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Nagoya POW Command #1-B
(was Osaka #7-B)
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Kamioka POW Camp, Nagoya Detach 1-B
10 Nov 1942: Dutch POWS arrive from Kamakura
Maru ex Java (Surabaya)
Just to update your information on British prisoners in Kamioka: "Walker" was Thomas John Walker, also of 100 squadron RAF, and featured regularly in my father's POW diaries - as was the attached image.
Tom Stitt I don't think I've seen anywhere in the diaries. There were only a few English prisoners, so you'd think his arrival would be mentioned.
The doctor you mention, Tony Jackson RN, arrived on 26th March 1944 and immediately operated on my father's hand - otherwise he would have apparently lost it. There's also mention of a Dutch doctor arriving in October 1943 and American prisoners arriving in May and August 1944.
Nick (Nicholas Guthrie) Glenton was also from 100 squadron and Charles James Brandon was 242 squadron.
Slave Labor Use:
Zinc and lead mining.
NOTE: Frequently misrepresented as Omuta but that is another sub-camp in the Fukuoka area. Read commentary by Ray Makepiece
Detailed history of events leading to men arriving at this camp by 1st Sgt Joseph G Pase- outstanding diary of major events during captivity at Kamioka plus extensive time-line
Now located at NARA, RG 407 Box 102.
(verified 193 Yanks plus one British doctor)
American Roster- draft based upon POW Diaries; approx 150 Americans yet to be documented.
Dutch - see external link to roster of 305 Dutch and 6 British
Boulding, Walter Frederick,Gnr
Charles James Brandon, 242nd RAF Sqn
Nicholas Guthrie Glenton, 100th RAF Sqn
Stephen Robinson Harle, LAC, 100th RAF Sqn
Tom McRobert Stitt, 155th Field Regt. RA
Camp Doctor: Tony Jackson (British)- Royal Navy Surgeon. Also known affectionately as "The Doc" or "Jocko"; previously at Osaka Ichioka POW Hospital.
Japanese Camp Staff:
A partial list of Japanese staff including rank. Guard staff was changed weekly.
War Crime Trials:
Sgt Mantani, Unosuke-[External site] Guard - Life imprisonment
Pvt Shimoda, Ryoichi - [External site] Guard - 20 years hard labor
Books Describing Life at Kamioka:
Jackson, Charles R. (Edited by B.H. Norton) "I AM ALIVE" Marine captured on Corregidor and rescued at Kamioka. Fantastic reading!
WORMSER, J.A., De nacht van de rijzende zon. Een Hollandse krijgsgevangene in Japan, 1942-1945. Orig. edn.Kampen, Kok, s.d. [circa], 1995. Verbatim text, in English, of the speech as held by Colonel Mirata, commander Osaka P.O.W. camp, 11th December 1942, addressing P.O.W., name-list of 302 Dutch and British P.O.W. as held at camp Kamioka, Osaka, incl. marking those who perished, table being exchange-rates of goods for food/medicine, incl. examples of loss of weight to Dutch P.O.W., glossary of Malay/Japanese words and expressions-Dutch.
Camp Photographs and Modern Day Pictures of Kamioka
Can you help identify these men?
Group photo of POWs (some of whom were at Kamioka), taken at March AFB in the early 1950's. (Courtesy of Steven Bull: "My dad is sitting between the third and fourth row, last man on the left, behind the guy in the mustache.")
Wade Waldrup story (25 May 1997)