Roger Cheng and the following Chinese Canadians landed by Catalina Flying Boat, 6 August 1945. They were originally sent to SOE for operation “Oblivion”, they were to operate with Chinese Communists in South China. The operation was canceled because General Douglas MacArthur wanted to have the South East Asia command to be an all American operation. Operation “Oblivion” was under the direct control of the British war ministry and it`s role was under the direct command of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Louey King MM
Of the 350 SOE personnel dropped into Malaya between June and August 1945 , 14 would be Canadian Chinese .
the French Canadian’s listed as serving in the Far East were volunteers from
Buckmasters “F” section SOE. Most of these personnel were initially trained
at STS (Special Training School) in Canada , Camp X (STS 103) , Massingham
Algeria and also at various STS in the UK and Commando Schools in Scotland. They
would later train in India and Ceylon.
150 Chinese Canadians were sent to the Far East out of hundreds who volunteered for special assignment, many of these would end up as qualified parachutists. They were initially trained at a makeshift School in the Okanagan Valley in BC , Canada , then they were off in separate groups at different times to train in Australia , India and Ceylon. Of the 150 , 14 would see action . The remainder trained and prepared themselves for their turn , however the war with Japan would end before they could be involved.
The original group of Chinese Canadians were known as the Kendall group ( Maj. Kendall) who recruited them in Canada were only trained in BC Okanagan Valley . This consisted of some of those chosen for operation "Oblivion" approx. 15 persons, the mission was cancelled .
The later group recruited by Maj Legg was sent to England and then to India for training approx. 125 persons. A few were sent directly to Australia .
150 Chinese Canadians in total.
Information compiled by Ken Joyce from National Archives of Canada records and through the book by Maclaren , Roy “Canadians Behind Enemy Lines 1939-1945” University of British Columbia Press , 1981.