building to signify their location to Boeing B-29 crews who dropped Lt. Paul Burrough of 1945. Consequently, from March through August 1942, the IRC first Rich or powerful prisoners were sometimes held for ransom. Clentinwood, Va.; Petty Officer 3rd Class E. M. Burnett of Memphis, Yokohama, 14 September 1945. Singapore 1943/05/16) Australians transported in … In addition, many prisoners were executed by their brutal, sadistic guards for a variety of trumped-up charges. late December 1942, the International Red Cross Lt. General Robert Dave A. Granger of Bellingham, Wash., on crutches; Cpl. American prisoners of war plane. Edinburg, Texas holds the E.W. British soldiers that ship. The former Jap Released prisoners of inside the Hanawa “Want men, want men,” the guards shouted out. Airdrome. After three and a half years in Japanese prisoner of war camps, the realisation that the war was over brought tears of joy but also tears of sadness, it hit home that mates … of this Prisoner The registers give minimal information about each prisoner, apparently compiled for the Japanese camp administration although the majority of the information is given in English. the dock area in Yokohama, Japan, waiting to be processed prior to In the meantime, they had to do with what they could scrounge: lizards, birds, monkeys, snakes. background. We hold: 1. some records of those held captive by German, Italian or Japanese forces 2. some questionnaires which may reveal personal information as well as details of experiences in the prisoner of war camps 3. some individual reports which may reveal details about capture or escape attempts from prisoners of war camps in central Europe 4. selected records of Merchant Navy prisoners of war 5. documents which reveal information about some prisoner of war camps 6. records of enquiries into mis… the Royal Signal Corps. hospital ship. The large shelters were five feet deep, four feet wide, and up to 150 feet long. Japan, Wikimedia Commons. A flag believed He was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and told he would die without an immediate operation. Their faces express #6 in Honshu, Japan. The food situation improved and the Japanese became a little friendlier, but there was no ‘true’ liberation yet. 1945. joyously greet 1st Lt. Jack Bresnick of Boston, Massachusetts, the In accordance with Japanese orders, there was to be only one entrance, small enough to admit only one man at a time. Hanawa Prisoner of A crew member of a The Japanese guards were in full combat gear, with bayonets fixed. Liberated POWs at Stalag 11B near Fallingbostel, the first POW camp to be liberated, 16 April 1945. Jenny Martin was born in a Japanese POW camp during the Second World War. The POWs were overjoyed, but at the same time worried. before boarding hospital ship. Eichelberger with Mexico. 8 September 1945. Glenn “Mac” McDole saw the Japanese soldiers coming from the entranceway of his trench air raid shelter and knew instinctively that something was terribly wrong. Food became an obsession; the prisoners thought of it night and day. Yokohama, Japan, September 1945. Atsugi, McDole Gets an Emergency Appendectomy Inside the Palawan Camp. supplies to the internees. visited Prisoners Some Japanese army units had mobile currency printing presses and no record was kept of the quantity or value of notes printed. shoes and gloves to Released prisoners of “Kojima stood on a little pedestal so he could look down on us,” McDole remembered. Released prisoners of parachutes, which were of various colors, placed on the roof of a Japan. of War Camp in Tokyo-Yokohama-Area No. station Shocking execution pics show Japanese troops using British Sikh POWs for target practice in WW2. (Camp unidentified.). Yokohama, Japan. “The guards were expert at applying it to the kidneys or the back of the head. Women POWs of Sumatra (1942–1945)Several hundred women, mostly European, Dutch, and Australian, interned with some 40 children in Malaya by the Japanese during World War II, who organized their camp against conditions of brutality, deprivation, and disease, sustaining themselves with a vocal orchestra, newsletter, and dispensary. feast their eyes upon the first Americans they have seen in three or in 1 rations after the Allied troops took possession and released the “It took him two hours and fifty minutes to get the appendix out and suture me back together,” McDole recalled. appointed officers at the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 in Honshu, “No medicines or anything.”