List of shipwrecks in March 1945

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The list of shipwrecks in March 1945 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during March 1945.

March 1945
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1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Chohakusan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Naha, Okinawa by United States Navy aircraft.[1]
Chōkai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary guard ship was lost on this date.[2]
Daishin Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy KATA-604: The transport was sunk in Kuji Bay, Amami Ōshima by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Sixty passengers and two crewmen were killed.[3]
Eisho Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88G: The oiler was bombed and sunk off Yulin, Hainan Island. Twenty-nine passengers and seven crewmen were killed.[4]
USS Hannibal  United States Navy The collier was bombed and sunk as a target in Chesapeake Bay.
Hoshi Maru No. 11  Japan World War II: Convoy KATA-604: The transport (a.k.a. Juichei Maru) was sunk in Kuji Bay, Amami Ōshima by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Lost on board were 82 IJA Explosive Motor Boats.[3]
Kinezaki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KATA-604: The supply ship was sunk in Kuji Bay, Amami Ōshima (28°10′N 129°05′E / 28.167°N 129.083°E / 28.167; 129.083) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[3]
Kinzan Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was sunk off Kuji Bay, Amami ŌŌshima by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Two gunners were killed.[3]
M-2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in Fedjeford, Norway by Royal Air Force aircraft.[5]
Maddalena G.  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Lido di Venezia, Italy. The wreck was scrapped in 1946.[6]
Manazuru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Chidori-class torpedo boat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Naha, Okinawa (26°17′N 127°35′E / 26.283°N 127.583°E / 26.283; 127.583) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[7]
Robert L. Vann  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium (51°23′N 2°51′E / 51.383°N 2.850°E / 51.383; 2.850).[8]
S-220  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk by HMS Seymour ( Royal Navy).[9]
Taiken Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Miyako Jima (24°23′N 124°12′E / 24.383°N 124.200°E / 24.383; 124.200) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Twenty passengers and sixteen crewmen were killed.[10]
Tateyama Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy).[11]
Toyosako Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy SA-11: The transport was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Miyako Jima (24°23′N 124°12′E / 24.383°N 124.200°E / 24.383; 124.200) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Four crewmen were killed.[10]
Tsubame  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SA-11: The Tsubame-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk off Miyako Jima in the Pacific Ocean (24°23′N 124°12′E / 24.383°N 124.200°E / 24.383; 124.200) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38.[10]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1945
Ship Country Description
BO-224  Soviet Navy World War II: The BO-201-class submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (69°21′N 33°38′E / 69.350°N 33.633°E / 69.350; 33.633) by U-995 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 31 crew.[12]
Chokai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy).[11]
F 237A  Kriegsmarine The MFP-A landing craft was sunk on this date.[13]
King Edgar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 167: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in St. George's Channel (52°05′N 5°42′W / 52.083°N 5.700°W / 52.083; -5.700) by U-1302 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Nyasaland ( Royal Navy).[14]
USS LCT-1029  United States Navy World War II: The LCT Mk 6-class landing craft tank was holed in the engine room when she struck a submerged wreck. She was driven ashore on Iwo Jima and abandoned.[15]
M 557  Kriegsmarine The Type 1916 minesweeper sank during a storm in the Little Belt.[16]
Nichirin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SA-11: The oiler was sunk in the Pacific Ocean by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 38. Seventeen crewmen were killed.[17]
Novasli  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 167: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Bristol Channel (51°47′N 5°32′W / 51.783°N 5.533°W / 51.783; -5.533) by U-1302 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by HMT Helier II ( Royal Navy), which scuttled the ship.[18][19]
Rixhöft  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Warnemünde, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Only 7 of her 26 crew were saved.[11][20]
U-3519  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Warnemünde (54°11′N 12°05′E / 54.183°N 12.083°E / 54.183; 12.083) with the loss of 75 of the 78 people aboard (65 crew and 13 passengers).[20][21]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Hario  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-94: The Hario-class fleet oiler struck a mine in Yulinakin Bay off Cape Bastion, Hainan Island, China (18°10′N 109°40′E / 18.167°N 109.667°E / 18.167; 109.667). She sank the next day.[22]
Nissho Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu (34°05′N 139°54′W / 34.083°N 139.900°W / 34.083; -139.900) by USS Trepang ( United States Navy) with the loss of 38 crewmen.[11][23]
HMT Southern Flower  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Reykjavík, Iceland (64°05′N 23°15′W / 64.083°N 23.250°W / 64.083; -23.250) by U-1022 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 26 crew.[24]
HMAS Steady Hour  Royal Australian Navy The patrol boat was destroyed in a fire off Darwin, Australia.
Suiten Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Sea Robin ( United States Navy).[11]
Yaei Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88G: The oiler (a.k.a. Iyasaka Maru No. 1) was bombed and sunk in Linkao Bay, Hainan Island (18°32′N 108°16′E / 18.533°N 108.267°E / 18.533; 108.267). Two passengers, two gunners and 27 crewmen were killed.[4]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1945
Ship Country Description
CH-8  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.4-class submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Malacca (04°04′N 110°35′E / 4.067°N 110.583°E / 4.067; 110.583) by HMS Terrapin and HMS Trenchant (both  Royal Navy). There were 108 survivors.[25]
Kiku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HMS Clyde ( Royal Navy).[11]
Palembang Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-98: The Type 1TM tanker was torpedoed and sunk off Cap Varella, French Indochina (12°52′N 103°30′E / 12.867°N 103.500°E / 12.867; 103.500) by USS Baya ( United States Navy). Sixty-seven crewmen, 59 gunners and nine passengers were killed.[26]
Siko Maru  Japan World War II: The vessel was sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Kyushu by USS Tilefish ( United States Navy).[11]
U-3508  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony in an Allied air raid.[27] She was subsequently raised.

