List of shipwrecks in March 1942

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

1 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS A   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper (179 t, 1930) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in Imperial Japanese Navy service as CHa-113 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[1]
HNLMS Arens   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender (1,011 t, 1930) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya in April 1943. Repaired 29 January–29 February 1944. Commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-108 on 31 July 1944.[2]
Audacity   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (589 GRT, 1925) was sunk by a mine off Mablethorpe.[3]
Augustina   Netherlands World War II: The tanker (3,110 GRT, 1927) was scuttled to prevent capture by Harukaze (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Harukaze machine gunned the survivors in their lifeboats killing 39. Three survivors rescued by a Japanese destroyer on the night of 3–4 March and taken to Makassar.[4][5]
HNLMS Bellatrix   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (773 GRT, 1915) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok. Later raised by the Japanese. The vessel was returned post-war.[6][7]
Carperby   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,890 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 520 nautical miles (960 km) east of Halifax, Nova Scotia (39°57′N 55°40′W / 39.950°N 55.667°W / 39.950; -55.667) by U-588 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[8]
Chapaev   Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship (3,566 GRT, 1915) struck a Soviet mine and sank in the Black Sea near Sevastopol. Conflicting sources say there were at least 88 or as many as 120 dead.[9][10]
Charles Racine   Norway World War II: The tanker (9,957 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°33′N 60°10′W / 23.550°N 60.167°W / 23.550; -60.167) by Giuseppe Finzi (  Regia Marina). All 48 crew were rescued, seven by an Argentinian merchant ship and 41 by USS Moffett (  United States Navy).[11]
USS Edsall   United States Navy
 
USS Edsall

World War II: The Clemson-class destroyer (1,190/1,308 t, 1920) was bombed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft then shelled and sunk by Hiei and Kirishima (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island with the loss of 146 of her 153 crew. Five or six crewmen rescued by the Japanese, five were later executed in a prisoner of war camp.[12]

Egitto   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary cruiser (3,329 GRT, 1927) struck a mine and sank off Taranto. 77 of her 103 crew members were killed.[9][13]
HMS Encounter   Royal Navy World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The E-class destroyer (1,405/1,940 t, 1934) was shelled and sunk off Bawean (5°00′S 111°00′E / 5.000°S 111.000°E / -5.000; 111.000) by Ashigara and Myōkō (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of seven of her 158 crew.[12] Encounter's survivors spent the night in the water and were rescued the next day, i.e. March 2nd[14] by Ikazuchi (  Imperial Japanese Navy)
HNLMS Evertsen   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Admiralen-class destroyer (1,316/1,640 t, 1928) was shelled and damaged by Murakumo and Shirakumo (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) and was beached on Sebuku Island in Sunda Strait. Nine crewmen killed.[12][15]
HMS Exeter   Royal Navy
 
HMS Exeter
World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The York-class cruiser (8,390/10,490 t, 1931) was torpedoed and sunk by Inazuma (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Some of Exeter's survivors were then rescued by Inazuma during the afternoon following the battle,[16] while the remainder were rescued the next day, i.e. March 2nd[17] and by Ikazuchi (  Imperial Japanese Navy),
HNLMS Fazant   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender (623 GRT, 1929) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies as a blockship. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya on 31 July 1944. Repaired and commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-109 on 15 October 1944.[18]
Finnanger   Norway World War II: The tanker (9,551 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°40′N 58°38′W / 38.667°N 58.633°W / 38.667; -58.633) by U-158 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 39 crew.[19]
HMS HDML 1063   Royal Navy World War II: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch (46/54 t, 1942) was lost at Tanjung Priok, Dutch East Indies.[20]
Horai Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The hospital ship (9,192 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami (  Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston (  United States Navy) and HMAS Perth (  Royal Australian Navy).[21]
USS Houston   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Northampton-class cruiser (9,050/12,150 t, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 693 of her 1,061 crew.
Kota Radja   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (7,177 GRT, 1927) was scuttled on the coast of Madura opposite Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese, after being heavily damaged by Japanese air attack on 24 February 1942.[22]
Legaspi   United States World War II: The U. S. Army chartered cargo ship (4,349 GRT) was shelled and damaged by Japanese artillery and scuttled at Luzon, Philippines.[23]
Le Maire   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (3,271 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-2 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[9]
HNLMS Merel   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel (600 t, 1928) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok.[6][7]
Modjokerto   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (8,806 GRT, 1922) was sunk by Chikuma (  Imperial Japanese Navy) south of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. 42 crewmen killed and 25 survivors later executed in a prisoner of war camp.[9][24]
PLM 20   Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship (5,417 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Misrata, Libya by HMS Unbeaten (  Royal Navy). There were 9 dead and 32 survivors.[12][25][26]
Parigi   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (1,172 GRT, 1922) was sunk by I-2 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Eight survivors including her captain were rescued by HMAS Yarra (  Royal Australian Navy), but seven of those died when Yarra was sunk on 4 March and the captain died in the lifeboat afterwards.[27][28]
USS Pecos   United States Navy World War II: The tanker (5,723 GRT / 14,800 t, 1921) was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off Christmas Island by Aichi D3A aircraft from Sōryū (  Imperial Japanese Navy) There were 232 survivors.
HMAS Perth   Royal Australian Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Leander-class cruiser (6,980/8,965 t, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 353 of her 681 crew.
Polgarth   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (794 GRT, 1920) was sunk by a mine two miles (3.2 km) off Aldeburgh Light Float.[29]
HNLMS Poolster   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel/seaplane tender (1,565 t, 1939) was scuttled at Batavia. Raised on 1 September 1943, repaired and put in service on 22 November 1943 as Horei Maru.[6][30]
USS Pope   United States Navy World War II: Second Battle of the Java Sea: The Clemson-class destroyer (1,190/1,308 t, 1920) was bombed and sunk in the Java Sea (4°00′S 111°30′E / 4.000°S 111.500°E / -4.000; 111.500) by Japanese aircraft. Pope's survivors were rescued late in the evening on 3 March[31] by Inazuma (  Imperial Japanese Navy) after having spent almost two and a half days adrift in the water.[32]
RT-19 Komintern   Soviet Union World War II: The trawler (577 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea north of Cape Teriberski by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 hands.[33][34]
HMS Rahman   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper (209 GRT, 1926) was shelled, blew up and sunk by Japanese destroyers off Babi Island in the Sunda Strait.[35]
HNLMS Rigel   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was scuttled at Tandjong Priok. (Look 02/03/1942)[7]
Roggeveen   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The auxiliary depot ship (4,782 GRT) was scuttled to prevent capture. Raised and scrapped 1951.[6]
Rooseboom   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (1,035 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk by I-59 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) west of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean (00°15′N 86°50′E / 0.250°N 86.833°E / 0.250; 86.833). About 250 passengers and crew killed. Two survivors were rescued by Palopo (  Netherlands) on 11 March.[36]
Sakura Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Sakito Maru-class anti-aircraft transport (7,167 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami (  Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston (  United States Navy) and HMAS Perth (  Royal Australian Navy).[37]
HMS Scott Harley   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (620 GRT, 1913) was sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean. Lost with all hands.[38]
Shinshu Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The Shinshu Maru-class landing craft depot ship was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami (  Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston (  United States Navy) and HMAS Perth (  Royal Australian Navy). Raised, repaired and returned to service.[39]
Siaoe   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,573 GRT, 1921) was sunk by Japanese warships in the Java Sea near Bojonegoro, Java.[40]
HMS Sin Aik Lee   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper (198 GRT, 1928) was shelled and sunk by Japanese destroyers off Babi Island in the Sunda Strait. Her captain was killed.[41]
HMIS Sophie Marie   Royal Indian Navy World War II: The minesweeper/naval trawler (1,138 GRT, 1923) struck a mine and sank in the MacPherson Strait off the Andaman Islands with the loss of two crew.[42][43][44]
HNLMS TAN 1   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary oiler (a.k.a. Paula) (2,770 GRT, 1927) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese on 24 December 1942 and repaired. Put into Imperial Japanese Army service as Arare Maru on 31 January 1943.[45]
Tatusumo Maru   Japan World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The transport ran aground during the battle. She was refloated, converted into a tanker, and returned to service.[46]
HNLMS Tjerimai   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The patrol boat (60/80 t, 1942), being converted into a minesweeper, was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies. Salvaged and put in service as CHa-118 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) [47][48][49]
Tokushima Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was bombed by Allied aircraft and beached at Kragan Village, East Java (100 miles, 160 km west of Surabaya) to prevent sinking. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[50]
Tomohon   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (983 GRT, 1930) was sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) 230 miles (370 km) south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean. 28 men and 2 women survivors were rescued by Zaandam (  Netherlands).[51][52]
Toradja   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship (981 GRT, 1930) was shelled and sunk by Arashi and Nowaki (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) 250 miles (400 km) south of Tjilatjap in the Indian Ocean. 11 crewmen killed.[53]
U-656   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine (757/857 t, 1941) was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Race, Newfoundland (46°15′N 53°15′W / 46.250°N 53.250°W / 46.250; -53.250) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 45 crew.[54]
W-2   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Sunda Strait: The W-1-class minesweeper (615/702 t, 1923) was torpedoed and sunk by Mogami (  Imperial Japanese Navy). The torpedoes had missed USS Houston (  United States Navy) and HMAS Perth (  Royal Australian Navy). Raised, repaired and put in reserve status.[55]
Osei Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The salvage ship struck a mine and was beached at Jizo saki. Refloated and scrapped, probably post war. (Look "Castor" 02/03/1942)[56]

