Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 1939-1941 A.D. Royal Navy: Vessels Lost at Sea

May 1939-1941 A.D.  Royal Navy:  Vessels Lost at Sea

Editors. “Royal Navy Vessels Lost at Sea, 1939-1945.”  Navy History.  N.d. http://www.naval-history.net/WW2BritishLossesbyDate1.htm.  Accessed 15 Jan 2015.


 
 
ROYAL NAVY VESSELS LOST AT SEA, 1939-45 - BY DATE
September 1939 - December 1941
 
HM S/M Thistle (Courtesy Navy Photos)
 
 
Note: These losses are from the original and uncorrected "British Vessels Lost at Sea, 1935-45", published by HMSO in 1947. Up-to-date information can be found for major warships by clicking on Royal Navy Ships; on all vessels by searching the internet using the prefix HMS
Key: Loss date are given as Year/Month/Day. In Brackets: R - Requisitioned for Royal Navy service; tonnage is either standard displacement or gross registered; date is date of completion.
Casualties for these vessels can be found in "Casualty Lists of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies"

May 1940

May 2 - Special service vessel REDSTONE (3,110t, 1918), sunk as blockship at Scapa Flow.

May 3 - Destroyer AFRIDI (Leader, 1,870t, 1938), sunk by aircraft bombs off Norway

May 3 - Trawler ASTON VILLA (R, 546t, 1937), sunk by aircraft off Norway.

May 3 - Trawler GAUL (550t, 1936), sunk by aircraft off Norway.

May 3 - Trawler ST. GORAN (R, 565t, 1936), sunk by aircraft, Namsos, Norway.

May 6 - Trawler LOCH NAVER (R, 278t, 1919), sunk in collision off Hartlepool.

May 15 - Destroyer VALENTINE (Leader, 1,090t, 1917), bombed, grounded and abandoned in River Scheldt, Begium

May 18 - Cruiser EFFINGHAM (9,550t, 1925) Struck submerged rock and wrecked, Vestfiord, Norway

May 19 - Destroyer WHITLEY (1,100t, 1918), damaged by bombs, beached between Nieuport and Ostend, Belgium

May 19 - Minelayer PRINCESS VICTORIA (R, 2,179t, 1939), mined, entrance to R Humber, E England. Date given as 18th-19th

May 20 - Trawler RIFSNES (R, 431t, 1932), sunk by aircraft off Ostend.

May 21 - Mine destructor vessel CORBURN (3,060t, 1936), mined off Le Havre, N France

May 21 - Trawler CAPE PASSARO (R, 590t, 1939), sunk by aircraft, Narvik area, Norway

May 22 - Trawler MELBOURNE (R, 466t, 1936), sunk by aircraft, Narvik area, Norway

May 24 - Destroyer WESSEX (1,100t, 1918), sunk by aircraft bombs off Calais, France

May 25 - Special service vessel FLORENTINO (1,822t, 1921), sunk as blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium.

May 25 - Special service vessel MASHOBRA (R, 8,324t, 1920), damaged by aircraft, and beached at Narvik.

May 25 - Special service vessel TRANSEAS (1,499t, 1924), sunk as blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium

May 25 - Trawler CHARLES BOYES (R, 290t, 1918), sunk by mine, East Coast of England.

May 26 - Boom defence vessel LOCH SHIN (R, 255t, 1930), capsized at Harstad, Norway, after being damaged by aircraft and beached.

May 26 - Cruiser CURLEW (AA ship, 4,290t, 1917), sunk by aircraft bombs off Ofotfiord, Norway

May 27 - Landing craft mechanised (MkI) LCM No.10, 11, 14, 15, 18-20 (total 7, 30-37t each), presumed lost during operations at Narvik, Norway between 6th and 27th (Note: with thanks to Russell J Atkinson (26 Nov 2010) - Bernard Fergusson "The Watery Maze", The London Gazette "Operations in Norway" and LEH Maund "Assault from the Sea" all state that only one LCM(1) was used in the 1940 Narvik operations, namely "MLC20" a 1938 Thornycroft design. The other tank landing craft were 1926-1929 designed MLC (Motor Landing Craft) designed by J. Samuel White Company. Six of them were used in total.)

May 27 - Special service vessel ATLANTIC GUIDE (1,943t, 1924), sunk as blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium

May 27 - Special service vessel BORODINO (2,004t, 1911), sunk as blockship at Zeebrugge, Belgium

May 28 - Drifter BOY ROY (R, 95t, 1911), bombed, beached and abandoned in Dunkirk Harbour.

May 28 - Drifter OCEAN REWARD (R, 93t, 1912), sunk in collision off Dover.

