List of shipwrecks in May 1942

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

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1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Angarstroy  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 32 nautical miles (59 km) off the coast of Japan by USS Grenadier ( United States Navy). The survivors, rescued by Kayo Maru ( Japan), claimed that a Japanese submarine had sunk the ship.[1]
Calcutta Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea (28°11′N 123°55′E / 28.183°N 123.917°E / 28.183; 123.917) off Wenchow, China by USS Triton ( United States Navy). 4 crewmen and 50 passengers killed. survivors rescued by Boko Maru and Kaisoku Maru (both  Japan).[2]
James E. Newsom  Canada World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 370 nautical miles (690 km) north east of Bermuda (35°50′N 50°40′W / 35.833°N 50.667°W / 35.833; -50.667) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine). All nine crew survived.[3]
La Paz  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) south east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (28°15′N 80°20′W / 28.250°N 80.333°W / 28.250; -80.333) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine. She was beached and later refloated and repaired at Jacksonville, Florida.[4]
Mizuho  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The seaplane tender was torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean 40 miles off Omae Zaki by USS Drum ( United States Navy) before midnight. Sank in the early hours of May 2. 101 crewmen killed. ComSubTenDiv 11, her C.O., and 471 crewmen were rescued by Takao ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[5]
Parnahyba  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off Trinidad (10°12′N 57°16′W / 10.200°N 57.267°W / 10.200; -57.267) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 72 crew. Survivors were rescued by Turret Cape ( Canada).[6][7][8]
HMS Punjabi  Royal Navy The Tribal-class destroyer was rammed and sunk in the Greenland Sea by HMS King George V ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 49 of her 258 crew.
Taei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Triton ( United States Navy).[9]
Tsiolkovskij  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy QP 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea (71°46′N 34°30′E / 71.767°N 34.500°E / 71.767; 34.500) by U-589 ( Kriegsmarine). She then straggled behind the convoy and was sunk by Z24 and Z25 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Lord Middleton ( Royal Navy).[10]
U-573  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (approximately 37°N 1°E / 37°N 1°E / 37; 1) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of one of her 44 crew. She put into Cartagena due to damage received and was interned. Sold to the Armada Española in August 1942, serving until 1970 as G-7 and S-01.
Worden  Nicaragua World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine).[4]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Botavon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 15: The 5,848 grt freighter was torpedoed and sunk whilst anchored in 73°02′N 19°46′E / 73.033°N 19.767°E / 73.033; 19.767 on voyage from Middlesbrough, via Reykjavik, to Murmansk with Government stores. On 3 May 1942 the wreck was sunk by convoy escort.[11]
Cape Corso  United Kingdom Convoy PQ 15: The 3,807 grt freighter was sunk by German torpedo bombers while in a convoy to Russia. Of her complement of 56, only 6 survived[12]
USS Cythera  United States Navy World War II: The naval yacht was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 115 nautical miles (213 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 69 of her 71 crew. The survivors were taken on board U-402 as prisoners of war.
HMS Edinburgh  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy QP 11: The Town-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Kola Inlet by the destroyer Z24 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 of her 750 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gossamer and HMS Harrier (both  Royal Navy).
Hermann Schoemann  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1934A-class destroyer was shelled and damaged in the Barents Sea off Bear Island by HMS Edinburgh ( Royal Navy) and was consequently scuttled by her crew. Most of the crew rescued by Z24, and 56 by U-88 (both ( Kriegsmarine)).[13]
ORP Jastrząb  Polish Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was shelled and damaged in the Barents Sea by HMS Seagull ( Royal Navy) and St. Albans ( Royal Norwegian Navy) with the loss of five crew. Once the error was realised, both ships rescued the survivors, and Jastrząb was scuttled by HMS Seagull at 71°30′N 12°32′E / 71.500°N 12.533°E / 71.500; 12.533.[14]
USS Mindanao  United States Navy World War II: The gunboat was scuttled in Manila Bay, Philippines.
Mizuho  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The seaplane carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) off Omaezaki, Shizuoka by USS Drum ( United States Navy).
Otto Leonhardt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Sfax, Tunisia by HMS Proteus ( Royal Navy). She was beached and did not see further service at sea.[15]
Sandar  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (11°42′N 61°10′W / 11.700°N 61.167°W / 11.700; -61.167) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Alcoa Pilot ( United States).[16]
U-74  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cartagena, Spain (37°16′N 00°01′E / 37.267°N 0.017°E / 37.267; 0.017) by HMS Wishart and HMS Wrestler (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[17]
Uzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the south east coast of Honshū (33°26′N 135°52′E / 33.433°N 135.867°E / 33.433; 135.867 by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[18]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1942
Ship Country Description
British Workman  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 89: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (44°07′N 51°53′W / 44.117°N 51.883°W / 44.117; -51.883) by U-455 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Alberni and HMCS Assiniboine (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[19]
Col. George F. E. Harrison  United States Army World War II: The Speedwell class U.S. Army Mine Planter was bombed and damaged off Corrigidor. 4 crewmen killed. She was scuttled the next day.[20][21]
Konsul Karl Fisser  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Ålesund, Norway by aircraft of No. 608 Squadron RAF.[14][22]
Jutland  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 15: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea by an aircraft of KG 26, Luftwaffe with the loss of one of the 62 people on board. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMS Badsworth ( Royal Navy). The ship was torpedoed and sunk on 3 May at 73°02′N 19°46′E / 73.033°N 19.767°E / 73.033; 19.767 by U-251 ( Kriegsmarine).[23]
Laertes  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (28°21′N 80°23′W / 28.350°N 80.383°W / 28.350; -80.383) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 66 crew. Survivors either reached land in their lifeboat or were rescued by a United States Navy aircraft.[24]
Ocean Venus  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 12 nautical miles (22 km) east south east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (28°23′N 80°21′W / 28.383°N 80.350°W / 28.383; -80.350) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 47 crew.[25][26]
Sama  Nicaragua World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (25°04′N 79°45′W / 25.067°N 79.750°W / 25.067; -79.750) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine). All 14 crew were rescued by Athelregent ( United Kingdom).[27]
San Rafael  Dominican Republic World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (18°36′N 79°12′W / 18.600°N 79.200°W / 18.600; -79.200) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 38 crew.[28]

