List of shipwrecks in October 1942

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

1 OctoberEdit

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

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Achilles   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 110 nautical miles (200 km) south east of Trinidad (9°06′N 59°48′W / 9.100°N 59.800°W / 9.100; -59.800) by U-202 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 36 crew.[1]
Camila   Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged by I-166 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean (08°10′N 77°41′E / 8.167°N 77.683°E / 8.167; 77.683). She was beached and declared a total loss.[2]
Empire Tennyson   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,880 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (9°27′N 60°05′W / 9.450°N 60.083°W / 9.450; -60.083) by U-175 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PG-58 (  United States Navy).[3][4]
Katsuragi Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The aircraft ferry was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea (05°38′S 153°08′E / 5.633°S 153.133°E / -5.633; 153.133) by USS Sturgeon (  United States Navy). Two crew and 27 gunners were killed.[5][6]
M-118   Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was sunk in the Black Sea off Cape Burnas (45°53′N 30°19′E / 45.883°N 30.317°E / 45.883; 30.317) by Sublocotenant Ghiculescu and Locotenant-Commandor Stihi Eugen (both   Royal Romanian Navy), or the next day by a German aircraft. All 21 crew were lost.[7][8]
MGB 18   Royal Navy World War II: The motor gun boat was sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands during an attack on a German convoy. One crew was killed.[9][10][11]
Salzburg   Germany World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea east of Lake Shahany, Ukraine (45°54′N 30°19′E / 45.900°N 30.317°E / 45.900; 30.317) by M-118 (  Soviet Navy). She was carrying more than 2,000 Soviet prisoners of war and depending of source between 1,200 and 2,080 of them were lost, together with between 2 and 6 Germans.[7][8][12]
Thule   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by HMMGB 18, HMMGB 21, HMMGB 81, HMMGB 86, HMMTB 230 and HMMTB 234 (all   Royal Navy) with the loss of 9 lives.[9][13]
Tosei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Japan by USS Nautilus (  United States Navy).[9]
V 2003 Loodsboot 7   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Terschelling by HMMGB 18, HMMGB 21, HMMGB 81, HMMGB 86, HMMTB 230 and HMMTB 234 (all   Royal Navy). 21 crew were killed.[9][14]
Yomei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Kingfish (  United States Navy).[15]

2 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Alcoa Transport   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Trinidad (9°03′N 60°10′W / 9.050°N 60.167°W / 9.050; -60.167) by U-201 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-490 (  United States Navy).[16]
Aneroid   Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) off Georgetown, British Guiana (8°24′N 59°12′W / 8.400°N 59.200°W / 8.400; -59.200) by U-175 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Ivan (  Yugoslavia) and Olambura (  Honduras).[17]
HMS Curacoa   Royal Navy World War II: The Ceres-class cruiser was rammed, cut in half, and sunk north of Ireland (55°50′N 08°38′W / 55.833°N 8.633°W / 55.833; -8.633) by RMS Queen Mary (  United Kingdom). Only 26 crew members survived.[18]
Hans Rolshoven   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Hans Rolshoven-class seaplane tender was sunk by a mine at Bornholm. Salvaged in July 1943 and towed to Sassnitz.[19]
Lisbon Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Lisbon Maru-class transport, carrying 1,800 British prisoners-of-war (POWs), sank due to torpedo damage inflicted the previous day 20 mi (32 km) north of Chushan Island, China (29°57′N 122°56′E / 29.950°N 122.933°E / 29.950; 122.933) by the submarine USS Grouper (  United States Navy). Three guards and 826 POWs were killed; most of the POWs killed were shot by guards while attempting to abandon ship. Survivors were rescued by a destroyer, by Toyokuni Maru (  Japan), and by Chinese junks.
HMT Lord Stonehaven   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off the Eddystone Lighthouse by S-112 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 18 crew.[20]
T-57 Udarnik   Soviet Navy World War II: The Udarnik-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland off Seiskari.[9]
U-512   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°50′N 52°25′W / 6.833°N 52.417°W / 6.833; -52.417) by a Douglas B-18 Bolo aircraft of the 99th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Forces with the loss of 51 of her 52 crew. The survivor was rescued by USS Ellis (  United States Navy).
Veglia   Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and shelled in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy) off Korcula, Croatia (42°56′N 17°17′E / 42.933°N 17.283°E / 42.933; 17.283). She was beached at Sabioncello with four killed, ten wounded and 25 missing. The damaged ship was later salvaged but declared a total loss.[9][21]

3 OctoberEdit

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

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Kinkai Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling (  United States Navy).[22]
HMS MGB 78   Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72 foot-class motor gun boat was shelled and sunk off the Netherlands by Kriegsmarine surface ships. One crew was killed.[23][11]
Mikoyan   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by I-162 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). There were no casualty.[24][25][26]

4 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Camden   United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon by I-25 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). One crewman drowned when he jumped overboard. Survivors were rescued by Kookaburra (  Sweden). Camden sank under tow on 10 October at 46°47′N 124°31′W / 46.783°N 124.517°W / 46.783; -124.517.[27]
Caribstar   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the mouth of the Orinoco River, Venezuela (8°30′N 59°37′W / 8.500°N 59.617°W / 8.500; -59.617) by U-175 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS PC-469 (  United States Navy).[28]
Robert H. Colley   United States World War II: Convoy HX 209: The cargo ship broke in two and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (58°57′N 26°20′W / 58.950°N 26.333°W / 58.950; -26.333) with the loss of 8 gunners and 20 crew. The stern section remained afloat and was scuttled the next day at 58°44′N 24°54′W / 58.733°N 24.900°W / 58.733; -24.900 by HMS Borage (  Royal Navy). HMS Borage also rescued her survivors, 9 gunners and 24 crewmen.[29]
Setsuyo Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling (  United States Navy).[22]

5 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Eneo   Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and damaged in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy). She put into Split, Yugoslavia. Two tugs were sent to her assistance and brought back 173 survivors (including 43 seriously wounded). There were 35 killed and 16 missing. She was not repaired until after the end of the war.[9][21]
F 138   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type A Marinefahrprahm was damaged beyond repair by a German mine off Ak-Burnu in the Black Sea and was towed to Kertch. There were two wounded.[30][31]
U-582   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Iceland (58°52′N 21°42′W / 58.867°N 21.700°W / 58.867; -21.700) by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 46 crew.[32]
U-619   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Iceland (58°41′N 22°58′W / 58.683°N 22.967°W / 58.683; -22.967) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.[33]
William A. McKenney   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 50 nautical miles (93 km) east of Corocoro Island, Venezuela (8°35′N 59°20′W / 8.583°N 59.333°W / 8.583; -59.333) by U-175 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Blakeley (  United States Navy).[34]

