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The list of shipwrecks in February 1942 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during February 1942.


February 1942
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1 February[]

2 February[]

3 February[]

  • Amerikaland ( Sweden): World War II: The ore carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States (36°36′N 74°10′W / 36.6°N 74.167°W / 36.6; -74.167) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Castor ( Netherlands), Port Halifax ( United Kingdom) and Taubate ( Brazil).[1][11]
  • Katong ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca off Palembang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of all but five crew.[1]
  • Loch Ranza ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Strait of Malacca (0°37′N 104°14′E / 0.617°N 104.233°E / 0.617; 104.233 by Japanese aircraft with the loss of eighteen of the 50 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Subador ( United Kingdom).[1]
  • Napoli ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Kuriat, Tunisia by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy).[1]
  • Norah Moller ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo liner with refugees from Singapore by way of Java was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. Fifty-seven women and children survivors, twenty-eight of whom were wounded, were rescued by HMAS Hobart ( Royal Australian Navy) and thirteen of the ship's crew were rescued by HMS Tenedos ( Royal Navy).[12]
  • Pinna ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the Strait of Malacca (0°52′S 104°19′E / 0.867°S 104.317°E / -0.867; 104.317) by Japanese aircraft. She was attacked again the next day and was beached and abandoned with the loss of twenty of the 45 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Subador ( United Kingdom).[1]
  • Talthybius ( United Kingdom): The cargo liner was bombed and sunk at Singapore by Japanese aircraft. She was later salvaged and passed to the Imperial Japanese Navy as Taruyasu Maru.

4 February[]

5 February[]

Empress of Asia

6 February[]

7 February[]

8 February[]

9 February[]

USS Lafayette

10 February[]

11 February[]

12 February[]

13 February[]

  • Brunei ( United Kingdom): World War II: The coaster was scuttled at Singapore.[1]
  • HMT Chengteh ( Royal Navy): World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Rhio Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 68 of the 118 people on board.[1]
  • Derrymore ( United Kingdom): World War II: the passenger ship was bombed and sunk north of the Sunda Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of nine of the 245 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Ballarat ( Royal Australian Navy) and HNLMS Cheribon ( Koninklijk Marine).[1]
  • Giang Bee ( United Kingdom): World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and sunk off Berhala Island, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 223 of the 293 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Hung Jao ( United Kingdom).[1]
  • Hosang ( United Kingdom): The cargo ship ran aground whilst on a voyage from Singapore to Palembang, Dutch East Indies and was abandoned. She was later salvaged by the Japanese, repaired and entered service as Gyozan Maru.[1]
  • HMS Jarak ( Royal Navy): The auxiliary patrol vessel was shelled and damaged in the Rhio Strait by Japanese forces. She was abandoned, but was later reboarded. Developed engine defects on 18 February and was scuttled south of Singkap Island, Dutch East Indies.[1]
  • Kuala ( United Kingdom): World War II: The hospital ship was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft. One hundred and fifty survivors were rescued by HMT Tandjong Pinang ( Royal Navy).[1]
  • HMS ML 310 ( Royal Navy): World War II: The motor launch was bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft. She was scuttled at Tjebia, Dutch East Indies.[1]
  • HMS MMS-180 ( Royal Navy): World War II: The MMS I-class Motor Minesweeper was sunk in a collision off the River Tyne.[39]
  • Manvantara ( Netherlands): World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft whilst on a voyage from Palembang to Batavia, Dutch East Indies with the loss of four of the 51 people on board.[1]
  • Merula ( Netherlands): World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Banka Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 42 of the 50 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Herborg ( Norway).[1]
  • HMS Panglima ( Royal Navy): World War II: The patrol boat was scuttled in the Bangka Strait.[1]
  • Redang ( United Kingdom): World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk 50 nautical miles (93 km) east south east of Berhala Island, Dutch East Indies by Japaneses naval vessels with the loss of 58 of the 89 people on board.[1]
  • HMS Scorpion ( Royal Navy): World War II: The gunboat was shelled and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese destroyers with the loss of 115 of her 145 crew.[1]
  • HMS Siang Wo ( Royal Navy): World War II: The anti-submarine vessel was bombed and damaged by Japanese aircraft. She was beached on Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies with the loss of two lives. Declared a total loss.[1]
  • Sudabar ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese aircraft with the loss of five of her 86 crew.[1]
  • Sui Wo ( United Kingdom): World War II: The accommodation ship was bombed and sunk at Singapore by Japanese aircraft.[1]
  • HMS Tempest ( Royal Navy): World War II: The T-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Gulf of Taranto by Circe ( Regia Marina).
  • HMS Trang ( Royal Navy): The auxiliary patrol vessel ran aground on Peak Island, Singapore. She was refloated and scuttled in Cooper's Channel. Twenty-six crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

