List of shipwrecks in September 1942

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

September 1942
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1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Ilorin  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Guinea off Legu, Gold Coast 5°00′N 1°00′W / 5.000°N 1.000°W / 5.000; -1.000) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 37 crew.[1]
Purga  Soviet Navy World War II: The Uragan-class guard ship was sunk in Lake Ladoga by German aircraft.[2]
U-756  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°41′N 31°30′W / 57.683°N 31.500°W / 57.683; -31.500) by HMCS Morden ( Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of all 43 crew.

2 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Gazon  United Kingdom World War II: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Aden north of Cape Guarafui (13°01′N 50°41′E / 13.017°N 50.683°E / 13.017; 50.683) by I-29 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[3]
HMS LCP(L) 83  Royal Navy The landing craft, personnel (large) was lost on this date.[4]
Oktyabr  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was sunk on this date.[5]
Passat  Germany World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk at Saint-Nazaire, France in an Allied air raid. The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1949.[6]
Rostov-Don  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was sunk on this date.[7]
PB-35  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat, a former Momi class Destroyer, was bombed and sunk off Santa Isabel Island (07°16′S 158°03′E / 7.267°S 158.050°E / -7.267; 158.050) by a US Army B-17 of the 11th Bomb Group. 92 crewmen killed.[8]
RTShch-124  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[9]
Sperrbrecher 164 Bitsch  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands.[10]
Teikyu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kinkasan Harbour, Honshū (42°08′N 141°15′E / 42.133°N 141.250°E / 42.133; 141.250) by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy). One crewman killed.[11]
U-222  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine collided in the Baltic Sea off Pillau, West Prussia (54°25′N 19°30′E / 54.417°N 19.500°E / 54.417; 19.500) with U-626 ( Kriegsmarine) and sank with the loss of 48 of her 51 crew.[12]

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Arnon  Palestine World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Tartus, Syria by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[13]
Chita Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Kinkasan Harbour by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy).[11]
Donald Stewart  Canada World War II: Convoy LN-7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (50°32′N 58°46′W / 50.533°N 58.767°W / 50.533; -58.767) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 20 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Trail (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[14]
F 355  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[15]
Hollinside  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) of Cape Sines, Portugal (approximately 38°N 19°W / 38°N 19°W / 38; -19) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 51 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Spanish trawlers.[16]
Kaimei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kinkasan Harbour, Honshū (40°14′N 141°51′E / 40.233°N 141.850°E / 40.233; 141.850) by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy).[17]
Miriam  Palestine World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Tartus, Syria by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[18]
Ocean Might  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (0°57′N 4°11′W / 0.950°N 4.183°W / 0.950; -4.183) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 54 crew. Survivors reached land in their lifeboats.[19][20]
Oktyabr  Soviet Navy World War II: The gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off the Taman Peninsula by S 27, S 28, S 72 and S 102 (all  Kriegsmarine).[10]
Penrose  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Cape Sines (approximately 38°N 19°W / 38°N 19°W / 38; -19) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Spanish trawler.[21]
Proletari  Soviet Union World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off the Taman Peninsula by S 27, S 28, S 72 and S 102 (all  Kriegsmarine).[10]
Rostov-Don  Soviet Navy World War II: The gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off the Taman Peninsula by S 27, S 28, S 72 and S 102 (all  Kriegsmarine).[10]
S 27  Kriegsmarine World War II: The E-boat was sunk in the Black Sea off the Tatan Peninsula by one of her own torpedoes.[10]
Salina  Palestine World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Tartus, Syria by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[22]
Tenyu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kinkasan Harbour by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy.[23]
U-162  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Trinidad (12°21′N 59°29′W / 12.350°N 59.483°W / 12.350; -59.483) by HMS Pathfinder HMS Quentin and HMS Vimy (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of two of her 51 crew.
U-705  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (46°42′N 11°07′W / 46.700°N 11.117°W / 46.700; -11.117) by an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley aircraft of 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.[24]
USS Wakefield  United States Navy The troopship caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean. She was taken in tow by Foundation Frankin ( Canada on 5 September and beached at McNab's Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 8 September. Refloated on 14 September, eventually towed to Boston, Massachusetts, where she was declared a constructive total loss but was repaired and returned to service.
41  Soviet Union World War II: The barge was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea off the Taman Peninsula by S 27, S 28, S 72 and S 102 (all  Kriegsmarine).[10]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Amatlan  Mexico World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico (23°27′N 97°30′W / 23.450°N 97.500°W / 23.450; -97.500) by U-171 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 34 crew.[25]
Kashino  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The ammunition ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off the east coast of Formosa (25°45′N 122°42′E / 25.750°N 122.700°E / 25.750; 122.700) by USS Growler ( United States Navy).[26]
Padenna  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea approximately 45 nautical miles (83 km) north of Tobruk, Libya by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy).[27]
Polluce  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk by British aircraft north of Tobruk, Libya.[28]
HSwMS Sjöborren  Swedish Navy The Sjölejonet-class submarine collided with Virginia ( Sweden) and sank in the Baltic Sea off the east coast of Sweden.[10]

