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List of shipwrecks in April 1943

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

1 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Aquila   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk off Cape Zebib, Algeria by Allied action.[1]
Benevento   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMMTB 315 (  Royal Navy).[2]
Crema   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMMTB 266 (  Royal Navy).[2]
KT 13   Kriegsmarine World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[3]
Lubiana   Regia Marina World War II: The Beograd-class destroyer was either sunk by Royal Air Force aircraft off Tunisia, or ran aground off Cap Bon, Tunisia.
Nuoro   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by British aircraft.[2]
Uzbekistan   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was wrecked on the north west coast of the United States.[4]
USS YP-235   United States Navy The yard patrol craft was sunk by an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.[5]

2 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1943
Ship Country Description
City of Baroda   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy NC 9: The passenger ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Luderitz Bay, South-West Africa (27°56′S 15°21′E / 27.933°S 15.350°E / -27.933; 15.350) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of the 338 people on board. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMT Cape Warwick (  Royal Navy). City of Baroda came ashore two days later and broke up on 26 April. She was declared a total loss.[6]
Dundrum Castle   United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire and sank in the Red Sea, (14°37′N 42°23′E / 14.617°N 42.383°E / 14.617; 42.383).[7]
Gogra   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OS 45: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (430 km) west of Oporto, Portugal by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 82 of her 90 crew. Survivors were rescued by Danby (  United Kingdom) and New Northland (  Canada).[8]
HMIS Haideri   Royal Indian Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was wrecked between Madras, India and Trincomallee, Ceylon while towing six barges.[9]
Katha   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OS 45: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 320 nautical miles (590 km) west of Oporto by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by Danby (  United Kingdom) and HMS La Malouine (  Royal Navy).[10]
Lysefjord   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°09′N 83°24′W / 23.150°N 83.400°W / 23.150; -83.400) by U-155 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by Howard (  United States).[11][12]
HMS MTB 63   Royal Navy The Vosper 70'-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in a collision off Benghazi, Libya, with HMS MTB 64 (  Royal Navy).[13]
HMS MTB 64   Royal Navy The Vosper 70'-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in a collision off Benghazi, Libya, with HMS MTB 63 (  Royal Navy).[14]
MTB 267   Royal Navy The Elco 70' motor torpedo boat was damaged by a storm in the Mediterranean Sea while sailing from Benghazi, Libya to Malta and was scuttled.[15]
Melbourne Star   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°05′N 57°30′W / 28.083°N 57.500°W / 28.083; -57.500) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 115 of the 119 people on board. Survivors were rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[16]
Regensburg   Germany World War II: The blockade runner was intercepted off Greenland by HMS Glasgow (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. HMS Glasgow rescued six survivors.[2]
Simon Duhamel II   Free France World War II: Convoy TE 20: The trawler straggled behind the convoy due to engine trouble. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (36°01′N 2°29′W / 36.017°N 2.483°W / 36.017; -2.483) by U-755 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 53 of her 54 crew.[17]
Toyo Maru No.2   Japan World War II: The Toyo Maru-class cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 5 miles west of Poluwat Island, Caroline Islands (07°22′N 149°18′E / 7.367°N 149.300°E / 7.367; 149.300) by USS Tunny (  United States Navy). Fifty-one passengers and crew were killed; there was one survivor.[18]
U-124   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Oporto, Portugal by HMS Black Swan and HMS Stonecrop (both   Royal Navy) with the loss of all 53 crew.

3 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Arima Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler was torpedoed and damaged north of Palau (10°12′N 134°35′E / 10.200°N 134.583°E / 10.200; 134.583) by USS Haddock (  United States Navy). She sank the next day.[19]
Gulfstate   United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) south east of Marathon Key, Florida by U-155 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of her 61 crew. Survivors discovered by a United States Navy blimp were rescued by a United States Coast Guard aircraft with the assistance of USS Noa (  United States Navy).[20] 70 years later in 2013, she again became a target, this time of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Remediation of Underwater Legacy Environmental Threats (RULET) project, which hunts down potential sources of oil pollution from sunken vessels.[21]
CH-13   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu (41°03′N 141°58′E / 41.050°N 141.967°E / 41.050; 141.967) by USS Pickerel (  United States Navy) with the loss of all hands.[22][23]
Florida Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk at Kavieng, New Ireland (02°35′S 150°49′E / 2.583°S 150.817°E / -2.583; 150.817) by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force.[24][25]
SF 78   Kriegsmarine The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[26]
SF 104   Luftwaffe The Siebel ferry foundered in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[27][28]
SF 196   Luftwaffe The Siebel ferry foundered in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[29][30]
SF 203   Luftwaffe The Siebel ferry foundered in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[31][32]
SF 223   Luftwaffe The Siebel ferry foundered in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia.[33][34]
Tosei Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet supply ship was torpedoed and sunk 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Tori Shima (30°14′N 139°45′E / 30.233°N 139.750°E / 30.233; 139.750) by USS Pollack (  United States Navy). One passenger was killed.[35]
Toyo Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Haddock (  United States Navy).

4 AprilEdit

For the foundering of the British cargo ship Nagara on this day, see the entry for 29 March 1943.

