List of shipwrecks in May 1943

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The list of shipwrecks in May 1943 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1943.

May 1943
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1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Adelfotis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (3°32′S 21°33′W / 3.533°S 21.550°W / -3.533; -21.550) by U-182 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 39 crew. Her captain was taken aboard U-182 as a prisoner of war.[1]
British Trust  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MW 27: The tanker was hit by a torpedo from a Heinkel He 111 of Kampfgeschwader 26 at approx. 20:00 hrs, her port side was opened for a third of her length and her cargo of oil caught fire. She listed heavily and sank within three minutes with the loss of 10 of the crew, 30 nautical miles (56 km) north north west of Benghazi, Libya.[2]
City of Singapore  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (7°55′N 14°16′W / 7.917°N 14.267°W / 7.917; -14.267) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine). All 97 crew were rescued by HMT Arran and HMT Birdlip (both  Royal Navy).[3]
Clan Macpherson  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of Freetown (7°58′N 14°14′W / 7.967°N 14.233°W / 7.967; -14.233) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 140 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Arran ( Royal Navy).[4]
Erinpura  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MW 27: The troopship was hit by a bomb in her forward hatch or deck by aircraft from Kampfgeschwader 26 at approximately 20:15 hrs, and sank within four minutes with the loss of almost 1,000 men, 30 nautical miles (56 km) north north west of Benghazi at (32°40′N 19°53′E / 32.667°N 19.883°E / 32.667; 19.883).[2]
Keishin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Iwaki (37°04′N 140°06′E / 37.067°N 140.100°E / 37.067; 140.100) by USS Pogy ( United States Navy).[5]
Mokambo  Belgium World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of Freetown (7°58′N 14°14′W / 7.967°N 14.233°W / 7.967; -14.233) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by HMS Aimwell and HMS Oriana (both  Royal Navy) but capsized and sank the next day at Freetown. All 57 crew survived.[6][7][8]
Port Victor  United Kingdom World War II: The refrigerated cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°49′N 22°02′W / 47.817°N 22.033°W / 47.817; -22.033) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of the 164 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wren ( Royal Navy).[9]
ShCh-323  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was sunk by a mine in the Baltic Sea off Petershof. Raised and scrapped in 1944.[10]
V 1241 Stangenwalde  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands in a battle with HMMGB 605, HMMGB 606, HMMGB 610, HMMGB 612, HMMTB 624, HMMTB 630 and HMMTB 632 (all  Royal Navy).[11]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1943
Ship Country Description
USCGC CG-58012  United States Navy World War II: The 58-foot patrol boat was sunk off the Mary Ann Rocks whistle buoy, Manomet, Massachusetts by an explosion in the engine room. All four crewmen survived.[12]
Gneisenau  Germany World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine in the Baltic Sea, capsized and sank. The wreck was raised on 12 July 1950 and scrapped in Denmark.[13]
RD 12  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk off Cape Bon, Tunisia by Allied aircraft.[14]
Sogliola  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[11]
Tamon Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 257: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (27°18′N 121°38′E / 27.300°N 121.633°E / 27.300; 121.633) by USS Stingray ( United States Navy). Eighty-one crewmen were killed.[15]
Turunmaa  Finnish Navy World War II: The gunboat was sunk in a Soviet air raid south of Kotka. Raised 23 October 1943 and repaired.
HMS MTB 311  Royal Navy World War II: The Elco 77' motor torpedo boat was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by a mine off Bône, Algeria.[16]
U-465  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Finisterre, Spain (44°48′N 8°58′W / 44.800°N 8.967°W / 44.800; -8.967) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[17]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1943
Ship Country Description
USS LCT-23  United States Navy World War II: The LCT Mk 5 was sunk at Algiers, Algeria by an underwater explosion.[18]
M 14  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935 minesweeper was sunk off Swinemünde by mines.[19]

