The list of shipwrecks in December 1941 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during December 1941.

December 1941
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1 December

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Adriatico  Regia Marina World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, 65 nautical miles (120 km) north of Benghazi, Libya by Force K, Royal Navy.[Note 1] HMS Lively ( Royal Navy) rescued 11 survivors.[1]
Alvise da Mosto  Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Aurora ( Royal Navy).[2]
Hilde  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft. Scuttled at Hanko.[3]
Iridio Mantovani  Italy World War II: The tanker, already damaged by aerial bombing, was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Aurora ( Royal Navy).[2][4]
Python  Kriegsmarine World War II: The supply ship was intercepted in the South Atlantic (27°53′S 3°55′W / 27.883°S 3.917°W / -27.883; -3.917) by HMS Dorsetshire ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. A total of 414 survivors were rescued by UA, U-68, U-124, U-129 (all  Kriegsmarine), Pietro Calvi, Giuseppe Finzi, Enrico Tazzoli and Luigi Torelli (all  Regia Marina).[5]
St Leonard No.1  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (60°58′N 1°10′W / 60.967°N 1.167°W / 60.967; -1.167) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All ten crew were rescued.[5]
Tasuja  Estonia World War II: The icebreaker was hit by a German bomb that did not detonate until the ship returned to Kronstadt Harbor, sinking her. 13 crewmen killed.[3]

2 December

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Astral  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°40′N 24°00′W / 35.667°N 24.000°W / 35.667; -24.000) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 37 crew.[5]
British Captain  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (52°13′01″N 1°54′14″E / 52.21694°N 1.90389°E / 52.21694; 1.90389) with the loss of one of her 54 crew.[5][6]
Cavarna  Romania World War II: The passenger ship was sunk by a mine in the Black Sea 15 miles east of Burgas, Bulgaria.[7][8]
Cordelia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Constanța, Romania.[9]
DPk 50 Hollandia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol boat struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg.[9]
Fjord  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Estepona Point, Spain by U-557 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 35 crew.[5][10]
Grelhead  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of Point Negri, Morocco by U-562 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 41 of her 43 crew.[5][11]
M 529  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1916 minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Kolberg.[9]
Miguel de Larrinaga  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°14′N 29°52′W / 35.233°N 29.867°W / 35.233; -29.867) by Comandante Cappellini ( Regia Marina).[5]
Virsaitis  Soviet Navy World War II: The Virsaitis-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland off Hanko.[9]

3 December

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1941
Ship Country Description
F 160  Kriegsmarine The Type A Marinefährprahm was damaged by heavy sea between Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya and was later scuttled. The whole crew was rescued.[12]
Iosif Stalin aka VT-521  Soviet Union
Iosif Stalin.

World War II: Continuation War: The troopship, a converted Iosif Stalin-class passenger ship, was sunk when she struck three mines, and then was hit by a 12-inch (305 mm) shell from Finnish coast artillery while evacuating troops from the Hanko naval base. Only 1,740 of the 5,589 people on board could be rescued, some of them by M-205, M-211, M215, M-217 (all  Soviet Navy) and five Soviet Navy patrol boats. The ship then drifted half-submerged till beaching at Lohusalu bay, Estonia where its wreck is still partly above water. About 3,000 were captured and 841 were killed. Raised, towed to Tallinn in July 1945 and scrapped.[13]

Kuha 3  Finnish Navy World War II: Continuation War: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in Björkösund. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[9]
Maclaren  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel south of Cardiff, Glamorgan (51°21′21″N 3°17′17″W / 51.35583°N 3.28806°W / 51.35583; -3.28806) with the loss of three crew.[5]
No. 112  Soviet Navy The PK-115 Type MO-2 patrol boat was lost on this date.[14]
SF 29  Kriegsmarine The Siebel ferry was wrecked on this date.[15]
Sagadahoc  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (21°20′S 7°50′W / 21.333°S 7.833°W / -21.333; -7.833) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 35 crew.[5][16]
UJ-1708 Faroer  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol boat/naval trawler was torpedoed, or shelled, and sunk off Rolvsøy by K-3 ( Soviet Navy).[5][17]

4 December

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Edith Faulbaum  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Warnemunde.[5]
Eridano  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ionian Sea off Argostoli, Greece by HMS Trusty ( Royal Navy).[5]
Vestri  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged off the Tungenes Lighthouse, Norway, by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was beached and burnt out.[18]

5 December

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Agia Eirini  Greece The coaster sank due to a misplaced cargo off Kalamos, Greece. Three crew and three passengers drowned, only one crew survived.[19]
HMS Chakdina  Royal Navy World War II: The armed boarding vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea between Tobruk, Libya and Alexandria, Egypt (31°11′N 24°30′E / 31.183°N 24.500°E / 31.183; 24.500) by an Italian S.79 bomber with the loss of around 400 lives among the 600-plus people on board (including 380 wounded and 100 German and Italian prisoners of war). About 200 of the survivors were rescued by HMS Farndale and HMT Thorgrim (both  Royal Navy)[5][20][21]
Island  Norway World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (71°07′N 27°54′E / 71.117°N 27.900°E / 71.117; 27.900) by HMS Sealion ( Royal Navy).[22]
Kai  Denmark The cargo ship sank in the Wadden Sea between Terschelling and Ameland, Friesland in a storm.[23]

6 December

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Equator  Finland World War II:The cargo ship ran aground near Luleå, Sweden. She was refloated but consequently sank in the Baltic Sea (65°20′07″N 22°15′00″E / 65.33528°N 22.25000°E / 65.33528; 22.25000). Her crew survived.[24]
Greenland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (52°14′30″N 1°56′30″E / 52.24167°N 1.94167°E / 52.24167; 1.94167) with the loss of nine crew.[5]
Hada County  Norway The cargo ship ran aground on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada and was wrecked.[25]
HMS Perseus  Royal Navy World War II: The Parthian-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea off Zante Cephalonia, Greece with the loss of 60 of her 61 crew.
Scottish Trader  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 56: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-131 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 43 crew.[5][26]
ShCh-204  Soviet Navy World War II: The Shchuka-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea south south east of Varna, Bulgaria (42°53′N 28°03′E / 42.883°N 28.050°E / 42.883; 28.050) by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 161 Squadron, Bulgarian Air Force.[9][27]