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Altair   Kriegsmarine World War II: The supply ship was torpedoed and sun off Kristiansund, Norway by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[2][36]
Koa Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands (13°11′N 161°57′E / 13.183°N 161.950°E / 13.183; 161.950) by USS Porpoise (  United States Navy).[37][38]
Patria   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Stavanger, Norway by aircraft of Coastal Command.[2][39]
Rygja   Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Skagen, Denmark with the loss of a crew member.[40]
Uragio Maru   Japan U.S. aircraft sank the 3,110-ton cargo ship in Kiska Harbor on Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands. Uragio Maru had not been seaworthy since she suffered damage in an U.S. air attack on Kiska on 31 December 1942 and in a violent storm that struck Kiska on 4 January 1943.[41]
V 1252   Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot collided with FlJ 27 Schiewenhorst (  Kriegsmarine) and sank in the North Sea off Borkum.[2]

5 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Aloe   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 420 nautical miles (780 km) south east of Durban, South Africa (32°37′S 37°50′E / 32.617°S 37.833°E / -32.617; 37.833) by U-182 (  Kriegsmarine). All 47 crew survived. The captain was taken on board U-182 as a prisoner of war. The rest of the crew were rescued by Alexander Ramsey (  United States).[42]
Blitar   Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 231: The cargo ship romped ahead of the convoy. She was shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-229 (  Kriegsmarine). The next day, she was torpedoed and sunk (57°45′N 27°30′W / 57.750°N 27.500°W / 57.750; -27.500) by U-632 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 62 crew.[43]
British Ardour   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 231: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (58°08′N 34°04′W / 58.133°N 34.067°W / 58.133; -34.067) by U-706 (  Kriegsmarine). All 62 crew were rescued by HMS Snowflake and HMS Vidette (both   Royal Navy), the former of which scuttled the ship.[44]
No. 095   Soviet Navy The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[45]
Ro-34   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaichū VI (Ro-33-class) submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Russell Islands (8°15′S 158°58′E / 8.250°S 158.967°E / -8.250; 158.967) by USS O'Bannon and USS Strong (both   United States Navy) with the loss of all 66 crew.
San Isidro   Spain World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Katsonis (  Greece Navy).[2]
Shillong   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 231: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by U-635 (  Kriegsmarine). She was the torpedoed and sunk (57°10′N 35°30′W / 57.167°N 35.500°W / 57.167; -35.500) by U-630 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 71 of her 78 crew. Survivors were rescued by Zamalek (  United Kingdom).[46]
Sunoil   United States World War II: Convoy HX 231: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-563 (  Kriegsmarine). She was later torpedoed and sunk at 58°16′N 34°14′W / 58.267°N 34.233°W / 58.267; -34.233 by U-530 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 69 crew.[47]
U-167   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands, Spain (approximately 27°47′N 15°00′W / 27.783°N 15.000°W / 27.783; -15.000) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was scuttled the next day. All 52 crew survived.[48]
U-635   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland (58°20′N 31°52′W / 58.333°N 31.867°W / 58.333; -31.867) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 47 crew.[49]
Vaalaren   Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 231: The cargo ship romped ahead of the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 58°N 34°W / 58°N 34°W / 58; -34) by U-229 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[50]
Waroonga   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 231: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-635 (  Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed and damaged further by U-630 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of the 132 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Joel R. Poinsett (  United States) and HMS Loosestrife (  Royal Navy), which scuttled the ship.[51]

6 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Carridi   Regia Marina World War II: The naval trawler was sunk at Trapani, Sicily by Allied aircraft.[52]
John Sevier   United States World War II: Convoy GTMO 83: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) off Great Inagua Island, Cuba (20°17′N 73°32′W / 20.283°N 73.533°W / 20.283; -73.533) by U-185 (  Kriegsmarine). All 57 crew were rescued by USS Bennett (  United States Navy).[53][54]
Josephina Thordén   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary (51°47′18″N 1°28′42″E / 51.78833°N 1.47833°E / 51.78833; 1.47833) with the loss of fifteen of her 55 crew.[55]
M 4041 Dr. Augustus Held   Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Gironde, France.[2]
MAS 533   Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526-class torpedo boat was sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft.[56]
MAS 576   Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 552-class torpedo boat was sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft.[57]
Rovereto   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by United States Army Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.[2][58]
San Diego   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk near Bizerte, Tunisia by United States Army Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft.[2][58][59]
Ste. Lucille   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft.[60]
U-632   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°02′N 28°42′W / 58.033°N 28.700°W / 58.033; -28.700) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[61]
UJ 2202 Jutland   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by American aircraft.[2]
VAS 202   Regia Marina World War II: The VAS 201-class submarine chaser was sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft.[62]
Vilsandi   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo-liner was wrecked in Lake Ladoga. No casualties.[63]
Wa Wa   United States The 9-gross register ton, 34.1-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel foundered at Chatham in Southeast Alaska.[64]