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Albachiara  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Derna, Libya by HMS Traveller ( Royal Navy).[29]
F 157  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[30]
USS Gregory  United States Navy World War II: The High-speed transport, a former Wickes-class destroyer, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean near Guadalcanal by the destroyers Hatsuyuki, Murakumo and Yudachi (all ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
USS Little  United States Navy World War II: The High-speed transport, a former Wickes-class destroyer, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean near Guadalcanal by the destroyers Hatsuyuki, Murakumo and Yudachi (all ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
Lord Strathcona  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Conception Bay, Newfoundland (47°35′N 52°29′W / 47.583°N 52.483°W / 47.583; -52.483) by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine). All 44 crew survived.[31]
Myrmidon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Palmas, Liberia (0°45′N 6°27′W / 0.750°N 6.450°W / 0.750; -6.450) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine). All 245 people on board were rescued by HMS Brilliant ( Royal Navy).[32]
Saganaga  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Conception Bay (47°35′N 52°29′W / 47.583°N 52.483°W / 47.583; -52.483) by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 44 crew.[33]

6 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Aeas  Greece World War II: Convoy QS-33: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Saint Lawrence River (49°10′N 66°50′W / 49.167°N 66.833°W / 49.167; -66.833) by U-165 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 31 crew.[34]
Anshun  United Kingdom
The wreck of Anshun in Milne Bay.
The cargo ship was sunk in Milne Bay by gunfire from the light cruiser Tenryū ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in a night attack. Two American gunners were killed.[35]
Britannic  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aalborg, Denmark.[10]
Helen Forsey  United Kingdom World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east south east of Bermuda (28°35′N 57°35′W / 28.583°N 57.583°W / 28.583; -57.583) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her six crew.[36]
John A. Holloway  Canada World War II: Convoy GAT 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea north of Gallinas Punta, Colombia (14°10′N 71°30′W / 14.167°N 71.500°W / 14.167; -71.500) by U-164 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 24 crew.[37]
No. 44  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[38]
Taika Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off the east coast of Formosa by USS Growler ( United States Navy). She split in two and sank in two minutes.[26]
Turkian  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) off Khan Yunis by U-375 ( Kriegsmarine). All 19 crew survived.[39]
Tuscan Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south west of Cape Palmas, Liberia (1°34′N 11°39′W / 1.567°N 11.650°W / 1.567; -11.650) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of the 114 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Otranto ( United Kingdom).[40]
USS YP-74  United States Navy World War II: The Yard Patrol Boat sank in a collision in the Aleutians with merchant ship Derblay ( United States).[41]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Mount Pindus  Greece World War II: Convoy QS-33: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence south of Anticosti Island, Quebec, Canada (48°50′N 63°46′W / 48.833°N 63.767°W / 48.833; -63.767) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 37 crew.[42]
Mount Taygetus  Greece World War II: Convoy QS-33: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence south of Anticosti Island (48°50′N 63°46′W / 48.833°N 63.767°W / 48.833; -63.767) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 28 crew.[43]
Oakton  Canada World War II: Convoy QS-33: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence south of Anticosti Island (48°50′N 63°46′W / 48.833°N 63.767°W / 48.833; -63.767) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her twenty crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Q083 ( Royal Canadian Navy).[44]
Puchero  Panama The cargo ship was driven ashore at Punta Herrero, Mexico (19°18′N 87°27′W / 19.300°N 87.450°W / 19.300; -87.450) and was declared a total loss. The wreck was broken up in 1943.[45]
HMCS Raccoon  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy QS-33: The armed yacht was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Belle Isle (49°01′N 67°17′W / 49.017°N 67.283°W / 49.017; -67.283) by U-165 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 37 crew.[46]
Tor II  Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (62°30′N 18°30′W / 62.500°N 18.500°W / 62.500; -18.500) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 21 crew.[47]

8 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Ocean Venture  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°05′N 74°46′W / 37.083°N 74.767°W / 37.083; -74.767) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine).[48]
Tynningö  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany.[10]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Henca  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by aircraft of 263 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was on a voyage from Cherbourg, France to Alderney, Channel Islands.[10]
K-2  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-class submarine struck a mine and sank in Tanafjord.[10]
MAS 571  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 552 class MAS boat was sunk at Yalta by Soviet aircraft.[49]
MAS 573  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 552 class MAS boat was sunk at Yalta by Soviet aircraft.[49]
USCGC Muskeget  United States Coast Guard World War II: The weather ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°00′N 42°30′W / 53.000°N 42.500°W / 53.000; -42.500) by U-755 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 121 people on board.[50]
Peiping  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°50′N 50°10′W / 23.833°N 50.167°W / 23.833; -50.167) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 34 crew.[51]
USS YP-346  United States Navy The Yard Patrol Boat sank in the Solomon Islands off Tulagi.[52]
Zhan-Tromp  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk at Novorossiysk by S 102 ( Kriegsmarine).[10]

10 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1942
Ship Country Description
American Leader  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) west of Cape Town, South Africa (45°44′7″S 9°46′1″E / 45.73528°S 9.76694°E / -45.73528; 9.76694) by Michel ( Kriegsmarine).[53]
Arno  Regia Marina (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Royal Air Force aircraft 40 nautical miles (74 km) north east of Ras el Tin, Libya.
Elisabeth van Belgie  Belgium World War II: Convoy ON 127: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (51°30′N 28°25′W / 51.500°N 28.417°W / 51.500; -28.417) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 56 crew.[54]
Empire Oil  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 157: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (51°23′N 28°13′W / 51.383°N 28.217°W / 51.383; -28.217) by U-659 ( Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed and sunk the next day by U-584 ( Kriegsmarine). All 53 crew were rescued by HMCS Ottawa and HMCS St. Croix (both  Royal Canadian Navy).[55][56]
Haresfield  United Kingdom World War II: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea (13°05′N 54°35′E / 13.083°N 54.583°E / 13.083; 54.583) by I-29 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[3]
HMS MGB  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile C motor gunboat was shelled and sunk in the North Sea by Kriegsmarine surface vessels.[57]
No. 75  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5 class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[58]
Sveve  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 127: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by HMCS Sherbrooke ( Royal Canadian Navy).[59]
Zuiun Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster collided with Kuroshio Maru ( Imperial Japanese Army whilst in convoy from Moji to Takao, Formosa and sank.[60]