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Kasuga Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by United States 5th Air Force North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft off French Indochina (15°32′N 108°37′E / 15.533°N 108.617°E / 15.533; 108.617).[28]
HMS LCP(R) 979  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (ramped) was lost in the Eastern Theatre.[29][30]
USS LCS(L)-127  United States Navy The landing craft support grounded on San Clemente Island, California and was declared a total loss.[31]
Manyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Sea Robin ( United States Navy).[11]
Nagara Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary netlayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea south west of the Masalembu Islands, Netherlands East Indies (05°41′S 114°01′E / 5.683°S 114.017°E / -5.683; 114.017) by USS Sea Robin ( United States Navy).[11][32]
Ryoei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-98: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north-east of Tourane, French Indochina (16°46′N 108°41′E / 16.767°N 108.683°E / 16.767; 108.683) by USS Bashaw ( United States Navy). Nine passengers, nineteen gunners and nineteen crewmen were killed.[11][33]
S 626  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MAS 501-class MAS boat was shelled and damaged by mistake by German shore batteries, later sank while under tow near La Spezia, Italy.[34]
Seishin Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Bashaw ( United States Navy).[11]
Shoyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Sea Robin ( United States Navy).[11]
Tamon Maru No. 4  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy).[11]
Ujina Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by United States 5th Air Force B-25 Mitchell aircraft off French Indochina (15°32′N 108°37′E / 15.533°N 108.617°E / 15.533; 108.617).[28]
W-15  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class minesweeper was torpedoed in the stern off Akusekijima, Ryukyu Islands (29°36′N 129°45′E / 29.600°N 129.750°E / 29.600; 129.750) by USS Tilefish ( United States Navy) and beached on Suwasi Island. Declared a constructive total loss.[35]
Yusen Maru No. 11 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[28]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Empire Geraint  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire by U-775 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached with her back broken. Refloated on 30 April, repaired and returned to service.[36]
SS Greenhill Park  Canada The Park ship was damaged by fire at Vancouver, British Columbia. She was declared a constructive total loss but was repaired and re-entered service in 1946 as the Panamanian-flagged Phaeax II.[37]
Hansa  Germany World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Gedser Lightship ( Germany) off Warnemünde, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The whole crew was saved. She was salvaged c. 1949 and returned to service by the Soviet Union.[11][20][38][circular reference]
IV 53 Scarpanto  Kriegsmarine World War II: The guard ship was sunk by three Royal Navy ships off the Istrian coast. Raised, repaired, and put in Yugoslav service as Pag in 1952.[39][40]
HMS LCT 492  Royal Navy The landing craft tank Mk 3 capsized and sank in the Red Sea.[41][30]
Rikko Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The auxiliary tanker broke in two at the location of a torpedo hit inflicted on 31 August 1944 and sank off Kirun, Formosa (25°09′N 121°44′E / 25.150°N 121.733°E / 25.150; 121.733) during a typhoon while awaiting repairs.[42]
Robert Mohring  Germany World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk in a RAF Bomber Command air raid on Saßnitz, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with the loss of 353 lives.[11][43][44][45]
UJ 1119 Julius Pickenpack  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Este-class submarine chaser was sunk in a RAF Bomber Command air raid on Saßnitz.[11]
XE 11  Royal Navy The midget submarine collided with a Royal Navy boom defence vessel in Loch Striven with the loss of two of her four crew.[46]
Z28  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1936A-class destroyer was sunk in a RAF Bomber Command air raid on Saßnitz. 150 crewmen died.[11][45]

