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

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1 January

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Kentwood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk. She was taken in tow by a Royal Navy ship but later sank. All crew were rescued.[1]
Koraltepe  Turkey World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Black Sea east of Cape Igneada, Turkey (41°43′N 28°13′E / 41.717°N 28.217°E / 41.717; 28.217) by ShCh-214 ( Soviet Navy).[2][3]
Penrhos  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in Liverpool Bay with the loss of four lives.[1][4]
Tashkent  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft. 17 crewmen killed.[5]
Teiun Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship entered a Japanese minefield 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of Santo Tomas, Luzon (16°11′N 120°18′E / 16.183°N 120.300°E / 16.183; 120.300) and was sunk. 27 military passengers, her commanding officer and 6 crewmen killed.[6]
Toen Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler struck a mine southwest of Hong Kong, losing her bow, and was beached. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[7]

2 January

For the scuttling of the Swedish cargo ship Shantung on this day, see the entry for 25 December 1941.

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Anakan  United States World War II The coaster was bombed and sunk, or scuttled, at Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft. Later salvaged by the Japanese and put in service as Anan Maru.[8]
Bisayas  United States World War II The coaster was bombed and sunk at Manila, Philippines by Japanese aircraft.[8]
USS Camia  United States Navy World War II: The launch was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines .[9]
HMS Daisy  Royal Navy The tugboat foundered in the Mediterranean Sea between Alexandria and Tobruk.[10]
Don Jose  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean by Japanese aircraft and was beached. She was captured by the Japanese and taken to Hong Kong, where she was damaged by Allied bombing and consequently scrapped.[1]
F 151  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was thrown by wind against the wreck of Wasserfloh at Ras el Aali, Libya, wounding one crew, and then was sunk by a near-miss in a bombing attack in the evening.[11]
USS Iona  United States Navy World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines in a Japanese air raid.[12]
Luzon  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk, or scuttled, at Manilla. Raised, repaired, and put in Japanese service as Ruson Maru.[8]
Malama  United States World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean (26°21′S 151°24′W / 26.350°S 151.400°W / -26.350; -151.400) by an aircraft from Aikoku Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her crew then scuttled the ship. All hands were rescued by Aikoku Maru and Hokoku Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[13]
USS Mercedes  United States Navy World War II: The tug was destroyed to prevent capture at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines.[14]
Ruth Alexander  Panama World War II: The derelict cargo ship sank from damage suffered on 31 December 1941, when she had been bombed by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft off Balikpapan, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies, and abandoned by her crew.[15][16][17]
SKR-24 Aysberg  Soviet Navy The guard ship was wrecked at Lumbovsky Island in a storm.[18]
Waziristan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy PQ 7A: The cargo ship became stranded in ice. She was damaged by Luftwaffe bombing and then torpedoed and sunk by U-134 ( Kriegsmarine) 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Bear Island, Norway (74°09′N 19°10′E / 74.150°N 19.167°E / 74.150; 19.167) with the loss of all 47 crew.[1][15][19]

3 January

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Corfen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Thames Estuary. She was taken in tow but later sank. One crewman died later of wounds. The rest of the crew survived.[1]
Langkoeas  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea north of Bawean, Dutch East Indies by I-58 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). The crew took to the lifeboats, one of which was rammed by I-58. Other survivors were machine-gunned. Only three of her 94 crew survived. They were rescued from Bawean by USS Paul Jones ( United States Navy).[1]
Meiko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The troop transport was sunk when her cargo of gasoline caught fire off Hainan. All crewmembers rescued by Kashii ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[20]
Moji Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Moji Maru-class tanker was sunk by a mine south west of Hong Kong.[21]
Robert  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk (52°17′30″N 02°00′00″E / 52.29167°N 2.00000°E / 52.29167; 2.00000). She was taken in tow but sank the next day.[1][22]

4 January

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Krasnyi Kavkaz  Soviet Navy World War II: The Admiral Nakhimov-class cruiser was bombed and severely damaged off the Kerch Peninsula by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe. Repairs took until October to complete.[23]
Kwangtung  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Java Sea south of Java by I-156 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), which machine gunned and rammed the lifeboats. There were 35 survivors of the 136 people aboard.[24][25]
No. 058  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class patrol vessel was sunk on this date.[26]
HMS Sona  Royal Navy World War II: The armed yacht was bombed and sunk at Poole.[27]
Nuevo San Pietro  Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper, a caïque, was torpedoed and sunk in the Ionian Sea west of Cephalonia, Greece (38°07′N 20°20′E / 38.117°N 20.333°E / 38.117; 20.333) by HMS Thunderbolt ( Royal Navy).[1][3]

5 January

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Ammiraglio St Bon  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (38°22′N 15°22′E / 38.367°N 15.367°E / 38.367; 15.367) by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 57 crew. There were only 3 survivors.[1][28]
Città di Palermo  Italy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) west of Cape Dukato, Albania by HMS Proteus ( Royal Navy). There were between 400 and 600 dead and 291 survivors.[1][28]
Cornelia Maersk  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands during a British air raid. Her crew survived.[3][29]
No. 91  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[30]
Nogin  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft.[5]
Vrzyvatel T-405  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 53-class minesweeper was bombed by German aircraft and beached at Eupatoria. Destroyed next day by German field artillery.[31]

6 January

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Baron Erskine  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 62: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpoedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°15′N 18°30′W / 59.250°N 18.500°W / 59.250; -18.500) by U-701 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 41 crew.[1][32]
No. 0131  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class patrol vessel was sunk on this date.[26]
Nogin  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Norwich Trader  United Kingdom The coaster exploded and sank in the North Sea (51°55′07″N 1°32′05″E / 51.91861°N 1.53472°E / 51.91861; 1.53472) with the loss of all seven crew.[1]
Zyrjanin  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport was bombed and sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft. One crewman killed.[3]