6 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Tarpon   United Kingdom The cargo ship (6,085 or 6,216 GRT, 1920) was in distress in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Lewis, Outer Hebrides (57°20′N 15°09′W / 57.333°N 15.150°W / 57.333; -15.150). She was taken in tow but abandoned on 13 October and capsized and sank the next day 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of South Uist, Hebrides (57°24′N 7°45′W / 57.400°N 7.750°W / 57.400; -7.750).[3]
I-22   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C1 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Coral Sea south east of San Cristobal Island (11°22′S 162°20′E / 11.367°S 162.333°E / -11.367; 162.333) by a United States Navy Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft with the loss of all 100 hands.[35]
Larry Doheny   United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed 5 October and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (42°20′N 125°02′W / 42.333°N 125.033°W / 42.333; -125.033) off Oregon by I-25 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). Four gunners and two crew were killed. Survivors rescued by USS Coos Bay (  United States Navy). She sank the next day.[36]
HMMGB 76   Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 72 foot-class motor gun boat was shelled and sunk in the North Sea by Kriegsmarine Schnellboots.[37]
HMMTB 29   Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 70 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk in a collision in the North Sea with a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot.[38]
Mina Daniel   Romania World War II: The tug was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea north east of Sulina, Romania (45°47′N 30°19′E / 45.783°N 30.317°E / 45.783; 30.317) by M-31 (  Soviet Navy).[39]
Taku   United States The 60-gross register ton, 71.8-foot (21.9 m) motor vessel was wrecked on the north end of Kayak Island on the coast of the Territory of Alaska.[40]

7 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Andalucia Star   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner (14,943 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Palmas, Liberia (6°38′N 15°46′W / 6.633°N 15.767°W / 6.633; -15.767) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of the 252 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Petunia (  Royal Navy)[41][42]
Boringia   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,821 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°09′S 4°30′W / 35.150°S 4.500°W / -35.150; -4.500) by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 60 crew. Survivors were rescued by Matheran and Clan Mactavish (both   United Kingdom).[43][44]
Chickasaw City   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 85 nautical miles (157 km) south south west of Cape Town, South Africa (34°15′S 17°11′E / 34.250°S 17.183°E / -34.250; 17.183) by U-172 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose (  Royal Navy).[45]
HMS Caroline Moller   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FN 32: The Saint-class tug (444 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) north east of Cromer, Norfolk by S-80 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[20][46]
Elbe   Germany World War II: The tug was sunk by Allied action.[47]
Firethorn   Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 60 nautical miles (110 km) north west of Cape Town (34°10′S 17°07′E / 34.167°S 17.117°E / -34.167; 17.117) by U-172 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose (  Royal Navy) and HMSAS Springs (  South African Navy).[48][49]
Ightham   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,337 GRT, 1914) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire.[50]
Ilse   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 32: The cargo ship (2,844 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-105 (  Kriegsmarine).[20]
Jessie Maersk   United Kingdom World War II: convoy FN 32: The cargo ship (1,972 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer (53°06′00″N 1°24′30″E / 53.10000°N 1.40833°E / 53.10000; 1.40833) by S-117 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 29 crew. The wreck was subsequently dispersed.[20][51]
HMML 339   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FN 32: The Fairmile B motor launch was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-62 (  Kriegsmarine.[20][52]
Manon   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,597 GRT, 1901) was torpedoed and sunk by I-162 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Indian Ocean 400 miles (640 km) east south east of Masulipatam, India (15°00′N 80°30′E / 15.000°N 80.500°E / 15.000; 80.500). Eight crewmen killed. Survivors sail in lifeboats to Pallaur, India.[53]
Milcrest   United Kingdom The cargo ship (5,283 GRT, 1919) collided in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, Canada with Empire Lightning (  United Kingdom) and sank.[3]
Naminoue Maru   Japan World War II: The troopship ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (3°14′S 150°01′E / 3.233°S 150.017°E / -3.233; 150.017) by USS Sculpin (  United States Navy). 279 survivors rescued by Takanami (  Imperial Japanese Navy).[54]
Senkai Maru   Japan World War II: The auxiliary stores ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea (1°55′N 153°42′E / 1.917°N 153.700°E / 1.917; 153.700) by USS Amberjack (  United States Navy). Three crewmen were killed.[55][56]
Sheaf Water   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 32: The cargo ship (2,730 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Cromer by S-46 (  Kriegsmarine).[20]

8 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1942
Ship Country Description
City of Athens   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,558 GRT, 1923) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 60 nautical miles (110 km) west north west of Cape Town, South Africa (33°40′S 17°03′E / 33.667°S 17.050°E / -33.667; 17.050) by U-179 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 99 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Active (  Royal Navy).[57]
Clan Mactavish   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,631 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 100 nautical miles (190 km) west south west of Cape Town (34°53′S 16°45′E / 34.883°S 16.750°E / -34.883; 16.750) by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 61 of the 128 people on board, including eight survivors from Boringia (  United Kingdom). Survivors were rescued by Matheran (  United Kingdom).[43][58]
Dandolo   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Ras el Tin, Egypt by an Allied aircraft. There were no casualties.[9][59][60]
Gaasterkerk   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km) west of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (34°20′S 18°10′E / 34.333°S 18.167°E / -34.333; 18.167) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine). All 64 crew were rescued by HMAS Nizam (  Royal Australian Navy).[61]
Glendene   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,412 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (4°29′N 17°41′W / 4.483°N 17.683°W / 4.483; -17.683) by U-125 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Agapenor (  United Kingdom).[62]
Hague Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Hague Maru-class transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū (34°01′N 135°06′E / 34.017°N 135.100°E / 34.017; 135.100) by USS Drum (  United States Navy). Five crew were killed.[63][64]
John Carter Rose   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (10°27′N 45°37′W / 10.450°N 45.617°W / 10.450; -45.617) by U-201 and U-202 (both   Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 61 crew. Survivors were rescued by Santa Cruz (  Argentina) and West Humhaw (  United States).[65][66]
Koumoundouros   Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south west of Cape Point, South Africa by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Foxhound (  Royal Navy) and HMAS Nizam (  Royal Australian Navy).[67]
Lauterfels   Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.[9]
Lupa   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy) in the Mediterranean Sea (33°41′N 11°44′E / 33.683°N 11.733°E / 33.683; 11.733). There was no dead and two wounded.[59][68]
No. 21   Soviet Navy The No. 33-class armored motor gunboat was lost on this date.[69]
Pantelis   Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) southwest of Cape Town (34°20′S 17°50′E / 34.333°S 17.833°E / -34.333; 17.833) by U-172 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose (  Royal Navy).[70]
R 77, R 78, R 82 and R 86   Kriegsmarine World War II: The R 41-class R boats were sunk by mines in the North Sea off Dunkirk (51°02′N 1°22′E / 51.033°N 1.367°E / 51.033; 1.367).[20]
Sarthe   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,271 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) south southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (34°50′S 18°40′E / 34.833°S 18.667°E / -34.833; 18.667) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine). All 57 crew were rescued by HMSAS Vereeniging (  South African Navy).[71][72]
Swiftsure   United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 25 nautical miles (46 km) south east of the Cape of Good Hope (34°40′S 18°25′E / 34.667°S 18.417°E / -34.667; 18.417) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine). All 33 crew were rescued by a Royal Navy minesweeper.[73]
U-179   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the South Atlantic off Cape Town (33°28′S 17°05′E / 33.467°S 17.083°E / -33.467; 17.083) by HMS Active (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 61 crew.[74]
V 6102 Polarstern   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Polarstern-class naval whaler capsized and sank in dock at Moss. Raised 24 October 1942, repaired and returned to service.[75]
Varøy   Norway World War II: Convoy FN 33: The cargo ship collided in the North Sea with Francis Fladgate (  United Kingdom) and sank at 52°58′24″N 1°28′45″E / 52.97333°N 1.47917°E / 52.97333; 1.47917. All 23 crew were rescued by HMML 201 (  Royal Navy).[76]

