Osaka Main Camp #1
A.K.A. Honjo/Hoincho/Chikko

Destroyed in B-29 raid on June 1, 1945

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Chikko POW Camp
Final Location:

Osaka Camp #1-B
(NIPPON TSUUUN)
OSAKA-shi, MINATO-ku, KITA FUKUZAKI NISHINO-machi
Location Map:
Area Map -
shows general location of camps
Exact Map - detail of local area today

Timeline: (read official report for War Crime Trials)
21 Sep 1942: Osaka Camp #1 was originally established and designated as Osaka Main Camp when 150 men arrived here from the Zentsuji POW Camp.
19 Oct 1942: 80 men moved from Osaka #1 to Hirohata #1 in Himeji and 70 PWs transferred from Itchioka (Stadium POW Camp later converted to the Ichioka Hospital).
New camp designated as OSAKA POW MAIN CAMP 01-B [Chikko].
11 Oct 1942:
500 POWs arrive from Hong Kong on the Lisbon Maru. Approximate 230 more Americans arrive on Tottori Maru.
?? Sep 1944: Pvt Everett Reamer sentenced to Sakai Prison.
1 Jun 1945: Destroyed by air raid; moved temporarily to TSUMORI on 2 June 1945.
10 Jul 1945: Moved to 7 Nishino Sho-machi, known as Kita-Fukuzaki.
Aug 1945: Renamed Osaka Camp 1-B.
Sep 1945: Terminated.

History of Camp:
Often referred to as "Hoincho" by ex-pows. Opened on or about 19 Oct 1942 with POWS from Guam transferred from the Ichioka stadium. Stadium then used as hospital for area. Sub-camps were established and a partial list includes: Ichioka (Stadium) Hospital, Umeda, Yodogawa steel mill, Sakurajima (Hitachi shipyard), Hitachi shipyard, Taisho and the Fujinagata shipyard.

When initially opened, Senior ranking enlisted man was CBM Earl Sanders from Piti Yard, YP-16, Guam (official records frequently misspell his name as "Saunders"), and camp included the approximately 70 men (no officers) from Guam, sent earlier to the stadium. 80 other Guam men were earlier sent to Hirohata from Itchioka.
(more)
Primary Slave Labor Use:
Stevedore and dock workers

Hell Ships:
Lisbon Maru & Tottori Maru

SCAP Investigation Report: Details environment of camp and movement of POWs


Summary of British POW's interview Relates Japanese censorship and theft of Red Cross packages and money orders.
Affidavit of Everett Reamer- discusses the cowardly action of camp leader CBM Sanders (ex Guam) who turned over Reamer and Bradsher for punishment by Japanese.
Special page on John Arthur Rix, Royal New Zealand Navy (material courtesy of Nick Dooner)

Camp Rosters at Liberation:
This camp was destroyed in incendiary raid- no surviving rosters found--yet.
UPDATE: Chikko roster (XLS) produced by Roger Mansell, 2005.


List of Deceased at Chikko House:

Arthur Ernest Andrews, Isle of Tiree
Link to
Japan POW Network indicates men who died at the Stadium Hospital [Minato-ku]


Japanese Camp Staff:
See PDF below which includes staff for all camps.


Photographs & Sketches:
OSAKA Camps, Chikko history, Camp Layout (PDF) - original archive documents (from Record Group 331, Box 946), includes "List of Papers" for all Osaka camps, layout for both Chikko sites (with floor plans) and Ichioka camp location, Osaka Monthly Report, Investigation Report.


Affidavits Dealing with All Osaka Camps:
NOTE: The following PDF's have been compiled from individual photos taken at the National Archives by Roger Mansell and have not been separated out for each camp in the Osaka Group. Contents for each PDF is listed.

OSAKA_Affidavits 1
IMG_0255-Osaka-list of papers
IMG_0256-Stromstad affidavit
IMG_0258-Schultz-Wake
IMG_0259-charles roberts ref Black Sam
IMG_0260-Read-1
IMG_0261-Read-2
IMG_0269-Paskey-1
IMG_0270-Paskey-2
IMG_0271-Millikin-1
IMG_0272-Millikin-2
IMG_0275-McKnight-Palawan affidavit-02
IMG_0277-Jones-Bataan-1
IMG_0278-Jones-Bataan-2
IMG_0279-Jones-Bataan-3
IMG_0280-Jones-Bataan-4
IMG_0285-Jarrell
IMG_0287-Hernandez-Guam-1
IMG_0288-Hernandez-Guam-2
IMG_0289-Hernandez-Guam-3
IMG_0290-Hernandez-Guam-4
IMG_0291-Hernandez-Guam-5
IMG_0292-Hernandez-Guam-6
IMG_0293-Grant
IMG_0294-grant-1
IMG_0295-Farmer-civ-Wake Naoetsu-01
IMG_0296-Farmer-2
IMG_0297-Farmer-3
IMG_0298-Dyer
IMG_0299-Cornett-USMC-4th
IMG_0300-Cornett-2
IMG_0301-Cornett-3
IMG_0305-Caldwell
IMG_0306-Buckner
IMG_0307-Buckner-2

