Key WWII events - October 1940

'Operation Sealion' the German plan to invade Great Britain abandoned
Battle of Cape Passero
Italian forces attack Greece
Hungary, Romania & Slovakia sign Tripartite pact with Germany, Italy & Japan

Image of British cruiser Liverpool after being damaged by torpedo and fire October 1940

British cruiser Liverpool after being damaged by torpedo and fire

Axis Oct-40 Allied
France flag italy flag german flag Total Class Total british flag free France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag netherlands flag norway flag
2 5 1 6 Battleships 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Fleet Carriers 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 7 2 9 Heavy Cruisers 10 8 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 13 2 15 Light Cruisers 51 41 0 0 4 2 0 4 0
52 82 29 111 Destroyers 188 154 3 14 5 0 4 7 2
62 98 40 138 Submarines 81 52 7 0 0 0 1 21 0
1 0 0 0 Escort Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 34 13 47 Escorts 96 77 15 0 4 0 0 0 0
3 0 8 8 Other 53 47 0 2 3 1 0 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carriers 6 4 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
Heavy Cruisers 18 17 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 17 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
Destroyers 197 90 50 16 7 8 2 2 0 19 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarines 77 53 189 3 4 9 0 4 8 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
Escorts 0 29 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Other 1 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 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
Sturdy Destroyer Wrecked off Tiree Island, W coast of Scotland, 3 dead, 56.29N 06.59W 30/10/1940
Venetia Destroyer Mined off Knob Buoy, Thames estuary 51.33N 01.10E 19/10/1940
H 49 Submarine Depth charged by German warships UJ 116 & UJ 118, W of Texel Island, in the North Sea, 1 survivor 18/10/1940
Rainbow Submarine Rammed by Italian merchant ship Antonietta Costa 60 miles ENE of Bari, in the Adriatic Sea, 41.28N 18.05E 04/10/1940
Triad Submarine Sunk by torpedo & gunfire from Italian submarine Enrico Toti in the Gulf of Taranto, in the Mediterranean Sea, boat exchanged fire with Italian boat before attempting to dive, as she submerged the boat rose vertically & disappeared, 0 survivors 15/10/1940
Dundalk Minesweeper Damaged by mine off Harwich 52.03N 01.48E 16/10/1940. Ship foundered under tow of British warship Sutton 51.57N 01.27E 17/10/1940
Damaged Report
Ajax Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Italian warship Artiglieri during Battle of Cape Passero, ship hit 7 times, bridge area damaged & radar knocked out, 13 dead, 22 dead 14/10/1940
Liverpool Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from Italian aircraft off Leros in the Aegean Sea, damage to A turret & caused a fire that resulted in the explosion of 5700 gallons of petrol stored in the bow, taken in tow by the stern by British warship Orion 14/10/1940. Bow structure broke away & sank during tow 15/10/1940. Arrived Alexandria 16/10/1940
Ashanti Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Fame, before running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from estuary. Ship grounded after collision & could only be refloated after removing much of her armament etc 16/10/1940
Fame Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Ashanti, before running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from estuary 16/10/1940. Refloated after removing much of her deck equipment 01/11/1940
Hotspur Destroyer Damaged after ramming & sinking Italian submarine Lafole, SE of Alboran Island, in the Mediterranean Sea 20/10/1940
Imperial Destroyer Damaged by mine S of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship suffered serious structural damage & towed into port by British warship Decoy, 35.24N 14.34E 11/10/1940
Kimberley Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Italian shore battery Harmil Island, Red Sea, damage to engine room which disabled ship 21/10/1940. Temporary repair at Alexandria, ship's speed limited to 15 knots 30/10/1940
Maori Destroyer Damaged whilst avoiding both British warships Fame & Ashanti, running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from estuary, ship's ASDIC dome was lost 16/10/1940
Cheshire AMC Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-137, NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 55.13N 13.02W 14/10/1940. Ship beached at Carrickfergus
canada flag Lost Report
Margaree Destroyer Collision with merchant ship SS Port Fairy, 450 miles NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, ship lost on first commission, 34 survivors 142 dead, 53.24N 22.50W 22/10/1940

