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Thanks for the correction, Historynerd.

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Beats in the chest. In fact, there was a mistake. Thanks.Historynerd.

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Sunken Ships on April 21th

1941
Thyella - The Thyella-class destroyer was sunk by enemy action off Vouliagmeni near Athens.

 

1943
USS Grenadier - The Tambor-class submarine was bombed and damaged in the Strait of Malacca off Penang, Malaya by Japanese aircraft. She was consequently scuttled by her crew the next day at. All 76 crew were taken as prisoners of war.

HMS Splendid - The S-class submarine was shelled and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Corsica, France by Hermes with the loss of 18 of her 45 crew. She was scuttled to prevent capture before the survivors were rescued and taken as prisoners of war.

 

1945
U-636 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland by HMS Bazely, HMS Bentinck and HMS Drury with the loss of all 42 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on April 22th

1941
Hydra - The Freccia-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Saronic Gulf by Luftwaffe Stuka dive bombers.

Kios - The Kidonia-class torpedo boat was sunk at Piraeus, Greece, by Luftwaffe aircraft

 

1944
U-311 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Iceland by HMCS Matane and HMCS Swansea with the loss of all 51 crew.

 

1945
USS Swallow - The Auk-class minesweeper was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Ryukyu Islands, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack.

U-518 - The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal by USS Carter and USS Neal A. Scott with the loss of all 56 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on April 23th

1941
Kilkis - The Mississippi-class battleship was bombed and sunk at Salamis Naval Base by Luftwaffe aircraft.

Lemnos - The barracks ship, a disarmed former Mississippi-class battleship, was bombed and sunk at Salamis Naval Base by Luftwaffe aircraft.

 

1943
P-39 Tade - The No.31-class patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea off Yonaguni Island by USS Seawolf.

U-189 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by a B-24 bomber of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 54 crew.

U-191 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell by HMS Hesperus with the loss of all 55 crew.

U-602 - The Type VIIC submarine was lost on patrol in the Mediterranean Sea off Algiers, Algeria with the loss of all 48 crew.

 

1944
Amagiri - The Fubuki-class destroyer was sunk in the Makassar Strait 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Balikpapan Borneo by a mine. Thirteen crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by the heavy cruiser Aoba and the light cruiser Ōi.

 

1945
USS Eagle 56 - The Eagle-class patrol craft was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Cape Elizabeth, Maine by U-853 with the loss of 49 of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Selfridge.

U-183 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea by USS Besugo with the loss of 54 of her 55 crew.

UJ 2222 - The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk off Genoa by United States Navy PT Boats.

 

Sunken Ships on April 24th

1941
Simone Schiaffino - The Rosolino Pilo-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia.

 

1943
HMS Sahib - The S-class submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Capo di Milazzo, Sicily, Italy by Luftwaffe Ju-88, then attacked by Climene, Gabbiano, and Euterpe. She was scuttled by her crew; all 48 were rescued and taken as prisoners of war, one died of wounds later.

U-710 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft of 206 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.

 

1945
Alpino - The Soldati-class destroyer was scuttled at Genoa, Italy.

USS Frederick C. Davis - Operation Teardrop: The Edsall-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-546 with the loss of 115 of her 209 crew.

FR 24 - The Guépard-class destroyer was sunk at Genoa.

FR 32 - The Bourrasque-class destroyer was scuttled at Genoa.

FR 37 - The Hardi-class destroyer was scuttled at Genoa.

Ghibli - The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Genoa.

SG 20 - The corvette, a former Generali-class destroyer, was scuttled at Genoa.

TA 31 - The torpedo boat, a former Freccia-class destroyer, was scuttled at Genoa.

TA 32 - The torpedo boat, the former Yugoslav destroyer Dubrovnik, was scuttled at Genoa.

TA 34 - The Le Hardi-class destroyer was scuttled at Genoa. Raised in 1946 and returned to France. She was not repaired and scrapped in 1958.

U-108 - The decommissioned Type IXB submarine was scuttled at Stettin, Pomerania.

U-546 - Operation Teardrop: The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged, hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Chatelain, USS Flaherty, USS Hayter, USS Hubbard, USS Janssen, USS Keith, USS Neunzer, USS Pillsbury and USS Varian with the loss of 26 of her 59 crew.

UIT-2 - The submarine was scuttled at Genoa.

UIT-3 - The submarine was scuttled at Genoa.

UJ 206 - The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was scuttled at Venice.

UJ 2221, UJ 2224, UJ 2227, and UJ 6083 - The submarine chasers, former Gabbiano-class corvettes, were scuttled at Genoa.

UJ 2226 - The Ape class submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was scuttle at Monfalcone.


Sunken Ships on April 25th

1940
HNoMS Trygg - The Trygg-class torpedo boat was bombed and sunk in the Romsdalsfjord off Åndalsnes, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Zick.

 

1941
Kyzikos - The Kidonia- class torpedo boat was sunk at Salamis by Luftwaffe aircraft.

Pergamos - The Kidonia-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Salamis Naval Base, Greece.

 

1943
U-203 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Farewell, Greenland by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 811 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Biter and by HMS Opportune and HMS Pathfinder with the loss of ten of her 48 crew.

 

1944
T 27 - The torpedo boat was shelled and damaged in the English Channel in a battle with HMS Ashanti, HMS Black Prince, HMCS Haida and HMCS Huron. She was beached at Morlaix, Manche, France on 27 April. T 27 was further damaged in an air attack on 3 May and was torpedoed and sunk by HMMTB 673 on 7 May.

T 29 - The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the English Channel by HMCS Haida with the loss of 62 of her 135 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboote.

TA-23 - The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was damaged by a mine off Capri, Italy. Scuttled by TA-29 when attacked by Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.

 

1945
Graf Zeppelin - The incomplete Graf Zeppelin-class aircraft carrier was scuttled at Stettin, West Pomerania. She was raised and salvaged by the Soviet Union in 1947.

Ro-109 - The Ro-100-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 165 nautical miles (306 km) south south west of Okino-Daito Jima by USS Horace A. Bass.

SG 20 - The escort ship, a former Generali Class torpedo Boat, was scuttled at Oneglia, Liguria, Italy as a blockship.

SG 23 - The escort ship was scuttled at Genoa.

TA 32 - The radar picket destroyer/torpedo boat was scuttled at Genoa.

U-326 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay west of Brest, Finistère, France by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 43 crew.

UJ 2231 - The submarine chaser, a former Elan-class corvette, was scuttled at Genoa.

W-41 - The W-19 class Minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea north of Keelung, Formosa by USS Cod. There were 75 survivors, one was rescued by USS Cod as a prisoner of war.


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Thanks for the help Shirogane. For future reference, it's 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, as in First, Second, and Third.

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Sunken Ships on April 26th



1940



HNoMS Garm - The Draug-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at the Sognefjord, Norway, by Luftwaffe aircraft.



1942



USS Sturtevant - The Clemson-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Florida with the loss of 15 of her 130 crew.



1944



I-180 - The Kaidai-class submarine was depth-charged, hedgehogged, and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south-west of Chirikof Island by USS Gilmore with the loss of all 86 crew.



U-488 - The Type XIV submarine was depth-charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal by USS Barber, USS Huse, USS Frost, and USS Snowden with the loss of all 64 crew.




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Sunken Ships on April 27th



1941



HMS Diamond - The D-class destroyer was bombed and sunk with all 149 hands in the sea of Crete by Junkers Ju-87 Aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 77.



HMS Wryneck - The W-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the sea of Crete by Junkers Ju-87 Aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 77. 107 Crewmen were killed, and 27 were rescued by HMS Griffin. 22 crewmen reached Suda Bay in the ship's whaleboat.



1943



U-174 - The Type IXC submarine was depth-charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Newfoundland by Lockheed Ventura aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 53 crew.



1944



U-803 - The Type IXC/40 submarine struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Swinemünde, Pomerania with the loss of 9 of her 44 crew. She was salvaged in August of 1944 and cannibalized for parts.



Yuubari - The Yuubari-class cruiser was torpedoed and heavily damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Sonsorol Island southwest of Palau by the submarine USS Bluegill. She sank the next day, and lost 19 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by the destroyer Yuuzuki.