2 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Albatros   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (807 GRT, 1912) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Ariake Maru.[6][57]
HNLMS Aldebaran   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (892 GRT, 1913) was scuttled at Surabaya.[6][57]
HNLMS Alor   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[6]
Angelina   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker (2,311 GRT, 1931) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as Anjo Maru (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[58]
Apostolos   Greece World War II: The schooner (25 GRT) was shelled and damaged by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy) in the Aegean Sea and was beached, a total loss. One German soldier and one Greek crewman killed.[59]
HNLMS Ardjoeno   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper (51/74 t, 1941) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-102 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[60]
HNLMS Aroe   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[6]
HNLMS B   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper (179 t, 1930) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-112 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[61]
HNLMS B-1   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The launched but incomplete B-1-class anti-submarine vessel (130 t, 1942) was scuttled at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 31 August 1943 as CHa-103 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[62]
HNLMS B-2, HNLMS B-3, HNLMS B-4,
HNLMS B-5, HNLMS B-6, HNLMS B-7, HNLMS B-8,
HNLMS B-9, HNLMS B-10, HNLMS B-11,
HNLMS B-12
  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete B-1-class anti-submarine vessels (130 t, 1942) were reported burned or blown up at Soerabaja or Tandjoeng Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces, or were captured intact at a later date. Seven were put in service as CHa-105, CHa-106, CHa-107, CHa-108, CHa-114 and CHa-115 (all   Imperial Japanese Navy).[63][64]
HNLMS Banckert   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Admiralen-class destroyer (1,316/1,640 t, 1930) was scuttled by being torpedoed by HNLMS K XVIII (  Royal Netherlands Navy) at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies. Raised by the Japanese and partially repaired and put in service as PB-106.[65]
HNLMS Bangkalen   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Bangkalen-class minelayer (397 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[66]
HNLMS BEN 1   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The transport (a.k.a. Minjak) was scuttled by shelling with a 75 mm (3 in) gun by HNLMS Pieter de Bitter (  Royal Netherlands Navy) at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. (Look 04/03/1942)[67]
HNLMS Bantam   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese. (Look 03/03/1942)[68]
Benkalis   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,053 GRT) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[69]
Belawan   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,330 GRT, 1929) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[70]
Bengalen   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (6,924 GRT, 1932) was scuttled in the Westvaarwater, near Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[71]
HNLMS Biaro   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled.[6]
HNLMS Boenakan   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The unarmed watch ship, a coaster (142 GRT), was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces..[72]
HNLMS Boeroe   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[73]
HNLMS Bogor   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[6]
HNLMS Castor   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The repair ship (670 GRT, 1915) was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service in 1943 as Osei Maru.[74]
HNLMS Ceram   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[6]
Chariklia   Greece World War II: The schooner (42 GRT) was shelled and sunk by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy) in the Aegean Sea.[75]
HNLMS Cheribon   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[73]
HNLMS D   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper (179 t, 1930) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[76]
Dann   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tug (43 GRT) was scuttled off Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese. Later raised, repaired and put in Japanese service.[77][78]
De Klerk   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (2,035 GRT, 1900) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies, to prevent capture. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Imaji Maru.[79]
HNLMS Digoel   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[80]
HNLMS Djampea   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese.[6][81][82]
HNLMS Djember   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (a.k.a. HMV 19) (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service on 20 February 1943 as Wa-104 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][84]
HNLMS Djombang   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (a.k.a. HMV 20) (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service on 31 August 1943 as Wa-106 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][85]
USAT Don Esteban   United States World War II: Philippines Campaign: The United States Army Transport (1,616 GRT, 1936) was sunk by Japanese forces off Mindoro in the Philippines.
HNLMS Endeh   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was shelled and sunk off the west coast of Java by Matsuke and Shiokaze (both   Imperial Japanese Navy). 7 killed. 17 survivors reached the 'Duizend eilanden', north of Priok on 13 March. Four were killed by locals. On 23 March, the surviving 13 reached Krawang, northeast of Batavia and were captured by the Japanese the next day.[83][86]
HNLMS Enggano   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (a.k.a. HMV 21) (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service on 31 August 1944 as Wa-107 (a.k.a. Hiro or Hino Maru) (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][87]
HNLMS Eridanus   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (996 GRT, 1918) was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Enoshima Maru.[6][57]
Evangelistria   Greece World War II: The schooner (45 GRT) was shelled and sunk by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy) in the Aegean Sea. 13 German troops killed.[88]
Fabritsius   Soviet Navy World War II: The transport (2,366 GRT, 1906) was torpedoed and sunk/beached in shallow water off Kamysh Burun (44°51′N 35°08′E / 44.850°N 35.133°E / 44.850; 35.133) by aircraft of VIII Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe. She settled with most of the wreck above water. Five crew and several passengers killed. Torpedoed by A-3 (  Soviet Navy) on 12 May 1943. Later refloated and broken up.[9][89][90]
HNLMS Fakfak   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired, launched on 17 October 1942, and put in service 30 June 1943 as Wa-102 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][91]
HNLMS Farmalhout   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled. (See "Fomalhaut")[6]
HNLMS Flores   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled on the ways at Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Repaired, launched on 17 October 1942 and finished on 25 June 1943 and put in service as Wa-101 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][92]
HNLMS Fomalhaut   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (1,001 GRT, 1923) was scuttled at Surabaya.[7]
HNLMS Garoet   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tandjoeng Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired, relaunched on 20 November 1942 and put in service 7 May 1943 as Wa-103 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83]
HNLMS Gedеh   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper (51/74 t, 1941) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-104 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[60]
HNLMS Gemma   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (845 GRT, 1918) was scuttled at Surabaya. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Kita Maru.[6][57]
Giang Seng   United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship (1,811 GRT, 1899) was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[93]
HNLMS Grissee   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Djember-class auxiliary minesweeper (170/175 t, 1941) was scuttled at Tandjoeng Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Refloated, repaired, relaunched on 15 February 1943 and put in service on 31 August 1943 as Wa-105 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[83][94]
Gunny   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (2,362 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (27°09′N 66°22′W / 27.150°N 66.367°W / 27.150; -66.367) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by Temmaren (  Sweden).[95]
Ha-13   Imperial Japanese Navy The midget submarine (46/50 t, 1940) sank during training at Aki Nada. The instructor and two trainees were killed.[96]
J. H. Menten   Netherlands World War II: The lightship (482 GRT, 1914) was scuttled as a blockship at Makassar, Netherlands East Indies.[97][98]
Johan   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tug was scuttled off Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese. Salvaged by the Japanese.[99]
HNLMS K X   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K VIII-class submarine (520/583 t, 1923) was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.
HNLMS K XIII   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K XI-class submarine (688/828 t, 1926) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[100]
HNLMS K XVIII   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The K XIV-class submarine (865/1,045 t, 1934) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. The commanding officer and two crewmen were killed by a scuttling charge that detonated while they were inspecting the boat on 3 March.[101]
Kamogawa Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft ferry (6,440 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk north of the mouth of the Lombok Strait (8°06′S 115°57′E / 8.100°S 115.950°E / -8.100; 115.950) by USS Sailfish (  United States Navy). 5 crewmen, 273 troops and 48 other passengers killed.[102]
Kasuaris   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker (340 GRT, 1938) was scuttled off Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Crew were rescued by Inazuma (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[103]
Kawi   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper (51/74 t, 1941) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-109 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[60]
HNLMS Koning der Nederlanden   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The accommodation ship (5,300 t, 1877) was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.
Kraus   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tug (290 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese.[104]
Kyo Maru No. 11 GO   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Luzon: The auxiliary submarine chaser/Naval whaler (385 GRT, 1938) was sunk in Subic Bay by Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft.[105][106][107]
Lawoe   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper (51/74 t, 1941) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-110 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[60]
Liran   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (4,265 or 4,323 GRT, 1912) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[108]
"Loa Koeloe"   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,865 or 1,856 GRT) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[109]
Meroendoeng   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (2,464 GRT, 1922) was scuttled as a blockship off Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[110]
Merapi   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper (60/80 t, 1941) was blown up incomplete on her slipway at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[111]
Mijer   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger ship (1,873 GRT) was scuttled off Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese. Later salvaged by the Japanese.[112]
Milo   Netherlands World War II: The tanker (322 GRT, 1919) was scuttled off Tanjon Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[113][114]
HNLMS No. 16   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled.[6]
HNLMS No. 17   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled.[6]
HNLMS OJR-1, HNLMS OJR-4, HNLMS OJR-5,
HNLMS OJR-6
  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The OJR-1-class anti-submarine vessels (48 t, 1941) were scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. OJR-1 or OJR-4 was raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-111 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[115][116]
Paul   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tug was scuttled off Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese. Later salvaged by the Japanese.[117]
Pehe   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The coaster was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[118]
USS Pillsbury   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Clemson-class destroyer (1,190/1,308 t, 1920) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Christmas Island by Atago and Takao (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all 116 crew.
HNLMS Pollux   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The outer Westwater Channel lightship/auxiliary tender/patrol vessel was scuttled at the Genoa Pier, Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service February 1943 as Hourai (  Imperial Japanese Navy), later Hoya.[6][57][119]
Prominent   Norway World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (2,232 GRT, 1919) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy warships.[120]
Proteus   Norway World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,679 GRT, 1902) was scuttled at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies.[121]
HNLMS Ram   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete Regulus-class auxiliary minelayer was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese and conversion to a gunboat was started, but never completed, and was scrapped post war.[122]
HNLMS Rigel   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Rigel-class minelayer (1,378/1,631 t, 1931) was scuttled as a blockship in the north entrance to the harbour at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[123][124]
Salak   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Ardjoeno-class auxiliary minesweeper (51/74 t, 1941) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-118 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[60]
Shinyu   Canada World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,615 GRT, 1894) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies.[125]
Siberoet   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The freighter (1,799 GRT) was scuttled Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies. Salvaged by the Japanese.[126]
Sibolga   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The freighter (1,370 GRT) was shelled and sunk near Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese ships.[127]
Silindoeng   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,793 GRT, 1924) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[128]
Sinabang   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,799 GRT, 1927) was sunk by aircraft based on Ryūjō (  Imperial Japanese Navy) 150 miles north east of Djakarta, Netherlands East Indies.[9][129]
Sisunthon Nawa   United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (3,286 or 3,545 GRT, 1920) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[130]
Slamat   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper (60/80 t, 1941) was blown up incomplete on her slipway at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[111]
HNLMS Soemenep   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Soemenep-class minelayer (227 GRT, 1930) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[131]
Speelman   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger ship (1,030 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies, to prevent capture. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Hakko Maru.[132]
USS Stewart   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Clemson-class destroyer (1,190/1,308 t, 1920) was scuttled at Surabaya naval base, Dutch East Indies. She was later salvaged by the Imperial Japanese Navy and entered service as Patrol Boat No. 102
HMS Stronghold   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The S-class destroyer (905/1,221 t, 1919) was shelled and sunk south of Java (12°20′S 112°00′E / 12.333°S 112.000°E / -12.333; 112.000) by Arashi, Maya and Nowaki (all   Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of her captain and 74 crew. About 50 survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[12][133][134]
Taiyuan   United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo liner (2,994 or 3,040 GRT, 1929), contracted by the U.S. Army as a blockade runner, was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[135][136]
Talang Akar   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker (2,046 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Tango Maru.[137]
HNLMS TAN 2   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Juno) (2,345 GRT) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Yuno Maru.[6][138]
HNLMS TAN 3   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Djirak) was shelled and sunk in the Bali Sea by Japanese submarine. (Look 07/01/1942)[6]
HNLMS TAN 4   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Pendopo) (5,209 GRT) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Eiho Maru.[6]
HNLMS TAN 5   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Aldegonda) (2,088 GRT) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged July 1942 and put in Japanese service on 5 August 1942 as Aiten Maru (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[139]
HNLMS TAN 6   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Josephina) (2,594 GRT, 1928) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Yusei Maru.[140]
HNLMS TAN 8   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary tanker (a.k.a. Ambo) (7,691 GRT) was scuttled at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Teikai Maru.[6]
Tamako   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The coaster (172 GRT) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[141]
HMS Tapah   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Singapore: The auxiliary minesweeper (208 GRT, 1926) was sunk by Japanese aircraft at Singapore.[142]
Taroena   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The oceangoing tug (172 GRT) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[143]
Tembusu   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The tanker (344 GRT, 1939) was scuttled off Surabaja to prevent capture.[144][145]
Tjerimai   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Smeroe-class auxiliary minesweeper (60/80 t, 1941) was scuttled incomplete at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, completed and put in service as CHa-101 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) in August 1942.[146]
Tjikandi   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (7,970 GRT, 1921) was scuttled as a blockship at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies.[147]
Tjikarang   Netherlands World War II:Battle of Java:The cargo ship (9,505 GRT, 1922) was scuttled as a blockship at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies.[148]
HNLMS TM-4   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1940) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 102 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[149][150]
HNLMS TM-6   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1940) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 6 May 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 103 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[151][152]
HNLMS TM-8   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1940) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 104 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[153][154]
HNLMS TM-9,   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1941) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 105 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[155][156]
HNLMS TM-10   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1941) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 106 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[157][158]
HNLMS TM-11   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1941) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 107 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[159][160]
HNLMS TM-12   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1941) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 108 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[161][162]
HNLMS TM-13   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1941) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 9 October 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 109 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[163][164]
HNLMS TM-14   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1942) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service as Gyoraitei No. 110 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[165][166]
HNLMS TM-15   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boat (17,5 t, 1942) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 6 May 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 111 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[167][168]
HNLMS TM-16   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 6 May 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 115 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[169]
HNLMS TM-17   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 6 May 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 116 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[170]
HNLMS TM-18   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and put in service on 6 May 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 117 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[171]
HNLMS TM-19   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were blown up on the stocks at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later repaired, finished and put in service on 13 October 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 118 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[172]
HNLMS TM-20   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were blown up on the stocks at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later repaired, finished and put in service on 15 November 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 119 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[173]
HNLMS TM-21   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The incomplete TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were blown up on the stocks at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later repaired, finished and put in service on 15 November 1943 as Gyoraitei No. 120 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[174]
Toendjoek   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (6,200 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Tandjung Priok as a blockship. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Tango Maru.[175][176]
Tomori   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (984 GRT) was scuttled as a blockship in the north entrance to the Harbor at Surabaja to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Sumatra Maru.[177]
Tunni   Norway World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,281 GRT, 1919) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies.[178]
HNLMS Valk   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel was scuttled. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as P-104 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). (Look 07/03/1942)[6][57]
Van Diemen   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,030 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies.[179]
West   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Inner Westwater Channel lightship was scuttled by shelling by Eland Dubois (  Royal Netherlands Navy) at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[180]
HNLMS Witte de With   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Admiralen-class destroyer (1,316/1,640 t, 1930) was bombed and sunk at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.
Unnamed Dutch floating drydock   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The unnamed Dutch floating drydock was scuttled by being torpedoed by HNLMS K XVIII (  Royal Netherlands Navy) at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies.[181]

