Escape from Hong Kong

Stephen (Bud) Hide - Escape from Hong Kong

Escape from Hong Kong

逃離香港

Admiral Chan Chak arrives in Kukong;  
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PO Steve [Buddy] Hide MiD RN 29/01/1914 - 06/03/1977 Lewes, Sussex

Buddy Hide in Ethiopia ©

 

Petty Officer Steve [Buddy] Hide

Mentioned in Despatches "For daring and resource in Far Eastern waters"

The MTB Incident.

Buddy was a key member of the team that was tasked with "extracting Admiral Chan Chak and his military mission out of Hong Kong at all costs" as the overwhelming forces of the IJA swept over the colony.


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David Hide with Admiral Chan Chak's son Donald Chan and younger brother Richard Hide in Hong Kong Christmas Day 2009. 
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David Hide with Admiral Chan Chak's son Donald Chan and younger brother Richard Hide, celebrating the 68th anniversary of their fathers escape, in Hong Kong on Christmas Day 2009.


David Hide 1945 - 20016 was the recipient of Australia's National Medal in 1999.

Donald Chan 1934 - 2013

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

Admiral Chan Chak, The Pledge.  
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In November 1999 escapee descendents Richard Hide, Donald Chan, and Ted Moore pledge under the watchful gaze of Adm Chan Chak to find the men and/or their descendents from the Christmas Day escape from Hong Kong and to retrace the route to Waichow and beyond.

The response was phenomenal and these objectives were achieved in 2009 when many of the descendents reached Waichow 68 years to the day after our forebears.

MTB 07 under fire 
	Photo from Hong Kong 1941-45 published by Osprey Publishing 
	Illustration by Giuseppe Rava
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The flotilla took a beating during the battle for Hong Kong.
When the Japanese invaded Hong Kong Island, the 2nd MTB Flotilla was ordered to attack and shoot up everything in sight, and to expend all ammunition in the process. Unbeknown to the flotilla, the Japanese had already established a beach head on the Island west of the Sugar Refinery at North Point.
Guns to the left, guns to the right, guns to the front and cannon from above, on they sped into the fiery jaws of the oriental dragon itself. This was the maritime equivalent of the charge of the light brigade in the Crimea.
Lt Ronnie Ashby whose family motto was "Be Just and Fear Naught" led the flotilla with Jix Prest & Buddy Hide at the controls of MTB 07. Pressing home the attack under withering fire from land, sea, and air, they suffered heavy losses in the process. Only three MTB's survived to limp back and come alongside HMS Robin in Aberdeen. Lt Kennedy on MTB "09" towed the stricken "07", peppered with 97 holes and two dead bodies in the engine room, back to base. The flotilla had lost 40% of its attacking force. The attack was arguably the most daring daylight MTB attack of all time, and was referred to as The Balaclava of the Sea.by Coastal Forces world wide. They were hailed "The bravest of the brave."

[4448 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 13 OCTOBER, 1942]

Lt Kennedy RNVR: "MTB 11 returned alone from the harbour with her coxswain wounded. There was a long silent pause as we strained our ears to catch the sound of distant engines, but none came. It was a dark day for the flotilla, and for the whole island." [9]

Buddy's life with MTB 07 started in Sigapore 1st January 1940 when he transferred from HMS Terror to HMS Sultan to start his training on the Scott-Paine MTB's.
On the 21st March he transferred to HMS Tamar in Hong Kong and joined the crew of MTB 07 under Lt RRW Ashby HKRNVR.

 

Buddy Hide & the Chinese Guerrilla leader Leung Wingyuen

Shaoguan [Kukong] 6th Jan 1942

Guirilla Leader Leung Wingyuen with Buddy Hide , & on the roll-over the last surviving East River guerilla Lou Bo book signing with Buddy Hide's sons in December 2009

Photo from the Ross family collection ©

Leung had served in the Chinese navy under Adm Chan Chak ;he was an independent guerilla chief regarded by the Nationalists as a bandit, and the Adm was able to enlist his aid in getting them into Free China as far as Kukong by personally vouching for him with the Nationalists.1

SOE agent Mike Kendall went through an ancient blood brother ritual in Waichow with Leung-Wingyuan before they departed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPO Buddy Hide marries in Lewes UK, just days after getting back home, after a short leave he was back out to the Far East continue the war with Japan.

Buddy retired after 22 years distinguished service in the Royal Navy before emigrating to Mwadui in Tanganyika, East Africa in 1955.















SPO Buddy Hide











Hong Kong survivor



























The crew of MTB 07 in Kowloon 1940


MTB 07 crew in Kowloon 1941
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      Photo from Budyy Hide's collection ©



Photo from the Hide collection ©











Buddy Hide in Kowloon 1940 ; 
    Click here to return to the Waichow group photo ; 
    
    Photo from Ron Ashby's collection ©

 

A/L Stoker Buddy Hide joins MTB 07 21st March1940.

Promoted to Leading Stoker 19th August 1940

Promoted to Acting Stoker petty officer 7th April 1941

Promoted to Stoker Petty Officer 7th April 1942

Promoted to Stoker Chief Petty Officer 7th May 1945

Promoted to Chief Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic 1st May 1947

Retired from Royal Navy 28th May 1955

Photo from Ron Ashby's collection ©

There were guns to the left, guns to the right, guns to the front and cannon from above, yet on they sped, right into the fiery jaws of hell itself. This was the maritime equivalent of the charge of the light brigade at Balaclava. The attacking flotilla suffered 40% losses, it was arguably the most daring daylight raid ever undertaken by MTB's in WWII..

