|Sapporo- Pic #2|
Known as "The Diddled Dozen" -
Courtesy of Jim Mockford -extracted from the memoir
called "Quig" by Donald Quigley
The group as well as other prisoners were sent from the Shanghai area by train to Peking, Mukden and down to Korea where they boarded a ship to Japan on June 28, 1945 and eventually ended up at Sapporo after a long train ride across the whole island of Honshu. The 12 American pilots now refered to themselves as "The Diddled Dozen." So your photo of the 12 POWs is in fact "The Diddled Dozen."
On August 15, 1945 they were informed of the surrender and the Japanese were told that they should remain where they were for pickup. About 3 days later a B-29 dropped a message to the men and supplies followed. The Japanese now took care to make conditions better and they got a variety of food and charcoal to cook things themselves, even beer and sake arrived. They got to bathe at a local bath house. They received a little pay for the weeding of a potato patch they had done. Some Swiss Red Cross reps arrived to check on them, and some other American and British prisoners were brought to their camp. On Sept. 11 they were taken by bus to an air strip and flown out of Sapporo to Okinawa and then Manila. They were sent back to the US by "Slow Boat" to San Francisco and sent to Letterman Hospital for deworming, shots, etc.
By comparing the faces identified in the photo of the 12 hereby identified, perhaps you can correlate to the photo of the larger group and that only leaves a few unidentified.