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Eastern Sword  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the Georgetown Lighthouse, British Guiana (7°10′N 57°58′W / 7.167°N 57.967°W / 7.167; -57.967) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 29 crew. One survivor was rescued by the fishing vessel Ocean Star ( British Guiana), the rest made land in their lifeboat.[29]
Eclipse  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States (26°30′N 80°00′W / 26.500°N 80.000°W / 26.500; -80.000) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 47 crew. Later salvaged, repaired and returned to service in December 1942.[30]
Empire Story  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Briar Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, and was abandoned. She refloated herself and was later taken in tow by Foundation Franklin ( Canada) with the intention of taking her to Digby, Nova Scotia but she capsized and sank at 44°35′N 66°19′W / 44.583°N 66.317°W / 44.583; -66.317.[31]
Florence M Douglas  United Kingdom World War II: The three-masted schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 7°55′N 58°10′W / 7.917°N 58.167°W / 7.917; -58.167) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[32]
Herrenwyk  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Kiel, Germany.[33]
Klaus Fritzen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Måløy, Norway by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[14][15]
Kinjosan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 09°25′N 151°51′E / 9.417°N 151.850°E / 9.417; 151.850 off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by the submarine USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[34]
Kongosan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south east of Honshū (33°32′N 136°05′E / 33.533°N 136.083°E / 33.533; 136.083) by the submarine USS Trout ( United States Navy).[18]
Norlindo  United States World War II: The Design 1074 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 80 nautical miles (150 km) northwest of Dry Tortugas Island (24°57′N 84°00′W / 24.950°N 84.000°W / 24.950; -84.000) by the submarine U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by San Blas ( Panama).[35]
USS Pigeon  United States Navy World War II: The submarine rescue vessel, a former Lapwing-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Corregidor, Philippines], by a Japanese dive bomber.
Sizilien  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Borkum by aircraft of Royal Air Force Coastal Command.[15]
Tama Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was damaged in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, by U.S. Navy aircraft, sinking on 6 May.[36]
USS Tanager  United States Navy World War II: The Lapwing-class minesweeper was sunk at Corregidor by Japanese shore-based artillery.
Tuscaloosa City  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Negrit, Jamaica (18°25′N 81°31′W / 18.417°N 81.517°W / 18.417; -81.517) by the submarine U-125 ( Kriegsmarine). All 34 crew were rescued by Falcon ( United States).[37]
Wa-1  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Wa-1 class auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, by U.S. Navy aircraft.[36]
Wa-2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Wa-1 class auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomon Islandsm by U.S. Navy aircraft.[36]
Wartenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Diégo-Suarez, Madagascar.[14] Later raised and repaired and entered British service as Empire Tugela.[15]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Afoundria  United States World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 8 nautical miles (15 km) north of the Le Male Lighthouse, Haiti (19°59′N 73°26′W / 19.983°N 73.433°W / 19.983; -73.433). All 46 people on board were rescued by USS Mulberry ( United States Navy).[38]
HMS Auricula  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Flower-class corvette struck a mine in the Indian Ocean off the northern tip of Madagascar. She was taken in tow by HMS Freesia ( Royal Navy but sank the next day.[39]
Bévéziers France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Agosta-class submarine was bombed and sunk in Currier Bay, Diego Suarez, Madagascar (12°16′S 49°17′E / 12.267°S 49.283°E / -12.267; 49.283).[40]
Bougainville France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Armed Merchant Cruiser was bombed and sunk at Diego Suarez, Madagascar, by Royal Navy aircraft.[41]
Delisle  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Jupiter Inlet, Florida (47°19′N 52°27′W / 47.317°N 52.450°W / 47.317; -52.450) by the submarine U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 38 people on board. Survivors abandoned ship, but the crew reboarded her the next day and she was towed to Miami, Florida by a United States Navy tug. Later repaired and returned to service.[42]
D'Entrecastreax France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Bouganville-class aviso was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar by aircraft from HMS Illustrious and gunfire from HMS Active and HMS Panther (all  Royal Navy). Raised, repaired and put in Free French service.[43]
Fisheries II  United States Navy World War II: The U.S. Navy-requisitioned patrol yacht was scuttled off Corregidor.[44]
USS Genesee  United States Navy World War II: The fleet tug was scuttled off Corregidor Island, Philippines. She subsequently was salvaged by the Imperial Japanese Navy, repaired, and entered Japanese service as Patrol Boat No. 107.
John Adams  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Caledonia (23°30′S 164°35′E / 23.500°S 164.583°E / -23.500; 164.583) by th submarine I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[45]
Joseph M. Cudahy  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Gulf of Mexico 125 nautical miles (232 km) west of Naples, Florida (25°57′N 83°57′W / 25.950°N 83.950°W / 25.950; -83.950) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy. The burned out hulk was scuttled by USS Coral ( United States Navy) as a hazard to navigation.[46]
Kikuzuki  Imperial Japanese Navy
Kikuzuki

World War II: Operation Mo: After being torpedoed in Tulagi Harbor by U.S. Navy aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown ( United States Navy) with the loss of 12 of her 154 crew and beached on Florida Island to avoid sinking, the Mutsuki-class destroyer slid off the beach during the next high tide on 5 May and sank. Her wreck later was refloated and beached again by U.S. Army engineers.[47]

Konsul Carl Visser  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Ålesund, Norway by aircraft of Royal Air Force Coastal Command.[15]
Lady Drake  Canada World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) north of Bermuda (35°43′N 64°43′W / 35.717°N 64.717°W / 35.717; -64.717) by the submarine U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of the 268 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Owl ( United States Navy).[48]
Magnhild  Norway The cargo ship ran aground on Virgin Rocks, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. All 20 crew were rescued by the minesweeper USS Brant ( United States Navy). Magnhild was declared a total loss on 23 May.[49][50]
Maryann  United States Navy World War II: The US Navy-requisitioned converted yacht, neither commissioned nor assigned a hull number, was scuttled off Corregidor.[44]
Munger T. Ball  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 80 nautical miles (150 km) northwest of Dry Tortugas Island (25°17′N 83°57′W / 25.283°N 83.950°W / 25.283; -83.950) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Katy ( Norway).[51]
Perry  United States Navy World War II: The U.S. Navy requisitioned auxiliary Patrol Boat was scuttled off Corregidor.[44]
Potemkin  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo liner was sunk by German aircraft at Kamysh Buran. 30 crewman were killed, 25 wounded.[52]
Q-111 Luzon  Philippine Army ( United States Army): World War II: World War II: The 65-foot motor torpedo boat, an enlarged version of the Thornycroft 55-foot Class Motor Torpedo Boat was scuttled in Manila Bay. sSe was raised and repaired by the Japanese in 1943 and put in Japanese service as Gyoraitei 114 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[53]
Sizilen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Borkum, Germany by Royal Air Force aircraft.[14]
Sperrbercher 36 Eider  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and was severely damaged in the North Sea off Heligoland. She was consequently withdrawn from service.[15]
USS Vaga  United States Navy World War II: The harbor yug was scuttled off Corregidor (14°25′N 120°30′E / 14.417°N 120.500°E / 14.417; 120.500).[54]
Zabern  Germany World War I: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Kiel.[15]