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1945
Ship Country Description
F 200  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
F 218  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft on 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
F 285  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft on 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
F 974D  Kriegsmarine The MFP-D landing craft was sunk on this date.[13]
Hamburg  Germany World War II: The passenger ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Saßnitz, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.[11]
MAL 37  Kriegsmarine The incomplete MAL 2 type landing fire support lighter was sunk at Krupp Shipyard, Rheinhausen.[47]
Peter von Lübeck  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Swedish coast.[11]
U-1302  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in St. George's Channel (52°19′N 5°23′W / 52.317°N 5.383°W / 52.317; -5.383) by HMCS La Hulloise, HMCS Strathadam and HMCS Thetford Mines (all  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of all 48 crew.
V 1610 Innsbruck  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft on 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
V 1612 Gotha  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft on 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Benjamin R. Milam  United States The Liberty ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Baltimore, Maryland following an explosion in her engine room. She was refloated, repaired and returned to service.[48]
C R P No 4  United States The 33-gross register ton, 55.7-foot (17.0 m) scow sank in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[49]
CD-69  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C escort ship was bombed and damaged in the South China Sea off the east coast of Hainan Island, China (19°02′N 110°56′E / 19.033°N 110.933°E / 19.033; 110.933) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force, taking a bomb down the funnel and blowing out the bottom of the ship. Three officers and 23 crewmen were killed and 30 were wounded. After emergency strengthening of the hull she was being towed to Hong Kong when she broke in two and sank on 16 March 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Hong Kong (22°00′N 113°40′E / 22.000°N 113.667°E / 22.000; 113.667).[50]
Lornaston  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONA 289: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Fécamp, Seine-Inférieure, France (50°35′N 0°30′W / 50.583°N 0.500°W / 50.583; -0.500) by U-275 ( Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by HMS Holmes and HMS Palencia (both  Royal Navy).[51]
Vs 250  Kriegsmarine The KSK-2-class naval drifter/Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[52]
USS YF-926  United States Navy The self-propelled covered lighter sank in the Pacific Ocean en route to Hawaii Territory.[53]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Avalanche  French Navy World War II: The CH-101-class submarine chaser was scuttled in the Mekong River at My Tho, French Indochina by Amiral Charner ( French Navy). Raised, repaired and returned to service post war.[54][55]
Borbeck  Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft and submarines north east of Hela, Pomerania.[56]
Cam Rahn  French Navy World War II: The stores vessel was scuttled at Vinh Long, French Indochina.[57]
Commandant Bourdais  French Navy World War II: The CH-101-class submarine chaser was sunk in the Gulf of Tonkin by Japanese aircraft. Raised, repaired and returned to service post war.[55]
Crayssac  French Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Along Bay, French Indochina.[57]
Francis Garnier  French Navy World War II: The Frances Garnier-class gunboat was shelled and set on fire by Japanese forces, and then scuttled by her crew in the Mekong River at Kratie, French Indochina.[54][58][59][57]
Frezouls  French Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Along Bay, French Indochina.[57]
Kaiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Trepang ( United States Navy).[11]
La Perouse  French Navy World War II: The hydrographic vessel was scuttled at Vinh Long, French Indochina.[57]
M-412  Kriegsmarine World War II: Granville Raid: The M 1940-class minesweeper ran aground at Granville, France, and was scuttled.[60]
Maurice Long  French Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled in the Mekong River at Can Tho, French Indochina.[57]
Meteor II  Kriegsmarine World War II: The hospital ship was being used as a troopship against the rules of war. She was bombed and sunk at Pillau, East Prussia by Soviet Air Force aircraft with the loss of 24 of the 300 people on board.[61]
My Tho  French Navy World War II: The Tourane-class gunboat was scuttled by Amiral Charner ( French Navy) in the Mekong River at My Tho.[62]
USS PC-564  United States Navy World War II: Granville Raid: The PC-461-class patrol craft was shelled and heavily damaged by Kriegsmarine Artilleriefährprahms and beached on the French coast at the Pierre de Herpin Lighthouse. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[63]
Paul Bert  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled by Amiral Charner ( French Navy) in the Mekong River at My Tho, French Indochina.[64][57]
Robert Ley  Kriegsmarine World War II: The ocean liner was set afire during a Royal Air Force air raid on Hamburg and was burnt out. The wreck was towed to the United Kingdom in 1947 and scrapped.[65]
Tourane  French Navy World War II: The Tourane-class gunboat was scuttled at Donnai, French Indochina.[62]
Tsukiyura Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Trepang ( United States Navy).[11]
V 6607 Wappen Von Hamburg  Kriegsmarine The Steiermark-class naval whaler was lost to an unknown cause on this date.[66]
Vs 221  Kriegsmarine The KSK-2-class naval drifter/Vorpostenboot was sunk in a collision.[67]
Vigilante  French Navy World War II: The Vigilante-class gunboat was scuttled at Haiphong, French Indochina.[54][68]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Amiral Charner France Vichy French Navy World War II: The Bougainville-class aviso was bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft, then scuttled in the Mekong River, French Indochina.[69]
Baron Jedburgh  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Bahia, Brazil (10°02′S 25°00′W / 10.033°S 25.000°W / -10.033; -25.000) by U-532 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sandown Castle ( United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboats.[70]
Dokai Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy KANA-803: The transport was torpedoed and sunk north of Amami O-Shima (29°48′N 128°02′E / 29.800°N 128.033°E / 29.800; 128.033) by USS Kete ( United States Navy). 27 crewmen, 23 gunners and 4 passengers were killed.[71]
Keizan Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy KANA-803: The transport was torpedoed and sunk north of Amami O-Shima (29°25′N 127°30′E / 29.417°N 127.500°E / 29.417; 127.500) by USS Kete ( United States Navy). 43 crewmen and 64 troops were killed.[71]
Marne France Vichy French Navy World War II: The Somme-class gunboat was scuttled at Can Tho, French Indochina. Raised and scrapped 1957.[72]
Nordfahrt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Kiel.[11] Raised and repaired in 1949.[73]
HNoMS Nordhav II  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Convoy FS 1753: The auxiliary minesweeping trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Dundee, Perthshire, United Kingdom (56°41′N 2°04′W / 56.683°N 2.067°W / 56.683; -2.067) by U-714 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by HNoMS Syrian ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[74][75]
Sanka Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy KANA-803: The transport was torpedoed and sunk north of Amami O-Shima (29°25′N 128°15′E / 29.417°N 128.250°E / 29.417; 128.250) by USS Kete ( United States Navy). 51 crewmen and 605 troops were killed.[71]
Seishin Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The oiler was sunk in Tourane Bay, French Indochina in the South China Sea (16°01′N 106°10′E / 16.017°N 106.167°E / 16.017; 106.167) by United States 5th Air Force North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th Bomb Squadron, 345th Bomb Group.[76]
TK-214  Soviet Navy The A-2 (Higgins 78')-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[77]
U-275  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Newhaven, Sussex, United Kingdom (50°36′N 0°04′E / 50.600°N 0.067°E / 50.600; 0.067) with the loss of all 48 crew.[78]
U-681  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sank in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (49°52′N 6°38′W / 49.867°N 6.633°W / 49.867; -6.633) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of eleven of her 49 crew.[79]
UJ 303  Kriegsmarine The KSK-2-class naval drifter/submarine chaser was wrecked on this date.[52]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Borbeck  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Hela, Pomerania by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][80]
Carl  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Hamburg.[81]
Electra  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft at Hamburg.[82]
F 522C2  Kriegsmarine The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk on this date.[13]
M 266  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. Later scrapped.[83]
M 804  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1943 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Mönkeberg, Schleswig-Holstein.[84]
M 805  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1943 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Heikendorf, Schleswig-Holstein.[85]
M 5202  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was sunk by British rocket-armed aircraft off Fedjefjord, Norway.[11][86]
Orion  Germany World War II: The tanker was sunk in an Allied air raid at Hamburg. Raised post-war, repaired and returned to service for her Norwegian owners.[87]
Shori Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Segundo ( United States Navy).[11]
U-682  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was destroyed at Hamburg in an American air raid.[88]
U-1201  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was severely damaged at Hamburg in an American air raid. She was consequently scuttled on 3 May.[89]
Wayo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The water tanker was bombed and sunk 40 miles (64 km) south west of Macao (21°31′N 112°25′E / 21.517°N 112.417°E / 21.517; 112.417) by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy. Eighteen crewmen were killed.[90]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Andros  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde, Pomerania.[11]
USS Bass  United States Navy The decommissioned Barracuda-class submarine was sunk by a Fido acoustic homing torpedo southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, for use as a sonar target.
Capitaine Coulon France Vichy French Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Vinh Long, French Indochina.[57]
Cordillera  Germany World War II: The passenger ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
F 1065  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-DM landing craft/minelayer was sunk in a collision, or by Soviet aircraft, in the Baltic.[13][80]
Gerrit Fritzen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][91][80]
Heiligenhafen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
Hilde  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
Hinode Maru No. 1 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard ship was sunk by United States aircraft east of the Ryukyus (26°54′N 131°38′E / 26.900°N 131.633°E / 26.900; 131.633).[2][92]
Jasmund  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
KFK 677, KFK 679, KFK 680, KFK 683, KFK 684,
KFK 685, KFK 686, KFK 687, KFK 688, KFK 689,
KFK 690, KFK 691, KFK 692, KFK 693, KFK 694,
KFK 695, KFK 696, KFK 697, KFK 698 and KFK 699
 Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete KSK-class naval trawlers were sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde at the Burmester Shipyard.[11]
M 266  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an American air raid on Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[11]
M 804  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an American air raid on Kiel.[11]
M 805  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in an American air raid on Kiel.[11]
M 3137  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg, Pomerania by Soviet aircraft.[11]
MRS-4  Kriegsmarine World War II: The depot ship was torpedoed and sunk off the Kvaløytå Lighthouse, Haugesund, Norway (59°25′N 5°15′E / 59.417°N 5.250°E / 59.417; 5.250) by HNoMS MTB-711 ( Royal Norwegian Navy) with the loss of 86 of her 156 crew.[93]
Mutsusho Maru No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[94]
R-243  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk off Swinemünde by Soviet aircraft,[95] or was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
R-272, R-273, R-274, R-275 and R-276  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweepers were destroyed in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[95]
Ravenbsurg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Swinemünde, Pomerania.[11]
Rolandseck  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troop ship was sunk in an air attack near Skagen, Denmark.[96]
Tolima  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]
U-260  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean south of Ireland. All 48 crew survived.
U-2547  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was severely damaged in an American air raid on Hamburg. Construction was abandoned.[11]
UJ 303  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was sunk by Soviet aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[97]
UJ 320  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/submarine chaser was bombed by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft and sank next day.[52][80]
UJ 321  Kriegsmarine The KSK-2-class naval drifter/submarine chaser was destroyed on this date.[52]
V 315 Bris  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Bris-class naval trawler/Vorpostenboot was damaged by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft, later collided with Hendrik Fisser 7 ( Germany) and sank in the Baltic Sea off Großendorf, Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia (55°01′35″N 18°21′43″E / 55.02639°N 18.36194°E / 55.02639; 18.36194).[98]
V 2023 Karlsburg  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorposteboot was sunk in an American air raid on Swinemünde.[11]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1945
Ship Country Description
CD-66  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type D escort ship was sunk in the South China Sea east of Swatow, China (23°30′N 117°10′E / 23.500°N 117.167°E / 23.500; 117.167) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 341st Bomb Group, United States Fourteenth Air Force. One hundred and seventy-five crewmen were killed.[99]
Keihin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Bream ( United States Navy).[11]
Masashima Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was sunk in the South China Sea east of Swatow (23°30′N 117°10′E / 23.500°N 117.167°E / 23.500; 117.167) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force. Fifteen crewmen, nineteen guards and eight passengers were killed.[99]
Russell H. Crittenden  United States The Liberty ship was wrecked on the coast of New Guinea (5°55′S 149°10′E / 5.917°S 149.167°E / -5.917; 149.167).[8]
HMS Sealion  Royal Navy The S-class submarine was scuttled as an ASDIC target off the Isle of Arran, Scotland.
Taber Park  United Kingdom World War II: The Park ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (52°22′N 1°53′E / 52.367°N 1.883°E / 52.367; 1.883) by a Kriegsmarine midget submarine.[100]
UJ 1414 Treff I  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval whaler/auxiliary submarine chaser was shelled and sunk at Lorient, Morbihan, France by Allied shore-based artillery.[11]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Esso Washington  United States The T2 tanker was wrecked near Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands. She was on a voyage from San Pedro to the Eniwetok Atoll.[101]
Hugo Zeye  Kriegsmarine World War II: The training ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn.[102]
KEMTShch-218  Soviet Navy The MSV-38-class river minesweeping boat was sunk on this date.[103]
Kaiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[2]
Magne  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off St Abb's Head, Berwickshire, United Kingdom (55°52′N 1°59′W / 55.867°N 1.983°W / 55.867; -1.983) by U-714 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by Acclivity ( United Kingdom).[104]
T3  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 35 torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Hela, Danzig-West Prussia (54°39′N 18°47′E / 54.650°N 18.783°E / 54.650; 18.783).[105]
T5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 35 torpedo boat struck a mine and sank off Hela (54°39′N 18°47′E / 54.650°N 18.783°E / 54.650; 18.783).[106]
U-714  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the North Sea off Eyemouth, Berwickshire, United Kingdom (55°57′N 1°57′W / 55.950°N 1.950°W / 55.950; -1.950) by HMSAS Natal ( South African Navy) and HMS Wivern ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 50 crew.
U-1021  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom (50°39′48″N 5°05′40″W / 50.66333°N 5.09444°W / 50.66333; -5.09444) with the loss of all 43 crew.
Yatsushiro Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[28]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Castor  Germany World War II: The icebreaker struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Warnemünde, Pomerania.[11]
USS Lancetfish  United States Navy
USS Lancetfish, 23 March 1945