3 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Abbeville   Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Royal Navy Motor torpedo boats off Cap Blanc Nez. (See "Jean et Jacques")[182]
Agios Dionyssios   Greece World War II:The Caïque (30 GRT) was shelled and sunk by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy) in the Aegean Sea south of the Kassandra peninsula. 16 German soldiers were killed.[183]
USS Asheville   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Asheville-class gunboat (1,575/1,760 t, 1920) was shelled and sunk south of Java, Netherlands East Indies by Arashi and Nowaki (both   Imperial Japanese Navy). Of her 159 crew, one officer was taken as a prisoner of war, other survivors were machine gunned in the water.
Bantam   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Alor-class auxiliary minesweeper (131/145 t, 1938) was scuttled incomplete at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, completed and put in service as CHa-117 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) in August 1943.[184]
Bintoehan   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (1,018 GRT, 1921) was captured by Arashi and Nowaki both (  Imperial Japanese Navy) on 1 March. She was ordered to Bali by her captors as a Prize, but they didn't place a prize crew on board and she was scuttled 70 miles south-east from Nusa Baroeng by her crew.[9][185][186][187]
Cuma   Kingdom of Italy World War II: The ammunition ship (6,652 GRT, 1924 or 5,229 GRT, 1915) was bombed, and sunk at Palermo, Sicily by Vickers Wellington aircraft of the Royal Air Force. The wreck was scrapped 1946–48.[9][188][189]
Helenus   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,366 GRT, 1913) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°01′N 12°02′W / 6.017°N 12.033°W / 6.017; -12.033) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 82 crew. Survivors were rescued by Beaconsfield (  United Kingdom).[190]
Jean et Jacques   France World War II: The cargo ship (3,493 or 4,393 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel north of Cape Gris Nez by Royal Navy motor torpedo boats. There were 7 dead and 38 survivors.[9][191][192]
Koolama   Australia World War II: The ship was bombed and sunk at Wyndham, Western Australia Raised in 1948, taken out to sea and scuttled. (Look 20/02/1942)[193]
Mary   United States World War II: The cargo ship (5,104 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 165 nautical miles (306 km) off the coast of Brazil (8°25′N 52°50′W / 8.417°N 52.833°W / 8.417; -52.833) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Alcoa Scout (  United States).[194]
USS Perch   United States Navy World War II: The Porpoise-class submarine (1,350/1,997 t, 1936) was depth charged and damaged northwest of Soerabaja, Java, Netherlands East Indies, by Amatsukaze and Hatsukaze (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) on 1 March and attacked by Sazanami and Ushio (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) on 2 March, the crippled submarine was scuttled by her crew in the Java Sea when Sazanami and Ushio attacked her again. Ushio rescued her entire crew of 59, but 5 of them died in Japanese prison camps before the end of the war.[9]
Siantar   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (8,667 GRT) was shelled, torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 250 miles north west of Shark Bay, Australia (21°20′S 108°45′E / 21.333°S 108.750°E / -21.333; 108.750) by I-1 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). 37 survivors were rescued by Van Spielbergen (  Netherlands). 21 crewmen were killed.[195]
"Unknown"   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Eastwater Channel Lightship was scuttled by Willebroard Snellius (  Royal Netherlands Navy) at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[196]
Van Neck   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger ship (3,027 GRT, 1913) was scuttled off Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[197]
Van Waerwijck   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (3,040 GRT) was scuttled at Tandjong Priok, Netherlands East Indies. Raised, repaired, and put in Japanese service as Hirukiku Maru (a.k.a. Harugiku Maru).[198]

