The list of shipwrecks in May 1940 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1940. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

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1 May

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Arlington  Canada The cargo ship sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
Bahia Castillo  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troop ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Skaggerak south east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). The ship was towed into Frederikshavn, and it was scrapped at Kiel, Germany in September 1940.[1][2][3]
Beaufort  Norway World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged at Øye, Rogaland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft, then scuttled by own crew. Raised in September 1941, laid up, repaired post-war.[4]
Buenos Aires  Kriegsmarine World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy).[1][5]
Dronning Maud  Norway
Dronning Maud

World War II: The troopship was bombed and sunk in Gratangen, off Foldvik, Norway by aircraft of Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 18 lives.

Haga  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat with the loss of four crew.[6]
La Cancalaise  France World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Dyck Lightship with the loss of 23 of her 31 crew.[1][7][8]
Matakana  United Kingdom The refrigerated cargo ship ran aground in the Caribbean off Mayaguana, Bahamas and was wrecked. Her 78 crew were rescued by Panama ( United States).[9]
Pioner I  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk at Hjørungavåg, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Raeter.[10]
Uller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer, a former Vale-class gunboat, was bombed and damaged in Sognefjord, Norway by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service. She was beached and subsequently scuttled by Tyr ( Kriegsmarine).
Veslefrikk  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The guard ship was run aground in Lønnefjord, Norway, to prevent capture by the Germans.[11]

2 May

For the loss of RFA Boardale on this day, see the entry for 30 April 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Cläre Hugo Stinnes 1  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was shelled off Skorpa, Norway by HMS Trident ( Royal Navy) and beached in Korsfjord. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1][12]
Redstone  United Kingdom World War II: The WWI C-class cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow Orkney Islands.[13]

3 May

For the loss of HMTs Aston Villa, Gaul and St Goran on this day, see the entry for 30 April 1940.

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Afridi  Royal Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off Namsos, Norway (66°14′N 5°45′E / 66.233°N 5.750°E / 66.233; 5.750) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 49 of her 219 crew and 30 survivors of Bison ( French Navy) and 13 other military passengers. The survivors were rescued by HMS Griffin and HMS Imperial (both  Royal Navy).[1]
Bison  French Navy World War II: Namsos Campaign: The Guépard-class destroyer was bombed and damaged off Trondheim, Norway (65°42′N 7°17′E / 65.700°N 7.283°E / 65.700; 7.283) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled by HMS Afridi, which had rescued 69 survivors, more survivors rescued by HMS Imperial and HMS Grenade (all  Royal Navy). 102 crewmen and 1 Royal Navy observer killed.[1]
HNoMS Djerv  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 2.-class torpedo boat was scuttled off Kvamsøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.[1]
HNoMS Dristig  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The 2.-class torpedo boat was scuttled off Kvamsøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.[1]
Magicienne  Denmark The schooner ran aground west of St Abb's Head, Berwickshire, United Kingdom. All eight