List of shipwrecks in January 1943

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

1 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Arthur Middleton   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 3: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (35°45′N 0°45′W / 35.750°N 0.750°W / 35.750; -0.750) by U-73 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 gunners, 43 crew, and all eleven crew of USS LCT-21 (  United States Navy). Three gunners were rescued by HMS Boreas (  Royal Navy).[1]
Brageland   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (0°19′N 37°26′W / 0.317°N 37.433°W / 0.317; -37.433) by U-163 (  Kriegsmarine). All 28 crew survived.[2]
Empire March   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 150 nautical miles (280 km) north west of Tristan da Cunha by Michel (  Kriegsmarine). 33 crewmen killed. Her master, and 24 crewmen taken POW.[3]
Empire Panther   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire.[3]
USS LCT-21   United States Navy World War II: The landing craft tank was lost when Arthur Middleton (  United Kingdom) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-73 (  Kriegsmarine). Lost with all 11 hands.[1]
Eros   Sweden The Red Cross ship ran aground on the north west point of Polykandros, Greece and was wrecked.[4]
MTB 105   Royal Navy World War II: The Thornycroft MTB-104-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled by the Flower-class corvette HMCS Woodstock (  Royal Canadian Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean after floating away from the sinking Special Service Vessel HMS Fidelity (  Royal Navy), sunk by U-435 (  Kriegsmarine) on 30 December 1942. Eight crewmen aboard rescued.[5]
Muansa   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Kongsfjord by L-20 (  Soviet Navy).[4]
Renzan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Honshū by USS Porpoise (  United States Navy).[6]
Rhakotis   Germany World War II: The blockade runner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (23°30′S 5°30′W / 23.500°S 5.500°W / -23.500; -5.500) by HMS Scylla (  Royal Navy). Amongst those killed was one of the three survivors from City of Cairo (  United Kingdom). The other two survivors were rescued by U-410 (  Kriegsmarine) and were taken as prisoners of war.[7]

2 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Alarm   Royal Navy World War II: The Algerine-class minesweeper was bombed in the port of Bône, Algeria by German aircraft, and was later declared a total loss.[8]
Ebon Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Argonaut (  United States Navy).[4]
Empire Metal   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bône, Algeria by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 3, Luftwaffe and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft of III Staffeln, Schlachtgeschwader 10, Luftwaffe.[4] Raised in August 1949 but broke in two and subsequently scrapped.[3]
F 162   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by a mine in the Kerch Strait with the loss of two crew.[9][10][11]
USS Grebe   United States Navy The fleet tug, a former Lapwing-class minesweeper, was destroyed by a typhoon during 1–2 January 1943 at Vuata Vatoa, Fiji Islands after becoming grounded while attempting to salvage Thomas A. Edison (  United States) on 6 December 1942.[12]
St. Merriel   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the port of Bône, Algeria by German aircraft. Five crewmen were killed or died of wounds. In 1950 she was raised, but sank off Cape Noli while in tow to the breakers.[4][13]
Thomas A. Edison   United States The Liberty ship was destroyed by a typhoon during 1–2 January 1943 at Vuata Vatoa, Fiji Islands after becoming grounded on 4 December 1942.[12][14]

3 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Baron Dechmont   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape San Roque, Brazil (3°11′S 38°41′W / 3.183°S 38.683°W / -3.183; -38.683) by U-507 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 44 crew.[15]
British Vigilance   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea approximately 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) north east of Barbados (20°58′N 44°40′W / 20.967°N 44.667°W / 20.967; -44.667) by U-514 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 54 crew. The ship was abandoned and the survivors were rescued by HMS Saxifrage (  Royal Navy). British Vigilance was torpedoed and sunk on 24 January at approximately 21°N 45°W / 21°N 45°W / 21; -45 by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine).[3][16]
HMS LCP(L) 17   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) was lost on this date.[17]
Ulpio Traiano   Regia Marina World War II: Operation Principal: The Capitani Romani-class cruiser was sunk at Palermo, Sicily by a Royal Navy human torpedo.[18]

4 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HNoMS Bodø   Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The naval whaler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aberdeen, Scotland. Thirty of the 32 crew lost their lives, the survivors being rescued by a British trawler. She was returning from a special operation to Norway.[19][20][21]
M 4242   Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (43°55′N 00°42′W / 43.917°N 0.700°W / 43.917; -0.700) by USS Shad (  United States Navy).[22]
Schokland   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Dutch cargo ship, under German command, carrying sacks of cement and iron girders and 284 troops returning from leave, sank after hitting a reef a mile off Portelet Bay, Jersey Channel Islands. 106 of the troops who had been in a hold, died.[23]

5 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Keifuku Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, New Britain by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Fifth Air Force. Three crewmen were killed.[24][25]
HMS LCP(M) 17   Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (medium) was lost off Isle of Wight.[26]

