Tokyo Area POW Command
Kawasaki #1 POW Branch
Exact location Map
24 Aug 1942: Camp established as KAWASAKI PROVISIONAL POW CAMP (KARI SHUYOSHO) (NIPPON TSUUN)
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
Web Site- Excellent narrative and camp experience of David Wilson, British sailor on the SS Willesden, sunk by German raider Regensburg. Turned over to Japs at Yokohama on 7 Jul 1942. Interned at the Kawasaki #1 POW Camp. PHOTOS: Includes picture of camp buildings during war and post war aerial from fighter plane.
MacArthur Report: Location- 35.31'N-139.42"E, 21 US out of 400 prisoners. Camp has thiry barracks and is located 2-1/2 miles from Odacho station.RG331
Primary Labor Use: Slave labor in Kawasaki ship yard.
Kamakura Maru- unknown number of Australians on board
Roster: Recreated American roster based upon handwritten roster April 1944. No British roster located yet.
Combined death roster of Tokyo #1 and #2 Camps
Recovery Team Report: Report on 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)
Books about Kawasaki #1:
Known Information: e-mails from researcher Mark Derby in New Zealand and Chris Best in England.