Sendai Camp #6-B
Hanawa POW Camp
Japanese Camp Staff:
George Cobb - stated that a Japanese guard nick-named "Happy" (ore crushing detail) covered for men who were unable to work and smuggled in food. POWs gave him a letter asking that he be given assistance by the liberators.
War Crimes Trial:
Tsuchiya, Hichiro, Mine Foreman, Osaraizawa Mining Company(copper mine), near Sendai Area PW Camps No. 6 and 7, Hanawa, Honshu, Japan
Interview with George E. Cobb, POW # 35
Memoir- Harry Whittinghill describes ordeal of capture on Bataan through rescue at Hanawa. Limited value as no dates specified- NOT a diary
Primary Labor Use:
500 men arrived on board the Noto Maru that departed Manila 14 Aug 1944 for Moji, Japan (brief stop in southern Formosa port of Takao). The POWs arrived at this camp on 9 Sep 1944.
Commonwealth- Hellship not known
Camp Rosters at Liberation: Roster at liberation, Sep 1945 - includes deceased
American Roster Army, Navy, USMC
British (includes Austrailians) Roster
List of deceased at Hanawa:
(includes dates, cause & Next of Kin)
Books Describing Life at Hanawa:
“..when men must live” by Kenneth B. and James T. Murphy, “..when men must die live”, I West Publications, Livermore (CA), 2009. Memoir of Army Air Corps Tech Sgt James T. Murphy captured on Bataan and eventually rescued at Sendai #6, Hanawa. Extensive description of initial attacks on Nichols Field, Bataan battles and experiences in various POW camps. Good detail of the hell ship, Noto Maru. The values instilled in him as a youth allowed him to survive. Contact
Brothers From Bataan by Adrian R. Martin. Excellent research by nephew of a POW who perished in this camp. Also includes copy of souvenier roster prepared by a survivor. Has roster of Noto Maru and Las Piņas labor detail. Rosters have numerous errors since the "camp prepared" rosters were typewritten and not proofed against personnel records. Ask for compiled roster by this Center.
"I Am Alive" by Sgt Maj Charles R. Jackson, USMC, edited by Major Bruce Norton. Somewhat disorganized and limited descriptions but fascinating reading.
Interview of Frank Goldstein (Quicktime needed) by the Proviso School Project
Japanese Commandant's Announcement that war is over. (Illustrated)
Modern View of Camp: Link to current Japanese page for this camp, now a "Theme Park" for mining. Known as the "Mine Land Osarizawa." An interesting trip to this location is here.
Aerial Photograph and Location Map