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Campobasso  Italy World War II: The transport ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Kelibia, Tunisia by HMS Nubian, HMS Paladin and HMS Petard (all  Royal Navy).[11]
Ilyich  Soviet Union World War II: The Soviet schooner was sunk in the Black Sea by Schnellboote.[20]
Lorient  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°04′N 44°18′W / 54.067°N 44.300°W / 54.067; -44.300) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 43 crew.[21]
Noku Maru  Japan World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy).[22]
USAT Oneida  United States Army World War II: The ship straggled behind her convoy and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) north east of Cape Charles, Virginia. Thirty-one people were rescued by USS Andres ( United States Navy).[23]
Panam  Panama World War II: Convoy NK 538: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, United States by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS SC-664 ( United States Navy).[24]
Perseo  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk east of Tunis, Tunisia by HMS Nubian, HMS Paladin, and HMS Petard (all  Royal Navy).[25]
San Clemente Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The San Clemente Maru-class tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Palau (06°50′N 134°28′E / 6.833°N 134.467°E / 6.833; 134.467) by USS Seal ( United States Navy). One crewman was killed. Survivors were rescued by Hoei Maru ( Japan.[26]
Sant' Antonio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily by Allied Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft.[11]
U-109  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°22′N 22°40′W / 47.367°N 22.667°W / 47.367; -22.667) by a Consolidated Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 52 crew.[27]
U-439  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine collided with U-659 ( Kriegsmarine) and sank in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (43°32′N 13°20′W / 43.533°N 13.333°W / 43.533; -13.333) with the loss of nine of her 49 crew.[28]
U-659  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine collided with U-439 ( Kriegsmarine) in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal (43°32′N 13°20′W / 43.533°N 13.333°W / 43.533; -13.333) and sank with the loss of 44 of her 47 crew.[29]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Aegir  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north of Juist by British aircraft.[11]
Bonde  Norway World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°28′N 44°20′W / 53.467°N 44.333°W / 53.467; -44.333) by U-266 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of fourteen of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Tay ( Royal Navy).[30][31]
Bristol City  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°00′N 43°55′W / 54.000°N 43.917°W / 54.000; -43.917) by U-358 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of fifteen of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Loosestrife ( Royal Navy).[32]
Daifuku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[33]
Dolius  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Belle Isle, Newfoundland (54°00′N 43°35′W / 54.000°N 43.583°W / 54.000; -43.583) by U-638 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sunflower ( Royal Navy).[34]
Donav  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[35]
Fingal  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Coff's Harbour, New South Wales, Australia (30°35′S 153°29′E / 30.583°S 153.483°E / -30.583; 153.483) by I-180 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of twelve of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Patterson ( United States Navy).
Gharinda  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°10′N 44°40′W / 53.167°N 44.667°W / 53.167; -44.667) by U-266 ( Kriegsmarine). All 92 crew were rescued by HMS Tay ( Royal Navy).[36]
Hakkai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Ise-Wan, Honshu (34°11′N 137°41′E / 34.183°N 137.683°E / 34.183; 137.683) by USS Sawfish ( United States Navy).[5][37]
Harbury  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°01′N 52°59′W / 55.017°N 52.983°W / 55.017; -52.983) by U-628 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Spray ( Royal Navy).[38]
Harperley  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°00′N 42°58′W / 55.000°N 42.967°W / 55.000; -42.967) by U-264 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Spray ( Royal Navy). Harperley later sank at 55°03′N 42°56′W / 55.050°N 42.933°W / 55.050; -42.933).[39]
Hartwelson  United States The cargo ship ran aground on the Bantam Rock off the coast of Maine and foundered.
Holmbury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 170 nautical miles (310 km) west of Cape Palmas, Liberia (4°30′N 10°20′W / 4.500°N 10.333°W / 4.500; -10.333) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 46 crew. The captain was taken aboard U-123 as a prisoner of war, other survivors reached land in their lifeboats.[40]
Kinko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[33]
Kremlin  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea by U-9 ( Kriegsmarine).[41]
Maria Pia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Tactician ( Royal Navy).[11]
North Britain  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°08′N 42°43′W / 55.133°N 42.717°W / 55.133; -42.717) by U-707 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 35 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Spray ( Royal Navy).[42]
RD 23, RD 42, RD 57  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweepers were sunk at La Goulette, Tunisia by Allied aircraft.[14]
RD 44  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk at Bizerte, Tunisia by Allied aircraft.[14]
San Antonio  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft off Cape St Vito, Italy.[43]
Selvistan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°10′N 44°40′W / 53.167°N 44.667°W / 53.167; -44.667) by U-266 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Tay ( Royal Navy).[44]
Tokai Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Permit ( United States Navy).[11]
U-638  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland (54°12′N 44°05′W / 54.200°N 44.083°W / 54.200; -44.083) by HMS Sunflower ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[45]
VAS 223  Regia Marina World War II: The VAS 201-class submarine chaser was beached/wrecked between Palermo, Sicily and Bizerte, Tunisia after being damaged by Allied aircraft.[46]
Wentworth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (53°59′N 43°55′W / 53.983°N 43.917°W / 53.983; -43.917) with the loss of five of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Loosestrife ( Royal Navy), which scuttled the ship.[47]
West Madaket  United States World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The Design 1013 cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°47′N 44°12′W / 54.783°N 44.200°W / 54.783; -44.200) by U-584 ( Kriegsmarine). All 61 crew were rescued by HMS Pink ( Royal Navy).[48]
West Maximus  United States World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The Design 1013 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°10′N 43°00′W / 55.167°N 43.000°W / 55.167; -43.000) by U-264 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of the 62 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Spray ( Royal Navy).[49]