7 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Aaron Ward   United States Navy World War II: The Gleaves-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in Ironbottom Sound by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 27 of her 208 crew.
Fukuei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pickerel (  United States Navy).[22]
USS Kanawha   United States Navy World War II: The Kanawha-class replenishment oiler was bombed and damaged in Tulagi Harbour, Solomon Islands by Japanese aircraft and was beached. She sank the next day with a loss of 19 crew.[65]
Kosei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (08°45′N 147°10′E / 8.750°N 147.167°E / 8.750; 147.167) by USS Tunny (  United States Navy).[2][66]
HMNZS Moa   Royal New Zealand Navy World War II: The Bird-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in Tulagi Harbour by Japanese aircraft with the loss of five of her 35 crew.
U-644   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea west of Narvik, Norway (69°38′N 5°40′W / 69.633°N 5.667°W / 69.633; -5.667) by HMS Tuna (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[67]

8 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Castillo Montealegre   Spain World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off French Sudan (9°46′N 16°50′W / 9.767°N 16.833°W / 9.767; -16.833) by U-123 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Inkpen (  Royal Navy).[68][69][70][71]
Foggia   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia by HMS Unshaken (  Royal Navy).[2]
No. 045   Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[72]
No. 054   Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[73]
Toyo Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Rabaul, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[2]
U-733   Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine collided with a Kriegsmarine patrol boat and sank at Gotenhafen. She was raised, repaired and returned to service in December 1943.[2]

9 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Bamako   Free France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Dakar, Senegal (14°57′N 17°15′W / 14.950°N 17.250°W / 14.950; -17.250) by U-515 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six crew.[74]
Isonami   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) south east of Wangi-wangi Island, Netherlands East Indies (5°26′S 123°04′E / 5.433°S 123.067°E / -5.433; 123.067) by USS Tautog (  United States Navy) with the loss of seven of her 219 crew.
Oyama Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (a.k.a. Yuzan Maru) was torpedoed and sunk 250 nautical miles (460 km) north north west of Kavieng, New Ireland (00°38′N 150°17′E / 0.633°N 150.283°E / 0.633; 150.283), by USS Drum (  United States Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[75]
Penang Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea by USS Tautog (  United States Navy).[76]
Shanghai Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Isla Verde Passage by USS Grayling (  United States Navy).[77]

10 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Alice F. Palmer   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (26°30′S 44°20′E / 26.500°S 44.333°E / -26.500; 44.333) by U-177 (  Kriegsmarine).[78]
Bella Italia   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[2]
F 460C   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C landing craft was wrecked on this date.[79]
Irene   Germany World War II: The blockade runner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°18′N 14°26′W / 43.300°N 14.433°W / 43.300; -14.433) by HMS Adventure (  Royal Navy).[80]
MAS 501 and MAS 503   Regia Marina World War II: The MAS motor torpedo boats were bombed and sunk at La Maddelena, Sardinia by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[2][81]
Trieste   Regia Marina World War II: The Trento-class cruiser was bombed and sunk at La Maddelena, Sardinia by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[2] sixty-seven crewmen and four civilians were killed. She was raised post-war and sold to Spain in 1951 for a proposed conversion to an aircraft carrier. This was not proceeded with and she was subsequently scrapped.

11 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Abisko   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands. One man was killed.[2][82]
HMS Beverley   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy ON 176: The Town-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°19′N 40°28′W / 52.317°N 40.467°W / 52.317; -40.467 by U-188 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 148 of her 152 crew.
Edward B. Dudley   United States World War II: Convoy HX 232: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 53°N 38°W / 53°N 38°W / 53; -38 / 53°N 39°W / 53°N 39°W / 53; -39) by U-615 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 69 crew.[83][84]
Empire Whimbrel   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (2°31′N 15°55′W / 2.517°N 15.917°W / 2.517; -15.917) by U-181 (  Kriegsmarine). All 53 crew were rescued by HMS Witch and HMS Wolverine (both   Royal Navy).[85][86]
Entella   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea east of Cagliari, Sardinia by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[2]
F 477C2   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk on this date.[87]
Fabriano   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[2]
Frode   Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex, United Kingdom (50°45′48″N 0°28′43″W / 50.76333°N 0.47861°W / 50.76333; -0.47861) with the loss of eight of her nineteen crew.[88]
Ingerfire   Norway World War II: Convoy ONS 2: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (51°29′N 42°59′W / 51.483°N 42.983°W / 51.483; -42.983) by U-613 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Camrose and HMCS St. Croix (both   Royal Canadian Navy).[89]
Isonzo   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea east of Cagliari by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[2]
James W. Denver   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 7: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 475 nautical miles (880 km) west of the Canary Islands, Spain (28°46′N 25°40′W / 28.767°N 25.667°W / 28.767; -25.667) by U-195 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 67 crew. Survivors were rescued by Cabo Huertas, Campana, Juan (all   Spain) and Albufeira (  Portugal) rescued eighteen survivors on May 16. The remainder of her crew reached land in their lifeboat.[90][91]
MS 13   Regia Marina World War II: The MS 11-class MS boat was sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft.[92]
Loredan   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea east of Cagliari by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[2]
Matt W. Ransom   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 6A: The Liberty ship, on her maiden voyage struck two mines in the Mediterranean Sea off Casablanca, Morocco (33°55′N 7°52′W / 33.917°N 7.867°W / 33.917; -7.867) and was damaged. She was abandoned by her 64 passengers and crew, who were rescued by USS PC-471 and USS PC-481 (both   United States Navy). She was later reboarded by seven of her crew and taken to Casablanca for temporary repairs. Later scuttled as a blockship at Utah Beach, France.[93]
RD 20   Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk at Trapani by Allied aircraft. Raised, repaired, and returned to service post war.[94]
Recina   Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia by I-26 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[2]
Runo   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) north of Bardia, Libya (32°15′N 23°55′E / 32.250°N 23.917°E / 32.250; 23.917) by U-593 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 37 crew.[95]