11 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1942
Ship Country Description
HMCS Charlottetown  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy SQ 30: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St Lawrence 11 nautical miles (20 km) off Cap-Chat, Quebec by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 64 crew.
Cornwallis  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Bridgetown, Barbados (13°05′N 59°36′W / 13.083°N 59.600°W / 13.083; -59.600) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine). She was raised, repaired and returned to service in August 1943.[61]
Delães  Portugal World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°03′N 29°32′W / 50.050°N 29.533°W / 50.050; -29.533) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine). All 54 crew survived.[62]
Empire Dawn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cape Town, South Africa by Michel ( Kriegsmarine). The attack continued after ship surrendered. Michel's captain, Helmuth von Ruckteschell was convicted of a war crime over this incident.
Fjordaas  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 127: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (51°16′N 29°08′W / 51.267°N 29.133°W / 51.267; -29.133) by U-218 ( Kriegsmarine) and was abandoned by her crew. She was later reboarded and reached the Clyde on 15 September. Subsequently repaired and returned to service in December 1942.[63]
Hindanger  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 127: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (49°39′N 32°24′W / 49.650°N 32.400°W / 49.650; -32.400) by U-584 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Amherst ( Royal Canadian Navy), which scuttled the ship.[64]
Hokushu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sun in the Pacific Ocean off the Marshall Islands by USS Narwhal ( United States Navy).[65]
Jussi H.  Finland World War II: Continuation War: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by a S-13 ( Soviet Navy) off Öregrund, Sweden (60°21′N 18°00′E / 60.350°N 18.000°E / 60.350; 18.000).[66][67]
Kanto Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft transport was torpedoed and sunk in the central Makassar Straits, 30 nautical miles (56 km) north west of Kendari, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies (03°15′S 118°27′E / 3.250°S 118.450°E / -3.250; 118.450) by USS Saury ( United States Navy). 13 passengers and 26 crewmen killed.[68][69]
Yayoi  Imperial Japanese Navy
Yayoi under attack.
World War II: The Mutsuki-class destroyer was bombed and sunk 8 nautical miles (15 km) northwest of Vakuta Island in the Solomon Sea(08°45′S 151°25′E / 8.750°S 151.417°E / -8.750; 151.417) by United States Army Air Forces Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft and Royal Australian Air Force Locheed Hudsons. 68 crewmen killed. 83 survivors rescued by the destroyers Isokaze and Mochizuki (both ( Imperial Japanese Navy) from Normanby Island on 26 September.[70]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Bonden  Finland World War II: Continuation War: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-309 ( Soviet Navy) south of Mariehamn, Åland 59°55′N 19°54′E / 59.917°N 19.900°E / 59.917; 19.900).[10][71]
Empire Moonbeam  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 127: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-211 ( Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed and sunk by U-608 ( Kriegsmarine) at 48°55′N 33°38′W / 48.917°N 33.633°W / 48.917; -33.633) with the loss of three of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Arvida ( Royal Canadian Navy).[55][72]
Hektoria  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 127: The whale factory ship, a former White Star Line ocean liner, straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-211 ( Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed and sunk by U-608 ( Kriegsmarine) at 48°55′N 33°38′W / 48.917°N 33.633°W / 48.917; -33.633) with the loss of one of her 85 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Arvida ( Royal Canadian Navy).[73]
Hera  Finland World War II: Continuation War: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-308 ( Soviet Navy) north of Åland 60°56′N 19°06′E / 60.933°N 19.100°E / 60.933; 19.100).[10][74]
Ida S.  Italy World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk La Maddelena, Sardinia by HMS Sahib ( Royal Navy).[10]
Laconia  United Kingdom World War II: Laconia Incident: The troopship, carrying British and Polish troops, civilians and Italian P.O.W.s., was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic near Ascension Island by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine). Approximately 1,600 killed, 1,100-1,500 rescued by Vichy French ships.
Niyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Burma by Royal Air Force aircraft.[75]
Robert Bornhofen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed (or mined) and sunk in Porsangerfjord, Norway (70°43′N 25°58′E / 70.717°N 25.967°E / 70.717; 25.967).[76]
Stanvac Melbourne  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Trinidad (10°30′N 60°20′W / 10.500°N 60.333°W / 10.500; -60.333) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 49 crew.[77]
Trevilley  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°30′S 7°50′W / 4.500°S 7.833°W / -4.500; -7.833) by U-68 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 53 people on board. Two survivors were taken by U-68 as prisoners of war. Others were rescued by Cubango ( Portugal) and Dumont d'Urville ( Marine Nationale) or reached land in their lifeboat.[78]
U-88  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean south of Spitzbergen, Norway by HMS Faulknor ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 46 crew.
Woensdrecht  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Trinidad (10°27′N 60°17′W / 10.450°N 60.283°W / 10.450; -60.283) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 74 people on board, a survivor from Cressington Court ( United Kingdom). Survivors were rescued by two United States Navy patrol boats. U-515 fired three more torpedoes at Woensdrecht, which broke in two. The stern section sank and the bow section was towed to Trinidad. The ship was declared a total loss.[79]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Africander  Panama World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The freighter was sunk by a torpedo from an aircraft off the Lofoten Islands.[80]
Empire Beaumont  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Sea by aircraft of KG 26, Luftwaffe.
Empire Lugard  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TAG 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°07′N 63°32′W / 12.117°N 63.533°W / 12.117; -63.533) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). All 47 crew were rescued by Vilja ( Norway).[55][81]
Empire Stevenson  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Bear Island, Norway (76°10′N 10°05′E / 76.167°N 10.083°E / 76.167; 10.083) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[55]
John Penn  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (76°00′N 10°00′E / 76.000°N 10.000°E / 76.000; 10.000) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[82]
Lima  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Liberia (2°35′N 11°22′W / 2.583°N 11.367°W / 2.583; -11.367) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 33 crew.[83]
Macbeth  Panama Convoy PQ 18: The freighter was damaged by 2 torpedoes from an He-111 off the Lofoten Islands and was scuttled by convoy escorts. No casualties.[84]
Nimba  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°41′N 60°24′W / 10.683°N 60.400°W / 10.683; -60.400) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twenty of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Barney ( United States Navy).[85]
Ocean Vanguard  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°43′N 60°11′W / 10.717°N 60.183°W / 10.717; -60.183) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by Braga ( Norway).[48][86]
Oliver Ellsworth  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Greenland Sea (76°10′N 10°05′E / 76.167°N 10.083°E / 76.167; 10.083) by U-408 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by Copeland ( United Kingdom and HMT St. Kenan, which scuttled the ship.[87][88]
Oregonian  United States Convoy PQ 18: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Bear Island, Norway (76°00′N 09°30′E / 76.000°N 9.500°E / 76.000; 9.500) by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Patrick J. Hurley  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 950 nautical miles (1,760 km) north east of Barbados (22°59′N 46°15′W / 22.983°N 46.250°W / 22.983; -46.250) by U-512 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 4 Gunners and 13 of her crew. 22 survivors were rescued by Etna ( Sweden on the 19th, and 23 by Loch Dee ( United Kingdom) on October 2.[89]
Stalingrad  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea (75°52′N 7°55′E / 75.867°N 7.917°E / 75.867; 7.917) by U-408 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 88 crew. Survivors were rescued by Royal Navy minesweepers.[90]
Stone Street  Panama World War II: Convoy ON 127: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°18′N 39°43′W / 48.300°N 39.717°W / 48.300; -39.717) by U-594 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by Irish Larch ( Ireland).[91]
Sukona  Soviet Union World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The freighter was sunk by torpedoes from an He-111 north west of Bear Island, Norway.[92]
Suriname  Netherlands World War II: Convoy TAG 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°07′N 63°32′W / 12.117°N 63.533°W / 12.117; -63.533) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 82 crew. Survivors were rescued by a United States Navy ship.[93]
Vilja  Norway World War II: Convoy TAG 5: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea (12°15′N 62°52′W / 12.250°N 62.867°W / 12.250; -62.867) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine). The 34 crew abandoned ship but later reboarded her and sailed to Port of Spain, Trinidad, rescuing the survivors from Empire Lugard ( United Kingdom) on the way. Vilja reached New Orleans, Louisiana on 16 January 1943 and was declared a constructive total loss. She was scrapped in July 1944.[94]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Alabastro  Regia Marina World War II: The Acciaio-class submarine was sunk off Algiers, Algeria (37°28′N 04°34′E / 37.467°N 4.567°E / 37.467; 4.567) by a Short Sunderland flying-boat of No. 202 Squadron RAF.[95]
Atheltemplar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Greenland Sea south of Bear Island, Norway by U-457 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by Copeland ( United Kingdom) and HMS Offa ( Royal Navy). HMS Harrier ( Royal Navy) attempted to scuttle the ship, but was unsuccessful. Atheltemplar was later shelled and sunk at 76°10′N 18°00′E / 76.167°N 18.000°E / 76.167; 18.000 by U-408 ( Kriegsmarine).[96]
HMS Coventry  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The C-class cruiser was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Alexandria, Egypt, by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was scuttled by HMS Zulu ( Royal Navy).
F 159  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[97]
F 168  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[98]
Harborough  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Galera Point, Trinidad (10°03′N 60°20′W / 10.050°N 60.333°W / 10.050; -60.333) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 50 crew.[99]
I / 43  Kriegsmarine World War II: The flak boat was sunk at Tobruk, Libya by shore based artillery. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.
HMS ML (352)  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by Italian Macchi 202.[100]
HMS ML (353)  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Fairmile B motor launch was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya.
HMS MTB (308), HMS MTB (310),
and HMS MTB (312)
all  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Elco 77' PT boats were bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Luftwaffe, or Italian, aircraft.[76]
HMS MTB (314)  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Elco 77' PT boat was ran aground and abandoned, possibly sunk, off Tobruk. Salvaged by the Germans and put in Kriegsmarine service as RA-10 ( Kriegsmarine).[101]
Mary Luckenbach  United States World War II:Convoy PQ 18: The freighter blew up and sank 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) west of North Cape, Norway (76°00′N 16°00′E / 76.000°N 16.000°E / 76.000; 16.000) during a German air attack when her cargo of 1,000 tons of TNT exploded. All 24 Gunners and 41 crewmen were killed.[102]
Nojima Maru  Japan World War II:The ammunition transport ran aground off Kiska, Alaska Territory, United States, and is wrecked.[10]
HMCS Ottawa  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy ON 127: The C-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°55′N 43°27′W / 47.917°N 43.450°W / 47.917; -43.450) by U-91 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 114 of her 183 crew.
HMS Sikh  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Tribal-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk with the loss of 115 of her 190 crew.
Sperrbrecher 142 Westerbroek  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium.[10]
U-589  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Avenger and also by HMS Onslow (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[103]
Wacosta  United States World War II:Convoy PQ 18: The freighter was disabled by concussion from the explosion of Mary Luckenbach ( United States), later sunk with out casualties by German torpedo bombers west of North Cape, Norway (76°05′N 16°00′E / 76.083°N 16.000°E / 76.083; 16.000).[104]
HMS Zulu  Royal Navy World War II: Operation Agreement: The Tribal-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Macchi C.200 aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica. She sank the next day.