4 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Anking   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: HMAS Yarra Convoy: The depot ship (3,472 GRT, 1925) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java, Netherlands East Indies by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all   Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 40 of her 97 crew. 57 survivors were rescued by Tawali (  Netherlands), others reached Java and were taken as prisoners of war.[12]
HNLMS BEN 1   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker (A.K.A. Minjak) (966 GRT) was scuttled at Soerabaja to prevent capture.[6]
HNLMS BEN 2   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker (A.K.A. Moesie) (913 GRT) was sunk by Japanese destroyers in the Bali Strait.[6]
Enggano   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (5,412 GRT, 1920) was bombed and set on fire by a floatplane from Takao (  Imperial Japanese Navy) on 1 March and burned out 270 miles south of Java. Crew rescued after Midnight on the 2nd by Tawali. The burning and abandoned ship was scuttled by shelling by Chikuma and Urakaze (both   Imperial Japanese Navy).[199][200][201]
Erimo   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler (6,500/15,450 t, 1920) was torpedoed in Sunda Strait off Bali Island (04°19′S 108°25′E / 4.317°S 108.417°E / -4.317; 108.417) by USS S-39 (  United States Navy). She was beached on Bali and declared a constructive total loss. The wreck was scrapped post-war. Survivors were rescued by Yura (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[202]
Francol   United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: HMAS Yarra Convoy: The tanker (2,623 GRT, 1917) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all   Imperial Japanese Navy). The Japanese rescued 12 Chinese crewmen and one English Officer from one lifeboat, but another lifeboat was never seen again.[12][203][204]
Kaijo Maru No.2   Japan World War II: The tanker (8,632 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean about 145 nautical miles (269 km) south of Truk, Micronesia by USS Grampus (  United States Navy).
Kidoel   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java:The cargo ship (775 GRT, 1927) was bombed and sunk at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[205]
HMS LCP(L) 106   Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) (6/8 t, 1941) was wrecked at Tobruk.[206][207]
HMS MMS 51   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Java: HMAS Yarra Convoy: The MMS-class minesweeper (255/295 t, 1941) was shelled and sunk with 25 MM fire in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by one of the following ships, Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all   Imperial Japanese Navy) after the ship was abandoned with seacocks open. 14 survivors were rescued by Tjimanoek (  Netherlands) on the 7th and made it to Fremantle, Australia, others reached Java and were taken as prisoners of war.[12][208][209]
Manipi   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (536 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese Betty bombers. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Mainici Maru.[9][210][211]
Merkus   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (865 GRT) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean north east of Cocos Island (08°40′S 94°30′E / 8.667°S 94.500°E / -8.667; 94.500) by I-7 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Survivors eventually made it to Sumatra.[212]
Morioka Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (4,469 GRT) struck a Japanese mine and sank west of Nakadori Island, Japan (32°55′N 129°26′E / 32.917°N 129.433°E / 32.917; 129.433). There were no casualty.[213][214]
HNLMS Tydeman   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The survey ship was bombed and sunk at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese Betty bombers. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Choyo.[6][215][216]
HMAS Yarra   Royal Australian Navy World War II: Battle of Java: HMAS Yarra Convoy:The Grimsby-class sloop (1,060/1,370 t, 1936) was shelled and sunk in Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Java by Arashi, Atago, Maya, Nowaki, Takao (all   Imperial Japanese Navy). She was also bombed while sinking by a Spotter plane. Her Captain was killed, 34 of her 151 crew, plus the Captain of Parigi (  Netherlands) abandoned ship. Only thirteen survivors were still alive when rescued by HNLMS K XI (  Royal Netherlands Navy) on the 9th, Parigi's Captain died in the boat.[217][218]

