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I don't have much on the combat service of the Hummel. What I do have is from Encyclopedia of German Tanks of WWII.
"Combat Service: The Hummel were issued to the heavy batteries of the armoured artillery detachments of several Panzer divisions early in 1943, and first saw action at Kursk."
It says that 100 were to be produced for the summer offensive in 1943. Based on that, I'd say it was possible that the Hummel may have been around as late as the Battle of the Bulge, when the Germans were scouring for equipment to throw into the offensive.
Perhaps others will have more information. Perhaps you should post this on the Axis Discussion Group.
As Steve has noted, the Hummels were used as early as summer of 1943 and were employed in the artillery regiments of many Panzer divisions.They served in all theatres of the war from that point on- there are photos of Hummels abandoned in Berlin in May 1945.
The US army first would have run into Hummels in Italy.
The US forces encountered them in Normandy and then throughout NW Europe including the Bulge. There is a famous series of shots of "Scharnhorst", a Hummel of 2nd SS Panzer abandoned at the side of the road in the Cotentin Penninsula as elements of the US 1st Army roar by. There are also many photos of abandoned and knocked out Hummels in the Bulge.