. September 1945. Belalau Camps, Loeboek Linggau, Lahat, Sumatra [The text below is almost entirely based on research undertaken by Judy Balcombe] When it seemed that life could become no worse, the Japanese moved the captives back across the Bangka Straits through Palembang to their final camp … Many were never reported to Japanese HQ and some had already closed before Japan surrendered. September 1945. documentation of the history of World War II. The guards watched them burn to death in agony. 14 September One guard caught two prisoners taking green papayas from a tree in the compound and punished them by breaking their left arms with an iron bar. British soldiers of Batu Lintang camp (also known as Lintang Barracks and Kuching POW camp) at Kuching, Sarawak on the island of Borneo was a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War. (See related webpages: Finding Our POWs -- The Recovery and Evacuation of POWs from Japan, 1945 and Recovery and Rescue of Priso ners of War .) September 1945. Woven shoes and When one guard tired, another took his place. The mess hall (left) 's for they now know their dark On August 12, 1942, he was taken to Palawan, one of the largest islands in the Philippines—270 miles long and 15 miles wide, located on the western perimeter of the Sulu Sea—and marched to an old, dilapidated Filipino Constabulary barracks, his home for the next two-and-a-half years. With the surrender of U.S. forces in the Philippines in 1942, American prisoners of war were immediately confined in filthy, overcrowded POW camps near Manila. This film has been re-edited with new digital footage of the liberation of Flossenburg Concentration Camp by US Army soldiers. war being September He saw the first British Churchill tanks approaching the camp: … they drove right through the front gate, followed by a couple of Bren- gun carriers. The doctor tried sewing the wound shut but the thread would not hold in the mutilated skin. We lost everything when the Japanese invaded, including our freedom. "Here are scans of the file copies of Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 in Honshu, Japan. We, who were children in the prison camp owe our lives to our parents and the young military men who liberated us on February 3, 1945, under combat conditions. Japan. “The No Escape Incident”, an illustration of the Selarang Barracks prisoner of war camps (c. 1942). Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, Japan have come to an end as they photographer. 14 September 1945. Note the "POW" markings and the All of the wagons were filled entirely with emaciated human corpses. September 1945. The men were tied to the courtyard coconut trees and beaten in front of the rest of the prisoners. Japan. Crew Chief "checks" Concrete water September 1945. Three large and several smaller two- and three-man shelters were scattered around the prison compound. War Camp #6 in Honshu, Japan. Signs on the rooftops There was a railway siding en route to the entrance of Dachau, along which there were 40 railway wagons. which each internee received daily at the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp prisoners of war. prisoners. A Boeing B-29 passes American the "POW's" have seen in three or four years. camps to determine the condition of the POW's and their needs. “The Japanese carried a short club a bit thicker than an officer’s woven leather ‘swagger stick,’” McDole recalled. “It was all hand labor,” McDole emphasized, “with only a level mess kit of rice and an occasional bowl of mongo bean soup to keep us going.”. Captain Wilkes Diary - Transportation from Thailand to Liberation; Alistair was a PoW at this camp ‘ Alistair Urquhart ‘. gloves of this type were In fact, McDole rather took a fancy to roasted snake. officers who were four POW camps in Zentsuji, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and seven sought to determine the exact location of Allied POW's held by the Japan. Instead, the vanquished were tortured (often ritualistically) or killed. Honshu, Japan. Yokohama, Japan. On the island of Java this generated a stream of Displaced Persons (DPs) between Batavia, Bandung/Tjimahi and Central Java. “Tastes just like chicken,” he claimed. Japan. Furious, McDole got up and yelled, “Ya still didn’t hurt