9 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Alga   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Djerba, Tunisia by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy). There were 44 dead and 8 survivors.[9][59]
Belgian Fighter   Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south of Cape Town, South Africa (35°00′S 18°30′E / 35.000°S 18.500°E / -35.000; 18.500) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by John Lykes (  United States) and Ocean Justice (  United Kingdom).[3][77]
BK-31   Soviet Navy World War II: Battle of Stalingrad: The armored motor gunboat was shelled and sunk in the Volga River at Stalingrad by German artillery. Four crew were killed.The wreck was salvaged in 2017 for restoration as a memorial.[78][79]
Carolus   Canada World War II: Convoy NL 9: The cargo ship (2,375 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (48°47′N 68°10′W / 48.783°N 68.167°W / 48.783; -68.167) by U-69 with the loss of 11 of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Arrowhead and HMCS Hepatica (both   Royal Canadian Navy).[80]
Charlotte B   United States The 27-gross register ton, 48-foot (14.6 m) fishing vessel sank after striking a reef in Geese Island Channel (56°45′N 153°53′W / 56.750°N 153.883°W / 56.750; -153.883 (Geese Island Channel)) at the southern end of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska.[81]
Coloradan   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 200 nautical miles (370 km) south west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°47′S 14°34′E / 35.783°S 14.567°E / -35.783; 14.567) by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 54 crew. 23 survivors were rescued by HMS Active (  Royal Navy) on 11 October, and 25 by a South African fishing vessel on 19 October.[82]
Examelia   United States World War II: The Design 1022 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (34°52′S 18°30′E / 34.867°S 18.500°E / -34.867; 18.500) by U-68 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by John Lykes (  United States).[83]
Flensburg   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) off the coast of Surinam (10°45′N 46°48′W / 10.750°N 46.800°W / 10.750; -46.800) by U-201 (  Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by HNLMS Prinses Juliana (  Koninklijk Marine).[84]
Hachimanzan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū by USS Drum (  United States Navy).[63]
Kreta   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya by HMS Turbulent (  Royal Navy). One crew was lost.[9][85]
Sperrbrecher 143 Lola   Kriegsmarine World War II: The sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Nieuwpoort, West Flanders, Belgium (51°13′N 2°44′E / 51.217°N 2.733°E / 51.217; 2.733). One sources says 5 crew were killed, another says there was no casualty.[20][86][87]
Oronsay   United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner (20,043 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) south west of Monrovia, Liberia by Archimede (  Regia Marina) with the loss of five lives.[88]
Pennington Court   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 103: The cargo ship (6,098 GRT, 1924) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°18′N 27°55′W / 58.300°N 27.917°W / 58.300; -27.917) by U-254 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[89]
U-171   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Lorient, Morbihan, France (47°39′N 3°34′W / 47.650°N 3.567°W / 47.650; -3.567) with the loss of 22 of her 52 crew.

10 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Atlas   Netherlands The ship was wrecked on Lundy Island, Devon, United Kingdom with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[90][91]
Balaklava   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
Carpati   Romania World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Shch-216 (  Soviet Navy) off the mouth of the Sulina River (44°57′N 29°47′E / 44.950°N 29.783°E / 44.950; 29.783). Three crew were lost. There were 47 survivors.[92][93]
Duchess of Atholl   United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner (20,119 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 200 nautical miles (370 km) east north east of Ascension Island (7°03′S 11°12′W / 7.050°S 11.200°W / -7.050; -11.200) by U-178 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 832 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Corinthian (  Royal Navy).[94]
Enrichetta   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of the Peloponnese, Greece by HMS Unison (  Royal Navy). There were 88 dead and 63 survivors.[9][59]
Kamishi   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
Komintern   Soviet Navy World War II: The Bogatyr-class protected cruiser, previously bombed and sunk by the Luftwaffe at Chopi in July 1942, was sunk as a breakwater at the mouth of the Hopi River.[9][95]
Lepse   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Chopi.[9]
MO-175   Soviet Navy World War II: The patrol boat was shelled and sunk by German Siebel ferrys in Lake Ladoga near Sukho Island. Nine crewmen rescued and made prisoners of war.[96][97]
HMT Orcades   Royal Navy World War II: The troopship (23,456 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 280 miles (450 km) north west of Cape Town, South Africa (35°51′S 14°40′E / 35.850°S 14.667°E / -35.850; 14.667) by U-172 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 45 of the 1,067 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Narwik (  Poland).[98]
Shigure Maru   Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Samarinda, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies (01°01′S 117°22′E / 1.017°S 117.367°E / -1.017; 117.367) by USS Seadragon (  United States Navy).[99]
Tonan Maru No. 2   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The oiler was torpedoed and sunk in shallow water inside Kavieng Harbour, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea by USS Amberjack (  United States Navy). She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[55]

11 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Agapenor   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,392 GRT, 1914) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-87 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 95 crew. The survivors, and all 38 survivors from Glendene (  United Kingdom) were rescued by HMS Petunia (  Royal Navy).[100]
El Lago   Panama World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 44°N 40°W / 44°N 40°W / 44; -40) by U-615 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by U-615 and made prisoners of war.[101]
Fubuki   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Fubuki-class destroyer was shelled and sunk off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal by ships of Task Force 64, United States Navy,[note 1] with the loss of 110 of her 219 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Hovey, USS McCalla and USS Trever (all   United States Navy).
Furutaka   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Furutaka-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk off Cape Esperance by ships of Task Force 64, United States Navy with the loss of 101 of her 616 crew. Of her 515 survivors, 400 were rescued by Hatsuyuki, Murakumo and Shirayuki (all   Imperial Japanese Navy). The other 115 survivors were rescued by American ships and taken as prisoners of war.
L-16   Soviet Navy World War II: The Leninets-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Seattle, Washington (45°41′N 128°56′W / 45.683°N 128.933°W / 45.683; -128.933) by I-25 (  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the lost with of all 50 hands.[102]
Laos   France World War II: The cargo ship foundered and sank east of Tiền Hải, French Indochina (20°23′N 106°56′E / 20.383°N 106.933°E / 20.383; 106.933).[103]
Regensburg   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Sunda Strait by USS Searaven (  United States Navy) and was beached. She was subsequently towed to Singapore for repairs.[9]
SKR-23 Musson   Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Barents Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Chernyj Kame Island in the Matochkin Shar Strait (73°15′N 54°17′E / 73.250°N 54.283°E / 73.250; 54.283) with the loss of 25 of her 48 crew.[104][105]
HMS Thalia   Royal Navy The armed yacht (161 or 185 GRT, 1904) was lost on this date.[106]
Una   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unruffled (  Royal Navy) off Capri, Italy. Two men were missing, forty-five survivors were picked up including fourteen wounded.[107][108]
Waterton   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy BS 31: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of St Lawrence north of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (47°07′N 59°54′W / 47.117°N 59.900°W / 47.117; -59.900) by U-106 (  Kriegsmarine). All 27 crew were rescued by HMCS Vison (  Royal Canadian Navy).[109]

