List of shipwrecks in May 1945

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

May 1945
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1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Argo  Germany World War II: The Argo-class submarine was scuttled at Monfalcone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.[1]
CD-50  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type D escort ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Sasumi (34°15′N 135°05′E / 34.250°N 135.083°E / 34.250; 135.083) by USS Sennet ( United States Navy) and beached. Nine crewmen were killed. Refloated sometime in May and towed to Osaka. Repairs not finished at end of the War, scrapped May, 1948.[2]
Chowa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Chowa Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 54 nautical miles (100 km) south east of Hokkaido (41°02′N 144°36′E / 41.033°N 144.600°E / 41.033; 144.600) by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy). Forty-one crewmen were killed.[3]
F 193  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type AM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 971  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 975  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 1042  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 1047  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
Prinses Beatrix  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was bombed and sunk off Bornholm, Denmark by Soviet aircraft.[1]
S 157  Kriegsmarine World War II: The TM-class Motor Torpedo Boat was sunk west of Trieste, Italy by Yugoslav Partisan artillery.[1][5]
TA-40  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ariete-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Trieste.[6]
TA-41  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Ariete-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Trieste.[6][7]
TA 43  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat, a former Beograd-class destroyer, was scuttled at Trieste.[8]
TS 13  Germany World War II: The incomplete Type 1940 minesweeper was scuttled.[9]
U-3006  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[10]
U-3009  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Wesermünde, Bremen. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[11]
Westflandern  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was bombed and sunk off Bornholm by Soviet aircraft.[1]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1945
Ship Country Description
AF 106  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was sunk on this date.[12]
Admiral Hipper  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Admiral Hipper-class cruiser was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.
HMT Ebor Wyke  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 7 nautical miles (13 km) off Skagi, Iceland (64°10′N 23°12′W / 64.167°N 23.200°W / 64.167; -23.200) by U-979 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 24 crew.[13]
F 944  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 1044  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type DM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
Kieblitz  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Fasana-class minelayer was scuttled in the Tagliemento Estuary.[14]
Florida  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Bay of Lübeck by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force.[1]
GD 95  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/submarine chaser was scuttled on this date.[15]
Jaan Wachschiff 9  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Guard ship was scuttled on this date.[16]
M-293  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force.[1][17]
M-387  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was scuttled at Lübeck, or sunk by Soviet Il-2s and A-20 Havocs.[9][18]
Ojika  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ukuru-class escort ship (a.k.a. Oga) was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Springer ( United States Navy). Lost with all 226 hands[19]
R-8, R-10 and R-16  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-2 minesweepers were scuttled in the Tagliamento Estuary.[20]
RD 116  Kriegsmarine World War II: The RD class minesweeper was scuttled.[21]
Rezikan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Raton ( United States Navy).[22]
TA 22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The damaged and disarmed Pilo class Torpedo Boat was scuttled at Triest, Italy.[23]
USS Thornton  United States Navy The seaplane tender, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was beached and abandoned at Keramo Retto after suffering severe damage in a collision on 5 April 1945.
Toryu Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Raton ( United States Navy).[22]
TS-2  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was scuttled at Lübeck.[24]
U-8  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.
U-14  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.
U-60  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.[25]
U-61  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.[26]
U-62  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.[27]
U-71  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.
U-72  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven.
U-120  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Bremerhaven. The wreck was raised in 1950 and scrapped.
U-121  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Bremerhaven. The wreck was raised in 1950 and scrapped.
U-137  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.
U-139  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[28]
U-140  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.
U-141  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[29]
U-142  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[30]
U-146  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[31]
U-148  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[32]
U-151  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[33]
U-152  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IID submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was later scrapped.[34]
U-316  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea off Travemünde, Lübeck (53°58′N 10°53′E / 53.967°N 10.883°E / 53.967; 10.883).[35]
U-552  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Wilhelmshaven (53°51′N 8°10′E / 53.850°N 8.167°E / 53.850; 8.167).
U-554  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled of Wilhelmshaven (53°51′N 8°10′E / 53.850°N 8.167°E / 53.850; 8.167).
U-612  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Warnemünde, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (54°11′N 12°05′E / 54.183°N 12.083°E / 54.183; 12.083). The wreck was scrapped in 1946.[36]
U-717  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Wasserlebenbucht (54°49′N 9°27′E / 54.817°N 9.450°E / 54.817; 9.450).[37]
U-929  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC.41 submarine was scuttled at Warnemünde. The wreck was raised in 1956 and scrapped.[38]
U-1007  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was damaged in a rocket attack by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 245 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled in the Trave River off Lübeck (53°54′N 10°51′E / 53.900°N 10.850°E / 53.900; 10.850) with the loss of two of her crew. The wreck was raised in May 1946 and scrapped.[39]
U-1308  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled off Warnemünde (54°13′N 12°03′E / 54.217°N 12.050°E / 54.217; 12.050). The wreck was raised in October 1952 and scrapped.[40]
U-2327  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[41]
U-2359  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was sunk in the Kattegat (57°29′N 11°24′E / 57.483°N 11.400°E / 57.483; 11.400) by a rocket attack by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248 and 333 Squadrons, Royal Air Force and 404 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all twelve crew.[42]
U-2510  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[43]
U-2526  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[44]
U-2527  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[45]
U-2528  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[46]
U-2531  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[47]
U-3002  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[48]
U-3016  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[49]
U-3018  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[50]
U-3019  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[51]
U-3020  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[52]
U-3021  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[53]
U-3504  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[54]
U-3516  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[55]
U-3517  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[56]
U-3521  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[57]
U-3522  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[58]
V 2001 Uranus  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk in the Baltic Sea by Soviet aircraft.[1]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1945
Ship Country Description
USS Aaron Ward  United States Navy
USS Aaron Ward'.

World War II: The Robert H. Smith-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Kerama Retto, Japan. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.

