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. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

May 1940
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1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Arlington  Canada The cargo ship sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
Bahia Castillo  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troop ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Skaggerak south east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). 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 was bombed and damaged at Øye, Rogaland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft, then scuttled by own crew. Raised in September 1941, laid up, repaired post-war.[4]
Buenos Aires  Kriegsmarine World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy).[1][5]
Dronning Maud  Norway
Dronning Maud

World War II: The troopship 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 struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat with the loss of four crew.[6]
La Cancalaise  France World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Dyck Lightship with the loss of more than 12 crew.[1]
Matakana  United Kingdom The refrigerated cargo ship ran aground in the Caribbean off Mayaguana, Bahamas and was wrecked. Her 78 crew were rescued by Panama ( United States).[7]
Pioner I  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Hjørungavåg, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Raeter.[8]
Uller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer, a former Vale-class gunboat, 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).
Veslefrikk  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The guard ship was run aground in Lønnefjord, Norway, to prevent capture by the Germans.[9]

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 was shelled off Skorpa, Norway by HMS Trident ( Royal Navy) and beached in Korsfjord. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1][10]
Redstone  United Kingdom World War II: The WWI C-class cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow Orkney Islands.[11]

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 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 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 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 was scuttled off Kvamsøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.[1]
H A W Müller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak (58°08′N 6°39′E / 58.133°N 6.650°E / 58.133; 6.650) by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy).[12]
Magicienne  Denmark The schooner ran aground west of St Abb's Head, Berwickshire, United Kingdom. All eight crew survived.[13][14]
Scientist  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship 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 P.O.W.s 27 crewmen and 1 passenger were put on Tirranna ( Germany), the passenger and 1 crewman was killed when she was sunk later off France. 15 other crewmen were loaded on to 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 was bombed and sunk in Breiviken, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[1][15]
Aimy  Sweden World War II:The fishing boat 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][16]
Blaafjeld I  Norway The cargo ship was bombed and sunk near Kolvereid, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1][17]
ORP Grom  Polish Navy World War II: The Grom-class destroyer 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][18]
Monark  Germany World War II: The captured Swedish cargo ship 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 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][19]
San Tiburcio  United States World War II: The tanker 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][20]
Sekstant  Norway World War II: The cargo ship 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 was scuttled at Narvik, Norway by German forces.[21]
Graig  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Egg Island, Nova Scotia, Canada and broke in two.[22]
Maianbar United Kingdom Australia The cargo ship ran aground off Newcastle, New South Wales. She was declared a total loss.
Richard With  Norway World War II: The cargo liner was attacked and damaged off Sørreisa, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[23]
HNoMS Sild  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 1.-class torpedo boat 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
Brage  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea off the Kiel Lightship ( Germany) and sank.[1][5]
Brighton  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker 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][24][25]
HMT Loch Naver  Royal Navy The naval trawler collided with another vessel off Hartlepool, Co Durham and sank. The survivors were rescued by the yacht Breda ( United Kingdom).[1][26]
V-101  Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot sank in the Kattegat.[27]
V-811  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine in the Ems estuary and sank.[28]
Vogesen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship 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][16][29][30]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Folden  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk off Helgeland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Saint Pierre  Belgium World War II: The fishing 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 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 was scuttled off Aspøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.
USS Tutuila  United States Navy World War II: 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.[31]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Ashley  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground of the Goodwin Sands, Kent and sank.[32]