6 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Kotohira Maru   Japan World War II: United States Army Air Forces aircraft sank the 6,101-ton cargo ship off Holtz Bay on the coast of Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands. Only two crew members survived.[27]
HMS LCT 106   Royal Navy The Mk. 2 landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Benghazi, Libya.[28]
HMS LCT 107   Royal Navy The Mk. 2 landing craft tank foundered in a storm off Benghazi, Libya.[29]
Montreal Maru   Japan World War II: The 6,577-ton transport was sunk in the Bering Sea north of Kiska at 53°28′N 177°52′E / 53.467°N 177.867°E / 53.467; 177.867 (Montreal Maru) by a United States Navy PBY Catalina flying boat. There were no survivors. She was carrying 831 passengers including 216 soldiers of the IJA 302 Independent Battalion, 76 engineers, 23 field hospital men, 64 gunners and 93 crewmen.[30][31][32]
U-164   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Pernambuco, Brazil (1°58′S 39°22′W / 1.967°S 39.367°W / -1.967; -39.367) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of 54 of her 56 crew.[33]
USS YP-492   United States Navy World War II: The patrol boat was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Florida in a collision with USS YP-6713 (  United States Navy).[34]

7 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Akabahra   Norway World War II: Convoy MKS 5: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe. All 25 crew were rescued.[4][35]
Benalbanach   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy MKS 5: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe with the loss of 410 lives.[4]
Bersagliere   Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer was sunk by American aircraft at Palermo, Sicily, with the loss of 59 crew.[36][37]
HMT Horatio   Royal Navy World War II: The Shakespearian-class trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape de Garde, Algeria by S-58 (  Kriegsmarine). Only two crewmen survived the sinking, rescued by S-58 and made prisoners of war. 31 crew were lost.[18][38]
HMT Jura   Royal Navy World War II: The Isles-class trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) north east of Algiers (36°58′N 03°48′E / 36.967°N 3.800°E / 36.967; 3.800) by U-371 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seventeen of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Stronsay (  Royal Navy).[18][39]
Majestic   United States The motor vessel stranded Key West, Florida.[40][41]
Myoko Maru   Imperial Japanese Army
 
Myoko Maru

World War II: Operation 18: The troopship was bombed and damaged by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, Martin B-26 Marauder, Lockheed P-38 Lightning and Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft of the United States Army Air Force, Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force or Royal New Zealand Air Force and Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force. She was beached at Malahang, Papua New Guinea (06°49′S 147°04′E / 6.817°S 147.067°E / -6.817; 147.067), where she was bombed again the next day and destroyed.[42]

Nichiryu Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Operation 18: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Lae, New Guinea (06°30′S 149°00′E / 6.500°S 149.000°E / -6.500; 149.000) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina of 11 Sqn RAAF. Survivors were rescued by Maikaze (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[43] Casualties were 456 dead and missing and 85 wounded.[44]

8 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Albert L. Ellsworth   Norway World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea (27°57′N 28°50′W / 27.950°N 28.833°W / 27.950; -28.833) by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine). Afire from bow to stern, she was abandoned by her 42 crew, who were rescued by HMS Havelock (  Royal Navy). Albert L. Ellsworth was shelled and sunk by U-436 the next day.[45]
M 489   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1940 minesweeper was sunk at Rotterdam by sabotage. Raised 10 January 1943, repaired, and returned to service.[46][47]
Oltenia II   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (27°59′N 28°50′W / 27.983°N 28.833°W / 27.983; -28.833) by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seventeen of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock (  Royal Navy).[48]
Yorkwood   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Macau, Brazil (4°10′S 35°30′W / 4.167°S 35.500°W / -4.167; -35.500) by U-507 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 48 crew. Her captain was taken aboard U-507 as a prisoner of war.[49]

9 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Birmingham City   United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°23′N 55°48′W / 7.383°N 55.800°W / 7.383; -55.800) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 (  United States Navy)[50]
Brasil   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Stavanger, Norway. The crew survived.[4][51]
Broad Arrow   United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°35′N 55°45′W / 7.583°N 55.750°W / 7.583; -55.750) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 (  United States Navy).[52]
Collingsworth   United States World War II: Convoy TB 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°12′N 55°37′W / 7.200°N 55.617°W / 7.200; -55.617) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of twelve of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by Dalvangen (  Norway) and USS PC-577 (  United States Navy).[53]
Corsaro   Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 187 lives. There were 48 survivors.[4][54]
Emilio Morandi   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia by HMS Umbra (  Royal Navy). There were 66 dead and 32 survivors.[4][54]
Empire Lytton   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-442 with the loss of 14 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock and HMS Saxifrage (both   Royal Navy).[3][55]
Empire Spruce   United Kingdom The tug collided with another ship and sank in the Firth of Clyde with the loss of four of her six crew.[56]
Louise Lykes   United States World War II: The Type C2-F cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°15′N 22°00′W / 56.250°N 22.000°W / 56.250; -22.000) by U-384 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 83 crew.[57]
RFA Minister Wedel   Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-522 (  Kriegsmarine). All 38 crew were rescued by HMS Havelock (  Royal Navy).[58]
Minotaur   United States World War II: Convoy TM 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°12′N 55°37′W / 7.200°N 55.617°W / 7.200; -55.617) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-577 (  United States Navy).[59]
Norvik   Panama World War II: Convoy TM 1: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Tenerife, Spain (28°08′N 28°20′W / 28.133°N 28.333°W / 28.133; -28.333) by U-522 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 45 crew.[60][61]
RD 56   Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was sunk at Bizerta, Tunisia by Allied aircraft. There was no casualty. She was raised but bombed and sunk again three months later.[62][54]
S-104   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was sunk by a mine in the English Channel. One crew was killed and 4 wounded.[63]
Svea Jarl   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Stavanger. 37 crew died and 3 survived. Seven more sailors from the Swedish cargo Ecuador died while trying to help the shipwrecked from Sveajarl.[4][51]
William Wilberforce   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Canary Islands, Spain (29°20′N 26°53′W / 29.333°N 26.883°W / 29.333; -26.883) by U-511 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 63 crew. Survivors were rescued by Monte Arnabal (  Spain).[64]
Yoshinogawa Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk east of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea (6°10′S 156°00′E / 6.167°S 156.000°E / -6.167; 156.000) by USS Nautilus (  United States Navy). Eight crewmen were killed.[4][65][66]