Arcona  Kriegsmarine World War II: The floating anti-aircraft battery was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. Salvaged and scrapped in 1948.
Bremse  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Torpedo Recovery vessel, a former V-150 class Torpedo Boat, was scuttled at Kiel.[59]
CD-25  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea (33°56′N 122°49′E / 33.933°N 122.817°E / 33.933; 122.817) by USS Springer ( United States Navy). Lost with all 175 hands.[60]
Cap Arcona  Kriegsmarine
Cap Arcona

World War II: The ocean liner was sunk in the Bay of Lübeck by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force with the loss of ~5,600 lives.

Deutschland  Germany World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Lübeck off Neustadt by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1][61]
Dorpat  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk south of the Great Belt by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Dwarsee  Germany World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1][62]
Emden  Kriegsmarine World War II: The cruiser was scuttled off Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. The wreck was broken up in 1949.
Energie  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Erna Gaulke  Germany World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1][63]
Hai  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tender, a former F-class escort ship, was sunk at Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force. Raised and scrapped in 1948.[1][64]
Inster  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Kiel (54°30.42′N 10°22.58′E / 54.50700°N 10.37633°E / 54.50700; 10.37633) by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force with the loss of 120 lives.[1][65]
Insterburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1][66]
Irmtraud Cords  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
KFK 390  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/submarine chaser was scuttled on this date.[67]
USS Lagarto  United States Navy World War II: The Gato-class submarine was sunk in the Gulf of Siam (07°55′N 102°00′E / 7.917°N 102.000°E / 7.917; 102.000) by Hatsutaka ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[68]
Leda  Germany World War II: The coastal tanker was sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
USS Little  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Okinawa (26°24′N 126°15′E / 26.400°N 126.250°E / 26.400; 126.250) by a Japanese kamikaze attack.
USS LSM(R)-195  United States Navy World War II: The LSM(R)-188-class Landing Ship, Medium was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa by a Japanese kamikaze attack.[69]
M-14  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Swinemünde, Pomerania.[70]
M 301  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in the Kattegat by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[1]
Medusa  Kriegsmarine World War II: The floating anti-aircraft battery was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. Salvaged and scrapped in 1948-1950.
Musketier  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Nordland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The training ship was scuttled at Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein.[71]
Ostwind  Germany World War II: The passenger/cargo ship was bombed by aircraft off Fehmarn, Germany. Sank on 7 May 1945, raised and scrapped at Gdańsk, Poland in 1949.[72]
Pallas  Germany World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk off Langesund, Norway by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[1][73]
S-201  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Schnellboot was bombed and damaged at Kiel by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of the Royal Air Force. she was scuttled due to damage sustained.[1][74]
Schlesien  Kriegsmarine World War II: The training ship struck a mine and was beached at Zinnowitz, Mecklnburg-Vorpommern. The wreck was broken up in 1949-56.
Swakopmund  Germany World War II: The target ship was sunk off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
T-8  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 35 torpedo boat was scuttled at Kiel (54°26′N 10°10′E / 54.433°N 10.167°E / 54.433; 10.167).[75]
T-9  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 35 torpedo boat was scuttled at Kiel (54°26′N 10°10′E / 54.433°N 10.167°E / 54.433; 10.167).[76]
TA 22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The decommissioned torpedo boat, a former Rusalina Pilo-class destroyer damaged beyond repair by British aircraft on 25 June 1944, was scuttled at Trieste, Italy.[77]
TA 46  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Ariete class Torpedo Boat was scuttled at Fiume, Italy. Raised post War, completed and put in service as Velebit ( Yugoslav Navy).[7]
TA 47  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Ariete class Torpedo Boat was scuttled at Fiume, Italy. Raised post War, completed and put in service as Ucka ( Yugoslav Navy).[7]
Taifun  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk off Kjelnør, Norway by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. She was salvaged in 1946, repaired and returned to service.[78]
Thielbek  Germany World War II: The prisoner ship was sunk in the Bay of Lübeck off Neustadt by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force. 2,750 prisoners lost their lives, with 50 surviving the sinking. Raised and repaired in 1949.
U-A  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Oruç Reis-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[79]
U-B  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Grampus-class submarine was scuttled in Heikendorf Bay, Kiel (54°22′N 10°11′E / 54.367°N 10.183°E / 54.367; 10.183. The wreck was salvaged and scrapped post-war.[80]
U-C2  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The B-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel, Germany. The wreck was raised and scrapped post-war.[81]
U-D1  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The H-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-D2  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The O 12-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[82]
U-D3  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The O 21-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[83]
U-D4  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The O 21-class submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[84]
U-48  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was scuttled in the Bay of Lübeck.
U-52  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1946–47.[85]
U-57  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel.
U-58  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel.
U-59  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[86]
U-101  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The decommissioned Type VIIB submarine was scuttled at Neustadt. The wreck was later scrapped.
U-323  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled off Nordenham, Lower Saxony (53°30′N 8°30′E / 53.500°N 8.500°E / 53.500; 8.500).[87]
U-339  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony (53°31′N 8°10′E / 53.517°N 8.167°E / 53.517; 8.167).[88]
U-428  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Nord-Ostsee Kanal at Audorf, Schleswig-Holstein (54°19′N 9°40′E / 54.317°N 9.667°E / 54.317; 9.667).[89]
U-446  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Kiel (59°19′N 10°10′E / 59.317°N 10.167°E / 59.317; 10.167) with the loss of 23 of her 41 crew. The wreck was raised in 1947 and scrapped.[90]
U-475  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Kiel (59°19′N 10°10′E / 59.317°N 10.167°E / 59.317; 10.167). The wreck was raised in 1947 and scrapped.[91]
U-560  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1946.[92]
U-704  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Vegesack, Bremen. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[93]
U-708  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[94]
U-747  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled after suffering heavy damage in an American air raid at Hamburg on 9 April 1945.[95]
U-748  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein.[96]
U-795  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled in dry dock at Kiel.
U-822  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wesermünde (53°32′N 8°35′E / 53.533°N 8.583°E / 53.533; 8.583). The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[97]
U-828  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled at Wesermünde (53°32′N 8°35′E / 53.533°N 8.583°E / 53.533; 8.583). The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[98]
U-876  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was scuttled at Eckernförde. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[99]
U-903  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[100]
U-922  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[101]
U-924  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.[102]
U-958  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped in 1947.
U-1170  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled at Travemünde, Schleswig-Holstein. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[103]
U-1192  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[104]
U-1196  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[105]
U-1201  Kriegsmarine En of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Hamburg.[106]
U-1205  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[107]
U-1210  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Eckernförde (54°28′N 9°54′E / 54.467°N 9.900°E / 54.467; 9.900) in an American air raid.[108]
U-1227  Kriegsmarine The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-1275  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[109]
U-2330  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[110]
U-2332  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[111]
U-2355  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea north west of Laboe, Schleswig-Holstein (54°24′N 10°12′E / 54.400°N 10.200°E / 54.400; 10.200).[112]
U-2371  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[113]
U-2501  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-2503  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was damaged in the Little Belt in a rocket attack by two Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of thirteen crew. She was consequently scuttled the next day at 55°37′N 10°00′E / 55.617°N 10.000°E / 55.617; 10.000).[114]
U-2504  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled near Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[115]
U-2508  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled near Keil. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[116]
U-2512  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Eckernförde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[117]
U-2519  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[118]
U-2520  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[119]
U-2521  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in the Flensburg Fjord (54°49′N 9°50′E / 54.817°N 9.833°E / 54.817; 9.833) by a rocket attack by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 184 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.[120]
U-2524  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was damaged in the Kattegat by a rocket attack by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled off Fehmarn (54°26′N 11°39′E / 54.433°N 11.650°E / 54.433; 11.650) with the loss of one crew member.[121]
U-2533  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[122]
U-2534  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled east of Fehmarn (54°26′N 11°34′E / 54.433°N 11.567°E / 54.433; 11.567).[123]
U-2535  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[124]
U-2536  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[125]
U-2539  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[126]
U-2543  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[127]
U-2545  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[128]
U-2546  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[129]
U-2548  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[130]
U-2552  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel (54°21′01″N 10°09′06″E / 54.35028°N 10.15167°E / 54.35028; 10.15167). The wreck was scrapped post-war.[131]
U-3001  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the North Sea north west of Wesermünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[132]
U-3005  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[133]
U-3010  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[134]
U-3011  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[135]
U-3012  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[136]
U-3013  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[137]
U-3014  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Neustadt, Hamburg. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[138]
U-3023  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[139]
U-3024  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Neustadt. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[140]
U-3025  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[141]
U-3026  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[142]
U-3027  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[143]
U-3028  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[144]
U-3029  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Aussenförde, Kiel.[145]
U-3031  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel.[146]
U-3032  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was sunk in the Baltic Sea east of Fehmarn (54°26′30″N 11°32′12″E / 54.44167°N 11.53667°E / 54.44167; 11.53667) by a rocket attack by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 184 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 36 of her 60 crew.[147]
U-3037  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[148]
U-3038  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[149]
U-3039  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[150]
U-3040  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[151]
U-3507  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[152]
U-3509  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Weser Estuary.[153]
U-3511  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde.[154]
U-3513  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Travemünde.[155]
U-3518  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[156]
U-3525  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[157]
U-3530  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[158]
U-4705  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[159]
U-4712  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[160]
Vega  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Wolgast  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
USS YMS-481  United States Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was shelled and sunk off Cape Djoeta, Borneo by Japanese shore-based artillery. Nineteen survivors were rescued by USS Cofer ( United States Navy).[161]
Z43  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Type 1936B destroyer was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.[162]

