List of shipwrecks in May 1940

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The list of shipwrecks in May 1940 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1940.

1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Arlington  Canada The cargo ship (1,870 GRT, 1913) sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
Bahia Castillo  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troopship (8,579 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and damaged in the Skaggerak south east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). Ten men and twenty-six horses were lost and twenty-three men wounded. The ship was towed into Frederikshavn, and it was scrapped at Kiel, Germany in September 1940.[1][2][3]
Beaufort  Norway World War II: The tanker (5,053 GRT, 1929) was bombed and damaged at Øye, Rogaland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft, then scuttled by own crew. There were no casualties. She was raised in September 1941, laid up, and repaired post-war.[4]
Buenos Aires  Kriegsmarine World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The troopship (6,097 GRT, 1911) was torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). Sixty men and two hundred and forty horses were lost and sixty-four men wounded.[1][3][5]
Dronning Maud  Norway
Dronning Maud

World War II: The troopship (1,489 GRT, 1925) was bombed and sunk in Gratangen, off Foldvik, Norway by aircraft of Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 18 lives.

Haga  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (1,296 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat with the loss of four crew.[6][7][circular reference]
La Cancalaise  France World War II: The trawler (400 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Dyck Lightship with the loss of 23 of her 31 crew.[1][8][9]
Matakana  United Kingdom The refrigerated cargo ship (8,048 GRT, 1921) ran aground in the Caribbean off Mayaguana, Bahamas and was wrecked. Her 78 crew were rescued by Panama ( United States).[10]
Pioner I  Norway World War II: The coaster (225 GRT, 1900) was bombed and sunk at Hjørungavåg, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Raeter.[11]
Uller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer, a former Vale-class gunboat (250 t, 1876), was bombed and damaged in Sognefjord, Norway by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service. She was beached and subsequently scuttled by Tyr ( Kriegsmarine).
Veslefrik  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The guard ship (169 GRT, 1924) was run aground in Lønnefjord, Norway, to prevent capture by the Germans.[12]

2 May[edit]

For the loss of RFA Boardale on this day, see the entry for 30 April 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Cläre Hugo Stinnes 1  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (5,294 GRT, 1935) was shelled off Skorpa, Norway by HMS Trident ( Royal Navy) and beached in Korsfjord. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1][13]
Redstone  United Kingdom World War II: The WWI C-class standard cargo ship (3,110 GRT, 1918) was scuttled as a blockship in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow Orkney Islands. Salvaged and scrapped 1948.[14]

3 May[edit]

For the loss of HMTs Aston Villa, Gaul and St Goran on this day, see the entry for 30 April 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Afridi  Royal Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer (1,891/2,519 t, 1938) was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway (66°14′N 5°45′E / 66.233°N 5.750°E / 66.233; 5.750) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 49 of her 219 crew and 30 survivors of Bison ( French Navy) and 13 other military passengers. The survivors were rescued by HMS Griffin and HMS Imperial (both  Royal Navy).[1]
Bison  French Navy World War II: Namsos Campaign: The Guépard-class destroyer (2,398/3,170 t, 1929) was bombed and damaged off Trondheim, Norway (65°42′N 7°17′E / 65.700°N 7.283°E / 65.700; 7.283) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled by HMS Afridi, which had rescued 69 survivors, more survivors rescued by HMS Imperial and HMS Grenade (all  Royal Navy). 102 crewmen and 1 Royal Navy observer killed.[1]
HNoMS Djerv  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 2.-class torpedo boat (44/66 t, 1897) was scuttled off Kvamsøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.[1]
HNoMS Dristig  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 2.-class torpedo boat (44/66 t, 1898) was scuttled off Kvamsøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.[1]
Magicienne  Denmark The schooner (248 GRT, 1912) ran aground west of St Abb's Head, Berwickshire, United Kingdom. All eight crew survived.[15][16]
Scientist  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,199 GRT, 1938) was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (19°55′S 4°20′E / 19.917°S 4.333°E / -19.917; 4.333) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were taken aboard as prisoners of war. 27 crewmen and 1 passenger were put on Tirranna ( Germany). The passenger and one crewman were killed when Tiranna was sunk later off France. 15 other crewmen were loaded onto Durmitor ( Kingdom of Yugoslavia): and interned in Italian Somaliland.[1]

4 May[edit]

For the loss of the Norwegian coastal tanker MV Rødskjæl, which may have occurred on this date, see the list for April 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Aafjord  Norway World War II: The coaster (335 GRT, 1914) was bombed and sunk in Breiviken, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[1][17]
Almy  Sweden World War II: The fishing boat (48 GRT) struck a mine in the Kattegat (57°33′N 11°35′E / 57.550°N 11.583°E / 57.550; 11.583) and sank with the loss of all four crew.[1][18][19]
Blaafjeld I  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,146 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk near Kolvereid, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1][20]
ORP Grom  Polish Navy World War II: The Grom-class destroyer (1,975/2,400 t, 1937) was bombed and sunk in Ofotfjord off Narvik, Norway by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 100, Luftwaffe with the loss of 59 of her 192 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Aurora, HMS Bedouin, HMS Enterprise and HMS Faulknor (all  Royal Navy).[1][21]
Monark  Germany World War II: The captured Swedish cargo ship (1,786 GRT, 1938) was intercepted in the North Sea off Stavanger, Norway by HMS Severn ( Royal Navy). After the German prize crew was captured and the Norwegian crew members set ashore, she was torpedoed and sunk.[1]
Pan  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,309 GRT, 1922) was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. The wreck was raise in 1942, repaired and returned to service.[1][22]
San Tiburcio  United States World War II: The tanker (5,995 GRT, 1921) struck a mine in the Moray Firth off Balintore, Ross-shire, United Kingdom and sank. All crew were rescued by HMS Codrington and HMT Leicester City (both  Royal Navy).[1][23]
Sekstant  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,626 GRT, 1920) was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Eldrid  Norway World War II: The damaged cargo ship (1,712 GRT, 1915) was scuttled at Narvik, Norway by German forces.[24]
Graig  United Kingdom The cargo ship (3,683 GRT, 1924) ran aground at Egg Island, Nova Scotia, Canada and broke in two.[25]
Maianbar United Kingdom Australia The cargo ship (513 GRT, 1910) ran aground off Newcastle, New South Wales. She was declared a total loss.
Richard With  Norway World War II: The cargo liner (905 GRT, 1909) was attacked and damaged off Sørreisa, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[26]
HNoMS Sild  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 1.-class torpedo boat (83/107 t, 1900) was scuttled in the Norwegian Sea off Harøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Almy  Sweden (Look 04/05/1940)
Brage  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (5,954 GRT, 1937) struck a mine in the North Sea off the Kiel Lightship ( Germany) and sank. The whole crew was rescued.[1][5][27]
Brighton  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (5,359 GRT, 1928) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France (51°03′N 2°09′E / 51.050°N 2.150°E / 51.050; 2.150). All 34 crew were rescued.[1][28]
HMT Loch Naver  Royal Navy The naval trawler (278 GRT, 1919) collided with another vessel off Hartlepool, Co Durham and sank. The survivors were rescued by the yacht Breda ( United Kingdom).[1][29]
V-101  Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot sank in the Kattegat.[30]
V-811 Hugo Homann  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot (367 or 391 GRT, 1929) struck a mine in the Ems estuary and sank. (Saved and repaired)[31]
Vogesen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (4,241 GRT, 1904) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat (57°33′N 11°35′E / 57.550°N 11.583°E / 57.550; 11.583).[1][18][32][33]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Folden  Norway World War II: The coaster (316 GRT, 1905) was bombed and sunk off Helgeland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Saint Pierre  Belgium World War II: The fishing (15 GRT) boat struck a mine in the North Sea and sank.[1]

