USS Niblack (DD 424)
Destroyer of the Benson / Gleaves class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Class||Benson / Gleaves|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||8 Aug 1938|
|Launched||18 May 1940|
|Commissioned||1 Aug 1940|
|End service||Jun 1946|
Decommissioned in June 1946.
Commands listed for USS Niblack (DD 424)
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|1||Edward Robison Durgin, USN||1 Aug 1940||31 Jul 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Walter Leo Dyer, USN||31 Jul 1942||24 Apr 1943|
|3||T/Cdr. Ray Russell Conner, USN||24 Apr 1943||25 Oct 1944 (1)|
|4||T/Cdr. Thomas Glover Warfield, USN||25 Oct 1944||23 Mar 1945|
|5||Robert Edward Lapides, USNR||23 Mar 1945||12 Dec 1945|
|6||Lt. Partee Wilson Crouch, Jr., USN||12 Dec 1945||Jun 1946|
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Notable events involving Niblack include:
11 Apr 1941
While picking up survivors from the Dutch merchant Saleier, the US destroyer USS Niblack (Lt.Cdr Edward R. Durgin) picked up a sonar contact and attacked it with 3 depth charges. This action is often mentioned as first military action between Germany and the USA in the Second World War, but no U-boat reported being under attack on that day in the area, so the contact was probably false.
1 May 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Rosthern (Cdr. P.B. Cross, RCNVR), USS Niblack (Lt.Cdr. E.R. Durgin, USN), HMS Lowestoft (Lt.Cdr. (retired) F.B. Proudfoot, RN) and HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN). (3)
18 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with aircraft, HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR), USS Gleaves, USS Mayo, USS Niblack and USS Benson. (4)
19 May 1944
German U-boat U-960 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-west of Algiers, in position 37°20'N, 01°35'E, by the US destroyers USS Niblack, USS Ludlow and Wellingtons (Sqdn 36) and Venturas (Sqdn 500).
- ADM 173/17271
- File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17252
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.