Key WWII events - April 1940

The Battle of Narvik

Image of British battleship Warspite during the Battle of Narvik Arpil 1940

British battleship Warspite during the Battle of Narvik

Axis Apr-40 Allied
german flag Total Class Total british flag France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag
3 3 Battleships 16 11 5 0 0 0 0
0 0 Fleet Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruisers 19 10 7 0 2 0 0
3 3 Light Cruisers 54 38 11 0 4 1 0
37 37 Destroyers 237 165 57 7 5 0 3
45 45 Submarines 134 60 72 0 0 0 2
0 0 Escort Carriers 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
9 9 Escorts 84 45 37 0 2 0 0
7 7 Other 58 52 2 1 3 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag italy flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag netherlands flag norway flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carriers 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 18 17 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 19 14 3 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 0
Destroyers 190 97 90 50 16 7 8 2 2 8 10 16 16 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarines 60 54 106 172 3 4 9 0 4 20 9 10 16 4 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carriers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 21 34 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Other 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

 

Allied and Axis Naval Losses

Contains the lost and damaged (and therefore out of action) warships by country.
These are changes that happen during the month and figures will be reflected in the following month's tables.

Allied Losses

british flag Lost Report
Glowworm Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warship Admiral Hipper, ship managed to ram Admiral Hipper before sinking, W of Trondheim, Norway, 111 dead, 39 survivors captured 64.27N 06.28E 08/04/1940
Hardy Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warships at Narvik Fjord, ship was disabled & was beached on the Fjords S shore 10/04/1940
Hunter Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warships at Narvik & sank after collision with British warship Hotspur 10/04/1940
Gurkha Destroyer Bombed by German aircraft off Bergen, Norway, bomb hit aft of ship causing fire, extensive flooding & disabled ship, she later capsized & sank, 16 dead, 190 survivors 59.13N 04.00E 09/04/1940
Sterlet Submarine Depth charged by German anti-submarine trawlers craft, UJ-1124, UJ-126 & UJ-127, in the Kattegat/Skagerrak 18/04/1940
Tarpon Submarine Depth charged by German Q-ship Schiff 40/Schurbek in North Sea 10/04/1940
Thistle Submarine Torpedoed by German submarine U-4, off Skudenes, in the North Sea 10/04/1940
Unity Submarine Collision with Norwegian merchant ship SS Atle Jarl, whilst leaving Blyth harbour in fog, 2 men remained in the flooding control room so the rest of the crew could escape, 4 dead, 25 survivors 29/04/1940
Bittern Sloop Damaged by bombs from German Ju 87 dive-bomber aircraft at Namsos, Norway, crew abandoned ship & she was torpedoed by British warship Janus to prevent Germans capturing latest British anti-submarine equipment 30/04/1940
Dunoon Minesweeper Mined off Smith's Knoll, Great Yarmouth, 26 dead, 52.45N 02.23E 30/04/1940
Damaged Report
Rodney Battleship Damaged by bomb from German aircraft, near Stavanger, during Battle for Norway. 500 Kg bomb hit abaft funnel, pierced armoured deck & partly exploded, 18 injured 09/04/1940. Ship remained operational
Renown Battleship Damaged by gunfire during brief exchange of fire from German warship Gneisenau in the Norwegian Sea, 80 miles W of the Lofoten Islands, heavy weather & fog banks prevented further action, ship remained operational 09/04/1940. Withdrawn for repair 05/1940
Furious Carrier Damaged by bomb near miss from German Heinkel He III aircraft, at Tromso, Norway. Near miss damaged one of her propeller shafts & engine room machinery reducing her speed to 20 knots 18/04/1940. Ship remained operational. Withdrawn for repair arriving River Clyde shipyard 01/05/1940
Penelope Cruiser Run aground whilst entering Fleinvaer Fjord, Norway, holed forward & flooding boiler room 11/04/1940
Curacoa Cruiser Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Andalsnes, Norway, bomb hit below bridge structure causing major damage, 30 dead, 30 injured 24/04/1940
Suffolk Cruiser Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Stavanger. Ship's steering gear damaged & extensive flooding. Her speed reduced to 18 knots 17/04/1940. Returned to Scapa Flow steering by engines, with quarterdeck awash 18/04/1940