1945



HMS Redmill - The Captain-class frigate was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland by U-1105 with the loss of 32 of her 186 crew. She was towed to Lisahally, County Londonderry by HMS Rupert but was declared a total constructive loss.


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Sunken Ships on April 28th



1941



U-65 - The Type IXB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Douglas with the loss of all 46 crew.



1945



U-56 - The Type IIC submarine was sunk in a Royal Air Force raid on Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein with the loss of 6 of her 25 crew.





Sunken Ships on April 29th



1940



HMS Unity - The U-class submarine collided with Atle Jarl off the mouth of the Tyne and sank with the loss of 2 of her 27 crew.



1942



HMS Urge - The U-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Ra's Al Hilal, Libya by a CR.42 aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica.



1943



U-332 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Finisterre, Spain by a B-24 Liberator Aircraft of 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 45 crew.



1944



HMAS Athabaskan - The Tribal-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel by T-24 with the loss of 124 of her 219 crew.



I-183 - The Kaidai-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 30 nautical miles south of Cape Ashizuri, Japan by USS Pogy.



Ro-45 - The Kaichu-type submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 40 nautical miles south of Truk by USS Macdonough and USS Stephen Potter with the loss of all 74 hands.



U-421 - The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Toulon, France during an American air raid.



1945



I-44 - The Kaidai-class submarine was depth-charged, torpedoed, and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 220 nautical miles south-east of Okinawa by aircraft from USS Tulagi.



Ro-45 - The Kaichu-type submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 220 nautical miles south-east of Okinawa by aircraft from USS Tulagi with the loss of all 86 hands.



U-286 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea by HMS Anguila, HMS Cotton, and HMS Loch Insh with the loss of all 51 crew.



U-307 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea by HMS Loch Insh with the loss of 37 of her 51 crew.



U-1017 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north-west of Ireland by a B-24 Liberator Aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all hands.


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Sunken Ships on April 30th

1940

Maillé Brézé - The Vaquelin-class destroyer was sunk by the accidental launch and subsequent explosion of one of its torpedoes while at Greenock, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom with the loss of 25 of her 220 crew.

 

1942

HMS Edinburgh - The Town-class cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Barents Sea north of Murmansk, Soviet Union by U-456. She was then taken in tow, but was torpedoed once more in the Kola Inlet on 2nd May by Z24. She sank with the loss of 58 of her 750 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gossamer and HMS Harrier.

1943

Lampo - The Folgore-class destroyer was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea of Tunis by American aircraft.

Leone Pancaldo - The Navigatori-class destroyer was bombed and sunk by aircraft north east of Cape Bon.

U-227 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Faroe Islands by a Hampden aircraft of 455 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.

1945

HMS Goodall - The Captain-class frigate was scuttled by gunfire from the frigate HMS Anguilla in the Barents Sea. She had been torpedoed and severely damaged by U-286 the previous day with the loss of 112 of her 156 crew.

TA-43 - The Beograd-class destroyer was sunk at Trieste, Italy.

U-879 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States by USS Bostwick, USS Coffman, USS Natchez, and USS Thomas with the loss of all 52 crew.

U-1107 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was bombed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, France, by a United States Navy PBY Catalina aircraft of Squadron VP-63 with the loss of all 37 crew.

U-3525 - The Type XXI submarine was bombed and damaged in the western Baltic Sea. She was consequently scuttled at Kiel, Sleschwig-Holstein on 3rd May.

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Sunken Ships on May 1st

1940
HNoMS Uller - 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.

 

1942
Mizuho - The seaplane tender was torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean 40 miles off Omae Zaki by USS Drum before midnight. Sank in the early hours of May 2. 101 crewmen killed. ComSubTenDiv 11, her C.O., and 471 crewmen were rescued by Takao.

 

HMS Punjabi - The Tribal-class destroyer was rammed and sunk in the Greenland Sea by HMS King George V with the loss of 49 of her 258 crew.

 

U-573 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of one of her 44 crew. She put into Cartagena due to damage received and was interned. Sold to the Armada Española in August 1942, serving until 1970 as G-7 and S-01.

 

1943
ShCh-323 - The Shchuka-class submarine was sunk by a mine in the Baltic Sea off Petershof. Raised and scrapped in 1944.

 

1944
U-277 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean south west of Bear Island, Norway by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 842 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Fencer with the loss of all 50 crew.

 

UJ 209 - The submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk at Breda di Piave, Veneto, Italy by Allied aircraft. Later raised.

 

1945
Argo - The Argo-class submarine was scuttled at Monfalcone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.

 

CD-50 - The Type D escort ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Sasumi by USS Sennet and beached. Nine crewmen were killed. Refloated sometime in May and towed to Osaka. Repairs not finished at end of the War, scrapped May, 1948.

 

TA-40 - The Ariete-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Trieste.

 

TA-41 - The Ariete-class torpedo boat was scuttled.

 

U-3006 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. The wreck was scrapped post-war.

 

U-3009 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled at Wesermünde, Bremen. The wreck was scrapped post-war.

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Kudos to both Shirogane and Pac for keeping this going. I like the tag-teaming. It's always great to bet multiple perspectives. :-)

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Well some days I'm too busy to make the post, and I'm grateful to shirogane for helping me keep it going those times.

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As the Polish old folk proverb says: "Po­kojo­wa współpraca, jest kluczem do sukcesu" - "Peaceful cooperation is the key to success".

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Sunken Ships on May 2nd

1941

HMS Jersey - The J-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in Grand Harbour, Malta with the loss of 35 of her crew.

1942

HMS Edinburgh - The Town-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Kola Inlet by Z24. She sank with the loss of 58 of her 750 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gossamer and HMS Harrier.

Hermann Schoemann - The Type 1934A-class destroyer was shelled and damaged in the Barents sea by HMS Edinburgh and consequently scuttled by her crew. Most of her crew were rescued by Z24 and 56 were rescued by U-88.

ORP Jastrząb - The S-class submarine was shelled and damaged in the Barents sea by HMS Seagull and St. Albans with the loss of 5 crew. Once the mistake was realized, both ships rescued the survivors, and Jastrząb was scuttled by HMS Seagull.

U-74 - The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cartagena, Spain by HMS Wishart and HMS Wrestler with the loss of all 47 crew.

1943

U-465 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Finisterre, Spain by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.

1944

USS Parrott - The Clemson-class destroyer was in a collision with the Liberty ship John Morton at Norfolk, Virginia. Suffering severe damage, she was beached and was not repaired.

U-674 - The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Arctic Ocean off Narvik, Norway by rocket attack from Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 842 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Fencer with the loss of all 49 crew.

U-959 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Arctic Ocean southeast of Jan Mayen, Norway by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 842 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Fencer with the loss of all 53 crew.

1945

USS Thorton - The Seaplane tender, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was beached and abandoned at Keramo Retto.

U-1007 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was damaged in a rocket attack by Typhoon aircraft of 245 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled in the Trave River and sank with the loss of 2 of her crew.

U-2359 - The Type XXIII submarine was sunk in the Kattegat by a rocket attack by De Havilland Mosquito aircraft of 143, 235, 248, and 333 squadrons, Royal Air Force, and 404 squadron Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of 12 crew.

On this day, Berlin fell and German began to scuttle its remaining navy. Since it would take weeks to individually write them all out, and they were all scuttled similarly, I shall just provide a list of ships:

Admiral Hipper

U-8

U-14

U-60

U-61

U-62

U-71

U-72

U-120

U-121

U-137

U-139

U-140

U-141

U-142

U-146

U-148

U-151

U-152

U-316

U-552

U-554

U-612
U-717

U-929

U-1308

U-2327

U-2510

U-2526

U-2527

U-2528

U-2531

U-3002

U-3016

U-3018

U-3019

U-3020

U-3021

U-3504

U-3516

U-3517

U-3521

U-3522

 

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Sunken Ships on May 3rd

1940

Bison - The Guepard-class destroyer was bombed and damaged off Trondheim, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled by HMS Afridi who rescued 69 survivors. More survivors were rescued by HMS Imperial and HMS Grenade. 102 crewmen and 1 Royal Navy observer were killed.

