List of shipwrecks in October 1942

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

October 1942
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1 October[edit]

For the sinking of the British cargo ship Siam II on this day, see the entry for 30 September 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Achilles  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 110 nautical miles (200 km) south east of Trinidad (9°06′N 59°48′W / 9.100°N 59.800°W / 9.100; -59.800) by U-202 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 36 crew.[1]
Camila  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged by I-166 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean (08°10′N 77°41′E / 8.167°N 77.683°E / 8.167; 77.683). She was beached and declared a total loss.[2]
Empire Tennyson  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (9°27′N 60°05′W / 9.450°N 60.083°W / 9.450; -60.083) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PG-58 ( United States Navy).[3][4]
Katsuragi Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft ferry was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea (05°38′S 153°08′E / 5.633°S 153.133°E / -5.633; 153.133) by USS Sturgeon ( United States Navy). Two crew and 27 gunners were killed.[5][6]
M-118  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was sunk in the Black Sea off Cape Burnas (45°53′N 30°19′E / 45.883°N 30.317°E / 45.883; 30.317) by Sublocotenant Ghiculescu and Locotenant-Commandor Stihi Eugen (both  Royal Romanian Navy), or the next day by a German aircraft. All 21 crew were lost.[7][8]
MGB 18  Royal Navy World War II: The motor gun boat was sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands during an attack on a German convoy. One crew was killed.[9][10][11]
Salzburg  Germany World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea east of Lake Shahany, Ukraine (45°54′N 30°19′E / 45.900°N 30.317°E / 45.900; 30.317) by M-118 ( Soviet Navy). She was carrying more than 2000 Soviet POWs and depending of source between 1200 and 2080 of them were lost, together with between 2 and 6 Germans.[7][8][12][13]
Thule  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by HMMGB 18, HMMGB 21, HMMGB 81, HMMGB 86, HMMTB 230 and HMMTB 234 (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of 9 lives.[9][14]
Tosei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Japan by USS Nautilus ( United States Navy).[9]
V 2003 Loodsboot 7  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by HMMGB 18, HMMGB 21, HMMGB 81, HMMGB 86, HMMTB 230 and HMMTB 234 (all  Royal Navy). 21 crew were killed.[9][15]
Yomei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Kingfish ( United States Navy).[16]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Transport  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Trinidad (9°03′N 60°10′W / 9.050°N 60.167°W / 9.050; -60.167) by U-201 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-490 ( United States Navy).[17]
Aneroid  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) off Georgetown, British Guiana (8°24′N 59°12′W / 8.400°N 59.200°W / 8.400; -59.200) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Ivan ( Yugoslavia) and Olambura ( Honduras).[18]
HMS Curacoa  Royal Navy World War II: The Ceres-class cruiser was rammed, cut in half, and sunk north of Ireland (55°50′N 08°38′W / 55.833°N 8.633°W / 55.833; -8.633) by RMS Queen Mary ( United Kingdom). Only 26 crew members survived.[19]
Hans Rolshoven  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Hans Rolshoven-class seaplane tender was sunk by a mine at Bornholm. Salvaged in July 1943 and towed to Sassnitz.[20]
Lisbon Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Lisbon Maru-class transport, carrying 1,800 British prisoners-of-war (POWs), sank due to torpedo damage inflicted the previous day 20 mi (32 km) north of Chushan Island, China (29°57′N 122°56′E / 29.950°N 122.933°E / 29.950; 122.933) by the submarine USS Grouper ( United States Navy). Three guards and 826 POWs were killed; most of the POWs killed were shot by guards while attempting to abandon ship. Survivors were rescued by a destroyer, by Toyokuni Maru ( Japan), and by Chinese junks.
HMT Lord Stonehaven  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off the Eddystone Lighthouse by S-112 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 18 crew.[21]
T-57 Udarnik  Soviet Navy World War II: The Udarnik-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland off Seiskari.[9]
U-512  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°50′N 52°25′W / 6.833°N 52.417°W / 6.833; -52.417) by a Douglas B-18 Bolo aircraft of the 99th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Forces with the loss of 51 of her 52 crew. The survivor was rescued by USS Ellis ( United States Navy).
Veglia  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and shelled in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy) off Korcula, Croatia (42°56′N 17°17′E / 42.933°N 17.283°E / 42.933; 17.283). She was beached at Sabioncello with four killed, ten wounded and 25 missing. The damaged ship was later salvaged but declared a total loss.[9][22]

3 October[edit]

For the sinking of the American tanker Esso Williamsburg on this day, see the entry for 22 September 1942

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Kinkai Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[23]
HMS MGB 78  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72 foot-class motor gun boat was shelled and sunk off the Netherlands by Kriegsmarine surface ships. One crew was killed.[24][11]
Mikoyan  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by I-162 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). There were no casualty.[25][26][27]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Camden  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon by I-25 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). One crewman drowned when he jumped overboard. Survivors were rescued by Kookaburra ( Sweden). Camden sank under tow on 10 October at 46°47′N 124°31′W / 46.783°N 124.517°W / 46.783; -124.517.[28]
Caribstar  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the mouth of the Orinoco River, Venezuela (8°30′N 59°37′W / 8.500°N 59.617°W / 8.500; -59.617) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-469 ( United States Navy).[29]
Robert H. Colley  United States World War II: Convoy HX 209: The cargo ship broke in two and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (58°57′N 26°20′W / 58.950°N 26.333°W / 58.950; -26.333) with the loss of 8 gunners and 20 crew. The stern section remained afloat and was scuttled the next day at 58°44′N 24°54′W / 58.733°N 24.900°W / 58.733; -24.900 by HMS Borage ( Royal Navy). HMS Borage also rescued her survivors, 9 gunners and 24 crewmen.[30]
Setsuyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[23]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Eneo  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and damaged in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy). She put into Split, Yugoslavia. Two tugs were sent to her assistance and brought back 173 survivors (including 43 seriously wounded). There were 35 killed and 16 missing. She was not repaired until after the end of the war.[9][22]
F 138  Kriegsmarine The Type A Marinefahrprahm was damaged beyond repair by a German mine off Ak-Burnu in the Black Sea and was towed to Kertch. There were two wounded.[31][32]
U-582  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Iceland (58°52′N 21°42′W / 58.867°N 21.700°W / 58.867; -21.700) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 46 crew.[33]
U-619  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Iceland (58°41′N 22°58′W / 58.683°N 22.967°W / 58.683; -22.967) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.[34]
William A. McKenney  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) east of Corocoro Island, Venezuela (8°35′N 59°20′W / 8.583°N 59.333°W / 8.583; -59.333) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Blakeley ( United States Navy).[35]

