I have just read with interest the article about Mr. Chance (PNR, June 6, 2014).
How ironic that I should come across this article at the same time as I am reading the book The Longest Patrol. My uncle, Hans Harder was a crewman on the U-953. After the boat’s surrender, he was taken prisoner to Huyton camp in Liverpool, U.K. I have been gathering information about my uncle and U-953 and it was pure coincidence that while searching for information on HMCS Skeena, I came across your article. If any of your readers get to see this reply and have any information about my uncle or the boat, I would be delighted to hear from them. I would like to express my congratulations to Mr. Chance on reaching the grand old age of 93 and to thank him and his crew for not sinking my uncle’s boat.
Peter Jenkins, Port Erin, Isle of Man