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Boston Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship collided with USS Seal ( United States Navy) in the Pacific Ocean off Palau and sank.[105]
Breedijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpeoded and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°05′S 8°54′W / 5.083°S 8.900°W / -5.083; -8.900) with the loss of two of the 52 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Cubango ( Portugal), Royal Navy vessels or reached land in their lifeboats.[106]
Inger Elisabeth  Norway World War II: Convoy SQ-36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec, Canada (48°49′N 64°06′W / 48.817°N 64.100°W / 48.817; -64.100) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 26 crew.[107]
Kioto  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean east of Tobago (11°05′N 60°46′W / 11.083°N 60.767°W / 11.083; -60.767) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine). She went aground at Columbus Point. U-514 shelled her the next day and she burnt out with the loss of twenty of her 74 crew. Survivors were rescued by Trinidad (Trinidad colonial 1889-1958.gif Trinidad).[108]
HMS LCP(L) 29,  Royal Navy World War II:The landing craft, personnel (large) was lost on this date.[109]
HMS LCP(R) 617,  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft, Personnel (Ramped) was lost on this date.[110]
USS O'Brien  United States Navy World War II: The Sims-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean near Guadalcanal by I-19 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She sank on 19 October between Suva, Fiji and Pago Pago, American Samoa due to damage inflicted. All crew were rescued.
R 66  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Räumboot struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland.[10]
Ravens Point  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Gibraltar by Italian frogmen.[10]
Saturnus  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SQ-36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cap-des-Rosiers (48°49′N 64°06′W / 48.817°N 64.100°W / 48.817; -64.100) by U-517 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 36 crew.[111]
Sonderberg  Germany World War II: The factory ship was bombed and severely damaged at Cherbourg, France by Douglas Boston aircraft of 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Gutted by fire, she was subsequently scuttled as a blockship in June 1944. The wreck was dispersed by explosives in January 1947.[112]
Sørholt  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°45′N 60°00′W / 10.750°N 60.000°W / 10.750; -60.000) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of the 38 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.[113]
U-261  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom (59°50′N 9°28′W / 59.833°N 9.467°W / 59.833; -9.467) by an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 43 crew.[114]
USS Wasp  United States Navy
USS Wasp

