (06°27′S 155°08′E / 6.450°S 155.133°E / -6.450; 155.133) by USS Guest ( United States Navy).[98]
U-28  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Neustadt in Holstein, Schleswig Holstein in a training accident. Later raised but declared a total loss.
U-801  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (16°42′N 30°20′W / 16.700°N 30.333°W / 16.700; -30.333) by USS Bronstein, USS Corry and two Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Block Island (all  United States Navy) with the loss of ten of her 57 crew.[99][100]
U-1013  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC/41 submarine collided with U-286 ( Kriegsmarine) in the Baltic Sea east of Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (54°21′N 13°58′E / 54.350°N 13.967°E / 54.350; 13.967) and sank with the loss of 25 of her 51 crew.[101]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Carducci  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk during an Allied air raid on Livorno, Italy.[6]
CHa-10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Wewak Transportation Convoy No. 21: The auxiliary submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Bismarck Sea at Mushu Island, Wewak New Guinea (03°33′S 143°38′E / 3.550°S 143.633°E / -3.550; 143.633) by USS Daly ( United States Navy).[102]
Gyoraitei No. 402 and Gyoraitei No. 453  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Gyoraitei No. 23-class motor torpedo boats were sunk by British aircraft off Boronga, Burma.[103][104]
Hokuroku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-48: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 160 nautical miles (300 km) east south east of Hong Kong (19°24′N 116°50′E / 19.400°N 116.833°E / 19.400; 116.833) by USS Lapon ( United States Navy). Eight military passengers, 25 guards, and 55 crewmen were killed.[52]
M 3130  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was lost in a collision.[81]
Megnamom  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefährprahm struck a mine and was damaged in the Aegean Sea off Navarino, Greece. She was sunk the next day by Allied aircraft.[6]
Nancy Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south west of Colombo, Ceylon (02°14′N 78°25′E / 2.233°N 78.417°E / 2.233; 78.417) by I-165 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The submarine surfaced and captured 2 Chinese crewmen and 1 gunner. The Chinese were executed and the gunner made a prisoner of war. The submarine then machine gunned the lifeboats killing two gunners and 30 crewmen. The master, four gunners and 27 crewmen were rescued by HMS Emerald ( Royal Navy) on 22 March.[105]
SF 270  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry struck a mine and was damaged in the Adriatic Sea off Navarino. She was sunk the next day by Allied aircraft.[6]
SF 273  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Navarino.[6]
SF 274  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Navarino.[6]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1944
Ship Country Description
CHa-47  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Wewak Transportation Convoy No. 21: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed, strafed and sunk in the Bismark Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 3rd Bomb Group; Consolidated B-24 Liberators, North American B-25 Mitchells of the 345th Bomb Group, and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the United States Fifth Air Force.[6][106]
CHa-49  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Wewak Transportation Convoy No. 21: The auxiliary submarine chaser was bombed, strafed and sunk in the Bismark Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 3rd Bomb Group; Consolidated B-24 Liberators, North American B-25 Mitchells of the 345th Bomb Group, and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the United States Fifth Air Force.[6][106]
Cha-62  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed, strafed and sunk in the Bismark Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 3rd Bomb Group; Consolidated B-24 Liberators, North American B-25 Mitchells of the 345th Bomb Group, and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the United States Fifth Air Force.[6]
John A. Poor  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea (13°58′N 70°30′E / 13.967°N 70.500°E / 13.967; 70.500) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine gunners and 43 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by Fort Walsh ( United Kingdom).[107]
M 3122  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was lost on this date.[81]
SF 270  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[108]
SF 273  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[109]
SF 274  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[110]
Seekay  United States World War II: Convoy CU 17: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 375 nautical miles (694 km) west of the Fastnet Rock (51°10′N 20°20′W / 51.167°N 20.333°W / 51.167; -20.333) by U-311 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 85 people on board. Survivors were rescued by USS Reeves ( United States Navy).[111]
Taiei Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Wewak Transportation Convoy No. 21: The transport was bombed, strafed and sunk in the Bismarck Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 3rd Bomb Group; Consolidated B-24 Liberators, North American B-25 Mitchells of the 345th Bomb Group, and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the United States Fifth Air Force. Fifty troops and 78 crewmen were lost.[106]
U-1059  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIF submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Cape Verde Islands (13°06′N 33°26′W / 13.100°N 33.433°W / 13.100; -33.433) by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft based on USS Block Island ( United States Navy) with the loss of 47 of her 55 crew.