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Altengamme  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Neu Mukran, Rügen.[163]
Black Watch  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Judgement: The accommodation ship was bombed and sunk at Kilbotn, Norway by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft of 846, 853 and 882 Squadrons, Fleet Air Arm; based on HMS Trumpeter, HMS Queen and HMS Searcher (all  Royal Navy) respectively.[164]
Bolkoburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 193 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was beached and burnt out.[165]
Else Hugo Stinnes  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Kattegat off Årø, Denmark by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[1]
Freiburg  Germany World War II: The transport was sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Grudziadz  Germany World War II: The coaster was sunk in the Bay of Kiel by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force.[1]
Helga Schröder  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in Fehmarnsund by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
Hummel  Kriegsmarine World War II: The anti-aircraft vessel was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft at Swinemünde, Germany.[166][167]
Iyasaka Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank off Singapore.[1]
K 1  Kriegsmarine World War II: The gunboat was sunk in the Kattegat off Årø by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of Coastal Command.[1]
KT-140  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[168]
USS LCT-1358  United States Navy The Landing Craft, Tank ran aground and sank off California .[169]
USS LSM(R)-190  United States Navy World War II: The LSM(R)-188-class Landing Ship Medium was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack.
USS LSM(R)-194  United States Navy World War II: The LSM(R)-188-class Landing Ship Medium was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack.[170]
USS Luce  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kerama Islands by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 126 of her 312 crew.
M-36  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M 1935 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Great Belt by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[1][171]
M-301  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by aircraft south of Skjernøy, Norway.[172]
USS Morrison  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Oshima, Japan (27°10′N 127°58′E / 27.167°N 127.967°E / 27.167; 127.967) by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 152 of her 273 crew.
Orion  Kriegsmarine World War II: The refugee transport was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft off Swinemünde, Pomerania.
Ostwind  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1]
USS PGM-17  United States Navy World War II: The PGM-9-class gunboat ran aground off Okinawa, refloated later and scuttled.[173]
R-104  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[174]
R-247  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-218 minesweeper was scuttled at Kiel.[175]
S-103  Kriegsmarine World War II: The "Type 1939/40 Schnellboot" was sunk in the Little Belt by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force.[1][176]
USS Sangamon  United States Navy
USS Sangamon.

World War II: The Sangamon-class escort carrier was severely damaged off Kerama Retto, Japan by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 36 of her crew. Repairs not completed before the war ended, subsequently sold into merchant service.