7 December

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1941
Ship Country Description
USS Arizona  United States Navy
USS Arizona
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Pennsylvania-class battleship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 1,177 of her 1,400 crew after her forward ammunition magazine ignited from an armor-piercing bomb.
USS California  United States Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Tennessee-class battleship was torpedoed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 100 of her 1,083 crew. She was refloated on 25 March 1942, repaired and returned to service.
USS Cassin  United States Navy
USS Downes and USS Cassin
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Mahan-class destroyer was bombed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. Initially assessed as a total loss, she was later repaired and returned to service.
HMS Chantala  Royal Navy World War II: The armed boarding vessel struck a mine and sank at Tobruk, Libya with the loss of four crew.[5]
Cynthia Olson  United States World War II: The steam cargo schooner was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (33°42′N 145°29′W / 33.700°N 145.483°W / 33.700; -145.483) by I-26 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 35 lives.[5]
USS Downes  United States Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Mahan-class destroyer was bombed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. Initially assessed as a total loss, she was later repaired and returned to service.
Ha-19  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The midget submarine ran aground a number of times near the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Her two-man crew temporarily was overcome by chlorine gas leaking from her battery. Her crew abandoned ship after lighting scuttling charges which failed to detonate. Her commanding officer survived and was captured, becoming the first prisoner-of-war captured by the United States in World War II; her other crewman drowned.[28]
M-16 and M-22  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: One disappeared in or near Pearl Harbor due to unknown causes. The other entered the harbor and fired torpedoes at U.S. ships. She was fired upon by the seaplane tenders USS Curtiss and USS Tangier and the repair ship USS Medusa, then was rammed, depth charged, and sunk by the destroyer USS Monaghan in Pearl Harbor northwest of Ford Island.[29]
M-18  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: Possibly the midget submarine that was depth charged and sunk in Keehi Lagoon near Pearl Harbor.[29]
M-20  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: Possibly the midget submarine that was shelled, depth charged, and sunk by the destroyer USS Ward ( United States Navy) while trying to follow the general stores issue ship USS Antares ( United States Navy) into Pearl Harbor.[29]
USS Nevada  United States Navy
USS Nevada
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Nevada-class battleship was torpedoed and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was beached in a sinming condition at Hospital Point. Refloated on 12 February, repaired and returned to service.
USS Oglala  United States Navy
USS Oglala
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The minelayer was torpedoed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was refloated on 3 July 1942, repaired and returned to service.
USS Oklahoma  United States Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Nevada-class battleship was torpedoed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 429 of her 1,398 crew.
Sauternes  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship foundered in a gale in Fugloyarfjørður, Faroe Islands with the loss of all 25 people on board.[30]
Severn Transport  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel (51°27′N 3°04′W / 51.450°N 3.067°W / 51.450; -3.067). All four crew survived.[5]
USS Shaw  United States Navy
USS Shaw
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Mahan-class destroyer was bombed and sunk while drydocked in USS YFD-2 ( United States Navy) by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.
USS Sotoyomo  United States Navy World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Harbor Tug was sunk while drydocked in USS YFD-2 ( United States Navy) when USS Shaw ( United States Navy), also in the drydock, was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[31]
U-208  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar (35°51′N 7°45′W / 35.850°N 7.750°W / 35.850; -7.750) by HMS Harvester and HMS Hesperus (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.[32]
USS Utah  United States Navy
USS Utah
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The target ship, a former Florida-class battleship, was torpedoed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 58 of her 519 crew.
USS Vestal  United States Navy
USS Vestal
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The repair ship was bombed and damaged at Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft and was beached. She was refloated within a week, repaired and returned to service.
Welsh Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Spurn Head, Yorkshire. All crew were rescued.[5]
USS West Virginia  United States Navy
USS West Virginia (right)
World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Colorado-class battleship was torpedoed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of at least 69 of her 1,407 crew. She was refloated on 17 May 1942, repaired and returned to service.
HMCS Windflower  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy SC 58: The Flower-class corvette collided with Zypenberg ( Netherlands) in the Grand Banks (46°19′N 49°30′W / 46.317°N 49.500°W / 46.317; -49.500) and sank with the loss of 23 of her 85 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Pictou ( Royal Canadian Navy) and HMS Nasturtium ( Royal Navy).[5]

8 December

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Awazisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The troopship (also called Awajisan Maru) was bombed by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 1 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, caught fire and was abandoned off Kota Bharu, Malaya. She was later sunk on 12 December at (6°08′N 102°16′E / 6.133°N 102.267°E / 6.133; 102.267) by HNLMS K XII ( Royal Netherlands Navy). One crewman killed. Survivors rescued by CH-9, and possibly by Ayanami and Shikinami (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[33][34]
Capillo  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in Manila Bay, Philippines by Japanese aircraft. Scuttled in shallow water off Corregidor by a US Army demolition team on 11 December. Wreck was bombed again and set afire on 29 or 31 December.[33][35][36]
Celebes Maru No. 3  Japan World War II: The fishing lugger was strafed and damaged by a Dutch Navy Dornier Do 24 aircraft 5 miles south of Sajang Island (00°10′N 129°54′E / 0.167°N 129.900°E / 0.167; 129.900). She was beached on the south west tip of Tobi Island (03°00′N 131°07′E / 3.000°N 131.117°E / 3.000; 131.117) on 11 December to prevent sinking and was abandoned.[37]
Fireglow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea and sank with the loss of one crew member.[5]
Gertie  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of the Tuskar Rock Lighthouse. All crew were rescued by the Rosslare lifeboat.[5][38]
Hsin Peking  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was beached to prevent capture at the mouth of the Yangtse Estuary. Refloated and put in Japanese service as Rakuzan Maru.[5]
Lord Shrewsbury  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea with the loss of all ten crew.[5]
HMT Milford Earl  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in Lunan Bay, Angus by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of five of her ten crew.[5][39]
Nisqually  United States World War II The scow was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Wake Island.[40]
USS Penguin  United States Navy World War II: Battle of Guam: The Lapwing-class minesweeper was scuttled in Agana Harbor.
HMS Peterel  Royal Navy World War II: The river gunboat was shelled and sunk at Shanghai, China by Izumo ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
HMT Phineas Beard  Royal Navy World War II: The Castle-class naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 12 crew.[5][9][41]
HMIS Prabhavati  Royal Indian Navy World War II: The patrol vessel, mistaken for a surfaced Japanese submarine, was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean by HMS Glasgow ( Royal Navy) with the loss of one of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Glasgow.[5]
Ravnaas  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Philippine Sea east of Samar Island by Japanese aircraft.[42]
HMS St. Dominic  Royal Navy World War II: The Saint-class tugboat was sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy surface ships south of the Saddle Islands, near the mouth of the Yangtze River.[5][43]
Sumatra  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Phuket, Thailand.[5]
Volpi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Phuket, Thailand.[5]
XXVIII Ottobre  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Phuket, Thailand.[5]

9 December

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Bjønn  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Hustadvika, Norway, with the loss of four crew.[9][44]
Donerail  Panama World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (approximately 8°N 152°W / 8°N 152°W / 8; -152) by I-10 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 32 lives. Eight crewmen survive the sinking and the 38-day voyage in the lifeboat to Tarawa.[5]
Kantung  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Anking, China.[5]
Kokoku Maru  Japan World War II: The motor schooner, serving as a pearling boat mother ship, was bombed and sunk by a Dutch Naval Air Force Dornier Do 24 aircraft east of Halmahera Island. Ten crewmen killed. Six survivors rescued by Celebes Maru No. 3 ( Japan).[37]
M 1206 Bürgermeister Schmidt  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Brest, Finistère, France by Royal Air Force aircraft.[9]
Macau  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Anking.[5]
Madrid  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by Royal Air Force aircraft.[5]
On Lee  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[5]
Sebastiano Venier  Italy World War II: The prisoner of war (POW)-carrying cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Navarino by HMS Porpoise ( Royal Navy). She was torpedoed and sunk on 15 December off Cape Methene by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy). 200 POWs killed. 1,800 POWs rescued by Arno ( Italy).[5][45]
Saint Denis France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of the Balearic Islands, Spain by U-652 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[5][46][47]
Steinbek  Germany World War II: In a notable instance of naval friendly fire, the cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Tanafjord, Norway (71°09′N 29°25′E / 71.150°N 29.417°E / 71.150; 29.417) by U-134 ( Kriegsmarine), uninformed of the German convoy proceeding in the area. There were 12 dead and 12 survivors.[5][48][49]

