Tokyo #9-B POW Camp
Ashio

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Tokyo #9 Branch Camp "Ashio"
Location:

TOCHIGI-ken, KAMITSUGA-gun, ASHIO-machi
Employer: FURUKAWA KOGYO
Area Map
Dispatch Camp (8-D) satellite image
Branch Camp 9-B satellite image


Timeline:
10 Nov 1943:
First known as Tokyo 8-D
August: 
More men arrive from Hitachi (Tok-08B-Hitachi)
Aug 1945: Renamed Tokyo 9-B
Sep 1945:
Rescue effected

Photographs:
8-D (Dispatch Camp) aerial (Sunahata)
9-B (Branch Camp) aerial (Nojimata)
Numerous photos
External site - pictures of mine entrance and interior, including diary by Ed Keller.
State Library of Victoria - Allied POWS at time of rescue, gathered at entrance.
Labor:
Copper mine
Ashio Copper Mine Sightseeing (Japanese) (English)


Roster:
Partial roster based upon diaries.
Roster (Dutch, US, Norwegian, British; archival documents)
See also this Tokyo roster of assorted nationalities and camps (Ashio is noted as 12D).


Affidavit of Sgt. John K. Johnson, Harbor Defense, Corregidor. Relates experience of Cabanatuam, Bilibid, hell ship, Hitachi and Ashio.
Clarence Clough- Family history includes his capture at Corregidor, slavery at Palawan and Ashio.
Submarine SS-44- Summary of two survivors taken as POWs.
USS Perch- Survivors at Ashio.
USS Sculpin: Story of capture and list of crew KIA.
Edward L Hartley- Excellent web page regarding this camp.
Franz Adolf Lörzing memoirs - mentions his time at Ashio camp (at bottom of webpage for Tokyo #8).
Bernice Clifford ("BC") Hart - Diary and assorted letters (courtesy of James Hart). Hart was liberated at Tokyo #1 Kawasaki but spent time at Ashio.


Japan POW Research Network PDF's for Tokyo camps - excellent data, in Japanese only.


Cpl. Estil J. Cohorn, 60th CAC
(courtesy of Cohorn's grandson, Derek Gould)


"My grandfather is on the left, with his step-brother, Roy Morris. The picture was taken in California before they were sent to PI... then trained, served, and were captured together. Both were 60th CAC. They were only pulled apart when Estil was sent to Japan as Roy was deemed to sick to make the journey. Roy was liberated by the Rangers."

Cohorn_interrogation (DOCX file)

Note: Cohorn's name appears on rosters for Tokyo #1 and Tokyo #8.