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Abgara  Latvia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Great Inagua Island, the Bahamas (20°45′N 72°55′W / 20.750°N 72.917°W / 20.750; -72.917) by U-108. All 34 crew reached land in their lifeboats.[55]
Alcoa Puritan  United States World War II: The Type C1-B cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 15 nautical miles (28 km) off the mouth of the Mississippi River (28°35′N 88°22′W / 28.583°N 88.367°W / 28.583; -88.367) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine). All 54 people on board were rescued by USCGC Boutwell ( United States Coast Guard).[56]
D'Entrecasteaux  French Navy World War II: Operation Ironclad: The Bougainville-class aviso was badly damaged by British naval aircraft and beached on the coast of Madagascar.
Empire Buffalo  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 71: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea west of the Cayman Islands (19°14′N 82°34′W / 19.233°N 82.567°W / 19.233; -82.567) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Caique ( United States).
Green Island  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 80 nautical miles (150 km) south of Grand Cayman Island (18°25′N 81°30′W / 18.417°N 81.500°W / 18.417; -81.500) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine). All 22 crew were rescued by Fort Qu'Appelle ( United Kingdom).[57]
Kanan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Skipjack ( United States Navy).[58]
USS Luzon  United States Navy World War II: The gunboat was scuttled in Manila Bay, Philippines. She was salvaged by the Imperial Japanese Navy later that month, repaired and entered service as Karatsu
HMS ML 160  Royal Navy World War II: The Motor Launch was bombed and sunk at Brixton.[59]
USS Oahu  United States Navy World War II: The gunboat was sunk in Manila Bay off Corregidor, Philippines by Imperial Japanese Navy ships.
USS Quail  United States Navy The Lapwing-class minesweeper was scuttled at Corredgidor.
HMT Senateur Duhamel  Royal Navy World War II: The Naval trawler was rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Lookout, N. Carolina by Auxiliary USS Semmes ( United States Navy) .[60]
Taiei Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 107: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea (28°25′N 123°37′E / 28.417°N 123.617°E / 28.417; 123.617) by USS Triton ( United States Navy).[61]
Taigen Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 107: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea (28°40′N 123°38′E / 28.667°N 123.633°E / 28.667; 123.633) by USS Triton ( United States Navy). 2 passengers and 29 crewmen killed.[61]
Vostock  Soviet Navy World War I: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea. She was on a voyage from Novorossiysk to Kamush Burun.[15]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Chloe  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 miles west of Nouméa, New Calidonia (22°59′S 166°29′E / 22.983°S 166.483°E / -22.983; 166.483) by I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[62]
Frank Seamans  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°21′N 55°38′W / 6.350°N 55.633°W / 6.350; -55.633) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine). All 27 crew were rescued by Koningin Emma ( Netherlands).[63]
Le Héros France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Redoutable-class submarine was sunk in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar by Royal Navy ships.[64]
HMML 130  Royal Navy World War II: The Motor Launch was sunk by gunfire from enemy Motor Torpedo Boats off Malta.[65]
USS Neosho  United States Navy World War II: Battle of the Coral Sea: The Cimmaron-class oiler was bombed and damaged in the Coral Sea by Japanese aircraft. She was scuttled on 11 May by USS Henley ( United States Navy) after rescuing survivors still aboard along with survivors of USS Sims who were also aboard.
Ontario  Honduras World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (28°11′N 87°32′W / 28.183°N 87.533°W / 28.183; -87.533) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew were rescued by USS Onyx ( United States Navy).[66]
Ruth  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[15]
Shōhō  Imperial Japanese Navy
Shōhō

World War II: Battle of the Coral Sea: The Zuihō-class aircraft carrier was bombed and sunk in the Coral Sea (16°07′14″S 151°54′47″E / 16.12056°S 151.91306°E / -16.12056; 151.91306) by aircraft based on USS Lexington and USS Yorktown (both  United States Navy) with the loss of 631 of her 833 crew. 203 survivors rescued by Suzinami ( Imperial Japanese Navy), and some by Yūbari ( Imperial Japanese Navy).

USS Sims  United States Navy World War II: Battle of the Coral Sea: The Sims-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Coral Sea by Japanese Aichi D3A Val aircraft with the loss of 177 of her 192 crew.

8 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Bujun Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Skipjack ( United States Navy).[58]
Duca Degli Abruzzi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Diégo-Suarez, Madagascar.[67]
USS Lexington  United States Navy World War II: Battle of the Coral Sea: The Lexington-class aircraft carrier was scuttled by USS Phelps ( United States Navy following battle damage. Around 300 of her 2,122 crew were killed.
Mildred Pauline  Canada World War II: The three-masted schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada by U-136 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all seven crew.[68][69]
Monge France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The Redoutable-class submarine was sunk in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar by HMS Active and HMS Panther (both  Royal Navy).[39]
Ohioan  United States World War II: The Design 1015 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Boynton Beach, Florida (26°31′N 79°59′W / 26.517°N 79.983°W / 26.517; -79.983) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by United States Coast Guard ships.[70]
HMS Olympus  Royal Navy World War II: The Odin-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta (35°55′N 14°35′E / 35.917°N 14.583°E / 35.917; 14.583 with the loss of 89 of the 98 people on board.
Somalia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Diégo-Suarez, Madagascar. Wreck later raised and scrapped.[71]
Taiyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 109: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 170 km south west of Me Shima, Nannyo Gunto, Kyushu by USS Grenadier ( United States Navy). 656 passengers, 156 crewmen and 4 gunners killed. 15 survivors rescued by Peking Maru, 480 by Minekaze and Tomitsu Maru , (all( Imperial Japanese Navy)), and 48 by fishing vessel Genshin Maru No. 1 ( Japan).[72][73]
Torny  Norway . World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (26°45′N 86°40′W / 26.750°N 86.667°W / 26.750; -86.667) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by two United States Navy aircraft.[74][75]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Calgarolite  Canada World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south west of Grand Cayman Island (19°24′N 82°30′W / 19.400°N 82.500°W / 19.400; -82.500) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew survived.[76]
Douro  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°41′N 12°58′W / 60.683°N 12.967°W / 60.683; -12.967) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of ten of her 20 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Gyllir (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland).[77]
John Adams  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean by enemy action. 13 survivors were rescued by USS Helm ( United States Navy).[78]
Lise  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°53′N 68°20′W / 13.883°N 68.333°W / 13.883; -68.333) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 33 crew. Some of the survivors were rescued by HNLMS Femern ( Koninklijk Marine) and Socrates ( Netherlands), others reached land in their lifeboat.[79]
Lubrafol  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and set afire in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Delray Beach, Florida, United States (26°26′N 80°00′W / 26.433°N 80.000°W / 26.433; -80.000) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine). 13 crew were killed, 31 survivors rescued by the United States Coast Guard. She sank on 11 March. The wreck was broken up for scrap in 1954.[80][81]
M-533  Kriegsmarine The minesweeper was sunk in a collision with R-45 ( Kriegsmarine) north west of Boulogne, Pas de Calais, France. R-45 also sank.[15][82]
Mount Louis  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Trinidad (8°23′N 58°44′W / 8.383°N 58.733°W / 8.383; -58.733) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mona Marie ( Canada).[83]
R-45  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was sunk in a collision with Raule ( Kriegsmarine) off Dunkirk.[84]
U-352  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Morehead City, North Carolina, United States (34°21′N 76°35′W / 34.350°N 76.583°W / 34.350; -76.583) by USCGC Icarus ( United States Coast Guard) with the loss of 15 of her 48 crew.