World War II: The Wasp-class aircraft carrier was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean near Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands by I-19 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 193 of her 2,167 crew. She was scuttled by USS Lansdowne ( United States Navy).

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Commercial Trader  United States World War II: The Design 1099 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) east of Trinidad (10°30′N 60°15′W / 10.500°N 60.250°W / 10.500; -60.250) by U-558 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 38 crew.[115]
Empire Soldier  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON-127: The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of St. John's, Newfoundland (47°35′N 51°44′W / 47.583°N 51.733°W / 47.583; -51.733) in a collision with Tanker F. J. Wolfe ( United Kingdom).[116]
Joannis  Greece World War II: Convoy SQ 36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (49°10′N 67°05′W / 49.167°N 67.083°W / 49.167; -67.083) by U-165 ( Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew survived.[117]
Ocean Honour  United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed, shelled, and sunk in the Gulf of Aden (12°48′N 50°50′E / 12.800°N 50.833°E / 12.800; 50.833) by I-29 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 15 crewmmen and 5 Gunners killed. Her Captain, 29 crewmen and 3 Gunners rescued from a remote Island by R.A.F. aircraft.[3]
HMS Talisman  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Sicilian Passage with the loss of all 63 crew.[76]
U-457  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea (75°05′N 43°15′E / 75.083°N 43.250°E / 75.083; 43.250) by HMS Impulsive ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[118]