5 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Argus   Germany The cargo ship (3,143 GRT) was destroyed when her cargo of munitions exploded at Hambukt, Norway.[12]
Atjeh   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Oil Lighter (495 GRT) was bombed, burned and capsized at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies. Salvaged by the Japanese.[219]
Auby   Sarawak World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (636 GRT, 1908) was scuttled at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies. She was later raised by the Japanese.[220][221]
HNLMS Barentz   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Barentsz-class repair ship (4,819 GRT, 1915) was bombed, burned out, and sunk at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies. Wreck removed post War.[6][222]
Benmohr   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was (5,920 GRT, 1928) torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 210 nautical miles (390 km) south south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (6°05′N 14°15′W / 6.083°N 14.250°W / 6.083; -14.250) by U-505 (  Kriegsmarine). All 56 crew were rescued by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 95 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[223]
Bussard   Germany The cargo ship (986 GRT, 1921) was wrecked off Kristiansand, Norway.[224]
HNLMS Canopus   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The patrol vessel (773 GRT, 1914) was scuttled at Tjilatjap. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Ariake Maru.[6][7]
Collamer   United States World War II: Convoy HX 178: The Design 1022 cargo ship (5,112 GRT, 1920) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°19′N 63°09′W / 44.317°N 63.150°W / 44.317; -63.150) by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Empire Woodcock (  United Kingdom).[225]
HNLMS Hoofdinspector Zeeman   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The tender/patrol vessel (633 GRT) was bombed and sunk, or shelled and sunk by Hiei, and Kirishima (both   Imperial Japanese Navy), at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[6][226]
Ipoh   United Kingdom World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship (1,279 GRT, 1908) was scuttled at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies.[227]
Kaijo Maru No. 2 GO   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler (8,691 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk 130 miles south of Truk (04°52′N 151°20′E / 4.867°N 151.333°E / 4.867; 151.333) by USS Grampus (  United States Navy). Her commanding officer and 89 crewmen and passengers were killed.[228]
Mariana   United States World War II: The cargo ship (3,110 GRT, 1915) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Turks Island (22°14′N 71°23′W / 22.233°N 71.383°W / 22.233; -71.383) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 36 crew.[229]
Marin Sanudo   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (5,081 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 10.5 nautical miles (19.4 km) southwest of Lampedusa by HMS Uproar (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 57 of the 220 mean aboard.[12][230]
O. A. Knudsen   Norway World War II: The tanker (11,007 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (26°17′N 75°50′W / 26.283°N 75.833°W / 26.283; -75.833) by U-128 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew.[231]
AS 91 Ottavia   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary submarine chaser (259 GRT, 1921) was shelled and sunk off Capo Ortholiti (38°16′N 20°20′E / 38.267°N 20.333°E / 38.267; 20.333) by HMS Thorn (  Royal Navy). 17 crew members were killed and all five survivors were wounded.[232]
Rokan   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (563 GRT) was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies. Salvaged by the Japanese.[233]
Rüstringen   Germany The pilot boat (450 GRT) was wrecked in the Wadden Sea. Four of her crew survived.[234]
Takao Maru   Japan World War II: The passenger/cargo ship (4,282 GRT, 1927), beached at Santa, Ilocos Sur, Luzon, Philippines (17°29′N 120°26′E / 17.483°N 120.433°E / 17.483; 120.433) due to bomb damage suffered in an attack by United States Army Air Forces aircraft on 10 December 1941, was destroyed by Philippine guerrillas. Her wreck later was stripped for usable parts.[235]
Tohiti   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship (982 GRT, 1930) was bombed, burned and sunk in the Donan River at Tjilatjap. Raised by the Japanese, but not repaired. Scrapped in 1945, post war.[236][237]
Un-named   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Drydock was bombed and sunk at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[238]
V 2001 Pastor Pype   Kriegsmarine The Vorpostenboot (283 GRT, 1939) was wrecked in the Wadden Sea whilst going to the assistance of Rüstringen (  Germany). All 28 crew survived.[239]

6 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS BEN 3   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker (A.K.A. Asahan) (75 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Salvaged by the Japanese.[6][240]
HNLMS BEN 4   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The auxiliary gasoline tanker (A.K.A. Mampawa) (468 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Harufuji Maru.[6][241]
HNLMS C   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The A-class minesweeper (179 t, 1930) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised, repaired and put in service as CHa-116 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[242]
Congo Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary cruiser was bombed and sunk at Nouméa, New Caledonia by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Yorktown (  United States Navy). (Look "Kongō Maru" 10/03/1942)[9]
Dayak or Dajak   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (74 GRT) was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies, or burned, broke in two, and sank at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[243][244]
Fortuna   United States Army World War II: The Army requisitioned cargo ship (527 GRT, 1923) was strafed by Japanese aircraft setting her deck cargo of drums of gasoline on fire. She burned and sank a 1/4 mile off Culion Island, Calamian Islands, Palawan, Philippines.[245][246]
Hans Egede   Greenland World War II: The coaster (900 GRT, 1915) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°00′N 55°30′W / 46.000°N 55.500°W / 46.000; -55.500) by U-587 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 23 crew.[247]
Hvoslef   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. (Look 11/03/1942)[248]
Kampar   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (570 GRT) was burned and scuttled in the Donan River at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[249]
Lahneck   Germany The cargo ship (1,663 GRT, 1922) was lost in a collision off Oksøy, Norway.[250]
Makian   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (537 GRT) was bombed, burned and sank at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[251]
Mandar   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The steamer (536 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to prevent capture. Salvaged and put in Japanese service as Hiyoshi Maru.[252]
Maros   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The ocean going Tug (550 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[253]
HNLMS Moera Boelian   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The miscellaneous depot ship/MTB Tender (173 GRT, 1930) was scuttled at the Madoera Pier, Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to prevent capture.[6][254][255]
Overijssel   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Tug (395 GRT) was scuttled to prevent capture by the Japanese in the Netherlands East Indies.[256]
HNLMS P-4   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Patrol boat (23 t, 1940) was scuttled off Java, Netherlands East Indies.[257]
Pasir   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,187 GRT, 1922) was scuttled at Tjilatjap to prevent capture. Raised and scrapped in 1946.[258]
Peta   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The auxiliary depot ship/MTB Tender was scuttled at the Madoera Pier, Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to prevent capture.[6][259]
HNLMS Pieter de Bitter   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Dutch East Indies campaign: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper (460/585 t, 1937) was scuttled at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies, to avoid capture by advancing Japanese forces.
Poseidon   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The Tanker (1,909 GRT, 1914) was hit, burned, at scuttled off Tjilatjap to prevent capture by the Japanese. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Hosei Maru in 1942.[260][261]
Rengat   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (512 GRT) was burned and scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies. Salvaged by the Japanese.[262]
Reteh   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (513 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by the Japanese.[263][264]
Rononia   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler (213 GRT, 1913) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-701 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 11 crew.[265]
HNLMS Serdang   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Serdang-class auxiliary motor torpedo boat tender/torpedo repair ship (680/820 t, 1897) was scuttled near Soerabaya. 1 crewman killed.[6][266][267]
Sipirok   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,787 GRT) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[268]
Sipora   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship (1,594 GRT, 1926) was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies.[269]
Smyshleny   Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 7U Storozhevoy-class destroyer (1,700/2,243 t, 1940) struck a mine in the Black Sea off Kerch. She sank in a storm the next day off Yuzhnaya Ozereyka near Novorossiysk.[9][270]
Sydhav   Norway World War II: The tanker (7,587 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°47′N 14°57′W / 4.783°N 14.950°W / 4.783; -14.950) by U-505 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Kelt (  Royal Navy).[271]
Taki Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (1,241 GRT, 1916) was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea by USS Narwhal (  United States Navy.[272]
Tenyu Maru   Japan World War II: The transport (6,843 GRT) was bombed and damaged at Nouméa by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Yorktown (  United States Navy). She was consequently beached.[9]
HNLMS TM-5, HNLMS TM-7, HNLMS TM-9,   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The TM-4-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Later raised, repaired and entered Imperial Japanese Navy service 1942–43.[273]
Tønsbergfjord   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (3,156 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Bermuda (31°22′N 68°05′W / 31.367°N 68.083°W / 31.367; -68.083) by Enrico Tazzoli (  Regia Marina). All 33 crew were rescued by Arthur W. Sewall (  Norway), Telamon (  Netherlands) and Velma (  Norway).[274]
Unknown   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Japanese invasion of Burma:The Landing Craft was shelled and sunk by HMIS Hindustan (  Royal Indian Navy) at the Mouth of the Rangoon River.[275])
Unknown   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Japanese invasion of Burma:A boat was shelled and sunk with all hands by HMIS Hindustan (  Royal Indian Navy) at the Mouth of the Rangoon River.[276]
HNLMS Willebrord Snelluis   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The survey/patrol ship (930 GRT) was scuttled at Soerabaja, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[6][277]
X 127   Royal Navy World War II: The Tanker Lighter, a former X-class Landing Craft (160 t, 1915), was sunk by German or Italian aircraft off Manoel Island, Malta.[278][279]

7 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1942
Ship Country Description
"Alfoer"   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The damaged Oil Lighter was burned and scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Salvaged by the Japanese.[280]
Arabutan   Brazil World War II: The cargo ship (7,874 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 81 nautical miles (150 km) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°15′N 73°55′W / 35.250°N 73.917°W / 35.250; -73.917) by U-155 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 55 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Calypso (  United States Navy).[281]
Asahisan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (4,551 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south of Shioyasaki by USS Grenadier (  United States Navy).[9]
Barbara   United States World War II: The cargo ship (4,637 GRT, 1913) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°10′N 73°05′W / 20.167°N 73.083°W / 20.167; -73.083) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 85 crew.[282]
Cardonia   United States World War II: The cargo ship (5,104 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (19°53′N 72°27′W / 19.883°N 72.450°W / 19.883; -72.450) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Mulberry (  United States Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[283]
HNLMS Eland Dubois   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java:The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper (460/525 t, 1937) was scuttled in the Madura Strait off Java, after suffering boiler failure during her escape from advancing Japanese forces in the Dutch East Indies.[284]
HNLMS Golden Leeuw   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Prins van Orange-class minelayer (1,291/1,600 t, 1932) was scuttled at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[285]
Independence Hall   United States World War II: The cargo ship (5,050 GRT, 1920) ran aground off Sable Island, Nova Scotia Canada. She broke in two and sank the next day. Ten crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Niagara (  Royal Canadian Navy).[286][287]
Izhora   Soviet Union World War II: Convoy QP 8: The cargo ship (2,815 GRT) was shelled and damaged by German surface ships including Tirpitz (  Kriegsmarine) in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, finished off by Z14 Friedrich Ihn (  Kriegsmarine) with depth charges dropped alongside after falling out of the convoy with engine problems. 31 crewmen killed, 1 captured and later died as a prisoner of war.[288][289]
Nyggjaberg   Faroe Islands
 
Nýggjaberg on a Faroe postage stamp.