12 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Fresno City   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 232: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by U-563 (  Kriegsmarine). She then straggled behind the convoy and was later torpedoed and sunk (54°15′N 30°00′W / 54.250°N 30.000°W / 54.250; -30.000) by U-706 (  Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew were rescued by HMS Azalea (  Royal Navy).[96]
Froy   Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was sunk off Harstad by grenades launche by the crew of K-21 (  Soviet Navy). One crew was killed and another died of wounds. The submarine attacked others fishing vessels in the area, sinking none but killing 8 of their crew and capturing 10, of which 3 died in captivity.[97]
Lancastrian Prince   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 176: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland (50°18′N 42°48′W / 50.300°N 42.800°W / 50.300; -42.800) by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[98]
Pacific Grove   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 232: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell (54°10′N 30°00′W / 54.167°N 30.000°W / 54.167; -30.000) by U-563 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of the 67 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Azalea (  Royal Navy).[99]
St Lucien   Vichy France world War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruly (  Royal Navy).[2]
Sydney Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Hansa Bay, New Guinea (03°18′N 143°38′E / 3.300°N 143.633°E / 3.300; 143.633) by United States Fifth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators. 38 crewman and 5 gunners killed.[100]
Ulysses   Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 232: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell (54°30′N 30°30′W / 54.500°N 30.500°W / 54.500; -30.500) by U-563 (  Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by HMS Azalea (  Royal Navy).[101]

13 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1943
Ship Country Description
HNoMS Eskdale   Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: Convoy PW 323: The Hunt-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Lizard Head, Cornwall by S-90 and S-112 (both   Kriegsmarine). 25 crewmen killed.[102]
Portland   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Indian Ocean when intercepted by Georges Leygues (  French Navy).[2]
Santa Irene   Portugal World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea east of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy by HMS Taurus (  Royal Navy).[2]

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1943
Ship Country Description
HMT Adonis   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk by Kriegsmarine E-boats with the loss of one crew member.[102]
Emile Allard   France World War II: The buoy tender was strafed and sunk off Brest, France by Westland Whirlwind fighter-bombers of 263 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 3 of her 14 crew.[103][104]
Pasvik   Norway World War II: The icebreaking tug struck a mine and sank in Varangerfjord, Norway, (69°55′N 30°00′E / 69.917°N 30.000°E / 69.917; 30.000) with the loss of nine Norwegian crew. Another source says all 11 aboard were killed, possibly including 2 German.[105][106]
Penerf   Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Ultor (  Royal Navy).[2]
Stanlake   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PW 323: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off The Lizard, Cornwall by S 82, S 90 and S 112 (all   Kriegsmarine).[2]
U-526   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Lorient, Morbihan, France (47°30′N 3°45′W / 47.500°N 3.750°W / 47.500; -3.750) with the loss of 42 of her 54 crew.[107]
Van Heemskerk   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Milne Bay by Japanese aircraft.[2]

15 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1943
Ship Country Description
HMT Adonis   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom by an E-boat (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 32 crew.[108]
Archimede   Regia Marina World War II: The Brin-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil (03°23′S 30°28′W / 3.383°S 30.467°W / -3.383; -30.467) by a USN Consolidated PBY of Squadron VP 83.[109]
Borgå   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) north east of Borkum, Germany, by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force with the loss of two crew.[2][110]
Clan MacIndoe   United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, Egypt. She was beached on 27 April, but declared a total loss.[7]
India Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Daifuku Maru No. 1-class transport was bombed and sunk near Kairiru Island (03°12′N 143°43′E / 3.200°N 143.717°E / 3.200; 143.717) by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force. Three gunners and seven crew were killed.[111]
Kaihei Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Island off the Bonin Islands (21°13′N 152°24′E / 21.217°N 152.400°E / 21.217; 152.400) by USS Seawolf (  United States Navy).[112]
M 5613 Christa   Kriegsmarine The minesweeper ran aground at Odderøy, Norway and was wrecked.[2]
Netztender 14 Simon   Kriegsmarine World War II: The net tender was sunk by a mine in the Baltic Sea.[113]
Shchuka   Soviet Union World War II: The defecting motorboat was shelled and sunk by MO-123 and MO-133 (both   Soviet Navy).[114]
Simson   Germany World War II: The tugboat struck a mine and sank off Wrangel Island.[115]
USS YP-4536   United States Navy The yard patrol craft ran aground and sank on the Bahama Bank.[116]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Cigno   Regia Marina World War II: Battle of the Cigno Convoy: The Spica-class torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south-east of Marettimo Island by HMS Pakenham and HMS Paladin (both   Royal Navy). 103 crew were killed.[117]
Giacomo Medici   Regia Marina World War II: The Giuseppe La Masa-class destroyer was sunk at Catania by American aircraft.[118]
King Edwin   United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire at Malta and was scuttled. She was raised in 1945, towed out to sea and sunk.[119]
HMS Pakenham   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of the Cigno Convoy: The P-class destroyer was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Marettimo, Italy by Cassiopea and Cigno (both   Regia Marina). She was scuttled by HMS Paladin (  Royal Navy). Ten crew were lost.[102]
HSwMS Ulven   Swedish Navy World War II: The submarine struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak west of Marstrand with the loss of all 33 crew.