Corrientes  Germany World War II: The tanker was sabotaged and sunk at Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain by French divers.[33]
Doris  French Navy World War II: The Circé-class submarine 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.[33]
Emsstrom  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Hubertgat.[28]
M-134  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper 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 by the Germans and re-entered service as a patrol boat named Jungingen.[33]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Boschdijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[33]
Calaisien  France World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Calais, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[33]
Campinas  Germany World War II: The troopship struck a mine in the Kattegat off Drogden, Denmark and sank.[33][34][35]
HNLMS de Oceaan  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The tug was scuttled in the Wadden Sea between Ameland and Terschelling, the Netherlands.[36]
Dinteldijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed an sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[18]
Goslar  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Paramaribo, Suriname to avoid capture by Dutch forces.[37]
Henry Woodall  United Kingdom World War II: The collier 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).[33][38]
Nordnorge  Kriegsmarine World War II: The coaster 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 was scuttled in the Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Dutch forces. Raised, repaired and put in Dutch service as Toendjoek.[39]
HNLMS Van Galen  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Admiralen-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe. She later sank in the Merwedehaven.[18][33]
Westerwald  Germany The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Danish Straits.[28]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Antilla  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Caribbean Sea off Aruba, Curaçao and Dependencies to avoid capture by the Dutch.
HNLMS Braga  Royal Netherlands Navy The gunboat was scuttled in the Waal, the Netherlands.[18]
Makis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria, Italy.[40]
Sally  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat.[34]
Statendam  Netherlands World War II: The ocean liner was sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands in a Luftwaffe air raid.
Stella  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[41]
Tringa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship 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).[42]
Veendam  Netherlands World War II: The ocean liner was sunk at Rotterdam, the Netherlands in a Luftwaffe air raid.
Viiu  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship 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).[33]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Bulgia  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: the minelayer was sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[18]
HNLMS Friso  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gruno-class gunboat was bombed and sunk in the IJsselmeer off Enkhuizen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.
HMCS Gate Vessel No. 1  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy TC 4A: The Battle-class naval trawler was rammed by HMS Revenge ( Royal Navy) at Halifax, Nova Scotia and sank. All 18 crew were rescued.[33]
Henrica  Netherlands The coaster collided with another vessel and sank.[43]
Jura   Switzerland World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, Belgium with the loss of two lives.[44]
Käthe Jürgensen  Germany World War II: The cargo schooner struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Lübeck, Germany.[28]
Prinses Juliana  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft. The survivors were rescued by HMS Havock and HMS Wild Swan (both  Royal Navy).[33][45]
Ranheim  Norway World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk at Hemnesberget, Norway by HMS Carlisle and HMS Zulu (both  Royal Navy).[23]
Roek  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster 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.[33][46]
St Denis  United Kingdom World War II: the cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Nieuwe Waterweg between Hoek van Holland and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[33] She was later salvaged by the Germans and became the accommodation ship Barbara.[18]
HNLMS Thor  Royal Netherlands Navy The minelayer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[18]
Van Rensselaer  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship struck a mine at IJmuiden, the Netherlands and was beached.[33][47]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Anhalt  Germany World War II: The troopship struck a mine and was beached off the coast of Sweden.[34] She was later repaired and returned to service.[48]
Bussum  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship 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.[49]
HNLMS Christiaan Cornelis  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The K-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Rotterdam, the Netherlands following severe battle damage.
Georges-Eduard  Belgian Navy World War II: The patrol boat, a former fishing vessel, was lost on this date.[50]
Gorm  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship 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.[51][52]
Kyle Firth  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Holy Island, Anglesey and was wrecked.[53]
HNLMS M 2  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper struck a mine in the North Sea off IJmuiden, the Netherlands and sank.[54]
Ville du Bizerte  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Guardia, Algeria.[33]