10 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Argonaut   United States Navy World War II: The Argonaut-class submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea by Hamakaze, Isokaze and Maikaze (all   Imperial Japanese Navy). There were no survivors from her 102 crew.[67]
Dalny   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off San Remo, Italy, by HMS Tribune, and was beached. All crew was rescued. The wreck was attacked several times by submarines and aircraft before being towed to Toulon and scuttled there in August 1944.[4][68][circular reference][69]
Dorothy   United States The 42-gross register ton, 50-foot (15.2 m) scow sank off Fort Glenn on the northeast coast of Umnak Island in the Aleutian Islands.[70]
Norwalk   United States The cargo ship was sunk north of Cuba (23°18′N 80°00′W / 23.300°N 80.000°W / 23.300; -80.000) in a collision with Nidareid (  Norway). One crewman was killed.[71]
Okikaze   Imperial Japanese Navy
 
Okikaze sinking, seen through the periscope of USS Trigger

World War II: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Katsura, Chiba (35°02′N 140°12′E / 35.033°N 140.200°E / 35.033; 140.200) by USS Trigger (  United States Navy) with the loss of most of her 148 crew.

11 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1943
Ship Country Description
British Dominion   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TM 1: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-522 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of her 53 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMS Godetia (  Royal Navy). British Dominion was later torpedoed and sunk (30°30′N 19°55′W / 30.500°N 19.917°W / 30.500; -19.917) by U-620 (  Kriegsmarine).[72]
Ocean Vagabond   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 115: The Ocean ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°17′N 20°11′W / 57.283°N 20.183°W / 57.283; -20.183) by U-186 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wanderer (  Royal Navy).[73]
USS PT-43   United States Navy World War II: The Elco 77' PT boat was shelled and damaged off Guadalcanal, (09°15′S 159°42′E / 9.250°S 159.700°E / -9.250; 159.700) by Hatsukaze, and Tokitsukaze (both   Imperial Japanese Navy). One crew was killed. The empty boat grounded on Japanese-held shore and was destroyed the next day by gunfire from the corvette HMNZS Kiwi (  Royal New Zealand Navy).[74][75]
USS PT-112   United States Navy World War II: The Elco 80' PT boat was shelled and sunk off Guadalcanal, (09°15′S 159°42′E / 9.250°S 159.700°E / -9.250; 159.700) by Hatsukaze, and Tokitsukaze (both   Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew survived.[76][75]
Vittoria Beraldo   Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy).[4][77]

12 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Ardente   Regia Marina The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was sunk in a collision with Grecale (  Regia Marina) off Capo San Vito, Sicily. 118 of her 162 crew were killed, as were 5 crew of the Grecale and around 70 German soldiers aboard her.[78][79]
C S Flight   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (12°25′N 65°00′W / 12.417°N 65.000°W / 12.417; -65.000) by U-105 with the loss of 49 of her 72 crew.[80]
HMT Kingston Jacinth   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon. 20 crew were killed.[18][81]
Patrol Boat No. 1   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The patrol boat, a former Minekaze-class destroyer, was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Hanover Island, Bismarck Archipelago (02°51′S 149°43′E / 2.850°S 149.717°E / -2.850; 149.717) by the submarine USS Guardfish (  United States Navy).[4][82]
USS PT-28   United States Navy The Elco 77' PT boat ran aground at Dora Harbor, Unimak Island, Alaska without casualties. Attempts to recover her in the next days failed and she was wrecked.[83][84]
USS Worden   United States Navy
 
USS Worden

The Farragut-class destroyer was driven onto rocks at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka Island, Alaska and was wrecked with the loss of fourteen of her 186 crew.[85]

13 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Iwashiro Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean between Kwajalein and Truk (09°54′N 167°07′E / 9.900°N 167.117°E / 9.900; 167.117) by USS Wahoo (  United States Navy) with the loss of 23 of her crew (probably all hands).[86][87][88]
U-224   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Algiers, Algeria (36°28′N 0°49′E / 36.467°N 0.817°E / 36.467; 0.817) by HMCS Ville de Quebec (  Royal Canadian Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 46 crew.[89]
U-507   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 330 nautical miles (610 km) off Cape Saint Rocque, Brazil (1°38′S 39°52′W / 1.633°S 39.867°W / -1.633; -39.867) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 54 people aboard.
Unknown   Empire of Japan World War II: The fishing vessel was sunk by HMIS ML 438 and HMIS ML 476 both (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Mayu River.[90]
Virgo   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum, Germany with the loss of one of her 27 crew.[91][92]