10 December

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS Banka  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the South China Sea off Tioman Island, Philippines with the loss of 43 of her 49 crew.[5][50]
USS Bittern  United States Navy World War II: The Lapwing-class minesweeper was scuttled in Manila Bay, Philippines following damage received in an Imperial Japanese Navy air raid on Cavite Navy Yard.
Cetus  Philippines World War II: The freighter was scuttled in the Philippines. Raised, repaired, put in Japanese service.[51]
Chungshan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[5]
Harledawins  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by I-124 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), in the South China Sea 8 miles west of Barigayos Point, Luzon, Philippines. All crew were rescued.[5][9]
Helena A  United Kingdom The auxiliary sailing ship ran aground on Butaritari, Gilbert Islands and was wrecked.[5]
Hsin Fuhle  United Kingdom World War II: The tugboat was sunk at Hong Kong by enemy action.[5]
I-70  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean (23°45′N 155°35′W / 23.750°N 155.583°W / 23.750; -155.583) by United States Navy aircraft based on USS Enterprise ( United States Navy).[5]
Kincorth  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea 7 nautical miles (13 km) off Point Lynas Lighthouse, Anglesey. All 11 crew were lost. They are named on the Tower Hill Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[5][52]
Kirnwood  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 57: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°57′N 16°35′W / 56.950°N 16.583°W / 56.950; -16.583) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by Dewsbury ( United Kingdom).[53]
Kurdistan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 57: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°51′N 16°36′W / 56.850°N 16.600°W / 56.850; -16.600) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of the 66 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kingcup ( Royal Navy).[54]
Mauna Ala  United States The cargo ship ran aground at Clatsop Beach, Oregon and was wrecked.[55]
Oigawa Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and damaged off Luzon by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the Far East Air Forces' 14th Bomb Squadron. She was beached at Aparri, Philippines. Later refloated, repaired, returned to service.[56]
Oregon  United States The tanker collided with USS New Mexico ( United States Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean (39°55′N 69°45′W / 39.917°N 69.750°W / 39.917; -69.750) and sank with the loss of 17 crew.[57]
HMS Prince of Wales  Royal Navy World War II: Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse: The King George V-class battleship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea east of Kuantan, Malaya by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. with the loss of 327 of her 1,521 crew.
HMS Repulse  Royal Navy World War II: Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse: The Renown-class battlecruiser was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea east of Kuantan by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of 508 of her 967 crew.
USS Santa Rita  United States Navy World War II: The ferry launch was bombed and sunk during the Imperial Japanese Navy air raid on Cavite Navy Yard.[58]
Sagoland  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged at Manila by Japanese aircraft. She sank the next day.[5]
USS Sealion  United States Navy World War II: The Sargo-class submarine was bombed and damaged at Cavite Navy Yard, Manila, Philippines by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. She was scuttled on 25 December owing to damage received and damage done to the navy yard which precluded repairs being carried out.
Star of Luxor  Egypt World War II: Convoy SC 57: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°57′N 16°35′W / 56.950°N 16.583°W / 56.950; -16.583) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sunflower ( Royal Navy).[5][59]
Takao Maru  Japan World War II: The passenger/cargo ship was bombed by United States Army Air Forces aircraft at Santa, Ilocos Sur, Luzon, Philippines (17°29′N 120°26′E / 17.483°N 120.433°E / 17.483; 120.433) and beached. She was destroyed on 5 March 1942 by Philippine guerrillas and later stripped for usable parts.[60]
W-10  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.7-class minesweeper was strafed, blown up, and sunk off Vigan, Philippines 17°32′N 120°22′E / 17.533°N 120.367°E / 17.533; 120.367 by a Seversky P-35 aircraft flown by Captain Samuel H. Marrett, C.O. of the Far East Air Forces' 34th Pursuit Squadron. The ship's explosion blew a wing off his airplane and it crashed into the sea.[5][61]
W-19  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The No.19-class minesweeper was bombed and damaged off Luzon by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the Far East Air Forces' 14th Bomb Squadron. She was beached at Aparri, Philippines 18°22′N 121°38′E / 18.367°N 121.633°E / 18.367; 121.633. Declared a total loss.[5][62]

11 December

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Alcione  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (36°20′N 20°33′E / 36.333°N 20.550°E / 36.333; 20.550) off Suda Bay, Crete by HMS Truant ( Royal Navy) and was towed close to shore where she capsized and sank with a loss of 20 crewmen.[5][63]
Alphar T-29SA  Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk off Mylingen, Norway by K-22 ( Soviet Navy).[64]
Borgar F-76G  Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk off Mylingen, Norway by K-22 ( Soviet Navy).[65]
Ammiraglio Caracciolo  Regia Marina World War II: The Cagni-class submarine was depth charged, shelled, and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°09′N 25°19′E / 32.150°N 25.317°E / 32.150; 25.317) by HMS Farndale ( Royal Navy) and was subsequently scuttled by her crew. One passenger, an army general, was killed. 53 survivors were rescued by HMS Farndale.[5][66][67]
Apsheron  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Black Sea off Sevastopol.[68]
Borgar  Norway World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk off Mylingen, Norway by K-22 ( Soviet Navy).[64]
Calitea  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 90 nautical miles (170 km) off Cape Matapan (36°23′N 20°33′E / 36.383°N 20.550°E / 36.383; 20.550 by HMS Talisman ( Royal Navy).[5]
Hai Tung  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South China Sea (5°08′N 104°32′E / 5.133°N 104.533°E / 5.133; 104.533) by I-156 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[69]
Hayate  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Wake Island: The Kamikaze-class destroyer was sunk off Wake Island, United States by shore based artillery with the loss of 168 crew. Only one survivor was rescued.
HMS Jackal  Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by Regia Aeronautica aircraft. Repairs would take until May 1942 to complete.[9]
Kanchow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[5]
Kisaragi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Wake Island: The Mutsuki-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) south west of Wake Island (18°55′N 166°17′E / 18.917°N 166.283°E / 18.917; 166.283) by a Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft of the VMF-211, United States Marine Corps with the loss of all 154 crew.[70]
HMT Lady Shirley  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°59′N 5°17′W / 35.983°N 5.283°W / 35.983; -5.283) by U-374 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 33 crew.
Lahaina  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (27°42′N 147°38′W / 27.700°N 147.633°W / 27.700; -147.633) by I-9 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of four of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Tiger ( United States Navy).[5][71][72]
No. 12 and No. 42  Soviet Navy World War II: The D-3-class motor torpedo boats were lost on this date.[73]
No. 303, No. 307 and No. 407  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class motor anti-submarine boats were lost on this date.[74]
HMY Rosabelle  Royal Navy World War II: The armed yacht was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°59′N 5°17′W / 35.983°N 5.283°W / 35.983; -5.283) by U-374 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss off 30 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMY Sayonara ( Royal Navy).[5][75][76]
Sofia  Greece World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk north west of Suda Bay, Crete by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[5]
Tinley  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[5]
Veidingen  Norway World War II: The fishing lugger was shelled and sunk off the coast of Norway by K-22 ( Soviet Navy).[9]
Wawa  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Awa Maru.[35][77]

