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

June 1943
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1 June

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Birka  Germany World War II: The hospital ship struck a mine laid by L-22 ( Soviet Navy) and sank off Northern Norway (70°25′N 21°40′E / 70.417°N 21.667°E / 70.417; 21.667) with the loss of 115 lives.[1][2][3]
DB-50  Soviet Navy The No. 1-class landing boat was lost on this date.[4]
John Morgan  United States The Liberty ship collided with Montana ( United States) in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Henry, Virginia (36°53′N 76°00′W / 36.883°N 76.000°W / 36.883; -76.000). She caught fire, exploded and sank.[5]
Mischief  United States The 9-gross register ton, 34.8-foot (10.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[6]
Noborikawa Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Sagami Bay by USS Trigger ( United States Navy).[7]
Salabangka  Netherlands World War II: Convoy CD 20: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (31°08′S 30°18′E / 31.133°S 30.300°E / -31.133; 30.300) by U-178 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 85 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Masterful ( Royal Navy).[8]
Shch-408  Soviet Navy World War II. The submarine was bombed and sunk at Steinskär by Arado Ar 196 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[2]
U-418  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay north west of Cape Ortegal, Portugal (47°05′N 8°55′W / 47.083°N 8.917°W / 47.083; -8.917) by a rocket attack by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.[9]

2 June

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Castore  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Spartivento by the Allied destroyers Jervis and Vasilissa Olga. 79 crewmen were killed, there were around 100 survivors.[10]
Eika Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Macau by USS Tambor ( United States Navy).[11]
U-105  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Dakar, French West Africa by the Free French Air Force Potez-CAMS 141 aircraft Antarès with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-202  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland by HMS Starling ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 18 of her 48 crew.[12]
U-521  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (37°43′N 73°16′W / 37.717°N 73.267°W / 37.717; -73.267) by USS PC-565 ( United States Navy) with the loss of 51 of her 52 crew.

3 June

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Boris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Ascension Island (7°14′S 18°41′W / 7.233°S 18.683°W / -7.233; -18.683) by U-180 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew survived.[13]
Halma  Panama World War II: Convoy BX 55: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°17′N 62°23′W / 44.283°N 62.383°W / 44.283; -62.383). All 48 people aboard were rescued by the sailing vessel Caroline Rose ( Canada).[14]
Henri Desprez  Germany World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unruffled ( Royal Navy).[11]
Montanan  United States World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) 150 nautical miles (280 km) South of Masirah Island, Oman in the Arabian Sea (17°54′N 58°09′E / 17.900°N 58.150°E / 17.900; 58.150). Six crew members and two Armed Guard members died. One lifeboat rescued by an Arab dhow, the other sailed to Masirah Island.[15]

4 June

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1943
Ship Country Description
USS PC-496  United States Navy World War II: The PC-461-class submarine chaser was mined and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Bizerte, Tunisia (37°23′N 09°52′E / 37.383°N 9.867°E / 37.383; 9.867). Five crewmen were killed.[16]
U-308  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea north east of the Faroe Islands (64°28′N 3°09′W / 64.467°N 3.150°W / 64.467; -3.150) by HMS Truculent ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 44 crew.[17]
U-594  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar (35°55′N 9°25′W / 35.917°N 9.417°W / 35.917; -9.417) in a rocket attack by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 50 crew.[18]

5 June

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Altenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk near Bergen, Norway, by MTB-626 ( Royal Norwegian Navy). 20 civilian crewmen and 14 Kriegsmarine sailors were killed.[19][20]
Dumra  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean north east of Durban, South Africa (28°15′S 33°20′E / 28.250°S 33.333°E / -28.250; 33.333) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine). 26 of her crew were lost; 67 survived. One survivor was taken aboard U-198 as a prisoner of war.[21]
H8  Regia Marina World War II: The Holland 602 type submarine was bombed and sunk at La Spezia by Royal Air Force aircraft. Raised and scrapped.[22]
Reigh Count  Panama The cargo ship collided with Chagres ( Panama) at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and sank.[23]
Shintoku Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The transport ship was sunk south west of Buin by American carrier-based aircraft.[11]
U-217  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIID submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (30°18′N 42°50′W / 30.300°N 42.833°W / 30.300; -42.833) by Grumman TBF Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 52 crew.