Cossack Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warships, during Second Battle of Narvik in Vest Fjord, Norway, her A turret was knocked out & boiler room damaged, she grounded unable to manoeuvre & came under fire from German shore batteries 13/04/1940. Ship refloated & escaped on next tide 14/04/1940. Arrived for repair Portsmouth 29/04/1940
Somali Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, during passage to Mo, Norway, during Norwegian Campaign 14/05/1940. Damaged by near miss from bombs from German aircraft, in Traen Fjord, Norway 15/05/1940. Withdrawn for repair at Liverpool 19/05/1940
Punjabi Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warships, during Second Battle of Narvik, ship hit 6 times & disabled, her crew regained control after an hour 13/04/1940. Temporary repair at Skelfjord before journey back to UK 14/04/1940
Eclipse Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Norwegian coast, bomb caused major flooding, ship towed to Lerwick by British warship Escort 11/04/1940
Highlander Destroyer Damaged when grounded in Shetland during passage to Scapa Flow. Damaged her machinery & ASDIC equipment 17/04/1940. Arrived Hull for repair 20/04/1940
Eskimo Destroyer Damaged by a torpedo from German warship Z 02 Georg Thiele, during Second Battle of Narvik in Vest Fjord, Norway. Torpedo blew off her bow & she had to withdraw from action. She was towed to Skeljord for temporary repair 13/04/1940. Departed for UK from Haarstad 27/05/1940. Arrived for repair Barrow 04/06/1940
Greyhound Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Norwegian coast 16/04/1940
Hotspur Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from German warships at Narvik, she then collided with British warship Hunter, No. 2 boiler room knocked out & she was towed to Lofoten Islands by British warship Hostile 10/04/1940. Temporary repair at Skelfjord before heading home 12/04/1940
Arrow Destroyer Damaged when rammed by German armed trawler Schelswig, off Andalsnes, Norway. She was hit amidships at the torpedo davit, crew ready to repel boarders, but no Germans came aboard & the trawler was sunk by gunfire 26/04/1940
Kashmir Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Kelvin in the NW approaches, ship unable to steer & towed to Lerwick by British warship Cossack 10/04/1940
Kelvin Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Kashmir in the NW approaches, ship bow structure seriously damaged, ship had to steam astern to Lerwick 09/04/1940
Matabele Destroyer Damaged when run aground on Faksen shoal W of Bobo during passage between Harstad & Bobo, during Battle for Norway, damage to the keel of the ship 18/04/1940. Withdrawn from service 27/05/1940
France flag Lost Report
Maille Breze Destroyer Sunk when a malfunction launched an armed torpedo onto the deck of the ship, causing fire to fuel tanks & forward magazine which forced crew to leave. Ship later sank whilst at anchor at the Tail of the Bank, off Greenock, 25 dead, 48 injured 30/04/1940
canada flag Damaged Report
Assiniboine Destroyer Damaged in collision with SS Lairdwood, N of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 05/04/1940
norway flag Lost Report
Dragen Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Glenten Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Hogen Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Hvalen Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Laxen Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Ornen Destroyer Captured intact by Germans 09/04/1940
Garm Destroyer Bombed by German aircraft at Bjordal in Sognefjord 26/04/1940
Odin Torpedoboat Captured by Germans at Kristiansand 11/04/1940
Aeger Torpedoboat Damaged by bombs from German Ju 88 aircraft off Stavanger 7 dead 09/04/1940. Ship drifted and beached off Hundvag
Gyller Torpedoboat Captured by Germans at Kristiansand 11/04/1940
Stegg Torpedoboat Sunk by gunfire from German warship Bremse at Heroysund 20/04/1940
Trygg Torpedoboat Bombed by German aircraft near Andalesnes 26/04/1940
Harald Haarfagre Coastal Battleship Captured by Germans at Horton 09/04/1940
Tordenskjold Coastal Battleship Captured by Germans at Horton 09/04/1940
Eidsvold Coastal Battleship Torpedoed by German warship Z 22 Anton Schmitt at Narvik, 174 dead, 8 survivors 09/04/1940
Norge Coastal Battleship Torpedoed by German warship Z 21 Wilhelm Heidkamp at Narvik 09/04/1940
A 2 Submarine Captured by Germans at Oslofjord 09/04/1940. Retaken by Norwegians & abandoned damaged at Teie submarine base 12/04/1940
A 3 Submarine Scuttled to avoid capture by Germans 16/04/1940
A 4 Submarine Scuttled to avoid capture by Germans 16/04/1940
B 2 Submarine Surrendered to the Germans 11/04/1940
B 5 Submarine Captured by Germans at Kristiansand 11/04/1940
 