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Djirak  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea (7°15′S 116°23′E / 7.250°S 116.383°E / -7.250; 116.383) by I-57 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew were rescued.[1]
Jumièges  France The cargo liner issued a mayday in the Mediterranean Sea off the Balearic Islands, Spain during a storm. No further trace as found of her and her 20 crew.[33][34][35]
No. 111  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[30]
Perla  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Pantelleria by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 830 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm. There were no casualty and 78 survivors.[1][28]
Unkai Maru No.1  Japan World War II: The auxiliary collier was torpedoed and heavily damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Miko, Japan (34°27′N 138°59′E / 34.450°N 138.983°E / 34.450; 138.983) by USS Pollack ( United States Navy). One crewman was killed, 53 were rescued. The drifting wreck was sunk by a Japanese aircraft four days later.[3][36][37]
V 5104 Orkan  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Kitbag: The submarine chaser was shelled and damaged by HMS Inglefield and HMS Intrepid (both  Royal Navy) and was beached at Florø, Norway.[3]

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1942
Ship Country Description
USAMP General Richard Arnold  United States Army World War II The United States Army mine planter sprang a leak in a storm and sank 20 miles south east of the Isles of Shoals. Ten crewmen killed. Her commanding officer was rescued by USAMP L-88 ( United States Army).[38][39]
Van Rees  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea 80 nautical miles (150 km) south of Tjilapjap, Dutch East Indies by I-56 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Five crewmen killed.[1]
Van Riebeeck  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (8°11′S 108°47′E / 8.183°S 108.783°E / -8.183; 108.783) by I-56 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). 13 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by HNLMS Willem van der Zaan ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[1]

9 January

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Benkoelen  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea (4°50′S 112°20′E / 4.833°S 112.333°E / -4.833; 112.333) by I-65 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Three crew were killed. USS Paul Jones ( United States Navy) rescued the survivors.[1][3][40]
Camphuijs  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled, then torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea west of Bawean Island (4°40′S 111°47′E / 4.667°S 111.783°E / -4.667; 111.783) by I-58 ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[1]
Chatyr Dag  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Lamoricière  France World War II: The ocean liner foundered during a violent storm in the Mediterranean Sea north of Menorca, Spain with the loss of 299 of the 394 people aboard, while trying to help locate Jumièges.[3][33][34]
Spartakovets  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was bombed and sunk at Feodosia by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Poul Carl  Denmark The cargo ship was rammed and sunk in the Øresund. Her crew survived.[41]
Teian Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Pollack ( United States Navy). She was the former Yugoslav Tomislav, seized by the Italian in October 1941 and renamed Venezia Giulia, before being again renamed on 1 December 1941 when taken under Japanese control. The crew was still Italian and eight or nine Italian were killed in the sinking, and possibly one Japanese.[36][28][42]
HMS Vimiera  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy FS 693: The V-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of 96 of her 110 crew.

10 January

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1942
Ship Country Description 07-35N, 103-13E
Akita Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Siam (07°35′N 103°13′E / 7.583°N 103.217°E / 7.583; 103.217) by HNLMS O 19 ( Royal Netherlands Navy) with the loss of four crew. Survivors rescued by Asakazi, Fubuki, and Hatakaze (all  Imperial Japanese Navy).[3][43][44]
Borderdene  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Brean Down, Somerset with the loss of all four crew.[1]
Continent  Canada The 466 GRT coastal freighter on passage from New York to Newfoundland was rammed in foggy weather by tanker Byron D. Benson off New Jersey coast and quickly sank with a loss of one crew member.
Daylite  Panama World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine laid by I-124 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and sank in Manila Bay off Corregidor Island. She was raised by the Japanese in 1943 and renamed Gyoshin Maru.[1][45][46]
Elise Schulte  Germany The cargo ship ran aground near Tromsø, Norway and sank the next day. The whole crew was rescued.[1][47][48]
Fedora  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) south east of Cape Dukato, Albania by HMS Thrasher ( Royal Navy). All 36 crew were saved.[1][28]
Harbin Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in South China Sea (17°40′N 109°20′E / 17.667°N 109.333°E / 17.667; 109.333) by USS Stingray ( United States Navy). Two passengers and four crewmen were killed.[49][50]
Kanko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Pickerel ( United States Navy).[51][52]
M-175  Soviet Navy World War II: The M-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Barents Sea (70°09′N 32°50′E / 70.150°N 32.833°E / 70.150; 32.833 by U-584 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 21 crew.[1][53]
Mimona  Norway World War II: The cargo ship grounded near Kjølnes Lighthouse, Norway (70°49′N 29°20′E / 70.817°N 29.333°E / 70.817; 29.333). On 19 January K-22 ( Soviet Navy) attacked the grounded ship with torpedoes and gunfire and set her ablaze. She was a total loss. There were no casualties.[54][55]
HMS Queen of Bermuda  Royal Navy The armed merchant cruiser ran aground at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and was severely damaged. She was refloated the next day, repaired and returned to service.[1]
U-374  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by HNLMS Isaac Sweers ( Koninklijk Marine) and HMS Legion ( Royal Navy), leaving her unable to submerge. She was torpedoed and sunk two days later at 37°50′N 16°00′E / 37.833°N 16.000°E / 37.833; 16.000 by HMS Unbeaten ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 42 of her 43 crew.[1]
HNLMS Van Masdijn  Koninklijke Marine World War II: The patrol boat, the former Japanese fishing boat Borneo Maru captured in December 1941, was sunk by a Japanese flying boat off Tarakan Netherlands East Indies. There were 10 dead and 45 survivors.[56][57][58][circular reference]

11 January

For sinking of the American tanker Manatawny on this date, see the entry for 12 December 1941.