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Amazone  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Miami, Florida, United States (27°21′N 80°04′W / 27.350°N 80.067°W / 27.350; -80.067) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 25 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-484 ( United States Navy).[50]
FR-60  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[51]
FR-74  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper, a former SC-1-class submarine chaser, was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[52]
FR-75 Madame de Pompei  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[11][53]
FR-77 Ravigan  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[54]
FR-78 Heron I  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[11][53]
FR-79 Pen Men  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Bizerte, Tunisia.[11][53]
FR 116  Regia Marina World War II: The Requin-class submarine was scuttled at Bizerte.[55]
FR 117  Regia Marina World War II: The Circé-class submarine was scuttled at Bizerte.[55]
Halsey  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Jupiter Inlet, Florida (27°14′N 80°03′W / 27.233°N 80.050°W / 27.233; -80.050) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew were rescued by American fishing vessels.[56]
I-O-32 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was bombed and sunk at Marsala.[57][58]
I-O-64 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was probably bombed and sunk at Marsala.[57][58]
Java Arrow  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Vero Beach, Florida (27°35′N 80°08′W / 27.583°N 80.133°W / 27.583; -80.133) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 47 crew. Survivors abandoned ship, and were rescued by USS PC-483 ( United States Navy). Java Arrow was later towed into Port Everglades, Florida. Subsequently repaired and returned to service in 1943 as Kerry Patch.[59]
Onda  Italy World War II: the fishing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[11]
PiLB 102  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
PiLB 104  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
PiLB 124  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
PiLB 125  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
RD 18  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk off Cape Zebib, Tunisia by Allied aircraft.[14]
SF 168 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 195 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 201 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 202 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 213 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 222 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
SF 226 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk off Marsala.[61][62]
Saint Sauveur France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by Allied aircraft off Reggio di Calabria, Italy. She was salvaged in September, repaired and entered Italian service in 1944 as Capo Faro.[63]
U-125  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was rammed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°30′N 45°20′W / 52.500°N 45.333°W / 52.500; -45.333) by HMS Oribi ( Royal Navy). She was then shelled and sunk by HMS Snowflake ( Royal Navy). All 54 crew took to their lifeboats, but the Admiralty forbade the British ships to rescue them and they subsequently died.
U-192  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (53°06′N 45°02′W / 53.100°N 45.033°W / 53.100; -45.033) by HMS Loosestrife ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-438  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°00′N 45°10′W / 52.000°N 45.167°W / 52.000; -45.167) by HMS Pelican ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-531  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland (52°48′N 45°18′W / 52.800°N 45.300°W / 52.800; -45.300) by HMS Vidette ( Royal Navy).
U-630  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland (52°31′N 44°50′W / 52.517°N 44.833°W / 52.517; -44.833) by HMS Vidette ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[64]
USS YF-575  United States Navy The self-propelled covered lighter ran aground and sank off Atlantic City, New Jersey.[65]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1943
Ship Country Description
HMAS Adele  Royal Australian Navy The armed yacht was wrecked on a breakwater at the entrance to Port Kembla, New South Wales.[66]
Albina  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Unrivalled ( Royal Navy).[11]
Berakit  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean, east of the Felidhu Atoll in the Maldives at the entrance to One and Half Degree Channel (3°40′N 75°20′E / 3.667°N 75.333°E / 3.667; 75.333) by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her master was taken as a prisoner of war; four crewmen were killed.[67][68]
Brand  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 243: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°19′N 24°41′W / 47.317°N 24.683°W / 47.317; -24.683) by U-603 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Morden ( Royal Canadian Navy).[69] Date of attack may have been 12 May.[70]
Gouveneur General Pasquir France Vichy French World War II: The cargo liner was sunk by mines in the South China Sea off the coast of French Indochina.[71]
Hermes  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vasilefs Georgios-class destroyer, badly damaged in a British air attack on 30 April 1943, was scuttled at La Goulette, Tunisia.[72]
Hosei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[33]
KT 5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefahrpram was shelled in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia. She sank two days later.[11]
KT 9  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefahrpram was shelled in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon. She sank two days later.[11]
KT 21  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefahrpram was shelled in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon. She sank two days later.[11]
Laconikos  Greece World War II: Convoy SL 128: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Azores, Portugal (41°40′N 18°13′W / 41.667°N 18.217°W / 41.667; -18.217) by U-89 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Shippigan ( Royal Navy).[73]
L'Audacieux  Vichy French Navy World War II: The Le Fantasque-class destroyer was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft at Bizerte.[74]
MS 22  Regia Marina World War II: The MS 11-class MS boat was sunk off Tunis, Tunisia by Allied aircraft.[75]
No. 106  Soviet Navy World War II: The Sh-4 Type motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[76]
No. 209  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[77]
Samuel Jordan Kirkwood  United States World War II: The Liberty ship torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 125 nautical miles (232 km) south east of Ascension Island (15°00′S 7°00′W / 15.000°S 7.000°W / -15.000; -7.000) by U-195 ( Kriegsmarine). All 71 people aboard were rescued by a United States Army rescue boat.[78][79]
Shinsei Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[11]
Sirvall  Sweden World War II: The ore carrier struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Rügen, Germany.[11]
Tamon Maru No. 5  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kuril Islands by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy).[80]
Tifone  Regia Marina World War II: The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Corbus after being damaged by American aircraft.[81]
Tosei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[11]
U-447  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar (35°30′N 11°55′W / 35.500°N 11.917°W / 35.500; -11.917) by two Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[82]
U-663  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, Finistère, France by Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. She sank the next day with the loss of all 49 crew.[83]
VAS 231  Regia Marina World War II: The VAS 231-class submarine chaser was sunk off Tunis by Allied aircraft.[84]
ZF5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The training hulk, the former French Le Fantasque-class destroyer L'Audacieux, was bombed and sunk at Bizerte, Tunisia by British aircraft.[85]