6 June

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Dunarea-1  Romania World War II: The lighter was sunk by a mine in the Black Sea.[24]
Heinrich von Plauen  Germany World War II: The transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Domesnes, Latvia by Soviet Ilyushin Il-4 aircraft.[11][25]
Kaliope  Romania World War II: The lighter was sunk by a mine in the Black Sea.[26]
No. 039  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[27]
No. 46  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[28]
No. 66  Soviet Navy World War II: The G-5-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[29]
Nagashige Maru No. 2  Japan World War II: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States by USS S-30 ( United States Navy).[11]
HMS Sargasso  Royal Navy The armed yacht was sunk in a collision off the Isle of Wight.[30]
Shinei Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Basalin Strait by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[31]
William King  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off South Africa (30°25′S 34°15′E / 30.417°S 34.250°E / -30.417; 34.250) by U-198 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 65 crew. The captain was taken aboard U-198 as a prisoner of war. The rest of the survivors were rescued by HMT Northern Chief and HMS Relentless (both  Royal Navy).[32][33]
Erg  Canada The tug was run down by Norelg ( Norway) in Halifax Harbour. The three crew members and 16 of the 21 shipyard workers on board died in the accident.[34]

7 June

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Gaspar de Portola  United States World War II: The Liberty ship ran aground on the Quita Sueño Reef, Colombia. She was refloated but declared a constructive total loss.[35]
Harrier  South Africa World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (25°50′S 33°20′E / 25.833°S 33.333°E / -25.833; 33.333) by U-181 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 16 crew.[36]
No. 102  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[37]
No. 123  Soviet Navy World War II: The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[38]

8 June

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Kahoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Babelthuap, Caroline Islands by USS Finback ( United States Navy).[11]
Mutsu  Imperial Japanese Navy The Nagato-class battleship was sunk in the Pacific Ocean near Hashirajima by an internal explosion.

10 June

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Birka  Germany World War II: The auxiliary ship struck a mine and sank in Trondheimsfjord off Trondheim, Norway with the loss of about 400 of the about 800 people aboard.[39]
Esso Gettysburg  United States World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (31°02′N 79°17′W / 31.033°N 79.283°W / 31.033; -79.283) by U-66 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 of her 72 crew. Survivors were rescued by USAT George Washington ( United States Army).[40]
Iro  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan by USS Tinosa ( United States Navy).[11]
KT 12  Kriegsmarine World War II: The transport ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Safari ( Royal Navy).[11]

11 June

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1943
Ship Country Description
I-24  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type C submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) north-north-east of Shemya, Alaska by USS PC-487 ( United States Navy) with the loss of all 104 crew.[41]
Genoa Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The Delogoa Maru-class auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Palau (07°35′N 134°28′E / 7.583°N 134.467°E / 7.583; 134.467) by USS Finback ( United States Navy). One passenger was killed.[42]
Hide Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Steffan Strait by USS Silversides ( United States Navy). One crewman was killed.[43][44]
Jinbu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States by USS S-30 ( United States Navy).[11]
MAS 539  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526-class MAS boat was sunk at Lampedusa by US aircraft.[45]
MAS 564  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 552-class MAS boat was sunk at Lampedusa by American aircraft.[46]
Perseverance  United States The 16-gross register ton 39-foot (11.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Icy Strait between Excursion Inlet and Hoonah, Territory of Alaska.[47]
USS PT-22  United States Navy The patrol torpedo boat was beached and abandoned near Adak in the Aleutian Islands during a williwaw.[47][48] She was salvaged, repaired, and returned to service.[49]
Seinan Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tsugaru Strait by USS Runner ( United States Navy).[50]
U-417  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VII submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland (63°20′N 10°30′W / 63.333°N 10.500°W / 63.333; -10.500) by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.[51]
HMAS Wallaroo  Royal Australian Navy The Bathurst-class corvette collided in the Pacific Ocean off Fremantle, Western Australia with Henry Gilbert Costin ( United States) and sank with the loss of three crew.