8 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Gerda  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship (1,151 GRT, 1921) struck a mine in the North Sea off Bergen, Norway and sank.[5]
HNoMS Skrei  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 1.-class torpedo boat (83/107 t, 1901) was scuttled off Aspøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.
USS Tutuila  United States Navy The Wake-class river gunboat ran aground in the Yangtze River at Chunking and was damaged. Refloated on 13 May, repaired and returned to service.[34]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Corrientes  Germany World War II: The tanker (4,565 GRT, 1920) was sabotaged and sunk at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain by French divers. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[35]
Doris  French Navy World War II: The Circé-class submarine (615/776 t, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea west of Petten, Netherlands (53°40′N 4°00′E / 53.667°N 4.000°E / 53.667; 4.000) by U-9 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 44 crew and three Royal Navy officers.[35]
Emsstrom  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (4,517 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Hubertgat. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[31]
M-134  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1916 minesweeper (508/550 t, 1919) was bombed and sunk at Bergen, Norway by Blackburn Skua aircraft of 806 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm or Bristol Blenheim aircraft of 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service as M534.[35][36]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Boschdijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (6,872 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[35]
Calaisien  France World War II: The tug (202 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Calais, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[35]
Campinas  Germany World War II: The troopship (4,541 GRT, 1921) struck a mine in the Kattegat off Drogden, Denmark and sank.[35][37][38]
HNLMS de Oceaan  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The tug was scuttled in the Wadden Sea between Ameland and Terschelling, the Netherlands.[39]
Dinteldijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (9,399 GRT) was bombed an sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[21]
Goslar  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (6,040 GRT, 1929) was scuttled at Paramaribo, Suriname to avoid capture by Dutch forces.[40]
Henry Woodall  United Kingdom World War II: The collier (625 GRT, 1935) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Withernsea, Yorkshire with the loss of seven of her 14 crew. The survivors were rescued by Viiu ( Estonia).[35][41]
Nordnorge  Kriegsmarine World War II: The coaster (991 GRT, 1924), used as a troopship, was shelled, torpedoed and sunk at Hemnesberget, Norway by HMS Calcutta and HMS Zulu (both  Royal Navy).
Sophie Rickmers  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (7,033 GRT, 1925) was scuttled in the Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Dutch forces. Raised, repaired and put in Dutch service as Toendjoek.[42]
HNLMS Van Galen  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Admiralen-class destroyer (1,316/1,640 t, 1929) was bombed and damaged in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe. She later sank in the Merwedehaven.[21][35]
Wasgenwald  Germany (Look "Sembilangan" 13/03/1943)