World War II: The trawler (272 GRT, 1916) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by the U-701 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[290]

Nyounghla   United Kingdom World War II:The cargo ship (382 GRT, 1909) was scuttled at Rangoon, Burma to prevent capture by the Japanese.[291]
Poelau Bras   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The passenger/cargo ship (9,278 GRT, 1929) was sunk north west of Christmas Island by dive Bombers from Hiryu (  Imperial Japanese Navy). 33 killed in the sinking, including her Captain and 1st Mate, plus many drowned afterwards for an estimated 240 killed. 113 made it to Sumatra in 3 lifeboats.[292][293]
Skåne   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (4,528 GRT, 1921) was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Bahamas Islands by Giuseppe Finzi (  Regia Marina). All 34 crew were rescued.[294][295]
Steel Age   United States World War II: The cargo ship (6,188 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) north of Paramaribo, Surinam (6°45′N 53°15′W / 6.750°N 53.250°W / 6.750; -53.250) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 34 crew. The survivor was taken aboard U-129 as a prisoner of war.[296]
Uniwaleco   South Africa World War II: The whale factory ship (9,755 GRT, 1905) was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 45 nautical miles (83 km) west of the Saint Vincent Passage (13°23′N 62°04′W / 13.383°N 62.067°W / 13.383; -62.067) by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 18 of her 51 crew.[297]
HNLMS Valk   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The seaplane tender (748 GRT, 1930) was run aground near the mouth of the Harbor at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies, in a failed attempt to scuttle her as a block ship and to avoid capture by Japanese forces. Raised by the Japanese and towed to Surabaya on 21 April 1943. Repaired and commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy as PB-104 on 31 January 1944.[298]
Woolgar   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (3,060 GRT, 1914) was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south west of Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies by Japanese aircraft. 2 British Gunners died when they stayed onboard too long defending the ship and the ship sank. Some Chinese crewmen were killed when the planes strafed the lifeboats. One Lifeboat arrived at Port Blair, Andaman Islands 88 days later and were made P.O.W.s.[299][300]

8 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Baluchistan   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,992 GRT, 1940) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°13′N 8°32′W / 4.217°N 8.533°W / 4.217; -8.533) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 71 people aboard.[301]
Ebro   Denmark The cargo ship (1,547 GRT, 1920) ran aground in Strathbeg Bay. She was declared a total loss.[302]
Esso Bolivar   Panama World War II: The tanker (10,389 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) south east of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (19°38′N 74°38′W / 19.633°N 74.633°W / 19.633; -74.633) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 50 crew. The survivors abandoned her and were rescued by USS Endurance (  United States Navy). Esso Bolivar was towed to Guantanamo Bay. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service in August 1942.[303]
Hengist   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (984 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Wrath (59°31′N 10°15′W / 59.517°N 10.250°W / 59.517; -10.250) by U-569 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Groenland (  France).[304]
HNLMS Jan van Amstel   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java:The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper (460/525 t, 1937) was sunk by Arashio (  Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Madura Strait off Java. 23 crewmen killed, survivors made P.O.W.s.[305]
HNLMS Krakatau   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: Battle of Java: The Krakatau-class minelayer (982/1,160 t, 1924) was scuttled off Madura, Netherlands East Indies to avoid capture by Japanese forces.[306]
DK-38 Mgla   Soviet Navy The auxiliary guard ship (1,255 t, 1932) ran aground at Cape Tsyp-Navolok and sank.[307]
HMT Northern Princess   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler/ocean boarding vessel (655 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland (45°22′N 55°59′W / 45.367°N 55.983°W / 45.367; -55.983) by U-587 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[308]
Sneg   Soviet Union The icebreaker (238 GRT) was lost in the Black Sea between Taman and Kerch.[309]
Valk   Netherlands World War II: Battle of Java: The cargo ship was bombed and burned out on the 4th, and was scuttled at Tjilatjap, Netherlands East Indies. (Look 07/03/1942)[310]

9 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Cayrú   Brazil World War II: The cargo ship (5,152 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) off New York by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 53 of her 89 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS AMc-202 (  United States Navy) and Titania (  Norway).[311]
Hanseat   Panama World War II: The tanker (8,241 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) north west of Cape Maysi, Cuba by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew survived.[312]
Lily   Greece World War II: Convoy ON 68: The cargo ship (5,719 GRT, 1920) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 470 nautical miles (870 km) east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°32′N 54°14′W / 43.533°N 54.233°W / 43.533; -54.233) by U-587 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Sackville (  Royal Canadian Navy).[313]
HMT Notts County   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (541 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (61°10′N 13°16′W / 61.167°N 13.267°W / 61.167; -13.267) by U-701 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 41 crew.[12][314]
Shera   Soviet Navy The naval whaler (253 GRT, 1929) iced up, capsized and sank with the loss of all 20 crew in the Barents Sea while being delivered to the Soviets by the Royal Navy.[315]
Tyr   Norway World War II: Convoy ON 68: The cargo ship (4,265 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°12′N 61°15′W / 43.200°N 61.250°W / 43.200; -61.250) by U-96 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by two Canadian warships, one of which was HMCS Georgian (  Royal Canadian Navy).[316]

10 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Gulftrade   United States World War II: The tanker (6,776 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the Barnegat Lighthouse, New Jersey (39°50′N 73°52′W / 39.833°N 73.867°W / 39.833; -73.867) with the loss of 18 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Antietam (  United States Navy) and USS Larch (  United States Navy).[317]
Kongō Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy
 
Kongō Maru sinking
World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The Kiyosumi Maru-class armed merchant cruiser (8,624 GRT, 1935) was bombed and sunk in Huon Bay off Lae, New Guinea (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft.[318]
Kosei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (6,667 GRT, 1933) struck a mine and sank in Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina.[319]
Lady Nelson   Canada World War II: The passenger ship (7,970 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk at Port Castries, Saint Lucia by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of the 235 people aboard. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service in April 1943 as a hospital ship.[320]
Lakshmi Govinda   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing ship (235 GRT) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (13°22′N 87°27′E / 13.367°N 87.450°E / 13.367; 87.450) by I-62 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[321]
Tenyo Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer (6,843 GRT, 1935) was bombed, broke in two and sank in Huon Bay (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft. Nine crewmen killed.[322]
Umtata   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner (8,141 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed and sunk at Port Castries by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 177 people aboard. She was later salvaged, and temporarily repaired, but was torpedoed and sunk in July 1942 whilst under tow to the United States for permanent repairs.[323]
Yokohama Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The transport (6,143 GRT, 1912) was bombed and sunk in Huon Bay (06°49′S 147°02′E / 6.817°S 147.033°E / -6.817; 147.033) by U.S. Navy aircraft. One crewman killed.[318]

11 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Baikal Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (5,266 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack (  United States Navy).[9]
Caribsea   United States World War II: The Design 1099 cargo ship (2,609 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 14 nautical miles (26 km) off the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, North Carolina (34°36′N 76°18′W / 34.600°N 76.300°W / 34.600; -76.300) by U-158 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by Norlindo (  United States).[324]
Chilka   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,360 GRT, 1922) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 60 miles (97 km) south of Padang, Sumatra (00°30′S 95°50′E / 0.500°S 95.833°E / -0.500; 95.833) by I-2 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Three officers, three laskars and one gunner killed. Survivors sailed in lifeboats to an island in the Netherlands East Indies. Her captain and six volunteers sailed for Ceylon and were rescued by a Greek ship off Madras, India.[325]
Fukushu Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship (1,454 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea 270 miles east of Shanghai (30°53′N 126°20′E / 30.883°N 126.333°E / 30.883; 126.333) by USS Pollack (  United States Navy).[326]
Hvoslef   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,630 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Fenwick Island, Delaware, United States (38°27′N 74°54′W / 38.450°N 74.900°W / 38.450; -74.900) by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 20 crew.[248]
Horseferry   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (951 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by S 70 (  Kriegsmarine).[9]
Mount McKinley   United States The 4,861-gross register ton, 360.2-foot (109.8 m) steam cargo liner ran aground without loss of life on the beach at Scotch Cap on the coast of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands while running a zigzag course during a submarine alert. She broke up on the beach during storms in the spring of 1942.[327][328]
HMS Naiad   Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser (5,677/6,850 t, 1940) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-565 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 77 of her 480 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Jervis, HMS Kipling and HMS Lively (all   Royal Navy).[12]
HMT Stella Capella   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (440 or 507 GRT, 815 t, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Iceland (64°48′N 13°20′W / 64.800°N 13.333°W / 64.800; -13.333) by U-701 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 33 crew.[12][329]

