Key WWII events - March 1941

Battle of Cape Matapan
Yugoslavia signs Tripartite Pact with Germany, Italy & Japan
British troops arrive in Greece
Prince Paul of Yugoslavia overthrown in British sponsored coup d’état
British Commando raid on the Lofoten Islands
Norway German offensive in North Africa
British begin to 'degauss' ships to protect from German magnetic mines

Image of British battleship Malaya March 1941

British battleship Malaya

Axis Mar-41 Allied
France flag Romania 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 0 3 3 6 Battleships 14 14 0 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 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 7 2 9 Heavy Cruisers 11 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 0 12 3 15 Light Cruisers 50 39 0 0 4 2 0 5 0
52 7 79 31 117 Destroyers 209 172 2 12 7 0 5 8 3
60 1 87 59 147 Submarines 81 53 6 0 0 0 2 20 0
1 0 0 0 0 Escort Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 3 30 13 46 Escorts 153 126 15 8 4 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 9 9 Other 48 40 0 4 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 thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carriers 6 4 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
Heavy Cruisers 17 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 17 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0
Destroyers 175 93 54 16 7 8 2 2 0 17 5 16 9 19 4 8
Submarines 97 56 203 3 4 9 0 4 8 16 4 4 4 5 7 4
Escort Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 32 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
Other 5 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 2

 

 

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
Bonaventure Cruiser Torpedoed by Italian submarine Ambra, S of Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship hit on starboard side & sank in 6 minutes, 139 dead, 310 survivors rescued, 33.20N 26.35E 31/03/1941
 
Damaged Report
Malaya Battleship Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-106, 250 miles NNW of Cape Verde Island, in the North Atlantic, torpedo hit in boiler room on port side, ship listing by 7 degrees, no casualties 20/03/1941
York Cruiser Damaged by Italian MAS torpedoes whilst at anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, ship hit amidships flooding boiler rooms & one engine room, she was beached to prevent her sinking 26/03/1941. During salvage operation British submarine Rover was tied up alongside providing electricity, whilst the York's guns provided AA cover 30/04/1940
Firedrake Destroyer Damaged run aground off Malaga, Spain in thick fog, damaged her radar dome & propellers 01/03/1941
Tynedale Destroyer Escort Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, during air raid on Portsmouth. Ship was berthed along side Pitch House Jetty, when 3 bombs exploded alongside underwater, causing shock damage to Engine Room machinery 11/03/1941

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
U-100 Submarine Depth charged & rammed by British warships Walker & Vanoc, SE of Iceland, 38 dead, 6 survivors captured 61N 12W 17/03/1941
U-47 Submarine Missing in North Atlantic near the Rockall Banks, 45 dead, 0 survivors 60.00N, 19.00W, 07/03/1941
U-551 Submarine Depth charged by British anti-submarine trawler Visenda, SE of Iceland, in the North Atlantic, 45 dead, 0 survivors 62.37N 16.47W 23/03/1941
U-70 Submarine Damaged when rammed by MV Mijdrecht, which she had torpedoed, badly damaged submarine dived, later forced to the surface by depth charges from British warships Camellia & Arbutus, in North Atlantic, N of Rockall, 20 dead, 25 survivors captured 60.15N 14.00W 07/03/1941
U-99 Submarine Scuttled after being depth charged & forced to the surface by British warships Walker & Vanoc, SW of the Faroes, 3 dead, 40 survivors captured 61.00N 12.00W 17/03/1941
  Damaged Report
Scharnhorst Battleship Drydock for repairs to her boiler tubes at Brest 23/03/1941
italy flag Lost Report
Fiume Cruiser Sunk by gunfire from British warships Warspite, Valiant & Barham during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship illuminated by searchlights and destroyed at close range by the main armament of British battleships 28/03/1941
Pola Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Formidable during the Battle of Cape Matapan. Ship was disabled & unable to move. After the crew had been taken off she was torpedoed & sunk by British warships Jervis & Nubian 28/03/1941
Zara Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from British warships Warspite, Valiant & Barham during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship illuminated by searchlights and badly damaged at close range by the main armament of British battleships 28/03/1941. Torpedoed by British warship Jervis 29/03/1941
Generale Antonio Chinotto Destroyer Mined by British mine off Cape Gallo W of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea 28/03/1941
Giosue Carducci Destroyer Sunk by gunfire from British warships Greyhound, Griffin & Havoc and Australian warship Stuart during the Battle of Cape Matapan 28/03/1941
Vittorio Alfieri Destroyer Sunk by gunfire from British warships Greyhound, Griffin & Havoc and Australian warship Stuart during the Battle of Cape Matapan 28/03/1941
Anfitrite Submarine Sunk by British warship Greyhound in the Aegean Sea, 43 survivors captured 06/03/1941
Ettore Fieramosca Submarine Explosion of batteries in harbour 03/1941
Pier Capponi Submarine Torpedoed by British submarines Rorquel, S of Stromboli Island, Tyrrhenian Sea 31/03/1941
Andromeda Destroyer Escort Torpedoed by British RNAS aircraft, off Karaborum, Vlore Bay, Albania 18/03/1941
Damaged Report
Vittorio Veneto Battleship Damaged by torpedo from Fairey Albacore torpedo bomber aircraft from British warship Formidable, during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship hit by port propeller shaft limiting ships speed to 19 knots & flooding ship with 4,000 tons of water 28/03/1941

