Escape from Hong Kong - Coastal Forces Photo Book



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The boats of the 2nd MTB Flotilla and others

The Boats

A 1/24 scale model of MTB 07 on patrol.

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The escape

  1. 2nd MTB Flotilla
  2. The escape group at Waichow 30th December 1941
  3. Map of escape route
  4. Aerial photo of Ap Lei Chau [Aberdeen Island]
  5. Map of Hong Kong Territories
  6. Waichow to Kukong photos
  7. Commander Hugh Montague RN. SNO on the escape
  8. The escape party at Kweiyang Military Medical center 24th Jan 1942
  9. Some escape party guides and guards
  10. Adm Chan Chak's office in Pedder Street
  11. Lt-Cmdr Hsu Heng (Henry)
  12. Booklet from General Wu
  13. Lt-Cmdr Gerard H Gandy
  14. Lt Ronald R W Ashby DSC
  15. Lt Alexander Kennedy
  16. Crew of MTB 09 at Waichow
  17. Acting Stoker P.O. Stephen J [Buddy] Hide
  18. Buddy Hide's escape account
  19. The letter!!
  20. P.O. Coxswain Prest
  21. Sq-Ldr Max Oxford
  22. Sub-Lt David P Legge
  23. Sub-Lt Gee
  24. Sub-Lt Tommy Brewer
  25. Tel Harold P Hill
  26. Coxswain Bill Schillemore
  27. A/B Leslie Barker
  28. A/B Les [Lofty] Gurd
  29. Charles E [Ted] Ross
  30. David M MacDougall
  31. Capt Reginald E [Freddie] Guest
  32. A/B Frances Penny
  33. P O Robert H Stonell
  34. C P O [acting 1st Officer] Gilbert Thums
  35. Acting P O Ronald J C [Jez] Priestley
  36. A/B John Holt
  37. A/B Jack Thorpe
  38. A/B George [Bones] Arnold
  39. A/B Robert Hempenstall
  40. F W Kendall S.O.E.
  41. Colin M McEwan S.O.E.
  42. Monia Talan S.O.E.
  43. Guest book

The boats of the 1st and 3rd MTB Flotilla's

  1. 1st MTB Flotilla escorting King George to Greenwich
  2. Loading a Torpedo into the engine room




Left is MTB 18 of the 1st MTB Flotilla after implementing Lt-Cmdr Gandy's recomendations.













Bits and Bobs

  1. The Surrender: Major-General C. M. Maltby meets his captors
  2. Adm Chan Chak's bullet & the gun that fired it
  3. PO Buddy Hide marries after his epic escape

The Officers and crews of the 2nd MTB Flotilla

  1. Lt R.R.W. Ashby and crew of MTB 07 in 1941
  2. Lt Laurence D Kil bee HKRNVR CO of MTB 08 in 1941

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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