14 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Ganjitsu Maru No. 1 Go   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Searaven (  United States Navy). 16 sea rescue sailors, three gunners and about eight crewmen were killed.[4][93]
Narvalo   Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Malta (34°08′N 16°04′E / 34.133°N 16.067°E / 34.133; 16.067) by HMS Pakenham (  Royal Navy) and a Bristol Beaufort aircraft of the Royal Air Force. 29 crew, 11 Italian military passengers and eight Allied prisoners of war were killed. The British rescued 32 crew and 3 prisoners.[94]
Oued Tiflet   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Loano, Italy by HMS Sahib (  Royal Navy). There were 17 survivors and 1 missing.[4][95]
Shiraha Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (9°32′N 130°42′E / 9.533°N 130.700°E / 9.533; 130.700) by USS Searaven (  United States Navy). 16 passengers and 11 crewmen were killed.[4][93]
UJ 1107 Star XX   Kriegsmarine The submarine chaser/naval whaler collided with Dessau (  Germany) and sank off the Rotvær Lighthouse, Norway. One source gives 4 crewmen dead, another says there were 16 dead and 21 survivors.[4][96]
V 703 Henry Fricke   Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot ran aground during a storm in the port of Alderney, Channel islands and was wrecked. The whole crew was saved.[97][98]

15 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Annitsa   Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°02′N 21°58′E / 33.033°N 21.967°E / 33.033; 21.967) by U-617 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Southern Isles (  Royal Navy).[99][100]
Harboe Jensen   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°04′N 21°50′E / 33.067°N 21.833°E / 33.067; 21.833) by U-617 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eighteen of her 24 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Southern Isles (  Royal Navy).[99]
HMS LCP(L) 80   Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) sank in a storm in the English waters.[17][101]
Mapele   United States The 3,545-ton steam cargo ship was wrecked at Cape Devine (55°22′45″N 160°09′00″W / 55.37917°N 160.15000°W / 55.37917; -160.15000 (Cape Devine)) in the Shumagin Islands in the Gulf of Alaska off the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska. One crewman and one member of the embarked United States Navy Armed Guard perished; the other 48 people aboard were rescued by the salvage ship USS Discoverer (  United States Navy)[30]
Nichimei Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy S-23: The cargo ship was carrying Japanese troops and Allied prisoners of war. She was sunk 200 nautical miles (370 km) south southwest of Rangoon, Burma (13°30′N 97°30′E / 13.500°N 97.500°E / 13.500; 97.500) by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force. 5 gunners and crewmen, 97 Japanese soldiers and 39 Dutch prisoners were killed.[102][103][104]
Ocean Courage   United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (10°52′N 23°28′W / 10.867°N 23.467°W / 10.867; -23.467) by U-182 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 52 of her 58 crew. Survivors were rescued by Silverwalnut (  United Kingdom).[105][106]
UJ 1406   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Mob-FD-class naval trawler/submarine chaser was bombed and sunk at Lorient, Morbihan, France during a Royal Air Force air raid.[4]

16 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Chifuku Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Kavieng, New Ireland (04°03′N 151°55′E / 4.050°N 151.917°E / 4.050; 151.917) by USS Growler (  United States Navy). One crewman was killed.[107][108]
D'Annunzio   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Kelvin and HMS Nubian (both   Royal Navy).[4]
Emma   Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed the day before in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid (  Royal Navy) and heavily damaged. The submarine torpedoed her again in the morning while she was being towed to Naples and this time her ammunition cargo exploded and she sank southwest of Capri. Only seven of the around 350 men aboard (crew and Italian and German soldiers) survived. The explosion also killed eight men and wounded 22 aboard the two tugs that were towing her.[4][109]
F 174   Kriegsmarine The MFP-A landing craft sank in storm in the Baltic Sea (59°02′N 21°38′W / 59.033°N 21.633°W / 59.033; -21.633) while under tow by icebreaker Nordlicht that rescued the whole crew.[110]
Kimposan Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Kavieng, New Ireland, 8 nautical miles (15 km) north east of Los Reyes Island (02°47′S 149°10′E / 2.783°S 149.167°E / -2.783; 149.167) by USS Greenling (  United States Navy). Thirty-one crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-17 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[4][111][112]
Schenectady   United States
 
Schenectady

The T2 tanker broke in two at Portland, Oregon. Subsequently repaired and entered service in April 1943.