17 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Arizona   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an Allied air raid on Palermo, Sicily, Italy. She was refloated on 22 October 1946 but ran aground whilst under tow and was declared a total loss.[1]
Fort Rampart   United Kingdom World War II: The Fort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°22′N 21°58′W / 47.367°N 21.967°W / 47.367; -21.967) by U-226 and U-668 (both   Kriegsmarine).[120]
HMS LCP(R) 780   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (ramped) was lost on this date.[121]
HMS LCP(R) 782   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (ramped) was lost on this date.[122]
Nisshin Maru No. 2   Japan World War II: The transport was damaged, probably by a mine, in the East China Sea and was abandoned. She eventually drifts ashore on Formosa and is later scrapped.[123]
Sembilan   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Mauritius by Leonardo da Vinci (  Regia Marina).[2]
Shinnan Maru or Tatshunan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands.[2]
U-175   Kriegsmarine
 
U-175

World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°53′N 22°04′W / 47.883°N 22.067°W / 47.883; -22.067) by USCGC Spencer (  United States Navy) with the loss of 13 of her 54 crew. The survivors were rescued by USCGC Spencer and USCGC Duane (both   United States Navy) and made prisoners of war.

18 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Arno   Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Bay of Biscay west of Lorient, Morbihan, France by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force. She sank on 21 April at Corcubión, Spain.[124]
Corbis   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa by U-180 (  Kriegsmarine).[2]
Empire Bruce   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°40′N 13°17′W / 6.667°N 13.283°W / 6.667; -13.283) by U-123 (  Kriegsmarine). All 49 crew were rescued by HMMMS 107 (  Royal Navy).
Fort Rampart   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 233: The Fort ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (47°22′N 21°58′W / 47.367°N 21.967°W / 47.367; -21.967) by U-628 (  Kriegsmarine). She was later torpedoed again by U-628 and then torpedoed, shelled and sunk 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) east north east of the Azores, Portugal (47°28′N 22°00′W / 47.467°N 22.000°W / 47.467; -22.000) by U-226 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Arvida (  Royal Canadian Navy).[125]
Høegh Carrier   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force with the loss of two of her crew.[2][126]
Liv   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Porto Torres, Sardinia by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was later refloated.[127]
Manaar   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Mauritius by Leonardo da Vinci (  Regia Marina).[2]
Nisshun Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The ammunition transport was torpedoed and sunk 200 nautical miles (370 km) north north west of Mussau Island, Bismarck Archipelago (01°55′N 148°24′E / 1.917°N 148.400°E / 1.917; 148.400) by USS Drum (  United States Navy). 35 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by CH-18 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[128]
HMS P615   Royal Navy World War II: The Oruç Reis-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°49′N 13°09′W / 6.817°N 13.150°W / 6.817; -13.150) by U-123 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 43 crew.[102]
HMS Regent   Royal Navy World War II: The Rainbow-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Otranto with the loss of all 63 crew.[102]
UJ 2205 Le Jacques Coeur   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north north west of Isola di Femmine, Sicily, (38°15′N 13°13′E / 38.250°N 13.217°E / 38.250; 13.217) by HMS Unseen (  Royal Navy). Four crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by VAS 207 and VAS 230 (both   Regia Marina).[2]
Unknown and Unknown   Soviet Union World War II: The seiners were sunk in the Black Sea by German R boats and S boats.[129]
V 1409 Limburgia   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the Seine Bay by HMMGB 38 and HMMGB 39 (both   Royal Navy).[2]
USS YC-891   United States Navy World War II: The unpowered covered lighter sank while under tow off Key West, Florida.[130]

19 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Alpino   Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer was sunk at La Spezia by British aircraft.[131]
Banshu Maru No. 5   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Seawolf (  United States Navy).[2]
Bivona   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unrivalled (  Royal Navy).[2]
Francesco Crispi   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Elba by HMS Saracen (  Royal Navy).[2]
Mostaganem   Italy World War II: The cargo ship which was carrying Allied prisoners was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by American aircraft. She was then torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unrivalled (  Royal Navy).[2]
Robert Gray   United States World War II: Convoy HX 234: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°57′N 40°35′W / 50.950°N 40.583°W / 50.950; -40.583) by U-108 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 62 crew.[132][133]
TKA-84   Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by German aircraft in the Black Sea. There was one survivor.[134][135]

