Who Was


Life as a Chinese Canadian before WW2

The Roll of the Chinese

Force 136

Cloak & Dagger

Force 136 in Malaya

Special Training School

Detatchment 101

Japanese Propaganda

Willie and Edith meet Lady Mountbatten

Douglas Jung

The Chinese Who Jumped

Unwanted Soldier

Richard T. Lee - Thanks to the Chinese Canadians

Chinese Canadian Museum

Special Forces in Burma by Pauline Hayton



It all Began in 1923


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

Jimmy Shiu MM

Roy Chan MM

Louey King MM

Norman Low MM


Of the 350 SOE personnel dropped into Malaya between June and August 1945 , 14 would be Canadian Chinese .

All 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.

Henry Fung

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur

22 June 1945

Bing Lee

Ted Wong

Bob Lew

Ernie Louie

George Chin

Victor Louie

Charlie Chung

Harry Ho

Billy K. Lee

Kuala Lumpur

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur

Selangor/Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Pilah Tampin,Alor Setar

Kedah Perlis

Kedah Perlis


July 1945

July 1945

July 1945

5 August 1945

July/August 1945?

14 July 1945

14 July 1945

14 July 1945

24 August 1945