UJ-2103   Kriegsmarine The submarine chaser ran aground and was wrecked off Euboea, Greece.[4][113]

17 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Bombardiere   Regia Marina World War II: The Soldati-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS United (  Royal Navy).[4]
Heiyo Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Whale (  United States Navy). Nine hundred passengers and 44 crewmen were killed.[86]
Llanashe   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Cape St. Francis, Cape Colony (34°00′S 28°30′E / 34.000°S 28.500°E / -34.000; 28.500) by U-182 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Tarakan (  Netherlands).[114]
HMS LCT 2234, HMS LCT 2239,
HMS LCT 2267 and HMS LCT 2344
  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft tanks were being carried as deck cargo on Vestfold (  Panama) and were lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk.[115][116]
Ostende   Belgium World War II: Convoy SC 115: The cargo ship either suffered an onboard explosion and sank in the Atlantic Ocean,[117] or struck a mine in Loch Lathaich and was beached on the Isle of Mull. Her cargo of ammunition exploded. Two of her 48 crew were killed.[118]
Tokachi Maru   Japan World War II: The auxiliary collier was sunk by a Japanese mine west of Surubaya, Java (6°50′S 112°12′E / 6.833°S 112.200°E / -6.833; 112.200).[119]
Vestfold   Panama World War II: Convoy HX 222: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°25′N 26°12′W / 61.417°N 26.200°W / 61.417; -26.200) by U-268 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of the 75 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Rathlin (  United Kingdom).[115]
Yachiyo Maru   Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Finback (  United States Navy).[4]
Zenobia Martini   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unseen (  Royal Navy).[4]

18 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Algeria   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by Allied aircraft with the loss of two lives.[4][51]
Ankara   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea north-east of Cani Island, Tunisia. All 109 crew and 118 passengers were saved.[120][121]
Favør   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Sardinia, Italy by HMS Loyal (  Royal Navy).[4][122]
Jan Mayen   Norway The whaler ran aground off Leirabodi, Reykjavík, Iceland and was abandoned. Salvage was abandoned on 26 January and she subsequently broke up and sank.[123]
Kalingo   Australia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tasman Sea off New South Wales, Australia (34°07′S 153°15′E / 34.117°S 153.250°E / -34.117; 153.250) by I-21 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[124]
Senzan Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kavieng, New Ireland (03°29′S 149°02′E / 3.483°S 149.033°E / -3.483; 149.033) by a United States Army Air Forces Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft. Seven crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-16 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[125]
Sportivo   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°00′N 12°08′E / 33.000°N 12.133°E / 33.000; 12.133) by HMS Unseen (  Royal Navy). The whole crew was saved.[4][126]
Tōei Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 100 miles south west (06°21′N 150°23′E / 6.350°N 150.383°E / 6.350; 150.383) of Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Silversides (  United States Navy). Four crewmen killed.[127]
Yamafuku Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-39 Airacobra aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[128]

19 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Commercio   Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid (  Royal Navy).[4]
Cleopatra   Regia Marina World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Splendid (  Royal Navy).[4]
Edda   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbroken (  Royal Navy) and then sunk (33°45′N 11°12′E / 33.750°N 11.200°E / 33.750; 11.200) by British aircraft. All 69 men aboard (43 crew, 22 gunners and 4 passengers) survived.[4][129]
Eso   Regia Marina World War II: The Galeb-class minelayer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunis, Tunisia by British aircraft. There were 24 dead and 75 survivors.[54][130]
Genyo Maru   Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Haddock (  United States Navy).[4]
HH 05 Deli   Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval drifter/patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands by Allied aircraft.[4]
Myoho Maru   Japan World War II: Convoy No. 35, Part A: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north north east of Buin, Papua New Guinea (05°38′S 156°20′E / 5.633°S 156.333°E / -5.633; 156.333) by USS Swordfish (  United States Navy). 61 troops and 3 crewmen were killed. 800 survivors were rescued by Shigure (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[131]
Seikai Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pollack (  United States Navy).[4]
Stromboli   Regia Marina World War II: The military transport ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Kelvin, HMS Nubian (both   Royal Navy) and Vasilissa Olga (  Greece Navy). There were 17 dead and 16 survivors.[4][132]
Tritone   Regia Marina World War II: The Flutto-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Algiers, Algeria (37°06′N 05°22′E / 37.100°N 5.367°E / 37.100; 5.367) by HMS Antelope (  Royal Navy) and HMCS Port Arthur (  Royal Canadian Navy). Twenty-six crew were lost, 25 survivors were rescued and became prisoners of war.[133]

20 JanuaryEdit

For the loss of the American tanker Brilliant on this day, see the entry for 18 November 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Assiria   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli, Libya.[4]
Giulia   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Tripoli by a limpet mine place by Chariot XIII, operating from HMS Thunderbolt (  Royal Navy).[4]
Irma   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Zuara, Libya by HMS Kelvin and HMS Jaguar (both   Royal Navy).[134]
Jean Jadot   Belgium World War II: Convoy KMS 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean off Cape Ténès, Algeria by U-453 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of the 414 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Verity (  Royal Navy) and the trawler Duguay Trouin (  France).[135]
Marco Foscarini   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]
Maria Angeletta   Regia Marina World War II: The guard ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Saracen (  Royal Navy).[4]
Marrochino   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]
Meiu Maru   Japan World War II: Convoy 35C: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off (03°52′N 153°56′E / 3.867°N 153.933°E / 3.867; 153.933) by USS Silversides (  United States Navy). Four hundred troops and one crewman were killed. Survivors were rescued by CH-11 and Choun Maru No. 2 both (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[127]
Santorre Santarosa   Regia Marina World War II: The submarine ran aground in the Mediterranean off Tripoli (32°55′N 13°11′E / 32.917°N 13.183°E / 32.917; 13.183) on the 19th and then was torpedoed and heavily damaged on the 20th by HMS MTB 260 (  Royal Navy). Two crew were killed. She was scuttled on the 21st.[136][137]
Surabaya Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Convoy 35C: The Indus Maru-class transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (03°52′N 153°56′E / 3.867°N 153.933°E / 3.867; 153.933) by USS Silversides (  United States Navy). Scuttled by Asagumo (  Imperial Japanese Navy). 462 troops, her captain and 36 crewmen killed.[127]
Tanja   Germany The coaster ran aground at Kirkenes, Norway and was wrecked.[138]
Tevere   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Tripoli.[4]