12 June

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Bice  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Bari by HMS Tactician ( Royal Navy).[11]
Birgit  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Kerch Strait by Douglas Boston aircraft of the Soviet Air Force.[11][52]
Palima  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) south south west of Beirut, Lebanon (33°36′N 35°15′E / 33.600°N 35.250°E / 33.600; 35.250) by U-97 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 65 crew.[53]
USS R-12  United States Navy The R-class submarine sank in a diving accident while conducting torpedo trials in the Florida Strait (24°24′N 81°38′W / 24.400°N 81.633°W / 24.400; -81.633) south of Key West. 41 crewmen and 2 Brazilian Navy observers killed.[54][55]
U-118  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (30°49′N 33°49′W / 30.817°N 33.817°W / 30.817; -33.817) by Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue ( United States Navy) with the loss of 43 of her 59 crew.[56][57]

13 June

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Emden  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands by Royal Air Force aircraft.[11]
USCGC Escanaba  United States Navy World War II: Convoy GS 24: The A-class cutter was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°50′N 52°00′W / 60.833°N 52.000°W / 60.833; -52.000) by a mine or torpedo with the loss of all but two of her 105 crew.
I-9  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Type A1 submarine was shelled, depth charged, and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Kiska, Alaska Territory, United States (58°08′N 177°38′E / 58.133°N 177.633°E / 58.133; 177.633) by USS Frazier ( United States Navy). Lost with all 101 hands.[58]
Suzaya Maru  Japan World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Bismarck Sea by USS Guardfish ( United States Navy).[59]
V 1109 Mähren  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bombed, torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Den Helder by Royal Air Force aircraft.[11]

14 June

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Empire Maiden  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria, Italy. Wreck sold in 1947 to Italian buyers. Raised in June 1948, repaired and returned to service.[60]
Hellenis  Italy World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft while under repairs at Naples, Italy.[61]
HMMGB 648  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor gun boat was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Pantelleria.[62]
Ringulv  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Messina, Sicily, Italy by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[11]
Rosandra  Italy World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed by HMS Tactician ( Royal Navy) west of Porto Palermo, Albania, sinking the next day. There were 6 dead and 176 survivors.[11][63][64]
Konan Maru  Imperial Japanese Army World War II: The auxiliary troop transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean (06°05′N 122°23′E / 6.083°N 122.383°E / 6.083; 122.383) 430 nautical miles (800 km) south east of Palau by USS Sargo ( United States Navy). Four crewmen were killed.[65]
Ste. Marguerite France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Strait of Messina (37°54′N 15°42′E / 37.900°N 15.700°E / 37.900; 15.700) by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[66]
U-334  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (58°16′N 28°20′W / 58.267°N 28.333°W / 58.267; -28.333) by HMS Jed and HMS Pelican (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 47 crew.[67]
U-564  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (44°17′N 10°25′W / 44.283°N 10.417°W / 44.283; -10.417) by an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley aircraft of 10 OTU, Royal Air Force with the loss of 28 of her 46 crew. Survivors were rescued by U-185 ( Kriegsmarine).
Valentino Coda  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea by HMS Unruly ( Royal Navy) with the loss of three lives.[11][64]
M-83  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was sunk after being attacked by British motor torpedo boats, near Jersey Channel Islands at 44°8′N 01°56.9′W / 44.133°N 1.9483°W / 44.133; -1.9483. 70 crew were lost.[68]
M-343  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was sunk after being attacked by is sunk after being attacked by HMS Ashanti ( Royal Navy) and ORP Piorun ( Polish Navy) at 0130 hrs, near Jersey, Channel Islands.[69]