HMS Afridi - The Tribal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian sea off Namsos, Norway, by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. 49 of her 219 crew were killed, along with 30 survivors of Bison and 13 other military passengers. Survivors were rescued by HMS Imperial and HMS Griffin.

1944

U-852 - The Type IXD2 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Arabian sea by 6 Wellington aircraft of 8 and 621 squadrons, Royal Air Force. She was beached on the coast of Italian East Africa with the loss of 7 of her 66 crew. Her survivors were taken prisoners of war by the Somaliland Camel Corps.

1945

USS Aaron Ward - The Robert H. Smith-class destroyer, severely damaged by kamikaze attack off Keramo Retto, Japan. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.

USS Lagarto - The Gato-class submarine was sunk in the Gulf of Siam by Hatsutaka.

USS Little - The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean west of Okinawa by a Japanese kamikaze attack.

U-1210 - The Type VIIC submarine bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea in an American air raid.

U-2503 - The Type XXI submarine was damaged in a rocket attack by 2 Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 squadrons, Royal Air Force, with the loss of 13 crew. She was consequently scuttled the next day.

U-2521 - The Type XXI submarine was sunk in the Flensburg Fjord by a rocket attack by Typhoon aircraft of 184 squadron, Royal Air force, with the loss of all 44 crew.

U-2524 - The Type XXI submarine was damaged in a rocket attack in the Kattegat by 2 Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 squadrons, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled off Fehmarn and sank with the loss of 1 crew member.

U-3032 - The Type XXI submarine was sunk in the Baltic Sea east of Fehmarn by a rocket attack by Typhoon aircraft of 184 squadron, Royal Air force, with the loss of 36 of her 60 crew.

Ships scuttled on this day due to the German surrender:

Emden

Z43

U-A

U-B

U-C2

U-D1

U-D2

U-D3

U-D4

U-48

U-52

U-57

U-58

U-59

U-101

U-323

U-339

U-428

U-446

U-475

U-560

U-704

U-708

U-747

U-748

U-795

U-822

U-828

U-876

U-903

U-922

U-924

U-958

U-1170

U-1192

U-1196

U-1201

U-1205

U-1227

U-1275

U-2330

U-2332

U-2355

U-2371

U-2501

U-2504

U-2508

U-2512

U-2519

U-2520

U-2533

U-2534

U-2535

U-2536

U-2539

U-2543

U-2545

U-2546

U-2548

U-2552

U-3001

U-3005

U-3010

U-3011

U-3012

U-3013

U-3014

U-3023

U-3024

U-3025

U-3026

U-3027

U-3028

U-3029

U-3031

U-3037

U-3038

U-3039

U-3040

U-3507

U-3509

U-3511

U-3513

U-3518

U-3525

U-3530

U-4705

U-4712

 

I would also like to note the ~8300 lives lost on this day in 1945 in the sinking of an ocean liner and a prison transport ship by the Second Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force.

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Sunken Ships on May 4 th


1940
ORP Grom - The Grom-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in Ofotfjord off Narvik, Norway by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 100, Luftwaffe with the loss of 59 of her 192 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Aurora, HMS Bedouin, HMS Enterprise and HMS Faulknor.


1942
Kinjosan Maru - The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Truk, South Pacific Mandate by the submarine USS Greenling.


1943
Perseo - The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk east of Tunis, Tunisia by HMS Nubian, HMS Paladin, and HMS Petard.


U-109 - The Type IXB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Consolidated Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 52 crew.


U-439 - Type VIIC submarine collided with U-659 and sank in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain with the loss of nine of her 49 crew.


U-659 - The Type VIIC submarine collided with U-439 in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal and sank with the loss of 44 of her 47 crew.


U-381 - The Type VIIC submarine disappeared on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland sometime between 9 and 21 May with the loss of all 47 crew.


1944
HMS Elgin - The Hunt-class minesweeper struck a mine in the English Channel east of the Isle of Portland, Dorset. She was taken in to Portsmouth, Hampshire but was not repaired.


U-371 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Constantine, Algeria by HMS Blankney , L'Alcyon, Sénégalais , USS Joseph E. Campbell and USS Pride. She surfaced and was scuttled with the loss of two of her 52 crew.


U-846 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, Spain by a Vickers Wellington aircraft on 407 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force with the loss of all 57 crew.


1945
USS Luce - The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Kerama Islands by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 126 of her 312 crew.


M-36 - The M 1935 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Great Belt by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force.


M-301 - The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk by aircraft south of Skjernøy, Norway.


USS Morrison - The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Oshima, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 152 of her 273 crew.


Orion - The (HSK-1) was an auxiliary cruiser refugee transport was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft off Swinemünde, Pomerania.


USS Sangamon - The Sangamon-class escort carrier was severely damaged off Kerama Retto, Japan by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 36 of her crew. Repairs not completed before the war ended, subsequently sold into merchant service.


T-155 - The Torpedo Recovery vessel, a former V-150 class Torpedo Boat, was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft at Swinemunde.


U-30 - Operation Regenbogen: The Type VIIA submarine was scuttled at Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein. The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1948.


U-46 - The Type VIIB submarine was scuttled in Kupfermühlen Bay.


U-267 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was later scrapped.


U-393 - The Type VIIC submarine was attacked in the Geltinger Bucht by United States Navy aircraft with the loss of two crew. She was scuttled the next day in Flensburger Förde.


U-711 - Operation Judgement: The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and sunk at Kilbotn by Grumman TBF Avenger and Grumman F4F Wildcat aircraft of 846, 853 and 882 Squadrons, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Trumpeter, HMS Queen and HMS Searcher  respectively with, the loss of 40 of her 52 crew.


U-721 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was later scrapped.


U-792 - The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled off Rendsborg, Schleswig-Holstein.


U-793 - The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled off Rendsborg.


U-904 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Eckernförde.


U-1168 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine ran aground in the Geltinger Bucht and was scuttled.


U-1132, U-1161, U-1303, U-1304 - The Type VIIC submarines was scuttled in Küpfermühlen Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.


U-2338 - The Type XXIII submarine was sunk in the Øresund off Copenhagen by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of 236 and 254 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of twelve of her thirteen crew.


U-2540 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea off the Flensburg Lightship. She was raised in 1957, repaired and entered Bundesmarine service in September 1960 as Wilhelm Bauer.


U-3033, U-3034 - The Type XXI submarines was scuttled in Wasserleben Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.


U-4709, U-4711 - The Type XXIII submarines was scuttled at Kiel. The wreck was scrapped post-war.

 

Sunken Ships on May 5 th


1940
HNoMS Sild - The 1.-class torpedo boat was scuttled in the Norwegian Sea off Harøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.


1942
HMS Auricula - Battle of Madagascar: The Flower-class corvette struck a mine in the Indian Ocean off the northern tip of Madagascar. She was taken in tow by HMS Freesia but sank the next day.


Bévéziers - Battle of Madagascar: The Agosta-class submarine was bombed and sunk in Currier Bay, Diego Suarez, Madagascar


Bougainville - Battle of Madagascar: The Armed Merchant Cruiser was bombed and sunk at Diego Suarez, Madagascar, by Royal Navy aircraft.


Kikuzuki - Operation Mo: After being torpedoed in Tulagi Harbor by U.S. Navy aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown with the loss of 12 of her 154 crew and beached on Florida Island to avoid sinking, the Mutsuki-class destroyer slid off the beach during the next high tide on 5 May and sank. Her wreck later was refloated and beached again by U.S. Army engineers.
Sperrbercher 36 Eider - The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and was severely damaged in the North Sea off Heligoland. She was consequently withdrawn from service.


1943
U-638 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland by HMS Sunflower with the loss of all 44 crew.


1944
USS Fechteler  - Convoy GUS 38: The Buckley-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by U-967 with the loss of 29 of her 215 crew. Survivors were rescued by USS Laning and other ships.