The Balao-class submarine sank at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised on 23 March and decommissioned the next day, subsequently being allocated to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Inger Toft  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RU 156: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°25′N 6°52′W / 57.417°N 6.867°W / 57.417; -6.867) by U-722 ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued by HMS Grenadier ( Royal Navy).[107][108]
R-14  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-2 minesweeper was sunk at Monfalcone, Giulia, Italy by Allied aircraft.[109]
RD 115  Kriegsmarine The Type RD 101 minesweeper was sunk on this date.[110]
Sibigo  Netherlands The cargo ship was lost in a tropical cyclone in the Coral Sea off Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia with thirteen of 85 crew members rescued.[111][112][113]
U-367  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea near Hela (54°25′N 18°50′E / 54.417°N 18.833°E / 54.417; 18.833) with the loss of all 50 crew.[114]
UIT-6  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine was sunk in an Allied air raid on Monfalcone.[11]
UJ-1105 Wilhelm Loh  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/submarine chaser was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft in the Skagerrak.[115]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Daffodil  Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft carrier hit a mine off Dieppe and sank the next morning. Nine crew were killed.[116]
Ellringon (or Ellrington)  United States The 22-gross register ton, 47.6-foot (14.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[117]
HMCS Guysborough  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The Bangor-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay by the submarine U-868 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of her crew. About 40 survivors were rescued by the frigate HMS Inglis ( Royal Navy).
Ikomasan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was damaged in the South China Sea off Fuchow, China, by the submarine USS Spot ( United States Navy) and was beached on Matsu (25°58′N 119°58′E / 25.967°N 119.967°E / 25.967; 119.967) off the coast of China. Seven passengers, four gunners, and six crew were lost. Later in the day she was bombed by United States Army Air Forces North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft, killing another five crewmen. The beached ship was bombed again on 26 March by U.S. Army Air Forces Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft and destroyed.[118]
Iris  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Ålesund, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11][119][120]
Log  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Ålesund, Norway, by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11][120]
Margarethe Cords  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea, south of Bornholm, Denmark (54°48′N 15°00′E / 54.800°N 15.000°E / 54.800; 15.000), by the submarine K-53 ( Soviet Navy).[11][121]
Nanking Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Fuchow (25°33′N 120°10′E / 25.550°N 120.167°E / 25.550; 120.167), China, by the submarine USS Spot ( United States Navy). Of the 503 on board – 411 passengers, 32 gunners, and 60 crew – 502 were lost.[118]
Remagen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Ålesund, Norway, by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11][122]
Rixhöft  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Warnemünde, Pomerania, Germany.[11]
Samui  Thailand World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Siam off Kuala Terengganu, Malaya (05°18′N 103°23′E / 5.300°N 103.383°E / 5.300; 103.383) by the submarine USS Sealion ( United States Navy).[123]
Tsukinoura Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost.[124]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Daito Maru No. 5  Japan World War II: The fishing trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Balao ( United States Navy).[11]
Kamo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KATA-504: The auxiliary sailing ship was sunk in the East China Sea off Noma Misaki (31°24′N 130°07′E / 31.400°N 130.117°E / 31.400; 130.117) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[125]
Kenyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KATA-504: The transport was sunk in the East China Sea off Noma Misaki (31°24′N 130°07′E / 31.400°N 130.117°E / 31.400; 130.117) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[125]
HMS LCP(L) 764  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) was lost in Home Waters.[126][127]
Nansei Maru No. 1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KATA-504: The tanker was sunk in the East China Sea off Noma Misaki (31°24′N 130°07′E / 31.400°N 130.117°E / 31.400; 130.117) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[125]
Orion  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank, or sunk by Soviet A-20 Havocs, in the Gulf of Danzig.[11][128]
R-227  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk north of Ustka, Pomerania by Soviet A-20 Havocs.[129][128]
Shoho Maru No. 1 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[2]
T-18  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.1-class landing ship was torpedoed and sunk In the East China Sea off Aguni Island, Okinawa (26°33′N 127°11′E / 26.550°N 127.183°E / 26.550; 127.183) by USS Springer ( United States Navy).[130]
TA24  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was sunk in the Ligurian Sea north west of Corsica, France by HMS Lookout and HMS Meteor (both  Royal Navy).[11]
TA29  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ariete-class torpedo boat was sunk in the Ligurian Sea west of Corsica by HMS Lookout and HMS Meteor (both  Royal Navy).[131]
Tenjin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KATA-504: The auxiliary sailing ship was sunk in the East China Sea off Noma Misaki (31°24′N 130°07′E / 31.400°N 130.117°E / 31.400; 130.117) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[125]
TKA-66  Soviet Navy World War II: The D-5-class motor torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Gulf of Gdansk by German Schnellboots.[11][132]
Tsukushi Maru No.3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Ryukyu Islands by USS Trigger ( United States Navy).[133]
U-866  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°18′N 61°08′W / 43.300°N 61.133°W / 43.300; -61.133) by USS Lowe, USS Menges, USS Mosley and USS Pride (all  United States Navy) with the loss of all 55 crew.[134][135]
Vs 1014  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot, a former UZ 1-class submarine chaser, was lost on this date.[136]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Astrida  Belgium The cargo liner foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 58 nautical miles (107 km) south east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (34°35′S 26°50′E / 34.583°S 26.833°E / -34.583; 26.833) during a hurricane with the loss of 88 passengers and crew. There were 29 survivors.[137]
Crichtoun  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 1759: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot.[11]
Daito Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: The fishing trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Balao ( United States Navy).[11]
Empire Blessing  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Scheldt, Belgium.
USS Franklin  United States Navy
USS Frankin

World War II: The Essex-class aircraft carrier was bombed and severely damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu, Japan by an Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of at least 724 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Santa Fe ( United States Navy).