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 was scuttled at Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as M 552.
Batterijschip IJmuiden  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The former coastal defence ship Jacob Van Heemskerck 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.[55]
HNLMS Brinio  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Brinio-class gunboat was bombed and damaged in the IJsselmeer by Luftwaffe aircraft and subsequently scuttled.
Chrobry  Poland World War II: The troopship was bombed and damaged in the Vestfjorden, off northern Norway. She was scuttled on 16 May due to damage received.
HNLMS Freyr  Royal Netherlands Navy The gunboat was scuttled in the Binnen IJ at Nieuwendam, the Netherlands.[18][56]
HNLMS Gerard Callenburgh  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer was scuttled in the Nieuwe Waterweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS Hefring  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The gunboat was scuttled. She was later salvaged by the Germans.[18]
HNLMS Jan Danielzoon van de Rijn  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The torpedo boat was scuttled at Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 10.[18]
HNLMS Johan Maurits van Nassau  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The sloop 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 eight of her 124 crew.
Jan Pieterszoon Coen  Netherlands World War II: The passenger ship was scuttled as a Blockship at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[57]
HNLMS G 16  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The G 13-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Den Helder, the Netherlands.[33] She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 9.[18]
HNLMS M 1  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[58] She was later salvaged and put into service by the Germans.[18]
HNLMS M 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper was scuttled as a blockship at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[59]
HNLMS M 4  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The M-class minesweeper was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands.[60] She was later salvaged and put into service by the Germans.[18]
HNLMS Noordzee II  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The naval tug struck a mine and sank in the Westerschelde.[61]
HNLMS O 8  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 8-class submarine 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 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.[33]
HNLMS O 12  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 12-class submarine 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 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.[33]
HNLMS O 26  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine 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.[33]
HNLMS O 27  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine 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.[33]
HNLMS Pieter Florisz  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper 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 sank in the Pacific Ocean off Wyndham, Western Australia.[62]
HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer 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 was scuttled. She was later salvaged by the Germans.[18]
Ville de Bruges  Belgium World War II: The ocean liner was severely damaged in a Luftwaffe air raid whilst in the Scheldt,[63] between Lillo and Doel.[64] She was beached and burnt out with the loss of four crew of the 117 people aboard.[63] The ship was scrapped in situ 1941–46, final remains removed 1951–52.[64]
HNLMS Z 3  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Z 1-class torpedo boat was scuttled in the IJsselmeer off Enkhuizen, the Netherlands.

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Duquesne II  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine at the mouth of the Scheldt and sank.[65]
Evgenia  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and 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. She was abandoned the next day and scuttled two days later in the Zeebrugge Roads.[65][66]
Foscolo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Zeebrugge, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. She capsized and sank on 18 May.[65][67]
Henre Guegan  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine at the mouth of the Scheldt and sank.[65]
HNLMS Hydra  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Hydra-class minelayer was beached on the coast of Zeeland, the Netherlands following damage by German anti-tank gunfire. She was subsequently scuttled.
Loodsboot No.1  Netherlands World War II: The pilot vessel struck a mine and sank in the Westerscheldt.[68]
HMS M A West  Royal Navy The dredger sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[69]
HMS Valentine  Royal Navy World War II: The V-class destroyer was bombed off Terneuzen, Zeeland, the Netherlands by a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 52 crew. She was beached and abandoned. HMS Valentine was then scuttled by HMS Whitley ( Royal Navy).[65]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Chrobry  Poland World War II: The troopship was scuttled due to bomb damage she received in an air attack on 14 May 1940 in the Vestfjorden, off Norway.

