Allied Warships

USS Hambleton (DD 455)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 455 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down16 Oct 1940 
Launched26 Sep 1941 
Commissioned22 Dec 1941 
End service15 Jan 1955 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-20 on 15 November 1944.
Decommissioned 15 January 1955.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-455 on 16 January 1955.
Stricken 1 June 1971.
Sold 22 November 1972 and broken up for scrap.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 11 Nov 1942 by U-173 (Schweichel).

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Commands listed for USS Hambleton (DD 455)

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1Lt.Cdr. Forrest Close, USN22 Nov 194129 Nov 1942
2T/Cdr. Henry Algernon Renken, USN29 Nov 194215 Sep 1944
3T/Cdr. George Albert O`Connell, Jr., USN15 Sep 194412 Oct 1945
4William Stanton Hitchins, USNR12 Oct 194516 Mar 1946
5Arthur Henry Berndtson, USN16 Mar 1946

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Notable events involving Hambleton include:

12 Mar 1942
USS Hambleton picks up 27 survivors from the American merchant Olga that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-126 in the Old Bahama Channel in position 21°32'N, 76°24'W.

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.

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

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