Key WWII events - April 1942

Japanese attack Ceylon
Surrender of American forces at Bataan
Doolittle Raid on Tokyo
Malta awarded George Cross

Image of British carrier Hermes sinking April 1942

British carrier Hermes sinking

Axis Apr-42 Allied
thailand flag France flag Romania flag italy flag german flag japan flag Total Class Total USA flag british flag free France flag soviet flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag netherlands flag norway flag greece flag brazil flag yugo flag
0 4 0 1 3 11 15 Battleships 21 10 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 6 6 Fleet Carriers 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 3 3 Light Carriers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 4 0 3 1 18 22 Heavy Cruisers 32 16 9 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
0 9 0 10 2 16 28 Light Cruisers 59 17 32 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0
8 51 7 63 43 93 206 Destroyers 431 179 148 3 49 15 9 0 4 2 6 9 7 0
4 58 1 79 231 61 372 Submarines 392 113 61 5 185 0 0 0 3 14 1 5 4 1
0 1 0 0 0 2 2 Escort Carriers 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 10 3 31 13 34 81 Escorts 314 6 197 20 15 68 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 5 0 5 Other 37 5 24 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

Class argentina flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag turkey flag
Battleships 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Fleet Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Light Cruisers 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Destroyers 15 8 2 2 0 16 5 16 6
Submarines 3 9 0 4 8 21 4 4 7
Escort Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escort Ships 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Others 6 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 0

 

 

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

USA flagLost Report
Sturtevant Destroyer Mined by an American minefield 8 miles off Marquesas Key, Florida, 15 dead 26/04/1942
british flag Lost Report
Hermes Carrier Bombed by aircraft by Japanese warships Akagi, Ryujo, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku & Zuikaku 70 miles S of Trincomalee, Ceylon, ship hit 40+ times 307 dead 09/04/1942
Cornwall Cruiser Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Hiryu & Soryu S of Ceylon, in the Indian Ocean, 190 dead, 01.54N 77.45E 05/04/1942
Dorsetshire Cruiser Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Hiryu & Soryu S of Ceylon, in the Indian Ocean, 234 dead, 01.54N 77.45E 05/04/1942
Havock Destroyer Damaged by bomb from German aircraft at Malta, whilst she was under repair in dry dock 03/04/1943. Because of the risk of further bombing it was decided to move her to Gibraltar for repair. She was made ready to leave for Gibraltar 05/04/1943
Tenedos Destroyer Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Hiryu & Soryu in Colombo harbour, Ceylon, 33 dead 05/04/1942
Pandora Submarine Bombed by Italian aircraft at Hamilton Wharf, Valletta, Malta 01/04/1942
P 36 Submarine Bombed by Italian aircraft at Hamilton Wharf, Valletta, Malta 01/04/1942
Upholder Submarine Torpedoed by Italian MTB, N of Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea 14/04/1942
Urge Submarine Bombed & strafed by Italian fighter-bomber aircraft, off Ras-el-Hilal, Libya 28/04/1942
Hollyhock Corvette Bombed by by aircraft from Japanese warship Soryu SSE of Batticaloa, Ceylon, 53 dead, 07.21N 81.57E 09/04/1942
California AMC Bombed from German aircraft west of Oporto caught fire and abandoned 11/07/1943
Fitzroy Minesweeper Mined possibly British mine 40 miles ENE of Great Yarmouth 27/04/1942