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1942
Ship Country Description
City of Pittsburgh  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship ran aground at Alexandria, Egypt and broke her back, a total loss.[1]
USAT Clevedon  United States Army World War II: The cargo ship suffered an engine room fire at the Army pier at Yakutat, Alaska, was towed to sea where she sunk about a mile off shore without casualties.[59]
USAT Liberty  United States Army World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Lombok Strait (8°54′S 115°28′E / 8.900°S 115.467°E / -8.900; 115.467) by I-166 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was taken in tow by USS Paul Jones ( United States Navy) and HNLMS Van Ghent ( Koninklijk Marine) and beached at Tulamben, Dutch East Indies. There were no casualties. She remained there for 21 years but sank in 1963 following the eruption of Mount Agung.[1][60]
HNLMS Prins van Oranje  Koninklijke Marine World War II: The Prins van Oranje-class minelayer was shelled and sunk by Yamakaze and PB-38 (both  Imperial Japanese Navy) off Tarakan Netherlands East Indies. Only 16 of the 118 crew were rescued.[61][62][circular reference]
R 42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a submerged wreck and sank in the English Channel off Ambleteuse, Pas-de-Calais, France.[3]
Wulin  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Muar River, Malaya by Japanese aircraft. One crew was killed. She was later salvaged and entered Japanese service as Unryu Maru.[1][63]

12 January

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1942
Ship Country Description
USAT Clevedon United States United States Army An engine room fire broke out aboard the 7,314-ton United States Army Transport in the harbor at Yakutat, Territory of Alaska. The steamer Taku ( United States) towed her out of the harbor and beached her across the bay. She floated free of the beach at high tide and drifted for five hours until explosions in her cargo of ammunition sank her. There was no loss of life.[64]
Cyclops  United Kingdom World War II: Operation Paukenschlag: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (41°51′N 63°48′W / 41.850°N 63.800°W / 41.850; -63.800) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 87 of the 182 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Red Deer ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][65]
Empire Parsons  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Stroma, Pentland Firth (58°41′N 3°06′W / 58.683°N 3.100°W / 58.683; -3.100) and broke in three. Declared a total loss.[66]
Frisco  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Canso, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°50′N 60°20′W / 44.833°N 60.333°W / 44.833; -60.333) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 19 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mjoanes ( Faroe Islands).[67][1][68]
Quickstep  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°46′N 1°26′E / 51.767°N 1.433°E / 51.767; 1.433) with the loss of 12 of her 28 crew.[1]
Toboali  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Bagan Siapi, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft. In 1944 she was salvaged, repaired and entered Japanese service as Aki Maru.[1]
U-374  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Cape Spartivento, Calabria, Italy (37°50′N 16°00′E / 37.833°N 16.000°E / 37.833; 16.000) by HMS Unbeaten ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 42 of her 43 crew.[69]
W-13  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The W-13-class minesweeper was sunk by Dutch 4.7-inch shore batteries at Tarakan.[70]
W-14  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The W-13-class minesweeper was sunk by Dutch 4.7-inch shore batteries at Tarakan.[71]
Yngaren  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 168: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 57°N 26°W / 57°N 26°W / 57; -26) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 40 crew. The survivors were rescued by a British trawler.[1][72]

13 January

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Brazos  Peru The cargo ship collided with HMS Archer ( Royal Navy) off Charleston, South Carolina, United States. She sank the next day as a result of damage sustained.[73]
Empire Masefield  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea (54°22′N 0°19′W / 54.367°N 0.317°W / 54.367; -0.317) by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[1][66]
Friar Rock  Panama World War II: Convoy SC 64: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (45°30′N 60°40′W / 45.500°N 60.667°W / 45.500; -60.667) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine). with the loss of 31 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Montgomery ( Royal Navy).[1][74][75]
Lerwick  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (54°26′N 0°24′W / 54.433°N 0.400°W / 54.433; -0.400) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of five crew.[1]

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Bataysk  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft off Kerch, Soviet Union.[76]
Chepo  Panama World War II: Convoy ON 55: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (430 km) west of Rockall, Inverness-shire, United Kingdom (58°30′N 19°40′W / 58.500°N 19.667°W / 58.500; -19.667) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sunflower ( Royal Navy).[1][77]
Dupoco II  United States The 8-gross register ton, 30.9-foot (9.4 m) motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Juneau, Territory of Alaska.[78]
Empire Surf  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ON 55: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of the Faroe Islands (58°42′N 19°16′W / 58.700°N 19.267°W / 58.700; -19.267) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 47 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Alisma ( Royal Navy).[66][79]
Mercia  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel (51°31′21″N 2°46′44″W / 51.52250°N 2.77889°W / 51.52250; -2.77889) with the loss of all hands.[1]
No. 44  Soviet Navy The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[30]
Norness  Panama World War II: the tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°28′N 70°50′W / 40.467°N 70.833°W / 40.467; -70.833) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC Argo ( United States Navy) and USS Ellyson ( United States Navy) and the fishing vessel Malvina ( United States).[1][80]
Turkheim  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Syltefjorden, Norway by S-102 ( Soviet Navy).[1]
11 V 1  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (former Greek Palaskas) struck a mine laid on 11 January by HMS Porpoise ( Royal Navy) and sank off Suda Bay, Crete, with the loss of 3 of her 21 crew.[3][81][82]