12 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Ingerto   Norway World War II: Convoy ON 70: The cargo ship (3,089 GRT, 1920) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (41°30′N 51°00′W / 41.500°N 51.000°W / 41.500; -51.000) by U-578 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 32 crew.[330]
Olga   United States World War II: The cargo ship (2,496 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of the Nuevitas Lighthouse, Cuba (21°32′N 76°24′W / 21.533°N 76.400°W / 21.533; -76.400) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by United States Navy vessels.[331]
HMS St Briac   Royal Navy World War II: The air target vessel (2,312 GRT, 1924), formerly a ferry, struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aberdeen with the loss of five of her nine crew.[9][12]
Texan   United States World War II: The cargo ship (7,005 GRT, 1902) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Nuevitas, Cuba (21°34′N 76°28′W / 21.567°N 76.467°W / 21.567; -76.467) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel Yoyo (  Cuba).[332]

13 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Albert F. Paul   United States World War II: The four-masted schooner (735 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) north east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (36°00′N 72°00′W / 36.000°N 72.000°W / 36.000; -72.000) by U-332 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all eight crew.[333]
Chichibu Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary stores ship (1,520 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk 30 miles south west of Mikurajima (33°50′N 139°32′E / 33.833°N 139.533°E / 33.833; 139.533) by USS Gar (  United States Navy). 22 passengers and 4 crewmen killed. 59 crew and passengers rescued by Hiyoshi Maru No. 2 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[334][335]
Colabee   United States World War II: The cargo ship (5,518 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Guajaba, Cuba (22°10′N 77°30′W / 22.167°N 77.500°W / 22.167; -77.500) by U-126 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 37 crew. The survivors abandoned ship and reached land in their lifeboats. Colabee ran aground. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service in September 1942.[336]
John D. Gill   United States World War II: The tanker (11,641 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 25 nautical miles (46 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina (33°55′N 77°39′W / 33.917°N 77.650°W / 33.917; -77.650) by U-158 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC CG-4405 (  United States Navy) and Robert H. Colley (  United States).[337]
Mabella   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,513 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the Coromandel Coast, India (14°00′N 81°47′E / 14.000°N 81.783°E / 14.000; 81.783) by I-164 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of at least nine of her crew. Survivors were rescued by Tanfield (  United Kingdom).[338]
Maria Immacolata   Italy World War II: The fishing lugger (248 GRT) was shelled and sunk off Mehedia, Tunisia by HMS Una (  Royal Navy).[9][339]
Number Two   United States World War II: The 74-gross register ton, 70-foot (21.3 m) scow was sunk by Japanese forces near Dutch Harbor, Territory of Alaska.[340]
Number Four   United States World War II: The 74-gross register ton, 70-foot (21.3 m) scow was sunk by Japanese forces near Dutch Harbor, Territory of Alaska.[340]
USS PT-32   United States Navy World War II: The Elco-77-class PT boat (35/46 t, 1941) was scuttled by USS Permit (  United States Navy) off Taguayan Island, Philippines after becoming disabled.[341]
Tama Maru No. 2   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Invasion of Lae-Salamaua: The minesweeper (264 GRT, 1936) sank off New Guinea due to damage inflicted on her on 10 March by Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the aircraft carriers USS Lexington and USS Yorktown (both   United States Navy).
Tolten   Chile World War II: The cargo ship (1,858 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 32 nautical miles (59 km) off Barnegat, New Jersey, United States (40°10′N 73°50′W / 40.167°N 73.833°W / 40.167; -73.833) by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 27 crew. The survivor was rescued by USS Larch (  United States Navy).[342][343][344][345]
Trepca   Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship (5,042 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°00′N 73°25′W / 37.000°N 73.417°W / 37.000; -73.417) by U-332 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Swedish merchant ship.[346]

14 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Ammiraglio Enrico Millo   Regia Marina World War II: The submarine (1,653/2,136 t, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Calabria, Italy (38°27′N 16°37′E / 38.450°N 16.617°E / 38.450; 16.617) by HMS Ultimatum (  Royal Navy) with the loss 55 crew, there were 15 survivors 14 of whom were rescued and captured by Ultimatum.[347][348]
Brabo   Belgium The cargo ship (3,551 GRT, 1899) collided with Poznan (  Poland) and was beached off South Shields, Northumberland United Kingdom. She was declared a total loss.[220] The wreck was salvaged and broken up 1949–50.[349]
British Resource   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (7,209 GRT, 1931) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (430 km) north of Bermuda (36°04′N 65°38′W / 36.067°N 65.633°W / 36.067; -65.633) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 46 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Clarkia (  Royal Navy).[350]
Kellerwald   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (5,032 GRT, 1923) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Helgoland.[9][12]
Lemuel Burrows   United States World War II: The collier (7,610 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey (39°21′N 74°13′W / 39.350°N 74.217°W / 39.350; -74.217) by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by James Elwood Jones and Sewell Point (both   United States).[351]
Penelope   Panama World War II: The tanker (8,436 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (15°00′N 64°20′W / 15.000°N 64.333°W / 15.000; -64.333) by U-67 (  Kriegsmarine).[352]
Sarniadoc   Canada World War II: The cargo ship (1,940 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Guadeloupe by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[353]
Ste. Marcelle   Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship (1,518 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Mocenigo (  Regia Marina).[354]
U-133   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine (757/857 t, 1941) struck a mine and sank in the Saronic Gulf (37°50′N 23°35′E / 37.833°N 23.583°E / 37.833; 23.583) with the loss of all 45 crew.[355]

15 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1942
Ship Country Description
USCGC Acacia   United States Coast Guard World War II: The buoy tender (1,130 t, 1920) was shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea about 80 miles southwest of Saint Kitts and Nevis by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy.[356][357]
Ario   United States World War II: The tanker (6,952 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 11 nautical miles (20 km) south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°37′N 76°20′W / 34.617°N 76.333°W / 34.617; -76.333) by U-158 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Du Pont (  United States Navy). Ario sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) east of Cape Lookout (34°14′N 76°27′W / 34.233°N 76.450°W / 34.233; -76.450).[358]
Nicole Schiaffino   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (4,969 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Norway.[42]
Dago   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,757 or 1,654 GRT, 1902) was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cádiz, Spain by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[9]
Olean   United States World War II: The Design 1128 tanker (7,118 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) south of Cape Lookout (34°22′N 76°29′W / 34.367°N 76.483°W / 34.367; -76.483) by U-158 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by lifeboats from Cape Lookout and Fort Macon. Olean was towed to the Hampton Roads and later dry docked. Although she was declared a constructive total loss, she was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration, repaired and returned to service as Sweep.[359]
S-111   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot (93/112 t, 1941) capsized and sank after a battle with motor gun boats HMMGB 87, HMMGB 88 and HMMGB 91 (all   Royal Navy). Sevene crew were killed.[9][360][361]
U-503   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine (1,100/1,213 t, 1941) was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Newfoundland (45°50′N 48°50′W / 45.833°N 48.833°W / 45.833; -48.833) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 51 crew.
HMS Vortigern   Royal Navy World War II: The V-class destroyer (1,090/1,480 t, 1918) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S-104 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 96 of her 110 crew.