Damaged Report
Edinburgh Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-456, in the Arctic Ocean, stern damaged & rudder was lost 30/04/1942
Penelope Cruiser Damaged by bombs from Axis aircraft whilst under repair at Malta 08/04/1942. Moved to Gibraltar for temporary repair arriving 11/04/1942. Left Gibraltar for repair in USA 10/05/1942
Gallant Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from German aircraft at Pinto Wharf, Malta, whilst under repair 05/04/1942. Constructive total loss. Expended as blockship at Malta.
Kingston Destroyer Damaged by bomb from German aircraft at Malta. Bomb hit the forward part of the ship & passed though the bottom of the ship before exploding. Ship would now have to be drydocked 14 dead, 4 injured 08/04/1943. Because the bottom plates had been bent out the ship could not be docked down & divers would have to be used to cut the bent plates off 10/04/1943. Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, whilst in flooded drydock before plates could be cut off. Bomb hit her port side between the engine room & gearing room, she rolled over & sank in the dock 11/04/1942. Constructive total loss. Scrapped at Malta
Lance Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft whilst in dock at Malta 05/04/1942. Damaged again by bombs from German aircraft whilst under repair 09/04/1942
Lively Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Italian warship Littorio in the Mediterranean Sea, during the Second Battle of Sirte. She was hit by splinters from a 15" shell whilst carrying out a torpedo attack on Littorio. Splinters caused some flooding, but ship remained operational 22/03/1942. Damaged by bombs from German aircraft between Tobruk & Alexandria 23/03/1942
Unbeaten Submarine Damaged by bombs from Italian aircraft at Hamilton Wharf, Valletta, Malta, boat's forward torpedo tubes put out of action 01/04/1942
Quorn Destroyer Escort Damaged by German mine, whilst on convoy duty in the North Sea, 1.5 miles E of Aldburgh Buoy. Ship's No. 1 boiler room was flooded & her hull was damaged 20/04/1942
Hector AMC Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Hiryu & Soryu in Colombo harbour, Ceylon 05/04/1942. Constructive total loss
Abingdon Minesweeper Damaged by bombs from German aircraft in Grand Harbour, Malta, ship's back was broken 05/04/1942. Constructive total loss
Hebe Minesweeper Damaged by drift ice off coast of Iceland, causing significant structural damage 12/04/1942
Erebus Monitor Damaged by bombs from Aichi B3A1 aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku & Zuikaku at Trincomalee, Ceylon, ship sustained serious damage 09/04/1942
soviet flag Lost Report
ShCh 401 Submarine Sunk by German warships off Tanafjord 24/04/1942
ShCh 421 Submarine Damaged by mine off Porsanger Fjord, abandoned by crew & sunk by Soviet submarine K 22 08/04/1942
Damaged Report
Kirov Cruiser Damaged by 3 bombs from German aircraft, 86 dead 04/04/1942
Voroshilov Cruiser Damaged by bombs fragments from German Ju 88 aircraft, during shore bombardment of near Feodosiya. Ship remained operational 10/04/1942. Repaired later at Batumi
Shaumyan Destroyer Aground at Gelendzhik, Black Sea & declared constructive total loss 10/04/1942
australia flag Lost Report
Vampire Destroyer Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Ryujo, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku & Zuikaku, E of Ceylon, in the Bay of Bengal, ship breaking in two before sinking, 9 dead, 07.35N 82.05E 09/04/1942
greece flag Lost Report
Glavkos Submarine Lost cause unknown 04/04/1942
India flag Lost Report
Indus Sloop Bombed by Japanese aircraft off Fakir Point, Akyab 20.07N 92.54E 06/04/1942

