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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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
Men were first used to build barracks for a new camp. This project was not finished. In July, men assigned to mining coal.
Hell Ships: Men arrived from prior camps
Photographs: External Japanese link