Key WWII events - January 1943

German forces retreat from the Caucasus
British forces capture Tripoli

Image of American cruiser Chicago Jan 1943

American cruiser Chicago

Axis Jan-43 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 0 0 3 2 9 14 Battleships 26 11 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 3 3 Fleet Carriers 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Light Carriers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 2 1 9 12 Heavy Cruisers 19 3 9 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
0 1 0 7 4 13 24 Light Cruisers 60 21 29 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 0
8 0 7 60 47 73 187 Destroyers 451 206 137 7 45 18 10 0 5 2 4 9 7 0
4 0 0 72 333 50 455 Submarines 417 132 78 17 168 0 0 0 2 11 1 3 4 1
0 0 0 0 0 4 4 Escort Carriers 17 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 3 3 38 13 33 87 Escorts 371 13 235 22 12 75 2 0 2 0 5 5 0 0
3 1 0 0 4 0 4 Other 31 7 17 0 0 3 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 0 0 5 0
Destroyers 15 8 2 2 0 19 5 16 6
Submarines 3 9 0 4 8 24 4 5 9
Escort Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Other 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
Chicago Cruiser Damaged by torpedoes from Japanese Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' Navy aircraft, during the Battle of Rennel Island, hit by 2 torpedoes caused serious flooding & loss of all power, ship taken in tow by American warship Louisville then tug Navajo 29/01/1942. Torpedoed by Japanese Navy aircraft, ship was found next afternoon & after being hit by 4 torpedoes she sank stern first 11.25S 160.56E 30/01/1943
Worden Destroyer Wrecked on Amchtka Island, in the Aleutian Islands, whilst attempting to leave Constaine Harbour. She hit an underwater rock pinnacle that tore a hole in her hull under the engine room, this caused a complete loss of power. American warship Dewey tried to tow her off the rocks but the line snapped, ship began to break up & crew ordered to abandon ship, 14 dead 12/01/1943
Argonaut Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by Japanese warships Isokaze, Hamakaze & Maikaze off Rabaul, New Britain, boat surfaced & was then sunk by gunfire, 102 dead 05.40S 152.02E 10/01/1943
Damaged Report
La Vallette Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from Japanese Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' aircraft, during the Battle of Rennel Island, ship was guarding the damaged American warship Chicago when attacked, 22 dead 30/01/1943
british flag Lost Report
Samphire Corvette Torpedoed by Italian submarine Platino, whilst escorting TE-14 off Bougie, Algeria, 36.56N 05.40E 30/01/1943
Damaged Report
Ajax Cruiser Damaged by bomb from German aircraft, during air raid at Bone harbour, French North Africa. Ship was hit by 1,000 Ib bomb, two boiler rooms put out of action whilst third was damaged. She was disabled 01/01/1943. Towed to Gibraltar for temporary repair 07/01/1943. Arrived Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia 04/1943
Avon Vale Destroyer Escort Damaged by torpedo from German He III Heinkel aircraft, whilst on convoy duty in the western Mediterranean Sea. Torpedo destroyed her bow & she had to be towed stern first by British warship Bicester 29/01/1943. Arrived for repaired at Chatham 22/07/1943
Alarm Minesweeper Damaged by bombs from German aircraft in Bone harbour, ship was beached to assess damage 02/01/1943. Constructive total loss

 