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
Blucher Cruiser Sunk by gunfire & torpedoes from the Norwegian fort at Oscarsborg, North Kaholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, ship was overwhelmed by attack & capsized, 320 crew dead & 830 troops dead 09/04/1940
Karlsruhe Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from British submarine Truant, both engines & power generation knocked out, off Tristiansund, 58.04N 08.04E 10/04/1940. Scuttled by torpedoes from German MTB Greif, off Kristiansand 10/04/1940
Konigberg Cruiser Bombed by British Skua dive-bomber aircraft at Bergen, Norway. 3 bombs penetrated her armoured deck. Ship was set on fire and began to sink by the bow eventually exposing her propellers. She then capsized and sank 10/04/1940
Albatros Destroyer Damaged by Norwegian shore battery & then stranded on fog invasion & beached near Bolaerne Island, Oslefjord 10/04/1940. Scuttled near Bolaerne Island, Oslefjord 04/05/1940
Leopard Destroyer Collision near Skagerrak (Jutland) with Preussen 30/04/1940
Z 02 Georg Thiele Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warship disabled gun flooding magazine & causing fires First Battle of Narvik 13 dead 10/04/1940. Scuttled after damage, after second Battle of Narvik, 13/04/1940
Z 09 Wolfgang Zenker Destroyer Scuttled at Rombaksfjord, after damage, after second Battle of Narvik, 13/04/1940
Z 11 Benrd Von Arnim Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warships First Battle of Narvik 2 dead 10/04/1940. Scuttled after damage after second Battle of Narvik, 13/04/1940
Z 12 Erich Giese Destroyer Damaged by torpedoes & gunfire from British warships Cossack & Foxhound second Battle of Narvik crew abandoned ship as ship caught fire 68.25N 17.34E 83 dead 13/04/1940
Z 13 Erich Koellner Destroyer Aground in Ballangen Fjord, Norway 12/04/1940. Blown to pieces by British warship Warspite at Ofotfjord/Djupviken W of Narvik 13/04/1940
Z 17 Diether von Roeder Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warships First Battle of Narvik setting fire to ship & 2nd boiler room out of action 13 dead 10/04/1940. Scuttled after damage, after second Battle of Narvik, 13/04/1940
Z 18 Hans Ludemann Destroyer Damaged by gunfire by British warships starting fire and flooding magazine during First Battle of Narvik 2 dead 10/04/1940. Scuttled after damage, after second Battle of Narvik 13/04/1940. Destroyed by British landing party
Z 19 Hermann Kunne Destroyer Beached in Herjangsfjord after firing all ammunition, during Second Battle of Narvik, destroyed by torpedoes from British warship Eskimo 13/04/1940
Z 21 Wilhelm Heidkamp Destroyer Damaged by Torpedo strike from British warship Hardy in Narvik harbour, First Battle of Narvik blowing stern of ship 10/04/1940. Sunk next day 81 dead 11/04/1940
Z 22 Anton Schmitt Destroyer Torpedoed by British warships Hardy, Hunter & Havock during First Battle of Narvik, hit in boiler room from which the ship broke in two, 50 dead 10/04/1940
U-1 Submarine Missing possibly mined in British minefield in the North Sea N of Terschelling 24 dead, 0 survivors 06/04/1940
U-49 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Fearless & Brazen in Vaags Fjord, near Narvik, Norway, 1 dead, 41 survivors captured 68.53N 16.59E floating debris found by British giving details of German plan to invade Norway 15/04/1940
U-50 Submarine Missing in North Sea, near Terschelling, 44 dead, 0 survivors 51.14N, 05.07E, 06/04/1940
U-64 Submarine Bombed by British Swordfish floatplane from British warship Warspite in Herjangsfjord, Norway, submarine sank & was unable to resurface, crew escaped using escape apparatus & picked up by row boats from shore 8 dead, 37 survivors 68.29N 17.30E 13/04/1940
Brummer Minelayer Torpedoed by British submarine Sterlet in Kattegat Strait 14/04/1940
Damaged Report
Gneisenau Battleship Damaged by gunfire during brief exchange of fire from British warships Renown & Birmingham, in the Norwegian Sea, 80 miles W of the Lofoten Islands, ships main armament A turret & fire control damaged by 15" shell, heavy weather & fog banks prevented further action, ship remained operational without forward turret 09/04/1940
Lutzow Pocket-Battleship Damaged by Norwegian shore batteries at Oscarsborg Fort, knocking out main armament B turret 10/04/1940. Later damaged by torpedo from British submarine Spearfish in the Skagerrak, N of Denmark, destroying stern of ship 11/04/1940
Admiral Hipper Cruiser Damaged by gunfire & ramming from British warship Glowworm, off the coast of Norway, ship remained operational 08/04/1940
Z 19 Hermann Kunne Destroyer Damaged by splinters from gunfire & the explosion from torpedo attack on Anton Schmitt from British warships First Battle of Narvik temporary disabled 9 dead 10/04/1940
 

