Fukuoka #27 Tagawa
(Mitsui Mining Co.)

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Source: RG 331 Box 927
Scans courtesy of D. Rider; camp data and location per research of Wes Injerd

Fukuoka 27-B Tagawa
(Mitsui Kozan Tagawa Kogyo-sho)
Fukuoka-ken, Tagawa-gun, Aza Nara
Location: Fukuoka Branch Camp #27 was located near the hospital of the Mitsui Tagawa Coal Mine in Gotoji, Kyushu, Japan. Opened in May 1944. When closed, camp had 398 POWS, 81 being Americans.
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Timeline:
10 May 1945:
Camp established
12 May 1945: Americans arrive from Osaka 5D Yodogawa
** July 1945: Severe beating of three Americans: Spizzario and Sgt Wilson
17 Aug 1945: Camp Terminated- men moved to Fuk-22 Honami for clearance
5 Sep 1945: Rescue team arrives
11 Sep 1945: Final rescue effected; entrained for Yokohama

Camp_Report_Mgmnt_Personnel.pdf - Kyushu POW Camp Labor Management (Tagawa on page 7), Investigation Report, Japanese personnel
Slave Labor:
Men were first used to build barracks for a new camp. This project was not finished. In July, men assigned to mining coal.

Mitsui Tagawa Mining Co. Report.pdf (original document, Japanese and English)

Hell Ships: Men arrived from prior camps

Roster:
Dutch:
Original roster (PDF)
American:
FUK-27_RG407_Box122_partial_roster_0811
FUK-27_RG407_Box122_partial_roster_0812

Original rosters - British, American, Australian, Dutch (PDF)


Affidavits:
Affidavits.pdf (34Mb file) - Williams, Rylah, Russell, Ridley, Ross, Rosebery, Pawley, Rathwell, Reilly, Pope, Pearce, Owen, Olsen, Nowlan, Mulcahy, Murray, Mortyn, Love, Kuretich, Kelly, Dengelegi, Bollin
Japanese: Kage, Fukano


Photographs:
External Japanese link
FUK-27_Tagawa_aerial