15 January

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Catalina  Portugal World War II: The trawler, a former Kil-class gunboat,[clarification needed] was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 47°N 52°W / 47°N 52°W / 47; -52) by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[83][84]
Coimbra  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°25′N 72°21′W / 40.417°N 72.350°W / 40.417; -72.350) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Rowan and another destroyer (both  United States Navy).[83][85]
Dayrose  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°32′N 53°00′W / 46.533°N 53.000°W / 46.533; -53.000) off Newfoundland by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Ericsson and USS Stack (both  United States Navy).[83][86]
Diala  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland (44°50′N 46°50′W / 44.833°N 46.833°W / 44.833; -46.833) by U-553 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 of her 65 crew. Survivors abandoned ship on 20 January and were rescued by Telefora de Larrinaga ( United Kingdom). On 22 January, the wreck was boarded by eight survivors from Athelcrown ( United Kingdom). They were rescued on 28 January by Saturnus ( Sweden). Diala was discovered still afloat on 21 February and an attempt was made to take her in tow by a Royal Navy ship. The tow parted on 26 February and she was again left adrift. She was torpedoed and sunk on 23 March by U-587 ( Kriegsmarine).[83][87]
Empire Bay  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (54°41′08″N 1°08′36″W / 54.68556°N 1.14333°W / 54.68556; -1.14333) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.
Empire Homer  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Sandray, Outer Hebrides and broke in two, a total loss.[66]
F 148  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MFP-A landing craft was sunk by an explosion off Tripoli, probably a mine. The 14 crew were all rescued, 12 of them wounded.[88]
IV II  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in Suda Bay.[1]
Jalarajan  India World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (0°12′S 97°00′E / 0.200°S 97.000°E / -0.200; 97.000) by I-65 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of four of her 78 crew.[83]
Vestland  Norway The cargo ship ran aground at Hvalfjord, Iceland and was damaged. She was refloated on 16 March and towed to Reykjavík. Departed under tow on 21 October for repairs at a Tyneside shipyard, but foundered on 24 October in the Atlantic Ocean (50°15′N 11°30′W / 50.250°N 11.500°W / 50.250; -11.500).[89]
U-93  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was shelled, rammed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Madeira, Portugal (36°10′N 15°25′W / 36.167°N 15.417°W / 36.167; -15.417) by HMS Hesperus ( Royal Navy) with the loss of six of her 46 crew. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[1][90]
U-577  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt (32°40′N 25°48′E / 32.667°N 25.800°E / 32.667; 25.800) by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm with the loss of all 43 crew.[91]

16 January

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Chief  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground off Reykjavík, Iceland. She was refloated in March 1942, repaired and returned to service.
HMT Irvana  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. All crew were rescued.[83]
Jean Jaures  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Gulf of Feodosia by a mine with the loss of 40 lives.[5][92]
Kolkoshnik  Soviet Union The cargo ship was wrecked off the Sambro Island Lighthouse.[93]
R. J. Cullen  United States The cargo ship ran aground on Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.[94]
Senang  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Singapore (1°15′N 104°05′E / 1.250°N 104.083°E / 1.250; 104.083) with the loss of 54 of her 93 crew.[83]
Zhan Zhores  Soviet Navy World War II: The transport ship was sunk off Feodosia by a magnetic mine.[3]

17 January

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Enisej  Soviet Navy World War II: Convoy PQ 8: The naval trawler was torpedoed and damaged in the Arctic Sea (69°30′N 39°05′E / 69.500°N 39.083°E / 69.500; 39.083) by U-454 ( Kriegsmarine). The ship broke in two, with the bow section sinking. There were 2 dead and 32 survivors.[3][83][95]
HMS Gurkha  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy MW 8B: The L-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Sidi Barrani, Egypt (31°50′N 26°15′E / 31.833°N 26.250°E / 31.833; 26.250) by U-133 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten crew. She was taken in tow by HNLMS Isaac Sweers ( Koninklijk Marine) but later sank. Isaac Sweers rescued 274 crew.[83]
I-60  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai IIIa/b type submarine was depth charged and forced to the surface and sunk in a running gun battle in the Sunda Strait off Krakatoa, Dutch East Indies (6°19′30″S 104°49′20″E / 6.32500°S 104.82222°E / -6.32500; 104.82222) with HMS Jupiter ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 84 crew. Only three men were picked up and taken prisoner, one of whom later died.[83][96]
HMS Matabele  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy PQ 8: The Tribal-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Arctic Sea (69°21′N 35°34′E / 69.350°N 35.567°E / 69.350; 35.567) by U-454 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 236 of her 238 crew.
MTB 47  Royal Navy World War II: The White 73-foot-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by enemy action in the English Channel off Cap Gris Nez, Pas-de-Calais, France. All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[83]
RFA Nyholt  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°46′N 54°18′W / 45.767°N 54.300°W / 45.767; -54.300) off Newfoundland by U-87 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of the 40 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMCS St. Clair ( Royal Canadian Navy).[83][97][98]
Octavian  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (about 45°N 60°W / 45°N 60°W / 45; -60) off Nova Scotia by U-203 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 17 crew.[83][99]
Rampino  Italy World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria (35°59′N 10°45′E / 35.983°N 10.750°E / 35.983; 10.750) by HMS Umbra ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 14 crew. The only survivor was rescued by the Umbra.[83][28][100]
San Jose  United States World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a collision with SS Santa Elisa in the Atlantic Ocean (39°15′N 74°09′W / 39.250°N 74.150°W / 39.250; -74.150). All crew was saved. The Santa Elisa was towed to New York and repaired.[83][101][102]