8 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1943
Ship Country Description
HMT Daneman  Royal Navy The naval trawler struck an iceberg and sank under tow in the Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland (58°03′N 44°00′E / 58.050°N 44.000°E / 58.050; 44.000).[86]
Kagerō  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kagerō-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Rendova, Solomon Islands (8°08′S 156°55′E / 8.133°S 156.917°E / -8.133; 156.917) by American aircraft.
Kuroshio  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kagerō-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.
Liv  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged at Porto Torres, Sardinia by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy). She was bombed and sunk the next day by Royal Air Force aircraft. Scrapped at La Spezia, Liguria in January 1948.[87]
Oyashio  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kagerō-class destroyer was disabled by a mine and then sunk by aircraft near Kolombangara.
PiLB 251  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[88]
Pat Harrison  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was damaged by an Italian limpet mine at Gibraltar. She was beached but declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in 1951.[89]
Peppino Palomba  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[11]
Tomioka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Madang.[11]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Aso Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Sulu Sea south of Negros, Philippines (09°09′N 122°50′E / 9.150°N 122.833°E / 9.150; 122.833) by USS Gar ( United States Navy).[90]
Corneville  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Guinea 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Takoradi, French West Africa (4°50′N 1°10′W / 4.833°N 1.167°W / 4.833; -1.167) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew survived.[91]
Jinmu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kuril Islands by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy).[80]
Kanbe  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 38: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south of Monrovia, Liberia by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 61 of her 66 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rio Francoli ( Spain).[92]
HMS  MTB 61  Royal Navy The Vosper 70'-class motor torpedo boat was wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off Kelibia, Tunisia.[93]
PiLB 258  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[88]
Santa Maria Salina  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Unrivalled ( Royal Navy)[11]
Seeaal  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk on this date.[61]
Takao Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kuril Islands (38°57′N 141°49′E / 38.950°N 141.817°E / 38.950; 141.817) by USS Wahoo ( United States Navy).[80][94]
VAS 212, VAS 213,
VAS 229 and VAS 230
 Regia Marina World War II: The VAS 201-class submarine chasers were sunk at Palermo, Sicily by Allied aircraft.[46]
HMCS Vercheres  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The naval trawler was lost on this date.[95]
Wal  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk on this date.[61]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Kinai Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy 4508: The transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean 243 nautical miles (450 km) east of Saipan (14°33′N 149°23′E / 14.550°N 149.383°E / 14.550; 149.383) by USS Plunger ( United States Navy). She was shelled and sunk by USS Plunger the next day. Four crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by Hiyodori ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[96]
HMS MTB 264  Royal Navy World War II: The Elco 70' motor torpedo boat was sunk by a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Sousse, Tunisia.[97]
PiLB 251  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[88]
PiLB 402  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 40 type landing craft was lost on this date.[88]
Tatsutake Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy 4508: The ammunition ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 243 nautical miles (450 km) east of Saipan (14°33′N 149°23′E / 14.550°N 149.383°E / 14.550; 149.383) by USS Plunger ( United States Navy). Four crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by Hiyodori ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[96]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Antigone  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 129: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) north west of the Azores, Portugal (40°30′N 32°30′W / 40.500°N 32.500°W / 40.500; -32.500) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by Melrose Abbey ( United Kingdom).[98][99]
Clan Skene  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°43′N 70°43′W / 31.717°N 70.717°W / 31.717; -70.717) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 82 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS McKean ( United States Navy).[100]
Fort Concord  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 237: The Fort ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°05′N 25°20′W / 46.083°N 25.333°W / 46.083; -25.333) by U-456 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 35 of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Drumheller ( Royal Canadian Navy) and U-103 ( Kriegsmarine).[101][102]
Grado  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 129: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°30′N 32°30′W / 40.500°N 32.500°W / 40.500; -32.500) by U-402 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by Melrose Abbey ( United Kingdom).[98]
I-O-41 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebelgefäß landing craft was bombed and sunk at Pantelleria.[57][58]
HMS ML133  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch was destroyed in a fire off the west coast of Scotland.[103]
Nailsea Meadow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Port St Johns, Cape Colony (32°04′S 29°14′E / 32.067°S 29.233°E / -32.067; 29.233) by U-196 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by R-6 (Air Force Ensign of South Africa (1940–1951).svg South African Air Force).[104]
SF 225 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk at Pantelleria.[61][62]
Stamia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[35]
Tinhow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mozambique Channel (25°15′S 33°30′E / 25.250°S 33.500°E / -25.250; 33.500) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 75 of the 230 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Portuguese fishing vessels.[105]
U-528  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°55′N 14°44′W / 46.917°N 14.733°W / 46.917; -14.733) by Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force and HMS Fleetwood ( Royal Navy) with the loss of eleven of her 56 crew.[106]
Yodogawa Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy R-09: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north east of Manus Island (00°40′N 148°55′E / 0.667°N 148.917°E / 0.667; 148.917) by USS Grayback ( United States Navy). Two crewmen were killed.[107]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1943
Ship Country Description
I-31  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north east of Chichagof Harbor, Attu Island, Alaska, United States (52°08′S 177°38′E / 52.133°S 177.633°E / -52.133; 177.633) by USS Edwards ( United States Navy). Lost with all 95 hands.[108]
MAS 572  Regia Marina The MAS 552-class MAS boat was sunk in the Black Sea south of the Crimea in a collision with MAS 566 ( Regia Marina).[109]
HMS MMS 89  Royal Navy World War II: The MMS-class minesweeper was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by a mine off Bizerte, Tunisia.[110]
No. 21  Soviet Navy World War II: The A-2 (Higgins 78')-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[111]
RTShch-119  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17-class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[112]
SKR-31  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary guard ship was sunk by German aircraft off Cape Tsyp-Navolok.[113]
Sandanger  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 237: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 49°N 21°W / 49°N 21°W / 49; -21) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twenty of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Kootenay ( Royal Canadian Navy).[114][115]
Sumatra Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Celebes Maru No. 1-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean in a shallow water cove off Bulusan, Luzon, Philippines (12°44′N 124°08′E / 12.733°N 124.133°E / 12.733; 124.133) by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy). One man was killed.[22][116]
U-89  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°30′N 25°40′W / 46.500°N 25.667°W / 46.500; -25.667) by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 811 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Biter and by HMS Broadway and HMS Lagan (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-186  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal (41°54′N 31°49′W / 41.900°N 31.817°W / 41.900; -31.817) by HMS Hesperus ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 53 crew.[117]
U-456  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by a Fido homing torpedo dropped by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She dived in an effort to evade an attack by HMS Opportune ( Royal Navy) but was lost with all 49 crew.[118]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Klaus Howaldt  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed by British aircraft south of Lista, Norway, and was beached.[11][119]
Mambí  Cuba World War II: Convoy NC 18: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) north of Manati (21°25′N 76°40′W / 21.417°N 76.667°W / 21.417; -76.667) by U-176 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 34 crew.[120][121]
Mocenigo  Regia Marina World War II: The Marcello-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Cagliari, Sardinia by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[122]
No. 404  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[77]
Nickeliner  United States World War II: Convoy NC 18: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) north of Manati (21°25′N 76°40′W / 21.417°N 76.667°W / 21.417; -76.667) by U-176 ( Kriegsmarine). All 31 crew were rescued by a Cuban submarine chaser.[121]
U-753  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°37′N 22°39′W / 48.617°N 22.650°W / 48.617; -22.650) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 423 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force and also by HMCS Drumheller ( Royal Canadian Navy) and HMS Lagan ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Agata  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Civitavecchia or Olbia by American aircraft.[11]
AHS Centaur  Australian Army
Propaganda poster based on the sinking of AHS Centaur

(Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Queensland (27°16′59″S 153°59′13″E / 27.28306°S 153.98694°E / -27.28306; 153.98694), probably by I-177 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), with the loss of 332 of the 396 people aboard.

Città di Trieste  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Civitavecchia or Olbia by American aircraft.[11]
Erice  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Civitavecchia or Olbia by American aircraft.[11]
HDML 1154  Royal Navy World War II: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was sunk by a mine off of Bizerte, Tunisia.[123]
M-8  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands (52°03′N 03°51′E / 52.050°N 3.850°E / 52.050; 3.850) by HMMTB 232 ( Royal Navy).[19][124]
M-122  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was sunk off the Rybachiy Peninsula (69°56′N 32°53′E / 69.933°N 32.883°E / 69.933; 32.883) by Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft of Jagdgeschwader 5, Luftwaffe.[11][125]
Mira  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Civitavecchia or Olbia by American aircraft.[11]
Ro-102  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-100-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) west of Lae New Guinea by USS PT-150 and USS PT-152 (both  United States Navy. Lost with all 42 hands.[11][126]
San Jose  Germany The cargo ship was sunk at Olbia, Sardinia, Italy in an Allied air raid. Refloated post-war, repaired and returned to service in 1950.[127]
U-235  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein in an American air raid. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.[128]
U-236  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Kiel in an American air raid. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.[11]
U-237  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Kiel in an American air raid. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.[129]
U-640  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (60°32′N 31°05′W / 60.533°N 31.083°W / 60.533; -31.083) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 49 crew.[130]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Irish Oak  Ireland
Irish Oak after being torpedoed by U-607, painting by Kenneth King, National Maritime Museum of Ireland

World War II: The Design 1019 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°51′N 25°53′W / 47.850°N 25.883°W / 47.850; -25.883) by U-607 ( Kriegsmarine). All 33 crew were rescued by Irish Plane ( Ireland).

Meikai Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 3207: The transport ship, a converted cargo liner, was torpedoed and sunk in the Sulu Sea south of Negros, Philippines (13°10′N 121°50′E / 13.167°N 121.833°E / 13.167; 121.833) by USS Gar ( United States Navy). Twelve crewmen were killed. Survivors rescued by Matsuwa ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[11][90]
Indus Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy No. 3207: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Sulu Sea south of Negros by USS Gar ( United States Navy). Survivors were rescued by Matsuwa ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[90]
Maroussio Logothetis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°28′N 14°28′W / 5.467°N 14.467°W / 5.467; -14.467) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 39 crew. One crew member was taken aboard U-105 as a prisoner of war. Other survivors were rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 270 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[131]
Sumida Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Cape Erimo.[11]
U-176  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 23°21′N 80°18′W / 23.350°N 80.300°W / 23.350; -80.300) by CS-13 ( Cuban Revolutionary Navy) with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-266  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°28′N 10°20′W / 45.467°N 10.333°W / 45.467; -10.333) by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 47 crew.[132]
UJ 2213 Heureux  Kriegsmarine World War II: the naval trawler/submarine chaser was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Sickle ( Royal Navy).[11]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Enrica  Italy World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Unbroken ( Royal Navy).[11]
Enrico Tazzoli  Regia Marina World War II: The Calvi-class submarine was depth charged and sunk by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[11]
Raju  Merivoimat The Syöksy-class motor torpedo boat was wrecked off Koivisto.[133]
William K. Vanderbilt  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Suva, Fiji (18°41′S 175°07′E / 18.683°S 175.117°E / -18.683; 175.117) by I-19 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The lifeboats were machine gunned by I-19 but only one crewman was killed in the sinking.[134]
U-182  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IX submarine was depth charged and sunk by USS MacKenzie ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 61 crew and two prisoners of war. The latter were the captains of Adelfotis ( Greece) and Aloe ( United Kingdom).[1][135][136][137]
U-463  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XIV submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (45°57′N 11°40′W / 45.950°N 11.667°W / 45.950; -11.667) by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 57 crew.