1945
T-36 - The Elbing-class torpedo boat, having been damaged by a mine the previous day, was bombed and sunk by Soviet aircraft off Swinemünde, Pomerania. 63 killed.
U-17 - The Type IIB submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.
U-38  - The Type IXA submarine was scuttled west of Wesermünde, Bremen. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.
U-236 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Schleimünde, Schleswig-Holstein.
U-290, - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Kupfermühlen Bay.
U-349 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht with the loss of a crew member.
U-351 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Horup Haff. The wreck was raised and scrapped in 1948.
U-370, U-397,  - The Type VIIC submarines was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.
U-534 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Kattegat by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of three of her 42 crew.
U-579 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Kattegat east of Aarhus, Denmark by Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 547 Squadron Royal Air Force with the loss of 24 crew.
U-733 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord . The wreck was scrapped in 1948.
U-746 - The Type VIIC submarine was bombed and damaged in the Geltinger Bucht and was consequently scuttled. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.
U-750 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord.
U-794 - The Type XVIIA submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.
U-827 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Flensburg Fjord. The wreck was scrapped in 1948.
U-999 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht.
U-1008 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Kattegat by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of six of her 50 crew. She was consequently scuttled the next day.
U-1016 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Lübeck Bay.
U-1025 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in Flensburger Fjord. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-1056, U-1101, U-1162, U-1193, U-1204, U-1207 - The Type VIIC submarines was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wrecks was scrapped post-war.
U-1223 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Baltic Sea west of Wesermünde.
U-1234 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled at Hörup, Schleswig-Holstein.

U-1306 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-1405 - The Type XVIIB submarine was scuttled in Eckernförde Bay. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-2352 - The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled at Hörup. The wreck was scrapped post-war.
U-2333, U-2339, U-2343, U-2346, U-2347, U-2349, U-2357, U-2358, U-2360, U-2362, U-2364, U-2366,
U-2368, U-2369, U-4702, U-4703, U-4707,  U-4710 - The Type XXIII submarines was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wrecks was scrapped post-war.
U-2367 - The Type XXIII submarine collided with another U-boat in the Geltinger Bucht and sank. She was raised in August 1956, repaired and commissioned into the Bundesmarine on 1 October 1957 as U-Hecht.
U-2507, U-2517, U-2522, U-2525, U-2541, U-3015, U-3022, U-3044, U-3510, U-3524, U-3526, U-3529, - The Type XXI submarines was scuttled in the Geltinger Bucht. The wrecks was scrapped post-war.
U-2544 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Skagerrak east north east of Aarhus, Denmark.
U-2551 - The Type XXI submarine ran aground in the Baltic Sea off Flensburg . The wreck was blown up by the Royal Navy on 23 July.
U-3501, U-3527, U-3528  - The Type XXI submarines was scuttled in the Weser Estuary. The wrecks was scrapped post-war.
U-4701, U-4704  - The Type XXIII submarines was scuttled at Hörup. The wrecks was scrapped post-war.
W-20 - The No.19-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Yellow Sea by USS Trepang.

 

Sunken Ships on May 6 th


1942
D'Entrecasteaux - Operation Ironclad: The Bougainville-class aviso was badly damaged by British naval aircraft and beached on the coast of Madagascar.


1943
FR 116 - The Requin-class submarine was scuttled at Bizerte.
FR 117 - The Circé-class submarine was scuttled at Bizerte.
U-125 - The Type IXC submarine was rammed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Oribi . She was then shelled and sunk by HMS Snowflake. All 54 crew took to their lifeboats, but the Admiralty forbade the British ships to rescue them and they subsequently died.
U-192 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by HMS Loosestrife with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-438 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Pelican with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-531 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland by HMS Vidette.
U-630 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Newfoundland by HMS Vidette with the loss of all 47 crew.


1944
U-66 - The Type IXC submarine was depth charged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands by aircraft based on USS Block Island . She was then rammed and sunk by USS Buckley with the loss of 24 of her 60 crew.
U-473 - The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south-west of Ireland by HMS Starling, HMS Wild Goose and HMS Wren with the loss of 23 of her 53 crew.
U-765 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by two Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Vindex and also by HMS Aylmer, HMS Bickerton and HMS Bligh with the loss of 37 of her 48 crew.


1945
U-853 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged, hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Point Judith, Rhode Island, United States by USS Atherton and USS Moberly  with the loss of all 55 crew.
U-881 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Farquhar with the loss of all 54 crew.
U-3523 - The Type XXI submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Skagerrak by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft on 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 58 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on May 7 th


1941
HMS Hurricane - The H-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.
HMS Stoke - The Hunt-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe with the loss of 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Ladybird.


1942
Shōhō - Battle of the Coral Sea: The Zuihō-class aircraft carrier was bombed and sunk in the Coral Sea by aircraft based on USS Lexington and USS Yorktown  with the loss of 631 of her 833 crew. 203 survivors rescued by Suzinami , and some by Yūbari.
USS Sims - Battle of the Coral Sea: The Sims-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Coral Sea by Japanese Aichi D3A Val aircraft with the loss of 177 of her 192 crew.


1943
Hermes - The Vasilefs Georgios-class destroyer, badly damaged in a British air attack on 30 April 1943, was scuttled at La Goulette, Tunisia.
L' Audacieux - The Le Fantastaque-class destroyer was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft at Bizerte.
 Tifone - The Animoso-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Corbus after being damaged by American aircraft.
U-447 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar by two Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 233 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-663 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, Finistère, France by Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. She sank the next day with the loss of all 49 crew.
HMCS Valleyfield - Convoy ONM 234: The River-class frigate was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Race, Newfoundland by U-548 with the loss of 129 of her 167 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Giffard.


1945
U-1406 - The Type XVIIB submarine was scuttled at Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony. The wreck was later raised and used by the United States Navy. Scrapped in 1948.
U-1407 - The Type XVIIC submarine was scuttled at Cuxhaven. She was salvaged by the Royal Navy, repaired and entered service as HMS Meteorite. Scrapped in September 1949.
W-29 - The No.19-class minesweeper was mined and sunk in the Kanmon Strait. Forty-three crewmen were listed as missing.

 

Sunken Ships on May 8 th


1940
HNoMS Skrei - The 1.-class torpedo boat was scuttled off Aspøya, Norway to prevent capture by German forces.


1941
Pinguin - The auxiliary cruiser was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean north of the Seychelles by HMS Cornwall with the loss of 341 crew and 200 prisoners of war. Sixty crew were rescued, as were 22 prisoners of war, survivors from British Emperor, Clan Buchanan and Empire Light.


1942
USS Lexington - Battle of the Coral Sea: The Lexington-class aircraft carrier was scuttled by USS Phelps following battle damage. Around 300 of her 2,122 crew were killed.
HMS Olympus - The Odin-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta with the loss of 89 of the 98 people on board.


1943
Kagerō - The Kagerō-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south west of Rendova, Solomon Islands by American aircraft.
Kuroshio - The Kagerō-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.
Oyashio - The Kagerō-class destroyer was disabled by a mine and then sunk by aircraft near Kolombangara.


1945
U-37 - The Type IXA submarine was scuttled in Sonderberg Bay. The wreck was later scrapped.
U-320 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and damaged in the North Sea off Bergen, Norway by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled off Sotre Island.
U-382 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled at Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.
U-2365 - The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Kattegat north west of Anholt Island, Denmark. She was raised in June 1956, repaired and commissioned into the Bundesmarine as U-Hai on 15 August 1957.
U-2538 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled off Ærø, Denmark. The wreck was scrapped in 1950.
U-3030 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in Eckernförde Bay.
U-3503 - The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Kattegat west of Gothenburg, Sweden. The wreck was raised in 1946 and scrapped.

 

Sunken Ships on May 9 th


1940
Doris - The Circé-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea west of Petten, Netherlands by U-9 with the loss of all 44 crew and three Royal Navy officers.


1941
U-110 - Operation Primrose: The Type IXB submarine was captured in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Aubretia, HMS Broadway and HMS Bulldog  with the loss of 15 of her 47 crew. An Enigma machine was captured intact. U-110 was taken in tow by HMS Bulldog but sank the next day in a storm.


1942
U-352 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Morehead City, North Carolina, United States by USCGC Icarus with the loss of 15 of her 48 crew.


1943
Calypso - The Circé-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.
Nautilus - The Saphir-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.
Turquoise - The Saphir-class submarine was either scuttled as a blockship or sunk by Allied bombing at a North African port between 9 and 13 May.


