USS Hambleton (DD 455)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||16 Oct 1940|
|Launched||26 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||22 Dec 1941|
|End service||15 Jan 1955|
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-20 on 15 November 1944.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Hambleton|
Commands listed for USS Hambleton (DD 455)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Forrest Close, USN||22 Nov 1941||29 Nov 1942|
|2||T/Cdr. Henry Algernon Renken, USN||29 Nov 1942||15 Sep 1944|
|3||T/Cdr. George Albert O`Connell, Jr., USN||15 Sep 1944||12 Oct 1945|
|4||William Stanton Hitchins, USNR||12 Oct 1945||16 Mar 1946|
|5||Arthur Henry Berndtson, USN||16 Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Hambleton include:
19 Mar 1942
USS Hambleton picks up 6 survivors from the Honduran merchant Ceiba that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 east east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°43'N, 73°49'W two days earlier.
22 Jul 1942
The battleship HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir B. Fraser, CB, KBE, RN) and the light cruisers HMS Manchester (Capt. H. Drew, DSC, RN) and HMS Scylla (Capt. I.A.P. Macintyre, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. During the exercises HMS Anson was escorted by the destroyers USS Hambleton (T/.Cdr. F. Close, USN), USS Emmons (T/Cdr. T.C. Ragan, USN) and the escort destroyer HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC, RN). (1)
28 Jul 1942
HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Cumberland (Capt. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN) departed Hvalfjord. At sea they made rendezvous with the battleship HMS Duke of York (R.Adm. C.H.J. Harcourt, CBE, RN) and the destroyers USS Hambleton (T/.Cdr. F. Close, USN), USS Rodman (T/Cdr. W.G. Michelet, USN), USS Emmons (T/Cdr. T.C. Ragan, USN) and USS Macomb (T/Cdr. W.H. Duvall, USN) which had come from Scapa Flow.
On completion of the exercises, in which HMS Duke of York portrayed the Tirpitz, all ships entered Hvalfjord. (2)
8 Aug 1942
HMS Duke of York (R.Adm. C.H.J. Harcourt, CBE, RN), HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Cumberland (Capt. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN) conducted exercises off Hvalfjord. HMS Duke of York was escorted by the destroyers USS Hambleton (T/.Cdr. F. Close, USN), USS Macomb (T/Cdr. W.H. Duvall, USN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN). (2)
17 May 1944
German U-boat U-616 was sunk on 17 May 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea north-west of Ténès, Algeria, in position 36°46'N, 00°52'E, by depth charges from the US destroyers USS Nields, USS Gleaves, USS Ellyson, USS Macomb, USS Hambleton, USS Rodman, USS Emmons and USS Hilary P. Jones and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (36 Sqn RAF/K) on 15 May.
- ADM 53/115322 + ADM 53/116616
- ADM 53/115688 + ADM 53/115833 + ADM 53/116174 + ADM 199/644
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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