15 June

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Athelmonarch  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Jaffa, Palestine by U-97 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by Aetos ( Hellenic Navy).[70] In December 2017, remnants of the ship were discovered on the sea bottom by marine archeologist Shelley Waxman of the University of Texas. [71]
BTSC-411 Zashchitnik  Soviet Navy World War II: The Project 53 Type minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of Suchumi by U-24 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 52 crew. Survivors were rescued by SKA-0101 and SKA-0138 (both  Soviet Navy).[72]
F 121  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Marinefährprahm was sunk by a mine off Feodosia, Crimea (44°57′N 35°26′E / 44.950°N 35.433°E / 44.950; 35.433).[73]
Høegh Silverdawn  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south east of the Coco Islands (25°40′S 92°00′E / 25.667°S 92.000°E / -25.667; 92.000) by Michel ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of the 58 people aboard.[74]
Koyo Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Kyushu by USS Gunnel ( United States Navy).[75]
M-483  Kriegsmarine World War II: The M-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk between Sark and Alderney, Channel Islands by Westland Whirlwind aircraft of 263 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[11][76]
Sanraku Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea (04°58′N 119°37′E / 4.967°N 119.617°E / 4.967; 119.617) near Cape Lovieanne, Borneo by USS Trout ( United States Navy).[77]
Shinju Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu by USS Sailfish ( United States Navy).[78]
Tullio  Regia Marina World War II: The minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Ultor ( Royal Navy).[11]

16 June

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Portmar United States United States Army World War II: Convoy GP 55: The transport was torpedoed and sunk by I-174 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) south east of Coff's Harbor off Smoky Cape, New South Wales, Australia. Two crewmen were killed.[79]
San Ernesto  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and shelled in the Indian Ocean south east of the Chagos Archipelago (09°18′S 80°20′E / 9.300°S 80.333°E / -9.300; 80.333) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Her Master and 22 crewmen are rescued by Alcoa Pointer ( United States). Twelve other survivors sail in their lifeboats to Fanhandu Island, The Maldives. The abandoned ship drifts for 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) before grounding on Nias Island, Sumatra (01°15′N 97°15′E / 1.250°N 97.250°E / 1.250; 97.250).[80]
Sperrbrecher 21 Nestor  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the Gironde Estuary.[11]
Terni  Italy World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk off Cape Mollini, Catania by HMS Unison ( Royal Navy).[11][81]
U-97  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Haifa, Palestine (33°00′N 34°00′E / 33.000°N 34.000°E / 33.000; 34.000) by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 459 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force with the loss of 27 of her 48 crew.[82]

17 June

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Ferncastle  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Indian Ocean by LS-4 ( Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Michel ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 37 crew. Survivors were taken aboard Michel as prisoners of war.[83]
HV 12  Kriegsmarine World War II: The HV 11-class guard ship, a former Rendell-class gunboat, was sunk by Allied aircraft at Wielingen.[84]
I-178  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Kaidai VII type submarine was attacked and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 65 nautical miles (120 km) off Coffs Harbour, New South Wales by two Bristol Beaufort aircraft of 32 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Lost with all 89 hands.[85]
Myoko Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 1142: The auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north-north-east of Rabaul, New Guinea (04°04′S 154°03′E / 4.067°S 154.050°E / -4.067; 154.050) by USS Drum ( United States Navy). Thirty-four passengers and a crewman were killed. Survivors were rescued by Asanagi ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[86]
Narvik  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Elbe.[11]
USS SC-740  United States Navy The SC-497-class submarine chaser ran aground and sank on the Great Barrier Reef, off the east coast of Australia (15°32′S 147°06′E / 15.533°S 147.100°E / -15.533; 147.100).[87]
WBS 1 Hermann  Kriegsmarine The weather ship was scuttled in Hansa Bay, Greenland.
Yoma  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy GTX 2: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Derna, Libya (33°03′N 22°04′E / 33.050°N 22.067°E / 33.050; 22.067) by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 484 of the 1,961 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Gawler, HMAS Lismore (both  Royal Australian Navy), HMS MMS-102, HMS MMS-105 (both  Royal Navy) and Fort Maurepas ( United Kingdom).[88]

18 June

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS LCT 358  Royal Navy The landing craft tank Mk 3 was lost in the Mediterranean Sea.[89]
HMS LCT 395  Royal Navy World War II: The landing craft tank Mk 3 was wrecked in the Mediterranean Sea after being damaged by a mine.[90]

