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

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1 May

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Arcturus  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[1]
Europa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Liverpool, Lancashire.[2]
Jean Frederic  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Start Point, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of a crew member.[3]
Larissa  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Volos.[3]
Leverkusen  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) south of the Kerkennah Islands by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[1]
Malakand  United Kingdom World War II: The ammunition transporter was bombed and sunk in a Luftwaffe air raid on Liverpool.[2]
Nerissa  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 121: The passenger ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°57′N 10°08′W / 57.950°N 10.133°W / 57.950; -10.133) by U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 207 of the 290 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Veteran ( Royal Navy).[3][4]
Polinice  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged.[3]
Samsø  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°35′N 16°17′W / 8.583°N 16.283°W / 8.583; -16.283) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her twenty crew.[3][5]
Santa Quitéra  Portugal The schooner foundered in the Grand Banks. All 40 crew were rescued.[6]
Saturnus  Royal Navy World War II: The barrage balloon vessel was damaged by enemy action and was declared a constructive total loss.[3]
Sea Fisher  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the North Sea (55°34′N 1°28′W / 55.567°N 1.467°W / 55.567; -1.467) and was beached. She was later refloated and taken to Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.[3]
Serdica  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Benghazi, Libya by Royal Air Force aircraft. There was no casualty.[3][7]

2 May

For the loss of the British tanker Capulet on this day see the entry for 28 April 1941.

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Alberic  Royal Navy The naval trawler collided with St. Albans ( Royal Norwegian Navy) in the Pentland Firth and sank with the loss of 13 crew.[3]
HMS Jersey  Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Grand Harbour, Malta with the loss of 35 of her crew.
HMY Nyula  Royal Navy World War II: The naval yacht collided with another vessel in the North Sea off the mouth of the Tyne and sank.[3]
Parracombe  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Italian aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) off Cape Bon, Tunisia while making a solo run from Gibraltar to Malta disguised as Spanish. 18 crew were interned by the French at Bizerte.[3]
Trajan  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (53°10′N 1°13′E / 53.167°N 1.217°E / 53.167; 1.217) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 21 crew were rescued by a Royal Navy destroyer.[3][8]
V 808 Reichspräsident von Hindenburg  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north west of Borkum, Lower Saxony by Royal Air Force aircraft.[2][3]

3 May

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Araybank  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was again bombed on 16 May and was declared a total loss. Later refloated and taken to Trieste, Italy for repairs.[3]
Barnacle  United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge was bombed and sunk at Waterloo Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Birmania  Italy World War II: The cargo ship blew up and sank at Tripoli, Libya due to the detonation of cluster bombs improperly crated for shipment. The explosion in the forward hold flung the stern of the ship up onto the quay. The armed merchant cruiser Città di Bari ( Regia Marina) was destroyed by the explosion also. The ships suffered 28 killed and 38 wounded Germans, 42 killed and 50 wounded Italians, and 150 Arabs killed and many wounded.[3][9]
Bonita  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Waterloo Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Bra-Kar  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed, blew up, and sank at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated in June and beached at