 

Axis Losses

japan flag Damaged Report
Naka Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from American submarine Seawolf, off Christmas Island, during Battle of Christmas Island, hit flooded No. 1 engine room & disabled ship 01/04/1942. Ship towed to Singapore by Japanese warship Natori
german flag Lost Report
U-252 Submarine Depth charged by British warships Stork & Vetch, SW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic. Boat had been attacked on the surface & forced to dive by gunfire from British warship Vetch. After depth charge attack boat failed to resurface, 44 dead, 0 survivors, 47.00N 18.14W 14/04/1942
U-702 Submarine Missing no explanation, possibly floating mine, in the North Sea, on its way to Bergen, 47 dead, 0 survivors 59.55.8N 02.23.3E 03/04/1942
U-85 Submarine Sunk by gunfire by American warship Roper, near Cape Hatteras, USA, 46 dead, 0 survivors 35.55N 75.13W 14/04/1942
Damaged Report
U-129 Submarine Damaged by bombs from British Whitley aircraft, in the Bay of Biscay 01/04/1942
italy flag Lost Report
Giovanni delle Bande Nere Cruiser Torpedoed by Birish submarine Urge, 11 miles SE of Stromboli Island ship broke in two & sank 01/04/1942

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Indiana Battleship Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Nov 1941 9 x 16"; 20 x 5"; 12 x 1.1"; 12 x 0.5"; 3 aircraft 13"-6" 27.5 37970 1783
Bancroft Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Dec 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Duncan Destroyer Federal  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Feb 1942 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Farenholt Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, New York, NY Nov 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Lansdowne Destroyer Federal  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Feb 1942 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Rodman Destroyer Federal  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Sep 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Woodworth Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA Nov 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Grunion Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Dec 1941 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Halibut Submarine Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH Dec 1941 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Courage Corvette Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast Apr 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Saucy Corvette Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast Feb 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Pathfinder Destroyer Hawthorn & Leslie, Hebburn-on-Tyne Apr 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6"; 8 x 21" TT 37 2270 212
Quentin Destroyer John Samual White & Co, Cowes Nov 1941 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 8 x 21" TT 36.75 2480 225
P 552 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA Oct 1918 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 14.5 854 42
P 615 Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Nov 1940 1 x 4"; 5 x 21" TT 13.7 683 40
Traveller Submarine Scotts' Shipbuilding, Greenock Aug 1941 1 x 4"; 11 x 21" TT 15.25 1327 61
United Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Dec 1941 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Unruffled Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Dec 1941 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Venomous Destroyer Escort John Brown & Co, Ltd, Clydebank Dec 1918 2 x 4.7"; 1 x Hedgehog; 2 x 20 mm; 1 x 3" 24.5 1207 170
Borage Corvette George Brown & Co, Greenock Nov 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Blackmore Destroyer Escort Alex Stephen & Sons, Ltd, Govan Dec 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
Bleasdale Destroyer Escort Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle Jul 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 2 x 21" TT 27 1590 168
Derwent Destroyer Escort Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Aug 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 2 x 21" TT 27 1590 168
Hursley Destroyer Escort Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne Jul 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
Bootle Minesweeper Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Ltd, Troon Oct 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 780 87
Wedgeport Minesweeper Dufferin Shipbuilding Co, Toronto, ON Aug 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 875 87
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
L  24 Submarine Marti Yard, Nikolayev, Leningrad Dec 1940 1 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 1 x 0.3" MG; 6 x 21" TT; 14 Mines 18 1123 55
M 121 Submarine Krasnaya Sormovo Yard, Gorki Aug 1941 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20
S 014 Submarine Krasnaya Sormovo Yard, Gorki Apr 1939 1 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 1 x 0.303" MG; 6 x 21" TT   18.85 856 45
ShCh 139 Submarine Marti Yard, Nikolayev, Leningrad May 1937 2 x 45 mm; 2 x 0.3" MG; 6 x 21" TT 13.6 590 40
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Dundas Corvette Foundation Co, Victoria, BC Jul 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
La Malbaie Corvette Kingston Shipbuilding Co, Kingston, ON Oct 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Moncton Corvette Saint John Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, NB Aug 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Caraquet Minesweeper North Vancouver Ship Ltd, Vancouver, BC Jun 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 688 87
Guysborough Minesweeper North Vancouver Ship Ltd, Vancouver, BC Jul 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 688 87
australia flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Geraldton Minesweeper Poole & Steel Ltd, Sydney, NSW Aug 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
Kalgoorlie Minesweeper Broken Hill Ply, Ltd, Whyalla, SA Aug 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
Launceston Minesweeper Evans, Deakin & Co, Brisbane, QLD Jun 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
norway flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Buttercup Corvette Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast Apr 1941 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 146

 

Axis Commissioned

japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
I-32 Submarine Sasebo Naval Dockyard Dec 1940 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
Saishu Minelayer Osaka Iron Works Nov 1941 2 x 1.5"; 1 x 13.2 mm; 120 Mines   20 720 100
germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
U-119 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Jan 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; 2 x 21" TT; 66 Mines 16.4 1735 52
U-183 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Jan 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1126 49
U-212 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Mar 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-262 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Mar 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-354 Submarine Flensburger Schiffsbau, Flensburg Jan 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-382 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Kiel Mar 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-412 Submarine Danziger Werft, Danzig Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-443 Submarine F. Schichau, Danzig Jan 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-463 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Dec 1941 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; + 4 Torpedoes, 423 tons diesel fuel 14.4 1661 53
U-464 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Dec 1941 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; + 4 Torpedoes, 423 tons diesel fuel 14.4 1661 53
U-518 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Feb 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-616 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Feb 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-617 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Feb 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-618 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Feb 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-619 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Mar 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-620 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Mar 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-662 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Hamburg Jan 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44

 

Neutral Commissioned

No neutral ships commissioned this month