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Aurora  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Gulf of Mexico 40 nautical miles (74 km) off the Southwest Pass, Louisiana (28°35′N 90°00′W / 28.583°N 90.000°W / 28.583; -90.000) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 50 crew. Survivors abandoned ship, and were rescued by USS Onyx and USS YP-157 (both  United States Navy). Aurora was taken in tow by Robert W. Wilmot ( United States) and USS Tuckahoe ( United States Coast Guard) but runs aground at the entrance to the Mississippi River. She is refloated and taken to Algiers, Louisiana, where she was declared a total loss. Subsequently repaired and returned to service in 1943 as Jamestown.[85]
Chernomorets  Soviet Union World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 500 lives. She was on a voyage from Kerch to Novorossiysk.[15]
Kitty's Brook  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) south east of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, Canada (42°56′N 63°59′W / 42.933°N 63.983°W / 42.933; -63.983) by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 34 crew.[86]
HMHS Ramb IV  Royal Navy (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and set afire off Alexandria, Egypt by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of Lehrgeschwader I1, Luftwaffe. Of the 360 wounded and Staff aboard, 155 wounded and 10 crew members were lost. Ship was scuttled by Royal Navy ships at (31°17′N 29°23′E / 31.283°N 29.383°E / 31.283; 29.383).[15][87]
S-31  Kriegsmarine World War II: The type 1939 Schnellboot was sunk by a mine in the Mediterranean Sea.[88]
Warmia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The replenishment oiler struck a mine in the Bay of Biscay and was severely damaged.[15]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Anakriya  Soviet Navy World War II: The barge was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft while evacuating wounded from Crimea.[89]
HMT Bedfordshire  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°10′N 76°41′W / 34.167°N 76.683°W / 34.167; -76.683) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.
C 308  United Kingdom World War II: the tug was bombed and sunk at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft.[14]
Cape of Good Hope  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Virgin Islands (22°48′N 58°43′W / 22.800°N 58.717°W / 22.800; -58.717) by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew survived.[90]
HMS Jackal  Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 77 of her crew. She was subsequently scuttled the next day by HMS Jervis ( Royal Navy).
Kinjosan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[34]
HMS Kipling  Royal Navy World War II: The K-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Mersa Matruh by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe. 29 of her 250 crew were killed. [91]
HMS Lively  Royal Navy World War II: The L-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) north east of Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 77 of her 221 crew.
Rion  Soviet Navy World War II: The gunboat was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft while evacuating wounded from Crimea.[89]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Berezan  Soviet Union World War II: The motor sailer was sunk by German aircraft or mines at Kerch.[92]
HMT Bedfordshire  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, United States (34°10′N 76°41′W / 34.167°N 76.683°W / 34.167; -76.683) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 37 crew.[93]
Cocle  Panama World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°37′N 29°13′W / 52.617°N 29.217°W / 52.617; -29.217) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 42 crew. The survivors were rescued by Bury ( United Kingdom).[94]
Cristales  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°55′N 29°50′W / 52.917°N 29.833°W / 52.917; -29.833) and was abandoned by her 82 crew. They were rescued by USCGC Spencer ( United States Coast Guard) and HMCS Shediac ( Royal Canadian Navy. Cristales was scuttled by the latter ship.[95]
Empire Dell  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 92: The CAM ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°00′N 29°57′W / 50.000°N 29.950°W / 50.000; -29.950) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 48 crew.
K-23  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-class submarine was sunk off Nordkyn, Norway in the Barents Sea by the auxiliary warships UJ 1101, UJ 1108 and UJ 1110 (all  Kriegsmarine).[96]
Krasny Flot  Soviet Union World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Yeni-Kale by Luftwaffe aircraft. No casualties.[15]
Krasny Moryak  Soviet Union World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Temryuk by Luftwaffe aircraft. 4 crewmen killed.[15]
Leto  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 8 nautical miles (15 km) north of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada (49°32′N 65°19′W / 49.533°N 65.317°W / 49.533; -65.317) by U-553 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of the 53 people on board, including one of the four survivors from Oscilla ( Netherlands).[97]
Llanover  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°50′N 29°04′W / 52.833°N 29.067°W / 52.833; -29.067 by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine). All 46 crew were rescued by Bury ( United Kingdom). Llanover was scuttled by HMCS Arvida ( Royal Canadian Navy).[98]
Mount Parnes  Greece World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°31′N 29°20′W / 52.517°N 29.333°W / 52.517; -29.333) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine). She was later scuttled by one of the convoy escorts. All 33 crew survived.[99]
Nicoya  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence south o Anticosti Island, Quebec, Canada (49°19′N 64°15′W / 49.317°N 64.250°W / 49.317; -64.250) by U-553 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of the 88 people on board.[100]
Okinoshima  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Minelayer was torpedoed and damaged in the Bismarck Sea southwest of Buka Island by USS S-42 ( United States Navy), she sank under tow in the St. George Channel off of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea (05°06′S 153°48′E / 5.100°S 153.800°E / -5.100; 153.800) .[101]
PK-083  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
Shoei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The salvage ship (a.k.a. Matsue Maru) was torpedoed and sunk in the Bismarck Sea (04°51′S 152°15′E / 4.850°S 152.250°E / -4.850; 152.250) 6 nautical miles (11 km) northeast of Cape St. George, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea by USS S-44 ( United States Navy) while on its way to assist Okinoshima .[102][103]
SKA-0133  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
SKA-0183  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
SKA-0411  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
SKA-0611  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
SKA-0811  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[15]
Virginia  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (28°53′N 89°29′W / 28.883°N 89.483°W / 28.883; -89.483) by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PT-157 ( United States Navy).[104]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Batna  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°09′N 33°56′W / 52.150°N 33.933°W / 52.150; -33.933) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Bury ( United Kingdom).[105]
City of Melbourne  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Barbados (15°00′N 54°40′W / 15.000°N 54.667°W / 15.000; -54.667) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 87 crew.[106]
Denpark  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 109: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°28′N 28°10′W / 22.467°N 28.167°W / 22.467; -28.167) by U-128 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by City of Windsor ( United Kingdom).[107]
Esso Houston  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) east of Barbados (12°12′N 57°25′W / 12.200°N 57.417°W / 12.200; -57.417) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Havprins ( Norway) or reached land in their lifeboats.[108]
Gulfpenn  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (28°29′N 89°12′W / 28.483°N 89.200°W / 28.483; -89.200) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Telde ( Honduras).[109]
Hav  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Port Said, Egypt with the loss of two of her 38 crew. She was taken in tow and beached (31°17′57″N 2°21′09″E / 31.29917°N 2.35250°E / 31.29917; 2.35250) but was declared a constructive total loss.[110]
Iltis  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk off Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (50°46′N 01°34′E / 50.767°N 1.567°E / 50.767; 1.567) by HM MTB 219 and HM MTB 221 (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 118 crew.[15][111]
Koenjit  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) north north east of Barbados (15°30′N 52°40′W / 15.500°N 52.667°W / 15.500; -52.667) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew survived.[112]
Letitia Porter  Netherlands The motor launch was being carried as deck cargo on board Koenjit ( Netherlands) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine).[113]
HM MTB 220  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 70'-class Motor Torpedo Boat was sunk by gunfire from a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot.[114]
Nagasaki Maru  Japan World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Nagasaki with the loss of 39 people. Her captain later committed hari-kiri.[115]
Norlantic  United States World War II: The Design 1099 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°13′N 66°30′W / 12.217°N 66.500°W / 12.217; -66.500 by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by India, Mississippi (both  Netherlands), Marpesia ( Norway) and the tug Crusader Kingston (flag unknown).[116]
Seeadler  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk off Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (50°46′N 01°34′E / 50.767°N 1.567°E / 50.767; 1.567) by HM MTB 219 and HM MTB 221 (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 85 crew.[15][117]
Shonan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Drum ( United States Navy).[15]
Tolken  Sweden World War II: Convoy ON 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 675 nautical miles (1,250 km) south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (51°50′N 33°35′W / 51.833°N 33.583°W / 51.833; -33.583) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine). All 34 crew were rescued by Bury ( United Kingdom).[118]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Amapala  Honduras World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Gulf of Mexico (26°40′N 88°17′W / 26.667°N 88.283°W / 26.667; -88.283 by U-507 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing schooner Gonzalez ( United States) and a United States Navy aircraft. Amapala was taken in tow by USCGC Boutwell ( United States Coast Guard) but foundered on 16 May at 26°30′N 89°12′W / 26.500°N 89.200°W / 26.500; -89.200).[119]
Brabant  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (11°32′N 62°43′W / 11.533°N 62.717°W / 11.533; -62.717) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 37 people on board.[120]
British Colony  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) north east of Bridgetown, Barbados (13°12′N 58°10′W / 13.200°N 58.167°W / 13.200; -58.167) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 47 crew.[121]
Comayagua  Honduras World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) west by south of Grand Cayman Island (19°00′N 81°37′W / 19.000°N 81.617°W / 19.000; -81.617) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Cimboco ( United Kingdom).[122]
David McKelvy  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Gulf of Mexico 35 nautical miles (65 km) south to the mouth of the Mississippi River (28°30′N 89°55′W / 28.500°N 89.917°W / 28.500; -89.917) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 42 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by USCGC Boutwell ( United States Coast Guard) and Norsol ( Norway). David McKelvy was beached on the Louisiana coast where she was declared a total loss.[123]
Dzerjinsky  Soviet Navy World War II: The Novik-class destroyer was sunk by a mine off Sevastopol with the loss of 260 of her crew.[15][124]
Isbjørn  Norway World War II: Operation Fritham: The icebreaker was bombed and sunk in Isfjord, Svalbard by Focke Wulf Fw 200 Kondor aircraft Luftwaffe with the loss of 17 of her 21 crew.[125][126]
Mount Olympus  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Port Said, Egypt (31°21′N 32°21′E / 31.350°N 32.350°E / 31.350; 32.350) with the loss of three of her 30 crew.[127]
M 1307 Neufisch I  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Esbjerg, Denmark.[15]
Potrero del Llano  Mexico World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Florida, Florida, United States (25°35′N 80°06′W / 25.583°N 80.100°W / 25.583; -80.100) by U-564 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 35 crew.
San Giusto  Italy World War II: The schooner was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[15]
Selis  Norway World War II: Operation Fritham: The seal catcher was bombed and sunk in Isfjord, Svalbard, by Focke Wulf Fw 200 Condor aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 12 of the 82 people aboard.[126]
William C. McTarnahan  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Gulf of Mexico 35 nautical miles (65 km) east of the Ship Shoal Lighthouse, Louisiana (28°52′N 90°20′W / 28.867°N 90.333°W / 28.867; -90.333) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 45 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by the shrimpers Defender, Pioneer and Viscali (all  United States). William C. McTarnahan was taken in tow by Baranca ( United States) and USS Tuckahoe ( United States Coast Guard). She was subsequently repaired and returned to service in 1943 as St. James.[128]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Kupa  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (14°50′N 52°20′W / 14.833°N 52.333°W / 14.833; -52.333) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 70 crew.[129]
M 26  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk by Royal Air Force aircraft off Cap de La Hague, France.[130]
M 256  Kriegsmarine World War II: the minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged off Cap de la Hogue by Royal Air Force aircraft. She late sank off Cherbourg, Seine-Maritime but was raised, repaired and returned to service.[15]
Selje  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north of Terschelling, Netherlands by Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 320 and 407 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of 14 of the 62 people aboard.[131]
Siljestad  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk north-east of Barbados by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of two of her 33 crew.[132][133][134]
Soudan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy WS 15: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Agulhas, South Africa.[135]
Toyohara Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honshū by USS Tuna ( United States Navy).[136]
HMS Trinidad  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy PQ 13: The Crown Colony-class cruiser was bombed and damaged in the Arctic Ocean by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was later scuttled by HMS Matchless ( Royal Navy).
V 2002 Madeleine Louise  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 407 Squadron, RAF.[15][131][137]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Goyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[15]
MTB 338  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60'-class motor torpedo boat exploded and burned at Trinidad.[138]
Nicarao  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Bahamas (25°20′N 74°19′W / 25.333°N 74.317°W / 25.333; -74.317) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Esso Augusta ( United States).[139]