6 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Tarpon  United Kingdom The cargo ship was in distress in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Lewis, Outer Hebrides (57°20′N 15°09′W / 57.333°N 15.150°W / 57.333; -15.150). She was taken in tow but abandoned on 13 October and capsized and sank the next day 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of South Uist, Hebrides (57°24′N 7°45′W / 57.400°N 7.750°W / 57.400; -7.750).[3]
I-22  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C1 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Coral Sea south east of San Cristobal Island (11°22′S 162°20′E / 11.367°S 162.333°E / -11.367; 162.333) by a United States Navy Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft with the loss of all 100 hands.[36]
Larry Doheny  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed 5 October and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (42°20′N 125°02′W / 42.333°N 125.033°W / 42.333; -125.033) off Oregon by I-25 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Four gunners and two crew were killed. Survivors rescued by USS Coos Bay ( United States Navy). She sank the next day.[37]
HMMGB 76  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72 foot-class motor gun boat was shelled and sunk in the North Sea by Kriegsmarine Schnellboots.[38]
HMMTB 29  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 70 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in a collision in the North Sea with a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot.[39]
Mina Daniel  Romania World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea north east of Sulina, Romania (45°47′N 30°19′E / 45.783°N 30.317°E / 45.783; 30.317) by M-31 ( Soviet Navy).[40]
Taku  United States The 60-gross register ton, 71.8-foot (21.9 m) motor vessel was wrecked on the north end of Kayak Island on the coast of the Territory of Alaska.[41]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Andalucia Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Palmas, Liberia (6°38′N 15°46′W / 6.633°N 15.767°W / 6.633; -15.767) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 252 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Petunia ( Royal Navy)[42][43]
Boringia  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°09′S 4°30′W / 35.150°S 4.500°W / -35.150; -4.500) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by Matheran and Clan Mactavish (both  United Kingdom).[44][45]
Chickasaw City  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 85 nautical miles (157 km) south south west of Cape Town, South Africa (34°15′S 17°11′E / 34.250°S 17.183°E / -34.250; 17.183) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose ( Royal Navy).[46]
HMS Caroline Moller  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FN 32: The Saint-class tug was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) north east of Cromer, Norfolk by S-80 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[21][47]
Elbe  Germany World War II: The tug was sunk by Allied action.[48]
Firethorn  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 60 nautical miles (110 km) north west of Cape Town (34°10′S 17°07′E / 34.167°S 17.117°E / -34.167; 17.117) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose ( Royal Navy) and HMSAS Springs ( South African Navy).[49][50]
Ightham  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire.[51]
Ilse  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 32: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-105 ( Kriegsmarine).[21]
Jessie Maersk  United Kingdom World War II: convoy FN 32: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer (53°06′00″N 1°24′30″E / 53.10000°N 1.40833°E / 53.10000; 1.40833) by S-117 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 29 crew. The wreck was subsequently dispersed.[21][52]
HMML 339  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FN 32: The Fairmile B motor launch was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-62 ( Kriegsmarine.[21][53]
Manon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by I-162 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean 400 miles (640 km) east south east of Masulipatam, India (15°00′N 80°30′E / 15.000°N 80.500°E / 15.000; 80.500). Eight crewmen killed. Survivors sail in lifeboats to Pallaur, India.[54]
Milcrest  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, Canada with Empire Lightning ( United Kingdom) and sank.[3]
Naminoue Maru  Japan World War II: The troopship ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (3°14′S 150°01′E / 3.233°S 150.017°E / -3.233; 150.017) by USS Sculpin ( United States Navy). 279 survivors rescued by Takanami ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[55]
Senkai Maru  Japan World War II: The auxiliary stores ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea (1°55′N 153°42′E / 1.917°N 153.700°E / 1.917; 153.700) by USS Amberjack ( United States Navy). Three crewmen were killed.[56][57]
Sheafwater  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 32: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-46 ( Kriegsmarine).[21]