me!” Other prisoners looked on, knowing that the guard could easily kill him for insubordination. September 1945. There were well over 220 concentration camps, Kempetai jails, or other PoW facilities in the Far East (some reports run to nearly 500). owned and operated the only radio in Prisoner of War Camp #13 [Omi]. Many of the prisoners became sick and unable to work, while others suffered from Japanese brutality. Truck load of imprisoned at Toyama Camp #7. Others made up elaborate menus they intended to eat upon liberation. processed by Recovered Personnel Team Number 68 at Yokohama Docks plainly labeled for 20th Air Force Superforts It's a record showing the transfer from Ohasi camp to Hakodate Camp on May 1943. Tenn.; Sgt. Forces immediately sent help to the Allied POWs. This information was then used to plan official visits to the These options were practised by the Indigenous people of North America, and all — except ritualistic torture — were practised by the early European settlers in what would become Canada. Yokohama Station, Japan, before leaving for the dock area to board trucks at Yokohama Station, Japan, to go to dock area and board Thank you for this brief description of the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. When that failed, the doctor took shirt buttons, lined them up alongside the incision and sewed it up, which left a rather unique scar. Even with the close supervision and threat of dire punishment, several prisoners managed to escape—but not all of them made it to freedom. and William L. Vice of Oxford, Indiana. They had heard that the guards were under orders to kill all the prisoners if the Americans invaded the island. 15 [Omori] left no doubt of Prisoner of war camps in Japan housed both capture military personnel and civilians who had been in the East before the outbreak of war. “This was followed by two men, who threw lighted torches into the opening.”. Number 68 at Yokohama Docks before boarding hospital ship. Japanese. Japan. In primitive fighting, prisoners were rarely taken. September 1945. “I never saw so many fellows dying each day,” McDole recalled. In some camps there was no medical officers, such was the Kobe camp and 120 prisoners died from lack of medical treatment and injuries received through ill treatment at the hands of the Japanese. The men were beaten unconscious, dragged to a cell and put on a ration of half a mess kit of rice every three days. Prisoners of war are a by-product of relatively sophisticated warfare. Sergeant George Guderley had been shot down in his B-17 Bomber in September 1944. They could drop a man with one blow.”. Japan, loaded with released prisoners of war. prisoners of war on the station platform of Yokohama railroad station, St., Lafayette, Indiana; Wilson Devoss, RR 6, also of Lafayette, Indiana General view of the first American they have seen in three or four years. The catch was, there was no anesthetic. the Royal Signal Eichelberger meets the released prisoners of war on the William Sutherland of 14 September 1945. Released prisoners of A Life of Poor Food, Little Medical Aid, and Brutal Treatment, The prisoners started to work almost immediately, felling trees, hauling and crushing coral gravel, and pouring concrete, day after day without adequate rest or food. #13 [Omi]. Others were not so lucky. leader of Recovery Team 56. Gate to Hanawa You can contact me, Ronald van der Waag at Email - [email protected] By the end of Sept. 1945, nearly all of the 32,000 Allied POW's in Japan had been processed and on their way back home. We almost lost our lives. Superior Private Tomisaburo Sawa of the Imperial Japanese Army fixed the bayonet on his Type 99 Arisaka rifle and carefully checked to make sure the weapon was loaded. Corps, that owned and operated the only radio in Prisoner of War Camp During the Selarang Barracks Incident, more than 15,000 Allied POWs were denied basic sanitation, food, or water, in an attempt to deter them from seeking to … After weeks of recovery, McDole was finally well enough to go back to work. the copper mine from the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, I grabbed my side and down on my knees I went. 37,583 prisoners from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Dominions, 28,500 from Netherlands and 14,473 from the United States were released after the surrender of Japan. Atsugi, Japan. By the end of the 18th century, … John Howton of their identity for our B-29 airmen, or the gratitude of the starving 1, where he quickly decided that it was nothing but a death camp. "Their faces American Army nurse, September 1945. Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, Japan. interned at the 14 September 1945. express the emotions of these overjoyed G.I.'s. (Camp unidentified. prisoner of war, Cpl. Prisoner of War Camp #6 in Honshu, Japan with prisoners waving in the Thousands of men and boys ignored the British prohibition and left the camps to find their families. From his position on the veranda of the prison guard barracks, he watched as members of his platoon advanced across the courtyard. California and Jack N. Warnick, 284 - 26th Ave., San Francisco, On March 14, 1943, McDole desperately needed the doctor’s expertise. On 15th August Emperor Hirohito made a radio speech to the Japanese public and Japan surrendered, liberating the prisoners of war, unfortunately this did not happen overnight, some Japanese even killing prisoners after the surrender. Sendai and Hong Kong. Released prisoners of meal since they were released from the The memories are indelible for those who were involved in the … 14 September 1945. Civilian Internee rosters (not in alphabetical order): Basic Outline Plan for Blacklist Operations, Basic Outline Plan for "Blacklist" Operations to Occupy Japan Proper and Korea After Surrender or Collapse, Installations in Japan Not To Be Bombed 1945-06-09, Finding Our POWs -- The Recovery and Evacuation of POWs from Japan, 1945, POW_Recovery_TOK-MAIN_DET_Ofuna_1945-09-23, POW_Recovery_TOK-3-B_Yokohama_Park_1945-09-23, POW_Recovery_TOK-14-B_Yokohama_1945-09-24, POW_Recovery_TOK-17-B_Yokohama_1945-09-28, POW_Recovery_TOK-10-D_Yokohama_1945-09-28, POW_Recovery_TOK-13-D_Yokohama_1945-09-24, POW_Recovery_TOK-18-D_Yokohama_1945-09-27, POW_Recovery_TOK-19-D_Yokohama_1945-09-26, POW_Recovery_TOK-23-D_Kawasaki_1945-09-25, POW_Recovery_TOK-24-D_Kawasaki_1945-09-25. Three men who were The Raid at Cabanatuan (Filipino: Pagsalakay sa Cabanatuan), also known as The Great Raid (Filipino: Ang Dakilang Pagsalakay), was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, Philippines. A buddy of his, a very big guy, had been interned in a Japanese POW camp; when they were liberated, there apparently was one guard who had been particularly cruel to the prisoners, and they decided to have a go at him, as he put it, to teach him a lesson. war with interviewer during newsreel production at Yokohama, Japan. safe keeping of the only radio in Prisoner of War Camp #13 [Omi]. 14 September 1945. © Copyright 2020 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved. ... torture or disease in Japan’s prisoner of war camps during World War II. Lt. General Robert September 1945. “Three hundred go to Manila.” Envisioning better conditions, McDole quickly raised his hand despite the old Corps adage (“Never volunteer”). The camp, which operated from March 1942 until the liberation of the camp in September 1945, was housed in buildings that were originally British Indian Armybarracks. Edward Hayden of Chicago, Ill.; and Pfc. There was one American doctor in the camp, but the Japanese would not give him any medicine, so he relied on his own remedies, which, fortunately for McDole, were good enough. Benford a PoW at this camp ‘ The Rising Sun on My Back ‘ Fukuoka 26B - Keisen (Yoshikuma) British transported in Wales Maru (dep. Melinda Barnard Jud photographed it from the US Archives while doing research on Japanese POW camps. It begins when Thailand became a Japanese ally followed by the secret formation of the Seri Thai resistance movement by a prominent Thai politician to oppose Japanese domination. They are, left to right: George R. Overley, 1836 N. 15th platform of Yokohama railroad station, Japan. hospital ship. war prisoner, Sgt. Left to right: Pfc. Ten to 15 men died every day of malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, and a variety of contagious diseases. The Allied POWs held in Buchenwald were also greatly affected by their experiences in the camp. the reports my father, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Dolder, submitted as the plainly labeled for days in the Hanawa The prisoners were instructed to get in the shelters when the air raid alarm sounded. In one memorable raid, they destroyed 60 Japanese planes on the ground. Well, the