 

Neutral Losses

USA flagDamaged Report
Alywin Destroyer Damaged in collision with American warship Farragut, off Hawaiian Islands, during night time exercise. Bow of Farragut sliced into ship's port side forward nearly cutting off her bow. Fire on board blazed high over her masthead 19/03/1941. Crew brought fire under control with the help of men from American warships Stack, Philadelphia & Sterett 20/03/1941. Towed to Pearl Harbor for repair 21/03/1941

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Prince of Wales Battleship Cammell Laird, Birkenhead May 1939 10 x 14"; 16 x 5.25"; 32 x 2 pdr; 2 Aircraft 15"-4.5" 29.25 42076 1422
Hermione Light Cruiser Alex Stephen & Sons, Ltd, Govan May 1939 10 x 5.25"; 1 x 4"; 8 x 2 pdr; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1" 32.2 7515 530
Anchusa Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Jan 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Armeria Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Jan 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Auricula Corvette George Brown & Co, Greenock Nov 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Burdock Corvette John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland Dec 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Dahlia Corvette John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen Oct 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Dianthus Corvette Henry Robb Shipbuilding, Leith Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Wallflower Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees Nov 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Zinnia Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees Nov 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Kamloops Corvette Foundation Co, Victoria, BC Aug 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
norway flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Newport Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Dec 1917 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 35

 

Axis Commissioned

germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Bismarck Battleship Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Feb 1939 8 x 15"; 12 x 5.9"; 16 x 105 mm; 16 x 37 mm; 12 x 20 mm; 4 x Aircraft 13"-10" 29 41700 2093
U-79 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-125 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Dec 1940 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-126 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Dec 1940 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-202 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Feb 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-204 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-371 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Kiel Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-560 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-561 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-562 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Jan 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-563 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Feb 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Ammiraglio Saint-Bon Submarine Cantiere Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Monfalcone Jun 1940 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 14 x 17.7" TT   17 1653 17
Insidioso Escort C & TT Pattison, Naples Sep 1913 5 x 4"; 1 x 40 mm; 2 x 17.7" TT 30 672 30

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Ericsson Destroyer Federal  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Nov 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Ludlow Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Nov 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Meredith Destroyer Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA Apr 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Monssen Destroyer Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA May 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Grayling Submarine Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH Sep 1940 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 20 1475 60
Mackerel Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Sep 1940 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 6 x 21" TT   16.2 825 42
O 10 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA Feb 1918 1 x 3"; 4 x 18" TT 14 521 29
R 09 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA May 1919 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
R 17 Submarine Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Dec 1917 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
Impulse Corvette Cook, Welton & Gemmell Ltd, Beverley Sep 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Gillis Destroyer seaplane tender Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
Thornton Destroyer seaplane tender Bethlehem Steel, Squantum, MA Mar 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Hagikaze Destroyer Fujinagata Shipyard, Osaka Jun 1940 6 x 5"; 4 x 25 mm; 8 x 24" TT; 16 DC   35 2033 240
I-22 Submarine Kawasaki Dockyard Co, Ltd, Kobe Dec 1938 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 8 x 21" TT 23.5 2184 101
Kunashiri Escort Asano Shipbuilding Co, Tsurumi, Yokohama Apr 1940 3 x 4.7"; 4 x 25 mm; 36 DC 19.7 860 150
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
S 034 Submarine Marti Yard, Nikolayev, Leningrad Sep 1939 1 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 1 x 0.303" MG; 6 x 21" TT   18.85 856 45