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Antilla  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (4,363 GRT, 1939) was scuttled in the Caribbean Sea off Aruba, Curaçao and Dependencies to avoid capture by the Dutch.
HNLMS Braga  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The gunboat (245 t, 1878) was scuttled in the Waal, the Netherlands.[21]
Makis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship (3,546 GRT, 1906) struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria, Italy.[43]
Sally  Finland World War II: The cargo ship (2,533 GRT, 1896) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat.[37]
Statendam  Netherlands World War II: The ocean liner (28,291 GRT, 1924) was sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands in a Luftwaffe air raid.
Stella  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (2,818 GRT, 1909) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[44]
Tringa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,930 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium by U-9 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of the 23 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by HMS Malcolm ( Royal Navy).[45]
Veendam  Netherlands World War II: The ocean liner (15,450 GRT, 1923) was sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands in a Luftwaffe air raid.
Viiu  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship (1,908 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (51°21′N 2°25′E / 51.350°N 2.417°E / 51.350; 2.417. by U-9 ( Kriegsmarine). Only five people aboard survived. They were rescued by HMT Arctic Hunter ( Royal Navy).[35]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Bulgia  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Thor-class river gunboat (270 t, 1879) was sunk in the port of Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft. 13 crew were killed. Raised on 31 July 1940 and scrapped by the Germans.[21][46][47][48]
HNLMS Friso  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gruno-class gunboat (530/573 t, 1915) was bombed and sunk in the IJsselmeer off Enkhuizen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft. The capsized wreck was shelled and sunk by HNLMS Pieter Florisz ( Royal Netherlands Navy). Three crew were killed. Raised on 15 March 1943 and scrapped by the Germans.[49][50][51]
HMCS Gate Vessel No. 1  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy TC 4A: The Battle-class naval trawler (320 GRT, 1917) was rammed by HMS Revenge ( Royal Navy) at Halifax, Nova Scotia and sank. All 18 crew were rescued.[35]
Henrica  Netherlands The coaster (420 GRT, 1931) collided with another vessel and sank.[52]
Jura   Switzerland World War II: The tanker (780 GRT, 1937) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, Belgium with the loss of two lives.[53]
Käthe Jürgensen  Germany World War II: The cargo schooner (346 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Lübeck, Germany.[31]
HNLMS Luctor et Emergo  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: the hospital ship (99 GRT, 1915) was sunk in the port of Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft. Seven crew and five civilians having taken shelter aboard were killed.[46][47][54]
Prinses Juliana  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship (2,908 GRT, 1920) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Hook of Holland, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft. The survivors were rescued by HMS Havock and HMS Wild Swan (both  Royal Navy).[35][55]
Ranheim  Norway World War II: The coaster (298 or 329 GRT, 1913) was shelled and sunk at Hemnesberget, Norway by HMS Carlisle and HMS Zulu (both  Royal Navy).[26]
Roek  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (1,041 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Nieuwe Waterweg Rotterdam, the Netherlands (51°54′N 4°21′E / 51.900°N 4.350°E / 51.900; 4.350). All 51 people aboard were rescued.[35][56]
St. Denis  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,435 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Nieuwe Waterweg between Hook of Holland and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[35] She was later salvaged by the Germans and became the accommodation ship Barbara.[21]
Van Rensselaer  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship (4,191 GRT, 1920) struck a mine at IJmuiden, the Netherlands and was beached.[35][57]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Anhalt  Germany World War II: The troopship (5,870 GRT, 1922) struck a mine and was beached off the coast of Sweden.[37] She was later repaired and returned to service.[58]
Bussum  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (3,636 GRT, 1917) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off the Noord Hinder Lightship ( Netherlands). She was abandoned by her 29 crew, who were rescued by Bouclier ( French Navy). Bussum was towed to London, United Kingdom and was subsequently repaired and returned to service.[59]
HNLMS Christiaan Cornelis  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The K-class torpedo boat (48 t, 1905) was scuttled at Rotterdam, the Netherlands following severe battle damage.
Georges-Eduard  Belgian Navy The patrol boat, a former fishing vessel (217 GRT, 1938), was lost on this date.[60]
Gorm  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship (2,156 GRT, 1916) struck a mine in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, Belgium (51°22′12″N 3°12′59″E / 51.37000°N 3.21639°E / 51.37000; 3.21639) and sank.[61]
Kyle Firth  United Kingdom The cargo ship (450 GRT, 1905) ran aground on Holy Island, Anglesey and was wrecked.[62]
HNLMS M 2  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper (202 t, 1918) was sunk by a magnetic mine in the North Sea off IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Seven crewmen killed. She was salvaged in July 1940 and put into service by the Germans as LAZ-47 ( Kriegsmarine).[63]
Ville du Bizerte  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (32 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Guardia, Algeria.[35]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Abraham van der Hulst  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper (450/585 t, 1937) was scuttled at Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as M 553 ( Kriegsmarine).[64]
Batterijschip IJmuiden  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The former coastal defence ship Jacob Van Heemskerck (4,920 t, 1908) was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Undine.[65]
HNLMS Brinio  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Brinio-class gunboat (545/634 t, 1914) was bombed and damaged in the IJsselmeer by Luftwaffe aircraft and subsequently scuttled. Raised on 12 October 1942 and scrapped by the Germans.[66]
Chrobry  Poland World War II: The troopship (11,442 GRT, 1939) was bombed and damaged in the Vestfjorden, off northern Norway. 11 crew members and an unknown number of troops were killed. She was scuttled on 16 May due to damage received.[67]
HNLMS Freyr  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Thor-class river gunboat (223 t, 1877) was scuttled in the Binnen IJ at Nieuwendam, the Netherlands. Later refloated.[21][68][69]
HNLMS Gerard Callenburgh  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer (1,604/2,228 t, 1940) was scuttled in the Nieuwe Waterweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS Hefring  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Thor-class river gunboat (223 t, 1880) was scuttled by her crew at Amsterdam. She was later salvaged by the Germans. Raised on 23 September 1940. Conflicting information as to weather she was scrapped, Also possible is that it was used as a "Küstenschutzboot" and was lost in service. Another version is that it was towed to the Coenhaven on 26 September, where it sank again, was raised and scrapped.[21][70]
HNLMS Jan Danielzoon van de Rijn  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The torpedo boat (142 t, 1905) was scuttled at Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 10.[21]
HNLMS Johan Maurits van Nassau  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The sloop (1,457/1,793 t, 1933) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of Callantsoog, the Netherlands, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 17 of her crew.[71]
Jan Pieterszoon Coen  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship (11,140 GRT, 1915) was scuttled as a blockship at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[72]
HNLMS G 16  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The G 13-class torpedo boat (180/230 t, 1914) was scuttled at Den Helder, the Netherlands.[35] She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 9.[21]
HNLMS M 1  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper (323 t, 1918) was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[73] She was later salvaged and put into service by the Germans as LAZ-46 ( Kriegsmarine).[74][21][75]
HNLMS M 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper (226 t, 1918) was scuttled as a blockship at IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Wreck later blown up.[76][77]
HNLMS M 4  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper (226 t, 1918) was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[78] She was later salvaged and put into service by the Germans as ZRD-57 ( Kriegsmarine).[21][79]
HNLMS Noordzee II  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The naval tug (260 GRT, 1927) struck a mine and sank in the Westerschelde. From the 22 crew on board, 20 died.[80][81]
HNLMS O 8  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 8-class submarine (363/434 t, 1917) was scuttled at Den Helder, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as U-D1.
HNLMS O 11  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 9-class submarine (515/647 t, 1926) was scuttled at Den Helder to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as U-D2.[35]
HNLMS O 12  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 12-class submarine (610/754 t, 1931) was scuttled at Den Helder while undergoing maintenance at the Rijkswerf shipyard to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS O 25  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine (990/1,205 t, 1940) was scuttled at Schiedam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as UD-3.[35]
HNLMS O 26  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine (990/1,205 t, 1940) was scuttled at Schiedam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as UD-4.[35]
HNLMS O 27  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine (990/1,205 t, 1940) was scuttled at Schiedam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as UD-5.[35]
HNLMS Pieter Florisz  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper (460/525 t, 1937) was scuttled at Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as M 551.
Scalaria United Kingdom Australia The sailing ship (3,435 GRT) sank in the Pacific Ocean off Wyndham, Western Australia.[82]
HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer (1,604/2,228 t, 1940) was scuttled in the Nieuwe Waterweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS Tyr  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The gunboat (223 t, 1878) was scuttled. She was later salvaged by the Germans.[21]
Ville de Bruges  Belgium World War II: The ocean liner (13,869 GRT) was severely damaged in a Luftwaffe air raid whilst in the Scheldt.[83] She was beached and burnt out with the loss of four crew of the 117 people aboard.[83]
HNLMS Z 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Z 1-class torpedo boat (277/322 t, 1917) was scuttled by running onto a breakwater and then burned in the IJsselmeer off Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. Refloated in 1941 and scrapped by the Germans.[84]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Braga  Royal Netherlands Navy The Thor-class river gunboat (245 t, 1878) was beached in the River Waal. Probably scrapped by the Germans.[85]
Duquesne II  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (189 GRT) struck a mine at the mouth of the Scheldt and sank with the loss of 23 crew.[86][87]
Evgenia  Greece World War II: The cargo ship (5,839 GRT, 1912) was bombed and badly damaged in the Scheldt at Knokke, Belgium (51°23′N 3°07′E / 51.383°N 3.117°E / 51.383; 3.117) by Luftwaffe aircraft. There were no casualties. She was abandoned the next day and scuttled two days later in the Zeebrugge Roads.[86][88][89]
Foscolo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship (3,059 GRT) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Zeebrugge, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 43 men aboard survived. She capsized and sank on 18 May.[86][90]
Henri Guegan  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (251 GRT, 1935) struck a mine at the mouth of the Scheldt and sank with the loss of 17 crew.[86][91]
HNLMS Hydra  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Hydra-class minelayer (584/647 t, 1912) was beached to prevent sinking on the coast of Zeeland, the Netherlands following damage by German anti-tank gunfire. She was subsequently scuttled. Later refloated and scrapped.[92]
Loodsboot No.1  Netherlands World War II: The pilot vessel (626 GRT, 1939) struck a mine and sank in the Westerscheldt.[93]
HMS M A West  Royal Navy The dredger (96 GRT, 1919) sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[94]
HMS Valentine  Royal Navy World War II: The V-class destroyer (1,188/1,473 t, 1917) was bombed off Terneuzen, Zeeland, the Netherlands by a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 31 crew killed and 21 wounded. She was beached and abandoned. HMS Valentine was then scuttled by HMS Whitley ( Royal Navy).[86]