Axis Losses

japan flag Lost Report
I-1 Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface from New Zealand warships Moa & Kiwi, in the Sealark Channel, Kamimbo Bay, Guadalcanal, boat is hit by gunfire & rammed 3 times by Kiwi, before she was run aground on Fish Reef, 300 yards N of Kamimbo, 27 dead, 66 survivors 29/01/1943
Hakaze Destroyer Escort Torpedoed by American submarine Guardfish, 15 miles SSW of Kavieng, New Ireland 02.47N 150.38E 23/01/1943
Okikaze Destroyer Escort Torpedoed by American submarine Trigger, 35 miles SE of Yokosuka, torpedo hit her forward & folded up her bow, another torpedo hit her stern, she sank quickly 35.02N 140.12E 10/01/1943
PB 01 Patrol Ship Torpedoed by American submarine Guardfish, 65 miles WSW of Kavieng, New Ireland 02.51S 149.43E 21/01/1943
Damaged Report
Natori Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from American submarine Tautog, 18 miles of Ambon Island, in the Bunda Sea. Torpedo broke off her rudder, ship uses her propellers to steer & arrives at Ambon 04.07S 128.32E 09/01/1943. Damaged by bomb near miss from American Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft, bomb opens some plates & causes No. 2 boiler room to flood 21/01/1943. Temporary repair Seletar Naval Base, Singapore 02/02/1943. Arrived for repair at Maizuru 10/06/1943
Akizuki Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from American submarine Nautilus, off Shortlands. Hit by 2 torpedoes one of which was a dud. Second torpedo flooded her starboard engine room & severely damaged her keel. She was able to steam at 20 knots, 14 dead, 63 injured 19/01/1943. Arrived for repair at Truk. She was repaired by fleet repair ship Akashi 02/02/1943
Hatsukaze Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from American MTB PT-112, whilst running supplies to Guadalcanal. Torpedo hit caused flooding & limited her speed to 18 knots 10/01/1943. Arrived for emergency repairs at Truk 30/01/1943. Departed to Japan for repair 08/04/1943
Tanikaze Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from American aircraft, during transport run to Guadalcanal 14/01/1943. Arrived for repair at Rabaul 16/01/1943
Hamakaze Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from American aircraft, during transport run to Guadalcanal 15/01/1943. Arrived for repair at Rabaul 16/01/1943
Harusame Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from American warship Wahoo, off Wewak, New Guinea. Her keel was broken & she had to be beached in shallow water to avoid sinking 24/01/1943. Towed by Japanese warships Amatsukaze & Urakaze and later tug Ojima from Wewak to Truk arriving for emergency repair 17/02/1943
Suzukaze Destroyer Damaged by strafing bomb near misses from American aircraft, at Shortlands, in the Solomon Islands 02/01/1943. Arrives for temporary repairs at Rabaul 06/01/1943
Uzuki Destroyer Damaged by bombs from American aircraft at Rabaul, whilst being repair 05/01/1943
german flag Lost Report
U-164 Submarine Depth charged by American Mariner aircraft, 53 dead, 2 survivors captured in South Atlantic NE of Camoccim, Brazil 01.58S 39.23W 17/05/1943
U-224 Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack from Canadian warship Ville de Quebec in the western Mediterranean Sea, W of Algiers, boat forced to surface to be sunk by gunfire & ramming, 24 dead, 27 survivors captured 36.28N 00.49E 13/01/1943
U-301 Submarine Torpedoed by British submarine Sahib, in the Mediterranean Sea WNW of Capo del Falcone, Sardinia, 45 dead 1 survivors 41.27N 07.04E 21/01/1943
U-337 Submarine Missing in the North Atlantic, 47 dead, 0 survivors last reported 57.40N 27.10W 03/01/1943
U-507 Submarine Depth charged by American Catalina aircraft in the South Atlantic, NNE of Camocim, Brazil, 54 dead, 0 survivors 01.38S 39.52W 13/01/1943. Captain of the merchant ship Baron Dechmont last victim of boat also died onboard
U-519 Submarine Missing Bay of Biscay 50 dead, 0 survivors 31/01/1943
U-553 Submarine Missing no explanation, in the mid-North Atlantic, 47 dead, 0 survivors 01/1943
M 489 Minesweeper Accident or sabotage causing fire at Rotterdam 08/01/1943
Damaged Report
U-108 Submarine Damaged by depth charges from British Catalina aircraft W of Gibraltar 10/01/1943
U-135 Submarine Damaged by depth charges from British Liberator aircraft in the Mid-Atlantic 04/01/1943
U-410 Submarine Damaged by British Whitley aircraft in the Bay of Biscay 03/01/1943
italy flag Lost Report
Ulpio Traiano Cruiser Sunk by bomb attached to her hull from British submersible Chariot, in Palermo Harbour, Chariot had been transported & launched from British submarine Thunderbolt. Ulpio Traiano was fitting out when she was attacked. The explosion broke her back 03/01/1943
Beragliere Destroyer Bombed by Allied aircraft Palermo harbour 07/01/1943
Bombardiere Destroyer Torpedoed by British submarine United, 24 miles NW of Marettimo Island, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship broke in half 38.15N 11.43E 17/01/1943
Corsaro Destroyer Mined laid by British warship Abdiel, 38 miles NNE off Bizerta in the Mediterranean Sea 09/01/1943
Narvalo Submarine Scuttled to avoid capture after being forced to surface by depth charge attack from British warships Pakenham, Hursley & British aircraft NE of Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea 34.01N 16.21E 14/01/1943
Santorre Santaeosa Submarine Aground off Tripoli in the Mediterranean Sea 19/01/1943. Torpedoed by British MTB 260 20/01/1943
Tritone Submarine Sunk by British warship Antelope & Canadian warship Port Arthur off Bougie, Algeria, in the Mediterranean Sea 30/01/1943
Ardente Destroyer Escort Collision with Italian warship Grecale, 3 miles N of Punta Barone, Sicily, causing boiler explosion & fire 12/01/1943
Procellaria Corvette Mined laid by British warship Welshman in the Sicilian Channel 37.20N 10.37E 31/01/1943
Eso Minesweeper Torpedoed by British aircraft 4 miles E of Djerba Island 19/01/1943
Unie Minesweeper Damaged by bomb from American aircraft, fire causing explosion 30/01/1943
Damaged Report
Maestrale Destroyer Damaged by mine laid by British warship Abdiel 38 miles NNE off Bizerta, in the Mediterranean Sea 09/01/1943