12 December

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Admiral Y. S. Williams  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Awazisan Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Abandoned off Kota Bharu, Malaya on 8 December after being bombed by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of No. 11 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, and catching fire, the troopship (also called Awajisan Maru) was sunk at (6°08′N 102°16′E / 6.133°N 102.267°E / 6.133; 102.267) by the submarine HNLMS K XII ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[33][34]
Bencleuch  United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire and was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. She later sank.[78]
Dromore Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) south south east of the mouth of the Humber (53°29′08″N 0°52′00″E / 53.48556°N 0.86667°E / 53.48556; 0.86667). All crew were rescued.[5]
Governor Wright  Philippines World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk at about 12°55′N 123°55′E / 12.917°N 123.917°E / 12.917; 123.917 by Japanese aircraft.[5]
Haraldsvang  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised by the Japanese in June 1942 and renamed Toryu Maru, the ship ran aground and sank off Chōshi, Japan, on 17 May 1944.[35][79]
Hydra II  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Mindoro, Philippines by USS S-38 ( United States Navy) with the loss of 41 of her 50 crew.[5]
Kampar  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine ship was bombed and damaged at Penang, Malaya by Japanese aircraft. She was bombed again the next day and sunk. All crew were rescued.[5]
Manatawny  United States World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in Manila Bay by Japanese aircraft. Sinks on 11 January 1942.[80]
Marion  Panama World War II: The freighter was scuttled in the Philippines.[81]
HMS Moth  Royal Navy World War II: The Insect-class gunboat was scuttled at Hong Kong. She was later salvaged by the Japanese and entered Imperial Japanese Navy service as Suma.
P III  Greece World War II. The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Drepano, Greece by HMS Torbay ( Royal Navy).[9]
Southern Sea  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Libreville, French Equatorial Africa and was wrecked.[82]
HMS Tamar  Royal Navy World War II: The receiving ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.
Tanjong  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was bombed and sunk at Penang by Japanese aircraft.[5]
Toro Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (6°00′N 102°20′E / 6.000°N 102.333°E / 6.000; 102.333) by HNLMS K XII ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[5]
HMS Tung Wo  Royal Navy World War II: The examination vessel was bombed and damaged at Penang. She was abandoned the next day.[5]
V 5101 Blitz  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was torpedoed and sunk in Nordfjord by Royal Air Force aircraft.[9][83]
Vincent  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Pitcairn Island by Aikoku Maru and Hokoku Maru (both  Imperial Japanese Navy).[84]
Warrian  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank in the Gulf of Guinea.[85]

13 December

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Alberico da Barbiano  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Bon: The Giussano-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon Tunisia by the 4th Destroyer Flotilla, Royal Navy.[Note 2][5]
Alberto da Giussano  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Bon: The Giussano-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon by the 4th Destroyer Flotilla, Royal Navy.[5]
Asosan Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Asosan Maru-class transport was torpedoed and beached at Pattani, Siam in the Gulf of Siam by HNLMS O 16 ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[86]
Badalona  Spain World War II: The tanker was stopped, torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°43′N 3°30′W / 36.717°N 3.500°W / 36.717; -3.500) by U-453 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[9][87]
Carlo del Greco  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Capo Vito, Sicily by HMS Upright ( Royal Navy).[5]
Chung On  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[5]
Fabio Filzi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Capo Vito by HMS Upright ( Royal Navy).[5]
Kinka Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport was torpedoed and beached at Pattani, Siam in the Gulf of Siam by HNLMS O 16 ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[86]
No. 305  Soviet Navy The PK-115 Type MO-2 patrol boat was lost on this date.[14]
No. 307 , No. 405, and No. 406  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class motor anti-submarine boats were lost on this date.[74]
Nikkoku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The transport (a.k.a. Nichikoku Maru) ran aground off Samah, Hainan Island. The ship broke in two and sank on 18 December due to heavy wave action.[88]
Taizan Maru  Japan World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Cape Ca Mau, French Indo-China by HNLMS K XII ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[5]

14 December

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Cassequel  Portugal World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°08′N 11°14′W / 35.133°N 11.233°W / 35.133; -11.233) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine). All 57 crew were rescued, 13 of them by HMS Campion ( Royal Navy).[5][89]
HMS Galatea  Royal Navy World War II: The Arethusa-class cruiser may have been torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, Egypt (34°01′N 26°02′E / 34.017°N 26.033°E / 34.017; 26.033) by Dagabur ( Regia Marina). She was torpedoed and sunk at 31°17′N 29°31′E / 31.283°N 29.517°E / 31.283; 29.517 by U-557 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 469 crew. A total of 144 survivors were rescued by HMS Griffin and HMS Hotspur (both  Royal Navy).
Høegh Merchant  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 29 nautical miles (54 km) off Cape Makapuu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States by I-4 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew and passengers were rescued by USS Trever ( United States Navy).[5]
Lofjord  Kriegsmarine The accommodation ship caught fire at Danzig-Neufahrwasser with the loss of 28 lives and was declared a total loss. She was subsequently used as a target ship. Scrapped in 1951.[90]
HMS MA/SB 30  Royal Navy The motor anti-submarine boat sank after hitting the Humber boom.[91]
HMS MTB 68  Royal Navy The Thorneycroft 55-foot-class motor torpedo boat collided with MTB 215 off Tobruk, Libya and sank.[5]
Miharu Maru  Japan The cargo ship foundered south of Hokkaido.[92]
Topaz  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off the coast of Norway by Allied aircraft with the loss of all six crew.[93]
Zuiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The auxiliary gunboat drags anchor in a storm and grounds on a reef off Matsura Jima, Kurile Islands. All of her crew, except 13 who remain aboard, are rescued by Ishigaki and Kaiko Maru (both  Imperial Japanese Navy). Abandoned by remaining crew on 30 March and sinks at some later date.[94]

15 December

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Empire Barracuda  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°30′N 6°17′W / 35.500°N 6.283°W / 35.500; -6.283) by U-77 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Coltsfoot ( Royal Navy).
Indira  United Kingdom World War II: The tug/auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft.[35]
HNLMS O 16  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The submarine struck a mine and sank off Troman Island with the loss of all but one crew.[5]
USS PT-33  United States Navy The PT boat was lost to grounding off cape Santiago, Luzon, Philippine Islands.[95]
U-127  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape St. Vincent, Portugal (36°27′N 9°12′W / 36.450°N 9.200°W / 36.450; -9.200) by HMAS Nestor ( Royal Australian Navy) with the loss of all 51 crew.[35]
Viscaya  Philippines World War II: The steamer was scuttled in Manila Bay, the Philippines.[96]

16 December

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Atsutasan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south of Samah, China (18°06′N 109°44′E / 18.100°N 109.733°E / 18.100; 109.733) by USS Swordfish ( United States Navy). 3 crewmen and 25 gunners were killed.[35][97][98]
Halldor  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled or bombed and sunk at Hong Kong. She was salvaged by the Japanese, repaired and entered service as Haruna Maru.[35][99]
LCT 11  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft tank foundered off Sollum.[100]
M 4241 Jacques-Jean  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper/naval trawler was lost on this date.[101]
MTB 8  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60-foot-class motor torpedo boat was bombed, set on fire, and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft.[35]
Nidardal  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 58: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (56°07′N 21°00′W / 56.117°N 21.000°W / 56.117; -21.000). All 25 crew were rescued by HMCS Pictou ( Royal Canadian Navy).[102][103]
HMS Thracian  Royal Navy World War II: The Admiralty S-class destroyer ran aground off Round Island, Hong Kong. She was scuttled on 25 December 1941. Later salvaged by the Japanese, she entered Imperial Japanese Navy service as Patrol Boat No. 101.[104]
U-557  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was accidentally rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Crete by Orione ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 43 crew.