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Mardyck  French Navy The auxiliary minesweeper (131 GRT) caught fire and was beached and abandoned at Breskins.[86]
HNLMS Philips Van Almonde  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer (1,604/2,228 t) was scuttled on her slipway at Vlissingen, Zeeland, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
Police de la Rade III  Belgian Navy The patrol boat, a former police vessel (122 GRT, 1909), was lost on this date.[60]
Saint Kearan  United Kingdom The cargo ship (691 GRT, 1929) collided with Explorateur Grandidier ( France) in the Firth of Clyde and sank north west of Girvan, Ayrshire.[95]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Effingham  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The Hawkins-class cruiser (9,550/12,514 t, 1925) ran aground on a reef in the Norwegian Sea near Bodø, Norway (67°17′N 13°58′E / 67.283°N 13.967°E / 67.283; 13.967) and abandoned. She was subsequently scuttled by gunfire and torpedoes from HMS Matabele ( Royal Navy) on May 21.[86]
Pia  Netherlands World War II: The fishing vessel (304 GRT, 1937) was towing the yacht Albatross III ( Netherlands) when she struck a mine in the North Sea off Gravelines, France. with the loss of six of her seven crew. Four people were killed aboard Albatross II, which rescued the sole survivor from Pia.[86][96]
Sirius  Norway World War II: The coaster (944 GRT, 1885) was sunk in Solbergfjorden off Dyrøya, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft. Seven crew members, including both the captain and the first mate, were killed in the sinking, while 11 survivors were rescued from the water by local people in rowing boats. The survivors, who had been strafed in the water by the German aircraft, were later retrieved by the submarine tender Lyngen and the local steamer Mosken.[21][97]
Torgtind  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (298 GRT, 1881) was bombed in the Norwegian Sea off Bratland, Lurøy, Norway by German aircraft, and sank the next day. All six crew survived.[21][86][98]
Vlaanderen I  Belgium World War II: The dredger (1,218 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Calais, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Albion  Kriegsmarine World War II: The former trawler (192 GRT, 1880) was sunk near Brønnøysund, Norway by HNoMS Heilhorn and HNoMS Honningsvåg (both  Royal Norwegian Navy).[17]
Augustin Normand  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (175 GRT) was bombed in the evening in the port of Le Havre, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. 13 crew were killed.[86][99][100]
Belgica  Norway World War II: The depot ship (263 GRT, 1884) was scuttled at Harstad, Norway by the Franco-British Expeditionary Force.
Erik Frisell  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (5,066 GRT, 1926) was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°25′N 9°15′W / 57.417°N 9.250°W / 57.417; -9.250) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). All 34 crew were rescued by HMT Cobbers ( Royal Navy).[86][101]
HMS Princess Victoria  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer (2,197 GRT, 1939) struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of 36 of her 121 crew.[102][103]
Torgtind  Norway (Look 18/05/1940)
Vlaanderen IV  Belgium World War II: The dredger (647 GRT, 1904) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[86][104]
HMS Whitley  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer (1,100/1,457 t, 1918) was bombed and damaged off Ostend, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and later scuttled by HMS Keith ( Royal Navy).