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Allan Jackson  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°37′N 74°20′W / 35.617°N 74.333°W / 35.617; -74.333 by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Roe ( United States Navy).[83][103]
Charlwood  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 886: The cargo ship collided in the North Sea off the mouth of the Tyne with Lyng ( Norway) and sank.[104]
Città di Livorno  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Crete, Greece (35°42′N 24°24′E / 35.700°N 24.400°E / 35.700; 24.400) by HMS Porpoise ( Royal Navy). There were 8 dead and 464 survivors.[28][82]
Dimitrios G Thermiotis  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 53: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 51°N 62°W / 51°N 62°W / 51; -62) by U-86 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 33 crew.[83][105]
Eizan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Kii Channel by USS Plunger ( United States Navy).[3][106]
Empire Kingfisher  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a submerged object 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada and was holed. She sank the next day. There were no casualties.[66][107]
HMT Erin  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk at Gibraltar by a bomb placed aboard by a Spanish agent of the Abwehr. Four men were killed.[83][108][109]
Frances Salman  United States World War II: The Design 1099 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 28 crew.[83][110]
Hai-Kan No. 6  Imperial Japanese Navy The decommissioned Kasuga-class armored cruiser (ex-Nisshin) was sunk as a gunnery target in the Inland Sea off Kurahashi, Japan, by the battleship Yamato ( Imperial Japanese Navy).
HMT Honjo  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was damaged beyond repair at Gibraltar by the explosion of the bomb placed aboard the HMT Erin by a Spanish agent of the Abwehr. She was never repaired. Two crew were killed.[83][111][109]

19 January

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Ciltvaira  Latvia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States (35°25′N 75°23′W / 35.417°N 75.383°W / 35.417; -75.383) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by Socony-Vacuum ( United States). Nine crew later reboarded her and she was taken in tow by Bury ( Brazil) but the two was later abandoned and the skeleton crew were taken aboard Bury. Ciltvaira was then taken in tow by USS Sciota ( United States Navy) but later foundered at 34°58′N 75°10′W / 34.967°N 75.167°W / 34.967; -75.167.[112][113]
More: Latvian Mercantile Marine during World War II
City of Atlanta  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States (35°42′N 75°21′W / 35.700°N 75.350°W / 35.700; -75.350) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 44 of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by the train ferry Seatrain Texas ( United States).[83][112][114]
H K D  United Kingdom World War II: The steam vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°28′12″N 0°52′42″E / 51.47000°N 0.87833°E / 51.47000; 0.87833). Both crew were rescued.[83]
RMS Lady Hawkins  Canada World War II: The ocean liner was torpedoed and sunk between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States and Bermuda (35°00′N 72°30′W / 35.000°N 72.500°W / 35.000; -72.500) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 251 of the 322 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USAT Coamo ( United States) on 27 January.[83][115][116][117]
Mobeka  Belgium The cargo ship ran aground off the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland (55°13′N 6°02′W / 55.217°N 6.033°W / 55.217; -6.033). Salvage was abandoned in April 1942.[118]
Norvana  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[119]
USS PT-31  United States Navy World War II: The ELCO 77'-class PT boat ran aground in Subic Bay, Luzon (14°45′N 120°13′E / 14.750°N 120.217°E / 14.750; 120.217) and was scuttled the next day.[120]
HMT Rosemonde  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of the Azores, Portugal by U-581 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 25 crew.[121]
Sørøy  Norway World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Sværholt Peninsula by K-23 ( Soviet Navy) with the loss of two crew.[122]
Thermopylæ  Norway World War II: Convoy MW 8A: The troopship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (34°03′N 24°14′E / 34.050°N 24.233°E / 34.050; 24.233) by a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 33 of the 374 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havock ( Royal Navy), which scuttled Thermopylæ.[123]
Vaaland  Norway World War II: The fishing cutter was shelled and sunk off Berlevåg, Norway by K-22 ( Soviet Navy) with the loss of one crew member.[124]
Van Imhoff  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Indian Ocean south of Java, Dutch East Indies by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. The ship was carrying 478 German civilian internees, who, forced at gunpoint to remain on the ship, perished almost completely. The few survivors were intentionally denied resuce and assistance by the Dutch; only a few managed to reach nearby islands.[3][83]

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Banshu Maru No. 52 Go  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was sunk by mines in Subic Bay (14°45′N 120°17′E / 14.750°N 120.283°E / 14.750; 120.283).[125][126]
Eidsvold  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island, Australia by I-59 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew were rescued.[83]
Herstein  Norway World War II: Battle of Rabaul: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Japanese aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[83]
I-124  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The I-121-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in Beagle Gulf 40 miles (64 km) west of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (12°7′S 130°06′E / 12.117°S 130.100°E / -12.117; 130.100) by HMAS Deloraine ( Royal Australian Navy) with the loss of 80 crew.
Markkyn  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Port Logan, Wigtownshire. Refloated on 5 June, repaired and re-entered service as Empire Usk.[66]
Maro  Greece World War II: Convoy ON 53: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[1][127]
USS S-36  United States Navy World War II: The S-class submarine ran aground on the Taka Bakang Reef in the Makassar Strait, Dutch East Indies. She was scuttled due to damage sustained and to prevent capture by enemy forces. Crew rescued by Attla ( Netherlands).
Westralia  Australia World War II: Battle of Rabaul: The coal hulk was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Simpson Harbour, New Britain.

