Language selection


Japanese bomb Kowloon

Heroes Remember

Japanese bomb Kowloon

I was with D Company until the day the war broke out. The night before they moved most of the troops over to the island. And I was one of the ones who was left on the... and we got up that morning, we went....we had our breakfast and I came out and I was washing my pans and utensils. And one of the chaps, his name was Herbie Fortune he says, “Who said we didn't have an Air Force?” All these planes were coming over and he started to count them. He got to about thirteen, I think. When the first bomb landed on the parade ground. And the second one hit the officer's quarters on the other side of us. And I was down in the (inaudible)??? by this time, along with the rest of them. So we decided we didn't have an Air Force and the war started, so that's how I found out that there was a war on.

Mr. Whitman describes seeing a flight of aircraft approaching and thinking they are American. However, exploding bombs convince him the Japanese have declared war.

Allan Whitman

Allan Whitman was born in Bridgeville, Manitoba on February 21, 1921. His father ran a general store in which he also worked. Feeling it was his duty, Mr. Whitman enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in September, 1939 and trained at Minto and Tuxedo Barracks. In Hong Kong, he fought in D Company until his capture. Mr. Whitman became ill with dysentery, and later beri-beri, the debilitating effects of which kept him in hospital in Hong Kong until the war ended.

Meta Data
Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Allan Whitman
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers

Copyright / Permission to Reproduce

Related Videos

Date modified: