Tokyo POW Camp #1-B
Kawasaki


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Kawasaki #1 POW Branch Camp
Tokyo 1-B
KAWASAKI-shi, OSHIMA-machi
Exact location
Area map

Camp History:
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

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.
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 thirty barracks and is located 2 miles from Odacho station (
RG 331).
Primary Labor Use:
Slave labor in Kawasaki ship yard

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


Roster:
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:
Combined
death roster of Tokyo #1 and #2 Camps
Death rosters for all Tokyo 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)


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