8 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1942
Ship Country Description
City of Athens  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 60 nautical miles (110 km) west north west of Cape Town, South Africa (33°40′S 17°03′E / 33.667°S 17.050°E / -33.667; 17.050) by U-179 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 99 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Active ( Royal Navy).[58]
Clan Mactavish  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 100 nautical miles (190 km) west south west of Cape Town (34°53′S 16°45′E / 34.883°S 16.750°E / -34.883; 16.750) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 61 of the 128 people on board, including eight survivors from Boringia ( United Kingdom). Survivors were rescued by Matheran ( United Kingdom).[44][59]
Corbis  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east south east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (34°56′S 34°03′E / 34.933°S 34.050°E / -34.933; 34.050) by U-180 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 50 of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by a South African Air Force rescue boat.[60]
Dandolo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Ras el Tin, Egypt by an Allied aircraft. There were no casualties.[9][61][62]
Gaasterkerk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) west of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (34°20′S 18°10′E / 34.333°S 18.167°E / -34.333; 18.167) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine). All 64 crew were rescued by HMAS Nizam ( Royal Australian Navy).[63]
Glendene  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (4°29′N 17°41′W / 4.483°N 17.683°W / 4.483; -17.683) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Agapenor ( United Kingdom).[64]
Hague Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Hague Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū (34°01′N 135°06′E / 34.017°N 135.100°E / 34.017; 135.100) by USS Drum ( United States Navy). Five crew were killed.[65][66]
John Carter Rose  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (10°27′N 45°37′W / 10.450°N 45.617°W / 10.450; -45.617) by U-201 and U-202 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by Santa Cruz ( Argentina) and West Humhaw ( United States).[67][68]
Koumoundouros  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south west of Cape Point, South Africa by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Foxhound ( Royal Navy) and HMAS Nizam ( Royal Australian Navy).[69]
Lauterfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.[9]
Lupa  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy) in the Mediterranean Sea (33°41′N 11°44′E / 33.683°N 11.733°E / 33.683; 11.733). There was no dead and two wounded.[61][70]
No. 21  Soviet Navy The No. 33-class armored motor gunboat was lost on this date.[71]
Pantelis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) southwest of Cape Town (34°20′S 17°50′E / 34.333°S 17.833°E / -34.333; 17.833) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose ( Royal Navy).[72]
R 77, R 78, R 82 and R 86  Kriegsmarine World War II: The R 41-class R boats were sunk by mines in the North Sea off Dunkirk (51°02′N 1°22′E / 51.033°N 1.367°E / 51.033; 1.367).[21]
Sarthe  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) south southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (34°50′S 18°40′E / 34.833°S 18.667°E / -34.833; 18.667) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine). All 57 crew were rescued by HMSAS Vereeniging ( South African Navy).[73][74]
Swiftsure  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 25 nautical miles (46 km) south east of the Cape of Good Hope (34°40′S 18°25′E / 34.667°S 18.417°E / -34.667; 18.417) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine). All 33 crew were rescued by a Royal Navy minesweeper.[75]
U-179  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic off Cape Town (33°28′S 17°05′E / 33.467°S 17.083°E / -33.467; 17.083) by HMS Active ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 61 crew.[76]
V 6102 Polarstern  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Polarstern-class naval whaler capsized and sank in dock at Moss. Raised 24 October 1942, repaired and returned to service.[77]
Varøy  Norway World War II: Convoy FN 33: The cargo ship collided in the North Sea with Francis Fladgate ( United Kingdom) and sank at 52°58′24″N 1°28′45″E / 52.97333°N 1.47917°E / 52.97333; 1.47917. All 23 crew were rescued by HMML 201 ( Royal Navy).[78]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Alga  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Djerba, Tunisia by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy). There were 44 dead and 8 survivors.[9][61]
Belgian Fighter  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south of Cape Town, South Africa (35°00′S 18°30′E / 35.000°S 18.500°E / -35.000; 18.500) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by John Lykes ( United States) and Ocean Justice ( United Kingdom).[3][79][80]
BK-31  Soviet Navy World War II: Battle of Stalingrad: The armored motor gunboat was shelled and sunk in the Volga River at Stalingrad by German artillery. Four crew were killed.The wreck was salvaged in 2017 for restoration as a memorial.[81][82]
Carolus  Canada World War II: Convoy NL 9: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (48°47′N 68°10′W / 48.783°N 68.167°W / 48.783; -68.167) by U-69 with the loss of 11 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Arrowhead and HMCS Hepatica (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[83]
Charlotte B  United States The 27-gross register ton, 48-foot (14.6 m) fishing vessel sank after striking a reef in Geese Island Channel (56°45′N 153°53′W / 56.750°N 153.883°W / 56.750; -153.883 (Geese Island Channel)) at the southern end of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska.[84]
Coloradan  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 200 nautical miles (370 km) south west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°47′S 14°34′E / 35.783°S 14.567°E / -35.783; 14.567) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 54 crew. 23 survivors were rescued by HMS Active ( Royal Navy) on 11 October, and 25 by a South African fishing vessel on 19 October.[85]
Examelia  United States World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (34°52′S 18°30′E / 34.867°S 18.500°E / -34.867; 18.500) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by John Lykes ( United States).[86]
Flensburg  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) off the coast of Surinam (10°45′N 46°48′W / 10.750°N 46.800°W / 10.750; -46.800) by U-201 ( Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by HNLMS Prinses Juliana ( Koninklijk Marine).[87]
Hachimanzan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū by USS Drum ( United States Navy).[65]
Kreta  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya by HMS Turbulent ( Royal Navy). One crew was lost.[9][88]
Sperrbrecher 143 Lola  Kriegsmarine World War II: The sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Nieuwpoort, West Flanders, Belgium (51°13′N 2°44′E / 51.217°N 2.733°E / 51.217; 2.733). One sources says 5 crew were killed, another says there was no casualty.[21][89][90]
Oronsay  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) south west of Monrovia, Liberia by Archimede ( Regia Marina) with the loss of five lives.[91]
Pennington Court  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 103: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°18′N 27°55′W / 58.300°N 27.917°W / 58.300; -27.917) by U-254 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[92]
U-171  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Lorient, Morbihan, France (47°39′N 3°34′W / 47.650°N 3.567°W / 47.650; -3.567) with the loss of 22 of her 52 crew.

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1942
Ship Country Description|- Atlas  Netherlands The ship was wrecked on Lundy Island, Devon, United Kingdom with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[93][94]
Balaklava  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
Carpati  Romania World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-216 ( Soviet Navy) off the mouth of the Sulina River (44°57′N 29°47′E / 44.950°N 29.783°E / 44.950; 29.783). Three crew were lost. There were 47 survivors.[95][96]
Duchess of Atholl  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 200 nautical miles (370 km) east north east of Ascension Island (7°03′S 11°12′W / 7.050°S 11.200°W / -7.050; -11.200) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 832 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Corinthian ( Royal Navy).[97]
Enrichetta  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of the Peloponnese, Greece by HMS Unison ( Royal Navy). There were 88 dead and 63 survivors.[9][61]
Kamishi  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
Komintern  Soviet Navy World War II: The Bogatyr-class protected cruiser, previously bombed and sunk by the Luftwaffe at Chopi in July 1942, was sunk as a breakwater at the mouth of the Hopi River.[9][98]
Lepse  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
MO-175  Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was shelled and sunk by German armed barges in Lake Ladoga near Sukho Island. Nine crewmen rescued and made prisoners of war.[99]
HMT Orcades  Royal Navy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 280 miles (450 km) north west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°51′S 14°40′E / 35.850°S 14.667°E / -35.850; 14.667) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 45 of the 1,067 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Narwik ( Poland).[100]
Shigure Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Samarinda, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies (01°01′S 117°22′E / 1.017°S 117.367°E / -1.017; 117.367) by USS Seadragon ( United States Navy).[101]
Tonan Maru No. 2  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was torpedoed and sunk in shallow water inside Kavieng Harbour, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea by USS Amberjack ( United States Navy). She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[56]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Agapenor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-87 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 95 crew. The survivors, and all 38 survivors from Glendene ( United Kingdom) were rescued by HMS Petunia ( Royal Navy).[102]
El Lago  Panama World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 44°N 40°W / 44°N 40°W / 44; -40) by U-615 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by U-615 and made prisoners of war.[103]
Fubuki  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Fubuki-class destroyer was shelled and sunk off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal by ships of Task Force 64, United States Navy,[note 1] with the loss of 110 of her 219 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Hovey, USS McCalla and USS Trever (all  United States Navy).
Furutaka  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Furutaka-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk off Cape Esperance by ships of Task Force 64, United States Navy with the loss of 101 of her 616 crew. Of her 515 survivors, 400 were rescued by Hatsuyuki, Murakumo and Shirayuki (all  Imperial Japanese Navy). The other 115 survivors were rescued by American ships and taken as prisoners of war.
L-16  Soviet Navy World War II: The Leninets-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Seattle, Washington (45°41′N 128°56′W / 45.683°N 128.933°W / 45.683; -128.933) by I-25 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the lost with of all 50 hands.[104]
Laos  France World War II: The cargo ship foundered and sank east of Tiền Hải, French Indochina (20°23′N 106°56′E / 20.383°N 106.933°E / 20.383; 106.933).[105]
Regensburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Sunda Strait by USS Searaven ( United States Navy) and was beached. She was subsequently towed to Singapore for repairs.[9]
SKR-23 Musson  Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Barents Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Chernyj Kame Island in the Matochkin Shar Strait (73°15′N 54°17′E / 73.250°N 54.283°E / 73.250; 54.283) with the loss of 25 of her 48 crew.[106][107]
HMS Thalia  Royal Navy The armed yacht was lost on this date.[108]
Una  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) off Capri, Italy. Two men were missing, forty-five survivors were picked up including fourteen wounded.[109][110]
Waterton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy BS 31: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St Lawrence north of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (47°07′N 59°54′W / 47.117°N 59.900°W / 47.117; -59.900) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine). All 27 crew were rescued by HMCS Vision ( Royal Canadian Navy).[111]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Amsterdam  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north of Misrata, Libya by Allied aircraft. She was towed to Khoms by Circe ( Regia Marina). Amsterdam was torpedoed and sunk on 23 October by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy).[9]
Bringhi  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was machine gunned and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria by U-559 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached on a reef and was declared a total loss.[112]
USS Duncan  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Gleaves-class destroyer sank in the Pacific Ocean off Savo Island following battle damage inflicted by Furutaka ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 81 of her 276 crew.
Shch-311  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was sunk in the Gulf of Finland by patrol boats VMV 13 and VMV 15 (both  Merivoimat).[113]
Steel Scientist  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles (176 km) north of Cayenne, French Guiana (5°48′N 51°50′W / 5.800°N 51.833°W / 5.800; -51.833) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 47 crew. Survivors sailed in lifeboats to British Guyana, arriving on 19 and 20 October.[114]
Stornest  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°25′N 27°42′W / 54.417°N 27.700°W / 54.417; -27.700) by U-706 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 48 crew.[115]
Murakumo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The destroyer was bombed and heavily damaged by US aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Scuttled by destroyer Shirayuki ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
Natsugumo  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The destroyer was bombed and sunk by US aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.
U-597  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (56°50′N 28°05′W / 56.833°N 28.083°W / 56.833; -28.083) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[116]