May 28 - Drifter PAXTON (R, 92t, 1911), damaged by aircraft, and beached at Dunkirk.

May 28 - Minesweeper BRIGHTON BELLE (R, 396t, 1900), collision with submerged wreck, The Downs, English Channel

May 28 - Trawler THOMAS BARTLETT (R, 290t, 1913), sunk by British mine off Calais

May 28 - Trawler THURINGIA (550t, 1933), sunk by mine, North Sea

May 29 - Auxiliary anti-aircraft ship CRESTED EAGLE (R, 1,110t, 1925), German aircraft, off Dunkirk, N France

May 29 - Destroyer GRAFTON (1,335t, 1936), sunk by E-boat torpedo off Dunkirk, France

May 29 - Destroyer GRENADE (1,335t, 1936), sunk by aircraft bombs, in Dunkirk Harbour, France

May 29 - Destroyer WAKEFUL (1,100t, 1917), sunk by E-boat torpedo off Dunkirk, France

May 29 - Drifter COMFORT (R, 60t), rammed and sunk by accident off Dover.

May 29 - Drifter GIRL PAMELA (R, 93t, 1912), sunk in collision off Dunkirk.

May 29 - Drifter NAUTILUS (R, 64t, 1929), sunk at Dunkirk.

May 29 - Landing craft assault LCA No.4, 18 (total 2, 11-13.5t each), lost in SS Clan Macalister, sunk by aircraft at Dunkirk

May 29 - Landing craft assault LCA No.16 (11-13.5t), sunk by aircraft at Dunkirk

May 29 - Minesweeper WAVERLEY (R, 537t, 1899), sunk by German bombers off Dunkirk, N France

May 29 - Minesweeper GRACIE FIELDS (R, 393t, 1936), sunk by German bombers off Dunkirk, N France

May 29 - Trawler CALVI (R, 363t, 1930), sunk by aircraft bombs off Dunkirk

May 29 - Trawler POLLY JOHNSON (R, 290t, 1918), sunk by aircraft bombs off Dunkirk

May 30 - Armed boarding vessel KING ORRY (R, 1,877t, 1913), German aircraft attack, Dunkirk, N France

May 30 - Boom defence vessel CAMBRIAN (R, 338t, 1924), mined in Spithead.

May 30 - Motor canal boat AMBLEVE. Ran aground Dunkirk.

May 30 - Motor canal boat YSER. Ran aground Dunkirk.

May 31 - Landing craft assault LCA No.8, 15 (total 2, 11-13.5t each), lost at Dunkirk

May 31 - Minesweeper DEVONIA (R, 622t, 1905), damaged by German bombers, beached and abandoned, off Dunkirk

May 31 - Trawler ST. ACHILLEUS (R, 484t, 1934), sunk by mine, Dunkirk area

May 1941

May - Landing craft assault LCA No.28 (11-13.5t), lost during evacuation of Crete.

May - Landing craft mechanised (MkI) LCM No.106 (30-37t), lost at Crete.

May - Landing craft personnel (Large) LCP(L) No.107-109 (total 3, 8-11t each), lost in home waters in transit from USA

May 1 - Balloon barrage vessel SATURNUS (R, 200t, 1935), wrecked, Isle of Man, constructive total loss

May 1 - Trawler JEAN FREDERIC (R, 329t, 1919), sunk by aircraft off Start Point, English Channel.

May 2 - Destroyer JERSEY (1,760t, 28/4/39), mined in entrance to Grand Harbour, Malta.

May 2 - Yacht NYULA (R, 48t,1936), collision off Tyne.

May 3 - Submarine USK (540t, 11/10/40), presumed mined, off Cape Bon, Tunisia.

May 3 - Trawler ALBERIC (R, 286t, 1910), sunk in collision off Scapa, Orkneys.

May 4 - Trawler BEN GAIRN (R, 234t, 1916), sunk by parachute mine, Lowestoft.

May 4 - Trawler VAN ORLEY (R, 352t, 1927), sunk by air attack, Liverpool, NW England. Raised and declared a constructive total Ioss

May 4 - Minesweeper FERMOY (710t, 1919), sunk by aircraft bombs in dock at Malta.

May 5 - Special service vessel FIDELIA (147t, 1891), sunk by aircraft, Lowestoft Harbour

May 6 - Ocean boarding vessel CAMITO (R, 6,833t, 1915), sunk by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic

May 7 - Drifter GOWAN HILL (R, 96t, 1920), sunk by aircraft, Greenock.

May 7 - Trawler SUSARION (R, 260t,1917), sunk by aircraft off Humber.

May 8 - Drifter THISTLE (R, 79t, 1904), mined off Lowestoft.