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Antverpia  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship (4,932 GRT, 1908) was bombed and severely damaged in the English Channel off Boulogne, France, in a Luftwaffe air raid. She was beached on 21 May, but bombed again on 23 May and set on fire.[86][105]
Deneb  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (856 GRT, 1882) was bombed and set on fire at Harstad, Norway in a Luftwaffe air raid. She was scuttled the next day by a British destroyer. Two crew were killed and 11 survived.[86][106]
Hercule  France World War II: The tug (216 GRT) struck a mine and sank at Calais, France. There was only one survivor.[86][107][108]
Mavis  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (935 GRT) was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Calais, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. Three crew and one gunner were killed. She was later abandoned.[86]
Ophélie  France World War II: The tanker (6,477 GRT, 1922) was anchored off Boulogne, France, and was bombed in the evening by the Luftwaffe. She was beached but burned the next three days and was a total loss. There were 6 dead and 34 survivors.[86][108][109][110]
Pembroke Coast  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (625 GRT, 1936) was bombed and set on fire off Harstad, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Two crew were killed. She was scuttled the next day.[86][111][112]
HMT Rifsness  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (431 GRT, 1932) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. Two crewmen were killed, one was captured and the other were rescued by HMT Lord Inchcape ( Royal Navy).[86][113]
S.130 Orkney and S.175 Söstjernen  Denmark World War II: The fishing vessels (25 and 19 GRT) were intercepted in the North Sea at 55°00′N 3°30′E / 55.000°N 3.500°E / 55.000; 3.500 by HMS Spearfish ( Royal Navy). The crews of both vessels (4 and 3 men) were taken off and they were sunk by gunfire.[86][114]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Barfleur  France World War II: The tug (330 GRT) was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[86]
Bawtry  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (835 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as Rival.[86]
HMT Cape Passaro  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (590 GRT, 1939) was bombed and sunk off Narvik, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.[115][116]
Clairy  Panama World War II: The tanker (5,845 GRT, 1916) was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Boulogne by Luftwaffe aircraft. She sank the next day, all crew were rescued.[86][117]
CH-9  French Navy World War II: The CH-5-class submarine chaser (107 GRT, 1940) was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque (51°30′N 00°24′E / 51.500°N 0.400°E / 51.500; 0.400). She was beached to prevent her sinking but was declared a total loss. 11 of her 23 crew were wounded and one of them died of his wounds.[86][118][119][120]
Christiane Cecile  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (146 GRT) was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[86]
HMS Corburn  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (1,786 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France, by motor torpedo boat S-32 ( Kriegsmarine).[86]
De Normandie  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat (137 GRT) struck a mine and sank off Dieppe, Seine-Inférieure, France, with the loss of 13 lives.[86]
Ernestine Gabrielle  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat (13 GRT, 1932) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86][121]
Firth Fisher  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (574 GRT, 1919) struck a mine in the English Channel off Boulogne, France, and sank with the loss of seven of the 11 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by Sparta ( United Kingdom).[86][122]
Freddy  Belgium World War II: The Castle-class naval trawler (285 GRT, 1918) was sunk at Ostend by German aircraft. Raised, repaired, and put in German service as M 3230 Freddy ( Kriegsmarine).[123]
Georgette Simone  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat (12 GRT, 1912) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86][124]
Hubbastone  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (873 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Jurgensby.[86]
Independence  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat (96 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Jacques Coeur  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (285 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
L'Adroit  French Navy World War II: The L'Adroit-class destroyer (1,360/1,970 t, 1929) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by a Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
La Lorientaise  French Navy The naval trawler was sunk on this date.[125]
Leopold Soubler  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (215 GRT) was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[86]
HMHS Maid of Kent  Royal Navy (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship (2,693 GRT, 1925) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 37 lives.[86][126]
HMT Melbourne  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (466 GRT, 1936) was bombed and sunk off Narvik, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. There was no casualty.[86][127]
Nelly Suzanne  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat (151 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Niger  French Navy World War II: The tanker (5,482 GRT, 1931) was bombed and sunk off Gravelines, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued by Cyclone ( French Navy). Three crew were killed. There were 111 survivors.[86][108][128][129]
Notre Dame de Lorette  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (339 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Orme  French Navy World War II: The Crabe-class patrol tug (340 GRT, 1918) was scuttled at Boulogne, France. Raised, repaired and put in German service as FH 02 ( Kriegsmarine).[86][130]
Pavon  France World War II: The cargo ship (4,128 GRT, 1930) was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Calais, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. The crew were rescued by Cyclone, Mistral and Sirocco (all  French Navy).[86][131]
Rien Sans Peine  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (142 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Saint Benoit  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (315 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Saint Joachim  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (192 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[86]
Salome  France World War II: The tanker (13,291 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Calais, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. The crew were rescued by Cyclone, Mistral and Sirocco (all  French Navy).[86]
Spinel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (680 GRT, 1937) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was salvaged by the Germans on 4 July, repaired and entered German service.
Tumulte  French Navy World War II: The Clameur-class patrol tug (370 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[132]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Aloha  Belgian Navy World War II: The motor yacht (275 GRT, 1939) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium with the loss of all 16 crew.[133][134]
Bjarkøy  Norway World War II: The coaster (311 GRT, 1907) was bombed and sunk by German aircraft at Gratangsbotn, Norway. Her crew was then ashore and there was no casualty. She was raised in 1944, repaired and returned to service as Bogøy.[135][136]
Efford  United Kingdom The coaster (393 GRT) collided with Tlemcen ( France) in the North Sea off Gravelines, France, and sank.[133]
Helene  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (2,160 GRT, 1898) struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea between Schiermonnikoog and Simonszand, Netherlands.[137]
Palena  Chile The cargo liner (2,640 GRT, 1896) came ashore in a storm at Valparaiso and was wrecked.[138]
Portrieux  France World War II: The cargo ship (2,257 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Gravelines, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. 8 crew were killed and 19 survived.[139][140]
Teaser  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing smack (9 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the River Blackwater off Tollesbury, Essex. Both crew were rescued.[133]