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Philips Van Almonde  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer was scuttled on her slipway at Vlissingen, Zeeland, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
Mardyck  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper caught fire and was beached and abandoned at Breskins.[65]
Police de la Rade III  Belgian Navy World War II: The patrol boat, a former police vessel, was lost on this date.[70]
Saint Kearan  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Explorateur Grandidier ( France) in the Firth of Clyde and sank north west of Girvan, Ayrshire.[71]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1940
Ship Country Description
CH-16  French Navy The incomplete CH-5-class submarine chaser was launched and scuttled off Ile de Croix, France.[72]
HMS Effingham  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The Hawkins-class cruiser 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.[65]
Etourdi  French Navy The Ardent-class gunboat was scuttled at Brest, France.[73]
Pia  Netherlands World War II: The fishing vessel 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.[65][74]
Sirius  Norway World War II: The coaster 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.[18][75]
Torgtind  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Bratland, Lurøy, Norway by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Stalleln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe.[18][65]
Vlaanderen I  Belgium World War II: The dredger was bombed and sunk at Calais, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Albion  Kriegsmarine World War II: The former trawler was sunk near Brønnøysund, Norway by HNoMS Heilhorn and HNoMS Honningsvåg (both  Royal Norwegian Navy).[15]
Augustin Normand  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Belgica  Norway World War II: The depot ship was scuttled at Harstad, Norway by the Franco-British Expeditionary Force.
Erik Frisell  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship 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).[65][76]
HMS Princess Victoria  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of 36 of her 121 crew.[77][78]
Torgtind  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk off Lurøy, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. All aboard survived.[79]
Vlaanderen IV  Belgium The dredger was bombed and sunk in the North sea off Dunkerque, France.[65][80]
HMS Whitley  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer 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 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.[65][81]
Deneb  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and set on fire at Harstad, Norway in a Luftwaffe air rad. She was scuttled the next day by a British destroyer.
Hercule  France The tug struck a mine and sank at Calais, France.[65][82]
Mavis  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Calais, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later abandoned.[65]
Niger  French Navy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk off Gravelines, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued by Cyclone ( French Navy).[65][83][84]
Ophélie  France World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Boulogne, France.[65][85]
Pembroke Coast  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged off Harstad, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled the next day.[86]
HMT Rifsness  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. The crew were rescued by HMT Lord Inchcape ( Royal Navy).[65][87]
S.130 and S.175  Denmark World War II: The trawlers 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 were taken off and they were sunk by gunfire.[65]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Barfleur  France World War II: The tug was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[65]
Bawtry  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as Rival.[65]
HMT Cape Passaro  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk off Narvik, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.[88][89]
Clairy  Panama World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Boulogne by Luftwaffe aircraft. She sank the next day, all crew were rescued.[65][90]
CH-9  French Navy The CH-5-class submarine chaser 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.[65][91]
Christiane Cecile  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[65]
HMS Corburn  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by motor torpedo boat S-32 ( Kriegsmarine).[65]
De Normandie  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat struck a mine and sank off Dieppe, France with the loss of 13 lives.[65]
Ernestine Gabrielle  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65][92]
Firth Fisher  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster 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).[65][93]
Freddy  Belgium World War II: The Castle-class naval trawler was sunk at Ostend by German aircraft. Raised, repaired, and put in German service as M 3230 Freddy ( Kriegsmarine).[94]
Georgette Simone  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Dieppe; France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65][95]
Hubbastone  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Jurgensby.[65]
Independence  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Jacques Coeur  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
L'Adroit  French Navy World War II: The L'Adroit-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by a Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
La Lorientaise  French Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk on this date.[96]
Leopold Soubler  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Boulogne, France.[65]
HMHS Maid of Kent  Royal Navy (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 37 lives.[65][97]
HMT Melbourne  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk off Narvik, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65][98]
Nelly Suzanne  Belgium World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Notre Dame de Lorette  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Orme  French Navy World War II: The Crabe-class patrol tug was scuttled at Boulogne, France. Raised, repaired and put in German service as FH 02 ( Kriegsmarine).[65][99]
Pavon  France World War II: The cargo ship 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).[65][100]
Rien Sans Peine  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Saint Benoit  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Saint Joachim  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[65]
Salome  France World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk at Calais, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. The crew were rescued by Cyclone, Mistral and Sirocco (all  French Navy).[65]
Spinel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship 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 was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[101]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Aloha  Belgian Navy World War II: The motor yacht struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium with the loss of all crew.[102][103]
Bjarkøy  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Gratangsbotn, Norway. Raised in 1944, repaired and returned to service as Bogøy.[104]
Efford  United Kingdom The coaster collided with Tlemcen ( France) in the North Sea off Gravelines, France and sank.[102]
Helene  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea between Schiermonnikoog and Simonszand, Netherlands.[105]
Palena  Chile The cargo liner came ashore in a storm at Valparaiso and was wrecked.[106]
Portrieux  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Gravelines, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[107]
Teaser  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing smack struck a mine and sank in the River Blackwater off Tollesbury, Essex. Both crew were rescued.[102]

23 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Franz Haniel  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kiel, Germany.[102]
Galaxias  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[102][108]
Jaguar  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Chacal-class destroyer 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.[102][109]
Orage  French Navy World War II: The Bourrasque-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Sigurds Faulbaums  Belgian Navy World War II: The cargo ship 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 crew were rescued by Graaf Visart ( Belgium).[5][64][102][110]
Terieven  Denmark World War II: The fishing vessel 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.[102]

