Secret Mission to The Philippines

Title:                      Secret Mission to The Philippines

Author:                 William Wise

Wise, William (1968). Secret Mission to The Philippines; The Story of The “Spyron” And The American-Filipino Guerrillas of World War II. New York, Dutton

LCCN:    69013372

D802.P5 W5


  • Describes the unusual World War II command of Chick Parsons who, as leader of the American-Filipino guerrilla movement, lived behind enemy lines, never carried arms or fired a shot, and became one of America’s most decorated heroes.


Date Posted:      February 9, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

In this short, highly readable book, Wise describes the Spyron operation in the Philippines. Spyron was an Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) operation from MacArthur’s headquarters in Australia. It was established to collect intelligence for an eventual landing, to provide a system of coast watchers for information on Japanese naval and shipping movements and long-range aircraft early warning, to provide weather information, and to coordinate guerrilla activities. The hero of Wise’s book is navy commander Charles “Chick” Parsons, who was a prominent Manila businessman before World War II. He helped establish and organize intelligence and resistance in the Philippines, and continued to be the driving force behind many sea infiltrations by submarine from G-2 headquarters in Australia.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., pp. 70-71.

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