Lt Ron Ashby HKRNVR and crew of MTB 07 on patrol in Hong Kong  
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    Photo from the Hide collection ©

MTB 07 led the daylight attack with 09 at full speed on Japanese landing craft crossing from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, Lewis gunning and overturning the LCs with her wake. 07 returned and attacked a second time under heavy fire from Kowloon, sunken ships, Hong Kong Island as well as being machine cannoned by IJA aircraft losing two crew and all three engines in the process. 09 came back and took 07 in tow with the two engine room fatalities onboard. The action was dubbed "The balaclava of the sea"

Lt Ron Ashby HKRNVR with the crew of MTB 07

 

 

Photo from the Hide collection ©


MTB 07 alongside HMS Robin in Mirs Bay 1941 ; 
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    Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©

MTB 07 alongside HMS Robin in Mirs Bay














MTB 07  
    
    Photo from the Hide collection ©Petty Officer Buddy Hide  
    
    Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©

Bud Hide with MTB 07

Photo from the Hide collection ©

 

 

Buddy Hides medals ©

Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©

The medals are, from left to right

The 1939-1945 Star.
The Atlantic Star
The Pacific Star with Burma clasp
The 1939-1945 Medal, sometimes known as the Victory Medal, with Oak Leaf Clasp for mention in despatches in Hong Kong, 1941.
General Service medal Minesweeping 1945-1951. 180 days afloat on active clearance in Home, Atlantic or Mediterranean waters 4 Sep 1945 to 30 Sep 1951
Long service and good conduct medal.

 

 












PO Bud Hide in 1942

 

 

 

Stoker Petty Officer Bud Hide

 

 











A 1/24 scale model of MTB 07 takes to the water in 2009 in memory of Ron Ashby & the crew. MTB 07 on patrol in Hong Kong

MTB 07 in Hong Kong

Photos from the Hide collection ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MTB 11 dropping depth charges in Hong Kong 
	Photo from the Hide collection ©

 

Ships Log MTB 07 2nd July 1941:

10.36; Dropped depth charges; 9 seconds.

10.40 -11.10; Fishing

 

 

 

MTB 07 picking up Chinese survivors following attack by Japanese pirates     
    Photo from the Ashby-Hide collection ©

 

 

Ships Log MTB 07

Tues, 21st October 1941.

1804. Stopped, cut engines to pick up 4 Chinese from smashed and overturned junk. Chinese said they were bound from N of Taishan Bay to Hong Kong with a cargo of sweet potatoes when they were stopped by a Jap trawler, their cargo stolen and themselves beaten before Jap's wrecked junk and left them.

1818 Proceeded into Deep Bay.

1828 Stopped to put 4 Chinese on a junk.

Photo from the Hide collection ©

MTB 07 & 09 under camouflage in Telegraph Bay

MTBs 07 & 09 under camouflage in Telegraph Bay on Christmas Day 1941.
    
    Photo from the Hide collection ©

MTB's 07 & 09 under camouflage alongside in Telegraph Bay on Christmas day 1941.

Photo from the Hide collection ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






The fortunate few from Hong Kong 
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    Photo from the ILN collection ©

Shaoguan/Kukong 6th Jan 1942

Albert Rutter, Chinese Guerilla Leader Leung Wingyuen with StokerPetty Officer Buddy Hide, & Bones Arnold. Hanging out the truck are Les [Lofty] Gurd, Bill Schillemore, & John Pawley during the epic journey across China.

The padded jackets were obtained by Colonel Owen-Hughes at Lung Chun. Owen-Hughes was the British Liaison officer to the Chinese army. The party swapped the jackets later on in Kunming with an incoming detachment of British/Australian Marines from the 204 Military Mission in China. [46]

 
























Lt Collingwood RN and hid dog arriving in Kukong 6th Jan 1942 ; 
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  Photo from Admiral Chan Chak's collection ©

 

 

 

A/P.O. Al Burrows, A/B Lenny Rann, P.O. Charlie Moore, & Lt Collingwood & his dog Bruce, P.O. Buddy Hide is in the background with the escape party at Kukong.

Photo from the Hide collection ©

 












Guiyang 23rd - 26th January 1942

 The Royal Navy party at Guiyang 24th Jan 1942
Run the curser over to identify individuals.

Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©

Photo from the Hide collection ©

Ships Log: 24th Jan 1942: "Visit to Governor in the morning. Conducted tour of the centre in the afternoon, followed by tea & a 'movie' after dinner." [5]


 

 

 

 

 

 

Huaxi Park near Guiyang

Some of the RN party in Huaxi Park, Guiyang 25th January 1942 ©

Ships Log: 25th Jan 1942

"Visit to park in the morning. Soccer match in the afternoon, lost 6-1. Dinner in the evening given by the Governor." [5]

Dr Lim organized a seven-a-side football match against his training school team.

Photo from the Hide collection ©







Lt-Cmd Yorath with officers & ratings at Huaxi park, Guiyang 25th January 1942

Buddy Hide Warrant for Mention in Despatch 
    
    Photo from Buddy Hide's collection © 
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The Warrant

"For daring and resource in Far East waters"

Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©











Buddy wrote a detailed account of the escape upon his return to the UK in May 1942.

 


 

 

 

 

 

8th May 1942 (Fri)

HMT 'Narkunda' arrived in Freetown Harbour in Sierra Leone.
After two days re-victualing the Narkunda shaped course for the UK.

15th May 1942 (Thur)

A concert called "The Killjoys" arranged and organized by Lt-Cdr Gandy, Lt Ashby, PO Stonell, & L/S (Pony) Moore and was performed by the ships companies onboard of HMTB's, HMT "Narkunda", HMS "Ranchi", "Cilicia," "Cockchafer," & "Birmingham" The performers from the MTB's were (Pony) Moore, Al Rutter, & Eddie Charleson.

Photos from the Hide collection ©



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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