Hakozaki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy MOTA-43: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea north-north-east of Shanghai (33°07′N 122°05′E / 33.117°N 122.083°E / 33.117; 122.083) by USS Balao ( United States Navy). A total of 928 passengers, 51 gunners and 139 crewmen were lost. One hundred and thirty survivors were rescued by CD-102 and Chikubu (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[138]
Kiyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[28]
Lisa Essberger  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Gotenhafen, Pomerania by Soviet aircraft.[11]
M 3408 Teunisje  Kriegsmarine The naval drifter/minesweeper was lost on this date.[139]
Rogate  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 1759: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot.[11]
Ryūhō  Imperial Japanese Navy
Ryūhō

World War II: The aircraft carrier was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Kure by American aircraft with the loss of twenty of her 989 crew. She was declared a total loss and was scrapped in 1946.

Samselbu  United Kingdom World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Belgium (51°23′N 3°06′E / 51.383°N 3.100°E / 51.383; 3.100).[140]
Sarawak Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The oiler struck a mine in the South China Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of the Horsburgh Lighthouse, Singapore. She was beached on Bintan Island (01°25′N 104°36′E / 1.417°N 104.600°E / 1.417; 104.600). On 21 March 1945 she capsized and sank.[141]
Sirius  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway by HMS Venturer ( Royal Navy).[11][142]
Suma  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Insect-class gunboat was sunk on the Yangtze River 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Kiangyin, China (32°00′N 120°00′E / 32.000°N 120.000°E / 32.000; 120.000) by a mine. Eight crewmen were lost.[143]
Tatsuharu Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Yellow Sea by USS Balao ( United States Navy). She was beached.[11]
Vs 301 Karl Bergh  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[144]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1945
Ship Country Description
BK-7  Soviet Navy The Project 1125-class armored motor gunboat was sunk on this date.[145]
Egeria  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[11]
Horace Bushnell  United States World War II: Convoy JW 65: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) north east of the North Kilden Lighthouse, Soviet Union (69°23′N 35°17′E / 69.383°N 35.283°E / 69.383; 35.283) by U-995 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 69 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Orwell ( Royal Navy). Horash Bushnell was beached at Teriberski and abandoned as a constructive total loss. Salvaged in 1949, repaired and entered Soviet service as Pamyati Kirova.[11][146][147]
Hosen Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-88I: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea south of Cam Rahn Bay, French Indochina (11°18′N 108°57′E / 11.300°N 108.950°E / 11.300; 108.950) by USS Blenny ( United States Navy). A total of 170 passengers, eight gunners, and eighteen crewmen were killed.[148]
Isar  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[11]
Kainan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88I: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Cam Rahn Bay (12°00′N 109°17′E / 12.000°N 109.283°E / 12.000; 109.283) by USS Baya ( United States Navy).[148]
HMS Lapwing  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy JW 65: The Black Swan-class sloop was torpedoed and sunk in the Kola Inlet (69°29′N 33°44′E / 69.483°N 33.733°E / 69.483; 33.733) by U-968 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 168 of her 229 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Savage ( Royal Navy).[46][149]
HMS LST-80  Royal Navy World War II: The landing ship tank Mk.2 was sunk by a mine in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium with the loss of 4 crew.[150][151]
M15, M18, and M19  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type-1935 minesweepers were sunk in an American air raid on Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[5][11][152]
M-16  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type-1935 minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Kiel. Scuttled on 18 May 1945.[153]
M-522  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1916 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by US aircraft at Kiel.[154]
Nanshin Maru No. 21  Japan World War II: Convoy HI-88I: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea south of Cam Rahn Bay (11°18′N 108°57′E / 11.300°N 108.950°E / 11.300; 108.950) by USS Blenny ( United States Navy). Fourteen crewmen were killed.[148]
Nordwest  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Hamburg.[11]
Thomas Donaldson  United States World War II: Convoy JW 64: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea off Murmansk, Soviet Union (69°29′N 33°44′E / 69.483°N 33.733°E / 69.483; 33.733) by U-968 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 69 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Bamborough Castle, HMS Honeysuckle and HMS Oxlip (all  Royal Navy). Thomas Donaldson was taken in tow but foundered off Kilden Island (68°26′30″N 33°44′20″E / 68.44167°N 33.73889°E / 68.44167; 33.73889).[155][156]
U-2250  Germany World War II: The submarine was destroyed in an American air raid on Hamburg whilst under construction.[11]
Usambara  Germany World War II: The accommodation ship was sunk in an American air raid on Stettin, Pomerania.[11]
Venus  Kriegsmarine World War II: The target ship was bombed and sunk at Hamburg by American aircraft. Raised post-war, repaired and returned to Norwegian service in May 1948.[11][157]
Yamakuni Maru  Japan World War II:: The fishing vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Blenny ( United States Navy).[11]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1945
Ship Country Description
CH-33  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk off Nha Trang, French Indochina in the South China Sea (12°30′N 109°14′E / 12.500°N 109.233°E / 12.500; 109.233) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. The captain and seven crewmen were killed. There were 222 wounded.[158]
Fushimi Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the South China Sea off Nha Trang, French Indochina (12°30′N 109°14′E / 12.500°N 109.233°E / 12.500; 109.233) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Three crewmen and eleven others were killed.[158]
BK-131 Geroy Sovetskogo Soyuza Filchenkov  Soviet Navy The Project 1125-class armored motor gunboat was sunk on this date.[159]
James Eagan Layne  United States World War II: Convoy BTC 103: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom (50°13′N 4°05′W / 50.217°N 4.083°W / 50.217; -4.083) by U-399 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached at Whitesand Bay but declared a constructive total loss. All 69 crew survived.
John R. Park  United States World War II: Convoy TBC 102: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 9 nautical miles (17 km) off Lizard Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°56′N 5°26′W / 49.933°N 5.433°W / 49.933; -5.433) by U-1195 ( Kriegsmarine). All 75 crew were rescued by American Press ( United States) and a Royal Air Force rescue launch.[160]
KT-220  Soviet Navy The K-18-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[161]
M 3827 Saturnus  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval drifter/minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Øresund.[11][139]
Motoyama Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: The cargo ship (a.k.a. Genzan Maru No. 1) was sunk in the South China Sea off Nha Trang (12°30′N 109°14′E / 12.500°N 109.233°E / 12.500; 109.233) North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force. Four crewmen were killed.[158]
Renate  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Stettin Lagoon with the loss of 52 lives.[11]
S181  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force. 14 crew were killed.[11][162][163]
S 203  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was damaged in an air attack and then was sunk by a mine.[162]
TA42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ariete-class torpedo boat was sunk in an Allied air raid on Venice, Italy.[11]
Tateishi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The minelayer, originally built as a Hashima-class cable layer, was sunk in the South China Sea off Nha Trang (11°50′N 109°18′E / 11.833°N 109.300°E / 11.833; 109.300) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 345th Bomb Group, United States Fifth Air Force.[164]
Z51  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1942 destroyer was sunk in a British air raid on Bremen.[11]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Empire Kingsley  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TBC 103: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°08′N 5°51′W / 50.133°N 5.850°W / 50.133; -5.850) by U-315 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Fir ( Royal Navy).[36][165]
Frankfurt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship sunk by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft or struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off the Hel Peninsula, Pomerania.[166][167]
HMMTB 655  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea. 7 crew were killed and another died of wounds.[168][151]
Mendoza  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Pillau, East Prussia, Germany by Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 aircraft.[169][128]
R 239  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk in a British air raid on Hamburg.[11][95]
V 326  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol ship was sunk by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[170]
USS YF-724 and USS YF-725  United States Navy The self-propelled covered lighters were lost off the Farallon Islands in heavy weather.[171]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Charles D. McIver  United States World War II: Convoy ATM 100: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium (51°23′N 3°05′E / 51.383°N 3.083°E / 51.383; 3.083) by U-5366 ( Kriegsmarine).[11][172]
Doryo Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Spadefish ( United States Navy).[11]
Eleftheria  Greece World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off Ostend. She was beached but broke in two. The wreck was dispersed in 1952.[11][173]
Gneisenau  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incompletely refurbished Scharnhorst-class battleship was sunk as a blockship in Gdynia harbor, Poland. She was later refloated and scrapped.
Kachosan Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy KANA-101: The transport was bombed and sunk in the East China Sea off Sotsukozaki, Amami Ōshima by United States Navy aircraft. A total of 1,300 troops, 62 gunners, and 60 crewmen were killed.[174]
Lysaker  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Sandshamn, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235 and 249 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11][175]
M 296  Kriegsmarine The incomplete M 1940-class minesweeper was destroyed on the stocks at Memel, East Prussia.[176]
M 3138  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Pillau, East Prussia.[54]
HMS MTB 705  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea.[177]
Ro-41  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaichū VII type submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (22°57′N 132°19′E / 22.950°N 132.317°E / 22.950; 132.317) by USS Haggard ( United States Navy).[178]
Robert Muller VII  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by a mine in the Skagerrak off Nidingen.[179]
Rotenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off the Norwegian coast by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235 and 248 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
U-1003  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine attempted to ram HMCS New Glasgow ( Royal Canadian Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean but was severely damaged in the process. She was scuttled three days later (55°25′N 6°53′W / 55.417°N 6.883°W / 55.417; -6.883) with the loss of seventeen of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Thetford Mines ( Royal Canadian Navy).[180]
Utviken  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat off Sjællands Odde, Denmark.[181]
V 2022 Emil Colsmann  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Kattegat by L-21 ( Soviet Navy).[11][182]
USS S-21  United States Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off northern New England.