21 January

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Alexandra Høegh  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°53′N 65°56′W / 40.883°N 65.933°W / 40.883; -65.933) south of Nova Scotia by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine). All 28 crew were rescued by the trawler Grand Marshall ( United States).[83][128]
Asiatic  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Tara, County Down and was abandoned. She was refloated on 2 April but declared a constructive total loss. Repaired and re-entered service in 1943 as Empire Torridge.[66]
Belize  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°21′N 58°08′W / 47.350°N 58.133°W / 47.350; -58.133) off Newfoundland by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 24 crew.[83][129]
Chak Sang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Rangoon, Burma (15°42′N 95°02′E / 15.700°N 95.033°E / 15.700; 95.033) by I-66 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of five of her 66 crew.[83]
Nord  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Rangoon (15°28′N 94°36′E / 15.467°N 94.600°E / 15.467; 94.600) by I-66 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). All crew survived.[83][130]
HMS Raub  Royal Navy World War II: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk at Belawan, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[83]
Walter Ohlrogge  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was struck a mine and sank off Norway.[131]
William Hansen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°56′N 52°47′W / 46.933°N 52.783°W / 46.933; -52.783 off Newfoundland by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 19 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Algoma ( Royal Canadian Navy).[83][132]
Zannis L Cambanis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Malacca 1°15′N 104°31′E / 1.250°N 104.517°E / 1.250; 104.517) with the loss of two crew.[83]

22 January

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Athelcrown  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°06′N 59°54′W / 45.100°N 59.900°W / 45.100; -59.900) off Nova Scotia by U-82 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 55 crew. Survivors were rescued by Argos Hill ( United Kingdom), Saturnus ( Sweden) and a Royal Navy ship.[133]
Caledonian Monarch  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 63: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°39′N 7°36′W / 58.650°N 7.600°W / 58.650; -7.600) off northwestern Scotland by U-588 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 48 crew.[134]
Gandia  Belgium World War II: Convoy ON 54: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°45′N 53°00′W / 54.750°N 53.000°W / 54.750; -53.000) off Labrador, Newfoundland by U-134 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 64 of her 79 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Bernadou ( United States Navy) and the fishing vessel João Corte Real ( Portugal).[83][135][136]
Innerøy  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°30′N 59°54′W / 42.500°N 59.900°W / 42.500; -59.900) by U-553 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Empire Amethyst ( United Kingdom).[83][137]
Lemantang  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Belawan, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[83]
Olympic  Panama World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (36°01′N 75°30′W / 36.017°N 75.500°W / 36.017; -75.500) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.[138]
Vassilos A Polemis  Greece World War II: Convoy ON 53: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°32′N 52°38′W / 42.533°N 52.633°W / 42.533; -52.633) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 33 crew.[83]
Van Overstraten  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by I-64 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Four crew were killed. There were 113 survivors.[139]
Victoria  Italy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by a Fairey Albacore aircraft of 826 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm with the loss of 391 of the 1,455 people aboard.[83][140]

23 January

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Fukuyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea by USS Seadragon ( United States Navy). She was beached on the northern coast of French Indochina (12°00′N 109°00′E / 12.000°N 109.000°E / 12.000; 109.000) and later repaired.[141]
Heim  Norway The coaster ran aground in Hjeltefjorden, Norway. She broke in two and sank. All crew survived.[142]
HMS Larut  Royal Navy World War II: The patrol vessel was bombed and sunk at Sabang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft. All crew were rescued.[83]
Leiesten  Norway World War II: Convoy ON 56: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°27′N 43°19′W / 45.450°N 43.317°W / 45.450; -43.317) by U-82 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Agios Georgios ( Greece).[83][143]
Navemar  Spain World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Portugal by Barbarigo ( Regia Marina) with the loss of two of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by Isla de Tenerife ( Spain).[83][144]
USS Neches  United States Navy World War II: The oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 120 nautical miles (220 km) west of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (21°01′N 160°06′W / 21.017°N 160.100°W / 21.017; -160.100) by I-72 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 57 of her 183 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Jarvis ( United States Navy).[83]
Tai Sang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a Dutch mine and sank off Singapore (00°55′N 103°35′E / 0.917°N 103.583°E / 0.917; 103.583). Of a crew of 31 and four passengers, only two survived to become prisoners of war.[83]
Thirlby  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 66: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°20′N 66°15′W / 43.333°N 66.250°W / 43.333; -66.250) by U-109 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 46 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by Belle Isle ( United States).[83][145]

24 January

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Empire Gem  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (35°06′N 74°58′W / 35.100°N 74.967°W / 35.100; -74.967) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine). She broke in two, with the bow section sinking. The stern section was taken in tow but sank at 35°02′N 75°33′W / 35.033°N 75.550°W / 35.033; -75.550. 49 of her 51 crew were lost. Survivors were rescued by a United States Coast Guard ship.[66][83][146]
Empire Wildebeeste  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 100: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°20′N 38°10′W / 56.333°N 38.167°W / 56.333; -38.167) by U-596 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Lang ( United States Navy).
Hishi  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The patrol boat/submarine chaser, a former Momi-class destroyer, was shelled and sunk at 01°24′S 117°02′E / 1.400°S 117.033°E / -1.400; 117.033 by USS John D. Ford, USS Paul Jones, USS Parrott and USS Pope (all  United States Navy).[3][83]
Jukka Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The transport ship was bombed and sunk by Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force Martin 139s.[3]
Kuretake Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The troop transport was torpedoed and sunk by USS John D. Ford ( United States Navy).[147][148]
Myoken Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea north of Kema, Celebes, Dutch East Indies (1°26′N 125°08′E / 1.433°N 125.133°E / 1.433; 125.133) by USS Swordfish ( United States Navy).[149]
Nana Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The Seia Maru-class transport was bombed and sunk by Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force Martin 139 aircraft in the Makassar Strait east of Bontang, at 00°10′N 118°00′E / 0.167°N 118.000°E / 0.167; 118.000.[3][147][150]
Ringstad  Norway World War II: Convoy ONS 55: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°50′N 51°04′W / 45.833°N 51.067°W / 45.833; -51.067) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of the 43 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by USS Swanson ( United States Navy).[83][151]
USS S-26  United States Navy The S-class submarine was rammed and sunk in the Gulf of Panama by USS Sturdy ( United States Navy) with the loss of 46 of her 49 crew.
Sumanoura Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The transport was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by USS Pope ( United States Navy) while riding at anchor. Only nine of her crew survived.[147][152]
Tai Sang  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Malacca (0°55′N 103°35′E / 0.917°N 103.583°E / 0.917; 103.583) with the loss of 33 of the 35 people aboard.[83]
Tatsukame Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The transport (a.k.a. Tatsugame) was torpedoed and sunk at 01°18′S 117°04′E / 1.300°S 117.067°E / -1.300; 117.067 by USS Parrott and USS Pope (both  United States Navy).[147]
Tsuruga Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Battle of Balikpapan: The transport was torpedoed and sunk at 00°10′N 118°00′E / 0.167°N 118.000°E / 0.167; 118.000 by submarine HNLMS K XVIII ( Koninklijk Marine). 38 troops and 1 crewman killed.[147]
Venore  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°50′N 75°20′W / 34.833°N 75.333°W / 34.833; -75.333) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Australia ( United States) and Tennessee ( United Kingdom).[83][153]