20 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1943
Ship Country Description
El Amirante   Panama World War II: Convoy HX 235: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean in a storm. She had previously been in collision with Elias Boudinot (  United States).[136]
Lena Luckenbach   United States World War II: Convoy HX 233: The cargo ship collided with James Fenimore Cooper (  United States) in the Atlantic Ocean and was abandoned by her 62 crew, who were rescued by Lightning (  United States). Lena Luckenbach was boarded by a salvage party from HMS Bergamot (  Royal Navy) and beached at Kames Bay. She was later repaired and returned to service.[137]
Meiji Maru No.1   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshu, Japan (37°10′N 141°25′E / 37.167°N 141.417°E / 37.167; 141.417) by USS Scorpion (  United States Navy) with the loss of 9 crewmen.[138][139][140]
Michigan   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 7: The Design 1013 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) west of Oran, Algeria (35°59′N 1°25′W / 35.983°N 1.417°W / 35.983; -1.417) by U-565 (  Kriegsmarine). All 61 people on board were rescued by HMS Foxtrot and HMT Stella Carina (both   Royal Navy).[141]
Sidi-Bel-Abbès   France World War II: Convoy UGS 7: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of the Habibas Islands, Algeria (35°59′N 1°25′W / 35.983°N 1.417°W / 35.983; -1.417) by U-565 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 611 of the 1,131 people on board. Lifeboats from Michigan (  United States) rescued many of the Senegalese soldiers on board.[142]
Suceava   Kingdom of Romania World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea (44°53′N 31°24′E / 44.883°N 31.400°E / 44.883; 31.400) by S-33 (  Soviet Navy). There were 28 dead and 70 survivors.[143]

21 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Ashantian   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of St. John's, Newfoundland (55°46′N 45°14′W / 55.767°N 45.233°W / 55.767; -45.233) by U-415 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 67 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Gift (  Royal Navy).[144]
Erich Ohlrogge   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off eastern Jutland, Denmark.[145]
Flora Alberta   Canada The fishing schooner collided with British steamer Fanad Head approximately 140 kilometres (76 nmi) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship was sliced in half and subsequently sunk, with the loss of 21 of her 28 crew.[146]
USS Grenadier   United States Navy World War II: The Tambor-class submarine was bombed and damaged in the Strait of Malacca off Penang, Malaya by Japanese aircraft. She was consequently scuttled by her crew the next day at 6°30′N 97°40′E / 6.500°N 97.667°E / 6.500; 97.667. All 76 crew were taken as prisoners of war.
John Drayton   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (32°10′S 34°50′E / 32.167°S 34.833°E / -32.167; 34.833) by Leonardo da Vinci (  Regia Marina). Fourteen survivors were rescued on 27 April by HMS Relentless (  Royal Navy). Eight of 24 originally in a second lifeboat are rescued on 21 May. Six gunners and 21 crewmen die in the sinking or in the ordeal in the lifeboats.[53]
KT 7   Kriegsmarine World War II: The transport ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Laforey, HMS Loyal and HMS Lookout (all   Royal Navy).[2]
Marco Foscarini   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unison (  Royal Navy) in the Strait of Sicily west of Marsala, Italy (37°50′N 11°30′E / 37.833°N 11.500°E / 37.833; 11.500).[147]
Scebeli   Norway World War II: Convoy ON 178: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°07′N 44°26′W / 56.117°N 44.433°W / 56.117; -44.433) by U-191 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kale (  Royal Navy).[148]
HMS Splendid   Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was shelled and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Corsica, France by Hermes (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 45 crew. She was scuttled to prevent capture before the survivors were rescued and taken as prisoners of war.
Wanstead   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 3: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by U-415 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Gift and HMS Poppy (both   Royal Navy). Wanstead was later torpedoed and sunk by U-413 (  Kriegsmarine).[149]

22 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Amerika   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 234: The cargo liner straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°30′N 42°50′W / 57.500°N 42.833°W / 57.500; -42.833) by U-306 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 86 of the 130 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Asphodel (  Royal Navy).[150]
Duna   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a German mine and sank in Lyngefjord. There were 9 dead and 12 survivors.[2][106]
HMS Herring   Royal Navy The Fish-class trawler was sunk in a collision with Cassard (  France) 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of Buoy No. 20, north east of Blyth, Northumberland.[151]
Milano   Regia Marina World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbroken (  Royal Navy).[2]
Valente   Italy World War II: The tug was attacked and set afire off Cape Vaticano by HMS Sahib (  Royal Navy).[2]
Yamazatu Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca by HNLMS O 21 (  Royal Netherlands Navy).[2]

23 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1943
Ship Country Description
DB-5   Soviet Navy World War II: The No. 1-class landing boat was lost on this date.[152]
P-39 Tade   Imperial Japanese Navy
 
P-39 Tade seen through the periscope of USS Seawolf

World War II: The No.31-class patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Yonaguni Island (23°48′N 122°42′E / 23.800°N 122.700°E / 23.800; 122.700) by USS Seawolf (  United States Navy).[2][112]

U-189   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by a B-24 bomber of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 54 crew.[153]
U-191   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell (56°45′N 36°25′W / 56.750°N 36.417°W / 56.750; -36.417) by HMS Hesperus (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-602   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria with the loss of all 48 crew.[2][154]
USS YP-422   United States Navy The yard patrol craft ran aground and sank on the Tumbo Reef, 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south east of the North Bulari Passage, New Caledonia.[155]

24 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Aquino   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by American aircraft.[2]
El Estero   Panama
 
