Tokyo POW Camp #1-B

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Kawasaki #1 POW Branch Camp
Tokyo 1-B
Satellite map
Area map
Aerial photo (Feb. 1946; courtesy of Japan Map Archive)

Camp History:
24 Aug 1942:
July 1945: Unknown number of men moved north to
Tokyo #8 Branch (Hitachi) Motoyama.
25 Sep 1942: Renamed TOKYO POW CAMP No. 1-B
Sep 1945: Rescue effected

Excellent narrative and camp experience of David Wilson, British sailor on the SS Willesden, sunk by German raider Regensburg. Turned over to Japanese at Yokohama on 7 Jul 1942. Interned at the Kawasaki #1 POW Camp. Includes picture of camp buildings during war and post war aerial from fighter plane.

Aerial photo (courtesy of National Naval Aviation Museum)
Additional aerial 1 - aerial 2 (courtesy of POW Research Network Japan)

MacArthur Report: Located at 35.31'N-139.42"E, 21 US out of 400 prisoners. Camp has 30 barracks and is located 2 miles from Odacho station (
RG 331).

Synopsis of Tokyo #1-B (in Japanese; courtesy of POW Research Network Japan)
Primary Labor Use:
Slave labor in Kawasaki ship yard

Hell Ships:
Kamakura Maru- unknown number of Australians on board

Recreated American roster based upon handwritten roster April 1944.
Rosters (RG 407 Box 115) - American, Dutch, British, Norwegian, Irish, Canadian, South African, Australian, Estonian, Chinese, British Indian and New Zealanders; includes data on Shinagawa Hospital. Some rosters separate POWs by nationality, others list them mixed together. Details of previous camps provided on some rosters.

Deceased Roster:
death roster of Tokyo #1 and #2 Camps
Death rosters for all Tokyo camps

Misc. rosters and documents for Tokyo camps (RG 407) - TXT file of contents

Recovery Team Report: Kawasaki #1 Camp by 2nd Lt Robert Dolder, leader of Recovery Team #56

Japanese Camp Staff:
A complete list of Japanese staff at date of surrender.

Diary of Dorsey Walker-Guam Navy man- excellent daily log from 1943 to end of war- vivid description of air raids in area.
Memoir from Bob Denmark, a gunner on the SS Kirkpool said 18 naval and five military personnel on board the Kirkpool were taken to Kawasaki #1 in Tokyo. (Civilians mostly sent to Fukushima). Kirkpool and Nankin sunk by German raider Thor.
BOGLE, Robert E., Sub/Lt., R.N.V.R., of the Nankin, was taken to Zentsuji.
Bernice Clifford ("BC") Hart - Diary and assorted letters (courtesy of James Hart)

Known Information:
E-mails from researcher Mark Derby in New Zealand and Chris Best in England.