Senja  Germany World War II: Operation Judgement The coaster was bombed and sunk at Kilbotn by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat of 846, 853 and 882 Squadrons, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Trumpeter, HMS Queen and HMS Searcher (all  Royal Navy) respectively. Raised in 1947, repaired and returned to service in April 1948.[177]
Shinpen Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Cero ( United States Navy).[1]
Swakopmund  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 183 Squadron, RAF.[165]
T-155  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Torpedo Recovery vessel, a former V-150 class Torpedo Boat, was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft at Swinemunde.[178]
U-30  Kriegsmarine Operation Regenbogen: The Type VIIA submarine was scuttled at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein. The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1948.
U-46  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was scuttled in Kupfermühlen Bay (54°50′N 9°29′E / 54.833°N 9.483°E / 54.833; 9.483).
U-267  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was later scrapped.[179]
U-393  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was attacked in the Geltinger Bucht (54°53′N 9°37′E / 54.883°N 9.617°E / 54.883; 9.617) by United States Navy aircraft with the loss of two crew. She was scuttled the next day in Flensburger Förde (55°34′N 9°49′E / 55.567°N 9.817°E / 55.567; 9.817).[180]
U-711  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Judgement: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Kilbotn by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft of 846, 853 and 882 Squadrons, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Trumpeter, HMS Queen and HMS Searcher (all  Royal Navy) respectively with, the loss of 40 of her 52 crew.[164][181]
U-721  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was later scrapped.[182]
U-792  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled off Rendsborg, Schleswig-Holstein (54°19′N 9°43′E / 54.317°N 9.717°E / 54.317; 9.717).[183]
U-793  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled off Rendsborg (54°19′N 9°43′E / 54.317°N 9.717°E / 54.317; 9.717).[184]
U-904  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Eckernförde (54°28′N 9°51′E / 54.467°N 9.850°E / 54.467; 9.850).[185]
U-1132  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Küpfermühlen Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[186]
U-1161  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Küpfermühlen Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[187]
U-1168  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine ran aground in the Geltinger Bucht (54°48′N 9°48′E / 54.800°N 9.800°E / 54.800; 9.800) and was scuttled.[188]
U-1303  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Küpfermühlen Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[189]
U-1304  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Küpfermühlen Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[190]
U-2338  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was sunk in the Øresund off Copenhagen (55°34′N 9°49′E / 55.567°N 9.817°E / 55.567; 9.817 by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of twelve of her thirteen crew.[191]
U-2540  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea off the Flensburg Lightship ( Germany). She was raised in 1957, repaired and entered Bundesmarine service in September 1960 as Wilhelm Bauer.
U-3033  Kriegsmarine Endo of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in Wasserleben Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[192]
U-3034  Kriegsmarine Endo of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in Wasserleben Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[193]
U-4709  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[194]
U-4711  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[195]
Vs 923  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/patrol ship was scuttled on this date.[196]
Vs 245 Kriemhild  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[197]
Wega  Kriegsmarine World War II: Evacuation of East Prussia: The ocean liner was bombed and damaged in the Baltic Sea off Fehmarn by Hawker Typhoon aircraft of 183 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was set on fire and was beached at Staberhuk with the loss of one crew member. The wreck was scrapped in 1948, with the engines being reused in Haukefjell and Kollgrim (both  Norway).[165]
Wolfgang L.M. Russ  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Aarhus, Denmark;[198] or was sunk at Aarhus by de Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, 333 and 404 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.[1] Raised and broken up in May 1955.[198]
Yaei Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank off Singapore.[1]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Black Point  United States World War II: The collier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) east of Point Judith, Rhode Island (41°19′N 71°23′W / 41.317°N 71.383°W / 41.317; -71.383) by U-853 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twelve of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by Karmen ( Yugoslavia), Scandinavia ( Sweden) and United States Navy crash boats. Black Point was the last American ship sunk by a Kriegsmarine U-boat.[199]
HMT Coriolanus  Royal Navy World War II: The Shakespearian-class naval trawler was mined and sunk in the Adriatic Sea .[200]
Dainan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Standard Type 2A-class tanker (a.k.a. Okusu Maru) was damaged off Koro Jima by United States Navy aircraft. Beached northeast of Kona on Koratsu on 9 May.[201]
Empire Unity  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RU 161: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 14 nautical miles (26 km) west north west of Akranes, Iceland (64°23′N 22°37′W / 64.383°N 22.617°W / 64.383; -22.617) by U-979 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned by her 46 crew, but later reboarded by 34 of them. The others were rescued by HMT Northern Sky ( Royal Navy). Empire Unity was towed to Hvalfjordur by HMT Northern Spray ( Royal Navy). Later repaired and returned to service.[202][203]
Hector  Kriegsmarine World War II: the fast tug, (a former "Type 1937 Schnellboot"), was bombed and sunk off "Laland" by Allied aircraft.[1][204]
K-1  Kriegsmarine World War II: The gunboat was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft off Aarhus, Denmark.[205]
HMS ML 558  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was mined and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Novigrad, Yugoslavia .[206]
S-170  Kriegsmarine World War II: The "Type 1939/40 Schnellboot" was blown up at Lübeck.[207]
T-36  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Elbing-class torpedo boat, having been damaged by a mine the previous day, was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft off Swinemünde, Pomerania. 63 killed.[208][18]
T-110  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Training ship, a former G-7 class Torpedo Boat, was sunk by British aircraft, or scuttled, at Travemunde.[209]
U-17  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.
U-38  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IXA submarine was scuttled west of Wesermünde, Bremen (53°34′N 8°32′E / 53.567°N 8.533°E / 53.567; 8.533. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.
U-236  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Schleimünde, Schleswig-Holstein.[210]
U-290  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Kupfermühlen Bay.[211]
U-349  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht with the loss of a crew member.[212]
U-351  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Horup Haff (54°53′N 9°50′E / 54.883°N 9.833°E / 54.883; 9.833). The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1948.[213]
U-370  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.[214]
U-397  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.[215]
U-534  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Kattegat (56°39′N 11°48′E / 56.650°N 11.800°E / 56.650; 11.800) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of three of her 42 crew.
U-579  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Kattegat east of Aarhus, Denmark (56°10′N 11°04′E / 56.167°N 11.067°E / 56.167; 11.067) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 547 Squadron Royal Air Force with the loss of 24 crew.[216]
U-733  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord (54°48′N 9°49′E / 54.800°N 9.817°E / 54.800; 9.817). The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[217]
U-746  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and damaged in the Geltinger Bucht and was consequently scuttled. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[218]
U-750  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord (54°50′N 9°30′E / 54.833°N 9.500°E / 54.833; 9.500).[219]
U-794  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.
U-827  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.[220]
U-999  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.[221]
U-1008  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Kattegat by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of six of her 50 crew. She was consequently scuttled the next day (56°14′N 10°51′E / 56.233°N 10.850°E / 56.233; 10.850).[222]
U-1016  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Lübeck Bay.[223]
U-1025  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Flensburger Fjord. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[224]
U-1056  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.[225]
U-1101  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[226]
U-1162  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[227]
U-1193  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[228]
U-1204  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[229]
U-1207  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[230]
U-1223  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea west of Wesermünde (53°32′N 8°35′E / 53.533°N 8.583°E / 53.533; 8.583).[231]
U-1234  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled at Hörup, Schleswig-Holstein.
U-1306  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[232]
U-1405  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIB submarine was scuttled in Eckernförde Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[233]
U-2333  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[234]
U-2339  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[235]
U-2343  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[236]
U-2346  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[237]
U-2347  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[238]
U-2349  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[239]
U-2352  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hörup. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[240]
U-2357  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[241]
U-2358  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[242]
U-2360  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[243]
U-2362  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[244]
U-2364  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[245]
U-2366  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[246]
U-2367  Kriegsmarine The Type XXIII submarine collided with another U-boat in the Geltinger Bucht (approximately 55°00′N 11°00′W / 55.000°N 11.000°W / 55.000; -11.000) and sank. She was raised in August 1956, repaired and commissioned into the Bundesmarine on 1 October 1957 as U-Hecht.[247]
U-2368  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[248]
U-2369  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[249]
U-2507  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[250]
U-2517  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[251]
U-2522  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[252]
U-2525  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[253]
U-2541  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[254]
U-2544  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Skagerrak east north east of Aarhus, Denmark (56°06′05″N 10°27′09″E / 56.10139°N 10.45250°E / 56.10139; 10.45250). The wreck was raised in 1952 and scrapped.[255]
U-2551  Kriegsmarine The Type XXI submarine ran aground in the Baltic Sea off Flensburg (54°49′N 9°28′E / 54.817°N 9.467°E / 54.817; 9.467). The wreck was blown up by the Royal Navy on 23 July.[256]
U-3015  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[257]
U-3022  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[258]
U-3044  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[259]
U-3501  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Weser Estuary. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[260]
U-3510  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[261]
U-3524  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[262]
U-3526  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[263]
U-3527  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Weser Estuary. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[264]
U-3528  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Weser Estuary. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[265]
U-3529  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[266]
U-4701  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hörup 55°43′00″N 10°10′54″E / 55.71667°N 10.18167°E / 55.71667; 10.18167). The wreck was scrapped post-war.[267]
U-4702  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht 55°48′N 9°49′E / 55.800°N 9.817°E / 55.800; 9.817). The wreck was scrapped post-war.[268]
U-4703  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[269]
U-4704  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hörup (54°54′N 9°50′E / 54.900°N 9.833°E / 54.900; 9.833). The wreck was scrapped post-war.[270]
U-4707  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[271]
U-4710  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.[272]
UJ 322  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/submarine chaser was scuttled on this date.[273]
W-20  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.19-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Trepang ( United States Navy).[274]