19 June

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Barbarigo  Regia Marina World War II: The Marcello-class submarine was sunk in the Bay of Biscay by American aircraft.[11][91]
Henry Knox  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean off the Maldives (0°01′S 71°15′E / 0.017°S 71.250°E / -0.017; 71.250) by I-37 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). Twenty-five crewmen and gunners die in the sinking. Survivors sail in their lifeboats to the Maldives arriving on 30 June. Thirteen gunners and thirteen crewmen die during the journey, with twelve gunners and 29 crewmen surviving the ordeal.[92]
Hong Kong Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary gunboat was torpedoed and damaged in the South China Sea off Kyushu by USS Gunnel ( United States Navy). She sank on 21 June at 33°13′N 128°45′E / 33.217°N 128.750°E / 33.217; 128.750.[93]
Pelotasóide  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Salinas (0°24′S 47°36′W / 0.400°S 47.600°W / -0.400; -47.600) by U-590 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by Jundiaí ( Marinha do Brasil).[94]
Miyadono Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Growler ( United States Navy).[11]
Miyasho Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu, Japan by USS Sculpin ( United States Navy).[11]
Sagami Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu by USS Sculpin ( United States Navy).[11]
Tokiwa Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy SHI-809: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea off Kyushu by USS Gunnel ( United States Navy). One crewman killed.[75]
UJ 1708 Roland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk by aircraft off Feistein Lighthouse, Norway.[11][95]
Uisko  Merivoimat World War II: The Tursas-class gunboat was sunk in the Gulf of Finland north of the Keri Lighthouse by Soviet aircraft.[96]

20 June

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Meiten Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary transport was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 225 nautical miles (417 km) west north west of Saipan (15°57′N 140°57′E / 15.950°N 140.950°E / 15.950; 140.950) by USS Tautog ( United States Navy).[31]
Olbia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS United ( Royal Navy).[11]
Santa Maria  United States World War II: The Type C2 cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) west of Dakar, French West Africa with the loss of one of her 87 crew. The survivors abandoned ship, but later reboarded her when she was taken in tow by two Free French Naval Forces tugs. Santa Maria was subsequently repaired and returned to service in December 1943.[97]
Shojin Maru  Japan World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Seawolf ( United States Navy).[98]
U-388  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (57°36′N 31°20′W / 57.600°N 31.333°W / 57.600; -31.333) by a United States Navy Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft with the loss of all 47 crew.
USS YF-401  United States Navy The self-propelled covered lighter sank in a storm in the Atlantic Ocean (35°07′N 69°00′W / 35.117°N 69.000°W / 35.117; -69.000) between North Carolina and Bermuda.[99]

21 June

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Brinksburn  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy TE 22: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Algiers, Algeria (36°53′N 2°22′E / 36.883°N 2.367°E / 36.883; 2.367) by U-73 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 of her 33 crew.[100]
Foula  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Norwegian-crewed cargo ship was bombed and damaged in Varangerfjord by Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft of the Luftwaffe while trying to escape into Soviet Union waters. Two of the four people aboard were killed. Foula was later scuttled by TKA-13 ( Soviet Navy).[101]
Venezia  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic 300 nautical miles (560 km) south east of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25°50′S 38°38′W / 25.833°S 38.633°W / -25.833; -38.633) by U-513 ( Kriegsmarine). All 27 people aboard were rescued by a British merchant ship.[102]

22 June

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1943
Ship Country Description
I-7  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The Junsen III (I-7-class) submarine was shelled and damaged by USS Monaghan ( United States Navy), then she ran aground on Twin Rocks, Vega Bay, Kiska, Alaska with the stern sinking. Her bow was scuttled with demolition charges the next day. Eighty-seven crewmen were killed.[103]
Lot  Free French Naval Forces World War II: Convoy UGS 10: The Tarn-class oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (23°56′N 43°10′W / 23.933°N 43.167°W / 23.933; -43.167) by U-572 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 136 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Merrimack ( United States Navy) and another vessel.[104]
USS LST-333  United States Navy World War II: Convoy Elastic: The landing ship tank was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Cape Corbelin, Algeria (36°59′N 4°01′E / 36.983°N 4.017°E / 36.983; 4.017) by U-593 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of the 288 people aboard. She was taken in tow by USS LST-19 and USS LST-244 (both  United States Navy) and beached at Dellys. She sank on 6 July during a salvage attempt.[105]
USS SC-751  United States Navy World War II: The SC-497-class submarine chaser ran aground on a reef off Cape Range, Australia (21°56′S 113°53′E / 21.933°S 113.883°E / -21.933; 113.883). One officer drowned while all other crew were saved. The ship sank on 16 September during salvage operations.[106] [107] [108]