14 February[]

  • Ariosto ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 160 of the 410 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Premuda and Polluce (both  Regia Marina).[1]
  • Clan Chattan ( United Kingdom): World War II: Convoy MW 9A:The troopship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 358 people on board were rescued.[1]
  • HMS Dragonfly ( Royal Navy): World War II: The Locust-class gunboat was bombed and damaged off Rusuk Buaja Island, Singapore by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 32 crew and an unknown number of passengers. She was abandoned and later sank. Two crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
  • Empire Spring ( United Kingdom): World War II: The CAM ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 42°00′00″N 55°00′00″W / 42°N 55°W / 42; -55 by U-576 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of all 55 crew.[1][19][40]
  • HMS Grasshopper ( Royal Navy): World War II: The Locust-class gunboat was bombed and sunk off Rusuk Island, Singapore by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 165 crew. Some survivors were rescued by HMS Stronghold ( Royal Navy). One crew member was taken as a prisoner of war.[1]
  • HMS Hua Tong ( Royal Navy): World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was bombed and sunk at Palembang, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft. All crew survived.[1]
  • Inabasan Maru ( Japan): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by aircraft in the South China Sea, north of Sumatra, Dutch East Indies (1°25′S 105°00′E / 1.417°S 105°E / -1.417; 105).[41]
  • Kamuning ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (8°35′N 81°44′E / 8.583°N 81.733°E / 8.583; 81.733 by I-66 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) with the loss of three crew.[1]
  • HMS Kung Wo ( Royal Navy): World War II: The minelayer was bombed and damaged 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Pompong Island, Dutch East Indies and was abandoned with the loss of one crew member. She later sank. Of the survivors, one crew member was taken as a prisoner of war.[1]
  • HMS Li Wo ( Royal Navy): World War II: The passenger ship attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea off Malaya and was sunk. Her captain, Thomas Wilkinson was awarded a Victoria Cross for this action.
  • HMS ML 311 ( Royal Navy): World War II: The motor launch was shelled and sunk by Japanese warships in the Banka Strait .[42]
  • Penelope ( Panama): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea (15°00′N 64°20′W / 15°N 64.333°W / 15; -64.333) by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 49 crew.[43]
  • HMS Pengawal (6) ( Royal Navy): The Tug was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft in the Durian Strait near Singapore.[44]
  • Rowallan Castle ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (34°54′N 19°40′E / 34.9°N 19.667°E / 34.9; 19.667 by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 100 people on board were rescued before she was scuttled by Royal Navy vessels.[1]
  • HMS St. Breock ( Royal Navy): The Saint-class Rescue Tug was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft off Sumatra.[45]
  • HMS St. Just ( Royal Navy): The Saint-class Rescue Tug was scuttled off Palembang.[46]
  • HMS Shu Kwang ( Royal Navy): World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel was bombed and sunk in the Java Sea (0°35′N 104°00′E / 0.583°N 104°E / 0.583; 104) by Japanese aircraft with the loss of twenty crew. Around 273 people were rescued.[1]
  • HMS Tien Kwang ( Royal Navy): World War II: The auxiliary anti-submarine vessel was bombed and damaged south of the Rhio Strait off Pampong Island. She was scuttled the next day. Of over 300 people on board, only four survived to be taken as prisoners of war.[1]
  • Vyner Brooke ( Kingdom of Sarawak): World War II: Bangka Island massacre: The royal yacht was bombed and sunk in the Bangka Strait 15 nautical miles (28 km) north of Muntok, Dutch East Indies by Japanese aircraft with the loss of 125 of the 228 people on board. Two crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
  • President Taylor (United States): American President Lines cargo liner requisitioned for war service, allocated by War Shipping Administration (WSA) to U.S. Army grounded while landing two companies of infantry and two battalions of coast artillery, about 1,100 men, for the Canton (Kanton) Island garrison. The ship was eventually a total loss despite extensive efforts to refloat.[47][48][49]

15 February[]

16 February[]

  • Bagan ( United Kingdom): World War II: The ferry was scuttled at Palembang, Dutch East Indies.[50]
  • HMT Elizabeth ( Royal Navy): World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was shelled and sunk in the Bangka Strait by Japanese artillery with the loss of all 24 people on board.[50]
  • HMT Fuh Wo ( Royal Navy): The auxiliary minesweeper was beached on Bangka Island, Dutch East Indies and was destroyed by her crew.[50]
  • HMS HDML 1062 ( Royal Navy): The Harbor Defence Motor Launch was shelled and sunk by IJN warships in the Bangka Strait[59]
  • Monagas ( Venezuela): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 31 crew.[50]
  • Oranjestad ( Netherlands): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off San Nicholaas, Netherlands Antilles (12°25′N 69°55′W / 12.417°N 69.917°W / 12.417; -69.917) by U-156 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of fifteen of her 25 crew.[50][60]
  • Rafaela ( Netherlands): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Caribbean Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) off Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles by U-67 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by the tugs Mico and Parmo (both  Netherlands) but broke in two and sank in Sint Anna Bay. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[61]
  • Ramapo ( Panama): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) off Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles by U-108 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 38 crew.[62]
  • San Nicolas ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Point Macolla by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 26 crew.[50]
  • Tia Juana ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Venezuela 25 nautical miles (46 km) off Point Macolla by U-502 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seventeen of her 26 crew.[50]

17 February[]

18 February[]

19 February[]

Don Isidro.

Mauna Loa

  • Mauna Loa (United States): World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The Design 1013 cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. All 44 people on board survived.
  • HMAS Mavie ( Royal Australian Navy: World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The patrol boat was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. All four crew survived.
  • USAT Meigs (U.S. Army): World War II: Bombing of Darwin: The Design 1133 cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin with the loss of two of her 62 crew.
  • Miraflores ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes, United States by U-432 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 34 crew.[50][78]
  • Mokihana ( United States: World War II: The Design 1033 cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the at Port of Spain by U-161 ( Kriegsmarine). All 45 crew survives. She was salvaged, repaired and returned to service in September 1942.[79]

Neptuna

USS Peary

20 February[]

21 February[]

22 February[]

23 February[]

24 February[]

25 February[]

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27 February[]

28 February[]

Unknown date[]

  • Dvinoles ( Soviet Union): The cargo ship collided with another vessel and was abandoned sometime between 1 and 23 February. The crew were rescued by USS Lea ( United States Navy).[116]
  • Salpi ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The cargo ship was either torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape San Vito, Sicily on 8 February by HMS Upholder ( Royal Navy);[1] or struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) east of Cape Ferrato on 9 February.[117]

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Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship commissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship decommissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Shipwrecks: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947

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