21 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Asama Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Pollack (  United States Navy).[4]
Città di Genova   Regia Marina World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Tigris (  Royal Navy)[4][139]
Hampton Lodge   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe.[4]
Kenkon Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 35B: The Kaihei Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia, Solomon Islands by USS Gato (  United States Navy). 36 troops and 7 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by Shirayuki (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[140]
No. 012   Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was sunk on this date.[141]
RD 31, RD 36,
RD 37 and RD 39
  Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweepers were sunk by HMS Kelvin and HMS Javelin (both   Royal Navy) while trying to escape from Tripoli, Libya.[62]
Saturno   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
USS SC-709   United States Navy The SC-497-class submarine chaser was wrecked at Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.[142]
Taiyu Maru No. 3   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The picket ship was sunk in an air attack at Rabaul, New Guinea.[143]
Tetsuzan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in an air attack at Karavia Bay, Rabaul.[143]
U-301   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Bonifacio, Corsica, France (41°27′N 7°04′E / 41.450°N 7.067°E / 41.450; 7.067) by HMS Sahib (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 45 of her 46 crew.
Victory   United States The 17-ton, 35-foot (11 m) fishing vessel burned at 55°17′N 131°37′W / 55.283°N 131.617°W / 55.283; -131.617 (Victory) near Gravina Poit just south of Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[144]

22 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Hassu Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Banda Sea by USS Tautog (  United States Navy).[145]
Mount Mycale   Greece World War II: Convoy SC 117: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°00′N 50°30′W / 52.000°N 50.500°W / 52.000; -50.500) by U-413 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all of her 31 crew.[146][147]
Neva   Sweden World War II: Convoy UR 59: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (61°35′N 14°15′W / 61.583°N 14.250°W / 61.583; -14.250) by U-358 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Cape Portland (  Royal Navy).[148]
HMAS Patricia Cam   Royal Australian Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk off the Wessel Islands by a Japanese floatplane. Five crew and three aboriginal passengers were killed, drowned or died of wounds. Another passenger, Reverend Leonard Kentish, was captured by the Japanese and later executed on 4 May 1943.[149][150]
RD 33 and RD 43   Regia Marina The RD-class minesweepers foundered in a storm off the east coast of Tunisia.[62][151]
Ruhr   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Palermo, Italy.[152]
Yashima Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog (  United States Navy).[4]

23 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Alexandria   Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-431 (  Kriegsmarine).[153]
Benjamin Smith   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) off Cape Palmas, Liberia (4°05′N 7°50′W / 4.083°N 7.833°W / 4.083; -7.833) by U-175 (  Kriegsmarine). All 66 crew survived.[154][155]
City of Flint   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-575 (  Kriegsmarine).
D L Co. No. XXXIII   United States The 562-gross register ton, 128-foot (39.0 m) barge sank off Four Mountains Island near Inanudak Bay (53°18′N 168°25′W / 53.300°N 168.417°W / 53.300; -168.417 (Inanudak Bay)) on Umnak Island in the Aleutian Islands.[70]
F 152   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A MFP landing craft was sunk by Allied fighter-bombers off Cap Bon, Tunisia. One crew was wounded.[156]
Hakaze   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Minekaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gazelle Channel south of Kavieng (2°47′S 150°38′E / 2.783°S 150.633°E / -2.783; 150.633) by USS Guardfish (  United States Navy). thirteen crewmen were killed, 124 survivors were rescued by Akitsushima (  Imperial Japanese Navy).
Luni   Italy World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy).[4]
R-44   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type R-41 minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Brest, Finistère, France by United States Eighth Air Force aircraft.[4][157]
Viminale   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy).[4]
USS YP-577   United States Navy The yard patrol boat was destroyed by an explosion at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois.[158]

24 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1943
Ship Country Description
F 323   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by a mine in the Kerch Strait off Eltingen. There were 13 killed and 2 survivors.[159]
Hans Schmidt   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Pola, Italy.[160]
Harusame   Imperial Japanese Navy
 