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Butyardingen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by Soviet aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[97]
CD-68  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) north west of Okinawa (30°00′N 126°36′E / 30.000°N 126.600°E / 30.000; 126.600) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Chitose Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) north west of Okinawa (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Erni  Germany World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea by L-21 ( Soviet Navy).[54]
Kaijo Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The cargo ship was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) southeast of Shanghai, China (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Koshu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The cargo ship was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) southeast of Shanghai, China (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Monbaldo  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Stettin, Pomerania. Raised in 1950–55 and taken into service until scrapped in 1969.[184]
Robert Ley  Germany World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Hamburg, Germany. The wreck was scrapped at Inverkeithing, Scotland in June 1947.[185]
Sarp  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged at Egersund, Norway in an Allied air raid. She was beached on fire and was later condemned as a total loss. Repaired in 1945 and used as a barge before being scrapped later that year.[186]
Seki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) northwest of Okinawa (29°12′N 125°13′E / 29.200°N 125.217°E / 29.200; 125.217) by American Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft.[183]
Shonan Maru No. 16  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) southeast of Shanghai, China (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Soka Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The cargo ship was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Shanghai, China (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[183]
Thetis  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Egersund, Norway in an Allied air raid. She was raised post-war, repaired and entered Norwegian service as Strømsøy.[186]
Tomozuru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy KANA-304: The Chidori-class torpedo boat was sunk in the East China Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Shanghai, China (28°25′N 124°32′E / 28.417°N 124.533°E / 28.417; 124.533) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58.[187]
Tugela  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Florø, Norway.[188]
UJ-1435  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed and sunk at Egersund in an Allied air raid. She was raised post-war.[186]
Weser  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an air raid at Neufahrwasser, Danzig, Germany.[81]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1945
Ship Country Description
AF 120  Kriegsmarine The MFP-D Type Artilleriefährprahm was sunk on this date.[13]
Albert Leo Schlageter  Kriegsmarine The river anti-aircraft vessel was sunk on this date.[189]
DC 07 Gretel  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol ship by Soviet aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[190]
Ernst Moritz Arndt  Kriegsmarine The river anti-aircraft vessel was sunk on this date.[189]
Fuji Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary netlayer was torpedoed and sunk south west of Kagashima, Kyushu (31°09′N 130°31′E / 31.150°N 130.517°E / 31.150; 130.517) by USS Tirante ( United States Navy). 45 navy passengers killed.[11][191]
Leda  Norway World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk off the mouth of the Oder by Soviet shore-based artillery. Raised in December 1948 but declared a total loss. Sold in December 1949 for scrapping.[192]
HMML 466  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk off Walcheren, Netherlands by a Kriegsmarine Seehund midget submarine.[11][193]
Pacific  Netherlands World War II: Convoy BTC 108: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Falmouth (49°54′N 5°17′W / 49.900°N 5.283°W / 49.900; -5.283) by U-399 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her ten crew.[194]
Priamus  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Kristiansand, Norway by Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 502 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[11][195]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1945
Ship Country Description
AF 128  Kriegsmarine The MFP-D Type Artilleriefährprahm was sunk on this date.[13]
Bille  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Neufahrwasser, Danzig by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][196][128]
CH-34  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.28-class submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Andaman Sea east of Khota Andaman (10°35′N 94°45′E / 10.583°N 94.750°E / 10.583; 94.750) by HMS Vigilant and HMS Virago (both  Royal Navy).[197]
CH-63  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.28-class submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Andaman Sea east of Khota Andaman (10°35′N 94°45′E / 10.583°N 94.750°E / 10.583; 94.750) by HMS Vigilant ( Royal Navy).[198]
Ha-69, Ha-78 and Ha-79  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarines were scuttled at Talisay, Cebu, Philippines.[199]
USS Halligan  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa by Ha-67 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of about half of her crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-1128 and USS LSM(R)-194 (both  United States Navy). The wreck came ashore the next day on Tokashiki.[191]
Newlands  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the North Sea (51°28′N 01°25′E / 51.467°N 1.417°E / 51.467; 1.417) by a Kriegsmarine Seehund midget submarine. Two crew and an armed gunner were killed.[11][151][200]
HMS Puffin  Royal Navy World War II: The Kingfisher-class sloop was damaged in the North Sea by a Kriegsmarine Seehund midget submarine. She was taken in to Harwich, Essex but was declared a constructive total loss.
R-145  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-130 minesweeper was sunk off Liepāja, Latvia by Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 aircraft.[201][128]
R-260  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was sunk off Palanga, Lithuania by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[95]
Risui Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was shelled and sunk in the Andaman Sea east of Khota Andaman (10°35′N 94°45′E / 10.583°N 94.750°E / 10.583; 94.750) by HMS Volage ( Royal Navy).[198]
Shinto Maru No. 1  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Balao ( United States Navy).[11]
TK-10  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[202]
TK-181 Patriot  Soviet Navy The D-3-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[203]
HMAS Terka  Royal Australian Navy The auxiliary minesweeper sank in Madang Harbour New Guinea.[204]
Teshio Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The stores ship was bombed and sunk in the Andaman Sea east of Khota Andaman (10°35′N 94°45′E / 10.583°N 94.750°E / 10.583; 94.750) by two Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the Royal Air Force. Eleven people were killed.[198]
U-399  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel off Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°56′N 5°22′W / 49.933°N 5.367°W / 49.933; -5.367) by HMS Duckworth ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 46 of her 47 crew.[205]
U-1003  Kriegsmarine World War II: The damaged Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled at (55°25′N 6°53′W / 55.417°N 6.883°W / 55.417; -6.883) with the loss of seventeen of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Thetford Mines ( Royal Canadian Navy).[180]
V-310  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[206]
Weser  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][128]
Zähringen  Kriegsmarine World War II: The target ship was scuttled as a block ship in Gotenhafen.