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Barrdale  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (15°15′N 52°27′W / 15.250°N 52.450°W / 15.250; -52.450) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 53 crew.[140] The 52 survivors were rescued by Rio Iguazu ( Argentina) and landed at Recife, Brazil.[141]
Beth  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 135 nautical miles (250 km) east south east of Barbados (11°48′N 57°32′W / 11.800°N 57.533°W / 11.800; -57.533) by U-162 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew.[142]
Challenger  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°11′N 61°18′W / 12.183°N 61.300°W / 12.183; -61.300) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of the 64 people on board. Survivors were rescued by USS Turquoise ( United States Navy).[143]
Foam  United States World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 85 nautical miles (157 km) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°20′N 63°08′W / 43.333°N 63.133°W / 43.333; -63.133) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 21 crew. Survivors either reached the Sambro Lightship ( Canada) in their lifeboats or were rescued by HMCS Halifax ( Royal Canadian Navy).[144]
Fort Qu'Apelle  United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°50′N 63°30′W / 59.833°N 63.500°W / 59.833; -63.500) by U-135 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Melville ( Royal Canadian Navy).[145][146]
Gulfoil  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of the mouth of the Mississippi River (28°08′N 89°46′W / 28.133°N 89.767°W / 28.133; -89.767) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Benjamin Brewster ( United States).[147]
I-28  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The B1-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 2 miles west of Royalist Reef, Truk, South Pacific Mandate (06°30′N 152°00′E / 6.500°N 152.000°E / 6.500; 152.000) by USS Tautog ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 88 crew.
I-164  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai IV-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south south east of Cape Ashizuri, Kyūshū (29°25′N 134°9′E / 29.417°N 134.150°E / 29.417; 134.150) by USS Triton ( United States Navy). Lost with all 81 hands.[61]
No. 0137  Soviet Navy World War II: The KM-2 class motor launch was lost on this date[148]
Peisander  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) off Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, United States (37°24′N 65°38′W / 37.400°N 65.633°W / 37.400; -65.633) by U-653 ( Kriegsmarine). All 65 crew were rescued by USCGC General Greene ( United States Navy).[149]
Ruth Lykes  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (16°37′N 82°27′W / 16.617°N 82.450°W / 16.617; -82.450) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of the 36 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Somerville ( Norway).[150]
S 34  Kriegsmarine World War II: The S 30 Type E-boat was severely damaged by coastal artillery off the harbour of Valletta, Malta. It was subsequently scuttled by a German Bf 109 fighter.[151]
SKR-21  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard ship was sunk by German aircraft at Iokanga. Raised 3 July 1944 and repaired, but not recommissioned by the Soviet Navy.[152]
San Victorio  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (11°40′N 62°33′W / 11.667°N 62.550°W / 11.667; -62.550) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 52 of the 53 people on board. The ship was on her maiden voyage. The survivors was rescued by USS Turquoise ( United States Navy).[153]
Skottland  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°06′N 67°20′W / 43.100°N 67.333°W / 43.100; -67.333 by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 24 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel O. K. Service IV ( Canada).[154]
Tajan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Indochina by USS Skipjack ( United States Navy).[58]
Thames Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Silversides ( United States Navy).[15]
Tottori Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Silversides ( United States Navy).[15]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Bolsena  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[15]
Duatepe  Turkey World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea 10 miles off the coast of Bulgaria by ShCh-205 ( Soviet Navy).[155]
Fauna  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caicos Passage (22°10′N 72°30′W / 22.167°N 72.500°W / 22.167; -72.500) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 29 crew.[156]
Kaynardzha  Turkey World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Black Sea 10 miles off the coast of Bulgaria by ShCh-205 ( Soviet Navy).[155]
Mercury Sun  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 125 nautical miles (232 km) south of Cape Corrientes, Cuba (20°01′N 84°26′W / 20.017°N 84.433°W / 20.017; -84.433) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by SS Howard ( United States).[157]
Quaker City  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Barbados (15°47′N 53°12′W / 15.783°N 53.200°W / 15.783; -53.200) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Blakeley ( United States Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[158]
William J. Salman  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 125 nautical miles (232 km) south of Cape Frances, Cuba (20°08′N 83°46′W / 20.133°N 83.767°W / 20.133; -83.767) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kegums ( Latvia).[159]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Commandate Lyra  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by a Kriegsmarine U-boat and was abandoned be her crew, who were rescued by USS Milwaukee and USS Moffett (both  United States Navy). A salvage party from USS Omaha (CL-4) was placed on board and the ship was towed to Fortaleza by USS Thrush ( United States Navy.[160][161]
Heredia  United States World War II: The refrigerated cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south east of the Ship Shoal Buoy, Louisiana (28°53′N 91°03′W / 28.883°N 91.050°W / 28.883; -91.050) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by the shrimpers Conquest, J. Edwin Treakle, Papa Joe, Shellwater (all  United States) and an aircraft.[162]
Isabela  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) south of the Navassa Island Lighthouse (17°50′N 75°00′W / 17.833°N 75.000°W / 17.833; -75.000) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 37 crew.[163]
Ogontz  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico 70 nautical miles (130 km) south east of Cozumel, Mexico (23°30′N 86°37′W / 23.500°N 86.617°W / 23.500; -86.617) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Esso Dover ( United States).[164]