13 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Ashworth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (53°05′N 44°06′W / 53.083°N 44.100°W / 53.083; -44.100) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[117]
Empire Nomad  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off South Africa (37°50′S 18°16′E / 37.833°S 18.267°E / -37.833; 18.267) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by Elisha Walker ( Panama), HMAS Norman ( Royal Australian Navy) and Tynebank ( United Kingdom).[3][118]
Fagersten  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (53°05′N 44°06′W / 53.083°N 44.100°W / 53.083; -44.100) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Potentilla ( Royal Navy).[119]
I-30  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was sunk by a mine 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Keppel Harbor, Singapore. 13 crewmen killed, 96 crewmen and her commanding officer were rescued.[120]
Loreto  Italy World War II: the cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) west of Palermo, Italy, killing 123 British Indian Army prisoners of war and one Italian soldiers. There were 321 survivors.[121][122]
Nautilus  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk off Capo Figari, Italy by HMS Utmost ( Royal Navy). There were 3 dead abd 29 survivors.[9][61][123]
Senta  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (approximately 53°N 44°W / 53°N 44°W / 53; -44) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.[124][125]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Azumasan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Azumasan Maru-class transport was bombed by American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft from Esperito Santo. She was burned out and beached. Bombed again by B-17 aircraft from Esperito Santo on 15 October, the ship slid off the reef and sank 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) southeast of Bunina Point, Tassafaronga (09°21′S 159°52′E / 9.350°S 159.867°E / -9.350; 159.867).[126]
Caribou  Newfoundland World War II: The passenger ferry was torpedoed and sunk in the Cabot Strait (47°19′N 59°29′W / 47.317°N 59.483°W / 47.317; -59.483) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 137 of the 252 people on board.
Edward Schenk  United States The 18-gross register ton, 43.3-foot (13.2 m) tug sank with the loss of all hands near Tree Point (54°48′15″N 130°55′45″W / 54.80417°N 130.92917°W / 54.80417; -130.92917 (Tree Point)) in Southeast Alaska between Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.[127]
Empire Mersey  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°00′N 40°15′W / 54.000°N 40.250°W / 54.000; -40.250) by U-618 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland ( United Kingdom)[3][128]
Georges Balfour  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S69, S71, S73, S74, S75 and S76 (all  Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow but consequently broke in two.[9]
Jacobus Fritzen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Ystad, Sweden by D-2 ( Soviet Navy).[9]
Komet  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off La Hague, Manche, France by HMMTB 236 ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all hands.
Kyushu Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was bombed by US aircraft off Tassafaronga. She was burned out and beached. Bombed by B-17s from Esperito Santo on 15 October and sank 2 miles southeast of Bunina Point, Tassafaronga (09°21′S 159°52′E / 9.350°S 159.867°E / -9.350; 159.867).[129]
HMS LCM 508  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 509  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 519  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 522  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 523  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 532  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 537  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 547  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 611  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCM 613  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCM 620  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 632  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCM 633  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCM 634  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCM 636  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[131]
HMS LCT 2006  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The Mk 5 landing craft tank was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-211 ( Kriegsmarine).[130]
Nellie  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-607 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 32 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland ( United Kingdom).[132]
Nikolina Matkovic  Yugoslavia World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-661 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 35 crew.[133]
Sasago Maru  Japan World War II: The transport was bombed by SBD Dauntless, P-39, P-400, F4F Wildcat, and a PBY aircraft of the US "Cactus" Air Force from Guadalcanal off Tassafaronga. She was beached and burned out.[9][134]
Shch-213  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Tulcea, Romania.
Shch-302  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Gulf of Finland by Finnish Air Force aircraft with the loss of all hands.[9][135]
Shchors  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Yugor Strait (69°45′N 60°45′E / 69.750°N 60.750°E / 69.750; 60.750). She was taken in tow by T-879 and T-905 (both  Soviet Navy) but foundered at 69°38′N 60°09′E / 69.633°N 60.150°E / 69.633; 60.150). All crew survived.[136]
Shunko Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by USS Skipjack ( United States Navy).[137]
Southern Empress  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of St. John's, Newfoundland (53°40′N 40°40′W / 53.667°N 40.667°W / 53.667; -40.667) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 48 of her 125 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Potentilla ( Royal Navy).[130]
Sumiyoshi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea (3°51′S 151°21′E / 3.850°S 151.350°E / -3.850; 151.350) by USS Sculpin ( United States Navy). 8 crewmen killed.[9][55]
Susana  United States World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of St. John's (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-221 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland ( United Kingdom).[138]
Takusei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[23]
Teison Maru  Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and damaged in the Formosa Straits 100 nautical miles (190 km) off Keun, Formosa (25°20′N 121°25′E / 25.333°N 121.417°E / 25.333; 121.417) by USS Finback ( United States Navy). The entire crew is rescued, without suffering any casualties, by Chohukusan Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The abandoned ship sank on 17 October at 25°20′N 121°01′E / 25.333°N 121.017°E / 25.333; 121.017.[139]