Harusame after attack by USS Wahoo, photographed through Wahoo's periscope
World War II: The Shiratsuyu-class destroyer was torpedoed by the submarine USS Wahoo (  United States Navy) and beached to avoid sinking. She was salvaged and returned to service in late November 1943.
Kollbjørg   Norway World War II: Convoy HX 223: The tanker broke in two in a storm and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (58°28′N 41°34′W / 58.467°N 41.567°W / 58.467; -41.567) with the loss of eleven of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Pan Maryland (  United States). The bow section was scuttled on 26 January at 58°20′N 39°30′W / 58.333°N 39.500°W / 58.333; -39.500 by U-594 (  Kriegsmarine).[161][162]
Pistoia   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
Ringstad   Norway World War II: Convoy ON 55: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 85 nautical miles (157 km) south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (45°50′N 51°04′W / 45.833°N 51.067°W / 45.833; -51.067) by U-333 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Swanson (  United States Navy).[163]
Teddy   United States The 89-gross register ton, 69.5-foot (21.2 m) fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[164]
Unknown   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Armed Launch was sunk by HMIS ML 477 (  Royal Indian Navy) off the coast of Burma.[165]
Unknown   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Armed Launch was damaged by HMIS ML 477 (  Royal Indian Navy) off the coast of Burma and beached.[166]
Verona   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
Ville de Tamatave   United Kingdom The passenger ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (50°17′N 40°55′W / 50.283°N 40.917°W / 50.283; -40.917) with the loss of all 88 people on board.[167]

25 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Corncrake   Royal Navy World War II: The Fish-class trawler minelayer foundered in the North Atlantic in a storm with the loss of all 23 hands.[168][169]
HMS LCM 58   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost on this date off Libya.[170][171]
Lackenby   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 117: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (55°00′N 37°50′W / 55.000°N 37.833°W / 55.000; -37.833) by U-624 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[172]
Mouyassar   Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-431 (  Kriegsmarine). There were no casualty.[173]
Omar el Kattab   Syria World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Cyprus by U-431 (  Kriegsmarine). There were no casualty.[174]
Toko Maru No. 2 Go   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary stores ship ran aground about 12 nautical miles WSW Banjo Zaki, N Paramushiro, Kuriles (50°39′N 155°51′E / 50.650°N 155.850°E / 50.650; 155.850) and was wrecked.[175]

26 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Buyo Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of Dutch New Guinea (01°54′N 134°57′E / 1.900°N 134.950°E / 1.900; 134.950) by the submarine USS Wahoo (  United States Navy). Eighty-six troops, 269 British Indian Army prisoners of war, and a crewman were killed. Between 750 and over 1,000 survivors were rescued by the steamer Chuko Maru No. 2 Go (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[176]
Emily   United States The 11-gross register ton, 47-foot (14.3 m) motor cargo vessel was wrecked at Juneau, Territory of Alaska.[177]
Fukurei Maru No.2   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 270 nautical miles (500 km) north of Dutch New Guinea (02°04′N 140°10′E / 2.067°N 140.167°E / 2.067; 140.167) by the submarine USS Wahoo (  United States Navy).[176]
Hassan   Syria World War II: The sailing ship was rammed and sunk by gunfire in the Mediterranean Sea by the submarine U-431 (  Kriegsmarine).[178]
Krasnyj Partizan   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (73°45′N 17°30′E / 73.750°N 17.500°E / 73.750; 17.500) by the submarine U-255 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 51 crew.[179]
Lewis Cass   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore and wrecked on Guadalupe Island, Mexico.[180]
Nortind   Norway World War II: Convoy HX 223: Straggling behind the convoy, the tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell (58°30′N 34°00′W / 58.500°N 34.000°W / 58.500; -34.000), Greenland, by the submarine U-358 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 42 people aboard.[181][182]
Unknown   Empire of Japan World War II: The ship was sunk by HMIS ML 440 and HMIS ML 441 both (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Myebon Creek, Burma.[183]
Ushio Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Philippine Sea west of Luzon, the Philippines, by the submarine USS Grayling (  United States Navy).[184]
V 1105 Ernst Gröschel   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea. Ten crewmen were killed.[4][98]

27 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Cape Decision   United States World War II: The Type C1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°57′N 47°28′W / 22.950°N 47.467°W / 22.950; -47.467) by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine). All 77 people aboard survived and reached land in their lifeboats.[185]
Julia Ward Howe   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 4: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (35°29′N 29°10′W / 35.483°N 29.167°W / 35.483; -29.167) by U-442 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 74 crew. Survivors were rescued by Lima (  Portuguese Navy).[186][187]
MZ 702 and MZ 725   Regia Marina World War II: The MZ-A landing craft were beached near Pisida, Libya, after an air attack. Engineers blew them on the beach on 29 January during the Axis retreat from the area.[188][189]
"Montgomery"   United States The Lighter sank off 'The Keyhole", Key Biscayne, Florida (25°30′N 80°12′W / 25.500°N 80.200°W / 25.500; -80.200).[40][190]
U-769 and U-770   Germany World War II: The Type VII submarines were severely damaged in an air raid on Wilhelmshaven by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force. Construction of both vessels is abandoned.[4]
Unknown and unknown   Empire of Japan World War II: Two small steamers was sunk by HMIS ML 440 and HMIS ML 441 both (  Royal Indian Navy) off the coast of Burma.[191]

28 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Charles C. Pinckney   United States World War II: Convoy UGS 4: The Liberty ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged late in the evening of 27 January. Return fire from the Armed Guard temporarily drove off her attacker U-514 (  Kriegsmarine), who returned and sank her in the early hours of 28 January, in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (36°37′N 30°55′W / 36.617°N 30.917°W / 36.617; -30.917) with the loss of 56 of her 70 crew. Survivors were rescued by Caritas I (   Switzerland).[192][193]
F 359   Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk in an American bombing raid in the port of Sfax, Tunisia. Two crew were wounded ashore.[194]
SF 36 Goldbutt   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Siebel ferry was sunk in an American bombing raid in the port of Sfax, Tunisia.[195]