23 June

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Aludra  United States Navy World War II: The Crater-class cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Solomon Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island (11°35′S 162°08′E / 11.583°S 162.133°E / -11.583; 162.133) by Ro-103 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of two of her 198 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Skylark ( United States Navy).
USS Deimos  United States Navy World War II: The Crater-class cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Solomon Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island (11°35′S 162°08′E / 11.583°S 162.133°E / -11.583; 162.133) by Ro-103 ( Imperial Japanese Navy). She was scuttled by USS O'Bannon at 11°26′S 162°01′E / 11.433°S 162.017°E / -11.433; 162.017, with survivors rescued by USS Skylark (both  United States Navy).
DB-6  Soviet Navy The No. 1-class landing boat was lost on this date.[109]
Leningrad  Soviet Union World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Sukhumi by U-18 ( Kriegsmarine).[11]
Pomo  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Unshaken ( Royal Navy).[11]
Sagara Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The auxiliary seaplane tender was torpedoed and damaged off Mikomoto Island south east of Cape Omaezaki Lighthouse, Honshu by USS Harder ( United States Navy). She was beached the next day 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south west of Kaketsuka Lighthouse (33°45′N 138°10′E / 33.750°N 138.167°E / 33.750; 138.167). The ship was torpedoed again on 4 July by USS Pompano ( United States Navy) while still beached, getting hit by two more torpedoes. Declared a total loss and abandoned on 1 September.[110]
Shetland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe.[11]
UJ 2212 Pescagel  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea Allied aircraft.[11]
Volturo  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40.[11]

24 June

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1943
Ship Country Description
British Venture  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in the Gulf of Oman south east of Jask, Iran (25°13′N 58°02′E / 25.217°N 58.033°E / 25.217; 58.033). Five gunners and 37 crewmen were killed. One gunner and eighteen crewmen were rescued by SS Varela ( United Kingdom).[111]
Jeane  United States The 36-gross register ton, 58.8-foot (17.9 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[112]
Jürgensby  Germany The cargo ship foundered off Cape Arkona, Germany.[113]
Kumanoyama Maru  Japan World War II: The ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Greenling ( United States Navy).[114]
Ose  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The fleet oiler was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea south of Fuchou, China by USS Snook ( United States Navy).[11]
U-119  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type XB submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (44°59′N 12°24′W / 44.983°N 12.400°W / 44.983; -12.400) by HMS Starling ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 57 crew.[115]
U-194  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (59°00′N 26°18′W / 59.000°N 26.300°W / 59.000; -26.300) by a United States Navy Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft with the loss of all 54 crew.
U-200  Kriegsmarine
U-200

World War II: The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland (58°15′N 25°25′W / 58.250°N 25.417°W / 58.250; -25.417) by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 68 crew.

U-449  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°00′N 11°59′W / 45.000°N 11.983°W / 45.000; -11.983) by HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Woodpecker and HMS Wren (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 49 crew.[116]

25 June

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Iburi Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of Honshu by USS Sailfish ( United States Navy).[78]
Nisr  Egypt World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[117]
Shinryu Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kuril Islands by USS Runner ( United States Navy).[50]

26 June

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS MGB 644  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile D motor torpedo boat was damaged by a mine in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily and scuttled.[118]
No. 121  Soviet Navy The MO-4-class patrol vessel was lost on this date.[119]
Nelly  Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[120]
Shinryu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The transport ran aground in heavy weather off Matsuwa-To (48°02′N 153°17′E / 48.033°N 153.283°E / 48.033; 153.283). The storm continues for the next three days. On 29 June the stranded ship caught fire, blew up and sank (48°06′N 153°15′E / 48.100°N 153.250°E / 48.100; 153.250). Two Daihatsu barges rescued 11 crewmen and some military passengers. 97 military passengers and 32 crewmen were killed.[121]
Shozan Maru  Japan World War II: Convoy No. 3625: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of Hachijo Jima off Honshu (33°13′N 139°30′E / 33.217°N 139.500°E / 33.217; 139.500) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). One crewman was killed. The survivors were rescued by Koan Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[122]
Toufic Allah  Syria World War II: The sailing ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) west south west of Beirut, Lebanon by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[123]
Toyo Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: Convoy No. 3625: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of Hachijo Jima off Honshu (33°13′N 139°30′E / 33.217°N 139.500°E / 33.217; 139.500) by USS Jack ( United States Navy). 60 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by Koan Maru ( Imperial Japanese Navy).[122]

