Vol. 9 No. 9, September, 2013

One of the best ways to get a sense of what chaser service was like is to read the first-hand accounts of the sailors who served overseas on chasers, especially letters sent to family at home. While these accounts are often colored by the need to be discreet (lest the censors cut holes in the letter or reject it entirely), and they often include embellished accounts of events on chasers, the little details in a crewman's account help to set the scene of service on these vessels.

This month an account is posted of a sailor on SC 78, one of the chasers that served on the Otranto Barrage. It's a bit challenging to read these old letters, hand-written in cursive, but it's worth it.

Also posted are some additions to the Hull Numbers collection (which, you will discover if you haven't already, is probably my favorite part of the site). Thanks again for all of the excellent submissions to this archive.

--Todd Woofenden, editor


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