This is what the Captured Japanese Document, a trial summary which is sadly my only source for Mr Chan, has to say about his contribution to the resistance:
The accused CHAN PING FUN was a member of the Former Reserve Police Force. From June 1942 he was employed as a construction engineer at KAI TAK Airfield. About the end of January 1943 he happened to run up against the late CHAN FEI,1 with whom he was already acquainted, and the latter asked him for information about the airfield. He promptly gave him information in his possession, about various installation projects, although he knew this was espionage activity on behalf of the enemy.2
The same document tells us that most of the Police Reservists were recruited between April and June 19423 (although the group might not have begun full-scale operations until the end of 1942) If the section on him is accurate, it seems that Mr Chan was not recruited until late in that year; however, we must remember that almost the entire document consists of confessions obtained under torture, and that as far as possible the victims would have sought to deceive the Japanese, and in particular to minimise their own role and that of others. It’s possible that Mr Chan was spying from the start of his time at Kai Tak Airport, but we obviously can’t know the truth.
The Japanese extended this airport using forced labour from Shamshuipo; two brave men dared to tell them that to make POWs carry out war-work was against the Geneva Convention (which Japan had not signed but sometimes claimed to abide by). We know that one received a severe beating and a lesson in logic: he should have realised that his own reasoning proved the airport extension must be for civilian purposes! No doubt a similar lesson was handed out to the other.
The courageous Chan Ping Fun was probably arrested in the spring of 1943; he was tried alogside 26 others during the morning of October 19, and sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out on Stanley Beach on October 29, 1943.
His name appears on the Stanley Military Cemetery as Chan Ping Fan, and his wife is given as Leung Yuk Ming of Hong Kong.4 The Captured Document gives his age as 44 and his address as ‘Ching Yip’ Pass Mui Hing Street.
1Obviously a BAAG agent, but I have no other information about him at the moment.
3Pages 3 and 6.