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Naval Actions & Losses 1943

Naval Actions and losses 1943

January, 1943
T class submarine P-311 (Tutankhamun) ex P-91 mined in the Mediterranean.
Algerine class minesweeper Alarm irreparably damaged by aircraft at Bone.

January 3, 1943
Italian cruiser Ulpio Traiano sunk by British human torpedo while under completion at Palermo.

January 6, 1943
U-164 depth charged by USN aircraft off Natal

January 13, 1943
U-224 depth charged by RCN corvette Ville de Quebec West of Algiers.
U-507 Depth charged by USN aircraft.

January 15, 1943
U-337 depth charged RAF aircraft SW of Iceland.

January 21, 1943
U-301 sunk by submarine HMS Sahib west of Cape Bonifacio.

January 25, 1943
US ship City of Flint sunk by U575. City of Flint changed sides a few times in the war.

January 28, 1943
U-553 Unknown North Atlantic.

January 29, 1943
Anti aircraft ship Pozarica damaged and capsized in an air raid on Bougle.

February 1, 1943
HMS Welshman a Manxman class minelayer sunk by U-617.

February 3, 1943
U-265 depth charged by RAF aircraft South of Iceland.

February 4, 1943
U-187 depth charged by RN destroyers Beverley and Vimy SE Cape Farewell.

February 7, 1943
U-609 depth charged by French corvette Lobelia North Atlantic.
U-624 depth charged RAF aircraft North Atlantic.

February 9, 1943
Italian submarine Malachite sunk by a Dutch submarine (ex HMS Urchin) HNMS Dolphin (Lt Cdr H van Oestrom Soede).

February 10, 1943
U-519 depth charged by USAAF north east Azores.

February 12, 1943
U-442 depth charged by RAF aircraft south west of Lisbon.

February 13, 1943
Capsized anti aircraft ship Pozarica written off Bougie port.

February 14, 1943
U-620 depth charged RAF aircraft north west of Lisbon.

February 15, 1943
U-529 depth charged RAF aircraft south east Cape Farewell.

February 17, 1943
U-69 depth charged by RN destroyer Viscount North Atlantic.
U-201 depth charged by RN destroyer Fame SE of Greenland.
U-205 depth charged by RN destroyer Paladin and SAAF aircraft off Benghazi.

February 19, 1943
U-268 depth charged by RAF west of St Nazaire.(Tarrant)
U-562 depth charged by RN destroyers Isis and Hursley and RAF aircraft West of St-Nazaire.

February 21, 1943
U-623 torpedoed by RAF aircraft North Atlantic.
U-225 depth charged by USCG cutter Spencer.

February 22, 1943
U-606 depth charged north Atlantic by USCG cutter Campbell and Polish destroyer Burza.

February 23, 1943
U-443 depth charged north west of Algiers by HMS Bicester, Lamerton and Wheatland.
U-522 depth charged south west of Madeira by cutter HMS Totland.

February 24, 1943
HMS Vandal wrecked.
U-649 lost in the Baltic after a collision with U-232.

March, 1943
HMS Tigris a T class submarine lost off Naples.

March 4, 1943
U-83 depth charged east of Cartagena by RAF aircraft.
U-87 depth charged west of Opporto by HMCS St.Croix and frigate Shediac.

March 7, 1943
U-633 depth charged south of Iceland by RAF.

March 8, 1943
U-156(Hartenstein) sunk by US aircraft from VP-53.

March 11, 1943
U-444 rammed by the H class destroyer HMS Harvester (Cdr A.A.Tait) in the Western Atlantic.
U-444 sunk by French Corvette Aconit.
HMS Harvester torpedoed and sunk by U-432.
U-432 rammed and sunk by Free French Corvette Aconit.

March 12, 1943
U-130 depth charged west of Azores by USS Champlin.

March 13, 1943
HMS Thunderbolt a T class submarine lost off Sicily to Italian surface action. Formerly HMS Thetis

March 19, 1943
U-5 sunk west of Pillau after a collision.

March 20, 1943
U-384 depth charge south west of Iceland by RAF.

March 21, 1943
U-163 torpedoed Bay of Biscay by submarine USS Herring.

March 22, 1943
U-524 depth charged south of Madeira by USAAF.
U-665 depth charged west of St-Nazaire by RAF aircraft.

March 25, 1943
U-469 depth charged south of Iceland by RAF aircraft.

March 27, 1943
Archer class escort carrier HMS Dasher blew up.
U-169 depth charged north of Rockall by RAF aircraft.

March 28 1943
U-77 depth charged east of Cartegena by RAF.

April 1, 1943
Z-23 torpedoed, but not sunk by Gato class submarine USS Shad.

April 2, 1943
U-124 depth charged west of Opporto by sloop HMS Swan and corvette HMS Stonecrop.

April 5, 1943
U-167 depth charged off Canary islands by RAF aircraft.

April 6, 1943
U-632 depth charged south of Iceland by RAF aircraft.
U-635 depth charged south west of Iceland by frigate HMS Tay.

April 7, 1943
U-644 sunk by submarine HMS Tuna.

April 10, 1943
Italian cruiser Trieste sunk by American B24s.
U-376 depth charged RAF aircraft west of St-Nazaire.

April 14, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Eskdale whilst in Norwegian service torpedoed by an E-boat in the English Channel.
U-526 mined off Lorient.

April 16-17, 1943
British P class destroyer Pakenham (ex Onslow) sunk after hits from shore batteries also lost the Italian torpedo boat Cigno.

April 17, 1943
U-175 sunk by coastguard cutter USS Spencer.

April 18, 1943
P.615 sunk by U-123.

April 21, 1943
S class submarine HMS Splendid ex P-78 scuttled off Corsica after taking damage from surface craft.

April 23, 1943
U-191 sunk by HMS Hesperus.
U-189 depth charged by RAF aircraft south west of Iceland.
U-602 depth charged by RAF aircraft off Oran.

April 24, 1943
S class submarine HMS Sahib lost north of Sicily to Italian corvette Gabbiano after sinking several transports.
U-710 depth charged by RAF aircraft south of Iceland.

April 25, 1943
U-203 depth charged by RN aircraft of escort carrier Biter.

April 26, 1943
U-203 sunk by destroyers Oppotune and Pathfinder.

April 27, 1943
U-174 depth charged by USN aircraft south east of Newfoundland.

April 30, 1943
U-227 depth charged by RAF aircraft north of Faroes.

May 2, 1943
U-332 depth charged by RAAF aircraft off the Isles of Scilly.

May 3, 1943
U-439 collided with U-659 west of Cape Finisterre.

May 4, 1943
U-630 and U-438 sunk by No5 squadron Royal Canadian airforce.

May 5, 1943
U-192 sunk by Corvette HMS Pink south of Greenland.
U-638 sunk by corvette HMS Loose Strife.
U-125 sunk by the destroyer HMS Vidette.
U-531 rammed and sunk by the destroyer HMS Oribi.
U-125 already crippled accidentally rammed and sunk by destroyer HMS Oribi.
U-438 sunk by RN sloop Pelican north Atlantic(Tarrant).

May 6, 1943
U-438 sunk by the sloop Pelican.

May 7, 1943
U-663 sunk by aircraft of No58 squadron.

May 15, 1943
U-176
U-463 sunk edge of the Bay of Biscay by aircraft of No 58 squadron.

May 16, 1943
U-182 depth charged by USN destroyer Mackenzie north east of Madeira.

May 17, 1943
U-128 sunk by a Mariner aircraft

May 19, 1943
U-954 depth charged by RAF aircraft south east of Cape Farewell.
U-209 depth charged by RN frigates Jed and Sennen north Atlantic
U-273 depth charged by RAF south of Iceland
U-381 depth charged RN destroyer Duncan and Corvette Snowflake

May 20, 1943
U-258 depth charged by RAF aircraft North Atlantic.

May 21, 1943
U-303 sunk by submarine HMS Sickle.

May 22, 1943
U-569 sunk by USN aircraft.

May 23, 1943
U-752 sunk by rockets fired from a swordfish of 819 squadron flown from the carrier HMS Archer.

May 27, 1943
Free French destroyer Léopard wrecked off Tobruk.

May 28, 1943
U-304 sunk by aircraft south of Cape Farewell.
U-755 depth charged by RAF aircraft north of Balearic Islands

May 31, 1943
U-440 sunk by aircraft.
U-563 depth charged South West of Brest by RAF Halifax's of No 58 squadron and a Sunderland of No 10 squadron RAAF.

May 1943
A total of 43 U-boats were sunk this month. 31 U-boats were lost up to 23 May with most of these in the North Atlantic. 6 U-boats were lost in the Bay of Biscay to a bomber command offensive.

June 1, 1943
U-202 depth charged by HMS Starling south of Cape Farewell.
U-418 depth charged by RAF north west of Cape Ortegal.

June 2, 1943
U-105 depth charged by French aircraft off Dakar.
U521 depth charged by USN sub chaser PC565 south east of Baltimore.

June 3, 1943
U-340 and U-732 sunk while trying to enter the Mediterranean.(Not in Tarrant)

June 4, 1943
U-308 sunk off Faroes by submarine HMS Truculent.
U-594 depth charged by RAF south west of Gibraltar.

June 5, 1943
U-217 depth charged by US naval aircraft north Atlantic.

June 11, 1943
U-417 depth charged by RAF south of Iceland.

June 12, 1943
U-118 depth charged west Canary islands by US naval aircraft.

June 14, 1943
U-334 depth charged by sloop HMS Pelican and frigate HMS Jed.
U-564 depth charged by RAF aircraft north west of Cape Ortegal.

June 16, 1943
U-97 depth charged by RAAF south of Cyprus.

June 20, 1943
U-388 depth charged by USN aircraft off Cape Farewell.

June 24, 1943
U-119 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by Sloop
HMS Starling.
U-194 depth charged off Iceland by RAF.
U-200 depth charged of Iceland by USN aircraft.
U-449 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by sloops HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Woodpecker and HMS Wren.

June 30, 1943
U-504 sunk by HMS Kite, HMS Wild Goose, HMS Woodpecker and HMS Wren.

July 3, 1943
U-126 depth charged north west of Cape Ortergal by RAF.
U-628 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by RAF.

July 5, 1943
U-535 depth charged by RAF off Cape Finisterre.

July 7, 1943
U-951 depth charged north west Cape St Vincent by USAAF.

July 8, 1943
U-232 depth charged west of Opporto by USAAF.
U-514 depth charged by RAF aircraft north east of Cape Finisterre.

July 9, 1943
U-435 depth charged by RAF west of Figueria.
U-590 depth charged off Amazon estuary by USN aircraft.

July 10 1943 Sicily landings
Landings on Sicily made from 10 July. Force H acted as a screen against enemy counter attacks and the carriers HMS Indomitable and HMS Formidable provided air cover. During the lead up to the Sicily landings only 4 merchantmen and 2 LSTs were lost though 2 cruisers and 3 merchantmen were damaged. Air attacks subsequently sunk 7 transports, 2 more LSTs, a destroyer and a minesweeper. Air attacks damaged the carrier Indomitable, a monitor, 2 destroyers and several sundry craft. Axis losses were 3 German U-boats and 9 Italian submarines in addition to aircraft losses.

July 12, 1943
Italian submarine Bronzo captured off Augusta by three British minesweepers.
U-409 depth charged north of Algiers by HMS Inconstant.
U-506 depth charged west of Vigo by USAAF.
U-561 torpedoed by MTB 81 off Lipari.

July 13, 1943
U-487 sunk by aircraft from USS Core.
U-607 depth charged north west Cape Ortegal by RAF.

July 14, 1943
U-160 sunk by aircraft from USS Santee.

July 15, 1943
U-135 depth charged by sloop HMS HMS Rochester
U-509 depth charged south east of the Azores by USN aircraft.

July 16, 1943
U-67 depth charged by USN aircraft Saragossa sea.
?U-759 depth charged south east of Jamaica by USN aircraft.(Tarrant)

July 19, 1943
U-513 depth charged by USN aircraft off Santos.

July 20, 1943
U-558 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by USAAF.

July 21, 1943
U-662 depth charged off Para by USN aircraft.

July 23, 1943
U-613 depth charged south of Azores by USS George E. Bodger.

July 24, 1943
U-459 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by RAF.
U-622 bombed Trondheim by USAAF.

July 26, 1943
?U-759 depth charged south east of Jamaica by USN aircraft.(Tarrant)

July 28, 1943
U-359 depth charged south of San Domingo by USN aircraft.
U-404 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by RAF and USAAF.

July 29, 1943
U-614 depth charged off Cape Finisterre.

July 30, 1943
Two U-tankers U-461 and U-462 and their escort U-504 (F.K. Poske)sunk. U-461 was crippled by bomber U of 461 squadron and U-462 damaged by aircraft of 502 squadron.
U-504 sunk north west of Cape Ortegal by sloops HMS Kite, HMS Wold Goose, HMS Woodpecker, and HMS Wren.
U-591 depth charged off Pernambuco by USN aircraft.

July 31, 1943
U-199 depth charged off Rio by USN and Brazilian aircraft.

August, 1943
P class submarine HMS Parthian lost.

August 1, 1943
U-383 depth charged west of Brest by RAF.
U-454 depth charged north of Cape Finisterre by RAAF.