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
U-32 Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack & forced to surface by British warship Highlander & Harvester, crew scuttled ship to avoid its capture, NW of Ireland, 9 dead, 33 survivors 55.37N 12.19W 30/10/1940
italy flag Lost Report
Artigliere Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea, 13 dead, 22 injured, ship taken in tow by Italian warship Camicia Nera, but cast off when British forces spotted her, ship surrendered to British warship York & was after crew abandoned her she was sunk by gunfire & torpedoes, she sank after spectacular explosion, 36.30N 16.07E 12/10/1940
Francesco Nullo Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warship Kimberley & beached off Harmi Island, in the Red Sea, ship finished off by torpedo 21/10/1940. Wreck destroyed by British RAF Bristol Blenheim aircraft 22/10/1940
Berillo Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to surface by British warship Havock & Hasty off the Egypt coast in the Mediterranean Sea, boat was scuttled by crew who were captured 02/10/1940
Durbo Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by British warships Firedrake & Wrestler E of Gibraltar, in the Mediterranean Sea, crew failed to scuttle the boat before a British boarding party found cipher books on board 18/10/1940
Foca Submarine Lost unknown cause in mine laying off Haifa 15/10/1940
Gemma Submarine Torpedoed by accident by Italian submarine Tricheco, E of Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea 06/10/1940
Lafole Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by British warships Gallant, Griffin & Hotspur, SE of Alboran Island, in the Mediterranean Sea, boat was then rammed by Hotspur & sunk 20/10/1940
Airone Destroyer Escort Sunk by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea 12/10/1940
Ariel Destroyer Escort Sunk by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea 12/10/1940
France flag Lost Report
Somme Sloop Disarmed at Port Liautey 31/10/1940

 

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
Burwell* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Squantum, MA Aug 1918 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1215 139
Bradford* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Squantum, MA Sep 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   25 1250 146
Buxton* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Squantum, MA Oct 1918 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1215 139
Belmont* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Dec 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1250 146
Broadwater* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Mar 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1250 146
Stanley* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Mar 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   25 1250 146
Beverley* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1250 146
Sherwood* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1250 146
Broadway* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Feb 1920 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1215 139
Lincoln* Destroyer William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA Jun 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1247 146
Montgomery* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Jun 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1247 146
Lancaster* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1090 146
Leamington* Destroyer New York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ Sep 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1247 146
Mansfield* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Oct 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1090 146
St Albans* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   35 1060 146
Ludlow* Destroyer William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA Aug 1917 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   30 1020 146
Lewes* Destroyer Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA Jun 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT   30 1087 146
Thunderbolt Submarine Cammell Laird Shipbuilding Co., Birkenhead Jun 1938 1 x 4"; 10 x 21" TT   15.25 1326 59
Usk Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness Jun 1940 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT   11.25 630 33
Upholder Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness Jul 1940 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT   11.25 630 33
Exmoor Destroyer Escort Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle-on-Tyne Jan 1940 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp   28 1450 147
Pytchley Destroyer Escort Scotts' Shipbuilding, Greenock Feb 1940 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp   28 1450 147
Mendip Destroyer Escort Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne Apr 1940 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp   28 1450 147
Arbutus Corvette Blyth Shipbuilding, Blyth Jun 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Crocus Corvette A & J Inglis Ltd., Glasgow Jun 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Candytuft Corvette Grangemouth Dockyard Co, Grangemouth  Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Carnation Corvette Grangemouth Dockyard Co, Grangemouth  Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Jonquil Corvette Fleming & Ferguson Shipbuilding, Paisley Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Hyacinth Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast Aug 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Rhododendron Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast Sep 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Snapdragon Corvette Smith's Dock Co., Ltd., South Bank-on-Tees Sep 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC   16.5 1245 109
Antonia AMC Vickers Ltd., Barrow in Furness Mar 1921 8 x 6"; 2 x 3"   15 13867 271
Ex American Destroyers*
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

german 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-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-120 Submarine Flender-Werke, Lubeck Mar 1940 2 x 20 mm; 3 x 21" TT 13 254 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
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Andrea Doria Battleship Arsenale di La Spezia, La Spezia Mar 1913 10 x 12.6"; 12 x 5.3"; 10 x 90 mm; 12 x 37 mm; 2 Aircraft 9.8"-4" 26 23887 1485

 

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
Chokai Heavy Cruiser Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Nagasaki Apr 1931 10 x 8"; 8 x 5"; 2 x 40 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 8 x 24" TT; 3 Aircraft 3.9"-1" 34.2 13400 773
Katori Light 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
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Maksim Gorky Heavy Cruiser Ordzhonikidze Yard, Leningrad Apr 1938 9 x 7"; 6 x 100 mm; 4 x 0.5" MG; 6 x 21" TT; 100 mines; 2 aircraft  2"-2" 34 8048 953
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Vittorio Veneto Battleship Cantiere Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Trieste Jul 1937 9 x 15"; 12 x 6"; 12 x 3.5"; 24 x 20 mm; 16 x 13.2 mm; 2 Aircraft 14"-10" 30 41167 30
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