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1945
Ship Country Description
AT 916  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was sunk on this date.[275]
AT 917  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Artilleriefährprahm was sunk on this date.[275]
Kinrei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Thailand by USS Hammerhead ( United States Navy).[1]
MO-595  Soviet Navy World War II: The PP-19-OK class motor antisubmarine boat was sunk by Schnellboots.[276][277]
Oder  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary river minesweeper was sunk on this date.[278]
PiLB 43/I  Kriegsmarine World War II: The PiLB 43 type landing craft was sunk by a Soviet Motor Torpedo Boat.[279]
S-226  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Schnellboot was sunk in an Allied air attack.[280]
U-853  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged, hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Point Judith, Rhode Island, United States (41°13′N 71°27′W / 41.217°N 71.450°W / 41.217; -71.450) by USS Atherton and USS Moberly (both  United States Navy) with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-881  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°18′N 47°44′W / 43.300°N 47.733°W / 43.300; -47.733) by USS Farquhar ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 54 crew.
U-3523  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XXI submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Skagerrak (57°52′N 10°49′E / 57.867°N 10.817°E / 57.867; 10.817) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft on 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 58 crew.[281]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Avondale Park  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy EN 491: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (56°05′N 2°32′W / 56.083°N 2.533°W / 56.083; -2.533) by U-2336 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 38 crew.
Kashima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was beached in the Kanmon Strait (33°54′N 130°52′E / 33.900°N 130.867°E / 33.900; 130.867).[282]
M-22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was scuttled off Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[283]
M 4622 Anna Busse  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[284]
HNoMS NYMS 382  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The YMS-1 class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk off Lyme Bay by U-1023. Twenty-two crewmen were killed; 10 survivors were rescued by HNoMS NYMS 379, HNoMS NYMS 380 and HNoMS NYMS 381 (all  Royal Norwegian Navy).[285]
S 191 and S 301  Kriegsmarine The "Type 1939/40 Schnellboot"s sank each other in a collision in Fehmarnsund.[1][286]
Sneland I  Norway World War II: Convoy EN 491: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 56°09′36″N 2°31′24″W / 56.16000°N 2.52333°W / 56.16000; -2.52333) by U-2336 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Leicester City and HMT Valse (both  Royal Navy).[287]
Teika Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was run aground west of Shimonoseki, Japan (34°06′N 130°47′E / 34.100°N 130.783°E / 34.100; 130.783). Three crewmen were killed.[288]
U-1406  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIB submarine was scuttled at Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony. The wreck was later raised and used by the United States Navy. Scrapped in 1948.[289]
U-1407  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XVIIC submarine was scuttled at Cuxhaven. She was salvaged by the Royal Navy, repaired and entered service as HMS Meteorite. Scrapped in September 1949.
V 603 Carsten  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[290]
W-29  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.19-class minesweeper was mined and sunk in the Kanmon Strait (34°02′N 130°54′E / 34.033°N 130.900°E / 34.033; 130.900). forty-three crewmen were listed as missing.[282]
Zell  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary river minesweeper was sunk on this date.[291]