25 January

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Z8 Bruno Heinemann  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1934A-class destroyer struck two mines and sank off the coast of Belgium, with the loss of 98 crewmen.
Culebra  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (35°30′N 63°25′W / 35.500°N 63.417°W / 35.500; -63.417) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[154]
Dalmatia L  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed in the Straits of Messina (37°45′N 15°30′E / 37.750°N 15.500°E / 37.750; 15.500) by HMS Ultimatum ( Royal Navy). She broke in two and sank the next day while under tow. All 40 crew were saved.[83][28][155]
Empire Pilgrim  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground 14 nautical miles (26 km) north of Aberdeen. She was holed and abandoned. Refloated on 16 February, subsequently repaired and returned to service.[66]
Unnamed cargo ship (possibly Giang Sen)  United Kingdom World War II: A cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by I-59 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in Sabang Roads.[156]
Mount Kitheron  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (47°32′N 52°31′W / 47.533°N 52.517°W / 47.533; -52.517) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of the 36 people aboard.[83]
Swynfleet  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Landguard Point Lighthouse, Suffolk. All crew were rescued.[83]
Varanger  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°58′N 74°06′W / 38.967°N 74.100°W / 38.967; -74.100) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by two American fishing vessels.[83][157]

26 January

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Borge F-3G  Norway World War II: The motorboat was captured by ShCh-442 ( Soviet Navy) and scuttled by shelling. Three crewmen were taken as prisoners of war.[83][158]
HMS Kelana  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol boat was scuttled at Endau, Malaya.[83]
Refast  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°41′N 53°02′W / 42.683°N 53.033°W / 42.683; -53.033) by U-582 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Maliakos ( Greece).[83][159]
Sanuki Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Balikpapan, Netherlands East Indies by Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of the United States Army Air Force.[3]
HMS Shuman  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was scuttled and Endau. She was later salvaged and taken to Singapore.[83]
HMAS Sirocco  Royal Australian Navy The patrol boat was destroyed by fire at Hobart, Australia, burning to the waterline.[160]
Tornator  Finland The cargo ship ran aground at Omaisaki, Japan. She broke in two four days later and was declared a total loss.[130]
Traveller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°00′N 61°45′W / 40.000°N 61.750°W / 40.000; -61.750) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 52 crew.[83][161]
HNLMS Wega  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Sirius-class patrol vessel was bombed and sunk at Olele by Japanese aircraft.[162]
West Ivis  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia (35°03′N 73°10′W / 35.050°N 73.167°W / 35.050; -73.167) by U-125 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss with all hands, 9 gunners and 36 crew.[83][163]

27 January

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1942
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Evaline  Royal Netherlands Navy The auxiliary minesweeper was lost of this date.[164]
Francis E. Powell  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°05′N 74°53′W / 38.083°N 74.883°W / 38.083; -74.883) by U-130 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by W. C. Fairbanks ( United States) and a United States Coast Guard vessel.[83][165]
Harpa  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Singapore Strait with the loss of 39 of her 40 crew.[83]
I-73  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 240 miles (390 km) west of Midway Atoll (28°24′N 178°35′E / 28.400°N 178.583°E / 28.400; 178.583) by USS Gudgeon ( United States Navy).[166]
Icarion  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (46°02′N 52°22′W / 46.033°N 52.367°W / 46.033; -52.367) by U-754 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine crew.[83][167]
Jan Carstensz  Netherlands World War II: The small tanker was scuttled at Amboyna, Dutch East Indies.[83][168]
Pan Norway  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (32°56′N 50°27′W / 32.933°N 50.450°W / 32.933; -50.450) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by Mount Aena (  Switzerland).[83][169][170]
HMS Thanet  Royal Navy World War II: Battle off Endau: The S-class destroyer was sunk off Endau, Malaya by Sendai, Yūgiri, Fubuki, Asagiri, and W-1 (all  Imperial Japanese Navy). 37 crewmen killed. Two later drowned when their lifeboat hit a reef. 8 crewmen were rescued on 29 January and 54 crewmen and 2 Royal Air Force pilots on 30 January by HMS Giang Bee ( Royal Navy). 31 crewmen rescued by Shirayuki ( Imperial Japanese Navy) and made prisoners of war.[83]