 

Neutral Losses

sweden flag Re-build Report
Gotland Light Cruiser Major rebuild

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Birmingham Light Cruiser Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Mar 1942 12 x 6"; 12 x 5"; 28 x 40 mm; 10 x 20 mm; 4 aircraft 5"-3.5" 32.5 11931 1285
Doyle Destroyer Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co. Seattle, WA Mar 1942 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Harrison Destroyer Consolidated Steel, Orange, TX May 1942 5 x 5"; 4 x 1.1"; 6 x 20mm; 10 x 21" TT   38 2325 273
Nields Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Oct 1942 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Schroeder Destroyer FederalĀ  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Nov 1942 5 x 5"; 4 x 1.1"; 6 x 20mm; 10 x 21" TT   38 2325 273
Sigsbee Destroyer FederalĀ  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Dec 1942 5 x 5"; 4 x 1.1"; 6 x 20mm; 10 x 21" TT   38 2325 273
Spence Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Oct 1942 5 x 5"; 4 x 1.1"; 6 x 20mm; 10 x 21" TT   38 2325 273
Stockton Destroyer FederalĀ  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Nov 1942 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Terry Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Nov 1942 5 x 5"; 4 x 1.1"; 6 x 20mm; 10 x 21" TT   38 2325 273
Jack Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Oct 1942 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Lapon Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Oct 1942 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Pogy Submarine Manitowoc Shipbuilding, Manatowoc, WI Jun 1942 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Tinosa Submarine Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA Oct 1942 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Brennan Destroyer Escort Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA Aug 1942 3 x 3"; 4 x 1.1"; 9 x 20 mm; 1 Hedgehog 19.5 1192 156
british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Newfoundland Light Cruiser Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne Dec 1941 9 x 6"; 8 x 4"; 12 x 1.6"; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft 3.5"-3.25" 31.5 10450 920
Uganda Light Cruiser Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle Aug 1941 9 x 6"; 8 x 4"; 12 x 1.6"; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft 3.5"-3.25" 31.5 10450 920
Quail Destroyer Hawthorn & Leslie, Hebburn-on-Tyne Jun 1942 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 8 x 21" TT 36.75 2480 225
St Albans Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
Hunter Escort Carrier Ingall's Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS May 1942 2 x 4"; 16 x 40 mm Bofors; 10 x 20 mm; 24 Aircraft 18.5 14170 646
Tracker Escort Carrier Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA Mar 1942 2 x 4"; 16 x 40 mm Bofors; 10 x 20 mm; 24 Aircraft 18.5 14170 646
Eggesford Destroyer Escort John Samual White & Co, Cowes Sep 1942 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 2 x 21" TT 27 1590 168
Teviot Frigate Hall, Russell & Co, Aberdeen Oct 1942 2 x 4"; 1 x Hedgehog; 150 Mines   20 2180 140
Volunteer Destroyer Escort William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Apr 1919 2 x 4.7"; 1 x Hedgehog; 2 x 20 mm; 1 x 3" 24.5 1207 170
Whimbrel Sloop Yarrow & Co, Glasgow Aug 1942 6 x 4"; 4 x 40 mm Bofors; 110 Mines 19.25 1880 180
Elfreda Minesweeper Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA Sep 1942 2 x 3"; 2 x 40 mm Bofors; 8 x 20 mm; 1 x Hedgehog; 4 DC projectors; 2 DC racks; 40 DC   18 1250 105
Fantome Minesweeper Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Sep 1942 1 x 4"; 4 x 40 mm Bofors; 40 DC 16.5 1265 138
free France flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Colombie AMC Chantiers de Navals Francais, Bleinville Sep 1931 7 x 5.9" 17 13390 251
Ville d' Oran AMC Penhoet Co, St. Nazaire Oct 1935 5 x 5.4" 23.4 10172 114
Le Malin Destroyer Chanteiers de la Mediterranee, La Sayne Aug 1933 5 x 5.5"; 4 x 37 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 9 x 21.7" TT; 50 Mines 37 2569 210
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
S 053 Submarine Dalzavod Yard, Vladivostock Oct 1941 1 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 1 x 0.303" MG; 6 x 21" TT   18.85 856 45
australia flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Bunbury Minesweeper Evans, Deakin & Co, Brisbane, QD May 1942 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
poland flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Dragon Light Cruiser Scotts' Shipbuilding Co, Greenock Dec 1917 6 x 6"; 2 x 3"; 2 x 1.85" pp; 12 x 21" TT 3"-1.5" 29 4575 450