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Batavier III  Germany World War II: The cargo liner was sunk by a mine off Ålborg, Denmark.[140]
Drazki  Bulgarian Navy The torpedo boat sank at Varna, Bulgaria, due to a magazine explosion. She was refloated and repaired.
USS Meredith  United States Navy World War II: The Gleaves-class destroyer was torpedoed, bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Guadalcanal (11°53′S 163°20′E / 11.883°S 163.333°E / -11.883; 163.333) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 180 of her 261 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Grayson, USS Gwin, USS Seminole and a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft (all  United States Navy).
Newton Pine  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-410 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[141]
U-661  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°42′N 35°56′W / 53.700°N 35.933°W / 53.700; -35.933) by HMS Viscount ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[142]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1942
Ship Country Description
10V3 Byron  Kriegsmarine The naval trawler was lost on this date.[143]
Castle Harbour  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TRIN 19: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) east northeast of Trinidad (11°00′N 61°10′W / 11.000°N 61.167°W / 11.000; -61.167) by U-160 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS SC-53 ( United States Navy).[144]
HMIS Lady Craddock  Royal Indian Navy The auxiliary patrol vessel capsized and sank in the Hooghli River.[145]
Polaris  Norway World War II: The seal catcher caught fire and sank in the Hudson Strait, Canada and was abandoned by her 16 crew. She may have struck a mine.[146]
Primrose Hill  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (18°58′N 28°40′W / 18.967°N 28.667°W / 18.967; -28.667) by UD-5 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sansu ( United Kingdom).
Teti  Greece The cargo ship was wrecked off Volos, Greece.[147]
Trafalgar  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km) northwest of Guadeloupe (25°30′N 52°00′W / 25.500°N 52.000°W / 25.500; -52.000) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine). All 43 crew survived.[148][149]
U-353  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°54′N 29°30′W / 53.900°N 29.500°W / 53.900; -29.500) by HMS Fame ( Royal Navy) with the loss of six of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HNoMS Andenes ( Royal Norwegian Navy) and HMS Fame.

17 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Borneo Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in the Bering Sea off Kiska, Alaska, United States by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Eleventh Air Force.[9]
Empire Chaucer  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 450 nautical miles (830 km) south of Cape Town, South Africa by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss off three of the 50 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Empire Squire and Nebraska (both  United Kingdom).
Holland Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bungo Channel by USS Trigger ( United States Navy).[150]
Holtenau  Germany World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Calais, France.[9]
Oboro  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Bering Sea either 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi) northeast of Kiska Island (52°17′N 178°08′E / 52.283°N 178.133°E / 52.283; 178.133) in the Aleutian Islands or 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) north of Pillar Rock (52°07′20″N 177°22′00″E / 52.12222°N 177.36667°E / 52.12222; 177.36667 (Pillar Rock)) off Kiska Island (sources disagree) in an attack by six United States Army Air Forces Eleventh Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Her commanding officer and 16 crewmen were rescued by the destroyer Hatsuharu ( Imperial Japanese Navy); the rest of her probable complement of 219 men were lost.[151][152]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Angelina  United States World War II: Convoy ON 137: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°39′N 30°20′W / 49.650°N 30.333°W / 49.650; -30.333) by U-618 ( Kriegsmarine) with 13 gunners and 33 crewmen drowning in exceptionally high seas. Survivors, four gunners and four crewmen, were rescued by Bury ( United Kingdom).[153]
Hakonesan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 15 miles (24 km) east of Horamachi-shi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (37°35′N 141°30′E / 37.583°N 141.500°E / 37.583; 141.500) by USS Greenling ( United States Navy). 14 crewmen were killed.[23][154]
Libau  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Vilnesfjord, Norway by Uredd ( Royal Norwegian Navy).[21]
Panuco  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Una ( Royal Navy). She was abandoned by her crew. Panuco was later towed to Taranto. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.[9]