Yakumo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Wewak Transportation Convoy No. 21: The transport was bombed, strafed and sunk in the Bismarck Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Wewak, New Guinea by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 3rd Bomb Group; Consolidated B-24 Liberators, North American B-25 Mitchells of the 345th Bomb Group, and Lockheed P-38 Lightnings of the United States Fifth Air Force. Forty-eight troops and 62 crewmen were lost.[106]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1944
Ship Country Description
HMS Graph  Royal Navy World War II:The decommissioned Type VIIC submarine broke its tow, drifted aground off Could Point, Islay (55°48′06″N 6°28′30″W / 55.80167°N 6.47500°W / 55.80167; -6.47500) and was wrecked.[112]
Hakuyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary net layer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Nanpō Islands 30 nautical miles (56 km) northeast of Torishima (30°53′06″N 140°42′00″E / 30.88500°N 140.70000°E / 30.88500; 140.70000) by USS Pollack ( United States Navy). 28 crewmen killed.[113][114]
Hoko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Yap, Caroline Islands by USS Picuda ( United States Navy).[6]
Rekum  Germany World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Boulogne, Pas de Calais, France by British shore-based artillery.[6][115]
Sperrbrecher 163 Friesland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak.[6][116]
V 211 Seydlitz  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the English Channel north east of Barfleur, Manche, France by British aircraft.[6]
Wirpi  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Cuxhaven, Germany.[6]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Grena  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (20°48′N 59°38′E / 20.800°N 59.633°E / 20.800; 59.633) by I-26 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of seven of her 42 crew.[117]
I-O-42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
Matadian  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°07′N 4°47′E / 5.117°N 4.783°E / 5.117; 4.783) by U-66). All 47 crew were rescued by HMML 282 ( Royal Navy).[118]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Cattaro  Germany World War II: The passenger ship, an auxiliary cruiser, was scuttled at Livorno, Italy. She was further damaged in an air raid on 14 June. Raised in 1945, scrapped in 1947.
HMS LCA 841  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault was sunk off Holland.[119][120]
Narvik  Norway World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Rødøy by HMS Syrtis ( Royal Navy) with the loss of sixteen of the 25 people on board.[121]
Watuka  Canada World War II: Convoy SH 124: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Halifax, Nova Scotia (44°30′N 62°51′W / 44.500°N 62.850°W / 44.500; -62.850) by U-802 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Anticosti ( Royal Canadian Navy).[122]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1944
Ship Country Description
I-42  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Angaur Palau (06°40′N 134°03′E / 6.667°N 134.050°E / 6.667; 134.050) by USS Tunny ( United States Navy) with a loss of all 102 crewmen.[123]
HMS LCP(R) 1026  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (ramped) sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[124][125]
USS LCT-315  United States Navy World War II: The landing craft tank was sunk by an explosion at Eniwetok.[126]
SF 278  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[127]
U-575  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Haverfield, USS Hobson, USS Swenning (all  United States Navy), HMS Rupert ( Royal Navy) and aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy). Seven survivors were rescued by USS Haverfield, and sixteen by USS Hobson.[128][129]
V 6109 Nordwind  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in Busse Sound by Soviet aircraft.[6]
USS YP-331  United States Navy World War II: The yard patrol boat foundered in a storm off Key West, Florida (24°56′N 81°57′W / 24.933°N 81.950°W / 24.933; -81.950).[130]

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Bengal Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy H-22: The Somedono Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 28 nautical miles (52 km) east of Cape Chinaka, Mindanao, Philippine Islands (05°37′N 125°58′E / 5.617°N 125.967°E / 5.617; 125.967) by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy). Forty-one crewmen, four gunners and 161 passengers were lost.[131]
Gyoraitei No. 4  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Gyoraitei No. 1-class motor torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Wake Island by US Army B-24s.[132][133]
I-32  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B submarine was depth charged, hedgehoged, mousetrapped and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Wotje Atoll (08°30′N 170°10′E / 8.500°N 170.167°E / 8.500; 170.167) by USS Manlove, USS Halsey Powell, and USS PC-1135 (all  United States Navy).[134]
I-O-88  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
Schwabenland  Germany World War II: The Schwabenland-class seaplane carrier was torpedoed and damaged in Flekkefjord, Norway, by the submarine HMS Terrapin ( Royal Navy) and beached. Later salvaged and used as a hulk. Scuttled postwar on 31 December 1946 as a means of disposing of chemical weapons which had been loaded on board.[6][135]
Nordnorge  Norway World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Honningsvåg, Norway by HMS Satyr ( Royal Navy) with the loss of eleven of her thirteen crew.[121]
Shinkyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy H-22: The Shinkyo Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 28 nautical miles (52 km) east of Cape Chinaka, Mindanao, Philippine Islands (05°37′N 125°58′E / 5.617°N 125.967°E / 5.617; 125.967) by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy). Twelve crewmen and 49 passengers were lost.[136]
U-1102  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine sank in the Baltic Sea off Pillau due to an accident. Raised on 12 May, repaired and re-entered service on 15 August.[6]
Wörth  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in Flekkefjord by HMS Terrapin ( Royal Navy). She saw no further service for the duration of the war.[6]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1944
Ship Country Description