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Alsedo  Spanish Navy The Alsedo-class destroyer was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.[11]
Aymeric  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°42′N 41°39′W / 59.700°N 41.650°W / 59.700; -41.650) by U-657 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 53 of her 78 crew. Survivors were rescued by Copeland ( United Kingdom) and HMT Northern Wave ( Royal Navy).[138]
Bygdøy  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Öresund. All fourteen crew survived.[139]
England Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy P-512: The Daifuku Maru No. 1-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (00°45′S 148°30′E / 0.750°S 148.500°E / -0.750; 148.500) by USS Grayback ( United States Navy). Two hundred and thirty-two troops and thirteen crewmen were killed.[140]
Eurostadt  Germany World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine off Vadsø, Norway.[11][141]
Galicia  Spanish Navy The Almirante Cervera-class cruiser was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.[11]
Krasnyy Dagestan  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary river gunboat was lost on this date.[142]
Kyphissia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Texel, North Holland, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[11]
Lazaga  Spanish Navy The Alsedo-class destroyer was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.[11]
M-414  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk off Texel by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of Coastal Command.[11][143]
Mendez Nuñez  Spanish Navy The Blas de Lezo-class cruiser was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.[11]
Miguel de Cervantes  Spanish Navy The Almirante Cervera-class cruiser was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.[11]
Northmoor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy LMD 17: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (28°27′S 32°43′E / 28.450°S 32.717°E / -28.450; 32.717) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twelve of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT St Loman ( Royal Navy).[144]
PiLB 54  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
U-128  Kriegsmarine
U-128

World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°00′N 35°35′W / 10.000°N 35.583°W / 10.000; -35.583) by USS Jouett and USS Moffett (both  United States Navy) with the loss of seven of her 54 crew.

U-646  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland (62°10′N 14°37′W / 62.167°N 14.617°W / 62.167; -14.617) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[145]
U-657  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (58°54′N 42°33′W / 58.900°N 42.550°W / 58.900; -42.550) by HMS Swale ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[146]
V 1110 Hermann Hinrichs  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Vlieland, Friesland, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of Coastal Command.[11]
Woosung Maru  Japan The Standard British WW1 C-class cargo ship ran aground on a reef and sank off Chiba Prefecture, Honshu.[147]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Empire Eve  United Kingdom World War II: The CAM ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Algeria (36°37′N 00°46′E / 36.617°N 0.767°E / 36.617; 0.767) by U-414 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Barfoil and a landing craft tank (both  Royal Navy).
F 309  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[35]
H. M. Storey  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (17°30′S 173°02′E / 17.500°S 173.033°E / -17.500; 173.033) by I-25 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Survivors rescued by USS Fletcher ( United States Navy).[11][148]
M-345  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France by a Handley Page Hampden aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[11][149]
PiLB 66  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost on this date.[60]
RD 16 and RD 38  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweepers were sunk at Trapani, Sicily by Allied aircraft. Raised, repaired and returned to service 1944-45.[150]
Terushima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack ( United States Navy).[151]
V 1106 Ernst von Briesen  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Borkum by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of Coastal Command.[11]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Angelus  United Kingdom World War II: The three-masted schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°40′N 64°00′W / 38.667°N 64.000°W / 38.667; -64.000) by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her ten crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Turner ( United States Navy).[152][153]
Bangkok Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Bangkok Maru-class armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands (06°47′N 169°42′E / 6.783°N 169.700°E / 6.783; 169.700) by USS Pollack ( United States Navy). Four hundred and ninety-six troops and six crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by Ikazuchi ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[151]
Général Bonaparte  France World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy). Survivors were rescued by TA10 and TA11 (both  Kriegsmarine).[11]
U-273  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°25′N 24°33′W / 59.417°N 24.550°W / 59.417; -24.550) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[154]
U-953  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°54′N 34°19′W / 54.900°N 34.317°W / 54.900; -34.317) by HMS Jed and HMS Sennen (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Benakat  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (6°05′S 12°56′W / 6.083°S 12.933°W / -6.083; -12.933) by U-197 ( Kriegsmarine). All 44 crew survived.[155]
HMS Fantome  Royal Navy World War II: The Algerine-class minesweeper struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia. She was declared a constructive total loss.[11]
No. 75  Soviet Union World War II: The barge was sunk in the Black Sea by S-49 and S-72 (both  Kriegsmarine).[20]
Pervansh  Soviet Union World War II: The tug was sunk in the Black Sea by S-49 and S-72 (both  Kriegsmarine).[20]
U-258  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VII submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°18′N 27°49′W / 55.300°N 27.817°W / 55.300; -27.817) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[156]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Bologna  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Unbroken ( Royal Navy).[11]
Gorgo  Regia Marina World War II: The Flutto-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran, Algeria by USS Nields ( United States Navy).[157]
U-303  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Toulon, Var, France (42°50′N 6°00′E / 42.833°N 6.000°E / 42.833; 6.000) by HMS Sickle ( Royal Navy) with the loss of twenty of her 48 crew.