8 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Daito Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The fishing vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu by USS Bowfin ( United States Navy).[1]
F 1040  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk at an unknown Shipyard.[4]
F 1229  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
F 1230  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[4]
Horace Binney  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine in the North Sea off Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands. She was beached at Deal, Kent, United Kingdom but broke in two. Declared a total loss.[292]
KT-696  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-18 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[293]
R-88  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein.[174]
Sperrbrecher 173  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was sunk while still under conversion from a cargo ship.[294]
U-37  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type IXA submarine was scuttled in Sonderberg Bay (54°55′N 9°47′E / 54.917°N 9.783°E / 54.917; 9.783). The wreck was later scrapped.
U-320  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the North Sea off Bergen, Norway (61°32′N 1°53′E / 61.533°N 1.883°E / 61.533; 1.883) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled off Sotre Island.[295]
U-382  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.[296]
U-2365  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Kattegat north west of Anholt Island, Denmark (56°51′N 11°49′E / 56.850°N 11.817°E / 56.850; 11.817). She was raised in June 1956, repaired and commissioned into the Bundesmarine as U-Hai on 15 August 1957.[297]
U-2538  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled off Ærø, Denmark (54°53′05″N 10°15′07″E / 54.88472°N 10.25194°E / 54.88472; 10.25194). The wreck was scrapped in 1950.[298]
U-3030  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in Eckernförde Bay (54°30′48″N 10°06′12″E / 54.51333°N 10.10333°E / 54.51333; 10.10333).[299]
U-3503  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Kattegat west of Gothenburg, Sweden (57°39′N 11°44′E / 57.650°N 11.733°E / 57.650; 11.733). The wreck was raised in 1946 and scrapped.[300]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Artyomovets TK-132  Soviet Navy World War II: The Odesskiy Patriot TK-7 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[301]
USS England  United States Navy World War II: The Buckley-class destroyer escort was severely damaged in a kamikaze attack off Kerama Retto, Japan with the loss of 37 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
F 517  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type C Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[302]
F 873  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date, or on 25 April 1945 by Soviet aircraft.[303][18]
Liselotte Fridrich  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea by Soviet aircraft. 300 killed.[304]
HMS ML 591  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch sank in the Sittaung River, Burma.[305]
HMS ML 905  Royal Navy The Fairmile B motor launch sank in the Sittaung River, Burma.[306]
USS Oberrender  United States Navy World War II: The John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 24 of her 215 crew. She was towed to the Kerama Islands but was declared beyond repair. Her hulk was sunk as a target on 6 November.
HMS Prompt  Royal Navy World War II: The Algerine-class minesweeper struck a mine in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium and was damaged. She was declared a constructive total loss.[1]
Strelnieks  Germany World War II: The tug was shelled and sunk off Gotland, Sweden by Soviet Navy vessels. Two schooners and a barge were also scuttled by the Soviets. Strelnieks was the last German vessel intentionally sunk by Allied forces during World War II.[307]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Carl Peters  Kriegsmarine The E boat support ship struck a mine and sank off Geltinger Bucht, Germany.[308]
MNL 22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MNL I type self propelled landing barge was surrendered in early May and foundered on the 10th.[309]
Tatsuwa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport struck a mine and sank off Shimonoseki. Raised in 1946 and repaired by 1949 and put in commercial service.[310]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Aitoku Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk in Kataoka Bay, Shimushu Ialand by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Eleventh Air Force.[311]
USS Bunker Hill  United States Navy
USS Bunker Hill.

World War II: The Essex-class aircraft carrier was severely damaged off Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 383 of her crew. Repairs took until September 1945 to complete.

USS Evans  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of 32 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS Hugh W. Hadley  United States Navy World War II: The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of 30 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS LCS(L)-88  United States Navy World War II: The Landing Craft, Support (Large) was damaged beyond repair by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa.[1]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1945
Ship Country Description
HMMTB 2002  Royal Navy The motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak.[1]
Rekizan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Raton ( United States Navy).[1]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Gyoryu Maru  Empire of Japan World War II: The freighter struck a mine and sank off Kobe.[312]
Nisshin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk off the Kuril Islands by USS Plaice ( United States Navy).[1]
Shinnan Maru  Empire of Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpeoded and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Cero ( United States Navy).[1]
Shosei Maru No. 15  Imperial Japanese Navy Woprld War II: The guardboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by HMS Trump ( Royal Navy).[1]
Steiner  Norway The coaster struck a mine and sank in Sognefjord, Norway with the loss of a crew member.[313]
Yosei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Yosei Maru-class oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea (06°31′S 111°19′E / 6.517°S 111.317°E / -6.517; 111.317) by USS Baya ( United States Navy). 16 Crewmen were killed .[314]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Dai Maru  Empire of Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft off Makassar, Netherlands East Indies.[315]
Baikal Maru  Imperial Japanese Army The hospital ship ran aground off Himeshima. Refloated and repaired sometime in 1945 and put in commercial service post-war.[316]
TFA 4  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo recovery vessel, a former Dragen class torpedo boat, struck a mine and sank in the Geltinger Bucht.[1][317]
Yoshino Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Sand Lance ( United States Navy).[1]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Fukuun Maru  Japan World War II: The boat was sunk off the Kuril Islands by USS Sea Poacher ( United States Navy).[1]
Tottori Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Thailand (09°58′N 101°05′E / 9.967°N 101.083°E / 9.967; 101.083) by USS Hammerhead ( United States Navy). Fifty-two crewmen were killed. Nineteen survivors were rescued by Hatsutaka ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[318]
Ume Maru No. 56  Japan World War II: The lightship was torpedoed and sunk off the Kuril Islands by USS Sea Poacher ( United States Navy).[1]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Eiju Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Raton ( United States Navy).[22]
Haguro  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of the Malacca Strait: The Myōkō-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Malacca Strait 55 nautical miles (102 km) off Penang, Malaya by Royal Navy destroyers.
Hatsutaka  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Hatsutaka-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Thailand (04°49′N 103°31′E / 4.817°N 103.517°E / 4.817; 103.517) by USS Hawkbill ( United States Navy) . She sank a half mile (800 m) off shore, survivors refused rescue by USS Hawkbill and an unknown number of survivors, including her captain, swam to shore.[319]
U-287  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Elbe Estuary.[320]