CH-54  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Higashi-Matsu Convoy no. 3: The No.28-class submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Muko Jima (28°34′N 142°14′E / 28.567°N 142.233°E / 28.567; 142.233) by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[113]
MAS 504  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 501-class MAS boat was sunk off Anzio, Lazio by HMS Grenville ( Royal Navy).[137]
PiLB 376  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[43]
PiLB 507  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[138]
PiLB 511  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[139]
U-976  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Saint-Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France (46°48′N 2°43′W / 46.800°N 2.717°W / 46.800; -2.717) by two de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 248 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of four of her 53 crew.[140]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1944
Ship Country Description
HI Gezinia Catherina  Kriegsmarine World War II: The floating torpedo battery was sunk on this date.[141]
HI 02 Jenny Elsa  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler was lost on this date.[85]
HI 03 Elie Cheneviere  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler was lost on this date.[85]
HI 07 Adriana II  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval drifter was lost on this date.[85]
HV 15 Cornelis  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler was lost on this date.[85]
HMS MTB 352  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 70-foot class motor torpedo boat was sunk in a collision in the North Sea.[142]
Margareta  Finland World War II:The cargo ship was run into by Ligur ( Sweden) between Gedser and Møn, Denmark and sank.[143]
S-93  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk at IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands in an air raid by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force.[6][144]
S-129  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk at IJmuiden in an air raid by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force.[6][144]
Tjisalak  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean west of the Maldive Islands by I-8 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). About 98 survivors were brought aboard where they were massacred by the crew with swords, wrenches and sledgehammers. Some jumped into the water and were machine gunned. Only five or six survived to be rescued by James O. Wilder ( United States).[145]
USS Tullibee  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean (9°30′N 134°45′E / 9.500°N 134.750°E / 9.500; 134.750) by the malfunction of one of her own torpoedos which had been fired at Japanese convoy Nishi-Matsu No. 2/TAPA-06. Only one of her 60 crew survived, rescued by Wakatake ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[146]
V 1415 Azimuth  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[85]
V 1416  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk at IJmuiden in an air raid by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force.[6]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1944
Ship Country Description
F 609C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
F 4706  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MZ-A landing craft was sunk on this date.[147]
F 4795  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MZ-B landing craft was sunk on this date.[148]
F 4799  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MZ-B landing craft was sunk on this date.[149]
LAZ 12 Ostsee  Netherlands World War II: The salvage vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Wangerooge, Lower Saxony, Germany.[6]
HMS LCI(L)-273  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft infantry (large) was lost on this date, details unknown.[150]
HMT Maaløy  Royal Navy World War II: The naval whaler was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Ceylon (5°25′N 77°32′E / 5.417°N 77.533°E / 5.417; 77.533) by U-510 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 26 crew.[151]
Nichinan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Bali, Netherlands East Indies by USS Rasher ( United States Navy).[6][22]
USS PT-121  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was bombed and sunk in Bangula Bay, New Britain Island (05°17′S 151°01′E / 5.283°S 151.017°E / -5.283; 151.017) by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.[6][152]
USS PT-353  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 80'-class PT boat was bombed and sunk in Bangula Bay, New Britain Island (05°17′S 151°01′E / 5.283°S 151.017°E / -5.283; 151.017) by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.[6][152]
R 188  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Šibenik, Yugoslavia by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[6][89]
R 191  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Šibenik by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[6]
SS 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The SS 1-class landing ship was sunk by a submarine off New Guinea.[153]
Shinsei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Banda Strait by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force.[6]
Sperrbrecher 3  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and was severely damaged in the Bay of Biscay off La Pallice, Charente-Maritime, France.[6]
Sperrbrecher 175  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and was severely damaged in the Bay of Biscay off La Pallice.[6]
UJ 205  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was bombed and sunk at Šibenik by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[6][154]
Yamamizu Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Borneo by USS Hake ( United States Navy).[155]

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1944
Ship Country Description
DB-21  Soviet Navy World War II: The No. 1-class landing boat was lost on this date.[156]
Fukusei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Barb ( United States Navy).[6]
KATShch-162  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeping boat was lost on this date.[157]
M 4011 Le Pluviose  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/minesweeper was lost on this date.[85]
HMS Syrtis  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea off Bodø, Norway with the loss of all 48 crew.