August 2, 1943
U-106 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by RAF and RAAF.
U-706 depth charged off Cape Ortegal by USAAF.

August 3, 1943
U-572 depth charged north east of Georgetown by USN aircraft.
U-647 mined Faeroes.

August 4, 1943
A class destroyer HMS Arrow irreparably damaged in an explosion by SS Port le Monte Algiers.
U-489 depth charged south of Iceland by RAF.

August 5, 1943
U-34 lost collision German u-boat depot ship Lech.

August 7, 1943
U-6 stricken Gotenhafen.
U-117 depth charged west of Flores by USN aircraft. (Tarrant)
U-615 depth charged south of Curacao USAAF and USN aircraft.(Tarrant)

August 9, 1943
Italian destroyer Gioberti sunk.
U-664 depth charged west of Azores by USN aircraft.

August 11, 1943
U-468 depth charged off Bathurst by RAF.
U-525 depth charged north west of Azores by USN aircraft.
U-604 scuttled east of Pernambuco after depth charge attack.

August 17, 1943
U-403 depth charged off Dakar by RAF.

August 21, 1943
U-670 lost in collision Baltic.

August 22, 1943
U-458 sunk by Greek destroyer Pindos east of Italy.

August 23, 1943
Finnish minelayer Riilahti lost.

August 24, 1943
U-84 depth charged Azores Sea by USN aircraft.
U-134 depth charged off Vigo by RAF.
U-185 depth charged north Atlantic by USN aircraft.

August 25, 1943
U-523 depth charged west of Vigo by HMS Wanderer and corvette HMS Walflower.

August 27, 1943
U-847 depth charged Saragossa sea by USN aircraft.

August 30, 1943
U-634 depth charged north east of Azores by sloop HMS Stork and corvette HMS Stonecrop.
U-639 torpedoed Kara Sea by S101.

Late August 1943 Salerno landing
Allied landings on mainland Italy. An American CVL and 4 escort carriers provided air cover. Force H again
provided support and air cover from the carriers HMS Illustrious, HMS Formidable and HMS Unicorn.
The Anzio landings that followed in early September were done without carrier support. HMS Uganda,
HMS Warspite and USS Savannah badly damaged by glider bombs. The destroyer USS Rowan was sunk by MTBs.

September 6, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Puckeridge torpedoed in the Western Mediterranean by a U-617.

September 7, 1943
U-669 depth charged by Royal Canadian aircraft north west of Cape Ortegal.

September 8, 1943
U-760 interned Vigo
U-983 collided U-988 off Loba.

September 9, 1943
HMS Abdiel a Manxman class minelayer mined off Taranto.

September 11, 1943
Italian fleet surrenders
5 Battleships, 9 Cruisers, 14 destroyers
Italian Vittorio Veneto class Battleship Roma sunk by a German glider bomb while heading into allied custody.
The Italian Battleship Italia was also damaged.

September 12, 1943
HMAS Wollongang helped sink U-167??
U-617 scuttled off Melilla after depth charge by RN Corvette Hyacinth, RAN minesweeper/sloop Wollongang, RN
trawler Haarlem and RAF aircraft.(Tarrant)

September 19, 1943
U-341 depth charged by RCAF Liberator south west of Iceland

September 20, 1943
RCN St Croix a town class destroyer torpedoed by U-305 in the North Atlantic. (Corvette also lost)
U-338 depth charged by RAF south west of Iceland.
U-346 lost in accident in the Baltic.

September 22, 1943
U-229 depth charged and rammed north Atlantic by destroyer HMS Keppel.

September 26-27, 1943
I class destroyer HMS Intrepid bombed and lost in the Aegean.

U-boats 8 September- 5 October 1943
8 U-boats sunk leaving Norwegian waters. U-220, U-422, U-419, U-643, U-470, U-282, U-540, and U-842.
(Most not confirmed in Tarrant)
Three escort ships sunk and a third damaged by U-boats in the third week of September 1943.

September 27, 1943
In the morning U-161 was bombed by an US Mariner twin engined flying boat, and though not reported sunk was not
seen again. (Credited kill Jones and Tarrant)
South west of Ireland a Handley-Page Halifax of 58 squadron sunk U-221 in the afternoon, being shot down in return.

October 1943
A total of 26 U-boats sunk this month mostly by aircraft.

October 4, 1943
U-279 depth charged by RAF south west of Iceland.
U-336 depth charged by USN aircraft south west of Iceland.
U-422 depth charged by USN aircraft north of Azores.
U-460 depth charged by USN aircraft north of Azores.

