Escape from Hong Kong - Aberdeen Island


Escape from Hong Kong. Photos from Chan Chak and Hide collections


Aberdeen Island

The un-named Islet known as Aberdeen Island by the Royal Navy where most of the Cornflower II launch escape party fetched up under a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire.

Aberdeen Island Ap Lei Pai, where most of the Cornflower party fetched up following the fiasco in Aberdeen Channel. At the far end is probably the rock that Max Oxford hid behind. (Oxford's rock)

The tombolo from the Island now named Ap Lei Pai to Ap Lei Chau where the escape party either swam out from, or were picked up by skiff during the escape.

Admiral Chan Chak: " I crawled near the cave and called for Hsu, ordered him to go to Apleichau at the NW coast of the island to look for the boats to help with the rescue."

After picking up the survivors the 2nd MTB Flotilla proceeded under cover of darkness. 
Photo from the Hide collection ©

The 2nd MTB Flotilla proceeds at speed on it's final voyage under cover of darkness.


Research and web publication by Buddy Hide Jnr ©

The contents of this web site led to a considerable number of escapee families contacting me and now each other, and remains the principle source of contact and private information for the spin off projects that have followed. The personal accounts enabled me to record the complete and true account of this remarkable episode of Sino-British war time co-operation. The information compiled here has directly resulted in a museum exhibition in Hong Kong, a re-enactment of the escape in Hong Kong and China, with a movie drama and documentary in the making.

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