1945
USS England - The Buckley-class destroyer escort was severely damaged in a kamikaze attack off Kerama Retto, Japan with the loss of 37 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS Oberrender - The John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was damaged in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft attack with the loss of 24 of her 215 crew. She was towed to the Kerama Islands but was declared beyond repair. Her hulk was sunk as a target on 6 November.
HMS Prompt - The Algerine-class minesweeper struck a mine in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium and was damaged. She was declared a constructive total loss.

 

Sunken Ships on May 10 th


1940
HNLMS Van Galen - The Admiralen-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the Waalhaven, Rotterdam by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 4, Luftwaffe. She later sank in the Merwedehaven.


1944
Karukaya - Convoy MI-03: The Wakatake-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea 150 miles northwest of Manila by USS Cod. 13 crewmen killed and 60 missing.


 
Sunken Ships on May 11 th


1942
HMS Jackal - The J-class destroyer was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 77 of her crew. She was subsequently scuttled the next day by HMS Jervis.
HMS Kipling - The K-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Mersa Matruh by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe. 29 of her 250 crew were killed.
HMS Lively - The L-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) north east of Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 77 of her 221 crew.


1943
U-528 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force and HMS Fleetwood with the loss of eleven of her 56 crew.


1945
USS Evans - The Fletcher-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of 32 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS Hugh W. Hadley - The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of 30 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.

 

Sunken Ships on May 12 th


1940
HNLMS Bulgia - The minelayer was sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.
HNLMS Friso - The Gruno-class gunboat was bombed and sunk in the IJsselmeer off Enkhuizen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.
HNLMS Thor - The minelayer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Vlissingen, the Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.


1941
HMS Ladybird - The Insect-class gunboat was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.
HMS Undaunted  - The U-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea on or about 11 May due to enemy action with the loss of all 31 crew.


1942
K-23  - The K-class submarine was sunk off Nordkyn, Norway in the Barents Sea by the auxiliary warships UJ 1101, UJ 1108 and UJ 1110.
Okinoshima  - The Minelayer was torpedoed and damaged in the Bismarck Sea southwest of Buka Island by USS S-42 , she sank under tow in the St. George Channel off of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.


1943
I-31  - The Type B1 submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north east of Chichago Harbor, Attu Island, Alaska, United States by USS Edwards. Lost with all 95 hands.
U-89  - The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 811 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Biter and by HMS Broadway and HMS Lagan  with the loss of all 48 crew.
U-186 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Azores, Portugal by HMS Hesperus with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-456 - The Type VIIC submarine was damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by a Fido homing torpedo dropped by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 86 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She dived in an effort to evade an attack by HMS Opportune but was lost with all 49 crew.


1944
Durostor - The minelayer was sunk in the Black Sea by Soviet aircraft.
Romania - Crimean Offensive: The minelayer was sunk in the Black Sea by aircraft of the Soviet Fourth Air Army and Eighth Air Army, or was only damaged and later torpedoed and sunk in the Black Sea by TK 301.
U-1102 - The Type VIIC submarine was severely damaged in an American air raid on Königsberg. She was towed to Kiel and decommissioned.

 

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All the scuttling of U-XXXXs between May 4th and May 8th was due to the Regenbogen-order. (Shiro mentioned it conjoined with U-30 on May 4th). 

The Regenbogen (rainbow) order commanded the scuttling of all german submarines to prevent them from falling into enemy hands in case defeat was imminent.

But the moment Berlin fell (ont he 3rd), the austrian corporal was dead and Admiral Dönitz took over, said Dönitz canceled the order. Because some partial surrender to british forces were already done and the turnover of the U-Boote was part of the terms. So Dönitz gave order on the 4th to 1. stop the submarine warfare altogether and 2. not to destroy ships or weapons. That order was given via radio message, so the british forces (and thus the allies) most probably were aware of it. Which makes me curious about the ships sunk after May4th 1945 by allied forces.

However, most submarine commanders ignored the order believing Dönitz true intention was for them to still scuttle their own ships. So they did. (Anyone remember Scapa Flow 1919, eh?)

 

Subsequently they gave Shiro probably the most packed workload of this thread ever. So I would  like to recommend him for an Iron Belle Forum Cross first class or a Virtuti Belle Forumi first class. ;)

 

 

All others brought their ships to american or british ports. The last ship on May 19th 1945, afaik.

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There is a well-known description of events from the Polish soldiers of the 1st Polish Armored Division on May 5 surrender of Wilhelmshaven still the sailors tried to sink the submarines but was interrupted by Polish soldiers. They seemed to still want to execute the order .

Polish soldiers from the 1st Polish Armored Division captured 17 not scuttling german submarines in Wilhelmshaven.

Thank you Admiral Korky for Korky's badges:D  Accepts them.

P.S.  Last german submarines surrender August 17, 1945!

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Sunken Ships on May 13th

1943

Mocenigo - The Marcello-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Cagliari, Sardinia by United States Army Air Force aircraft.

U-753 - the Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Sunderland of 423 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, and by HMCS Drumheller and HMS Lagan with the loss of all 47 crew.

1944 

Ro-501 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Azores by USS Francis M. Robinson with the loss of all 52 crew.

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The USS Indianapolis reminded me of this thread. It's dead as the ships in it?
"So sad." - Donald Trump

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It's a shame that I got too busy to continue it.  I have thought about reviving it when the game goes live.

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Sunken Ships on May 14th
1940
Batterijschip IJmuiden - The former coastal defence ship Jacob Van Heemskerck was scuttled at IJmuiden, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as Undine.
HNLMS Gerard Callenburgh - The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer was scuttled in the Nieuwe Waterweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS Jan Danielzoon van de Rijn - The torpedo boat was scuttled at Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 10.
HNLMS Johan Maurits van Nassau - The sloop was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) west of Callantsoog, the Netherlands, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of eight of her 124 crew.
HNLMS G 16 - The G 13-class torpedo boat was scuttled at Den Helder, the Netherlands. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered service as TFA 9.
HNLMS O 8 - The O 8-class submarine was scuttled at Den Helder, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as U-D1.
HNLMS O 11 - The O 9-class submarine was scuttled at Den Helder to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as U-D2.
HNLMS O 12 - The O 12-class submarine was scuttled at Den Helder while undergoing maintenance at the Rijkswerf shipyard to prevent capture by German forces.
HNLMS O 25 , HNLMS O 26 , HNLMS O 27 - The O 21-class submarines was scuttled at Schiedam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces. She was subsequently salvaged by the Germans, repaired and entered service as UD-3, UD-4 and UD-5
HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes - The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer was scuttled in the Nieuwe Waterweg, Rotterdam, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.

1941
HMNZS Puriri - The auxiliary minesweeper struck a German mine and sank in the Hauraki Gulf 8 miles north east of Bream Head off Auckland. Her C.O. and 4 crewmen killed.

1942
Dzerjinsky - The Novik-class destroyer was sunk by a mine off Sevastopol with the loss of 260 of her crew.

1943
AHS Centaur - The hospital ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Queensland probably by I-177 with the loss of 332 of the 396 people aboard.
M-122 - The M-class submarine was sunk off the Rybachiy Peninsula by Focke-Wulf Fw 190 aircraft of Jagdgeschwader 5, Luftwaffe.
Ro-102 - The Ro-100-class submarine was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) west of Lae New Guinea by USS PT-150 and USS PT-152 . Lost with all 42 hands.
U-235 - The Type VIIC submarine was sunk at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein in an American air raid. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
U-236 , U-237 - The Type VIIC submarines was sunk at Kiel in an American air raid. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
U-640 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 49 crew.


1944
Inazuma - The Fubuki-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Celebes Sea off Tawitawi by USS Bonefish with the loss of 94 of her 219 crew. Survivors were rescued by Hibiki .
U-1234 - The Type IXC/40 submarine collided with Anton at Gotenhafen, Pomerania and sank. She was later raised and repaired. Returned to service in October 1944.

Sunken Ships on May 15th


1940
HNLMS Hydra - The Hydra-class minelayer was beached on the coast of Zeeland, the Netherlands following damage by German anti-tank gunfire. She was subsequently scuttled.
HMS Valentine - The V-class destroyer was bombed off Terneuzen, Zeeland, the Netherlands by a Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 52 crew. She was beached and abandoned. HMS Valentine was then scuttled by HMS Whitley.