Tulagi  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean north east of Cape Comorin, India (11°00′S 78°40′E / 11.000°S 78.667°E / -11.000; 78.667) by U-532 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 47 of her 54 crew.[158]
MT 3 Vienna  Kriegsmarine World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Monemviasa, Greece by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy.[6]
SS 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The SS-class landing ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Silversides ( United States Navy).[6]
UJ 117 Rila  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[159]
UJ 6073 Nimet Allah  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Curie ( Free French Naval Forces). She was declared a total loss.[6]
Yasushima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by HMS Truculent ( Royal Navy).[6]

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Christel Vinnen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft off Juist, Germany.[160]
F 479C2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
F 505C  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft was sunk on this date.[69]
I-O-08  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
KF 456  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C Type Artilleriefährprahm was sunk during an Allied air raid on Livorno.[6]
M 4000 IJmuiden  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Villaine, France.[6]
M 4600 Maria Van Hattem  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/ninesweeper was sunk on this date.[85]
R-191  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-151 minesweeper was sunk in the Aegean Sea by British aircraft.[89]
Richard Hovey  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (16°40′N 64°30′E / 16.667°N 64.500°E / 16.667; 64.500) by I-26 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her master and three crewmen were taken as prisoners of war. I-26 machine gunned the survivors, killing four of them. Samcalia ( United Kingdom) rescued 25 on 2 April, and 38 survivors are rescued by Sumata ( United Kingdom) on 14 April.[57][161]
SF 271  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk in the Aegean Sea by Allied aircraft.[6]
U-961  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north of the Faroe Islands (64°31′N 3°19′W / 64.517°N 3.317°W / 64.517; -3.317) by HMS Starling  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[162]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Akashi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The Akashi-class repair ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the north shore of Uruthapel Island, Palau (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. She sank in shallow water and was only partially submerged.[163]
Akebono Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. Five crewmen were killed.[164]
Amatsu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The oiler was bombed and sunk in Malakai Harbor, Babelthuap Island, Palau in the Pacific Ocean by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. Ten crewmen were killed.[165]
Asashio Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The oiler was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Kobasang Harbor, Palau (07°25′N 134°25′E / 7.417°N 134.417°E / 7.417; 134.417) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. Eighteen crewmen were killed[166]
Atlantic Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Guam by USS Picuda ( United States Navy).[6]
CH-6  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The No.4-class submarine chaser was bombed and sunk off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58 (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500).[167]
City of Adelaide  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-8 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The whole crew was rescued by Carole Lombard ( United States).[145]
Erfurt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn, Germany.[6][168]
Fujikawa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north west of Manokwari, New Guinea by USS Darter ( United States Navy.[6]
Hokiai Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The cargo ship was sunk off Palau in the Pacific Ocean by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[164]
I-O-85  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk on this date.[27]
Ibaraki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard ship was lost on this date.[169]
Ikushima Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 4328: The Kasuga Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 350 miles north north west of Saipan, Mariana Islands (20°09′N 109°42′E / 20.150°N 109.700°E / 20.150; 109.700) by USS Stingray ( United States Navy). Fifteen troops and eleven crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by W-20 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[170]
Kamakaze Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The Kamakaze Maru-class destroyer tender was bombed, rocketed and sunk in Malakal Harbor, Urukhapel Island, Palau (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[171]
Kibi Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The cargo ship was sunk off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[164]
Krom  Turkey World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea.[172]
HMS Laforey  Royal Navy World War II: The L-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Palermo, Sicily, Italy (38°54′N 14°18′E / 38.900°N 14.300°E / 38.900; 14.300) by U-223 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 182 of her 247 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Blencathra, HMS Hambledon and HMS Tumult (all  Royal Navy).