12 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Amsterdam   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north of Misrata, Libya by Allied aircraft. She was towed to Khoms by Circe (  Regia Marina). Amsterdam was torpedoed and sunk on 23 October by HMS Umbra (  Royal Navy).[9]
Bringhi   Egypt World War II: The sailing ship (200 GRT) was machine gunned and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria by U-559 (  Kriegsmarine). She was beached on a reef and was declared a total loss.[110]
USS Duncan   United States Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The Gleaves-class destroyer sank in the Pacific Ocean off Savo Island following battle damage inflicted by Furutaka (  Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 81 of her 276 crew.
Shch-311   Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was sunk in the Gulf of Finland by patrol boats VMV 13 and VMV 15 (both   Merivoimat).[111]
Steel Scientist   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 95 nautical miles (176 km) north of Cayenne, French Guiana (5°48′N 51°50′W / 5.800°N 51.833°W / 5.800; -51.833) by U-514 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 47 crew. Survivors sailed in lifeboats to British Guyana, arriving on 19 and 20 October.[112]
Stornest   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship (4,265 GRT, 1921) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°25′N 27°42′W / 54.417°N 27.700°W / 54.417; -27.700) by U-706 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[113]
Murakumo   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The destroyer was bombed and heavily damaged by US aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal. Scuttled by destroyer Shirayuki (  Imperial Japanese Navy).
Natsugumo   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: The destroyer was bombed and sunk by US aircraft from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal.
U-597   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (56°50′N 28°05′W / 56.833°N 28.083°W / 56.833; -28.083) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.[114]

13 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Ashworth   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (53°05′N 44°06′W / 53.083°N 44.100°W / 53.083; -44.100) by U-221 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 49 crew.[115]
Empire Nomad   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off South Africa (37°50′S 18°16′E / 37.833°S 18.267°E / -37.833; 18.267) by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by Elisha Walker (  Panama), HMAS Norman (  Royal Australian Navy) and Tynebank (  United Kingdom).[3][116]
Fagersten   Norway World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (53°05′N 44°06′W / 53.083°N 44.100°W / 53.083; -44.100) by U-221 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Potentilla (  Royal Navy).[117]
I-30   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type B1 submarine was sunk by a mine 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Keppel Harbor, Singapore. 13 crewmen killed, 96 crewmen and her commanding officer were rescued.[118]
Loreto   Italy World War II: the cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by HMS Unruffled (  Royal Navy) west of Palermo, Italy, killing 123 British Indian Army prisoners of war and one Italian soldiers. There were 321 survivors.[119][120]
Nautilus   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk off Capo Figari, Italy by HMS Utmost (  Royal Navy). There were 3 dead and 29 survivors.[9][59][121]
Senta   Norway World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Belle Isle Strait (approximately 53°N 44°W / 53°N 44°W / 53; -44) by U-221 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.[122][123]

14 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Azumasan Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Azumasan Maru-class transport was bombed by American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft from Esperito Santo. She was burned out and beached. Bombed again by B-17 aircraft from Esperito Santo on 15 October, the ship slid off the reef and sank 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) southeast of Bunina Point, Tassafaronga (09°21′S 159°52′E / 9.350°S 159.867°E / -9.350; 159.867).[124]
Caribou   Newfoundland World War II: The passenger ferry (2,222 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the Cabot Strait (47°19′N 59°29′W / 47.317°N 59.483°W / 47.317; -59.483) by U-69 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 137 of the 237 people on board.
Edward Schenk   United States The 18-gross register ton, 43.3-foot (13.2 m) tug sank with the loss of all hands near Tree Point (54°48′15″N 130°55′45″W / 54.80417°N 130.92917°W / 54.80417; -130.92917 (Tree Point)) in Southeast Alaska between Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.[125]
Empire Mersey   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship (5,791 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland (54°00′N 40°15′W / 54.000°N 40.250°W / 54.000; -40.250) by U-618 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland (  United Kingdom)[3][126]
George Balfour   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,568 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S69, S71, S73, S74, S75 and S76 (all   Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow but consequently broke in two. Raised, repaired and returned to service in 1944.[9]
Jacobus Fritzen   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Ystad, Sweden by D-2 (  Soviet Navy). There were one dead and three wounded.[9][127]
Komet   Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off La Hague, Manche, France by HMMTB 236 (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all hands.
Kyushu Maru   Japan World War II: The transport was bombed by US aircraft off Tassafaronga. She was burned out and beached. Bombed by B-17s from Esperito Santo on 15 October and sank 2 miles southeast of Bunina Point, Tassafaronga (09°21′S 159°52′E / 9.350°S 159.867°E / -9.350; 159.867).[128]
HMS LCM 508   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 509   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 519   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 522   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 523   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 532   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 537   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 547   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 611   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 613   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 620   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The landing craft medium was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
HMS LCM 632   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 633   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 634   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCM 636   Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft mechanized was lost, probably while being carried as cargo aboard Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) that ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[130]
HMS LCT 2006   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 104: The Mk 5 landing craft tank was being carried as deck cargo on board Southern Empress (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-211 (  Kriegsmarine).[129]
Nellie   Greece World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-607 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 32 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland (  United Kingdom).[131]
Nikolina Matkovic   Yugoslavia World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-661 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 35 crew.[132]
Sasago Maru   Japan World War II: The transport was bombed by SBD Dauntless, P-39, P-400, F4F Wildcat, and a PBY aircraft of the US "Cactus" Air Force from Guadalcanal off Tassafaronga. She was beached and burned out.[9][133]
Shch-213   Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Tulcea, Romania.
Shch-302   Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Gulf of Finland by Finnish Air Force aircraft with the loss of all hands.[9][134]
Shchors   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Yugor Strait (69°45′N 60°45′E / 69.750°N 60.750°E / 69.750; 60.750). She was taken in tow by T-879 and T-905 (both   Soviet Navy) but foundered at 69°38′N 60°09′E / 69.633°N 60.150°E / 69.633; 60.150). All crew survived.[135]
Shunko Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Palau by USS Skipjack (  United States Navy).[136]
Southern Empress   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 104: The whale factory ship (12,398 GRT, 1914) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of St. John's, Newfoundland (53°40′N 40°40′W / 53.667°N 40.667°W / 53.667; -40.667) by U-221 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 48 of her 125 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Potentilla (  Royal Navy).[129]
Sumiyoshi Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea (3°51′S 151°21′E / 3.850°S 151.350°E / -3.850; 151.350) by USS Sculpin (  United States Navy). 8 crewmen killed.[9][54]
Susana   United States World War II: Convoy SC 104: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of St. John's (53°41′N 41°23′W / 53.683°N 41.383°W / 53.683; -41.383) by U-221 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gothland (  United Kingdom).[137]
Takusei Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Japan by USS Greenling (  United States Navy).[22]
Teison Maru   Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and damaged in the Formosa Straits 100 nautical miles (190 km) off Keun, Formosa (25°20′N 121°25′E / 25.333°N 121.417°E / 25.333; 121.417) by USS Finback (  United States Navy). The entire crew is rescued, without suffering any casualties, by Chohukusan Maru (  Imperial Japanese Navy). The abandoned ship sank on 17 October at 25°20′N 121°01′E / 25.333°N 121.017°E / 25.333; 121.017.[138]