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Chosan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea or East China Sea by USS Shad ( United States Navy).[321]
Tairyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Peacetime Standard Type transport was sunk in the Inland Sea of Japan 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south east of the Wada-misaki Lighthouse, near Kobe (34°36′N 135°13′E / 34.600°N 135.217°E / 34.600; 135.217) by a mine. Salvaged post-war.[322]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Cha-57  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser struck a mine and sank off Penang, Malaya.[323]
Enkyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Saishu-To, Chōsen, Korea (33°14′N 120°50′E / 33.233°N 120.833°E / 33.233; 120.833) by Consolidated PB4Y Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy. Twenty-four crew members were lost; 2,400 passengers were rescued by CD-81 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[324]
USS Longshaw  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer ran aground off Naha, Okinawa, Japan. She was shelled and damaged by Japanese shore-based artillery and was abandoned with the loss of 86 of her 273 crew. She was later scuttled by United States Navy warships.
No. 28  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The H-35 class motor gunboat was lost on this date.[325]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Daishin Maru  Japan The cargo ship was sunk in the western half of the Tsushima Strait in a collision with Kashima ( Imperial Japanese Navy) .[326]
HNoMS MTB-715  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was destroyed by an explosion at Fosnavåg, Norway.[327]
HMS Terrapin  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine was depth charged and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy vessels in the Java Sea. She put into Fremantle, Western Australia but was declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in June 1946.

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1945
Ship Country Description
CHa-244  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk south of Okinawa by American aircraft.[328]
USS Chase  United States Navy World War II: The Buckley-class destroyer escort was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS LST-808  United States Navy World War II: The LST-1-class tank landing ship was damaged by a kamikaze and abandoned off Okinawa (26°42′N 127°47′E / 26.700°N 127.783°E / 26.700; 127.783). Ship grounded off Ie-jima and the wreck was destroyed 11 November 1945.[329]
USS Thatcher  United States Navy World War II: The Fletcher-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of fourteen of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
U-963  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Nazaré, Portugal (39°36′N 9°05′W / 39.600°N 9.083°W / 39.600; -9.083). All 48 crew survived.[330][331]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1945
Ship Country Description
W-34  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.19-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea off Kepulauan, Netherlands East Indies (06°18′S 116°14′E / 6.300°S 116.233°E / -6.300; 116.233) by USS Chub ( United States Navy). Seventy-eight survivors were rescued; twenty crewmen were killed. There were 25 wounded and two reported missing.[332]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1945
Ship Country Description
CH-37  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk in the East China Sea west of the Satsunan Islands (29°45′N 129°10′E / 29.750°N 129.167°E / 29.750; 129.167) by aircraft based on USS Bennington ( United States Navy) and USS Hornet ( United States Navy) [333]
CH-58  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.13-class submarine chaser was sunk in the East China Sea west of the Satsunan Islands (29°45′N 129°10′E / 29.750°N 129.167°E / 29.750; 129.167) by aircraft based on USS Bennington ( United States Navy) and USS Hornet ( United States Navy).[334]
M-515  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type M 1915 minesweeper was mined and sunk at Fehmarn.[335]
Seki Maru No. 5  Japan World War II: The fishing vessel was sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Cero ( United States Navy).[1]
T-173  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.101-class landing ship was sunk in the East China Sea west of the Satsunan Islands (29°45′N 129°10′E / 29.750°N 129.167°E / 29.750; 129.167) by aircraft based on USS Bennington ( United States Navy) and USS Hornet ( United States Navy).[334]
Tsukuba Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship's engine room was damaged by near misses from four Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fourteenth Air Force on May 20. She was torpedoed and severely damaged in the South China Sea southwest of Luzon, Philippines (12°18′N 117°12′E / 12.300°N 117.200°E / 12.300; 117.200) by USS Picuda ( United States Navy) while being towed by Hashidate ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was finished off by United States Army Air Force aircraft the next day.[336]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1945
Ship Country Description
HM Motor Gun Boat 2007  Royal Navy The motor gun boat was wrecked off Aberdeen, Scotland.[337]
U-979  Kriegsmarine End of World War II: The Type VIIC submarine ran aground and was scuttled at Amrum, Schleswig-Holstein (54°38′N 8°23′E / 54.633°N 8.383°E / 54.633; 8.383).[338]

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1945
Ship Country Description
USS Barry  United States Navy World War II: The high-speed transport, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was damaged in the Pacific Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) north west of Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft and was abandoned without loss of crew. She was declared a constructive total loss and subsequently used as a decoy, being sunk at Kerama Retto on 21 June by a further kamikaze attack.
USS Bates  United States Navy World War II: The high-speed transport, a former Buckley-class destroyer escort, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of Ie-jima by three kamikaze aircraft with the loss of 21 of her 213 crew.
Brazil Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Daifuku Maru No. 1 class transport was sunk in the Inland Sea of Japan 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) off the Wada-misaki Lighthouse, near Kobe by a mine.[339]
Kairyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guardboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Sunda Sea by USS Chub ( United States Navy).[1]
USS LSM-135  United States Navy World War II: The LSM-1-class landing ship medium was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Ryukyu Islands by a kamikaze aircraft. Eleven survivors were rescued by USS Fleming ( United States Navy).
Nittei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Borneo by HMS Thorough ( Royal Navy).[1][340]
Shinto Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by HMS Trenchant ( Royal Navy). Later salvaged and returned to service.[1]
USS Spectacle  United States Navy World War II: The Admirable-class minesweeper was severely damaged off Ie Shima by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 29 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.[1]
Toryu Maru  Japan World War II: convoy SE-3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Raton ( United States Navy).[1]
Wa-105  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Djember-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by HMS Trenchant ( Royal Navy).[1]
William B. Allinson  United States Navy
USS Inca (formerly William B. Allinson) beached at Okinawa.