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS LCV 825  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft vehicle blew up during exercises off west Scotland.[158][159]
No. 041  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[77]
Sainte Irène France Vichy France The cargo ship, requisitioned by the French, then under German command, carrying a cargo of 250 lb bombs, was wrecked on Grune aux Dardes, Nantes, Loire Atlantique.[160][161][162][163]
SKA-041  Soviet Navy World War II: The guard ship was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of 1 Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe.[11]
U-569  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by two Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy) with the loss of 21 of her 46 crew. She was consequently scuttled (50°40′N 35°21′W / 50.667°N 35.350°W / 50.667; -35.350) due to damage received.[164][165]

23 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Leonardo da Vinci  Regia Marina World War II: The Marconi-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal (42°16′N 15°40′W / 42.267°N 15.667°W / 42.267; -15.667) by HMS Active and HMS Ness (both  Royal Navy)[166]
USS Niagara  United States Navy World War II: The PT boat tender, a former gunboat, was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (11°00′S 163°00′E / 11.000°S 163.000°E / -11.000; 163.000) east south east of San Cristobal Island by Japanese aircraft. All 136 crew were rescued by USS PT-146 and USS PT-147 (both  United States Navy). She was scuttled by USS PT-147 ( United States Navy).
USS PT-165  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat was scuttled as a result of damage from the torpedoing and sinking of tanker Stanvac Manila ( Panama) that the PT boat was being carried on as deck cargo.[167]
USS PT-173  United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat was scuttled as a result of damage from the torpedoing and sinking of tanker Stanvac Manila ( Panama) that the PT boat was being carried on as deck cargo.[168]
Stanvac Manila  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) south of Nouméa, New Caledonia (23°45′S 166°30′E / 23.750°S 166.500°E / -23.750; 166.500) by I-17 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Eight crew, three gunners and one passenger were killed. Eighty-five men were rescued by USS Preble ( United States Navy).[169]
U-752  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (51°40′N 29°49′W / 51.667°N 29.817°W / 51.667; -29.817) by a rocket attack from Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 819 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Archer ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 29 of her 46 crew.[170]
Oost-Vlaanderen  Germany World War II: En route from Saint Malo to Guernsey it was attacked by the Royal Air Force and holed[clarification needed] 1.5 miles from St Peter Port harbour, Guernsey Channel Islands (49°26′S 02°30′W / 49.433°S 2.500°W / -49.433; -2.500) [171][172]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Tana  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Olbia, Sardinia, Italy by Allied aircraft. She was raised in 1946 but sank whilst under tow to Genoa.[173]