Nagasan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The transport was sunk off Palau (07°17′N 134°25′E / 7.283°N 134.417°E / 7.283; 134.417) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. Two crewmen were killed.[164]
PB-31  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The PB-31-class patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk 20 nautical miles (37 km) into Karamadoo Bay, west of Babelthaup Island, Pala in the Pacific Ocean (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[164]
RA 256  Kriegsmarine World War II: The VAS 301-class submarine chaser was sunk at Livorno, Italy by Allied aircraft.[173]
Raizan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The cargo ship was sunk off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[164]
SF 272  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk on this date.[6]
Sata Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The oiler was bombed and torpedoed by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. on 30 March. She capsized and sank at Kuror, Peleliu, Palau (07°25′N 134°25′E / 7.417°N 134.417°E / 7.417; 134.417). Eighteen crewmen were killed.[174]
Shinsei Maru No. 18  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The Shinsei Maru No. 18-class transport was bombed and sunk in Palau harbor United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. Seven crewmen were killed.[175]
Sperrbrecher 141 Lies  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Villaine, France.[6]
Teshio Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The cargo ship was sunk off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[164]
U-223  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (38°48′N 14°10′E / 38.800°N 14.167°E / 38.800; 14.167) by HMS Blencathra, HMS Hambledon, HMS Laforey and HMS Tumult (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 23 of her 50 crew.[176]
UJ 206  Kriegsmarine: World War II: The incomplete Gabbiano-class corvette was destroyed in an air raid on Venice, Italy.[6]
UJ 207  Kriegsmarine: World War II: The incomplete Gabbiano-class corvette was destroyed in an air raid on Venice, Italy.[6]
Urakami Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The Urakami Maru-class repair ship was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in Malakal Harbor, Palau (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[171]
Wakatake  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The Wakatake-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk 20 nautical miles (37 km) into Karamadoo Bay, west of Babelthaup, Palau (07°30′N 134°30′E / 7.500°N 134.500°E / 7.500; 134.500) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[177]

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1944
Ship Country Description
Grauerort  Germany World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Maleas, Greece by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy). Eight of her crew were taken as prisoners of war.[6]
Iro  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The tanker was bombed and set on fire in a lagoon at Koror, Peleliu by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. She burned until she sank on 17 April. Fifty soldiers on board were killed.[178]
HMS MTB 241  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 72 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk off IJmuiden, Netherlands by Kriegsmarine surface ships.[179]
Nasami  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Natsushima-class minelayer was bombed and damaged off Rabaul, New Guinea. The damage caused her to be beached 1 April 1944 at Karavia Bay, Rabaul. Partially scrapped in situ in 1969.[180]
PiLB 413  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[43]
PiLB 508  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[181]
PiLB 514  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[182]
PiLB 515  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[183]
PiLB 516  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 41 type landing craft was lost on this date.[184]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1944
Ship Country Description
CHa-26  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk in the Pacific Ocean at or near Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58 on 30 or 31 March.[185]
Goshū Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The aircraft transport was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58 on 30 or 31 March. Forty-five crewmen were killed.[186]
I-32  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Marshall Islands by USS Canastota, USS Halsey Powell and USS Manlove (all  United States Navy). Date was either 23 or 24 March.[187][188]
I-O-115  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was sunk sometime in March.[27]
HMS LCA 1496  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault reported lost in April.[189][190]
HMS LCM 76  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost sometime in March.[191][192]
MAS 541  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526-class MAS boat was lost on 21 or 22 March between Corsica and Genoa, Italy, possibly by a mine.[193]
Ryuko Maru  Japan World War II: Operation Desecrate One: The merchant ship was sunk at or near Palau by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58 on 30 or 31 March.[185]
HMS Stonehenge  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine is presumed to have struck a mine and sank in the Indian Ocean on or about 15 March.
U-851  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine went missing on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean on or after 27 March with the loss of all 70 crew.[194]
USS YTM-467  United States Navy World War II: The harbor tug, medium sank in the Gilbert Islands or Marshall Islands sometime in March.[195]

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Ship events in 1944
Ship launches: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Ship commissionings: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Ship decommissionings: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Shipwrecks: 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949