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Darina  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) south east of Bermuda (29°17′N 54°25′W / 29.283°N 54.417°W / 29.283; -54.417) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by British Ardour ( United Kingdom), Dagrun ( Norway) and Exanthia ( United States).[165]
Eocene  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy AT 46: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sollum, Egypt (31°56′N 25°14′E / 31.933°N 25.233°E / 31.933; 25.233) by U-431 ( Kriegsmarine). All 43 people on board were rescued by HMT Cocker ( Royal Navy).[166]
George Calvert  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off Cuba (22°50′N 84°30′W / 22.833°N 84.500°W / 22.833; -84.500) by U-753 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 51 crew.[167][168]
Halo  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (28°42′N 90°08′W / 28.700°N 90.133°W / 28.700; -90.133) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 39 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Oaxaca ( Mexico) and Otina ( United Kingdom).[169]
Kattegat  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (28°11′S 11°30′W / 28.183°S 11.500°W / -28.183; -11.500) by Michel ( Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew were taken on board Michel as prisoners of war.[170]
Norland  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 93: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°22′N 55°47′W / 31.367°N 55.783°W / 31.367; -55.783) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by Polyphemus ( Netherlands) and USS PT-453 ( United States Navy.[171][172]
Sylvan Arrow  Panama World War II: Convoy OT 1: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea (11°25′N 62°18′W / 11.417°N 62.300°W / 11.417; -62.300) by the submarine U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by the destroyer USS Barney ( United States Navy). Sylvan Arrow was taken in tow, but sank on 28 May at 12°50′N 67°32′W / 12.833°N 67.533°W / 12.833; -67.533.[173][174][175][176]
Vestra  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak off the Falsterbo Lighthouse, Sweden. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[177]
USS YP-87  United States Navy The Yard Patrol Craft was sunk in a collision off Delaware .[178]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Clare  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) off Cuba (21°35′N 84°43′W / 21.583°N 84.717°W / 21.583; -84.717) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew survived, some reached land in their lifeboat, others were rescued from their liferafts by a Cuban gunboat.[179]
Elizabeth  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) south of Cape Corrientes, Cuba by the submarineU-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 42 crew.[180]
Faja de Oro  Mexico World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 10 of her 31 crew.
RFA Montenol  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Convoy OS 28: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 140 nautical miles (260 km) east south east of off Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal (36°41′N 22°45′W / 36.683°N 22.750°W / 36.683; -22.750) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Woodruff and the ship was scuttled by HMS Wellington (both  Royal Navy).[181]
New Brunswick  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OS 28: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 140 nautical miles (260 km) east south east of Santa Maria Island (36°53′N 22°55′W / 36.883°N 22.917°W / 36.883; -22.917 by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by Inchaga ( United Kingdom), HMS Totland, HMS Wellington, HMS Weston and HMS Woodruff (all  Royal Navy).[182]
Presidente Trujillo  Dominican Republic World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off Fort-de-France, Martinique (14°38′N 61°11′W / 14.633°N 61.183°W / 14.633; -61.183) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 39 crew.[183]
Torondoc  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) north west of Martinique (14°45′N 62°15′W / 14.750°N 62.250°W / 14.750; -62.250) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[184]
Troisdoc  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (18°15′N 79°20′W / 18.250°N 79.333°W / 18.250; -79.333) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). All 18 crew were rescued by USCGC Mohawk ( United States Coast Guard).[185]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Asahisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Asahisan Maru-class transport ship was torpedoed and damaged by USS Silversides ( United States Navy) in the Kii Strait, losing her bow and was beached. Refloated on 27 May. Repaired and returned to service 15 July 1943.[186]
E. P. Theriault  United Kingdom World War II: The three masted schooner was stopped in the Gulf of Mexico 55 miles west of Dry Tortuga by U-753 ( Kriegsmarine). After her crew abandoned ship a scuttling attempt by a boarding party failed. She drifted ashore on the 27th in the Bay of Cardenes, Cuba. Survivors sailed to Cuba in their lifeboats. After her cargo was salvaged she was refloated on 3 June 1942 repaired, sold, and put in service as "Ofelia Gancedo ( Cuba).[187]
Frank B. Baird  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°03′N 58°50′W / 28.050°N 58.833°W / 28.050; -58.833) by U-158 ( Kriegsmarine). All 23 crew were rescued by Talisman ( Norway).[188]
Plow City  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) off Cape May, New Jersey (38°53′N 69°57′W / 38.883°N 69.950°W / 38.883; -69.950) by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Sapphire ( United States Navy).[189]
STS-123  Soviet Navy World War II: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk at Leningrad by German artillery.[15]
TKA-103  Soviet Navy World War II: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk at Leningrad by German artillery.[15]