23 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Franz Haniel  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (2188 GRT, 1911) struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kiel, Germany.[133]
Galaxias  Greece World War II: The cargo ship (4,393 GRT, 1917) was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dieppe, Seine-Inférieure, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[133][141]
Jaguar  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Chacal-class destroyer (2,092/3,026 t, 1926) was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by motor torpedo boats S-21 and S-23 (both  Kriegsmarine) and beached (51°03′N 02°22′E / 51.050°N 2.367°E / 51.050; 2.367). She was then destroyed by bombing with the loss of 13 crew.[133][142]
Orage  French Navy World War II: The Bourrasque-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. 28 crew were killed.[143][circular reference]
Sigurds Faulbaums  Belgian Navy World War II: The cargo ship (3,256 GRT, 1913) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off the Noord Hinder Lightvessel (51°29′N 2°38′E / 51.483°N 2.633°E / 51.483; 2.633) by U-9 ( Kriegsmarine) The whole crew were rescued by Graaf Visart ( Belgium).[5][133][144]
Terieven  Denmark World War II: The fishing vessel (28 GRT) was intercepted in the North Sea (56°55′N 6°50′E / 56.917°N 6.833°E / 56.917; 6.833) by HMS Tetrarch ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her.[133]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Brighton  United Kingdom (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship (2,391 GRT, 1933) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dieppe, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She had been bombed and badly damaged on 21 May. There was no crew aboard her on 24 May.[133][145]
Chacal  French Navy World War II: The Chacal-class destroyer (2,092/3,026 t, 1926) was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France, by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe.[21] 31 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by CH-5 and CH-42 (both  French Navy).
Etoile du Nord  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (317 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, with the loss of 27 of her 30 crew.[133][146]
HNoMS Ingrid  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The patrol boat (259 GRT, 1920), formerly the German trawler Wilhelm Reinhold, was sunk by German bombers at Bodø, Norway. One crew was killed.[21][147]
Kyma  Greece World War II: The cargo ship (3,994 GRT, 1912) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (48°30′N 9°30′W / 48.500°N 9.500°W / 48.500; -9.500) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 30 crew.[133][148]
Matelot  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (260 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Skjerstad  Norway World War II: The troopship (593 GRT, 1904) was bombed and sunk in Langsetfjorden, Norway by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. There was no casualty. She was declared beyond economic repair in mid-1940.[149]
HMS Wessex  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer (1,100/1,457 t, 1918) was bombed and sunk off Calais, France, by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II staffel, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe while conducting a naval gunfire support mission. Five crew were killed and one died of wounds. Six survivors were rescued by HMS John Cattling, the rest of the survivors by HMS Vimiera (both  Royal Navy).[21][133]

