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2650 Bibai-Machi, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido Island
Map: RG 407 lower Hokkaido showing port of Hakodate
Overall map of Hakodate Camps

Additonal Research by Netherlands researcher, John Slootmaekers regarding Red Cross records.
Intl Red Cross Committee: Camp Commandant as of 11 Jan 1945 was Lt Col. Shigao Emoto

Deceased POWs at this camp.
A 7-page PDF file at the Japanese POW Research Network (click on Hakodate Main Camp link). This is based solely upon Japanese records and may not always be accurate as many documents were unreadable.

From British POW Jim Crinion (now residing in Urbrae, SA,Australia), we have obtained photographs of the men at time of rescue.

Group 1

Group 2
Hell Ships:
In the post war "Adachi" report, the first shipment of POWs from Singapore arrived on the Tofuku Maru. Departed 27 October 1942 and arrived at Moji on the 27th of November 1942. 1200 POW embarked, 27 died en route. It is understood these men had earlier been captured on Java. A second group appears to have arrived on the Wales Maru that departed Singapore 16 May 1943 and arrived Moji on 7 June 1943.
War Crime trial regarding this shipment of POW.

John Fisher: RAF (84 Squadron) vet lives in California
Video Interview (no longer available?)

Record of Work (PDF) - excerpts from this booklet owned by British POW W. Holmes (dating from Jan. 1943). Scan also includes some of the Japanese currency presumably paid to Holmes. (Courtesy of Margaret Saville-Brown, whose son found these while cleaning out a neighbor's garage.)

Complete Rescue Rosters: (As of 15 August 1945)
American, Dutch, Canadian & Estonian