October 5, 1943
U-389 depth charged by RAF south west of Iceland.

October 8, 1943
Polish republic destroyer Orkan ex British Myrmidon sunk off Iceland by U-610.
U-419 depth charged by RAF north Atlantic.
U-610 depth charged by RCAF north Atlantic.
U-643 depth charged by RAF aircraft north Atlantic.

October 9, 1943
C class cruiser HMS Carlisle sunk by aircraft.
P class destroyer HMS Panther sunk by aircraft in the Scapanto Channel.

October 13, 1943
U-402 depth charged south west of Iceland by USN aircraft.

October 16, 1943
U-470 dc RAF South West of Iceland
U-533 dc RAF gulf Oman
U-844 dc RAF South West of Iceland
U-964 dc RAF South West of Iceland

October 17, 1943
German hunt class minesweeper ex HMS Widnes sunk by allied bombing.
U-540 depth charged by RAF aircraft east of Cape Farewell.
U-631 depth charged by RN Corvette Sunflower south of Cape Farewell.
U-841 depth charged by RN frigate Byard east of Cape Farewell.

October 22, 1943
HMS Hurworth mined Aegean.

October 23, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Hurworth struck a mine and sank in the Aegean.
Hunt class destroyer HMS Limbourne torpedoed by an E-boat in the English Channel and later sank by Royal navy.
Dido class cruiser HMS Charybdis sunk by surface.
U-274 depth charged by RN destroyers Duncan and Vidette and RAF south west of Iceland.

October 24 1943
E class destroyer HMS Eclipse mined.
U-566 depth charged by RAF off Opporto.

October 30, 1943
U-431 sunk off Toulon by submarine HMS Ultimatum.

October 31, 1943
U-732 trying to negotiate the strait of Gibraltar, having survived depth charging, sunk after being caught on the
surface by HMS Douglas.

November 2, 1943
U-340 scuttled after depth-charging and a long hunt on the 1st.  HMS Fleetwood the last to depth-charge.

November 5, 1943
U-848 sunk off the coast of Brazil by American aircraft.

November 6, 1943
U-226 sunk by HMS Woodcock in cooperation with HMS Starling.
U-842 sunk by HMS Wild Goose in cooperation with HMS Starling and HMS  Magpie.

November 9, 1943
U707 depth-charged by a fortress from Azores.

November 11, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Rockwood irreparably damaged by air attack in the Mediterranean.

November 13, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Dulverton sunk off Kos after being hit by a glider bomb.

November 15, 1943
Q class destroyer HMS Quail mined south of calabria.

November 20, 1943
U-769 and U-770 bombed Wilhelmshaven while building.

November 21, 1943
U-538 depth charged south west of Ireland by sloop HMS Crane and frigate HMS Foley.

November 23, 1943
U-648 depth charged north of Azores by frigates HMS Bazely and HMS Blackwood.

November 25, 1943
U-600 depth charged north of Punta Delgada by frigates HMS Bazely and HMS Blackwood.
U-849 depth charged west of Congo estuary by USN aircraft.

November 28, 1943
U-542 depth charged north of Madeira by RAF.

November 29, 1943
U-86 depth charged Azores area by US aircraft.

December 12, 1943
Hunt class destroyer HMS Tynedale torpedoed in the Western Mediterranean by a U-boat.
Hunt class destroyer HMS Holcombe torpedoed off Bougie by U593.

December 13, 1943
U-172 depth charged by USN aircraft
U-391 depth charged north west of Cape Ortegal by RAF.
U-593 depth charged north east of Djidjelli by USS Wainwright and HMS Calpe.

December 16, 1943
U-73 depth charged of Oran by USS Trippe and USS Wolsey.

December 20, 1943
U-850 depth charged west of Madeira by USN aircraft.

December 21, 1943
U-284 scuttled North Atlantic after air attack.

December 23, 1943
Admiralty modified W class destroyer HMS Worcester lost.
U-345 bombed Kiel.

December 24, 1943
HMS Hurricane, an H class destroyer, torpedoed by a U-boat north-east of Azores.
U-645 depth charged North Atlantic by USS Schenck.

Battle of the North Cape

December 26, 1943
Scharnhorst sunk by British surface vessels.
Destroyer HMS Saumarez damaged by Scharnhorst's guns.

December 28, 1943
Three German destroyers sunk in the Bay of Biscay by HMS Glasgow and HMS Enterprise.

U-163, U-224, U-87 sunk by the Canadian navy and U-456 and U-536 sunk in accompaniment with other allied vessels.