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Charles Boyes  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (290 GRT, 1918) struck a mine in the North Sea off Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk and sank with the loss of at least 15 crew.[150][151]
Dyck  France The lightship (500 GRT, 1935) sank off Calais, France.[152]
Florentino  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,822 GRT, 1921) was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[153]
Joseph Seep  Panama World War II: The tanker (7,110 GRT, 1920) struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Le Havre, France.[154]
La Jeannine  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (49 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
HMS Mashobra  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Alphabet: The Fleet Air Arm depot ship (8,324 GRT, 1920) was bombed off Harstad, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft and beached. She was scuttled on 8 June to prevent her being captured by German forces.[155]
Montan 25  Kriegsmarine The river Sperrbrecher (210 GRT, 1929) was sunk on this date.[156]
ORP Orzeł  Polish Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The Orzeł-class submarine (1,110/1,473 t, 1939) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (57°00′N 3°40′E / 57.000°N 3.667°E / 57.000; 3.667) and sank with the loss of all 60 crew.[133][157]
Spinel  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (680 GRT, 1937) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe bombing. All nine crew were rescued. She was salvaged by the Germans on 4 July and taken as a prize of war.[133]
Tennessee  Norway The cargo ship (5,667 GRT, 1922) was in collision with Baron Fairlie in the North Sea and was beached north west of Copinsay, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom. Salvage attempt were abandoned and she was declared a total loss.[158]
Transea  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,499 GRT, 1924) was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[133]
Trombe II  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Ceres  France World War II: The cargo ship (3,073 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft whilst on a voyage from Rouen, Seine-Maritime to Dunkerque, Nord, France.[133]
HMS Curlew  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The C-class cruiser (4,190/5,020 t, 1917) was bombed and sunk in Ofotfjord off Narvik, Norway by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
Dijonnais  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (389 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Florabell  Norway World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The fishing vessel was torched and burned at the shipyard in Rognan, Norway, by retreating Norwegian and British forces.[159]
HMS Loch Shin  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The boom defence vessel (255 GRT, 1930) was bombed and sunk at Harstad, Norway.[133]
RFA Oleander  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker (7,048 GRT, 1922) was bombed off Harstad, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft and beached. She was scuttled on 8 June to prevent her capture by German forces.[155]
Saint Camille  France World War II: The cargo ship (3,274 GRT, 1920) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[160]
Vansø  Norway World War II: The coaster (54 GRT, 1908) struck a mine laid by Rubis ( French Navy) and sank near Stavanger, Norway. One or two crew members were killed.[161]
Volkgracht IV  Belgium World War II: The dredger (300 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Zeebrugge Canal.[133]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Aden  France World War II: The cargo ship (8,033 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, in a Luftwaffe air raid.[162]
Atlantic Guide  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,943 GRT, 1924) was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[133]
Borodino  United Kingdom World War II: The refrigerated cargo liner (2,004 GRT, 1911) was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[163]
Cap Tafelneh  France World War II: The cargo ship (2,299 GRT, 1920) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, in a Luftwaffe air raid. She was refloated on 13 May 1941, repaired and entered German service as Carl Arp.
La Majo  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (47 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
HMS LCM 10, HMS LCM 11, HMS LCM 14, HMS LCM 15,
HMS LCM 18, HMS LCM 19, and HMS LCM 20,
 Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized (21/35 t, 1940) were lost on this date.[164]
Ocean Reward  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (95 GRT, 1912) collided with Isle of Thanet ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dover, the United Kingdom, and sank with the loss of all hands.[133]
Sequacity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (870 GRT, 1937) was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Calais, France, (52°04′20″N 1°38′36″E / 52.07222°N 1.64333°E / 52.07222; 1.64333) by German shore batteries. All 13 crew were rescued by Yewdale ( United Kingdom).[133]
Sheaf Mead  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 31F: The cargo ship (5,008 GRT, 1924) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (43°48′N 12°38′W / 43.800°N 12.633°W / 43.800; -12.633) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 38 crew. The survivors were rescued by Frangoula B Goulandris ( Greece).[133][165]
Uruguay  Argentina World War II: The cargo ship (3,425 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (43°40′N 12°16′W / 43.667°N 12.267°W / 43.667; -12.267) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Ramoncin ( Spain).[166][167][168]
Worthtown  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (868 GRT, 1939) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Ilse Schulte.[133]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Abukir  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The coaster (689 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (51°29′N 2°16′E / 51.483°N 2.267°E / 51.483; 2.267) by motor torpedo boat S-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 205 of the 231 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by HMS Codrington, HMS Jaguar and HMS Javelin (all  Royal Navy).[133][169]
Blaamannen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship (174 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank off Haugesund, Norway with the loss of six crew.[133][135]
Boy Roy  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter (95 GRT, 1911) was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and abandoned.[133]
Brazza  France World War II: The passenger ship (10,387 GRT, 1924) was torpedoed and sunk off in the Atlantic Ocean (100 nautical miles (190 km) off Oporto, Portugal (42°43′N 11°00′W / 42.717°N 11.000°W / 42.717; -11.000) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 378 of the 575 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cheshire ( Royal Navy) and Enseigne Henry ( French Navy).[170]
HMS Brighton Belle  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper (396 GRT, 1900) struck a submerged wreck off Dunkerque, France, and sank. All aboard were rescued by HMS Medway Queen ( Royal Navy).[171]
Carare  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner (6,878 GRT, 1925) struck a mine and sank in the English Channel north of Foreland Point, the United Kingdom (51°18′N 3°44′W / 51.300°N 3.733°W / 51.300; -3.733) with the loss of ten of the 126 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by HMT Cambridgeshire and HMY Rhodora (both  Royal Navy).[133][172]
Girl Pamela  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter (93 GRT, 1912) collided with another vessel at Dunkerque, France, and sank.[133]
Julien  France World War II: The trawler (116 GRT, 1936) was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Finisterre, Spain (42°50′N 10°40′W / 42.833°N 10.667°W / 42.833; -10.667) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). All ten crew were rescued.[133][173]
Marguerite Rose  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper (409 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
HMT Ocean Reward  Royal Navy The naval trawler (95 GRT, 1912) collided with Isle of Thanet ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dover, the United Kingdom and sank with the loss of one crew member.[174]
Paxton  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter (92 GRT, 1911) was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and abandoned.[133]
Queen of the Channel  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship (1,162 GRT, 1935) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, (51°15′N 2°40′E / 51.250°N 2.667°E / 51.250; 2.667) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 920-plus people aboard were rescued by Dorrien Rose ( United Kingdom).[133][175]
HMT Thomas Bartlett  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (290 GRT, 1918) struck a mine in the English Channel off Calais, France, and sank with the loss of eight crew.[133][176]
HMT Thuringia  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (396 GRT, 1933) struck a mine in the North Sea off the Belgian coast and sank. Only four crew survived.[133][177]
Torsten  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (1,206 GRT, 1880) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat (57°33′N 11°35′E / 57.550°N 11.583°E / 57.550; 11.583). All 16 crew were rescued.[1][18][178]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Bideford  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Shoreham-class sloop (1,105/1,590 t, 1932) was bombed and severely damaged at Dunkerque, France. She was beached to prevent her sinking. 17 crew were lost. The survivors were rescued by HMS Kellet ( Royal Navy). She was later refloated and towed by HMS Locust ( Royal Navy) which was later relieved by Gondia and Simla (both  United Kingdom), arriving at Dover on 31 May. HMS Bideford was subsequently repaired and returned to service.[133]
HMT Calvi  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (363 GRT, 1930) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, with the loss of three crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT John Cattling ( Royal Navy).[133][179]
Clan Macalister  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship (6,787 GRT, 1930) was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 18 lives. The survivors were rescued by HMS Malcolm and HMS Pangbourne (both  Royal Navy).[133][180]
HMT Comfort  Royal Navy World War II: The naval drifter (60 GRT) was fired on by HMS Grafton and HMS Lydd (both  Royal Navy), then rammed and sunk by HMS Lydd which mistook her for an E-boat. Six of her 11 crew were killed.[181][182]
HMS Crested Eagle  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary anti-aircraft ship (1,110 GRT, 1925) was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. The survivors were rescued by HMS Pangbourne ( Royal Navy).[133]
Douaisien  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship (2,954 GRT) was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France. She was subsequently bombed and sunk on 1 June.[133]
HMS Gracie Fields  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper (393 GRT, 1936) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member. The survivors were rescued by HMS Pangbourne ( Royal Navy).[133][183]
HMS Grafton  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer (1,350/1,883 t, 1936) was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Nieuwpoort, Belgium (51°22′N 2°45′E / 51.367°N 2.750°E / 51.367; 2.750) by U-62 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 146 crew. She was subsequently scuttled by HMS Ivanhoe ( Royal Navy).[181]
HMS Grenade  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer (1,350/1,883 t, 1936) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 18 of her 146 crew.
Joseph Marie  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper (41 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
HMS LCA 4, LCA 16 and LCA 18  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The landing craft assault were lost when Clan Macalister ( United Kingdom) was sunk.[21]
Lorina  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship (1,457 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of eight crew.[184]
Marie José  France World War II: The cargo ship (2,477 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Vigo, Spain by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine).[185]
Mars  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The coaster (721 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Max  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug (177 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Mona's Queen  United Kingdom
Mona's Queen

World War II: Operation Dynamo: The ferry ( 2,756 GRT, 1934) was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France, with the loss of 26 lives. The survivors were rescued by HMS Vanquisher ( Royal Navy).[133][186]