1941
Leon - The Wild Beast-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in Souda Bay, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.
1942
HMS Trinidad - Convoy PQ 13: The Crown Colony-class cruiser was bombed and damaged in the Arctic Ocean by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe. She was later scuttled by HMS Matchless.


1943
U-176 - The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by CS-13 with the loss of all 53 crew.
U-266 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 47 crew.


1944
U-731 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by two Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy and also by HMT Blackfly and HMS Kilmarnock  with the loss of all 54 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on May 16th


1940
Chrobry -The troopship was scuttled due to bomb damage she received in an air attack on 14 May 1940 in the Vestfjorden, off Norway.


1943
Enrico Tazzoli - The Calvi-class submarine was depth charged and sunk by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
U-182 - The Type IX submarine was depth charged and sunk by USS MacKenzie with the loss of all 61 crew and two prisoners of war.
U-463 - The Type XIV submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay by a Handley Page Halifax aircraft of 58 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 57 crew.


1944
I-176 - The Kaidai-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Buka Island, Solomon Islands by USS Franks, USS Haggard and USS Johnston  with the loss of all 86 crew.
 U-616 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea east of Cartagena, Spain by USS Ellyson, USS Emmons, USS Gleaves, USS Hambleton, USS Macomb, USS Nields and USS Rodman and by a Vickers Wellington aircraft of 36 Squadron, Royal Air Force. She was consequently scuttled the next day at due to damage received. All 53 crew survived, 30 of them were rescued by USS Ellyson.
Haguro - Battle of the Malacca Strait: The Myōkō-class cruiser was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Malacca Strait 55 nautical miles (102 km) off Penang, Malaya by Royal Navy destroyers.
Hatsutaka - The Hatsutaka-class minelayer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Thailand by USS Hawkbill . She sank a half mile (800 m) off shore, survivors refused rescue by USS Hawkbill and an unknown number of survivors, including her captain, swam to shore.
U-287 - The Type VIIC submarine struck a mine and sank in the Elbe Estuary.

 

Sunken Ships on May 17th


1940
HNLMS Philips Van Almonde - The Gerard Callenburgh-class destroyer was scuttled on her slipway at Vlissingen, Zeeland, the Netherlands to prevent capture by German forces.


1942
I-28 - The B1-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 2 miles west of Royalist Reef, Truk, South Pacific Mandate by USS Tautog with the loss of all 88 crew.
I-164 - The Kaidai IV-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean south south east of Cape Ashizuri, Kyūshū by USS Triton. Lost with all 81 crew.


1943
Alsedo and Lazaga - The Alsedo-class destroyers was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.
Galicia and  Miguel de Cervantes- The Almirante Cervera-class cruiser was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.
M-414 - The Type 1940 minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk off Texel by Bristol Beaufighter aircraft of Coastal Command.
Mendez Nuñez - The Blas de Lezo-class cruiser was severely damaged by fire at Ferrol.
U-128 - The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Jouett and USS Moffett  with the loss of seven of her 54 crew.
U-646 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.
U-657 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by HMS Swale with the loss of all 47 crew.


1944
U-616 - The Type IXC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Algeria by USS Hilary P. Jones and three other vessels.


Sunken Ships on May 18th


1940
HMS Effingham - Norwegian Campaign: The Hawkins-class cruiser ran aground on a reef in the Norwegian Sea near Bodø, Norway and abandoned. She was subsequently scuttled by gunfire and torpedoes from HMS Matabele on May 21.


1943
M-345 - The Type 1940 minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France by a Handley Page Hampden aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.
RD 16 and RD 38 - The RD-class minesweepers were sunk at Trapani, Sicily by Allied aircraft. Raised, repaired and returned to service 1944-45.


1945
USS Longshaw - The Fletcher-class destroyer ran aground off Naha, Okinawa, Japan. She was shelled and damaged by Japanese shore-based artillery and was abandoned with the loss of 86 of her 273 crew. She was later scuttled by United States Navy warships.

 

Sunken Ships on May 19th


1940
HMS Princess Victoria - The auxiliary minelayer struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of 36 of her 121 crew.
HMS Whitley - The W-class destroyer was bombed and damaged off Ostend, Belgium by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached and later scuttled by HMS Keith.


1943
Bangkok Maru - The Bangkok Maru-class Armed Merchant Cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands by USS Pollack . Four hundred and ninety-six troops and six crewmen were killed. Survivors were rescued by Ikazuchi.
U-273 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 269 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
U-953 - The Type VIIC submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by HMS Jed and HMS Sennen with the loss of all 47 crew.


1944
I-16 - The Type C submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 140 nautical miles (260 km) north west of Cape Alexander, Solomon Islands by USS England.
Kehrwieder - The minelayer was bombed and destroyed at La Spezia, Italy.
U-960 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by USS Ludlow, USS Niblack , Lockheed Ventura aircraft of 500 Squadron, Royal Air Force and Vickers Wellington aircraft of 36 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 31 of her 51 crew. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.
U-1015 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine collided with U-1014 and sank in the Baltic Sea west of Pillau, West Prussia with the loss of 36 of her 50 crew.


1945
HMS Terrapin - The T-class submarine was depth charged and damaged by Imperial Japanese Navy vessels in the Java Sea. She put into Fremantle, Western Australia but was declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in June 1946.

 


Sunken Ships on May 20th


1941
Curtatone -The Curtatone-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Athens.
HMS Widnes - The Hunt class minesweeper was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached, but declared a total loss. Raised, repaired and put in Kriegsmarine service as UJ-2109.


1943
HMS Fantome - The Algerine-class minesweeper struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia. She was declared a constructive total loss.
U-258 - The Type VII submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.


1945
USS Chase - The Buckley-class destroyer escort was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
USS Thatcher - The Fletcher-class destroyer was severely damaged by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa with the loss of fourteen of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.
U-963 - The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled off Nazaré, Portugal. All 48 crew survived.

 

Sunken Ships on May 21th


1940
HMS Corburn - The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Le Havre, France by motor torpedo boat S-32.
L'Adroit - The Adroit-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by a Heinkel He 111 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
HMHS Maid of Kent - The hospital ship was bombed and sunk at Dieppe, France by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 37 lives.


1941
Carlo Mirabello - The Mirabello-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea off Cephalonia.
HMS Juno - Battle of Crete: The J-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Crete by CANT Z.1007 aircraft of 50th Bomber Squadron, Regia Aeronautica with the loss of 128 of her 210 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kandahar, HMS Kingston and HMS Nubian.


1943
Gorgo - The Flutto-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Oran, Algeria by USS Nields.
U-303 - The Type VIIC submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Toulon, Var, France by HMS Sickle with the loss of twenty of her 48 crew.
USS LCT-961, USS LCT-963, USS LCT-983 - West Loch disaster: The Mk VI-class Landing Craft, Tank was lost as deck cargo on a Landing Ship, Tank which was lost at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when mortar shells being offloaded from USS LST-353 exploded starting a chain of explosions and fires. Wreckage raised and resunk in deep water off Pearl Harbor.
USS LST-39, USS LST-43, USS LST-69, USS LST-179, USS LST-353, USS LST-480 - West Loch disaster: The LST-1-class tank landing ship was burned out at Pearl Harbor when mortar shells being offloaded from USS LST-353 exploded starting a chain of explosions and fires. She was beached and abandoned.
U-453 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Ionian Sea north east of Cape Spartivento, Calabria, Italy by HMS Liddesdale, HMS Tenacious and HMS Termagant  with the loss of one of her 52 crew.


1945
W-34 -The No.19-class minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk in the Java Sea off Kepulauan, Netherlands East Indies by USS Chub . Seventy-eight survivors were rescued; twenty crewmen were killed. There were 25 wounded and two reported missing.