OSAKA_Affidavits 2
IMG_0315-tanagawa Jap staff
IMG_0316-tanagawa=jap staff-2
IMG_0317-Moddrell-HK-1
IMG_0318-Moddrell-HK-2
IMG_0319-Moddrell-HK-3
IMG_0320-Tyler death cert-1
IMG_0322-Willweber-1
IMG_0323-Willweber-2
IMG_0324-willweber-3
IMG_0325-Willweber-4
IMG_0326-Willweber-5
IMG_0327-Bascom-1
IMG_0328-Bascom-2
IMG_0329-Shiina-1
IMG_0330-Shiina-2
IMG_0331-Shiina-3
IMG_0332-Shiina-4
IMG_0333-Shimamura-1
IMG_0334-Shimamura-2
IMG_0335-Itoyama-1
IMG_0336-Itoyama-2
IMG_0337-Itotama-3
IMG_0338-Vallier-1
IMG_0339-Vallier-2
IMG_0340-Tucker-1
IMG_0350-Taylor-1
IMG_0351-Taylor-2
IMG_0352-Travis Smith-1
IMG_0353-Travis Smith-2
IMG_0354-Travis Smith-3
IMG_0355-Travis Smith-4
IMG_0356-Travis Smith-5
IMG_0357-Sanders-Guam-1
IMG_0358-Sanders-Guam-2
IMG_0359-Sanders-Guam-4
IMG_0360-Sanders-Guam-4
IMG_0361-Sanders-Guam-5
IMG_0362-Sanders-Guam-6
IMG_0363-Sanders-Guam-7
IMG_0364-Sanders-Guam-8
IMG_0365-Ryan-1
IMG_0366-Ryan-2
IMG_0367-Ryan-3
IMG_0368-Ryan-4
IMG_0369-Ryan-5
IMG_0370-Ryan-6
IMG_0371-Robertson-Civ-Wake-1
IMG_0372-Robertson-Civ-Wake-2
IMG_0373-Robertson-Civ-Wake-3
IMG_0374-Robertson-4
IMG_0375-Reamer-1
IMG_0376-Reamer-2
IMG_0377-Reamer-3
IMG_0378-Reamer-4
IMG_0379-Rankins-HK-1
IMG_0380-Rankins-HK-2
IMG_0381-Rankins-HK-3
IMG_0382-Prickett-Guam-1
IMG_0383-Prickett-Guam-2
IMG_0384-Pedigo-USMC-1
IMG_0385-Pedigo-USMC-2
IMG_0386-Pedigo-USMC-3
IMG_0387-Pedigo-USMC-4
IMG_0388-Strangeways_Singapore-1
IMG_0389-Strangeways_Singapore-2
IMG_0390-Strangeways_Singapore-3
IMG_0391-Strangeways_Singapore-4
IMG_0392-Strangeways_Singapore-5
IMG_0393-Newton-Guam-1
IMG_0394-Newton-Guam-
IMG_0395-Newton-Guam-3
IMG_0396-Newton-Guam-4
IMG_0397-Muller-Makin-1
IMG_0398-Muller-Makin-2
IMG_0399-Muller-Makin-3
IMG_0400-pic of jap guard
IMG_0401-pic of jap guard-identified
IMG_0402-Mize-Quail-1
IMG_0403-Mize-Quail-2
IMG_0404-Mize-Quail-3
IMG_0405-Merritt-Guam-1
IMG_0406-Merritt-Guam-2
IMG_0407-Merritt-Guam-3
IMG_0408-Merritt-Guam-4
IMG_0409-Merritt-Guam-5
IMG_0410-DeLong-MM-1
IMG_0410-Goetz-MM-1
IMG_0411-DeLong-MM-2
IMG_0411-Goetz-MM-2
IMG_0412-DeLong-MM-3
IMG_0412-Goetz-MM-3
IMG_0413-DeLong-b
IMG_0414-DeLong-MM-4
IMG_0414-Goetz-MM-4
IMG_0415-Johnson-HK-1
IMG_0416-Johnson-HK-2
IMG_0417-Johnson-HK-3