28 January

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Bjørnvik  Norway World War II: Convoy WP 103: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Hartland Point, Devon, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 17 of her 20 crew.[171]
USAT General Royal T. Frank  United States Army World War II: The transport struck a mine, split in half and sank in one minute 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Maui, Hawaii Territory. 17 of 36 aboard were killed.[83]
Idar  United Kingdom World War II: The paddle steamer was shelled and damaged in the Indian Ocean (10°12′N 80°13′E / 10.200°N 80.217°E / 10.200; 80.217) by I-64 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was beached, and later salvaged.[83]
M 4104 Glettkau  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands during an air raid.[3]
Ninuccia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Cape Planka, Yugoslavia (43°30′N 15°55′E / 43.500°N 15.917°E / 43.500; 15.917), by HMS Thorn ( Royal Navy). Before being sunk with a torpedo the ship had been missed with four other torpedoes and then engaged and damaged with gunfire. There were 8 dead and 11 survivors.[83][172][28]

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1942
Ship Country Description
Boelongen  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Padang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft.[83]
Bjørnvik  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 2.8 nautical miles (5.2 km) due east of Lizard Head, Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 16 of her 19 crew.[83]
Braconbush  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south east of Duncansby Head, Caithness. All crew were rescued.[83]
Buyskes  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Padang by Japanese aircraft.[83]
Crown  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[83]
Elout  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Padang by Japanese aircraft.[83]
Emba  Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was bombed and severely damaged in the Black Sea off Kamysh Burun by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was subsequently used as a hulk at Suchumi, where she was torpedoed and sunk on 30 July 1943.[173]
Florence Luckenbach  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean 15 miles east of Madras, India (12°55′N 80°33′E / 12.917°N 80.550°E / 12.917; 80.550) by I-64 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). There are no casualties and all hands reach Madras in lifeboats.[83]
Northgate Scot  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and damaged at Falmouth, Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[83]
Ocean Gift  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing boat was bombed and sunk at Rosehearty by Luftwaffe aircraft.[83]
Poelau Tello  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Padang by Japanese aircraft.[83]
HMT Sotra  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy TA 21: The naval whaler was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 80 miles east of Tobruk (32°07′N 25°30′E / 32.117°N 25.500°E / 32.117; 25.500) by U-431 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 22 crew.[83][174]

30 January

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1942
Ship Country Description
USCGC Alexander Hamilton  United States Navy World War II: Convoy HX 170: The Treasury-class cutter capsized after being torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Reykjavík, Iceland, the previous day by the submarine U-132 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 221 crew. She was scuttled by USS Ericsson ( United States Navy).
Fertilia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by a mine in the Adriatic Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north east of Brindisi, Apulia.[175]
Ingøy  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank off Måsøy, Norway with the loss of 16 of the 23 people aboard.[176]
Jalatarang  India World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (12°50′N 81°00′E / 12.833°N 81.000°E / 12.833; 81.000) by I-64 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 38 of her 49 crew.[83]
HMT Loch Alsh  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Skegness, Lincolnshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew survived.[83]
Medusa  Regia Marina World War II: The Argonauta-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea north of Pola, Italy (44°54′N 13°46′E / 44.900°N 13.767°E / 44.900; 13.767) by HMS Thorn ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 58 crew. There were only 2 survivors.[83][172][28]
USC&GS Research  United States World War II: The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.svg) survey ship was damaged indirectly by bombing off Corregidor, partially sinking from leaks on Corregidor and then floating away on the tide and grounding on the Bataan Peninsula in sinking condition.[177]
Rochester  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°10′N 73°58′W / 37.167°N 73.967°W / 37.167; -73.967) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Roe ( United States Navy).[83][178]

31 January

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1942
Ship Country Description
HMS Belmont  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy NA 2: The Clemson-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland (42°02′N 57°18′W / 42.033°N 57.300°W / 42.033; -57.300) by U-82 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 138 crew.[83]
HMS Culver  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SL 98: The Banff-class sloop was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (48°43′N 20°14′W / 48.717°N 20.233°W / 48.717; -20.233) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 114 crew.[83]
Helgoland  Germany The cargo ship was lost off the coast of Finland due to ice damage.[83]
Jalapalaka  British India World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (13°00′N 81°08′E / 13.000°N 81.133°E / 13.000; 81.133) by I-64 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of 13 of her 67 crew.[83]
Lady Charlotte  United Kingdom World War II: The yawl was bombed and sunk at Eyemouth, Berwickshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[83]
San Arcadio  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (38°10′N 63°50′W / 38.167°N 63.833°W / 38.167; -63.833) by U-107 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 41 of her 50 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Martin PBM Mariner aircraft of the United States Navy.[83][179]
Spreewald  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 450 nautical miles (830 km) north of the Azores, Portugal (45°12′N 24°50′W / 45.200°N 24.833°W / 45.200; -24.833) by U-333 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 72 of the 152 crew and prisoners aboard. At the time of her loss, she was disguised as the Norwegian ship Elk.[180][181]
HMT Unicity  Royal Navy The auxiliary minesweeper capsized and sank in the North Sea off Blyth, Northumberland during a storm with the loss of one crew member.[83]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1942
Ship Country Description
Kommunist  Soviet Union The cargo ship was wrecked in the Black Sea between 19 and 23 January. Lost with all 34 crew members.[5]
MAS 512 and MAS 513  Regia Marina The MAS 501-class MAS boats were wrecked at Kefalonia on 21 January 1942 or 24 June 1942.[182]
PiLB 1  Kriegsmarine The PiLB 39 Type personnel landing craft was lost sometime in January.[183]
HMS Triumph  Royal Navy The T-class submarine disappeared 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.[1]

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Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship commissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship decommissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Shipwrecks: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947