17 December

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Corregidor  United States World War II: The passenger ship struck a mine and sank in Manila Bay off Corregidor Island, Philippines. Of the approximately 1,200 people on board, 275 survivors rescued by USS PT-32, USS PT-34, and USS PT-35 (all  United States Navy).
Lina  Italy World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Tripoli, Libya (33°58′N 12°03′E / 33.967°N 12.050°E / 33.967; 12.050) by British aircraft.[35]
M-59  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was depth charged and sunk by the destroyer Regele Ferdinand ( Romanian Naval Forces).[105]
Manini  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 108 nautical miles (200 km) south of Hawaii by I-75 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Allen on 27 December, and USS Patterson (both  United States Navy) on 28 December.[35]
Olivia H  United States The 51 GRT, 58.7-foot (17.9 m) motor vessel sank at Dayville (60°05′N 146°21′W / 60.083°N 146.350°W / 60.083; -146.350 (Dayville)), Territory of Alaska.[106]
Ro-66  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Ro-60-class submarine collided with Ro-62 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Pacific Ocean off Wake Island, United States and sank.[35]
Shinonome  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was bombed, blew up and sunk with all hands in the South China Sea off Miri, Sarawak (4°24′N 114°00′E / 4.400°N 114.000°E / 4.400; 114.000) by Dornier Do 24 aircraft of GVT-7, Royal Dutch Naval Air Group.
U-131  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged, torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Madeira, Portugal (34°12′N 13°35′W / 34.200°N 13.583°W / 34.200; -13.583) by ships of the 36th Escort Group[Note 3] and Grumman Martlet aircraft of 802 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Audacity ( Royal Navy). All 55 crew were rescued by HMS Stanley ( Royal Navy).

18 December

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Navarga  Soviet Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Vostochnaya Liza by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[9]
Perekop  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea east of the Natuna Islands, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[35]
U-434  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Madeira, Portugal (36°15′N 15°48′W / 36.250°N 15.800°W / 36.250; -15.800) by HMS Blankney and HMS Stanley (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of two of her 44 crew.
NN 02 Steinbock  Kriegsmarine The naval whaler was lost on this date.[101]

19 December

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS Aldgate  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
HMS Alliance  Royal Navy World War II: The Alliance-class tugboat was scuttled in Deepwater Bay, Hong Kong.[107]
HMS Barlight  Royal Navy World War II: The Bar-class boom defence vessel was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Ma-101 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[35][108]
HMS Cornflower  Royal Navy World War II: The Arabis-class sloop was scuttled at Hong Kong.[109]
RFA Ebonol  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was scuttled at Hong Kong. She was later salvaged by the Japanese, repaired and entered Japanese service as Enoshima Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]
Ferruccio  Italy World War II: The coaster collided with another ship at Tripoli, Libya and sank.[35]
Jinsei Maru,  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[110]
Krechet  Soviet Union World War II: Reported as bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft,[35] but other sources say it was sunk by Japanese artillery[111] or point out that they might have also been targeted by British artillery from Kowloon (see here).
HMS MTB 12  Royal Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boat was sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese landing craft.[35][112]
HMS MTB 26  Royal Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boat was sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese landing craft.[113]
Man Kim  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Man Kung  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Mouette  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing boat struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Minehead, Somerset with the loss of two crew.[35]
HMS Neptune  Royal Navy World War II: First Battle of Sirte: The Leander-class cruiser struck a mine and was sunk off Sirte with the loss of all but one of her 767 crew.
HNLMS O 20  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 19-class submarine was shelled and sunk by Uranami ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in the South China Sea.
HMS Poet Chaucer  Royal Navy World War II: The tugboat was scuttled in Deepwater Bay, Hong Kong.[114]
Prusa  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south of Hawaii (17°30′N 157°00′W / 17.500°N 157.000°W / 17.500; -157.000) by I-72 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of eight of her 33 crew. 14 survivors were rescued by USCGC Tiger ( United States Navy) on 27 December, and a Fijian Government ship rescued 11 later after a 2,700 mile journey in a lifeboat.[35]
HMS Redstart  Royal Navy World War II: The minelayer was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Ruckinge  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 76: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (38°20′N 17°15′W / 38.333°N 17.250°W / 38.333; -17.250) by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 42 crew. The survivors were rescued by Finland ( United Kingdom) and HMS Stork ( Royal Navy). Ruckinge was scuttled by HMS Samphire ( Royal Navy).[115]
Sergei Lazo  Soviet Union World War II: Reported as bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft,[35] but other sources say they were sunk by Japanese artillery[111] or point out that they might have also been targeted by British artillery from Kowloon (see here).
Simferopol  Soviet Union World War II: Reported as bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft,[35] but other sources say they were sunk by Japanese artillery[111] or point out that they might have also been targeted by British artillery from Kowloon (see here).
HMS Stanley  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy HG 76: The Town-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°12′N 17°23′W / 38.200°N 17.383°W / 38.200; -17.383) by U-574 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 95 of her 120 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Samphire and HMS Stork (both  Royal Navy).[116]
Svirstroi  Soviet Union World War II: Reported as bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft,[35] but other sources say they were sunk by Japanese artillery[111] or point out that they might have also been targeted by British artillery from Kowloon (see here).
HMS Tern  Royal Navy World War II: The gunboat was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
U-574  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°12′N 17°23′W / 38.200°N 17.383°W / 38.200; -17.383) by HMS Stork ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 22 of her 42 crew.[35][117]
Varlaam Avanesov  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Aegean Sea 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) off Cape Babakele, Turkey (39°27′N 26°05′E / 39.450°N 26.083°E / 39.450; 26.083) by U-652 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member.[35][118]
HMS Watergate  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]

20 December

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1941
Ship Country Description
HMCS Adversus  Royal Canadian Navy The patrol vessel ran aground on McNutts Island, Nova Scotia in a blizzard and was wrecked.[35]
Emidio  United States World War II: The tanker was shelled, torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Cape Mendocino, California by I-17 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of five crew. Survivors reached the Blunt's Reef Lightship and were rescued by USCGC Shawnee ( United States Navy). Emidio drifted 85 miles to the north west and came ashore at Crescent City, California. The wreck was refloated, towed to Long Beach, Ca. and scrapped in 1969.[35][119]
HMS Kandahar  Royal Navy World War II: First Battle of Sirte: Damaged by a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Sirte, Libya 73 of her crew were killed whilst attempting to assist the light cruiser HMS Neptune ( Royal Navy), the K-class destroyer was scuttled by the destroyer HMS Jaguar ( Royal Navy).
Taishan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Tathong Channel by Japanese aircraft.[35]