 

Axis Commissioned

japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Kiyonami Destroyer Uraga Dock Co, Ltd, Tokyo Aug 1942 6 x 5"; 4 x 25 mm; 8 x 24" TT; 36 DC   35 2077 228
I-38 Submarine Sasebo Naval Dockyard Apr 1942 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
I-180 Submarine Kure Naval Dockyard Feb 1942 1 x 4.7"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT 23.1 1630 88
german flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
U-170 Submarine Seebeckwerft, Wesermunde Jun 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1126 49
U-194 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Sep 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1126 49
U-236 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-237 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-278 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-309 Submarine Flender-Werke, Lubeck Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-342 Submarine Nordseewerke, Emden Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-421 Submarine Danziger Werft, Danzig Sep 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-470 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Aug 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-536 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Oct 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1126 49
U-537 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Nov 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1126 49
U-670 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Hamburg Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-736 Submarine F. Schichau, Danzig Oct 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-737 Submarine F. Schichau, Danzig Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-762 Submarine Kriegemarine Werft, Wilhelmshaven Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-847 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Sep 1942 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   19.2 1590 57
U-956 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-957 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-958 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-959 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-960 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
UD-2 Submarine De Schelde, Netherlands Nov 1930 2 x 40 mm; 5 x 21" TT 15 31
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
FR 21 Destroyer Ateliere et Chantirers de France, Dunkirk Aug 1929 5 x 5.5"; 4 x 37 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21.7" TT 28 2436 28
FR 31 Destroyer Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux Dec 1925 4 x 5.1" 40 calibre Mod 19 (4 x 1); 2 x 1.45" (37 mm) AA (2 x 1); 2 x 0.52 (13.2 mm) AA; 6 x 21.7" TT (2 x 3) 30 1319 30
FR 32 Destroyer Forges et Chanteiers de la Mediterranee, La Sayne Nov 1939 6 x 5.1"; 2 x 37 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 7 x 21.7" TT   37 1772 37
FR 111 Submarine Arsenal de Brest Naval Dockyard Mar 1926 1 x 100 mm; 2 x 8 mm; 10 x 21.7" TT 15 947 15

 

Neutral Commissioned

sweden flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Munin Destroyer Oresunds Machanical Works Co, Stockholm May 1942 3 x 4"; 2 x 40 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 3 x 21" TT; 2 DC throwers; 20 Mines 30 750 100