15 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Batavier III   Germany World War II: The cargo liner was sunk by a mine off Ålborg, Denmark. The entire crew of 47 men, including 5 lightly wounded, was rescued.[139][140]
Drazki   Bulgarian Navy The torpedo boat sank at Varna, Bulgaria, due to a magazine explosion. She was refloated and repaired.
USS Meredith   United States Navy World War II: The Gleaves-class destroyer was torpedoed, bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Guadalcanal (11°53′S 163°20′E / 11.883°S 163.333°E / -11.883; 163.333) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 180 of her 261 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Grayson, USS Gwin, USS Seminole and a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft (all   United States Navy).
Newton Pine   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship (4,212 GRT, 1925) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-410 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[141]
U-661   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°42′N 35°56′W / 53.700°N 35.933°W / 53.700; -35.933) by HMS Viscount (  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[142]

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1942
Ship Country Description
10V3 Byron   Kriegsmarine The naval trawler was lost on this date.[143]
Castle Harbour   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TRIN 19: The coaster (730 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) east northeast of Trinidad (11°00′N 61°10′W / 11.000°N 61.167°W / 11.000; -61.167) by U-160 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 23 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS SC-53 (  United States Navy).[144]
HMIS Lady Craddock   Royal Indian Navy The Minesweeper/naval trawler capsized and sank in the Hooghli River when struck by a 30 foot wave during a Cyclone while at anchor at Diamond Harbour off Haldi River Buoy.[145][146]
Polaris   Norway World War II: The seal catcher caught fire and sank in the Hudson Strait, Canada and was abandoned by her 16 crew. She may have struck a mine.[147]
Primrose Hill   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (18°58′N 28°40′W / 18.967°N 28.667°W / 18.967; -28.667) by UD-5 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sansu (  United Kingdom). (Look 29/10/1942)
Teti   Greece The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked off Volos, Greece.[148][149]
Trafalgar   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km) northwest of Guadeloupe (25°30′N 52°00′W / 25.500°N 52.000°W / 25.500; -52.000) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine). All 43 crew survived.[150][151]
U-353   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°54′N 29°30′W / 53.900°N 29.500°W / 53.900; -29.500) by HMS Fame (  Royal Navy) with the loss of six of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HNoMS Andenes (  Royal Norwegian Navy) and HMS Fame.

17 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Borneo Maru   Japan World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk in the Bering Sea off Kiska, Alaska, United States by Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of the United States Eleventh Air Force.[9]
Empire Chaucer   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,970 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 450 nautical miles (830 km) south of Cape Town, South Africa by U-504 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss off three of the 50 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Empire Squire and Nebraska (both   United Kingdom).
Holland Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bungo Channel by USS Trigger (  United States Navy).[152]
Holtenau   Germany World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Calais, France.[9]
Oboro   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Bering Sea either 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi) northeast of Kiska Island (52°17′N 178°08′E / 52.283°N 178.133°E / 52.283; 178.133) in the Aleutian Islands or 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) north of Pillar Rock (52°07′20″N 177°22′00″E / 52.12222°N 177.36667°E / 52.12222; 177.36667 (Pillar Rock)) off Kiska Island (sources disagree) in an attack by six United States Army Air Forces Eleventh Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft. Her commanding officer and 16 crewmen were rescued by the destroyer Hatsuharu (  Imperial Japanese Navy); the rest of her probable complement of 219 men were lost.[153][154]

18 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Angelina   United States World War II: Convoy ON 137: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°39′N 30°20′W / 49.650°N 30.333°W / 49.650; -30.333) by U-618 (  Kriegsmarine) with 13 gunners and 33 crewmen drowning in exceptionally high seas. Survivors, four gunners and four crewmen, were rescued by Bury (  United Kingdom).[155]
Hakonesan Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 15 miles (24 km) east of Horamachi-shi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (37°35′N 141°30′E / 37.583°N 141.500°E / 37.583; 141.500) by USS Greenling (  United States Navy). 14 crewmen were killed.[22][156]
Libau   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Vilnesfjord, Norway by Uredd (  Royal Norwegian Navy).[20]
Panuco   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Una (  Royal Navy). She was abandoned by her crew. Panuco was later towed to Taranto. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.[9]

19 OctoberEdit

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

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Beppe   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy).[9]
Giovanni da Verrazzano   Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea northwest of Lampedusa (35°52′N 12°02′E / 35.867°N 12.033°E / 35.867; 12.033) by HMS Unbending (  Royal Navy). There were 20 dead and 255 survivors.[157][59]
Nordland   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Saltfjorden (67°12′N 12°57′E / 67.200°N 12.950°E / 67.200; 12.950) by Junon (  Free French Naval Forces) with the loss of 17 of the 22 people on board.[158]
Roma   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (a former tug) was shelled and sunk off Stampalia, Greece (36°43′N 26°41′E / 36.717°N 26.683°E / 36.717; 26.683) by HMS Thrasher (  Royal Navy). There was no survivor from her 30+ crew.[9][59][159]
Rothley   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,996 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Barbados (13°34′N 54°34′W / 13.567°N 54.567°W / 13.567; -54.567) by U-332 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew.[160]
Steel Navigator   United States World War II: Convoy ON 137: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°45′N 31°20′W / 49.750°N 31.333°W / 49.750; -31.333) by U-610 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 52 crew. Survivors, 6 gunners and 10 crewmen, were rescued by HMS Decoy (  Royal Navy) on 27 October. 17 survivors on another life raft were lost.[161]
Titania   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Allied aircraft. She was taken in tow by Ascari (  Regia Marina), but was torpedoed and sunk the next day by HMS Safari (  Royal Navy). There were 78 survivors.[9][59]

20 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Africa Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Hawaii Maru-class transport was torpedoed just before Midnight in the South China Sea west of Formosa (24°26′N 120°25′E / 24.433°N 120.417°E / 24.433; 120.417) by USS Finback (  United States Navy) sinking just after midnight on 21 October. Three crewmen killed.[138]
Lero   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMS Thrasher (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 4 lives.[9][59][159]
London Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by USS Finback (  United States Navy).[9]
Mahrous   Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) northwest of Saida, Lebanon by U-77 (  Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[162]
Nanshin Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The guard ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tautog (  United States Navy).[9]
Ryunan Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kyūshū by USS Drum (  United States Navy).[63]
Scalaria   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (5,683 GRT, 1922) was sunk in the Red Sea off Ras Gharib, Egypt by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[9]
Yamafuji Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea west of Formosa (24°26′N 120°25′E / 24.433°N 120.417°E / 24.433; 120.417 by USS Finback (  United States Navy).[138]
U-216   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIID submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Ireland (48°21′N 19°25′W / 48.350°N 19.417°W / 48.350; -19.417) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.[163]

