Allied Warships

USS Hobson (DD 464)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 464 
Built byCharleston Navy Yard (Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down14 Nov 1940 
Launched8 Sep 1941 
Commissioned22 Jan 1942 
Lost26 Apr 1952 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-26 on 15 November 1944.
Sunk in collision with Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp (CV 16) in the North Atlantic 26 April 1952. Hobson was struck amidships, rolled over, broke in two and sank, 176 of her crew were lost.


Commands listed for USS Hobson (DD 464)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Norton McFarlane, USN22 Jan 194215 Jun 1942
2Lt. Kenneth Loveland, USN15 Jun 194222 Nov 1944
3T/Cdr. Joseph Ignatius Manning, USN22 Nov 194422 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Hobson include:

2 Mar 1943
USS Hobson picks up 47 survivors from the British merchant St. Margaret that was torpedoed and sunk on 27 February 1943 southeast of Bermuda in position 27°38'N, 43°23'W by German U-boat U-66.

2 Sep 1943
HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow with USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN) that was escorted by USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN). (1)

3 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), USS Isherwood (Cdr. R.E. Gadrow, USN) and USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN).

Later she departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (2)

26 Oct 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Ashanti (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Barnes, RN), USS Hobson (Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN) and later with HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN). (3)

13 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-575 was sunk in the north Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 46°18'N, 27°34'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Prince Rupert, the US destroyer USS Hobson the US destroyer escort USS Haverfield and by depth charges from a British Wellington and Fortress aircraft (Sqdn. 172/B and 206/R and 220/J) and Avenger aircraft of the US escort carrier USS Bogue.

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. ADM 173/18199
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/18313

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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