23 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Asuncion  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the coast of Norway (70°17′N 21°21′E / 70.283°N 21.350°E / 70.283; 21.350).[14]
Margot  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (approximately 39°N 68°W / 39°N 68°W / 39; -68) by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sagoland ( Sweden).[190]
Safac  Turkey World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Black Sea off Burgas, Bulgaria by ShCh-205 ( Soviet Navy).[191]
Samuel Q. Brown  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) south of Cape Corrientes, Cuba (20°15′N 84°37′W / 20.250°N 84.617°W / 20.250; -84.617) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 55 crew. Five injured crew were rescued by a United States Navy aircraft based at Upham, Canal Zone. the rest of the survivors were rescued on 25 May by USS Goff ( United States Navy), which scuttled the ship.[192]
V 1808 Dortmund  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Broad Fourteens.[15]
Watsonville  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Saint Vincent Passage (13°12′N 61°20′W / 13.200°N 61.333°W / 13.200; -61.333) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[193]
USS YP-277  United States Navy World War II: The Yard Patrol Craft struck a mine, burned and sank at French Frigate Shoals.[194]
Zurichmoor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (39°30′N 66°00′W / 39.500°N 66.000°W / 39.500; -66.000) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[195]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Bør  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands (53°18′N 1°09′E / 53.300°N 1.150°E / 53.300; 1.150). 17 crew were rescued by Kong Sigurd ( Norway).[196]
Chefak  Turkey World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off Cape Vassilicos.[197]
Gonçalves Dias  Brazil World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) south of Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic (16°09′N 70°00′W / 16.150°N 70.000°W / 16.150; -70.000) by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 45 crew.[198]
Hector  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) north west of Grand Cayman (19°50′N 81°53′W / 19.833°N 81.883°W / 19.833; -81.883) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by F. Q. Barstow ( United States).[199]
L-21  Soviet Union The Leninets-class submarine was sunk in a German air raid on Leningrad. She was subsequently raised, repaired and commissioned into the Soviet Navy.