17 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Astrid  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak 15 nautical miles (28 km) south east of the Hals Lighthouse. Her crew survived. She was salvaged in 1943.[119]
Carbonia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Hammamet, Tunisia by British aircraft.[10][17]
Karpfanger  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Handley Page Hampden aircract of 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force south of Egersund, Norway. Twenty-three survivors were rescued by M 5209 ( Kriegsmarine).[10][120]
Mae  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 41 nautical miles (76 km) north of Georgetown, British Guiana (8°03′N 58°13′W / 8.050°N 58.217°W / 8.050; -58.217) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gypsum King ( United Kingdom and Sørvangen ( Norway).[121]
Peterton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (18°45′N 29°15′W / 18.750°N 29.250°W / 18.750; -29.250) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Canna ( Royal Navy) and Empire Whimbrel ( United Kingdom).[122][123]
Rostro  Italy World War II: The salvage vessel was sunk with gunfire by HMS United ( Royal Navy) off Zliten, Libya.[124]
V-39 Giovanna  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk with gunfire by HMS United ( Royal Navy) off Misurata, Libya.[125]
HMT Waterfly  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dungeness, Kent by Axis aircraft.[126]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1942
Ship Country Description
F 533  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type C Marinefahrprahm was sunk on this date.[127]
SS Kentucky  United States World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The freighter was attacked by German aircraft and sunk by aerial torpedo with out casualties 35 miles off Cape Kanan, Soviet Union. Survivors rescued by 2 British minesweepers.[128]
Norfolk  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Georgetown, British Guiana (8°36′N 59°20′W / 8.600°N 59.333°W / 8.600; -59.333) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 19 crew. Survivors were rescued by Indaucha ( Spain).[129]
Olaf Fostenes  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°56′N 41°05′W / 44.933°N 41.083°W / 44.933; -41.083) by U-380 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by HMS Firedrake ( Royal Navy[130]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Alouette  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of Cape Espichel, Portugal by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 44 crew.[131]
Monte Gorbea  Spain World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of Martinique (14°55′N 60°00′W / 14.917°N 60.000°W / 14.917; -60.000) by U-512 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 52 of the 77 people on board.[132]
HMS Pentland Firth  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Ambrose Lightship off Sandy Hook, New Jersey (40°25′N 73°55′W / 40.417°N 73.917°W / 40.417; -73.917) in a collision with USS Chaffinch ( United States Navy).[133]
Quebec City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (2°12′S 17°36′W / 2.200°S 17.600°W / -2.200; -17.600) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Decoy ( Royal Navy).[134]
Shirogane Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kogane Maru Class transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Bougainville Strait, 11 miles east of Lulaui Point, Bouganville (06°33′S 156°05′E / 6.550°S 156.083°E / -6.550; 156.083) by USS Amberjack ( United States Navy). 3 crewmen killed. Towed to Buin and beached on 20 September. Abandoned on 16 October 1942.[135][136]
Wichita  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) north east of Barbados by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 50 crew.[137]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Hartebeeste  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 100: The Design 1013 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°20′N 38°10′W / 56.333°N 38.167°W / 56.333; -38.167) by U-596 ( Kriegsmarine). All 46 crew were rescued by Norhauk and Rio Verde (both  Norway).
HMS Leda  Royal Navy World War II: The Halcyon-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea south west of Spitsbergen, Norway by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 45 crew, whilst providing escort duties for Convoy QP 14. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin and Zamalek (both  United Kingdom).[76][138][139]
M 4448 Antoine Henriette  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay.[10]
Reedpool  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 240 nautical miles (440 km) south east of Trinidad (8°58′N 57°34′W / 8.967°N 57.567°W / 8.967; -57.567) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 58 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Millie M. Masher ( United Kingdom).[140]
Silver Sword  United States World War II: Convoy QP 14: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea (75°52′N 0°20′W / 75.867°N 0.333°W / 75.867; -0.333) by U-255 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin and Zamalek (both  United Kingdom).[141]
HMS Somali  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy PQ 18: The Tribal-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Greenland Sea (74°40′N 2°00′W / 74.667°N 2.000°W / 74.667; -2.000) by U-703 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken under tow by HMS Ashanti ( Royal Navy), but broke her back and sank four days later at 69°00′N 15°30′W / 69.000°N 15.500°W / 69.000; -15.500) with the loss of 67 of the 105 people on board.
Diamant  Kriegsmarine World War II: Originally she sailed under a Belgian flag, the ship was wrecked on the Dogs Nest rocks outside St Helier harbour Jersey Channel islands [142][143]

21 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Aquila  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) off Tunisia.[144]
Koei Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The net tender was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Truk South Pacific Mandate (06°54′N 151°51′E / 6.900°N 151.850°E / 6.900; 151.850) by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[145]
Liberia France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy) off Tunisia.[146]
Predsednik Kopajtic  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°30′N 59°30′W / 8.500°N 59.500°W / 8.500; -59.500) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 31 crew.[147]
HMS St. Olaves  Royal Navy World War II: The Saint-class tug was wrecked off Duncansby Head, Scotland.[148]
Tone Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea, east of Shanghai, China (31°18′N 123°27′E / 31.300°N 123.450°E / 31.300; 123.450) by USS Grouper ( United States Navy).[149]
U-446  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Danzig off Kahlberg, East Prussia. She was raised on 8 November, repaired and returned to service.[150]

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Apuania  Italy World War II: The ship was bombed and damaged at Ras Hammamet, Tunisia by British aircraft. She was declared a total loss.[10]
Bellingham  United States World War II: Convoy QP 14: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea west of Jan Mayen, Norway (71°23′N 11°03′W / 71.383°N 11.050°W / 71.383; -11.050) by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine). All 75 crew were rescued by Rathlin ( United Kingdom) or the convoy's escort ships.[151]
Esso Williamsburg  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (53°12′N 41°00′W / 53.200°N 41.000°W / 53.200; -41.000) by U-211 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 60 crew. The drifting wreck was torpedoed and sunk on 3 October at 55°00′N 33°00′W / 55.000°N 33.000°W / 55.000; -33.000 by U-254 ( Kriegsmarine).[152]
RFA Grey Ranger  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Convoy QP 14: The Ranger-class tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea west of Jan Mayen (71°23′N 11°03′W / 71.383°N 11.050°W / 71.383; -11.050) by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin ( United Kingdom).[153]
Kano Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Transport was torpedoed and damaged by USS Grunion ( United States Navy), with only one of three torpedoes that hit actually detonating, off Kiska, Alaska, on July 31, 1942. She was towed to Kiska Harbor, and remained there until she was washed ashore and wrecked by a storm on 22 September 1942 1 1/2 miles south west of Kiska Harbor.[154]
Leonardo Palomba  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 8 miles off Kuriat, Tunisia by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy).[155]
Ocean Voice  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy QP 14: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea (71°23′N 11°01′E / 71.383°N 11.017°E / 71.383; 11.017) by U-435 ( Kriegsmarine). All 89 people on board were rescued by HMS Seagull ( Royal Navy) and Zamalek ( United Kingdom).[48][156]
Paul Luckenbach  United States World War II: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 800 miles off the coast of India (10°03′N 63°42′E / 10.050°N 63.700°E / 10.050; 63.700) by I-29 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[3]
RTShch-121  Soviet Navy World War II: The K-15/M-17 class river minesweeping launch was sunk on this date.[157]