19 October[edit]

For the loss of USS O'Brien on this day, see the entry for 15 September 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Beppe  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy).[9]
Giovanni da Verrazzano  Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea northwest of Lampedusa (35°52′N 12°02′E / 35.867°N 12.033°E / 35.867; 12.033) by HMS Unbending ( Royal Navy). There were 20 dead and 255 survivors.[155][61]
Nordland  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Saltfjorden (67°12′N 12°57′E / 67.200°N 12.950°E / 67.200; 12.950) by Junon ( Free French Naval Forces) with the loss of 17 of the 22 people on board.[156]
Roma  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (a former tug) was shelled and sunk off Stampalia, Greece (36°43′N 26°41′E / 36.717°N 26.683°E / 36.717; 26.683) by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy). There was no survivor from her 30+ crew.[9][61][157]
Rothley  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Barbados (13°34′N 54°34′W / 13.567°N 54.567°W / 13.567; -54.567) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew.[158]
Steel Navigator  United States World War II: Convoy ON 137: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°45′N 31°20′W / 49.750°N 31.333°W / 49.750; -31.333) by U-610 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 52 crew. Survivors, 6 gunners and 10 crewmen, were rescued by HMS Decoy ( Royal Navy) on 27 October. 17 survivors on another life raft were lost.[159]
Titania  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Allied aircraft. She was taken in tow by Ascari ( Regia Marina), but was torpedoed and sunk the next day by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy). There were 78 survivors.[9][61]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Africa Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Hawaii Maru-class transport was torpedoed just before Midnight in the South China Sea west of Formosa (24°26′N 120°25′E / 24.433°N 120.417°E / 24.433; 120.417) by USS Finback ( United States Navy) sinking just after midnight on 21 October. Three crewmen killed.[139]
Lero  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 4 lives.[9][61][157]
London Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[9]
Mahrous Syria Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) northwest of Saida, Lebanon by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[160]
Nanshin Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[9]
Ryunan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū by USS Drum ( United States Navy).[65]
Scalaria  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Red Sea off Ras Gharib, Egypt by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[9]
Yamafuji Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea west of Formosa (24°26′N 120°25′E / 24.433°N 120.417°E / 24.433; 120.417 by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[139]
U-216  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIID submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland (48°21′N 19°25′W / 48.350°N 19.417°W / 48.350; -19.417) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.[161]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Choko Maru  Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west north west of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (3°30′S 150°30′E / 3.500°S 150.500°E / -3.500; 150.500) by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy).[162]
Le Progrès  Germany World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Black Sea by M-35 ( Soviet Navy). She was consequently scuttled by Kriegsmarine R-boats.[9]
Nichiho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea, north of Formosa (27°03′N 122°42′E / 27.050°N 122.700°E / 27.050; 122.700) by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy).[163]
Palatia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The prisoner transport ship was sunk by a Hampden torpedo bomber of 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, off Lindesnes in southern Norway (57°58.1′N 07°14′E / 57.9683°N 7.233°E / 57.9683; 7.233) with the loss of 986 of the 1,034 people on board.
S 7  Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea (59°51′N 19°32′E / 59.850°N 19.533°E / 59.850; 19.533) by Vesihiisi ( Merivoimat) with the loss of 44 of her 48 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[164]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Azov  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Tuapse by German aircraft.[165]
Donax  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (49°51′N 27°58′W / 49.850°N 27.967°W / 49.850; -27.967) by U-443 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by HMS Marauder and HMS Nimble (both  Royal Navy) but foundered on 29 October at 48°04′N 24°41′W / 48.067°N 24.683°W / 48.067; -24.683. All 63 crew were rescued by HMCS Drumheller ( Royal Canadian Navy), HMS Nimble and a Royal Navy destroyer.[166]
Hakkaisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The gunboat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of the Gilbert Islands by USS Lamson and USS Mahan (both  United States Navy).[9]
HMS LCM 89  Royal Navy World War II:The landing craft mechanized was lost on this date.[131]
Ocean Vintage  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (21°37′N 60°06′E / 21.617°N 60.100°E / 21.617; 60.100) by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). An RAF crash boat towed the survivor's lifeboats to Ras al Hadd Harbor.[167]
Remmaren  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the coast of Norway.[168] All 47 crew were rescued.[169]
Ronaldsay  United Kingdom World War II: The dredger was torpedoed and sunk at Safaga, Egypt by Luftwaffe aircraft.[9]
SF-12 and SF-26 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferries ran aground and were shelled and sunk in shallow water, only partially submerged, by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga. One of the three ferries that ran aground and were sunk in the battle was salvaged by the Soviets and put in service as DB-51 ( Soviet Navy).[99]
SF-13 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry ran aground and was shelled and sunk in shallow water, only partially submerged, by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga.[99]
SF-21 Balkenkreuz (Iron Cross) Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry was shelled and damaged by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga. She was scuttled during the withdrawal from the battle taking down the infantry boat I-6 with her.[99]
U-412  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Faroe Islands (63°55′N 0°24′E / 63.917°N 0.400°E / 63.917; 0.400) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 179 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[170]
Winnipeg II  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°51′N 27°58′W / 49.850°N 27.967°W / 49.850; -27.967) by U-443 ( Kriegsmarine). All 192 people on board were rescued by HMCS Morden ( Royal Canadian Navy).[171]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Arco Azurro  Regia Marina World War II: The Luranna-class minesweeper was sunk at Genoa by Allied aircraft.[172]
City of Johannesburg  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south east of East London, South Africa by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 89 crew. Survivors were rescued by Fort George, King Edward (both  United Kingdom) and Zypenburg ( Netherlands).[173]
Empire Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°14′N 26°22′W / 48.233°N 26.367°W / 48.233; -26.367) by U-615 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 42 of the 103 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Black Swan ( Royal Navy).[174]
Empire Turnstone  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°40′N 28°00′W / 54.667°N 28.000°W / 54.667; -28.000) by U-621 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[3][175]
No. 104  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[176]
HMS Phoebe  Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) west of Pointe Noire, French Equatorial Africa by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached at Pointe Noire. Later salvaged, repaired and returned to service in August 1943.[177]
Pronta  Italy World War II: The salvage tug was torpedoed and sunk at Khoms, Libya by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy).[9]
Reuben Tipton  United States World War II: The Type C2-S-AJ1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) north east of Trinidad (14°33′N 54°51′W / 14.550°N 54.850°W / 14.550; -54.850) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her crew. Her master and one crewman were rescued by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy on 25 October, and a motor torpedo boat of the Royal Navy rescued 39 crewmen and 10 gunners on 26 October.[178]
Seikyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan (33°12′N 135°14′E / 33.200°N 135.233°E / 33.200; 135.233) by USS Kingfish ( United States Navy) with the loss of 43 lives.[9][16][179]
Sperrbrecher 11 Belgrano  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and broke in two in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands. Her stern section was towed to Hamburg where she was repaired and returned to service post war.[9]

24 October[edit]

For the foundering of the Norwegian cargo ship SS Vestland on this day, see the entry for 15 January 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Batavier III  Netherlands World War II: The German controlled cargo ship struck a mine and sank north of Skagen.[180]
Holmpark  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) east of Barbados (13°11′N 47°00′W / 13.183°N 47.000°W / 13.183; -47.000) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 50 crew.[181]
Jon Olafsson Flag of Iceland (1918–1944).svg Iceland World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-383 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 13 crew.[182]
Kenun Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Japan by USS Nautilus ( United States Navy).[9]
Molot  Soviet Union The cargo ship was lost with all hands in the Caspian Sea from unknown causes between Baku and Krasnovodsk.[183]
RF-02  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol craft was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet Naval Air Force Ilyushin Il-4 aircraft.[184][31]
U-599  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Azores, Portugal (46°07′N 17°40′W / 46.117°N 17.667°W / 46.117; -17.667) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.[185]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Kotobuki Maru No. 5  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The net layer was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Boeing B-17 aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[9]
Primero  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°38′N 53°55′W / 13.633°N 53.917°W / 13.633; -53.917) by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 33 crew.[186]
USS Seminole  United States Navy World War II: The Navajo-class fleet tug was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Tulagi, Solomon Islands by Akatsuki, Ikazuchi and Shiratsuyu (all  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of one of her 80 crew.
Shinyu Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed by HNLMS O 23 ( Koninklijk Marine) in the Straits of Malacca.[9]
Valencia  Sweden World War II: The ore carrier struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat north of Sjællands Odde, Denmark.[9]
USS YP-284  United States Navy World War II: The patrol boat was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Tulagi by Akatsuki, Ikazuchi and Shiratsuyu (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[187]
Yura  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Nagara-class cruiser was bombed, torpedoed and damaged in the Indispensable Strait off Guadalcanal by Bell P-39 Airacobra, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Marine Corps and United States Navy. Her crew was taken off and she was scuttled by Harusame and Yūdachi (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) at 8°15′S 159°07′E / 8.250°S 159.117°E / -8.250; 159.117.