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 was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[111]
Chacal  French Navy World War II: The Chacal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe.[18] 31 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by CH.5 and CH.42 (both  French Navy).
Etoile de Nord  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[102]
HNoMS Ingrid  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The patrol boat, formerly the German trawler Wilhelm Reinhold, was sunk by German bombers at Bodø, Norway.[18]
Kyma  Greece World War II: The cargo ship 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.[102][112]
La Matelot  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Skjerstad  Norway World War II: The troop ship was bombed and sunk in Langsetfjorden, Norway by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was declared beyond economic repair in summer 1940.[113]
HMS Wessex  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Calais, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II staffel, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2,[18] Luftwaffe while conducting a naval gunfire support mission. Six survivors were rescued by HMS John Cattling, the rest of the survivors by HMS Vimiera (both  Royal Navy).

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Charles Boyes  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the North Sea off Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk and sank with the loss of at least 15 crew.[114][115]
Dyck  France The lightship sank off Calais, France.[116]
Florentino  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[117]
Joseph Seep  Panama World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Le Havre, France.[118]
La Jeannine  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
HMS Mashobra  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Alphabet: The Fleet Air Arm depot ship was bombed off Harstad, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft and beached. She was scuttled on 8 June to prevent her being captured by German forces.[119]
Montan 25  Kriegsmarine World War II: The river Sperrbrecher was sunk on this date.[120]
ORP Orzeł  Polish Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The Orzeł-class submarine 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.[102][121]
Spinel  United Kingdom The coaster 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.[102]
Tennessee  Norway The cargo ship 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.[122]
Transea  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[102]
Trombe II  French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Ceres  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft whilst on a voyage from Rouen, Seine-Maritime to Dunkerque, Nord, France.[102]
HMS Curlew  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The C-class cruiser 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 was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
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.[123]
HMS Loch Shin  Royal Navy World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The boom defence vessel was bombed and sunk at Harstad, Norway.[102]
RFA Oleander  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was bombed off Harstad, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft and beached. She was scuttled on 8 June to prevent her capture by German forces.[119]
Saint Camille  France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[124]
Vansø  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine laid by Rubis ( French Navy) and sank near Stavanger, Norway.[125]
Volkgracht IV  Belgium World War II: The dredger struck a mine and sank in the Zeebrugge Canal.[102]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Aden  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France in a Luftwaffe air raid.[126]
Atlantic Guide  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[102]
Borodino  United Kingdom World War II: The refrigerated cargo liner was sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.[127]
Cap Tafelneh  France World War II: The cargo ship 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 was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
HMS LCM 10, HMS LCM 11, HMS LCM 14, HMS LCM 15,
HMS LCM 18, HMS LCM 19, HMS LCM 20,
 Royal Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Mechanizeds were lost on this date.[128]
Ocean Reward  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo:The naval trawler collided with Isle of Thanet ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dover, the United Kingdom, and sank with the loss of all hands.[102]
Sequacity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster 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).[102]
Sheaf Mead  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 31F: The cargo ship 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).[102][129]
Uruguay  Argentina World War II: The cargo ship 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).[130][131][132]
Worthtown  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster 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.[102]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Abukir  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The coaster 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).[102][133]
Blaamannen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Haugesund, Norway with the loss of six crew.[102][104]
Boy Roy  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and abandoned.[102]
Brazza  France World War II: The passenger ship 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).[134]
HMS Brighton Belle  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper struck a submerged wreck off Dunkerque, France and sank. All aboard were rescued by HMS Medway Queen ( Royal Navy).[135]
Carare  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner 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).[102][136]
Girl Pamela  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter collided with another vessel at Dunkerque, France and sank.[102]
Julien  France World War II: The trawler 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.[102][137]
Marguerite Rose  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
HMT Ocean Reward  Royal Navy The naval trawler 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.[138]
Paxton  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and abandoned.[102]
Queen of the Channel  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship 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).[102][139]
HMT Thomas Bartlett  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler struck a mine in the English Channel off Calais, France and sank with the loss of eight crew.[102][140]
HMT Thuringia  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler struck a mine in the North Sea off the Belgian coast and sank. Only four crew survived.[102][141]
Torsten  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship 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][16][142]