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Ha-208  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine was bombed and sunk off Okinawa while charging her batteries on the surface.[191]
HMS LCA 1472  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost off Leyte, The Philippines.[207][208]
Odate  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The minelayer, originally a Hashima-class cable layer, was strafed in the East China Sea southwest of Kagoshima (30°43′N 127°53′E / 30.717°N 127.883°E / 30.717; 127.883) by Grumman F6F Hellcat aircraft of the United States Navy and was fatally damaged when her depth charges were detonated, sinking later in the day. Forty-four survivors were rescued later by a passing convoy.[209]
R 145  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja, Latvia by Soviet aircraft.[11][128]
R 260  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][128]
Saßnitz  Germany World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft.[11][128]
STS-181  Soviet Navy World War II: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Baltic Sea by Kriegsmarine Schnellboote.[11]
TKA-166  Soviet Navy World War II: The D-3-class motor torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Baltic Sea by S-64 ( Kriegsmarine).[11][132]
TKA-196 Mordovskiy Kolkhoznik  Soviet Navy World War II: The D-3-class motor torpedo boat was damaged, captured, and scuttled in the Baltic Sea by S-81 ( Kriegsmarine).[11][132]
U-722  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Scotland (57°09′N 6°55′W / 57.150°N 6.917°W / 57.150; -6.917) by HMS Byron, HMS Fitzroy and HMS Redmill (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[210][211]
U-905  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in The Minch (58°34′N 5°46′W / 58.567°N 5.767°W / 58.567; -5.767) by HMS Conn ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[212]
UJ 205  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk at Venice by American aircraft.[213]
Venus  Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Cape Arkona, Rügen.[11]
Yusen Maru No. 27 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[28]

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Asokawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The tanker was bombed and sunk in Van Phong Bay (12°31′N 109°22′E / 12.517°N 109.367°E / 12.517; 109.367) off Nha Trang, French Indochina by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the 43rd Bomb Group. A total of 92 passengers, eight gunners and 34 crewmen were killed.[214]
CD-33  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C escort ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Shikoku (31°45′N 131°50′E / 31.750°N 131.833°E / 31.750; 131.833) by United States Navy aircraft from Task Force 58. All 170 crewmen were lost.[215]
Honan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea off Nha Trang near Hon Doi Islet by USS Bluegill ( United States Navy). 5 gunners and 44 crewmen were killed. Mikura ( Imperial Japanese Navy) rescued 6 crewmen and CD-84 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) rescued 15 crewmen. The abandoned vessel drifted ashore on Hon Doi Islet (12°40′N 109°27′E / 12.667°N 109.450°E / 12.667; 109.450). The next day Bluegill torpedoed the ship again starting an inferno that burns out the ship.[214]
KT-222  Soviet Navy The K-18-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[161]
KT-729  Soviet Navy The K-18-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[161]
Kaio Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[2]
HMS LCP-840  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea.[11]
Mikura  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Mikura-class escort ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Shikoku (31°45′N 131°50′E / 31.750°N 131.833°E / 31.750; 131.833) by USS Threadfin ( United States Navy). All 216 crewmen were lost.[216]
Nase Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Kyushu by USS Tirante ( United States Navy).[11]
Oklahoma  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°37′N 41°43′W / 13.617°N 41.717°W / 13.617; -41.717) by U-532 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of fourteen gunners and 36 crewmen. Twelve gunners and ten crewmen were rescued on 14 April by Delaware ( United States).[217]
PB-108  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat was sunk in the Gulf of Boni off Maniang Island, Celebes (04°14′S 121°28′E / 4.233°S 121.467°E / -4.233; 121.467) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force. Sixty-nine crewmen were killed, 9 were wounded.[218]
USS Skylark  United States Navy World War II: The Auk-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Hagushi Bay, Okinawa (26°20′N 127°40′E / 26.333°N 127.667°E / 26.333; 127.667), with the loss of five of her 105 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by the high-speed minesweeper USS Tolman ( United States Navy).
USS Trigger  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Ryukyu Islands (32°16′N 123°05′E / 32.267°N 123.083°E / 32.267; 123.083) by Mikura, CD-33 and CD-59 (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).
W-11  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.7-class minesweeper was sunk in Makassar Bay (05°06′S 119°14′E / 5.100°S 119.233°E / -5.100; 119.233) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Thirteenth Air Force. Sixty-nine crewmen were killed, nine were wounded.[219]
USS YR-43  United States Navy While under tow in the Gulf of Alaska by the tug LT-373 (United States United States Army), the diesel auxiliary floating workshop broke loose, drifted ashore, and was wrecked 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) south of Zaikof Point on Montague Island, Territory of Alaska, at the entrance to Prince William Sound. Her entire crew survived, and was rescued by the rescue tug USS ATR-68 ( United States Navy), the lighthouse tender USCGC Cedar (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard (1915–1953).png United States Coast Guard), and the buoy tender USCGC Bramble (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard (1915–1953).png United States Coast Guard).[220]