29 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Chicago   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Rennell Island: The Northampton-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean between Rennell Island and Guadalcanal just before midnight. Torpedoed again the next day and sunk (11°25′S 160°56′E / 11.417°S 160.933°E / -11.417; 160.933) by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft.
I-1   Imperial Japanese Navy
 
I-1

World War II: The J1 type submarine was rammed and wrecked in Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal by HMNZS Kiwi and HMNZS Moa (both   Royal New Zealand Navy).

Kaldnes   Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 10 nautical miles (19 km) south west of Stavanger, Norway by Handley Page Hampden aircraft of 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force with the loss of fourteen lives.[4][196]
M 4606   Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands by Allied aircraft.[4]
Nichiun Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia, Solomon Islands (06°22′S 156°04′E / 6.367°S 156.067°E / -6.367; 156.067) by USS Gato (  United States Navy).[140]
HMS Pozarica   Royal Navy World War II: The flakship was torpedoed north of Beni Ksila, Algeria (37°04′N 4°36′E / 37.067°N 4.600°E / 37.067; 4.600) by Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica and Heinkel He 111 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe. She capsized at Bougie, Algeria on 13 February 1943. Wreck scrapped in Savona, Italy, from 14 June 1951.[4][197][198]
RD 4   Regia Marina World War II: The RD-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in "The Narrows" by Allied aircraft.[151]
Samuel Gompers   United States World War II: The Liberty ship torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off New Caledonia (24°21′S 166°21′W / 24.350°S 166.350°W / -24.350; -166.350) by I-10 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). 1 Gunner and 3 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by French fishing boats and P-111 (  United States Army).[199]
Ufa   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea by U-255 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 39 crew.[200]
V 2018 Vogtland   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot struck a mine in the North Sea and was severely damaged.[4]
Vercelli   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Cape Bon, Tunisia by Allied aircraft. She sank under tow the next day 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) off Cape Farina, Tunisia.[201]

30 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Aniello   Italy World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[4]
Daghild   Norway World War II: Convoy SC 118: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°25′N 26°12′W / 55.417°N 26.200°W / 55.417; -26.200) by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by Lobelia (  Free French Naval Forces).[202]
Gemma   Italy World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy).[4]
Noto   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Parma   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by aircraft based on Malta.[4]
HMS Samphire   Royal Navy World War II: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Bougie, Algeria by Platino (  Regia Marina) with the loss of 45 of her 85 crew.
Toa Maru No. 2   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk by Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers of Squadron VSMB-233, United States Marine Corps in the Solomon Sea north of Gizo Island (07°43′S 156°51′E / 7.717°S 156.850°E / -7.717; 156.850). Two troops and a crewman were killed.[203]
V 1102 Gleiwitz   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was driven ashore and wrecked on Hanstholm.[4]
V 1109 Mähren   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was driven ashore on Hanstholm. She was later salvaged.[4]
Unie   Regia Marina World War II: The Galeb-class minelayer was bombed and sunk by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force at Bizerte.[4][130]
USS YFD-220   United States Navy The floating dry dock sank in heavy weather off of California.[204]

31 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1943
Ship Country Description
Calypso   French Navy World War II: The Circé-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Bizerte, Tunisia by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Desna   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by a mine in the Black Sea.[205]
Generale Marcello Prestinari   Regia Marina World War II: The Generali-class torpedo boat was sunk by a mine south-east of Cani Island, Tunisia with the loss of 54 crew.[206]
Lisboa   Germany World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 5 milles north of Sousse, Tunisia by HMS Unruffled (  Royal Navy).[4][207]
Nautilus   French Navy World War II: The submarine was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]
Prawn   United States The 22-gross register ton, 44.8-foot (13.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Wrangell, Territory of Alaska.[208]
Procellaria   Regia Marina World War II: The Gabbiano-class corvette was sunk by a mine west of Sicily.[209]
Spoletto   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bizerte by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Twelfth Air Force.[4]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS LCP(L) 203, HMS LCP(L) 204, HMS LCP(L) 205, HMS LCP(L) 206   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft personnel (large) were lost sometime in January.[17]
Outarde   Canada The lake freighter ran aground near the mouth of the St Lawrence estuary near St Pierre and Miquelon.[210] She later was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.
Reichenfels   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Tripoli, Libya by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Ninth Air Force between 15 and 21 January.[4]
San Giovanni   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Tripoli before 19 January.[4]
Teodolinda   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled (  Royal Navy) between 23 and 31 January.[4]
U-337   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean on or after 3 January with the loss of all 47 crew.
U-519   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine went missing as of 31 January.[211]
U-553   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean on or after 20 January with the loss of all 47 crew.
Unknown and unknown   Empire of Japan World War II: The fishing vessels were sunk by HMIS ML 439 (  Royal Indian Navy) at Kyaukpyu, Burma.[212]

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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