#1 POW Camp
| Location and history:
Sendai #1-B (Joban Tanko), Fukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, YUMOTO-machi
Area Map (Northeast section of map) Satellite view
15 Apr 1943 Established as Tokyo #6-B
18 Apr 1943: 145 Dutch arrive
1 Aug 1943 Renamed Tokyo #4-D
12/13 Aug 1944: 252 British & one American arrive
14 Apr 1945 Jurisdictional control transferred from Tokyo Camp #4-D to Sendai POW Area Command. Established as Sendai #1-B.
13 May 1945: 198 Canadians (ex Tok #3 Tsurumi) and two Americans arrive.
4 Sep 1945: B-29 crashes while dropping food to the camp. [location not verified- see report]
9 Sep 1945: Rescue effectedIncluded
Report on camp by 2nd Lt Kocher
Links to POW Web Sites:
Wes Injerd- more Pictures of Sendai
Photographs: click on pic to see more
High altitude 1947
Prisoners enslaved for the Joban Coal (Tanko) Company. Canadians came from Tok-03D-Tsurumi The camp burned 9 Apr 1945 and the men finally departed for Joban Coal on 12 May. (Don Penny (RCCS) and Capt Reid diaries per Burke Penny)
Group of 252 (British) arrived August 1944 on the Hakushika Maru from Singapore via Manila, Taiwan and Moji. Included British Driver Leonard Chris Matthews. [We have diary of Matthews- ask]
Death Roster prepared by POW Network of Japan. First British name is Fallowfield, Alfred Edward, 4th Bn, Royal Norfolks.
Located in RG 407 Box 11 and Box 12. We currently have scans of each page and are digitizing and cross checking the names. Ask for scans.
Two Americans rescued at this camp:
Finn, Charles Reuben, LT JG, 76337, USN
Bennett, Milford, CPL, 18017520, MD, 19 Bomb Group (H) 93 Bomb Squadron (Medic)
One Yank unaccounted- most likely transferred elsewhere
Dutch rosters have not been cross checked for accuracy but are posted as found:
Canadians [fully cross checked]- arrived late spring or summer 1945
Recovery team report- page 8- listing of camp deaths. [slow loading] check back again as we will be digitizing and cross checking these names. Report prepared by 2nd Lt John W. Kocher, Recovery Team #64, Commanding.
Included in 2nd Lt Kocher Report, Recovery Team #64.