May 8 - Drifter UBERTY (R, 93t, 1912), sunk by aircraft off Lowestoft.

May 8 - Trawler SILICIA (R, 250t, 1913), mined off Humber.

May 8 - Yacht VIVA 11 (R, 521t, 1929), sunk by aircraft off N coast of Cornwall.

May 9 - Mine destructor vessel QUEENWORTH (3,010t, 1925), sunk by aircraft, North Sea.

May 10 - Motor launch ML No.1011 (40t, 16/11/40), bombed and sunk on passage from Suda Bay to Sphakia, Crete.

May 11 - Accomodation ship GYPSY (R, 261t), sunk at Tower Pier, London during air raid

May 12 - River gun boat LADYBIRD (625t, 1916), dive-bombed and sunk, Tobruk, Libya.

May 13 - Armed merchant cruiser SALOPIAN (R, 10,549t, 1926, AMC from 10/39), sunk by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic.

May 13 - Submarine UNDAUNTED (540t, 30/12/40), presumed sunk by depth charges, surface craft, off Tripoli, Libya

May 14 - Drifter M.A. WEST (R, 96t, 1919), sunk by aircraft off Norfolk Coast.

May 18 - Drifter JEWEL (R, 84t, 1908), mined off Belfast Lough.

May 18 - Tanker/oiler LNA (12,667t, 1921), bombed and set on fire, Crete

May 19 - Minesweeper CITY OF ROCHESTER (194t, 1904), sunk by aerial mine, Chatham, SE England.

May 19 - Yacht SEA ANGLER (R, 33t), destroyed by fire, Plymouth area, SW England.

May 20 - Minesweeper WIDNES (710t, 1913), bombed and beached in Suda Bay, Crete.

May 20 - Tanker/oiler JOHN P PEDERSEN (R, 6,128t, 1930), sunk by U-boat, N Atlantic.

May 21 - Destroyer JUNO (1,760t, 25/8/39), sunk by aircraft bomb during battle of Crete

May 21 - Yacht HANYARDS (R, 16t, 1931), cause and place unknown.

May 22 - Cruiser FIJI (8,000t, 17/5/40), sunk by aircraft bomb during evacuation of Crete.

May 22 - Cruiser GLOUCESTER (9,600t, 31/1/39), sunk by aircraft bomb during evacuation of Crete.

May 22 - Cruiser YORK (8,250, 1930), lost at Suda Bay, Crete after damage on various dates by explosive motor boats and aircraft.

May 22 - Destroyer GREYHOUND (1,335t, 1936), sunk by aircraft bomb during battle of Crete

May 23 - Destroyer KASHMIR (1,760t, 26/10/39), sunk by aircraft bomb during battle of Crete

May 23 - Destroyer KELLY (Leader, 1,760t, 23/8/39), sunk by aircraft bomb during battle of Crete

May 23 - Whaler KOS XXIII (R, 353t, 1937) Total loss, Suda Bay, Crete

May 24 - Drifter AURORA II (R), sunk by aircraft at Tobruk, Libya.

May 24 - Battlecruiser HOOD (42,000t, 1920), sunk in action with Bismarck, N Atlantic

May 25 - Sloop GRIMSBY (990t, 1934), sunk by aircraft off Tobruk, Libya.

May 27 - Destroyer DIAMOND (1,375t, 1932), sunk by aircraft bomb during evacuation of Greece

May 27 - Destroyer WRYNECK (1,100t, 1918), sunk by aircraft bomb during evacuation of Greece

May 27 - Trawler EVESHAM (R, 239t, 1925), sunk by aircraft off Yarmouth, Norfolk.

May 27 - Whaler SYVERN (R, 307t, 1937), sunk by enemy action on passage from Crete area.

May 28 - Destroyer MASHONA (1,370t, 30/3/39), sunk by aircraft bombs, N. Atlantic.

May 28 - Motor launch ML No.1030 (40t, 11/11/40), lost on passage from Suda Bay, Crete.

May 29 - Destroyer HEREWARD (1,340t, 1936), sunk by aircraft bombs off Crete.

May 29 - Destroyer IMPERIAL (1,370t, 1937), sunk by own forces after being bombed, off Crete.

May 29 - Trawler SINDONIS (913t, 1934), sunk by aircraft at Tobruk, Libya

May 30 - Small craft AGHIOS PANTALEIMON (R, 105t), presumed lost, possibly Greek area

May 30 - Tanker/oiler CAIRNDALE (8,129t, 1939), sunk by U-boat torpedo, W of Gibraltar Straits.

May 41 - Minesweeper STOKE (710t, 1918), sunk by aircraft at Tobruk, Libya

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