 

Sunken Ships on May 22th


1941
HMS Fiji - Battle of Crete: The Crown Colony-class cruiser was bombed and sunk off Crete by Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft of JG 77 and Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of LG 1 with the loss of 241 of her 764 crew.
HMS Gloucester - Battle of Crete: The Town-class cruiser was bombed and sunk 12 nautical miles (22 km) north of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 722 of her 807 crew.
HMS Greyhound - Battle of Crete: The G-class destroyer was bombed and sunk west of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG 2 with the loss of 80 of her 146 crew.
HNLMS Nautilus - The minelayer collided with Murrayfield in the North Sea off Saltfleet, Yorkshire and sank without loss of life.
HMS York - The York-class cruiser, aground at Suda Bay, Crete, since 26 March 1941, was scuttled by Allied forces to prevent her capture by Axis forces. She was salvaged in February 1952 and scrapped at Bari, Apulia, Italy.


1943
U-569 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by two Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Bogue with the loss of 21 of her 46 crew. She was consequently scuttled due to damage received.


1944
Asanagi -The Kamikaze-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north west of Chichijima by the submarine USS Pollack . Eighty-two crewmen were killed.
Hashidate - The gunboat was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine USS Picuda (SS-382) in the South China Sea south of the Pratas Islands at while towing the disabled passenger-cargo ship Tsukuba Maru.
RO-106 -T he Ro-100-class submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Admiralty Islands by the destroyer escort USS England .

SG 15 - The escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by the submarine HMS Universal.
1945
CH-37 and CH-58 - The No.13-class submarine chasers was sunk in the East China Sea west of the Satsunan Islands by aircraft based on USS Bennington and USS Hornet.
T-173 - The No.101-class landing ship was sunk in the East China Sea west of the Satsunan Islands by aircraft based on USS Bennington and USS Hornet.

 


Sunken Ships on May 23th


1940
Jaguar - Operation Dynamo: The Chacal-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Dunkerque, France by motor torpedo boats S-21 and S-23  and beached. She was then destroyed by bombing with the loss of 13 crew.
Orage - The Bourrasque-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France by Luftwaffe aircraft.


1941
HMS Kashmir and HMS Kelly - Battle of Crete: The K-class destroyers was bombed and sunk off Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.


1943
U-752 - The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a rocket attack from Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 819 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Archer with the loss of 29 of her 46 crew.


1944
Ro-104 - The Ro-100-class submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Admiralty Islands by USS England.
Greif - The torpedo boat was bombed by aircraft and sank in the English Channel off Ouistreham, Calvados, France while being towed away.

 

Sunken Ships on May 24th


1940
Chacal - The Chacal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Boulogne, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe.  31 crewmen killed. Survivors rescued by CH.5 and CH.42.
HMS Wessex - The W-class destroyer was bombed and sunk off Calais, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I and II staffel, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe while conducting a naval gunfire support mission. Six survivors were rescued by HMS John Cattling, the rest of the survivors by HMS Vimiera.


1941
HMS Hood - Battle of the Denmark Strait: The Admiral-class battlecruiser was shelled and sunk in the Denmark Strait by Bismarck with the loss of 1,415 of her 1,418 crew. The 3 survivors were rescued by HMS Electra.


1942
L-21 - The Leninets-class submarine was sunk in a German air raid on Leningrad. She was subsequently raised, repaired and commissioned into the Soviet Navy.


1944
Iki - The Etorofu-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north of the Tambelan Islands by USS Raton. 160 crewmen killed, 18 rescued by Etorofu.
Ro-116 - The Ro-100-class submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Admiralty Islands by USS England.
U-476 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Norwegian Sea off Trondheim, Norway by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 34 of her 55 crew. She was scuttled the next day at by U-990 , which rescued the survivors.
U-675 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Norwegian Sea west of Ålesund, Norway by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 4 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 51 crew.
UJ 2223 - The Ape class submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette was torpedoed and sunk off the Vada Rocks by USS PT-202, USS PT-213, and USS PT-218 all , or sunk by US aircraft at Genoa.


1945
U-979 - The Type VIIC submarine ran aground and was scuttled at Amrum, Schleswig-Holstein.

 

Sunken Ships on May 25th


1941
HMS Grimsby - The Grimsby-class sloop was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of 239 Squadron, Regia Aeronautica with the loss of 11 crew. Survivors were rescued by Southern Maid.


1942
Asahi - The submarine tender was torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Salmon with the loss of 16 of her 599 crew.


1943
Groppo - The Ciclone-class torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Messina, Sicily by United States Army Air Force aircraft.
Sperrbrecher 173 - The Sperrbrecher struck a mine in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands and was beached.
U-414 -  The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north west of Ténès, Algeria by HMS Vetch with the loss of all 47 crew.
U-467 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Iceland by a Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft of the United States Navy with the loss of all 46 crew.


1944
Beilul - The Adua-class submarine was bombed and sunk at Monfalcone, Italy by Royal Air Force aircraft while being prepared for Kriegsmarine service.
U-990 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the North Sea west of Bodø, Norway by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 59 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 20 of her 53 crew.
UJ 204 - The incomplete Ape class submarine chaser, a former Gabbiano-class corvette, was sunk at CRDA Shipyard, Monfalcone by Allied aircraft.
UIT-4 and UIT-18 - The submarines was sunk or destroyed in an Allied air raid on Monfalcone.


1945
USS Barry - The high-speed transport, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was damaged in the Pacific Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) north west of Okinawa, Japan by a kamikaze aircraft and was abandoned without loss of crew. She was declared a constructive total loss and subsequently used as a decoy, being sunk at Kerama Retto on 21 June by a further kamikaze attack.
USS Bates - The high-speed transport, a former Buckley-class destroyer escort, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of Ie-jima by three kamikaze aircraft with the loss of 21 of her 213 crew.
USS Spectacle - The Admirable-class minesweeper was severely damaged off Ie Shima by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 29 of her crew. She was consequently decommissioned and scrapped.

 

Sunken Ships on May 26th


1940
HMS Curlew - Norwegian Campaign: The C-class cruiser was bombed and sunk in Ofotfjord off Narvik, Norway by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.


1943
HMS Hong Lam - :The auxiliary Minelayer/Naval Trawler foundered off Adam's Bridge between India and Ceylon.
U-436 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain by HMS Hyderabad and HMS Test  with the loss of all 47 crew.
ShCh-408 - The Shchuka-class submarine was most likely shelled and damaged by Kriegsmarine MFP ferry barges and then sunk by Ruotsinsalmi, Riilahti and patrol vessel VMV 6  on 26 May; but may have been sunk on 22 May by Kriegsmarine MFP ferry barges and by Ruotsinsalmi on 23 May; or by an air attack on the 24 or 25 May in the Gulf of Finland.


1944
Ro-108 - The Ro-100-class submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Admiralty Islands off Seeadler Harbor, Manus by USS England.

 

Sunken Ships on May 27th


1941
Bismarck - The Bismarck-class battleship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by Fairey Swordfish aircraft based on HMS Ark Royal . She was then shelled by HMS King George V and HMS Rodney and torpedoed by HMS Dorsetshire and sank with the loss of 2,179 of her 2,293 crew. 85 survivors rescued by HMS Dorsetshire, 25 by HMS Maori and apx 100 by Weather Ship Sachenwald
HMS Registan - The ocean boarding vessel was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel off Cape Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 70 crew. She was beached at Falmouth, Cornwall. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.


1942
HMS Fitzroy - he Hunt class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with the loss of 13 crew.


1943
Léopard - The Chacal-class destroyer ran aground and was wrecked off Tobruk, Libya.


1944
U-292 - The Type VIIC/41 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Norwegian Sea west of Trondheim, Norway by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 59 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 51 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on May 28th


1941
HMS Mashona - The Tribal-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of County Galway, Ireland by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe with the loss of 48 of her 219 crew.


1942
Sperrbrecher 174 Tindefjell - The sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea west of Dunquerque, Nord, France.


