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<i>Cornflower's</i> Launch

Tim Luard

in Escape from Hong Kong

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083763.003.0013
Cornflower's Launch

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Still on December 25, Chan Chak was told by the man in charge of the naval base at Aberdeen that the Japanese shelling was too heavy for the motor torpedo boats to come close to shore: they were hiding out among the islands nearby. Chan Chak, MacDougall, and party used a small launch—a tender to HMS Cornflower—to make their way to the torpedo boats. The Japanese gunfire intensified as they made their escape. The launch was hit, and the party had to abandon it and swim for safety.

Keywords: World War II; Hong Kong; South China; Japanese invasion; Chan Chak; David MacDougall; Royal Navy; HMS Cornflower; motor torpedo boats

Chapter.  3647 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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