27 June

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1943
Ship Country Description
RFA Abbeydale  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: Convoy XTG 2: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (36°53′N 1°55′E / 36.883°N 1.917°E / 36.883; 1.917) by U-73 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached at Algiers, Algeria. Later repaired and returned to service in 1944.[124]
Michalios  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) west of Latakia, Syria by U-81 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member.[125]
Quirinale  Italy World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and beached at Santa Maura, Greece. She was broken up in Greece after the end of World War II.[126]
Sebastian Cermeno  United States World War II: The Liberty ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean (28°50′S 50°20′E / 28.833°S 50.333°E / -28.833; 50.333) by U-511 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 74 crew. Survivors were rescued by Theodore Parker ( United States), a Royal Australian Navy destroyer and a Royal Navy corvette or reached land in their lifeboats.[127][128]
Strassburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk during an air raid at Hamburg, Germany, by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was refloated on 14 August, repaired and returned to service.[129]

28 June

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Bari  Regia Marina World War II: The Pillau-class cruiser was bombed and sunk at Livorno by aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force.
Campania  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Livorno by aircraft of the United States Eighth Air Force.[11]
Dah Pah  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, broke in two and sunk by I-27 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) in Muscat Harbour, Oman. Her bow sank immediately and the stern sank several hours later. Forty-four crewmen were killed.[111]
Linz  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer was sunk by limpet mines placed by saboteurs, while under construction in Odense, Denmark. Later raised and repaired.[130][131]
Shotoku Maru  Japan World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Rota, Marianas Islands by USS Tunny ( United States Navy).[11]
Tenkai Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy World War II: The scout ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean between Truk and Rabaul, New Guinea by USS Peto ( United States Navy).[11]
V 2019 Adolf Hitler  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was bombed and severely damaged in the Scheldt and was consequently beached.[11]
Vernon City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°30′S 27°30′W / 4.500°S 27.500°W / -4.500; -27.500 by U-172 ( Kriegsmarine). All 52 crew were rescued by Aurora M ( Brazil).[132]

29 June

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1943
Ship Country Description
Bolzaneto  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Sportsman ( Royal Navy).[11]
USCGC CG-83421  United States Navy The 83-foot patrol boat collided with USCGC CG-831330 ( United States Navy) 7 nautical miles (13 km) north of the Great Isaac Light losing part of her stern. She sank two hours later whilst under tow by USCGC CG-831330.[133]
USS Redwing  United States Navy World War II: The Lapwing-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Bizerte, Algeria.

30 June

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1943
Ship Country Description
USS Hulbert  United States Navy The seaplane tender, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was driven ashore in Massacre Bay on the coast of Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in a storm and was severely damaged. She later was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.
Imperial  United States The 7-gross register ton, 31.9-foot (9.7 m) fishing vessel sank at Juneau, Territory of Alaska.[134]
MFK-5701  Germany World War II: The fishing vessel was captured in the Black Sea by ShCh-201 ( Soviet Navy) and scuttled by holing the bottom.[135]
USS McCawley  United States Navy World War II: The McCawley-class attack transport was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Rendova Island, New Georgia by Japanese aircraft with the loss of fifteen of her 1,295 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Farenholt and USS Ralph Talbot (both  United States Navy). Later that day, USS McCawley was torpedoed and sunk in the Blanche Channel by USS PT-118 and USS PT-153 (both  United States Navy),[11] which had been erroneously informed that there were no friendly ships operating in that stretch of water.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date June 1943
Ship Country Description
HMS Kingston  Royal Navy World War II: The bow and stern sections of the K-class destroyer – which had been a constructive total loss since her sinking by German aircraft in drydock at Malta on 11 April 1942 and had already had her midships section scrapped – were scuttled as blockships between Selmun headland and Selmunett Island (St Paul's Island) in northern Malta.

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Ship events in 1943
Ship launches: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship commissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Ship decommissionings: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948
Shipwrecks: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948