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Winchester Destroyer John Samual White & Co, Cowes, I o W Dec 1917 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 1207 125
Clarkia Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Mar 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Gladiodus Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees Jan 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Periwinkle Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Feb 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
 
France flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
La Grandiere Sloop Arsenal de Chantiers de Provence, Pont de Bouc Jun 1939 3 x 5.5"; 4 x 37 mm; 6 HMG's; 50 Mines 15.5 2156 183
australia flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Parramatta Sloop Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney Jun 1939 3 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 6 x 20 mm; 40 mines 16.85 1070 100
 

 

Axis Commissioned

No neutral losses this month
germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
T 06 Destroyer Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Dec 1937 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 60 Mines 35.5 844 119
U-21 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Jul 1936 2 x 20 mm; 3 x 21" TT 13 254 25
U-99 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Mar 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT 17.9 741 44
U-102 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Mar 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT 17.9 741 44
U-143 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Aug 1940 2 x 20 mm; 3 x 21" TT   13 309 25
Lowe Torpedo Boat Horten Naval Yard Jul 1938 3 x 4"; 1 x 40 mm; 2 x HMG; 2 x 21" TT 30 597 75
Panther Torpedo Boat Horten Naval Yard Jan 1939 3 x 4"; 1 x 40 mm; 2 x HMG; 2 x 21" TT 30 632 75

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Noa Destroyer Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA Jun 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
Wainwright Destroyer Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA Jun 1939 5 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1764 192
R 15 Submarine Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Dec 1917 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
Perry Minesweeper Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA Oct 1921 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Katori Patrol Cruiser Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Yokohama Jun 1939 4 x 5.5"; 2 x 5"; 4 x 1"; 4 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft 2"-1" 18 5890 450
PB 01 Patrol Ship Maizuru Naval Dockyard Mar 1920 1 x 4.7"; 2 x Landing craft; 250 troops; 10 x 25 mm; 18 DC 20 1345 148
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Michele Bianchi Submarine Odero-Terni-Orlando, Muggiano,  La  Spezia Dec 1939 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 8 x 21" TT 17.8 1175 17.8