26 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Amerika  Soviet Union World War II: The barge was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. One crewman killed. Eight survivors rescued by M-14 ( Soviet Navy).[183]
Anglo Mærsk  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Canary Islands, Spain (27°50′N 22°15′W / 27.833°N 22.250°W / 27.833; -22.250) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed and sunk the next day at 27°15′N 17°55′W / 27.250°N 17.917°W / 27.250; -17.917 by U-604 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew survived.[188]
Anne Hutchinson  United Kingdom World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Indian Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of East London, South Africa (33°10′S 28°30′E / 33.167°S 28.500°E / -33.167; 28.500) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Steel Mariner ( United States) and a South African fishing vessel. An attempt was made to tow Anne Hutchinson by HMSAS David Haigh ( South African Navy). She was later split in two by explosive charges, with the stern section sinking. The bow section was towed to Port Elizabeth by HMSAS David Haigh where the ship was declared a total loss.[189]
Arca  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea 9 nautical miles (17 km) south of Chios, Greece by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy).[190]
Betty H.  Finland World War II: Continuation War: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by ShCh-307 ( Soviet Navy) south of Mariehamn, Åland 59°54′N 19°45′E / 59.900°N 19.750°E / 59.900; 19.750).[191][192]
USS Hornet  United States Navy
USS Hornet

World War II: Battle of Santa Cruz Islands: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier was heavily damaged by Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes with the loss of 140 of her 2,919 crew. Sunk after being abandoned at 0135 on 27 October by Makigumo and Akigumo (both ( Imperial Japanese Navy) 08°38′S 166°43′E / 8.633°S 166.717°E / -8.633; 166.717). Wreck discover January, 2019.[193]

Keizan Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk off the Kuril Islands by USS S-31 ( United States Navy).[9]
Mercator  Finland World War II: The lugger was sunk at Brüsterort, Germany by Shch-406 ( Soviet Navy).[9]
USS Porter  United States Navy World War II: Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands: The Porter-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged by torpedo from a crashed US Navy TBF in the Pacific Ocean north east of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. She was subsequently scuttled by USS Shaw ( United States Navy) due to damage received.
Proserpina  Italy World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya by British aircraft.[194]
President Coolidge  United States World War II: The ocean liner-troopship struck a mine in the Pacific Ocean off Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu and sank. All 5,340 people on board were rescued.
Tergestea  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya by British aircraft.[9]
UJ 1204 Bohemia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine hunter struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland.[9]
Udarni  Soviet Union World War II: The tug was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. Her master and 12 crewmen/passengers killed.[183]

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Gurney E. Newlin  United States World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (54°51′N 30°06′W / 54.850°N 30.100°W / 54.850; -30.100) by U-436 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 59 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by Bic Island ( Canada) and HMCS Alberni ( Royal Canadian Navy). Gurney E. Newlin was torpedoed and sunk the next day by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine).[195]
Hokuango Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[196]
HMS LCT 2281  Royal Navy World War II: The Mk. V landing craft tank was being carried on board Sourabaya ( United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-436 ( Kriegsmarine).[197]
Lora  Greece World War II: The auxiliary sailing vessel was shelled and sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMS Taku ( Royal Navy).[9]
Malgache  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Baltic Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of Libau (56°52′N 20°59′E / 56.867°N 20.983°E / 56.867; 20.983) by S-12 ( Soviet Navy) and beached. She was later salvaged.[198]
Pacific Star  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The refrigerated cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (29°15′N 20°57′W / 29.250°N 20.950°W / 29.250; -20.950) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned the next day at 29°21′N 19°28′W / 29.350°N 19.467°W / 29.350; -19.467 but did not sink until at least 30 October. All 96 crew survived.[199]
Shch-308  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was lost in the Baltic Sea. Possibly sunk in the Sodra-Kvarken Channel. The attacker was Iku-Turso ( Finnish Navy).[9][200]
Sourabaya  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 212: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°32′N 31°02′W / 54.533°N 31.033°W / 54.533; -31.033) by U-436 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 77 of the 154 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Bic Island ( Canada), HMCS Alberni and HMCS Ville de Quebec (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[201]
Stentor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°13′N 20°53′W / 29.217°N 20.883°W / 29.217; -20.883) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 44 of the 246 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Woodruff ( Royal Navy).[202]
U-627  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (59°14′N 22°49′W / 59.233°N 22.817°W / 59.233; -22.817) by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.

28 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Bengt Sture  Sweden World War II: The ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea by Shch-406 ( Soviet Navy). Four survivors were rescued by Shch-406 and sent to Leningrad but never heard of again.[203]
Butia  Brazil The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked off Piauí.[204]
Hopecastle  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Canary Islands, Spain (31°39′N 19°23′W / 31.650°N 19.383°W / 31.650; -19.383) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed, shelled and sunk the next day at 31°30′N 19°35′W / 31.500°N 19.583°W / 31.500; -19.583 by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mano ( United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboat.[205]
Kosmos II  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 212: The factory ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°15′N 28°10′W / 55.250°N 28.167°W / 55.250; -28.167) by U-606 ( Kriegsmarine) on 28 October. She was then torpedoed and sunk by U-624 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of the 133 people on board on 29 October. Survivors were rescued by Barrwhin ( United Kingdom) and HMCS Kenogami ( Royal Canadian Navy).[206][207]
HMS LCT 2190, HMS LCT 2192
and HMS LCT 2284
 Royal Navy World War II: The Mk 5 landing craft tanks were being carried as deck cargo on board Kosmos II ( Norway) and were lost when that ship was sunk by enemy action.[206]
Luisiano  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya by British aircraft.[9]
Nagpore  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of the Canary Islands, Spain (31°30′N 147°10′E / 31.500°N 147.167°E / 31.500; 147.167) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 73 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Crocus ( Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[73][208]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Abosso  United Kingdom World War II: The Elder Dempster 11,330-ton passenger ship was torpedoed, while unescorted, and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) northwest of the Azores, Portugal (48°30′N 28°50′W / 48.500°N 28.833°W / 48.500; -28.833) by U-575 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 362 of the 393 people on board. She was en route from Cape Town to Liverpool. The 31 survivors were rescued by HMS Bideford ( Royal Navy).[209]
Barge No. 21  Soviet Union World War II: The barge was sunk in the Volgo-Caspian Channel by German aircraft. Five crewman/passengers killed. Nine crew/passengers rescued by Bakinets ( Soviet Union).[183]
Barrwhin  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°02′N 22°45′W / 55.033°N 22.750°W / 55.033; -22.750) by U-436 with the loss of 24 of the 114 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Kenogami ( Royal Canadian Navy).[210]
Bic Island  Canada World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy due to rescuing survivors from the sinking of Gurney E. Newlin ( United States) and Sourabaya ( United Kingdom). She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°05′N 23°27′W / 55.083°N 23.450°W / 55.083; -23.450) by U-224 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 165 people on board.[211]
Corinaldo  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (33°20′N 18°12′W / 33.333°N 18.200°W / 33.333; -18.200 by U-503 with the loss of eight of her 58 crew. She was abandoned by the survivors, who were rescued by HMS Cowslip ( Royal Navy). Corinaldo was torpedoed, shelled and sunk the next day by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine).[212]
I-172  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was sunk west of San Cristobal by an American Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft.[9]
Laplace  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic south east of Cape Agulhas, South Africa (40°35′S 21°35′E / 40.583°S 21.583°E / -40.583; 21.583) by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine). All 63 people on board were rescued by George Gale ( United States), Porto Alegre ( Brazil) or a South African Air Force rescue boat.[213]
Luisiano  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk by Royal Air Force aircraft off Navarino, Greece.[214]
Macabi  Panama World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Trinidad.[9]
Pan-New York  United States World War II: Convoy HX 212: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (54°58′N 23°56′W / 54.967°N 23.933°W / 54.967; -23.933) by U-624 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Rosthern and HMCS Summerside (both  Royal Canadian Navy), which scuttled the ship.[215]
Ross  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 370 nautical miles (690 km) south east of Cape Agulhas by U-159 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose ( Royal Navy).[216]