21 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Choko Maru   Japan World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west north west of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (3°30′S 150°30′E / 3.500°S 150.500°E / -3.500; 150.500) by USS Gudgeon (  United States Navy).[164]
Le Progrès   Germany World War II: The coastal tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Black Sea by M-35 (  Soviet Navy). She was consequently scuttled by Kriegsmarine R-boats.[9]
Nichiho Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea, north of Formosa (27°03′N 122°42′E / 27.050°N 122.700°E / 27.050; 122.700) by USS Guardfish (  United States Navy).[165]
Palatia   Kriegsmarine World War II: The prisoner transport ship was sunk by a Hampden torpedo bomber of 489 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, off Lindesnes in southern Norway (57°58.1′N 07°14′E / 57.9683°N 7.233°E / 57.9683; 7.233) with the loss of 986 of the 1,034 people on board.
S 7   Soviet Navy World War II: The S-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea (59°51′N 19°32′E / 59.850°N 19.533°E / 59.850; 19.533) by Vesihiisi (  Merivoimat) with the loss of 44 of her 48 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[166]

22 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Azov   Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Tuapse by German aircraft.[167]
Donax   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The tanker (8,036 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (49°51′N 27°58′W / 49.850°N 27.967°W / 49.850; -27.967) by U-443 (  Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by HMS Marauder and HMS Nimble (both   Royal Navy) but foundered on 29 October at 48°04′N 24°41′W / 48.067°N 24.683°W / 48.067; -24.683. All 63 crew were rescued by HMCS Drumheller (  Royal Canadian Navy), HMS Nimble and a Royal Navy destroyer.[168]
Hakkaisan Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The gunboat was sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of the Gilbert Islands by USS Lamson and USS Mahan (both   United States Navy).[9]
HMS LCM 89   Royal Navy The landing craft mechanized was lost on this date.[130]
Ocean Vintage   United Kingdom World War II: The Ocean ship (7,174 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (21°37′N 60°06′E / 21.617°N 60.100°E / 21.617; 60.100) by I-27 (  Imperial Japanese Navy). A Royal Air Force crash boat towed the survivor's lifeboats to Ras al Hadd Harbor.[169]
Remmaren   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the coast of Norway.[170] All 47 crew were rescued.[171]
Ronaldsay   United Kingdom World War II: The dredger (1,023 GRT, 1922) was torpedoed and sunk at Safaga, Egypt by Luftwaffe aircraft.[9]
SF-12   Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry ran aground and was shelled and sunk, or scuttled, in shallow water, only partially submerged, by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga.[96]
SF-13   Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry ran aground and was shelled and sunk, or scuttled, in shallow water, only partially submerged, by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga.[96]
SF-21   Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry was shelled and sunk by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga.[172]
SF-22   Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry was shelled and damaged by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga and ran aground, or was partially scuttled in shallow water. Later shelled and sunk by Nora (  Soviet Navy)[172]
SF-26   Luftwaffe World War II: Battle of Sukho Island: The Siebel ferry ran aground and was shelled and sunk in shallow water, only partially submerged, by Soviet shore batteries at Sukho Island in Lake Ladoga. Later salvaged and put in Soviet service as DB-51.[172]
U-412   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Faroe Islands (63°55′N 0°24′E / 63.917°N 0.400°E / 63.917; 0.400) by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 179 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[173]
Winnipeg II   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The passenger ship (9,807 GRT, 1918) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°51′N 27°58′W / 49.850°N 27.967°W / 49.850; -27.967) by U-443 (  Kriegsmarine). All 192 people on board were rescued by HMCS Morden (  Royal Canadian Navy).[174]

23 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Arco Azurro   Regia Marina World War II: The Luranna-class minesweeper was sunk at Genoa by Allied aircraft.[175]
City of Johannesburg   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,669 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south east of East London, South Africa by U-504 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 89 crew. Survivors were rescued by Fort George, King Edward (both   United Kingdom) and Zypenburg (  Netherlands).[176]
Empire Star   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (12,656 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°14′N 26°22′W / 48.233°N 26.367°W / 48.233; -26.367) by U-615 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 42 of the 103 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Black Swan (  Royal Navy).[177]
Empire Turnstone   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 136: The cargo ship (6,113 GRT, 1918) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°40′N 28°00′W / 54.667°N 28.000°W / 54.667; -28.000) by U-621 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 46 crew.[3][178]
No. 104   Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[179]
HMS Phoebe   Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) west of Pointe Noire, French Equatorial Africa by U-161 (  Kriegsmarine). She was beached at Pointe Noire. Later salvaged, repaired and returned to service in August 1943.[180]
Pronta   Italy World War II: The salvage tug was torpedoed and sunk at Khoms, Libya by HMS Umbra (  Royal Navy).[9]
Reuben Tipton   United States World War II: The Type C2-S-AJ1 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) north east of Trinidad (14°33′N 54°51′W / 14.550°N 54.850°W / 14.550; -54.850) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her crew. Her master and one crewman were rescued by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy on 25 October, and a motor torpedo boat of the Royal Navy rescued 39 crewmen and 10 gunners on 26 October.[181]
Seikyo Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan (33°12′N 135°14′E / 33.200°N 135.233°E / 33.200; 135.233) by USS Kingfish (  United States Navy) with the loss of 43 lives.[9][15][182]
Sperrbrecher 11 Belgrano   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and broke in two in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands. Her stern section was towed to Hamburg where she was repaired and returned to service post war.[9]

24 OctoberEdit

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

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Batavier III   Netherlands World War II: The German controlled cargo ship struck a mine and sank north of Skagen.[183]
Holmpark   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,780 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) east of Barbados (13°11′N 47°00′W / 13.183°N 47.000°W / 13.183; -47.000) by U-516 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 50 crew.[184]
Jon Olafsson   Iceland World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-383 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 13 crew.[185]
Kenun Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Japan by USS Nautilus (  United States Navy).[9]
Molot   Soviet Union The cargo ship was lost with all hands in the Caspian Sea from unknown causes between Baku and Krasnovodsk.[186]
RF-02   Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol craft was bombed and sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet Naval Air Force Ilyushin Il-4 aircraft.[187][30]
U-599   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Azores, Portugal (46°07′N 17°40′W / 46.117°N 17.667°W / 46.117; -17.667) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.[188]