16 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcyone   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (4,534 GRT, 1921) struck a mine laid by the German raider Doggerbank and sank off the coast of South Africa (33°59′S 18°03′E / 33.983°S 18.050°E / -33.983; 18.050). All 62 crewmen survived the sinking.[9][362]
Australia   United States World War II: The tanker (11,628 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°07′N 75°22′W / 35.117°N 75.367°W / 35.117; -75.367) by U-332 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by William J. Salman (  United States).[363]
Baron Newlands   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (3,386 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°35′N 8°32′W / 4.583°N 8.533°W / 4.583; -8.533) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 38 crew.[364]
Oscilla   Netherlands World War II: The tanker (6,341 GRT, 1939) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 miles north of Bermuda (19°00′N 60°00′W / 19.000°N 60.000°W / 19.000; -60.000) by Morosini (  Regia Marina). There were 4 dead, and 41 survivors were rescued by "Explorer" (  United States). 2 surviving Officers were later killed while being transported by "Leto" (  Netherlands) when she was sunk [365][366]
Stangarth   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,966 GRT, 1942), on her maiden voyage, was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (22°40′N 65°20′W / 22.667°N 65.333°W / 22.667; -65.333) by U-504 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[367]
Utlandshörn   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (2,643 GRT) struck a mine and sank off Petsamo, Finland. There were 17 dead and 36 survivors.[368][369]

17 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Achaia   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (1,778 GRT, 1922) struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Tripoli, Libya.[9][42]
HMS Adept   Royal Navy The rescue tug (700 GRT, 1942) ran aground in the Hebrides Islands and was wrecked.[370]
Allende   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,081 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°00′N 7°44′W / 4.000°N 7.733°W / 4.000; -7.733) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 39 crew.[371]
Ceiba   Honduras World War II: The cargo ship (1,698 GRT, 1911) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°43′N 73°49′W / 35.717°N 73.817°W / 35.717; -73.817) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 44 of the 50 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Hambleton (  United States Navy).[372]
Crista   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy AT 34: The tanker (2,590 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°21′N 25°00′E / 32.350°N 25.000°E / 32.350; 25.000) by U-83 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 39 crew. The survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMSAS Boksburg (  South African Navy). Crista was anchored off Bardia, Libya where the fire was extinguished. She was later repaired and returned to service in August 1943.[373]
Guglielmotti   Regia Marina World War II: The Brin-class submarine (1,001/1,246 t, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Calabria (37°42′N 15°58′E / 37.700°N 15.967°E / 37.700; 15.967) by HMS Unbeaten (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all hands (61 men).[42][374]
Île de Batz   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,755 GRT, 1918) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°04′N 8°04′W / 4.067°N 8.067°W / 4.067; -8.067) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 4 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Weyburn (  Royal Canadian Navy).[375]
Ishikari Maru   Japan World War II: The collier (3,291 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk west of Port Lloyd, Chichijima, Bonin Islands (27°05′N 142°05′E / 27.083°N 142.083°E / 27.083; 142.083) by USS Grayback (  United States Navy) with the loss of 11 crewmen.[376]
Mount Lycabettus   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (4,292 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°15′N 61°00′W / 40.250°N 61.000°W / 40.250; -61.000) by U-373 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[377] She was chartered by Switzerland and was sailing with neutrality mark: Switzerland cross painting with "Switzerland" written on the hull.[378]
Ranja   Norway World War II: The tanker (6,355 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°00′N 65°20′W / 38.000°N 65.333°W / 38.000; -65.333) by U-71 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[379][380]
San Demetrio   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (8,073 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Charles, Virginia by U-404 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by Beta (  United States).[381]
Scottish Prince   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,917 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°10′N 8°00′W / 4.167°N 8.000°W / 4.167; -8.000) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Weyburn (  Royal Canadian Navy).[382]

18 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1942
Ship Country Description
E.M. Clark   United States World War II: The tanker (9,647 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 22 nautical miles (41 km) south west of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (34°50′N 75°35′W / 34.833°N 75.583°W / 34.833; -75.583) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Dickerson (  United States Navy) and Catatumbo (  Venezuela).[383]
Kassandra Louloudis   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (5,106 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras (35°05′N 75°25′W / 35.083°N 75.417°W / 35.083; -75.417) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by USCGC Dione (  United States Navy).[384]
Tricheco   Regia Marina World War II: The Squalo-class submarine (905/1,107 t, 1931) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Brindisi (40°45′N 17°56′E / 40.750°N 17.933°E / 40.750; 17.933) by HMS Upholder (  Royal Navy). 38 crewmen were killed. There were 11 survivors.[385]

19 MarchEdit

One more ship may have been lost on this day, see below.

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Liberator   United States World War II: The cargo ship (7,720 GRT, 1918) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°05′N 75°30′W / 35.083°N 75.500°W / 35.083; -75.500) by U-332 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Umpqua (  United States Navy).[386]
Maria   Regia Marina World War II: The guard boat (22 GRT) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk off Brindisi by HMS Upholder (  Royal Navy).[9]
Papoose   United States World War II: The tanker (5,939 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) south east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina (34°17′N 76°39′W / 34.283°N 76.650°W / 34.283; -76.650) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Stringham (  United States Navy).[387]
W. E. Hutton   United States World War II: The tanker (7,076 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south east of Cape Lookout (34°25′N 76°50′W / 34.417°N 76.833°W / 34.417; -76.833) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss 13 of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by Port Halifax (  United Kingdom).[388]

20 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Heythrop   Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class destroyer (1,050/1,430 t, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 miles (64 km) north east of Bardia, Libya by U-652 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 crew.[42][389]
HMS ML310   Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was shelled and sunk by Imperial Japanese Army artillery. Raised, repaired and put in service as Suikei 12 (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[390]
Oakmar   United States World War II: The cargo ship (5,766 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°22′N 68°50′W / 36.367°N 68.833°W / 36.367; -68.833) by U-71 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Stavros (  Greece).[391]
Risøy   Norway World War II: Convoy PW 128: The cargo ship (793 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one of her 18 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Ruby (  Royal Navy).[392]

21 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Esso Nashville   United States World War II: The tanker (7,934 GRT, 1940) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (33°35′N 77°22′W / 33.583°N 77.367°W / 33.583; -77.367) by U-124 (  Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by USS McKean (  United States Navy), USCGC Agassiz and USCGC Tallapoosa (both   United States Navy). Esso Nashville later broke in two, with the bow section sinking. The stern section was taken in tow by USS Umpqua (  United States Navy). It was later repaired with a new bow and the ship returned to service in March 1943.[393]
Georgy Dimitrov   Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship (3,689 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Sebastopol by Luftwaffe aircraft. There was no casualty.[9][394]
HMS ML 129   Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algeria by Italian aircraft with the loss of seven crew. The survivors were rescued by the damaged ML 132 that was then interned in French Algeria.[42][395]
Talyn   Norway World War II: The tug (50 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Helgoland, Germany.[9]
Vamar   Panama Overloaded with lumber, the cargo ship (598 GRT, 1919) ran aground, capsized and sunk in heavy seas in 25 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico off Mexico Beach, Florida (29°54′N 85°27′W / 29.900°N 85.450°W / 29.900; -85.450).[396]

22 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Kingston   Royal Navy World War II: Second Battle of Sirte: The British destroyer (1,690/2,330 t, 1939) was hit and crippled by a 15-inch (381 mm) round fired by the battleship Littorio (  Regia Marina) and limped to Malta at 16 knots (30 km/h).[397] Fifteen crewmembers were killed in action. Kingston entered in dry dock after arrival, but she was declared a total constructive loss on 11 April, when she got further damage from German air strikes.[398]
Muskogee   United States World War II: The tanker (7,034 GRT, 1913) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 450 nautical miles (830 km) south east of Bermuda (approximately 37°N 62°W / 37°N 62°W / 37; -62) by U-123 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 crew.[399]
Nueva Andalucia   Norway The tanker (10,044 GRT, 1940) ran aground at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She broke in two the next day, with the bow section catching fire. All 39 crew were rescued. Stern section refloated on 21 April. Later towed to New York for repairs, returned to service with a new bow section in 1947.[400]
Thursobank   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,575 GRT, 1940) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°05′N 68°30′W / 38.083°N 68.500°W / 38.083; -68.500) by U-373 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by Havsten (  Norway).[401]

23 MarchEdit

For the loss of the British tanker Diala on this day, see the entry for 15 January 1942.

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1942
Ship Country Description
Breconshire   United Kingdom World War II: The passenger-cargo ship (9,776 GRT, 1939) was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta by aircraft of II Fliegerkorps, Luftwaffe. She was beached but capsized on 27 March.[9]
British Prudence   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 181: The tanker (8,620 GRT, 1939) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°28′N 56°13′W / 45.467°N 56.217°W / 45.467; -56.217) by U-754 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Witherington (  Royal Navy).
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