Hakodate # 4
SORACHI-gun, ASHIBETSU-machi, AZA NISHI ASHIBETSU
24 June 1945: Camp Established
05 July 1945: Yanks arrive from China
Sep 1945: Rescue effected
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Above courtesy of POW Researcher, Wes Injerd. [see his Fukuoka site]
On May 9, 1945, American from Wake plus some captured aviators, were taken from Shaghai POW camp by box cars to Nanking and Peking for a month. In June, the were sent down through Korea to the port of Pusan then on to Hokodate Branch Camp, arriving on 5 July 1945. The officers handled braces for a coal mine above ground.
Coal Mine for Jisakuno Mining
Hellships: Aussies known to have arrived on the Naruto Maru thence first sent to Zentsuji. Wake POWS were sent to China on the Nitta Maru.
Branch #4 had 3 British, 52 Americans and 45 Australians. Most of the Americans were captured on Wake Island or were shot down over China. The Australians came from Rabaul and Kavieng via Zentsuji on the Naruto Maru.
Australians & British
No deaths recorded
Hutchinsen-Smith, David Chadwick: "Guests of the Samurai"