30 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Baron Vernon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Madeira, Portugal (36°06′N 16°59′W / 36.100°N 16.983°W / 36.100; -16.983) by U-604 ( Kriegsmarine). All 49 crew were rescued by Baron Elgin ( United Kingdom).[217]
Brittany  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The refrigerated cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Madeira (33°29′N 18°32′W / 33.483°N 18.533°W / 33.483; -18.533) by U-509 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of the 57 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kelantan ( Royal Navy).[218]
Bullmouth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-409 ( Kriegsmarine). She consequently straggled behind the convoy and was torpedoed and sunk at 33°20′N 18°25′W / 33.333°N 18.417°W / 33.333; -18.417 by U-659 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 50 of her 56 crew.[219]
Komintern  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. Three crewmen killed.[183]
No. 34  Soviet Navy The Project 1125 armored motor gunboat was lost on this date.[220]
Président Doumer  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Madeira (35°08′N 16°44′W / 35.133°N 16.733°W / 35.133; -16.733) by U-604 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 260 of the 345 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Alaska ( Norway) and HMS Cowslip ( Royal Navy).[221]
Silverwillow  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (35°08′N 16°44′W / 35.133°N 16.733°W / 35.133; -16.733) by U-408 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of the 67 people on board. She was abandoned on 5 November at 34°07′N 14°39′W / 34.117°N 14.650°W / 34.117; -14.650. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kelantan ( Royal Navy). Silverwillow foundered on 6 November at 37°24′N 10°45′W / 37.400°N 10.750°W / 37.400; -10.750.[222]
Tasmania  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-659 ( Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed and sunk the next day (36°06′N 16°59′W / 36.100°N 16.983°W / 36.100; -16.983) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 90 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Alaska ( Norway) and Baron Elgin ( United Kingdom).[223][224]
U-520  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833) by a Douglas Digby aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-559  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (32°30′N 33°00′E / 32.500°N 33.000°E / 32.500; 33.000) by Dulverton, HMS Hero, HMS Hurworth, HMS Pakenham and HMS Petard (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of seven of her 45 crew.
U-658  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°32′N 46°32′W / 50.533°N 46.533°W / 50.533; -46.533) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 145 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[225]
West Kebar  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) north east of Barbados (14°57′N 53°37′W / 14.950°N 53.617°W / 14.950; -53.617) by U-129 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 57 crew. 34 survivors were rescued by a Royal Navy patrol boat on 8 November, 8 survivors reached Guadalupe in their lifeboats on the 10 November, and 9 were rescued by Campero ( Spain) on 18 November.[226]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Aldington Court  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic west of Port Nolloth, South West Africa (30°20′S 2°10′W / 30.333°S 2.167°W / -30.333; -2.167) by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 44 crew. One crew member was taken on board U-172 as a prisoner of war, the rest of them were rescued by City of Christiana ( United Kingdom).[227]
Empire Guidon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 180 nautical miles (330 km) east south east of Durban, South Africa (30°48′S 34°11′E / 30.800°S 34.183°E / -30.800; 34.183) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 57 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Clan Alpine ( United Kingdom).[228]
HMS MTB 87  Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 72 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by a mine in the North Sea.[229]
Marylyn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (0°46′S 32°42′W / 0.767°S 32.700°W / -0.767; -32.700) by U-174 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Ettrickbank and Pundit (both  United Kingdom).[230]
No. 045  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class motor anti-submarine boat was lost on this date.[231]
Reynolds  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 210 nautical miles (390 km) east of Durban (30°02′S 35°02′E / 30.033°S 35.033°E / -30.033; 35.033) by U-504 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[232]
USS YP-345  United States Navy The yard patrol boat sank in the Pacific Ocean off Midway Atoll.[233]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS LCM 31  Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost sometime in October.[131]
No. 16  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost during the month.[176]
Nojima Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Nagara Maru-class transport (A.K.A. Nozuma Maru) was damaged in a series of air attacks between mid September and early October 1942, being beached sometime between 1 and 9 October in Trout Lagoon, Kiska, Alaska. Her crew abandoned her on 13 October. She was bombed and burned out on 20 April 1943. The stern of the ship sank under tow to be scrapped post war, while the bow remained beached.[234]
Shch-213  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine struck a mine and sank off Constanţa, Romania with the loss of all hands sometime in October. Originally thought to have been sunk on 14 October by a German submarine chaser.[235]
Shch-320  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland between 3 and 10 October 1942. Her 37 crew were all lost. The wreck was found in the area of Bolshoy Tyuters Island on 1 May 2017.[236][237][238]
U-116  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XB submarine disappeared without trace after a last radio report on 6 October 1942 from 45°00′N 31°30′W / 45.000°N 31.500°W / 45.000; -31.500. Lost with all 58 crew members.
HMS Unique  Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine was lost between 9 and 24 October between Land's End and Gibraltar with the loss of all 34 crew.[21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Note 1 Task Force 64 comprised USS Boise, USS Buchanan, USS Duncan, USS Farenholt, USS Helena, USS Laffey, USS McCalla, USS San Francisco and USS Salt Lake City.

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Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941