21 December

List of shipwrecks: 21 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Agwiworld  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by I-23 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[9]
Annavore  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 76: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°55′N 19°50′W / 43.917°N 19.833°W / 43.917; -19.833) by U-567 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of the 38 people on board.[35][120]
HMS Audacity  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy HG 76: The escort carrier was torpedoed sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 430 nautical miles (800 km) west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (43°45′N 19°54′W / 43.750°N 19.900°W / 43.750; -19.900) by U-751 ( Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by HMS Convolvulus, HMS Marigold and HMS Pentstemon (all  Royal Navy).
Benmacdhui  Royal Navy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (53°40′N 0°30′E / 53.667°N 0.500°E / 53.667; 0.500) with the loss of two crew.[35]
Cicala  Royal Navy World War II: The Insect-class gunboat was bombed and sunk at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by MTB 10 ( Royal Navy).[35]
Dorothy Philips  United States World War II: The cargo ship was hit by Japanese submarine I-23 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and ran aground near Monterey Bay, California.[121]
Emshörn  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea off Petsamo, Finland by M-174 ( Soviet Navy).[35]
Hellen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cape Negro, Morocco (35°41′N 5°10′W / 35.683°N 5.167°W / 35.683; -5.167) by U-573 ( Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by HMT Arctic Ranger ( Royal Navy).[35][122]
HNLMS K XVII  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The submarine was mined and sunk in the South China Sea off Tioman Island,(03°10′N 104°12′E / 3.167°N 104.200°E / 3.167; 104.200)[123]
U-451  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel, Morocco by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 812 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm with the loss of 44 of her 45 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Myosotis ( Royal Navy).[35]
U-567  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (44°02′N 20°10′W / 44.033°N 20.167°W / 44.033; -20.167) by HMS Deptford and HMS Samphire (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.

22 December

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Hayo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Lingayen Gulf by USS S-38 ( United States Navy).[35]
Stylianos Chandris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the mouth of the Humber. All crew were rescued.[35]
Spezia  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) north west of Misrata, Libya (32°26′N 15°01′E / 32.433°N 15.017°E / 32.433; 15.017).[35]
Tinos  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Benghazi, Libya by Royal Air Force aircraft.[35]
Umbro Cadamosto  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) north west of Misrata, Libya (32°30′N 15°01′E / 32.500°N 15.017°E / 32.500; 15.017).[35]

23 December

For the loss of the Italian coastal tanker Speranza on this day, see the entry for 30 November 1941.

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Benno  Germany World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Bay of Biscay by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. The next day, she was torpedoed and sunk at Cariño, Spain by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 22 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[9][35]
Hayataka Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the southern Philippine Sea off Vigan, Philippines by USS Seal ( United States Navy).[124]
Hiyoshi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kuching, Malaya by HNLMS K XIV ( Royal Netherlands Navy). Five crewmen killed.[125]
Hokkai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea off Kuching, Malaya by HNLMS K XIV ( Royal Netherlands Navy) and beached. Refloated September, 1942 and towed to Singapore. Repairs finished and returned to service September, 1943.[126]
Katori Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kuching, Malaya by HNLMS K XIV ( Royal Netherlands Navy). Ten crewmen and many troops killed.[35]
Léopold II  Belgium World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (52°53′48″N 2°05′20″E / 52.89667°N 2.08889°E / 52.89667; 2.08889) with the loss of 35 of her 41 crew.[35][127]
M 557  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1916 minesweeper was sunk by a mine during a storm at Rugen.[128]
Montebello  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled, and sunk in the Pacific Ocean four miles south of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse California (35°30′N 121°15′W / 35.500°N 121.250°W / 35.500; -121.250) by I-21 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew were rescued.[35]
PB-32 and PB-33  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Wake Island: The Momi-class patrol boats were run aground on Wake Island, United States (19°17′N 166°35′E / 19.283°N 166.583°E / 19.283; 166.583) to land troops and were destroyed by 3-inch (76 mm) shore guns.[35]
Rokos Vergottis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk, United Kingdom. She was taken in tow but ran aground at 52°45′N 2°10′E / 52.750°N 2.167°E / 52.750; 2.167 and was abandoned.[35]
Soryu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Badoc, Philippines by USS Seal ( United States Navy).[35]
Shuntien  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TA 5: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-559 in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Alexandria, Egypt (32°06′N 24°46′E / 32.100°N 24.767°E / 32.100; 24.767) with the loss of at least 800 lives, mostly Italian and German prisoners of war. Many survivors were rescued by HMS Salvia and a few by HMS Heythrop (both  Royal Navy), but Salvia was sunk a few hours later (see 24 December, below) with the loss of all aboard.[35][129][130]
Tiberio  United Kingdom The coaster foundered in the Mediterranean Sea off Mersa Matruh, Egypt. All crew were rescued.[35]
U-79  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Bardia Libya (32°15′N 25°19′E / 32.250°N 25.317°E / 32.250; 25.317) by HMS Hasty and HMS Hotspur (both  Royal Navy). 44 crew were rescued.[35]

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Absaroka  United States World War II: The lumber carrier was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Point Fermin, California by I-19 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was beached off Fort MacArthur. One crewman was killed by shifting cargo.[131]
Bratton  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[132]
SS Dorothy Phillips  United States I-23 damaged rudder, ran aground at Monterey, California[133]
Gladys  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Kuching, Malaya.[35]
HNLMS K XVI  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea west of Kuching, Borneo by I-66 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[134]
Kim Chin Seng  United Kingdom World War II: The lighter was scuttled at Kuching.[35]
HMS LCA 121  Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost on this date.[135]
Margaret  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Kuching.[35]
Merchant  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth (52°39′30″N 2°00′56″E / 52.65833°N 2.01556°E / 52.65833; 2.01556) with the loss of one crew member.[35]
Phenix  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank at Haifa, Palestine with the loss of four crew.[35]
Rejang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Kuching.[35]
USS Rochester  United States Navy World War II: The hulk of the discarded ex-armored cruiser was scuttled as a blockship at Subic Bay in the Philippines to prevent its capture by Japanese forces.[136][137]
Sagiri  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Fubuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk about 65 km off Kuching in the South China Sea by HNLMS K XVI ( Royal Netherlands Navy) with the loss of 120 of her 241 crew. Survivors were rescued by Shirakumo ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
HMS Salvia  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy TA 5: The Flower-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Alexandria, Egypt (31°46′N 28°00′E / 31.767°N 28.000°E / 31.767; 28.000) by U-568 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 106 crew, and all the survivors rescued from Shuntien ( United Kingdom).[35][130][138]
Si Kiang  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft with the loss of ten crew.[35]
Stanmount  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth (52°39′22″N 2°00′31″E / 52.65611°N 2.00861°E / 52.65611; 2.00861). All crew were rescued.[35]