1943
Angelo Bassini - The torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.
Antares - The Spica-class torpedo boat was sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.
Caralis D8 - The Armed Merchant Cruiser was bombed and sunk at Livorno by American aircraft.
FR 52 -The Elan class Corvette was sunk at Livorno by Allied aircraft. Raised by the Germans, renamed SG 22.
Kamikawa Maru - The Kamikawa Maru-class seaplane tender was torpedoed and damaged in the Pacific Ocean 225 miles north north west of Kavieng, New Ireland by USS Scamp .She was finished off by USS Scamp in the early hours of the next day. Thirty-nine crewmen and three Imperial Japanese Army civilian employees were killed.
U-304 - he Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland by a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft of 120 Squadron Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.
U-755 - The Type VIIC submarine was attacked with rockets and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Mallorca, Spain by a Lockheed Hudson aircraft of 608 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of 40 of her 49 crew.


1944
Vallelunga - The auxiliary minelayer was sunk at Genoa by Allied aircraft.


1945
CD-29 - The Type C escort ship struck a mine off Sasebo, Nagasaki causing extensive damage to her engines, not repaired and scrapped post-war.
USS Drexler - The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, Japan by two kamikaze aircraft with the loss of 158 of her 336 crew.

 

Sunken Ships on May 29th


1940
HMS Bideford - Operation Dynamo: The Shoreham-class sloop was bombed and severely damaged at Dunkerque, France. She was beached to prevent her sinking. 17 crew were lost. The survivors were rescued by HMS Kellet . She was later refloated and towed by HMS Locust which was later relieved by Gondia and Simla , arriving at Dover on 31 May. HMS Bideford was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
HMS Crested Eagle - Operation Dynamo: The auxiliary anti-aircraft ship was bombed and sunk off Dunkerque, France by Luftwaffe aircraft. The survivors were rescued by HMT Pangbourne.
 HMS Grafton - Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Nieuwpoort, Belgium by U-62 with the loss of four of her 146 crew. She was subsequently scuttled by HMS Ivanhoe .
HMS Grenade - Operation Dynamo: The G-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Dunkerque, France by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 18 of her 146 crew.
HMS Montrose - The Scott-class destroyer collided with Sun V (in the English Channel off Cap Griz Nez, France and was severely damaged. She was beached to prevent her sinking. Later refloated and towed back to Dover, Kent by Lady Brassey and Simla.
HMS Wakeful - Operation Dynamo: The W-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by E-boat S-30 with the loss of 724 of the 750 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by the drifters Comfort and Nautilus as well as HMS Grafton and HMT Gossamer.


1941
HMS Hereward - Battle of Crete: The H-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the Kaso Strait to the east of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 76 of her 165 crew.
HMS Imperial - Battle of Crete: The I-class destroyer was bombed and severely damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled by HMS Hotspur.


1942
Emanuele Pessagno -The Navigatori-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk by in the Mediterranean sea north north west of Benghazi, Libya by HMS Turbulent.
Sperrbrecher 150 Viriato - The Sperrbrecher struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France.
U-568 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Tobruk, Libya by HMS Eridge, HMS Hero and HMS Hurworth. All 47 crew survived.


1944
USS Block Island - The Bogue-class escort carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands, Spain by U-549 with the loss of six of her 957 crew.
U-549 - The Type IXC/40 submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by USS Ahrens and USS Eugene E. Elmore  with the loss of all 57 crew.


1945
USS Shubrick - The Gleaves-class destroyer was damaged off Tori Shima by a kamikaze attack with the loss of 35 of her crew. She was consequently decommissione

 

Sunken Ships on May 30th


1940
Bourrasque - Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer struck a mine off Nieuwpoort, Belgium and was severely damaged. She was then sunk by German artillery fire.
HMS King Orry - Operation Dynamo: The armed boarding vessel was shelled and sunk off Dunkerque, France. The survivors were rescued by HMT Lord Grey. HMT Vivacious and other small boats.


1942
Sperrbrecher 166 Schirmeck - The Sperrbrecher was sunk in a collision with Obra.


1943  
HMS Untamed - The U-class submarine sank in the Firth of Clyde with the loss of all 35 crew. She was later salvaged, repaired and re-entered service as HMS Vitality.


1944
HMS Firmament - The naval whaler ran aground at Alexandria, Egypt and sank.

 


Sunken Ships on May 31th


1940
HMS Devonia - Operation Dynamo: The minesweeper was bombed and severely damaged off Dunkerque, France. She was beached and abandoned at La Panne, Belgium.
Sirocco - Operation Dynamo: The Bourrasque-class destroyer was torpedoed and badly damaged in the North Sea off west Hinder by S-23 and S-26, then bombed and sunk by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of over 600 troops and 59 crewmen. 15 survivors rescued by ORP Błyskawica , 21 by HMT Stella Dorado, 50 by HMS Wolves, and 166 by HMS Widgeon.
U-13 - The Type IIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the North Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) south-east of Lowestoft, United Kingdom by HMS Weston. All crew were rescued and made prisoners of war.


1942
M-27b - Attack on Sydney Harbour: The Type A Ko-hyoteki-class submarine was scuttled by her 2-man crew, killing them both, after fouling a steel anti-submarine net trying to enter the harbor.


1943
U-440 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Ortegal, Spain by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 46 crew.
U-563 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay by Handley Page Halifax and Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, and 58 and 228 Squadrons, Royal Air Force with the loss of all 49 crew.


1944
Ishigaki - The Shimushu-class escort ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Herring with the loss of 167 crew.
Ro-105 - The Ro-100-class submarine was hedgehogged and sunk in the Pacific Ocean north of the Admiralty Islands by USS England.
U-289 - The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Barents Sea south west of Bear Island, Norway by HMS Milne with the loss of all 51 crew.


1945
I-361 - The I-361 class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south east of Okinawa by a Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft based on USS Anzio . Seventy-six crewmen and five Kaiten pilots were killed.

 

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It seems only fitting that a ghost resurrect this thread, so here we go:

January 1

1941

HMT Bandelero (RN trawler):  Collided in the Gulf of Sollum with HMAS Waterhen.

 

 

1942

Toen Maru (IJN fleet oiler):  Struck a mine south-west of Hong Kong, lost her bow and was beached. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.

 

 

1944

Okuyo Maru (IJN auxiliary gunboat):  Torpedoed and sunk in Ambon Bay, Java, Netherlands East Indies by USS Ray.

 

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January 2

1942

USS Camia (USN launch):  Bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines .

HMS Daisy (RN tug):  Foundered in the Mediterranean Sea between Alexandria and Tobruk.

USS Iona (USN tug):  Bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines.

USS Mercedes (USN tug):  Destroyed to prevent capture at Cavite Naval Base, Philippines.

SKR-24 Aysberg (Soviet Navy guard ship): Wrecked at Lumbovsky Island in a storm.

 

 

1943

HMS Alarm (RN Algerine-class minesweeper):   Rendered a "constructive total loss".

Ebon Maru (IJN guard ship):  Torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean by USS Argonaut.

USS Grebe (USN fleet tug, former Lapwing-class minesweeper): Destroyed by a typhoon at Vuata Vatoa, Fiji Islands after becoming grounded while attempting to salvage the liberty ship Thomas A. Edison

 

 

1944

Isshin Maru (IJN fleet oiler):  Torpedoed and sunk in the East China Sea north west of Naze, Kagoshima by USS Finback.

 

 

1945

CD-138  (IJN Type D escort ship):  Bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines by US aircraft.

Choei Maru No. 27 Go (IJN auxiliary guard boat):   Lost on this date.

SS John M. Clayton (US Liberty ship): was bombed and damaged at Mindoro, Philippines by Japanese aircraft and was beached. She was later repaired and returned to service as USS Harcourt.

HMT Hayburn Wyke (RN trawler):  Torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium by the Seehund midget submarine U-5304.

Meiru Maru (IJN transport):  Bombed and sunk at San Fernando, Luzon by US aircraft.

Shinshu Maru (IJA Landing Craft Depot Ship):  Torpedoed and damaged by USS Aspro south of the Formosa Strait.  She was sunk the next day by United States Navy aircraft 47 nautical miles (87 km) off Takao, Formosa.

YU-1 (IJA Type 3 submergence transport vehicle):  Sank during an American air raid in at Port Poro, Luzon. She was salvaged on 18 January 1945 by USS Grasp.

 

 

1946

U-516 (Kriegsmarine Type IXC submarine)  Operation Deadlight - Scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean.

U-2502 (Kriegsmarine Type XXI submarine):  Operation Deadlight - Scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean.

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