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Groppo  Regia Marina World War II: The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Messina, Sicily by United States Army Air Force aircraft.[174]
No. 016  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[77]
Shoei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack ( United States Navy.[5][11]
Sperrbrecher 173  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands and was beached.[11]
U-414  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Ténès, Algeria (36°31′N 0°40′E / 36.517°N 0.667°E / 36.517; 0.667) by HMS Vetch ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[175]
U-467  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland (62°25′N 14°52′W / 62.417°N 14.867°W / 62.417; -14.867) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 46 crew.[176]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Hong Lam  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer/naval trawler foundered off Adam's Bridge between India and Ceylon.[177][178]
Kagi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Kyushu by USS Saury ( United States Navy).[179]
Krasnogvardeets  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary river gunboat was lost on this date.[180]
Shoei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Apra Harbor, Guam by USS Whale ( United States Navy) with the loss of all hands.[181]
Tainan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pogy ( United States Navy).[11]
U-436  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (43°49′N 15°56′W / 43.817°N 15.933°W / 43.817; -15.933) by HMS Hyderabad and HMS Test (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[182]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1943
Ship Country Description
F 328  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date. Salvaged by the Soviets in 1944 and put in service as BDB-1 ( Soviet Navy).[35]
Kochi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[11]
Léopard  Free French Naval Forces The Chacal-class destroyer ran aground and was wrecked off Tobruk, Libya.
S-507  Kriegsmarine The S 501 class Motor Torpedo Boat was sunk in a collision in the Black Sea off Feodosia.[183]
Sicilia  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Indian Ocean (24°31′S 35°12′E / 24.517°S 35.200°E / -24.517; 35.200) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine). The 23 crew were ordered to abandon ship, after which she was scuttled.[184]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Agwimonte  United States World War II: Convoy CD 20: The Type C1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (34°57′S 19°33′E / 34.950°S 19.550°E / -34.950; 19.550) by U-177 ( Kriegsmarine). All 69 crew were rescued by HMSAS Vereeniging ( South African Navy) and a South African Army rescue boat.[185]
Akatsuki Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Kyushu (27°40′S 125°55′E / 27.667°S 125.917°E / -27.667; 125.917) by USS Saury ( United States Navy). 35 crewmen killed.[179]
Angelo Bassini  Regia Marina World War II: The torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11]
Antares  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[25]
Caralis D8  Regia Marina World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11][186]
FR 52  Regia Marina World War II: The Elan-class corvette was sunk at Livorno by Allied aircraft. Raised by the Germans, renamed SG 22.[187]
Florida  United States World War II: Convoy BT 14: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 125 nautical miles (232 km) east of Fortaleza, Brazil (3°56′S 36°43′W / 3.933°S 36.717°W / -3.933; -36.717) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine). Her back broken, she was abandoned by her 69 crew, who were rescued by USS PC-592 ( United States Navy). Florida was taken in tow by USS Saucy ( United States Navy). She was later repaired and returned to service.[188]
Gimma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11]
John Worthington  United States World War II: Convoy BT 14: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 125 nautical miles (232 km) east of Fortaleza (3°52′S 36°48′W / 3.867°S 36.800°W / -3.867; -36.800) by U-154 ( Kriegsmarine). The ship was declared a constructive total loss and was not repaired.[189]
Kamikawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kamikawa Maru-class seaplane tender was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean 225 miles north north west of Kavieng, New Ireland (01°36′S 150°24′E / 1.600°S 150.400°E / -1.600; 150.400) by USS Scamp ( United States Navy) She was finished off by USS Scamp in the early hours of the next day. Thirty-nine crewmen and three Imperial Japanese Army civilian employees were killed.[190]
Nirva  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11]
Polluce  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11]
Seiki Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States by USS S-41 ( United States Navy).[11]
Storaas  Norway World War II: Convoy CD 20: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (34°57′S 19°33′E / 34.950°S 19.550°E / -34.950; 19.550) by U-177 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMSAS Vereeniging ( South African Navy).[191][192]
Tiziano  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.[11]
U-304  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[193]
U-755  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was attacked with rockets and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Mallorca, Spain (39°58′N 1°41′E / 39.967°N 1.683°E / 39.967; 1.683) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 608 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 40 of her 49 crew.[194]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Eisho Maru or Eiski Maru  Japan World War II: the cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tambor ( United States Navy).[11][195]
Gondul  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Wismar, Germany.[11]
Hopetarn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (30°50′S 39°32′E / 30.833°S 39.533°E / -30.833; 39.533) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 44 crew. One survivor was taken aboard U-198 as a prisoner of war, the rest were rescued by Nirvana ( United Kingdom).[196]
HMMGB 110  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72' motor gun boat was sunk by Kriegsmarine warships off Dunkirk.[197]
Shoko Maru  Japan World War II: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Kyushu by USS Saury ( United States Navy).[179]
Takamisan Maru  Japan World War II: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Kyushu by USS Saury ( United States Navy).[179]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1943
Ship Country Description
Flora MacDonald  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (7°15′N 13°20′W / 7.250°N 13.333°W / 7.250; -13.333) by U-126 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 70 crew. She arrived afire at Freetown, Sierra Leone on 6 June and was declared a constructive total loss.[198][199]
Hakozaki Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Shanghai, China.[41]
USS LCT-28  United States Navy World War II: The LCT Mk 5 struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[200]
Llancarfan  United Kingdom She was bombed and sunk 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of Cape St. Vincent while on a voyage from Glasgow to Lisbon and Malta with coal and coke.
Takamisan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Shanghai.[41]
HMS Untamed  Royal Navy The U-class submarine sank in the Firth of Clyde with the loss of all 35 crew. She was later salvaged, repaired and re-entered service as HMS Vitality.

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1943
Ship Country Description
U-440  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°38′N 13°04′W / 45.633°N 13.067°W / 45.633; -13.067) by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[201]
U-563  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (46°35′N 10°40′W / 46.583°N 10.667°W / 46.583; -10.667) by Handley Page Halifax and Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, and 58 and 228 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[202]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
Calypso  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Circé-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.[11]
Fracas  French Navy World War II: The Clameur-class minesweeping tug was scuttled sometime in May.[203]
Hermes  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.[11]
Nautilus  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Saphir-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.[11]
ShCh-408  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was most likely shelled and damaged by Kriegsmarine MFP ferry barges and then sunk by Ruotsinsalmi, Riilahti and patrol vessel VMV 6 (all  Finnish Navy) on 26 May; but may have been sunk on 22 May by Kriegsmarine MFP ferry barges and by Ruotsinsalmi ( Finnish Navy) on 23 May; or by an air attack on the 24 or 25 May in the Gulf of Finland.[204]
Turquoise  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Saphir-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.[11]
Unnamed motor torpedo boats  Kriegsmarine World War II: Both un-named Kleinst 42 Type torpedo motor boats (midget MTBs) built were lost sometime in May.[205]
U-209  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was attacked and damaged on 4 May by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was subsequently lost on or about 7 May, possibly due to damaged received, with the loss of all 46 crew.[206]
U-381  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine disappeared on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland sometime between 9 and 21 May with the loss of all 47 crew.

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Ship events in 1943
Ship launches: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship commissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship decommissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Shipwrecks: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948