25 December

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Charruca  Philippines World War II: The freighter was scuttled at Hong Kong.[139]
Cormead  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk. All crew were rescued.[35]
Eldorado  Panama World War II: The freighter was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired, put in Japanese service as Gyoryu Maru.[139][140]
Empire Dragon  United Kingdom World War II: The incomplete steamer was launched and sunk at Hong Kong. Raised, finished and put in Japanese service.[35]
Empire Pagoda  United Kingdom World War II: The incomplete steamer was launched and sunk at Hong Kong. Raised, finished and put in Japanese service.[35]
Haraldsvang  Norway World War II: The freighter was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired, put in Japanese service as Toryu Maru.[141]
Kanchow  United Kingdom World War II: The freighter was scuttled at Taikoo Dock, Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Gyoshin Maru, later renamed Kanshu Maru.[142]
MTB 7, MTB 9, MTB 10, and MTB 11  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60-foot-class motor torpedo boats were scuttled in Mirs Bay, Hong Kong.[35]
MTB 27  Royal Navy World War II: The Thornycroft 55-foot-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled in Mirs Bay, Hong Kong.[35]
P. G. Halvorsen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Great Belt off the coast of Denmark.[143]
HMS Robin  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence depot ship, a former Heron-class gunboat, was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
USS Sealion  United States Navy World War II: The Sargo-class submarine was scuttled at Cavite Navy Yard, Manila, Philippines, due to bomb damage she suffered in an attack by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft on 10 December 1941.
Shantung  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 165: The cargo ship caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean (59°50′N 23°30′W / 59.833°N 23.500°W / 59.833; -23.500). She was subsequently scuttled by shellfire on 2 January 1942 at 62°28′N 18°30′W / 62.467°N 18.500°W / 62.467; -18.500.[144]
HMS Thracian  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class destroyer was bombed and damaged at Hong Kong by Japanese aircraft and was beached. She was subsequently salvaged by the Japanese and entered service in 1942 as Patrol Boat No. 101.[35]

26 December

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1941
Ship Country Description
CKA-034[Note 4]  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was shelled and sunk by coastal artillery off Reed-Burun.[145]
Fanagoria  Soviet Union World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft during landing operation (it is assumed, in Crimea) with the loss of 100 lives.[146]
HMT Henriette  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3.4 nautical miles (6.3 km) off Spurn Head, Yorkshire.[35]
Kong Ring  Norway World War II: The cargo liner struck a mine and sank in the Ullsfjorden, Norway. 30 of her 38 crew, and 257 of 300 German soldiers she was carrying at the time of her loss were killed.[35][147][65]
Maikop  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Gulf of Davao by Japanese aircraft.[35]
Nancy Moran  United States World War II: The tugboat was rammed and sunk off the east coast of Florida by USS PC-451 ( United States Navy).[148]
Paz  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Hatsu Maru.[149]
Tantalus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manila by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. The 45 crew were taken as prisoners of war.[35][150]
Unyo Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The collier was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kuching, Sarawak by Dutch Army Martin B-10 bombers. Eight crewmen killed.[35][151]
V 5902  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk in the Vestfjorden off Norway by HMS Ashanti ( Royal Navy).[152]
V 5904 Geier  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk off Lofoten, Norway by HMS Ashanti ( Royal Navy).[9][153]
Voroshilov  Soviet Union World War II: The dredger was bombed and sunk at Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of about 450 troops of the 51st Army. 200 people were rescued.[154]
W-6  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The W-5-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kuching, Sarawak by Dutch Army Martin B-10 bombers.[35][151]
Warszawa  Poland World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (32°11′N 24°44′E / 32.183°N 24.733°E / 32.183; 24.733 by U-559 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of the 468 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Avon Vale, HMS Burgonet and HMS Peony (all  Royal Navy). Warszawa was taken in tow by HMS Peony but was later torpedoed and sunk at 32°10′N 24°32′E / 32.167°N 24.533°E / 32.167; 24.533 by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine).[35][155]

27 December

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Anhalt  Germany World War II: Operation Archery: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Måløy Island, Norway by HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Offa (both  Royal Navy).[35]
Anita M Russ  Germany World War II: Operation Archery: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Måløy Island by HMS Onslow and HMS Oribi (both  Royal Navy).[35]
Arayat  Philippines World War II: The Philippines Government Revenue/Customs cutter was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft. Raised, repaired, put in service as PB-105 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[156]
Bohol  United States World War II: The passenger/cargo ship was scuttled at Manila, Philippines.[157]
Canlaon  United States World War II: The lighthouse tender was bombed and sunk at Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft.[35]
Eismeer  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and damaged by HMS Onslow and Oribi (both  Royal Navy). She was consequently beached at Måløy Island.[9]
Ethel Edwards  United States World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Manila by Japanese aircraft.[35]
J B Paddon  United Kingdom World War II: The collier was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (53°55′N 0°16′E / 53.917°N 0.267°E / 53.917; 0.267) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[35][158]
M-557  Kriegsmarine The Type 1915 minesweeper foundered northeast of Rugen in a storm.[159]
No. 85 and No. 105  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boats were lost on this date.[160]
Nojima Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and stranded in the South China Sea south west of Hong Kong by USS Perch ( United States Navy).[35]
Norma  Germany World War II: Operation Archery: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Måløy Island by HMS Onslow and HMS Oribi (both  Royal Navy).[35][161]
Penay  Soviet Union World War II: The troopship was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 113 lives.[162]
Reimar Edward Fritzen  Germany World War II: Operation Archery: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Måløy Island by HMS Onslow and HMS Oribi (both  Royal Navy).[35]
T-491  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was damaged by German aircraft and beached at Kuchugury, Kerch Peninsula.[163]
T-492  Soviet Navy The auxiliary minesweeper sank on this date.[163]
Taurus  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Pasig River, Philippines.[35]
V 5102 Donner  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk at Vaagsö by HMS Chiddingfold and HMS Offa (both  Royal Navy).[9]
V 5108 Föhn  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk by HMS Oribi ( Royal Navy). Sixteen of her 20 crew were taken as prisoners of war. The wreck was raised and scrapped in October 1942.[9][164][165]
V-6114 Duiveland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was shelled and sunk by HMS Onslow and HMS Oribi (both  Royal Navy). salvaged in 1942, repaired and returned to service as a fish transport in 1944.[166][167]

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Connecticut  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed near Cape Disappointment in the Pacific Ocean by I-25 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and ran aground. Later salvaged.[168]
Locotenent Stoicescu  Romanian Naval Forces The auxiliary patrol ship was lost on this date.[169]
DCH-1  United States Navy The damage control training ship, a former Wickes-class destroyer, was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean (26°35′N 143°49′W / 26.583°N 143.817°W / 26.583; -143.817) by USS Neches ( United States Navy) while being towed from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.[170]
De Ruyter  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 23 nautical miles (43 km) north north east of the South Bishop Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached on the Goodwin Sands, Kent.[35]
Forafric  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Celebes Sea (3°40′N 121°00′E / 3.667°N 121.000°E / 3.667; 121.000 by Japanese aircraft. All crew were rescued.[35]
Hai Kwang  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in Manila Bay, Philippines by Japanese aircraft. All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[35]
Kaiping  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manilla by Japanese aircraft. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Kaihan Maru.[149]
Mauban  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manilla by Japanese aircraft. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Manbo Maru.[149]
No. 24  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[160]
Research  United States World War II: The survey vessel was bombed and damaged in Manilla Bay by Japanese aircraft. She was bombed again on each of the next two days and was beached.[35]
Seistan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Manilla Bay by Japanese aircraft. All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[35]
T-485 Kakhovka  Soviet Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk by German artillery off Kerch (45°16′N 36°26′E / 45.267°N 36.433°E / 45.267; 36.433).[171]
U-75  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (31°30′N 26°40′E / 31.500°N 26.667°E / 31.500; 26.667) by HMS Kipling ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 15 of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kipling and HMS Legion (both  Royal Navy).[35]
Volo  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ME 8: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean (31°45′N 26°48′E / 31.750°N 26.800°E / 31.750; 26.800 by U-75 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS LCT-11 ( Royal Navy).