25 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Kotobuki Maru No. 5   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The net layer was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Boeing B-17 aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[9]
Primero   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°38′N 53°55′W / 13.633°N 53.917°W / 13.633; -53.917) by U-67 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 33 crew.[189]
USS Seminole   United States Navy World War II: The Navajo-class fleet tug was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Tulagi, Solomon Islands by Akatsuki, Ikazuchi and Shiratsuyu (all   Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of one of her 80 crew.
Shinyu Maru   Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed by HNLMS O 23 (  Koninklijk Marine) in the Straits of Malacca.[9]
Valencia   Sweden World War II: The ore carrier struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat north of Sjællands Odde, Denmark.[9]
USS YP-284   United States Navy World War II: The Naval Trawler/patrol boat was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Tulagi by Akatsuki, Ikazuchi and Shiratsuyu (all   Imperial Japanese Navy).[190][191]
Yura   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Nagara-class cruiser was bombed, torpedoed and damaged in the Indispensable Strait off Guadalcanal by Bell P-39 Airacobra, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Marine Corps and United States Navy. Her crew was taken off and she broke in two with the bow sinking and the stern was scuttled by Harusame and Yūdachi (both   Imperial Japanese Navy) at 8°15′S 159°07′E / 8.250°S 159.117°E / -8.250; 159.117.[192]

26 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Amerika   Soviet Union World War II: The barge was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. One crewman killed. Eight survivors rescued by M-14 (  Soviet Navy).[186]
Anglo Mærsk   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The tanker (7,705 GRT, 1930) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Canary Islands, Spain (27°50′N 22°15′W / 27.833°N 22.250°W / 27.833; -22.250) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed and sunk the next day at 27°15′N 17°55′W / 27.250°N 17.917°W / 27.250; -17.917 by U-604 (  Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew survived.[193]
Anne Hutchinson   United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Indian Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of East London, South Africa (33°10′S 28°30′E / 33.167°S 28.500°E / -33.167; 28.500) by U-504 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Steel Mariner (  United States) and a South African fishing vessel. An attempt was made to tow Anne Hutchinson by HMSAS David Haigh (  South African Navy). She was later split in two by explosive charges, with the stern section sinking. The bow section was towed to Port Elizabeth by HMSAS David Haigh where the ship was declared a total loss.[194]
Arca   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea 9 nautical miles (17 km) south of Chios, Greece by HMS Taku (  Royal Navy). All 25 crew survived the sinking.[59][195]
Betty H.   Finland World War II: Continuation War: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by ShCh-307 (  Soviet Navy) south of Mariehamn, Åland 59°54′N 19°45′E / 59.900°N 19.750°E / 59.900; 19.750).[196][197]
USS Hornet   United States Navy
 
USS Hornet

World War II: Battle of Santa Cruz Islands: The Yorktown-class aircraft carrier was heavily damaged by Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes with the loss of 140 of her 2,919 crew. Sunk after being abandoned at 0135 on 27 October by Makigumo and Akigumo (both (  Imperial Japanese Navy) 08°38′S 166°43′E / 8.633°S 166.717°E / -8.633; 166.717). Wreck discover January, 2019.[198]

Keizan Maru   Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk off the Kuril Islands by USS S-31 (  United States Navy).[9]
Mercator   Finland World War II: The lugger was sunk at Brüsterort, Germany by Shch-406 (  Soviet Navy).[9]
USS Porter   United States Navy World War II: Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands: The Porter-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged by torpedo from a crashed US Navy TBF in the Pacific Ocean north east of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. She was subsequently scuttled by USS Shaw (  United States Navy) due to damage received. 15 crewmen were killed or died of their wounds.[199]
Proserpina   Italy World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya by British aircraft. There were 15 dead and 62 survivors.[59][200]
President Coolidge   United States World War II: The ocean liner-troopship struck a mine in the Pacific Ocean off Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu and sank. Of the 5,340 people on board were rescued, two (a sailor and a US Army officer) lost their lives.
Tergestea   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya by British aircraft. All 80 men aboard were killed.[9][59]
UJ 1204 Bohemia   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine hunter struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland. 45 crewmen were killed.[9][201]
Udarni   Soviet Union World War II: The tug was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. Her master and 12 crewmen/passengers killed.[186]

27 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Gurney E. Newlin   United States World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (54°51′N 30°06′W / 54.850°N 30.100°W / 54.850; -30.100) by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 59 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by Bic Island (  Canada) and HMCS Alberni (  Royal Canadian Navy). Gurney E. Newlin was torpedoed and sunk the next day by U-606 (  Kriegsmarine).[202]
Hokuango Maru   Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off French Indochina by USS Tautog (  United States Navy).[203][unreliable source?]
HMS LCT 2281   Royal Navy World War II: The Mk. V landing craft tank was being carried on board Sourabaya (  United Kingdom) and was lost when that ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine).[204]
Lora   Greece World War II: The auxiliary sailing vessel was shelled and sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMS Taku (  Royal Navy).[9]
Malgache   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Baltic Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of Libau (56°52′N 20°59′E / 56.867°N 20.983°E / 56.867; 20.983) by S-12 (  Soviet Navy) and beached. She was later salvaged.[205]
Pacific Star   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The refrigerated cargo ship (7,951 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (29°15′N 20°57′W / 29.250°N 20.950°W / 29.250; -20.950) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine). She was abandoned the next day at 29°21′N 19°28′W / 29.350°N 19.467°W / 29.350; -19.467 but did not sink until at least 30 October. All 96 crew survived.[206]
Shch-308   Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was lost in the Baltic Sea. Possibly sunk in the Sodra-Kvarken Channel. The attacker was Iku-Turso (  Finnish Navy).[9][207]
Sourabaya   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 212: The whale factory ship (10,107 GRT, 1915) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°32′N 31°02′W / 54.533°N 31.033°W / 54.533; -31.033) by U-436 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 77 of the 154 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Bic Island (  Canada), HMCS Alberni and HMCS Ville de Quebec (both   Royal Canadian Navy).[208]
Stentor   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo liner (6,148 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (29°13′N 20°53′W / 29.217°N 20.883°W / 29.217; -20.883) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 44 of the 246 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Woodruff (  Royal Navy).[209]
U-627   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (59°14′N 22°49′W / 59.233°N 22.817°W / 59.233; -22.817) by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 44 crew.

28 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Bengt Sture   Sweden World War II: The ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea by Shch-406 (  Soviet Navy). Four survivors were rescued by Shch-406 and sent to Leningrad but never heard of again. A source gives the number of 14 men and 1 woman killed, but it may include the above survivors.[210][211]
Butia   Brazil The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked off Piauí.[212]
Hopecastle   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (5,178 GRT, 1937) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Canary Islands, Spain (31°39′N 19°23′W / 31.650°N 19.383°W / 31.650; -19.383) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed, shelled and sunk the next day at 31°30′N 19°35′W / 31.500°N 19.583°W / 31.500; -19.583 by U-203 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mano (  United Kingdom) or reached land in their lifeboat.[213]
Kosmos II   Norway World War II: Convoy HX 212: The factory ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°15′N 28°10′W / 55.250°N 28.167°W / 55.250; -28.167) by U-606 (  Kriegsmarine) on 28 October. She was then torpedoed and sunk by U-624 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of the 133 people on board on 29 October. Survivors were rescued by Barrwhin (  United Kingdom) and HMCS Kenogami (  Royal Canadian Navy).[214][215]
HMS LCT 2190, HMS LCT 2192
and HMS LCT 2284
  Royal Navy World War II: The Mk 5 landing craft tanks were being carried as deck cargo on board Kosmos II (  Norway) and were lost when that ship was sunk by enemy action.[214]
Luisiano   Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya by British aircraft. There were 25 dead and 8 survivors.[9][59]
Nagpore   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (5,283 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of the Canary Islands, Spain (31°30′N 147°10′E / 31.500°N 147.167°E / 31.500; 147.167) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 73 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Crocus (  Royal Navy) or reached land in their lifeboats.[71][216]