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Athelsultan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 100: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (58°42′N 33°38′W / 58.700°N 33.633°W / 58.700; -33.633) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 51 of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Nasturtuim ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Weyburn ( Royal Canadian Navy).[158]
Bruyère  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (4°55′N 17°16′W / 4.917°N 17.267°W / 4.917; -17.267) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine). All 51 crew were rescued by HMS Decoy, HMS Petunia and HMT Sir Wistan (all  Royal Navy).[159]
Lindvangen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (9°20′N 60°10′W / 9.333°N 60.167°W / 9.333; -60.167) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Helene ( Royal Navy).[160]
HMAS Siesta  Royal Australian Navy The patrol boat suffered an explosion and burned to the waterline at Fremantle, Australia. Four of her crew were injured.
Tennessee  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 100: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell (58°40′N 33°41′W / 58.667°N 33.683°W / 58.667; -33.683) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Ingham ( United States Coast Guard) and HMS Nasturtium ( Royal Navy).[161]
Vibran  Norway World War II: The refrigerated cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°45′N 42°45′W / 42.750°N 42.750°W / 42.750; -42.750) by U-582 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 56 people on board.[162]

24 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Antinous  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Trinidad (8°58′N 59°33′W / 8.967°N 59.550°W / 8.967; -59.550) by U-515 ( Kriegsmarine. She was abandoned by her 48 crew but was later reboarded. She was taken in tow by HMS Zwarte Zee ( Royal Navy) but was torpedoed and sunk on 25 September by U-512 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived and were rescued by HMS Zwarte Zee.[163]
Defoe  United Kingdom The cargo ship exploded, caught fire and was abandoned off Rockall, Inverness-shire. She was on a voyage from Manchester, Lancashire to Famagusta, Cyprus.[164]
Fiume  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea 7 nautical miles (13 km) south east of Rhodes, Greece by RHS Nirefs ( Hellenic Navy).[165]
John Winthrop  United States World War II: Convoy ON 131: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 31°00′W / 56.000°N 31.000°W / 56.000; -31.000) by U-619 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 52 crew.[82][166]
HMS LCP(R) 622,  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft, Personnel (Ramped) was lost on this date.[167]
Losmar  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean east of One and a Half Degree Channel 08°06′N 74°23′E / 8.100°N 74.383°E / 8.100; 74.383 by I-165 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 3 crewmen killed in the sinking and 24 didn't survive before being rescue.[168]
Penmar  United States World War II: Convoy SC 100: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy due to damaged steering gear. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°12′N 34°35′W / 58.200°N 34.583°W / 58.200; -34.583) by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Bibb ( United States Coast Guard).[169]
Roumanie  Belgium World War II: Convoy SC 100: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°10′N 28°20′W / 58.167°N 28.333°W / 58.167; -28.333) by U-617 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 42 of her 43 crew. The survivor was taken on board U-617 as a prisoner of war.[170]
Sphinx  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tiros, Lebanon by U-561 ( Kriegsmarine).[171]
West Chetac  United States World War II: The Design 1013 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) north of Georgetown, British Guiana (8°45′N 57°00′W / 8.750°N 57.000°W / 8.750; -57.000) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Roe ( United States Navy).[172]

25 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Boston  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RB 1: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (53°23′N 27°54′W / 53.383°N 27.900°W / 53.383; -27.900) by U-216 ( Kriegsmarine). All 65 crew were rescued by HMS Veteran ( Royal Navy).[173]
Empire Bell  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy UR 42: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (62°19′N 15°27′W / 62.317°N 15.450°W / 62.317; -15.450) by U-442 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Lysaker IV ( Norway).
HMS LCV 798  Royal Navy World War II:The Landing Craft, Vehicle was lost on this date.[174]
Navigator  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Trelleborg, Sweden.[175]
Teibo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the South China Sea east of Saigon, French Indochina (10°31′N 109°31′E / 10.517°N 109.517°E / 10.517; 109.517) by USS Sargo ( United States Navy).[176]
U-253  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Iceland (67°00′N 23°00′W / 67.000°N 23.000°W / 67.000; -23.000) with the loss of all 45 crew.[177]
Vledderveen  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Öresund.[175]
HMAS Voyager  Royal Australian Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer ran aground off Timor (09°15′S 125°45′E / 9.250°S 125.750°E / -9.250; 125.750) on the 23rd. Discovered by the Japanese on the 24th and bombed beyond repair under the circumstances. Scuttled on the 25th. Crew rescued by Kalgoorlie and Warrnambool (both ( Royal Australian Navy).[178]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1942
Ship Country Description
I-33  Imperial Japanese Navy The B1 type submarine sank at Truk due to a loss of buoyancy from a bungled retrimming attempt while being repaired. 33 crewmen killed. Raised 29 December 1942. Towed to Kure for repairs in March, 1943. Repairs finished 1 June 1944. She sank again in the Iyo Nada near Kure, Japan during diving trials 16 June 1944.[179]
M-60  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was sunk by a mine of a flanking barrage laid by the minelayers Amiral Murgescu, Regele Carol I and Dacia ( Romanian Naval Forces).[180]
New York  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RB 1: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°34′N 25°44′W / 54.567°N 25.733°W / 54.567; -25.733) by U-91 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 54 crew. They are named on the Tower Hill Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[181][182]
Tambour  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°50′N 59°50′W / 8.833°N 59.833°W / 8.833; -59.833) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by Thalatta ( Norway).[183]
HMS Veteran  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy RB 1: The V-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-404 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 134 crew, and 63 of the 65 survivors from Boston ( United Kingdom). The two survivors from Boston were rescued by New Bedford ( United States).[173]
Yorktown  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RB 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 550 nautical miles (1,020 km) west of the Butt of Lewis (55°10′N 18°50′W / 55.167°N 18.833°W / 55.167; -18.833) by U-619 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sardonyx ( Royal Navy).[184]

