Escape from Hong Kong - Leung Wingyuen & his band of Guerrillas

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The Chinese Guerrillas guide the 2nd MTB Flotilla to Waichow

Guirilla leader Leung Wingyuen with Buddy Hide during the escape.

Leung had served in the Chinese navy under Adm Chan years previously. Now he was an independent soldier of fortune regarded by the Communists as a common bandit. The Adm was able to enlist his aid in conducting them into Free China as far as Kukong by personally vouching for him with the Nationalists.

Leung was decorated with the King's Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom in 1947 for escorting the escape party through enemy lines.

Leung's son later worked for Admiral Chank's twin sons in Hong Kong.

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

Photo from the Ross family collection ©

East River guerrilla leader Zeng Sheng's son Zeng Deping book signing with Buddy Hide's son in December 2009.

Leung worked for Adm Chan Chak's twin sons Donal & Duncan in post war Hong Kong during the sixties and seventies designing and installing air conditioning in the rapidly expanding Island city.

The King's Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom (KMC) awarded to Leung Wingyuen in 1947

Leung Wingyuen and his gang knew their back yard very well and although they passed very close to enemy troops, the Japs never noticed anything suspicious.

A lot of the Nanao villagers had been in the British merchant service and kept their money in Hong Kong.

This accounted for their liking of the British and the hospitality afforded the escapees.

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.

Music; Wild China by  Barnaby Taylor and performed by Cheng Yu and the UK Chinese Ensemble

Audio by Lion Rock Films

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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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