Monique Schiaffino  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship (3,236 GRT, 1929) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133][187]
HMS Montrose  Royal Navy The Scott-class destroyer (1,580/2,053 t, 1919) collided with Sun V ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Cap Griz Nez, France, and was severely damaged. She was beached to prevent her sinking. Later refloated and towed back to Dover, Kent by Lady Brassey and Simla (both  United Kingdom).[133]
Nautilus  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter (64 GRT, 1929) was sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, due to enemy action.[133]
HMT Polly Johnson  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (290 GRT, 1918) was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member. She was later scuttled.[133][188]
Samson  French Navy World War II: The tug (398 GRT, 1901) struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea and sank off the coast of Gard, France.[189]
Saint-Clair  France World War II: The cargo ship (3,824 GRT) was bombed and sunk in Tjeldsundet, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
St Octave  France World War II: The cargo ship (5,099 GRT) was scuttled at Dunkerque, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Ilse Fritzen.[133]
Telena  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (7,406 GRT, 1927) was shelled and set on fire in the Atlantic Ocean off Muros, A Coruña, Spain (42°25′N 9°08′W / 42.417°N 9.133°W / 42.417; -9.133) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached and abandoned by her crew. Her master and 17 of her 36 crew were killed, the survivors were rescued by the trawlers Buena Esperanza and Jose Ignacio de C. (both  Spain). She was later seized by Spain, towed to Vigo, Galicia where her cargo was salvaged and then towed to Bilbao, Biscay for repairs. Entered Spanish service as Gerona.[190][191][192]
Vulcain  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug (200 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
HMS Wakeful  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The W-class destroyer (1,090/1,457 t, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (51°20′N 2°45′E / 51.333°N 2.750°E / 51.333; 2.750) by E-boat S-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 724 of the 750 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by the drifters Comfort and Nautilus (both  United Kingdom) as well as HMS Grafton and HMT Gossamer (both  Royal Navy).[133]
HMS Waverley  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper (537 GRT, 1899) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of some 360 people. The survivors were rescued by Cyclone ( French Navy), HMS Golden Eagle ( Royal Navy), two drifters and a tug.[133][193]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Ambleve  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The canal boat ran aground at Dunkerque, France, and was abandoned.[21]
Bourrasque  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer (1,300/1,796 t, 1926) struck a mine off Nieuwpoort, Belgium and was severely damaged. She was then sunk by German artillery fire.
HMT Cambrian  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel (338 GRT, 1924) struck a mine in the Solent off Spithead, the United Kingdom and sank with the loss of two crew.[133][194]
Correnie  United Kingdom The trawler (203 GRT) was lost in the North Sea.[133]
Fenella  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship (2,376 GRT, 1937) sank due to bomb damage she suffered in an attack the previous day off Dunkirk, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. Fifteen of her crew had been killed in the attack.[195]
Finkenau  Germany World War II: The cargo ship (916 GRT, 1922) struck a mine and sank off Drogden, Denmark.[133]
Edv. Nissen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,062 GRT, 1921) was sunk as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[61]
HMS King Orry  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The armed boarding vessel (1,877 GRT, 1913) was shelled and sunk off Dunkerque, France. The survivors were rescued by HMT Lord Grey. HMT Vivacious (both  Royal Navy) and other small boats.[133][196]
Mode  Sweden World War II: The fishing boat was sunk by a mine off Hönö, Sweden with the loss of two lives.[197]
Normannia  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship (1,567 GRT, 1912) was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Dunkerque, France, by Heinkel aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was beached and abandoned.[133][198]
Stanhall  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,831 GRT, 1932) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of The Lizard, Cornwall (48°59′N 5°17′W / 48.983°N 5.283°W / 48.983; -5.283) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 37 crew. The survivors were rescued by Temple Moat ( United Kingdom).[133][199]
Thames  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans and repaired.[200]
VP 1109 Antares  Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot (291 GRT, 1929) struck a mine laid by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy) and sank in the North Sea off Haugesund, Norway (62°58′N 6°48′E / 62.967°N 6.800°E / 62.967; 6.800). Eighteen men were rescued (including five wounded) but seventeen were missing, including the Norwegian pilot.[133][3][201]
Yser  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The canal boat ran aground at Dunkerque, France, and was abandoned.[21]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Adjader  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler (414 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Aïn el Turk  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship (2,008 GRT) was sunk at Dunkerque, France, by German artillery.[202]
Costaud  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler (140 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Côte d'Azur  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship (3,047 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Elsass ( Kriegsmarine).[133]
HMS Devonia  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The minesweeper (622 GRT, 1905) was bombed and severely damaged off Dunkerque, France. She was beached and abandoned at La Panne, Belgium.[133][203]
HMS Grive  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The armed yacht (687 GRT, 1905) was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft. She then struck a mine and sank with the loss of all crew.[204][205]
Jadarland  Norway World War II: The cargo liner (938 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank off Slettå, Førlandsvågen, Norway. with the loss of 19 lives.[206]
HMS LCA 8 and LCA 15  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The landing craft assault were lost when HMS Devonia ( Royal Navy) was sunk.[21]
Orangemoor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HGF 31: The cargo ship (5,775 GRT, 1923) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of Start Point, Devon (49°53′N 3°23′W / 49.883°N 3.383°W / 49.883; -3.383) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 40 crew. The survivors were rescued by Brandenburg ( United Kingdom).[133][207][208]
Puissant  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler (200 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France, by Luftwaffe aircraft.[133]
Sirocco  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer (1,300/1,796 t, 1927) was torpedoed and badly damaged in the North Sea off west Hinder (51°18′N 2°15′E / 51.300°N 2.250°E / 51.300; 2.250) by S-23 and S-26 (both  Kriegsmarine), then bombed and sunk by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of over 600 troops and 59 crewmen. 15 survivors rescued by ORP Błyskawica ( Polish Navy), 21 by HMT Stella Dorado, 50 by HMS Wolves, and 166 by HMS Widgeon (all  Royal Navy).[21][133]
HMT St Achilleus  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler (484 GRT, 1934) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France, with the loss of one crewmember.[133]
U-13  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IIB submarine (275/323 t, 1935) was depth charged and sunk in the North Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) south-east of Lowestoft, United Kingdom (52°27′N 2°02′E / 52.450°N 2.033°E / 52.450; 2.033) by HMS Weston ( Royal Navy). All crew were rescued and made prisoners of war.[133]
X 213 and X 148  Royal Navy The X-class lighters (137 t and 160 t) were lost on this date.[209]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
Ruytingen Lightship  France World War II: The lightship (342 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[210]

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Ship events in 1940
Ship launches: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship commissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship decommissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Shipwrecks: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945