OSAKA_Affidavits 3
IMG_0571-Ping-1
IMG_0572-Ping-2
IMG_0573-Pilkington-1
IMG_0574-Pilkington-
IMG_0575-Pilkington-3
IMG_0576-Pilkington-4
IMG_0577-Pilkington-5
IMG_0578-Lrentreich-1
IMG_0578-Lrentreich-1-dutch ex java
IMG_0579-Hernandez-Guam-1
IMG_0580-Dyer
IMG_0581-Shiina-1
IMG_0582-Shiina-2
IMG_0585-Shiina-3
IMG_0586-Ichioka Murders-iToyoma-1
IMG_0587-Ichioka Murders-iToyoma-2
IMG_0588-Ichioka Murders-iToyoma-3
IMG_0590-Ryan-1
IMG_0591-Ryan-2
IMG_0592-Ryan-3
IMG_0593-Ryan-4
IMG_0594-Ryan-5
IMG_0595-Ryan-6
IMG_0596-Reamer-1
IMG_0598-Reamer-2
IMG_0599-Reamer-3
IMG_0600-Pedigo-1
IMG_0602-Pedigo-2
IMG_0603-Pedigo-3
IMG_0604-Pedigo-4
IMG_0605-Jensen-1
IMG_0606-Jensen-2
IMG_0609-Jensen-3- murder of Eneford
IMG_0609-Jensen-3
IMG_0611-DeLong-1-Notogawa
IMG_0612-DeLong-2
IMG_0613-DeLong-3
IMG_0615-Hoogkinson-HK-1
IMG_0616-Hoogkinson-HK-2
IMG_0617-Hoogkinson-HK-3
IMG_0618-Hoogkinson-HK-4
IMG_0619-Hochman-1
IMG_0620-Hochman-2
IMG_0622-Hochman-3
IMG_0623-Hochman-4
IMG_0624-Hochman-5
IMG_0625-Hochman-6
IMG_0626-Hochman-7
IMG_0627-Hochman-8
IMG_0628-Hochman-9
IMG_0629-Hamilton-HK-1
IMG_0630-Hamilton-HK-2
IMG_0631-Hamilton-HK-3
IMG_0632-Eudy-Guam-1
IMG_0633-Eudy-Guam-3
IMG_0634-Egan-Guam-1
IMG_0635-Egan-Guam-2
IMG_0636-Egan-Guam-3
IMG_0637-Egan-Guam-4
IMG_0638-Egan-Guam-5
IMG_0639-Egan-Guam-6
IMG_0640-Egan-Guam-7
IMG_0641-Egan-Guam-8
IMG_0642-Donnelly-MM-1
IMG_0644-Donnelly-MM-2
IMG_0645-Combs-Guam-1
IMG_0646-Combs-Guam-2
IMG_0647-Combs-Guam-3
IMG_0648-Combs-Guam-4
IMG_0649-charge against Marimoto
IMG_0650-charege against Marimoto-2
IMG_0652-Burrows-MM-2
IMG_0653-Burrows-MM-1
IMG_0654-Burrows-MM-3
IMG_0655-Status of Jap POW Records
IMG_0656-Brown statement ref Jap records in Chikko
IMG_0657-Brown statement-22
IMG_0658-Brown statement-3
IMG_0659-Brentley-4th-1
IMG_0660-Brentley-4th-2
IMG_0661-Boyle-Guam-1
IMG_0662-Boyle-Guam-2
IMG_0664-Boyle-Guam-3
IMG_0665-Boley-Wake-1
IMG_0666-Boley-Wake-2
IMG_0667-Boley-Wake-3
IMG_0668-Boley-Wake-4
IMG_0669-Barr-Civ-Wake-1
IMG_0670-Barr-Civ-Wake-2
IMG_0671-Barr-Civ-Wake-3
IMG_0673-Addison-1
IMG_0675-Addison-2
IMG_0676-Addison-3
IMG_0677-Dalzell-1
IMG_0678-Dalzell-2
IMG_0679-Dalzell-2

Assorted Original Documents relating to all Osaka Camps:
NOTE: The following PDF's have been compiled from individual photos taken at the National Archives by Roger Mansell and have not been separated out for each camp in the Osaka Group.
OSAKA_Allied_Ranking_Officers, partial_AUS_roster
OSAKA_Kempeitai_Execution_of_Nelson_and_Augunas
OSAKA_Japanese_staff
OSAKA_Camps_Camp Management
MORITA_Hiroyuki - Testimony_on_Osaka_Camps