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Delivering the Bread

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Delivering the Bread

We had taken over the Japanese wireless sets in the camp, we had operators in our camp and we were in communication with the American authorities until we got released and until we got our orders to move out on a special empty train that come by to pick us all up. They were dropping... as I say, they left out nothing, the Americans... I love them, I should do. They left nothing to be desired, boy they had nothing but our feelings and they must have known what we needed because boy, it was there. They went so far, over the radio, they got in touch with the radio for Oyama Camp, they knew where it was at, and I guess maybe they did the same with all the other camps, I got no idea. They told us, we had a shack that was the cook house, it had big doors. They told us to open them doors and leave them open. And some guys came with a fighter plane with some hot bread from a bakery off of a battleship and they said they were going to shoot it through that, drop it, and they dropped it and it went skidding right across the floor through them open doors in the cook shack, some hot bread. Holy Jeez, but you know this was just done as a lark, as a joke from these here pilots, but they were good guys. They took care of us.

Mr. Flegg describes the artful use of American fighters to deliver bread to the liberated camp at Oyama.

Aubrey Flegg

Aubrey Flegg was born on October 18, 1917 in Welland, Ontario. His father moved the family to Northern British Columbia when he was three. Mr. Flegg describes living on a “stump farm”, and working from a very early age. Leaving home at sixteen, he trapped in winter and felled timber during warmer months. Mr. Flegg was married with a young family when the war started, but he enlisted out of patriotic duty. He joined Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, and later reinforced the Winnipeg Grenadiers, thinking he would be going to Europe. Instead, Mr. Flegg found himself trying to defend Hong Kong from the Japanese against overwhelming odds. Imprisoned for four years, he survived the ravages of disease, starvation, abuse and forced labor in both North Point and Sham Shui Po Camps and the Oyama mines. Mr. Flegg offers an impassioned story of the Hong Kong experience.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Aubrey Flegg
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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