World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by Japanese Aaircraft. A stevedore and six crewmen were killed. She was towed to Okinawa and beached. Declared a constructive total loss. On 30 July 1945, she was commissioned as USS Inca for use as a dry storage hulk, later sank in a typhoon. Raised, and sold for scrapping by a Chinese company in 1948.[341]

Yoshitomo Maru No. 12 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[342]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1945
Ship Country Description
CHa-172  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The CHa-1-class auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk off Fushiki by mines.[328]
Kotobuki Maru No. 7  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Billfish ( United States Navy).[1]
USS PC-1603  United States Navy World War II: The patrol boat/submarine chaser, a former Adroit-class minesweeper, was heavily damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by kamikaze aircraft. Three crewmen were killed and fifteen were wounded. She was not repaired; decommissioned and sunk as a breakwater post-war.[343]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Kinei Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Honshu by USS Tench ( United States Navy).[1]
Misago Maru No. 3 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[344]
Yawata Maru No. 3  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guardboat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Bonin Islands by USS Tigrone ( United States Navy).[1]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Biko Maru  Japan World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Ray ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[1]
CD-29  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C escort ship struck a mine off Sasebo, Nagasaki causing extensive damage to her engines, not repaired and scrapped post-war.[345]
USS Drexler  United States Navy World War II: The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan (27°06′N 127°38′E / 27.100°N 127.633°E / 27.100; 127.633) by two kamikaze aircraft with the loss of 158 of her 336 crew.

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1945
Ship Country Description
HMS LCT 357  Royal Navy The Landing Craft, Tank Mk.6 was sunk by an explosion at Suda Bay, Crete.[346]
Kuretake Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Sea of Okhotsk east of Sakhalin (46°36′N 144°22′E / 46.600°N 144.367°E / 46.600; 144.367) by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy). She sank the next day. A total of 272 troops and six crewmen were killed. Four hundred survivors were rescued by Shimushu ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[347][348]
HMS LCP(L) 344  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft Personnel (Large) was lost at Akyab, Burma.[349][350]
HMS LCP(L) 378  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft Personnel (Large) was lost on this date.[351]
USS Shubrick  United States Navy World War II: The Gleaves-class destroyer was damaged off Tori Shima by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 35 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
Tenryo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Sterlet ( United States Navy). Seven hundred and seventy-three men of the 23rd Air Defence Battalion, 26 gGunners and 83 crewmen were killed.[347]
Tsuruga Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Niigata.[352]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Hokoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Sunda Sea by USS Blenny ( United States Navy).[1]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1945
Ship Country Description
Hebrides  United Kingdom The cargo ship was beached in Gunna Sound, Inner Hebrides.[353]
I-361  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The I-361 class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south east of Okinawa (20°22′N 134°09′E / 20.367°N 134.150°E / 20.367; 134.150) by a Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Anzio ( United States Navy). Seventy-six crewmen and five Kaiten pilots were killed.[354]
Uzbekistan  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship sank in a collision in Dutch Harbor, Alaska Territory, United States with SS American Star ( United States).[355]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1945
Ship Country Description
DB 55 Mewa VII  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Naval Trawler was lost sometime in May.[356]
Edmund F. Dickens  United States World War II: The Liberty ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Pacific Ocean. She was declared a constructive total loss.[357]
F 1028  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk sometime in May.[4]
F 1031  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk sometime in May.[4]
F 1031  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk at Erste Donau Shipyard, Korneuburg.[4]
F 1032  Kriegsmarine World War II: The incomplete Type D Marinefahrprahm was sunk at Erste Donau Shipyard, Korneuburg.[4]
F 1159  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type D Marinefahrprahm was surrendered in early May and wrecked sometime later in May.[4]
FR 5  Kriegsmarine World War II: The FR 1 class river minesweeper was lost sometime in May.[358]
FR 8  Kriegsmarine World War II: The FR 7 class river minesweeper was lost sometime in May.[358]
Kerhwieder  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer, a former M 1915-class minesweeper, was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft at La Spezia, Liguria, Italy.[359]
LAT 30 Prinses Beatrix  Kriegsmarine World War II: The light Gun Carrier/landing fire support ship was sunk on 14 April, or sunk on 8 May by Soviet aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[360][361]
HMS LCP 110, HMS LCP 1121,  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft Personnels were lost sometime in May.[362]
M-18  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was scuttled at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, sometime in May. Later scrapped.[363]
SAT 16 West Flandern  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Heavy Gun Carrier/landing fire support ship was sunk on 1 May, or sunk on 8 May by Soviet aircraft in the Baltic Sea.[360][364]
Samlistar  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Quebec, Canada. Refloated and arrived at Quebec City on 31 May.[353]
Nymphe  Kriegsmarine World War II: The flak ship was damaged by British aircraft and beached at Solvær, Norway. Later refloated and returned to the Royal Norwegian Navy later in the year and was broken up.[365]
SA 5 and SA 6  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MS 11 class MS Boat were reported scuttled at Alto Tirino, Abruzzo, Italy sometime in May.[366]
SG 22  Kriegsmarine World War II: The escort ship, a former Elan-class corvette, was scuttled at Livorno, Italy.[367]
Tsuki Maru  Japan World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the East China Sea or Yellow Sea by USS Ray ( United States Navy) between 19 and 30 May.[1]
UJ 315  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/submarine chaser was scuttled in May. Raised and repaired by the post War Occupation Govt. and awarded to the U.K. as a war reparation in 1947.[273]
V 1816 Dauphin  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval trawler/Vorpostenboot was lost sometime in May.[368]
Vs 144 Excelsior III  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was lost sometime in May.[369]
Vs 166  Kriegsmarine World War II: The KSK-2 class Naval Drifter/Patrol ship was scuttled in May.[273]
USS YC-961  United States Navy World War II: The non-self-propelled covered lighter was lost by grounding at Biorka Island, Alaska sometime in May, 1945 or July, 1944.[370]
USS YO-156 and USS YO-157  United States Navy World War II: The self-propelled fuel oil barges were lost at Sitka, Alaska sometime in May.[370]

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