Sendai #8B Kosaka POW Camp
Formerly Tokyo 10B
Kosaka- Machi POW Camp-
Sendai Command, also known as Sendai #8 Branch Camp.
(FUJITA GUMI KOSAKA KOZAN)
AKITA-ken, KATSUNO [Kazuno]-gun, KOSAKA-machi
Area Map Exact topo map Satellite View
1 Dec 1944: Camp established as Tokyo-10B (Kosaka)
29 Jan 1945: 150 Men arrive from Melbourne Maru (ex Inrin Temporary camp on Taiwan)
14 Apr 1945: Jurisdictional control transferred from Tokyo POW Command to Sendai POW Command. Camp redesignated as Sendai-08B (Kosaka).
11 Sep 1945: Rescue effected; Most boarded the hospital ship in Sendai HArbor for transit to Yokohama.
Primary Slave Labor Usage:
Mining and smelting of Copper. Men employed by the Fujita-gumi Construction Company.
Based upon manifest located at NARA, RG 407 and analysis by noted researchers Jim Erickson (Texas A&M) and Michael Hurst (MBE)- founder of the Taiwan Memorial Society, many of the men at the camp were aboard the Hokusen Maru to Taiwan. Probably all were taken to Japan aboard the Melbourne Maru in Jan 1945, but it's possible that some of the men made the journey aboard the Enoshima Maru in Feb 1945.
Beyond Courage - musical, American POW Aldrich
Dutch POW Petrus Rugers - Excellent story written by grand daughter
Oral Interview of Navy pilot Jack Williams- dropped note to camp
Camp Rosters at Liberation: Roster at liberation, Sep 1945 - American, British (8)and Dutch (99)
List of deceased at Kosaka
No other deaths
Japanese Camp Staff: At time of rescue
Camp Photographs & Sketches
Aerial Photograph and Liberation Photos
Books Describing Life at Kosaka:
"The Hero Next Door Returns" by Kristin Gilpatrick
Preview pages on Amazon indicate good description of Kosaka. George Brenzel of the 59th CA is noted in text.
"A Study in Valor" by Wm. T. Garner. The story of Clarence H. Bramley. Publication pending.