El Estero
After loading ammunition, the cargo ship caught fire at the New York Port of Embarkation's Caven Point Terminal off Jersey City, New Jersey.[156] To avoid a disastrous explosion, the ship was towed into an area of shallow water near Robbins Reef Light in Upper New York Bay, where the New York City Fire Department fireboats Fire Fighter and John J. Harvey (both   United States) deliberately sank her by pouring water into her holds.[157] She was later raised and towed out of the harbor for use as a naval gunnery target.
Galiola   Regia Marina World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Capo di Milazzo, Sicily, Italy by HMS Sahib (  Royal Navy).[158][159]
Kowarra   Australia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 35 nautical miles (65 km) north east of Sandy Cape, Queensland, Australia (24°26′S 153°44′E / 24.433°S 153.733°E / -24.433; 153.733) by I-26 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Her master, nineteen crewmen, and a gunner were killed. Eleven survivors were rescued by USS SC-747 (  United States Navy).[160]
No. 058   Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[161]
SF 217   Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea between Marsala and Tunisia.[162][163]
HMS Sahib   Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Capo di Milazzo, Sicily, Italy by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88, then attacked by Climene, Gabbiano, and Euterpe, (all   Regia Marina). She was scuttled by her crew; all 48 were rescued and taken as prisoners of war, one died of wounds later.[158]
Santa Catalina   United States World War II: The Type C2-S-B1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 370 nautical miles (690 km) north east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (30°42′N 70°58′W / 30.700°N 70.967°W / 30.700; -70.967) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine). All 95 people on board were rescued by Venezia (  Sweden).[164]
U-710   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (61°25′N 19°48′W / 61.417°N 19.800°W / 61.417; -19.800) by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[165]

25 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Doryssa   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by Leonardo da Vinci (  Regia Marina).[166]
HMS LCS(M) 17   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft support (mortar) was lost on this date.[167]
Leesee   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the White Sea off the Makkaur Lighthouse, Norway by Soviet aircraft. There were 11 dead and 40 survivors.[2][106][168]
M-471   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, the Netherlands.[169]
No. 0212   Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[170]
Rosenborg   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy RU 71: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 61°N 15°W / 61°N 15°W / 61; -15) by U-385 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by Goodwin (  United Kingdom).[171]
Rouennais   France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Casablanca, Morocco (34°04′N 7°23′W / 34.067°N 7.383°W / 34.067; -7.383) with the loss of sixteen of her 55 crew.[172]
U-203   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°05′N 42°25′W / 55.083°N 42.417°W / 55.083; -42.417) by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 811 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Biter and by HMS Opportune and HMS Pathfinder (all   Royal Navy) with the loss of ten of her 48 crew.
Wullenwever   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer struck mines and sank in the Baltic Sea.[173]
USS YP-481   United States Navy The yard patrol boat grounded and was wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean off Charleston, South Carolina.[174]

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1943
Ship Country Description
F 158A   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk on this date.[175]
Marmara   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-C2 landing craft was sunk on this date.[176]
Limerick   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south east of Cape Byron, Australia (28°54′S 153°54′E / 28.900°S 153.900°E / -28.900; 153.900) by I-177 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[177]
R 114   Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off the Pas-de-Calais coast.[2]
SF 166   Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea between Marsala and Tunis.[178][179]
SF 167   Luftwaffe World War II: The Siebel ferry was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea between Marsala and Tunis.[180][181]
USS YP-47   United States Navy The yard patrol craft was sunk in the Ambrose Channel off Staten Island, New York in a collision with USS YMS-110 (  United States Navy).[182]

27 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Clan Macindoe   United Kingdom The cargo ship was afire 15 April 1943, off Alexandria. She was subsequently beached and a total loss.[183]
Lydia M. Childs   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) off Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia (33°08′S 153°24′E / 33.133°S 153.400°E / -33.133; 153.400) by I-178 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[177]
M 4611 Etienne Rimbert   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was sunk in the English Channel off St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands by British aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[2]
Merope   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) east north east of Cape Bengut, Algeria with the loss of ten of her 34 crew.[184]
Trondhjemsfjord   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off the Ryvingen Lighthouse, Norway, by Allied aircraft.[185]
Yuzan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Scorpion (  United States Navy).[139]
U-174   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland (43°35′N 56°18′W / 43.583°N 56.300°W / 43.583; -56.300) by Lockheed Ventura aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 53 crew.[186]

28 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Butterfly   Italy World War II: The blockade runner, on passage from Saint-Nazaire to Le Havre with a strong Kriegsmarine escort, was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by the Hunt-class destroyers HMS Goathland and HMS Albrighton (both   Royal Navy) accompanied by a group of motor torpedo boats off Les Sept-Îles 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) north east of the Brittany village of Trégastel, Côtes-d'Armor.[66]
UJ 1402 Berlin   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was shelled and sunk while escorting the blockade runner Butterfly off Les Sept-Îles north-east of Trégastel in the department of Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France (48°54′N 3°48′W / 48.900°N 3.800°W / 48.900; -3.800).[2][187]
Climene   Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk west of Sicily by HMS Unshaken (  Royal Navy).[188]
HMMTB 639   Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was shelled and sunk off Pantellaria by Sagittario (  Regia Marina).[189]
Kamakura Maru   Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Gudgeon (  United States Navy) with the loss of 2,035 of the 2,500 people on board.
Ortelsburg   Germany World War II: Operation Mardonius: The cargo ship was sunk at Oslo, Norway, by saboteurs led by Max Manus.[190][191]
Impero   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMMTB 633, HMMTB 637 and HMMTB 639 (all   Royal Navy).[2]
SF 214   Kriegsmarine The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[192]
SF 217   Kriegsmarine The Siebel ferry was lost on this date.[193]
Tugela   Germany World War II: Operation Mardonius: The cargo ship was sunk at Oslo, Norway due to sabotage by the Norwegian resistance movement. She was later raised, repaired and returned to service.[185]

