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||Walter Leo Dyer, USN||31 Jul 1942||24 Apr 1943|
|3||Ray Russell Conner, USN||24 Apr 1943||25 Oct 1944 (1)|
|4||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.
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. (3)
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
- ADM 173/17252
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.