29 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Abosso   United Kingdom World War II: The Elder Dempster passenger ship (11,330 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed, while unescorted, and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) northwest of the Azores, Portugal (48°30′N 28°50′W / 48.500°N 28.833°W / 48.500; -28.833) by U-575 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 362 of the 393 people on board. She was en route from Cape Town to Liverpool. The 31 survivors were rescued by HMS Bideford (  Royal Navy).[217]
Barge No. 21   Soviet Union World War II: The barge was sunk in the Volgo-Caspian Channel by German aircraft. Five crewman/passengers killed. Nine crew/passengers rescued by Bakinets (  Soviet Union).[186]
Barrwhin   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship (4,998 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°02′N 22°45′W / 55.033°N 22.750°W / 55.033; -22.750) by U-436 with the loss of 24 of the 114 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Kenogami (  Royal Canadian Navy).[218]
Bic Island   Canada World War II: Convoy HX 212: The cargo ship (3,921 GRT, 1917) straggled behind the convoy due to rescuing survivors from the sinking of Gurney E. Newlin (  United States) and Sourabaya (  United Kingdom). She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°05′N 23°27′W / 55.083°N 23.450°W / 55.083; -23.450) by U-224 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 165 people on board.[219]
Corinaldo   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (7,131 GRT, 1921) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (33°20′N 18°12′W / 33.333°N 18.200°W / 33.333; -18.200 by U-503 with the loss of eight of her 58 crew. She was abandoned by the survivors, who were rescued by HMS Cowslip (  Royal Navy). Corinaldo was torpedoed, shelled and sunk the next day by U-203 (  Kriegsmarine).[220]
I-172   Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was sunk west of San Cristobal by an American Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft.[9]
Laplace   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,327 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic south east of Cape Agulhas, South Africa (40°35′S 21°35′E / 40.583°S 21.583°E / -40.583; 21.583) by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine). All 63 people on board were rescued by George Gale (  United States), Porto Alegre (  Brazil) or a South African Air Force rescue boat.[221]
Luisiano   Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk by Royal Air Force aircraft off Navarino, Greece.[222]
Macabi   Panama World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Trinidad.[9]
Pan-New York   United States World War II: Convoy HX 212: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (54°58′N 23°56′W / 54.967°N 23.933°W / 54.967; -23.933) by U-624 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 43 of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Rosthern and HMCS Summerside (both   Royal Canadian Navy), which scuttled the ship.[223]
Primrose Hill   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 139: The cargo ship (7,628 GRT, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (18°58′N 28°40′W / 18.967°N 28.667°W / 18.967; -28.667) by UD-5 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sansu (  United Kingdom).
Ross   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,978 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 370 nautical miles (690 km) south east of Cape Agulhas by U-159 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rockrose (  Royal Navy).[224]

30 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Baron Vernon   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (3,642 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Madeira, Portugal (36°06′N 16°59′W / 36.100°N 16.983°W / 36.100; -16.983) by U-604 (  Kriegsmarine). All 49 crew were rescued by Baron Elgin (  United Kingdom).[225]
Brittany   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The refrigerated cargo ship (4,772 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Madeira (33°29′N 18°32′W / 33.483°N 18.533°W / 33.483; -18.533) by U-509 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of the 57 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kelantan (  Royal Navy).[226]
Bullmouth   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The tanker (7,519 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-409 (  Kriegsmarine). She consequently straggled behind the convoy and was torpedoed and sunk at 33°20′N 18°25′W / 33.333°N 18.417°W / 33.333; -18.417 by U-659 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 50 of her 56 crew.[227]
Komintern   Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was sunk in the Port of Astrakhan by German aircraft. Three crewmen killed.[186]
No. 34   Soviet Navy The Project 1125 armored motor gunboat was lost on this date.[228]
Président Doumer   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The troopship (11,898 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Madeira (35°08′N 16°44′W / 35.133°N 16.733°W / 35.133; -16.733) by U-604 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 260 of the 345 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Alaska (  Norway) and HMS Cowslip (  Royal Navy).[229]
Silverwillow   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (6,373 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (35°08′N 16°44′W / 35.133°N 16.733°W / 35.133; -16.733) by U-408 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of the 67 people on board. She was abandoned on 5 November at 34°07′N 14°39′W / 34.117°N 14.650°W / 34.117; -14.650. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kelantan (  Royal Navy). Silverwillow foundered on 6 November at 37°24′N 10°45′W / 37.400°N 10.750°W / 37.400; -10.750.[230]
Tasmania   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 125: The cargo ship (6,405 GRT, 1935) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-659 (  Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed and sunk the next day (36°06′N 16°59′W / 36.100°N 16.983°W / 36.100; -16.983) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 90 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Alaska (  Norway) and Baron Elgin (  United Kingdom).[231][232]
U-520   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°47′N 49°50′W / 47.783°N 49.833°W / 47.783; -49.833) by a Douglas Digby aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-559   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (32°30′N 33°00′E / 32.500°N 33.000°E / 32.500; 33.000) by Dulverton, HMS Hero, HMS Hurworth, HMS Pakenham and HMS Petard (all   Royal Navy) with the loss of seven of her 45 crew.
U-658   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°32′N 46°32′W / 50.533°N 46.533°W / 50.533; -46.533) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 145 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[233]
West Kebar   United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) north east of Barbados (14°57′N 53°37′W / 14.950°N 53.617°W / 14.950; -53.617) by U-129 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 57 crew. 34 survivors were rescued by a Royal Navy patrol boat on 8 November, 8 survivors reached Guadalupe in their lifeboats on the 10 November, and 9 were rescued by Campero (  Spain) on 18 November.[234]

31 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1942
Ship Country Description
Aldington Court   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,891 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic west of Port Nolloth, South West Africa (30°20′S 2°10′W / 30.333°S 2.167°W / -30.333; -2.167) by U-172 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 44 crew. One crew member was taken on board U-172 as a prisoner of war, the rest of them were rescued by City of Christiana (  United Kingdom).[235]
Empire Guidon   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,041 GRT, 1942) was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 180 nautical miles (330 km) east south east of Durban, South Africa (30°48′S 34°11′E / 30.800°S 34.183°E / -30.800; 34.183) by U-504 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 57 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Clan Alpine (  United Kingdom).[236]
HMS MTB 87   Royal Navy World War II: The Vosper 72 foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by a mine in the North Sea.[237]
Marylyn   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,555 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (0°46′S 32°42′W / 0.767°S 32.700°W / -0.767; -32.700) by U-174 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Ettrickbank and Pundit (both