29 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Aludra   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[2]
Arkadia   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Constanța, Romania.[2]
Holland   Germany World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Drogden, Norway.[2]
McKeesport   United States World War II: Convoy ONS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°52′N 34°20′W / 60.867°N 34.333°W / 60.867; -34.333) by U-258 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 68 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Gem (  Royal Navy). McKeesport was later torpedoed and sunk by U-258.
Nanking   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°10′N 11°10′W / 5.167°N 11.167°W / 5.167; -11.167) by U-123 (  Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew survived.[194]
Narvik   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling (53°27′N 4°49′E / 53.450°N 4.817°E / 53.450; 4.817) by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[2][195]
R 36   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Constanța, Romania.[2]
Sturzsee   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by S-55 (  Soviet Navy) off Cape Nordkinn, Norway.[196][197]
Taifun   Germany World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Drogden, Norway.[2]
U-332   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Finisterre, Spain (45°08′N 9°33′W / 45.133°N 9.550°W / 45.133; -9.550) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.[198]
V 807 Auguste Kämpf   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[2]
V 1408 Aue   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[2]
Wollongbar   Australia World War II: The freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 55 nautical miles (102 km) east south east of Smokey Cape, Australia (31°17′S 153°07′E / 31.283°S 153.117°E / -31.283; 153.117) by I-180 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Thirty-two crewmen were killed. Five survivors were rescued by trawler X.L.C.R. (  Australia).[199]

30 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1943
Ship Country Description
Bandar Shahpour   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (7°15′N 13°49′W / 7.250°N 13.817°W / 7.250; -13.817) by U-515 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 78 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMT Birdlip (  Royal Navy).[200]
Corabella   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Freetown (7°15′N 13°49′W / 7.250°N 13.817°W / 7.250; -13.817) by U-515 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Birdlip (  Royal Navy).[201]
Ebisu Maru No. 5 Go   Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary guard boat was lost on this date.[202]
Fauna   Germany World War II: The transport ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily by HMS Nubian and HMS Paladin (both   Royal Navy).[2]
Hermes   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vasilefs Georgios-class destroyer was bombed and heavily damaged by British aircraft off Cape Bon, Tunisia. Twenty-three crewmen were killed. She was towed to La Goulette, Tunisia and scuttled there on 7 May.[203]
Kota Tjandi   Netherlands World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Freetown (7°15′N 13°49′W / 7.250°N 13.817°W / 7.250; -13.817) by U-515 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 77 crew.[204]
Lampo   Regia Marina World War II: The Folgore-class destroyer was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunis by American aircraft.[205]
Leone Pancaldo   Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was bombed and sunk by aircraft north-north-east of Cape Bon.[206]
SS Malmö   Sweden World War II: The train ferry struck a mine off Copenhagen, Denmark and was beached on the Swedish coast.[2]
MAS 552   Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 552-class MAS boat was sunk in the Strait of Sicily by Allied aircraft with the loss of 8 lives.[57][207]
MS 25   Regia Marina World War II: The MS 11-class MS boat was sunk west of Sicily by Allied aircraft.[92]
Nagina   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TS 37: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Freetown (7°19′N 13°50′W / 7.317°N 13.833°W / 7.317; -13.833) by U-515 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 113 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Birdlip (  Royal Navy).[208]
Phoebe A. Hearst   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Fiji (20°07′S 177°33′E / 20.117°S 177.550°E / -20.117; 177.550) by I-19 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). All hands were rescued; eight by a Consolidated PBY Catalina on 1 May, 23 by USS YMS-89 (  United States Navy) on 5 May, and 25 by USS Dash (  United States Navy) on 14 May.[209]
RA-10   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper, a former Elco 77' PT boat, was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off La Goulette, Tunisia by Royal Air Force aircraft. Six of the 21 crew were killed.[210][211]
Shonan Maru No. 12 Go   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was sunk on this date.[212]
Teramo   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by American aircraft.[2]
U-227   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Faroe Islands (64°05′N 6°40′W / 64.083°N 6.667°W / 64.083; -6.667) by a Handley Page Hampden aircraft of 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.[213]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
Florida Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Kavieng, New Ireland by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Army Air Force on 1 or 3 April.[2]
HMS LCA 272   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft assault was lost sometime in April.[214]
USS LCI(L)-7   United States Navy The landing craft infantry (large) was lost sometime in April.[215]
Kosei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Wewak, New Guinea by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force between 12 and 20 April.[2]
Nanshin Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Kavieng by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Army Air Force on 1 or 3 April.[2]
USS Pickerel   United States Navy World War II: The Porpoise-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu, Japan by Japanese forces sometime after 7 April with the loss of all 73 crew.
U-376   Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine departed from La Pallice, Charente-Maritime, France on 6 April. No further trace, presumed lost in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of all 47 crew.

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