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||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.
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.
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