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Francesco Barbaro  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ionian Sea off Navarino, Greece by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy).[10]
Gazelle  Kriegsmarine The patrol boat collided with Themis ( Norway) and sank off Lervik, Norway.[185]
Stephen Hopkins  United States World War II: The Liberty ship and Stier ( Kriegsmarine) shelled and sank each other in the South Atlantic Ocean (28°08′S 11°59′W / 28.133°S 11.983°W / -28.133; -11.983). Survivors reached Brazil in lifeboats a month later, between the battle and the month-long ordeal, 32 of 40 crewmen and 9 of 15 Naval Armed Guards die.[186]
Stier  Kriegsmarine The auxiliary cruiser and Stephen Hopkins ( United States) shelled and sank each other in the South Atlantic Ocean (28°08′S 11°59′W / 28.133°S 11.983°W / -28.133; -11.983). 2 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by Tannenfels ( Kriegsmarine).[187]
U-165  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°00′N 5°30′W / 47.000°N 5.500°W / 47.000; -5.500) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 311 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 51 crew.[188]

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Mariner  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) off the mouth of the Orinoco River, Venezuela (8°57′N 60°08′W / 8.950°N 60.133°W / 8.950; -60.133) by U-175 ( Kriegsmarine). All 54 crew were rescued by Turret Cape ( Canada).[189]
Antonico  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the mouth to the Marowijne River (5°30′N 53°30′W / 5.500°N 53.500°W / 5.500; -53.500) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 40 crew.[190]
HMS LCP(R) 1019,  Royal Navy The Landing Craft, Personnel (Ramped) was lost on this date.[191]
Lagés  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Amazon Estuary 75 nautical miles (139 km) north of Salinas (0°13′N 47°47′W / 0.217°N 47.783°W / 0.217; -47.783) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service post-war.[192]
Ozório  Brazil World War II: The Design 1074 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Amazon Esturary 75 nautical miles (139 km) north of Salinas (0°03′N 47°45′W / 0.050°N 47.750°W / 0.050; -47.750) by U-514 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 39 crew. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service post-war.[193]
Tamon Maru No. 6  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Hokkaido by USS Nautilus ( United States Navy).[10]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Baron Ogilvy  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cape Palmas, Liberia (2°30′N 14°30′W / 2.500°N 14.500°W / 2.500; -14.500) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mouzinho ( Portugal).[194]
Empire Avocet  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Liberia (4°05′N 13°23′W / 4.083°N 13.383°W / 4.083; -13.383) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 56 crew. Two survivors were taken on board U-125 as prisoners of war, the rest were rescued by HMS Cowslip ( Royal Navy).
Franz Rudolf  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea by Shch-310 ( Soviet Navy).[10]
Lifland  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 101: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°40′N 30°30′W / 56.667°N 30.500°W / 56.667; -30.500) by U-608 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[195]
Registan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 140 nautical miles (260 km) off Barbados (12°37′N 57°10′W / 12.617°N 57.167°W / 12.617; -57.167) by U-332 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by Rio Neuquen ( Argentina).[196]
V 312 Hanseat  Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot ran aground and was wrecked.[197]
USS YC-898 and USS YC-899  United States Navy World War II: The non-self-propelled Covered Lighters sank while under tow off Key West, Florida.[198]

30 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1942
Ship Country Description
Alipore  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Georgedtown, British Guiana (7°09′N 54°23′W / 7.150°N 54.383°W / 7.150; -54.383) by U-516 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 83 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing schooner United Eagle ( British Guiana).[199][200]
Amiral Pierre France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Madagascar: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar by HMAS Nizam ( Royal Australian Navy) and was scuttled.[76][201]
Camila  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Indian Ocean by I-166 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was beached on the Indian coast and was subsequently declared a total loss.[10]
Kumsang  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Freetown, Sierra Leone (4°07′N 13°40′W / 4.117°N 13.667°W / 4.117; -13.667) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 114 people on board.[202]
HMS MGB 18  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 70'-class Motor Gun Boat was shelled and sunk by Kriegsmarine surface ships off Terschelling, The Netherlands.[203]
Siam II  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Monrovia, Liberia (3°25′N 15°46′W / 3.417°N 15.767°W / 3.417; -15.767) by U-506 ( Kriegsmarine). She was sunk by a coup de grâce in the early hours of 1 October. All 39 crew were rescued by Nagpore ( United Kingdom).[204]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
No. 64  Soviet Navy World War II: The Sh-4 Type motor torpedo boat was lost sometime in September.[205]
Smeraldo  Regia Marina World War II: The Sirena-class submarine was lost in the Mediterranean Sea. Last report was received on the 16th off Sollum.[206]

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