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 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.[102]
HMT Calvi  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France with the loss of three crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT John Cattling ( Royal Navy).[102][143]
Clan MacAlister  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 18 lives. The survivors were rescued by HMS Malcolm and HMT Pangbourne (both  Royal Navy).[102][144]
HMT Comfort  Royal Navy World War II: The naval drifter 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.[145][146]
HMS Crested Eagle  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary anti-aircraft ship was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. The survivors were rescued by HMT Pangbourne ( Royal Navy).[102]
Douaisien  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was bombed and severely damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France. She was subsequently bombed and sunk on 1 June.[102]
HMS Gracie Fields  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper 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 HMT Pangbourne ( Royal Navy).[102][147]
HMS Grafton  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer 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).[145]
HMS Grenade  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer 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 was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
HMS LCA 4, LCA 16 and LCA 18  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Landing Craft Assaults are lost when Clan MacAlister ( United Kingdom) is sunk.[18]
Lorina  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of eight crew.[148]
Marie José  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Vigo, Spain by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine).[64]
Mars  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Max  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Mona's Queen  United Kingdom
Mona's Queen

World War II: Operation Dynamo: The ferry was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France with the loss of 26 lives. The survivors were rescued by HMS Vanquisher ( Royal Navy).[102][149]

Monique Schiaffino  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102][150]
HMS Montrose  Royal Navy The Scott-class destroyer 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).[102]
Nautilus  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The drifter was sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France due to enemy action.[102]
HMT Polly Johnson  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler 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.[102][151]
Samson  French Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea and sank off the coast of Gard, France.[152]
Saint-Clair  France World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Tjeldsundet, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
St Octave  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Dunkerque, France. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Ilse Fritzen.[102]
Telena  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker 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. 18 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.[153][154][155]
VP-1109 Antares  Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot struck a mine 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).[102]
Vulcain  Belgium World War II: Operation Dynamo: The tug was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
HMS Wakeful  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The W-class destroyer 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).[102]
HMS Waverley  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The paddle minesweeper 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.[102][156]

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.[18]
Bourrasque  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer 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 struck a mine in the Solent off Spithead, the United Kingdom and sank with the loss of two crew.[102][157]
Correnie  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was lost in the North Sea.[102]
Fenella  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship 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.[158]
Finkenau  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Drogden, Denmark.[102]
Edv. Nissen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk as a blockship at Dunkerque, France.[52]
HMS King Orry  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The armed boarding vessel was shelled and sunk off Dunkerque, France. The survivors were rescued by HMT Lord Grey. HMT Vivacious (both  Royal Navy) and other small boats.[102][159]
Normannia  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The passenger ship 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.[102][160]
Stanhall  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship 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).[102][161]
Yser  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Dynamo: The canal boat ran aground at Dunkerque, France and was abandoned.[18]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Adjader  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Aïn el Turk  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[67]
Costaud  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Côte d'Azur  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Elsass ( Kriegsmarine).[102]
HMS Devonia  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged off Dunkerque, France. She was beached and abandoned at La Panne, Belgium.[102][162]
HMS Grive  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The armed yacht was bombed and damaged at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. She then struck a mine and sank with the loss of all crew.[163][164]
Jadarland  Norway World War II: The cargo liner struck a mine and sank off Slettå, Førlandsvågen, Norway. with the loss of 19 lives.[165]
HMS LCA 8 and LCA 15  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Landing Craft Assaults were lost when HMS Devonia ( Royal Navy) was sunk.[18]
Orangemoor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HGF 31: The cargo ship 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).[102][166][167]
Puissant  France World War II: Operation Dynamo: The trawler was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.[102]
Sirocco  French Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer 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).[18][102]
HMT St Achillaeus  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Dynamo: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France with the loss of one crewmember.[102]
U-13  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IIB submarine 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.[102]
HMS X 213, HMS X 148  Royal Navy World War II: The X-class Lighters were lost on this date.[168]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
Maria Toft  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Dunkerque, France. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service under German control.[169]
Ruytingen Lightship  France World War II: The lightship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France.[170]

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