29 December

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Aloha  Philippines World War II: The freighter was scuttled in the Philippines.[172]
BRP Banahaw  Philippine Navy World War II: The presidential yacht was bombed and sunk at Fort Mills, Corregidor Island by Japanese aircraft.[35]
Bicol  Philippines World War II: The freighter was scuttled in the Philippines.[172]
CKA-056[Note 4]  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was shelled and sunk at Feodosiya by land-based artillery.[173]
Eisk  Soviet Union World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk off Kerch by German shore-based artillery with the loss of seven crew and a number of soldiers.[174]
No. 056 and No. 068  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessels were lost on this date.[74]
No. 063  Soviet Navy The K-193 Type ZK patrol boat was lost on this date.[175]
Palawan  United States World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Manila, Philippines. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Paran Maru.[149]
Ro-60  Imperial Japanese Navy The Ro-60-class submarine ran aground on the Kwajalein Reef, Marshall Islands (09°00′N 167°30′E / 9.000°N 167.500°E / 9.000; 167.500) and was wrecked. All 60 crewmen rescued by Jingei ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[35]

30 December

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Campina  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Ionian Sea (38°37′N 20°28′E / 38.617°N 20.467°E / 38.617; 20.467) by HMS Thorn ( Royal Navy).[35]
CKA-063[Note 4]  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-class patrol vessel was shelled and sunk off the Kerch Peninsula by shore-based artillery.[9]
HMS Kudat  Royal Navy World War II: The transport/depot ship was bombed and sunk in the Klang Straits off Port Swettenham, Malaya by Japanese aircraft with the loss of three crew.,[35][176]
Minrep  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank off the Kerch Peninsula.[9]
Salvatore lo Bianco  Italy The sailing ship sank and was lost, possibly scuttled, at Bardia, Libya.[177]

31 December

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1941
Ship Country Description
Bagnoli  Italy World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank at Navarino, Greece.[35]
Cardita  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°18′N 12°50′W / 59.300°N 12.833°W / 59.300; -12.833) by U-87 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Onslow ( Royal Navy).[35][178]
CKA-094[Note 4]  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was bombed and sunk in the Strait of Kerch by Luftwaffe aircraft.[179]
Dos Hermanos  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Manila. She was later raised, repaired and entered Japanese service as Himeno Maru.[149]
Krasnogvardeets  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Feodosiya by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew survived.[180]
Magallanes  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Manila.[35]
HMS Minnie Moller  Royal Navy The tug/auxiliary minesweeper was lost on this date.[181]
Montanes  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Manila.[35]
No. 023  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[74]
Ruth Alexander  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged off Balikpapan, Dutch East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft with the loss of one crew member. The other 48 crewmen were rescued by a Dutch Dornier 24 aircraft. The ship sank on 2 January 1942.[35][182][183]
Unnamed  United States World War II: A lighter belonging to Luzon Stevedoring Co. was scuttled by capsizing by the US Navy in Manila Bay.[184]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1941
Ship Country Description
Anlee  China World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Apoey  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Argus  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Ariadne Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Chikuzan Maru.[35][185]
Cambay Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Chengtu  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Cyclope  French Navy The tug sank at Bizerta, Tunisia.[186]
Djebel Sannin France Vichy French Navy The minesweeping tug was lost sometime in December.[187]
Ethel Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage tug was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Gyoun Maru.[35][185]
Fausang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Fusei Maru.[35][35][188]
Frosty Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Fook On  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Gertrude Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage tug was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
HMS H31  Royal Navy The H-class submarine departed on 24 December from Falmouth, Cornwall for a patrol in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Finisterre, Spain. She failed to return on 29 December. Lost with all 34 crew.
Hinsang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Kensei Maru.[35][35][188]
Hirondelle  United States World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Hsinlee  China World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
I-41  Soviet Navy The KM-2 type motor launch was lost sometime in December.[189]
Joan Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Gyoryu Maru.[35][185]
Josephine Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Sagami Maru.[35][185]
Kathleen Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Kau Tung  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
HMS LCP(L) 193 and HMS LCP(L) 194  Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large) were lost sometime in December.[190]
HMS MMS 95, HMS MMS 96, HMS MMS 123 and HMS MMS 124  Royal Navy World War II: The incomplete MMS-class minesweepers were scuttled on the stocks at Hong Kong.[191]
Man Chiao  United Kingdom World War II: The ferry was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Man Yeung  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minelayer was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Mao Lee  Royal Navy World War II: The mine carrier was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Margaret Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage tug was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Marion  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Merton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 58: The cargo ship ran aground on the Pluckington Bank and broke her back.[127]
Ming Sang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Bisan Maru.[35][188]
Nanning  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Nereus  Canada The Proteus-class collier was lost in the Atlantic Ocean sometime after 10 December.
Ningpo  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
O 22 S  Kriegsmarine The tug sank. She was subsequently salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[192]
Patricia Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Q-116, Q-117, Q-118 and Q-119  Philippine Army /  United States Army World War II: The incomplete Thornycroft 65-foot-class motor torpedo boats (plus two un-numbered boats) were bombed and destroyed on the stocks at Cavite Navy Yard, Manilla, Philippines.[193]
Samal  Philippines World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manila by Japanese aircraft.[194]
Sheng Lee  China World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Salvaged by Japan and returned to service as Shori Maru.[35][195]
Shun Chih  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Soochow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
St. Vincent de Paul  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Kyuryu Maru.[35]
Sumatra  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Tai Hing  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Tai Lee  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Tai Ming  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Tai Poo Sek  France World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
HMS Triumph  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine disappeared sometime between 30 December 1941 and 9 January 1942 with the loss of all 59 crew. Possibly struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.[149]
Tin Sang  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Tin Yat  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
Viscaya  United States World War II: The ship was scuttled in the Philippines.[196]
Wave  United Kingdom World War II: The water carrier was scuttled at Hong Kong.[35]
USS YAG-2  United States Navy World War II: The auxiliary net tender was probably bombed and sunk by the Japanese at the Cavite Navy Yard. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Yamashiro Maru.[197]
USS YAG-3  United States Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was probably bombed and sunk by the Japanese at the Cavite Navy Yard.[197]
Yat Shing  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled at Hong Kong. Raised, repaired and put in Japanese service as Nissho Maru.[35][35][188]
Yung Ning  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Canton.[185]

Notes

  1. ^ Force K comprised HMS Aurora, HMS Lance, HMS Lively and HMS Penelope (all  Royal Navy).
  2. ^ The 4th Destroyer Flotilla comprised HMS Legion, HMS Maori, HMS Sikh (all  Royal Navy) and HNLMS Isaac Sweers ( Royal Netherlands Navy).
  3. ^ The 36th Escort Group comprised HMS Convolvulus, HMS Deptford, HMS Gardenia, HMS Marigold, HMS Pentstemon, HMS Rhodedendron, HMS Samphire, HMS Stork and HMS Vetch (all  Royal Navy)
  4. ^ CKA are the Cyrillic letters. The English translation would be SKA.
  5. ^ Luzon may have been sunk in early January 1942.

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