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Asahi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The submarine tender was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea (10°00′N 110°00′E / 10.000°N 110.000°E / 10.000; 110.000) by USS Salmon ( United States Navy) with the loss of 16 of her 599 crew.
Beatrice  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (17°21′N 76°07′W / 17.350°N 76.117°W / 17.350; -76.117) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Hauken ( Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboat.[200]
Kitakata Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Drum ( United States Navy).[201]
Persephone  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off the Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey, United States (39°44′N 73°53′W / 39.733°N 73.883°W / 39.733; -73.883) by U-593 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 37 crew. She broke in two and sank at 46°15′N 74°02′W / 46.250°N 74.033°W / 46.250; -74.033. The bow section was salvaged and her cargo recovered. The stern section was dispersed by the United States Coast Guard as it was a hazard to navigation.[202]
Shoka Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 190 miles south of Woleai by USS Tautog ( United States Navy). 2 crewmen killed, 63 survive the sinking but 1 dies while they sail in their lifeboats to Faraulep Island (07°20′N 143°50′E / 7.333°N 143.833°E / 7.333; 143.833) arriving 9 June.[203]
Tokyo Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Pompano ( United States Navy).[204]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Carrier  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 125 nautical miles (232 km) north west of Montego Bay, Jamaica (18°45′N 79°50′W / 18.750°N 79.833°W / 18.750; -79.833) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by a Cuban gunboat and a United States Navy aircraft.[205]
Carrabulle  United States World War II: The Design 1022 tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (26°18′N 89°21′W / 26.300°N 89.350°W / 26.300; -89.350) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Thomson Lykes ( United States).[206]
HMT Eddy  Royal Navy World War II: The naval drifter/minesweeper sunk after hitting a mine off Grand Harbour, Malta.[207]
Enseigne Maurice Préchac  France The cargo ship sprang a leak in the Atlantic Ocean. She foundered the next day (37°55′N 23°40′W / 37.917°N 23.667°W / 37.917; -23.667).[208]
Kagi Maru  Japan World War II: The transporrt ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Amami Islands (28°49′N 129°40′E / 28.817°N 129.667°E / 28.817; 129.667) by USS Saury ( United States Navy).[209]
No. 916  Soviet Navy World War II: The KM-4 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[210]
Syros  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) south west of Bear Island (72°35′N 5°30′E / 72.583°N 5.500°E / 72.583; 5.500) by U-703 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Hazard ( Royal Navy).[211]
Vardø  Norway World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk at Murmansk, Soviet Union by land-based artillery.[177]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Alamar  United States World war II: Convoy PQ 16: The cargo ship was attacked and sunk by German aircraft 100 nautical miles (190 km) east of Bear Island. No casualties.[212]
HMT Arctic Pioneer  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in Cowes Roads, outside Portsmouth Harbor, by Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers. 17 crewmen killed, 16 survivors.[213]
Athelknight  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (27°50′N 46°00′W / 27.833°N 46.000°W / 27.833; -46.000) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by Empire Austen ( United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboats.[214]
Empire Lawrence  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The CAM ship was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft.[31]
Empire Purcell  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Barents Sea (74°00′N 26°08′E / 74.000°N 26.133°E / 74.000; 26.133) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[31]
HMS Fitzroy  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with the loss of 13 crew.[14][215]
Hamlet  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°25′N 91°00′W / 28.417°N 91.000°W / 28.417; -91.000) by U-753 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew survived.[216]
USAT Jack  United States Army World War II: The Design 1093 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) south west of Port Salut, Haiti (17°36′N 74°42′W / 17.600°N 74.700°W / 17.600; -74.700) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Grunion ( United States Navy).[217]
Lowther Castle  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The cargo ship was sunk by German torpedo bombers.[218]
Mormacsul  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The cargo ship was sunk by German aircraft on a voyage from Philadelphia to northern Russia. She sank off North Cape[219]
Polyphemus  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 340 nautical miles (630 km) north east of Bermuda (38°12′N 63°22′W / 38.200°N 63.367°W / 38.200; -63.367) by U-578 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of the 75 people on board, but none of the survivors from Norland ( Norway) that were on board. Survivors were rescued by Maria Amelia ( Portugal) or reached land in their lifeboats.[171][220]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Pilgrim  United States World War II: The Type C1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 150 nautical miles (280 km) south of the Mona Passage (16°28′N 67°37′W / 16.467°N 67.617°W / 16.467; -67.617) by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Thomas Nelson ( United Kingdom).[221]
City of Joliet  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 16: The freighter was sunk by German torpedo bombers.[222]
Ganges Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Salmon ( United States Navy).[223]
New Jersey  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Grand Cayman (18°32′N 82°28′W / 18.533°N 82.467°W / 18.533; -82.467) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by USS Biddle and USS Tattnall (both  United States Navy).[224]
Poseidon  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (14°35′N 58°19′W / 14.583°N 58.317°W / 14.583; -58.317) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 32 crew.[225]
Sperrbrecher 174  Kriegsmarine World War II: The sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea west of Dunquerque, Nord, France.[226]
Sylvan Arrow  Panama World War II: Convoy OT 1: The tanker sank while under tow in the Caribbean Sea at 12°50′N 67°32′W / 12.833°N 67.533°W / 12.833; -67.533 due to torpedo damage inflicted by the submarine U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) on 20 May 1942.[173][174][175][176]
Yorkmoor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°54′30″N 72°25′30″W / 29.90833°N 72.42500°W / 29.90833; -72.42500) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew were rescued by Laguna ( United Kingdom and a United States Coast Guard cutter.[227]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Allister  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 54 nautical miles (100 km) south of Grand Cayman (18°23′N 81°13′W / 18.383°N 81.217°W / 18.383; -81.217) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 23 crew.[228]
Capo Arma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[15]
Emanuele Pessagno  Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by in the Mediterranean sea north north west of Benghazi, Libya by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy).[15][229]
Charlbury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic by Barbarigo ( Regia Marina).[15]
Hudavendisar  Turkey World War II: The sailing ship was sunk by ramming in the Black Sea east south east of Cape Igneada, Turkey (41°50′N 28°14′E / 41.833°N 28.233°E / 41.833; 28.233) by ShCh-214 ( Soviet Navy).[230]
Niels R. Finsen  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands.[15]
Norman Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) west of Saint Lucia (14°40′N 62°15′W / 14.667°N 62.250°W / 14.667; -62.250) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Angoulême ( France) and USCGC Unalga ( United States Coast Guard).[231]
Penelope  Germany The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[15]
Sperrbrecher 150  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France.[15]
Stanvac Calcutta  Panama World War II: The tanker was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by Stier ( Kriegsmarine), in the South Atlantic Ocean 500 miles off Brazil. 3 Gunners and 14 crewmen killed. One crewman later died in a Japanese POW Camp.[232]
Sulina  Romania World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by A-3 ( Soviet Navy) off Odessa (46°31′N 30°52′E / 46.517°N 30.867°E / 46.517; 30.867).[233]
Tatsufuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at the south west entrance to the Balabac Strait (7°33′N 116°18′E / 7.550°N 116.300°E / 7.550; 116.300) by USS Seal and USS Swordfish (both  United States Navy).[15][234]
U-568  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Tobruk, Libya by HMS Eridge, HMS Hero and HMS Hurworth (all  Royal Navy). All 47 crew survived.[235]
V1103 Nordkap  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ameland.[15]
Western Head  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Windward Passage 50 nautical miles (93 km) east of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (19°57′N 74°18′W / 19.950°N 74.300°W / 19.950; -74.300) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by a United States Navy vessel.[236]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Shipper  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of Cape Charles, Virginia (37°49′N 65°15′W / 37.817°N 65.250°W / 37.817; -65.250) by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by Margarethe Bakke ( Norway).[237]
Atsuta Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 119: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (26°08′N 128°48′E / 26.133°N 128.800°E / 26.133; 128.800) by USS Pompano ( United States Navy). Thirty-seven passengers and 39 crewmen killed.[204]
Baghdad  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (14°15′N 54°30′W / 14.250°N 54.500°W / 14.250; -54.500) by U-155 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 30 crew.[238]
British Loyalty  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk at Diego Suarez, Madagascar by the midget submarine M-20b ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of six crew. She was salvaged in December 1942, repaired and used as a hulk at Addu Atoll, Maldives from March 1943 until the end of the war.[239]
Edmond René  France The trawler was lost off Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais.[15]
George Clymer  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by a motor torpedo boat launched from Michel ( Kriegsmarine). She was later scuttled at 14°32′S 20°31′W / 14.533°S 20.517°W / -14.533; -20.517 by HMS Alcantara ( Royal Navy).[167]
Mentor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 86 crew. Survivors were rescued by Antilochus ( United Kingdom).[240]
Orkan  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Griefswald.[15]
St. Angelo  Royal Navy World War II: The Admiralty tugboat sunk after hitting a mine off Grand Harbour, Malta.[241]
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.[242]
Värmdö  Sweden World War II: The ore carrier was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[15]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1942
Ship Country Description
Bravo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[15]
RFA Dinsdale  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The Landing Ship, Gantry / tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Pernambuco, Brazil (0°45′S 29°50′W / 0.750°S 29.833°W / -0.750; -29.833) by Cappellini ( Regia Marina) whilst on her maiden voyage.[31]
Fred W. Green  United Kingdom World War II: The derrick ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north east of Bermuda (30°20′N 62°00′W / 30.333°N 62.000°W / 30.333; -62.000) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Ludlow ( United States Navy).[243]
Gino Allegre  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Taku and HMS Thrasher (both  Royal Navy).[15]
USAT Jack  United States Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) south west of Port Salut, Haiti (17°36′N 74°42′W / 17.600°N 74.700°W / 17.600; -74.700) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of the 60 people on board. 14 of the survivors were rescued by USS Grunion ( United States Navy).[217][244]
Kuttabul  Australia World War II: The barge was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Sydney by a Japanese midget submarine.[15]
Liverpool Packet  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) west of Seal Island, Nova Scotia (43°20′N 66°20′W / 43.333°N 66.333°W / 43.333; -66.333) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 21 crew.[245]
M-27b  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Attack on Sydney Harbour: The Type A Ko-hyoteki-class submarine was scuttled by her 2-man crew, killing them both, after fouling a steel anti-submarine net trying to enter the harbor.[246]
Mahbubdihan  Turkey World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Black Sea east south east of Cape Igneada, Turkey (41°55′N 28°15′E / 41.917°N 28.250°E / 41.917; 28.250) by ShCh-214 ( Soviet Navy).[230]
Shunsei Maru No. 5  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[15]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
SKR-21  Soviet Navy World War II: The guard ship was bombed and sunk in the Yokanga River by Luftwaffe aircraft between 12 and 18 May.[15]
SKR-29 Brilliant  Soviet Navy World War II: The guard ship was bombed and sunk in the Yokanga River by Luftwaffe aircraft between 12 and 18 May. She was raised in September 1942, repaired and returned to service in 1944.[15]
Tai Shan  Norway The cargo ship sank at Liverpool, England some time after 15 May, when she had arrived with Convoy HX 188. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.[247]

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Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship commissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship decommissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Shipwrecks: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947