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1945
Ship Country Description
CD-18  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The Type D escort ship was strafed, bombed and sunk in the South China Sea 35 miles off Cap Batangan, French Indochina (14°44′N 109°16′E / 14.733°N 109.267°E / 14.733; 109.267) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 498th and 501st Bomb Squadrons, United States Fifth Air Force. One hundred and eighty four crewmen including her C.O. were killed.[214]
CD-84  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The Type D escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 20 miles north north east of pointe An Yo (14°40′N 109°16′E / 14.667°N 109.267°E / 14.667; 109.267) by USS Hammerhead ( United States Navy). 6 Honan Maru survivors and all of her 191 crewmen are killed. Some survivors were rescued by Manju ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[214]
CD-130  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The Type D escort ship was strafed, bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Nha Trang, French Indochina (14°39′N 109°16′E / 14.650°N 109.267°E / 14.650; 109.267) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 498th and 501st Bomb Squadrons, United States Fifth Air Force. All 178 crewmen were killed.[221]
KT-125  Soviet Navy The K-15/M-17-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[222]
Kaiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The tanker was strafed, bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Nha Trang French Indochina (15°14′N 109°26′E / 15.233°N 109.433°E / 15.233; 109.433) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the 500th bomb Squadron, United States Fifth Air Force. Twelve passengers, four gunners and nineteen crewmen were killed.[223][224]
Kommandøren  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Bergen, Norway by S-13 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of a crew member.[225]
Pa-173  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Pa-1-class patrol boat was sunk by a mine in Wakamatsu Harbour. Later raised but not repaired.[226]
Showa Maru No. 2 GO  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy SAYU-02: The auxiliary submarine chaser was lost on this date.[227]
HMCS Teme  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy BTC 111: The River-class frigate was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (50°07′N 5°45′W / 50.117°N 5.750°W / 50.117; -5.750) by U-315 ( Kriegsmarine). She was consequently declared a total loss and sold for scrap in December 1945.[228]
U-1106  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Faroe Islands (61°46′N 2°16′W / 61.767°N 2.267°W / 61.767; -2.267) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[229]
U-1169  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel south of Lizard Point, Cornwall, United Kingdom by HMS Duckworth ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[230]
UJ 308  Kriegsmarine The KSK-2-class naval drifter/submarine chaser was lost in a collision on this date, raised post war, repaired and put in Soviet service.[52]
V-5532  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2-class naval drifter/Vorpostenboot was shelled and set alight by HNoMS MTB 716 and HNoMS MTB 717 (both  Royal Norwegian Navy) in Stokksundet, Norway, and beached. The ship was then destroyed by the fire. Of the 17 man crew, eight were killed and nine were wounded.[231]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Eider  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.[11]
Eikichi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Kyushu by USS Tirante ( United States Navy).[11]
F 6 Königin Luise  Kriegsmarine World War II: The command ship, a former F-class escort ship, was bombed and sunk by American Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft at Wilhelmshaven.[11][232]
Gijon  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
Gudrid  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Menstad, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. Raised post-war, repaired and returned to service in 1948.[233]
Hamburg  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11]
Hansburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11]
HMS High Tide  Royal Navy The examination vessel, an Admiralty type drifter, foundered off northern Wales.[234][235]
Jim  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was either torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by a Kriegsmarine Seehund midget submarine, or foundered in a storm.[11]
Kiri Maru No. 5 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[236]
Köln  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Königsberg-class cruiser was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. The wreck was broken up in 1946.
HMS LCA 1433  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was smashed by waves during a storm in the Admiralty Islands.[207][208]
M-329  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk by American aircraft at Wilhelmshaven.[11][237]
M 3430 Mardyck  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk by American aircraft at Wilhelmshaven.[11][237][39]
M 3138  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg, Pomerania.[11]
Njassa  Germany World War II: The accommodation ship was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11]
Quirid Borgstad  Norway World War II: The coaster was sunk at Porsgrunn, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 33 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[11]
RA 256  Kriegsmarine The minesweeper, a former VAS 301-class submarine chaser, was lost on this date.[238]
S 186, S 194 and S 224  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboote were sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11][162]
Scharnhörn  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Menstad by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 333 Squadrons, RAF.[233]
Shinan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy HI-88J: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk in the South China Sea off Yulin, Hainan, China (18°09′N 109°42′E / 18.150°N 109.700°E / 18.150; 109.700) by North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[239]
Specht  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11]
Stella  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in an American air raid on Bremen, Germany.[11][240]
Svanefjell  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Menstad, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. Raised post-war, repaired and returned to service.[241]
Torafire  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Menstad, Norway by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. Raised in August 1945, repaired and returned to service in February 1948.[188]
U-96  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven by United States Army Air Force aircraft.
U-348  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Hamburg (53°33′N 9°57′E / 53.550°N 9.950°E / 53.550; 9.950) by United States Army Air Force aircraft with the loss of two crew.[242]
U-350  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Finkenwerder, Hamburg (53°33′N 9°57′E / 53.550°N 9.950°E / 53.550; 9.950) by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[243]
U-429  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Wilhelmshaven (53°31′N 8°10′E / 53.517°N 8.167°E / 53.517; 8.167) by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[244]
U-430  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Bremen (53°08′N 8°46′E / 53.133°N 8.767°E / 53.133; 8.767) by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[245]
U-870  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was bombed and sunk at Bremen by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[246]
U-882  Germany World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-884  Germany World War II: The Type IXD/42 submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.
U-965  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Scotland (58°19′N 5°31′W / 58.317°N 5.517°W / 58.317; -5.517) by HMS Conn and HMS Rupert (both  Royal Navy).[247]
U-1131  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIc submarine was bombed and sunk at Hamburg in an American air raid. She was later scrapped.[248]
U-1167  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was bombed and sunk at Hamburg in a British air raid with the loss of one crew member.[249]
U-1197  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was damaged in an American air raid on Bremen. She was consequently decommissioned.[11]
U-2340  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was bombed and sunk at Hamburg in a British air raid. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[250]
U-3036  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-3042  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was destroyed on the slips in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-3043  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was destroyed on the slips in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-3046  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-3045  Germany World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Bremen.[11]
U-3508  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.
Vistula  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine tender was sunk in an American air raid on Wilhelmshaven.[11]
Vs 343  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol boat struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg.[11]

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1945
Ship Country Description
Ha-60  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C-class midget submarine was bombed and damaged off Unten, Okinawa. Abandoned in sinking conditions from leaks.[191]
I-8  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type J3 submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa by USS Morrison and USS Stockton (both  United States Navy) with the loss of 99 of her 100 crew. The survivor was rescued by USS Morrison.
John C. Fremont  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was damaged by a mine in Subic Bay, Philippines and was declared a constructive total loss.[251]
Martha Russ I  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a British and Canadian air raid on Hamburg.[11]
Nanho Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft off Makassar.[227]
Stormarn  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a British and Canadian air raid on Hamburg.[11]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1945
Ship Country Description
F 295  Kriegsmarine World War II: The A Type Marinefährprahm was sunk 18 February by Soviet aircraft, or sunk 3 March by unknown cause.[13][252]
Ha-69  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C-class midget submarine was scuttled at Davao, Philippines in late March.[199]
Hans Rolshoven  Kriegsmarine World War II: The salvaged, but unrepaired, Hans Rolshoven-class seaplane tender was bombed and sunk by British bombers at Sassnitz.[253]
Jersbek  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft on 9 March, or bombed and sunk by Soviet Douglas A-20 Havoc and Ilyushin Il-4 aircraft on 28 March, or struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Pillau, East Prussia on 30 March.[254][128]
USS Kete  United States Navy World War II: The Balao-class submarine was lost in the Pacific Ocean on or after 20 March. She may have been torpedoed and sunk on 20 March by Ro-41 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[11]
HMS LCA 1112  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost sometime in March.[255]
HMS LCA 1153  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost sometime in March.[255]
HMS LCM 1011  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost in the Mediterranean Sea.[256][30]
T40, T41 and T42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boats were scuttled by their builder to prevent capture by the Red Army at the Schichau Yard, Elbing.[257]
T43, T44, T45, T46,
T47, T48, T49, and T50
 Kriegsmarine World War II:The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boats were destroyed by their builder to prevent capture by the Red Army at the Schichau Yard, Elbing.[258]
TS 15  Kriegsmarine The incomplete torpedo training ship, originally designed to be an M 1940-class minesweeper, was destroyed on the stocks at Memel sometime in March (probably on 23 March).[259]
U-296  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on or about 12 March on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 55°30′N 7°00′W / 55.500°N 7.000°W / 55.500; -7.000) possibly due to striking a mine. All 42 crew were killed.[260]
U-758  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was severely damaged in a British air raid on Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. She was struck from the navy list on 16 March. Scrapped in 1946.
USS YCF-23, USS YCF-29,
USS YCF-36 and USS YCF-37
 United States Navy The non-self-propelled car floats were lost en route to Eniwetok sometime in March.[261]

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