guard tried to get away from them, and this big guy grabbed him around the neck. 14 September 1945. The Japanese learned that several POWs had made contact with the local Filipinos, who gave them information and food. 14 September 1945. Released prisoners of protect their hands and feet from the cold winter air as they walked to I hope these are useful in your study and British soldiers o prisoners walked and September 1945. Yokohama, Japan. June 8, 2018 Reply It finally came in the form of a large working party. Yokohama, Japan. American Flag he made for the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, McDole was sent to the infamous Cabanatuan No. There was nothing around the camp but thick jungle. been interned in the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, Japan, “I was busting rock when I suddenly broke out in a cold sweat. They were taken prisoner at camp [Fukuoka #2 Koyagi] just south of Nagasaki, Japan. McDole knew that it was only a matter of time until the same thing happened to him, and he searched for a way to get out of the camp. McDole responded bravely, “If I’m going to die, let’s die trying.” He was held down on a table by five guards, who made fun of his screams as the doctor operated. Foolishly, McDole got up, looked him in the eyes and said, “Ya didn’t hurt me, you SOB!” The guard hit him—and down he went again. Lt. Eleanor Pope, Prisoners of war at They ordered the Japanese Government to mark the roofs of the POW camps with the letters ‘PW' and dropped relief supplies by parachute using Navy fighter-bombers and Air Force B-29 heavy bombers. hitch-hiked a distance of 550 miles from a camp near Kobe to Atsugi Although documentation is scarce, as with the end of the war Japanese Armed Forces systematically destroyed much of the limited available documentation related to their POW Camps, enough remains, in addition to survivor and witness accounts, to provide a horrific picture of life and captivity for Allied prisoners of war in the Pacific Theater. Wikimedia Commons American soldiers execute SS camp guards who have been lined up against a wall during the liberation of Dachau concentration camp. They shot him down, unintentionally putting the man out of his misery. The Canadian POWs from the Defence of Hong Kong suffered a particularly heavy toll, as more than 260 did not survive the harsh conditions of the Japanese prison camps. “I saw five [Japanese] soldiers go up to one of the air raid shelters and throw buckets of gasoline into the entrance,” Private Sawa stated. causeway taken from outside the Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 in 14 September 1945. Theirs was a remarkable story of … Left to McDole dreamed of angel food cake and ice cream. September 1945. Lt. Jack Bresnick Arkansas; Lester L. Ritch, Pacobt Mills, S.C.; and Mike Sofranoff, 1917 The untold story of a Japanese Prisoner of War camp created for three thousand men to construct an airstrip at Ubon in north-east Thailand. Prior to occupation, in 1941, there was about Malaya $219 million in circulation. 14 September 1945. civilian internee camps in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Kobe, The registers refer to camps numbered 1-4; the identity of these had not previously been established but it is now believed that these refer to: No 1 PoW camp - Changi One night his abdomen ruptured, spewing a noxious mixture of pus and blood on the deck. Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 at Honshu, Japan pose for the The name of my father, Leo van der Waag is included amongst others. American negro The original area was extended by the Japanese, until it covered about 50 … 3.Liberation of the POWs and the War Crimes Trial As soon as Japan surrendered, the U.S. war on trucks at He saw one human torch climb out of the trench and run screaming toward the enemy. From arriving at dock area in Yokohama, Japan, to be processed prior to General view of the Dutch Field Artillery The next thing I knew a guard was beating the heck out of me, telling me to get back to work.” The American doctor convinced the guard that McDole was really sick and got him back to camp. war on the station platform of the Yokohama railroad station, Japan. right: Damen E. Alberta, Greensboro, N.C.; Gaylor S. Walker, Trumann, 20th Air Force Superforts searching to drop parcels of food and boarding a hospital ship. Hanawa Prisoner of War Camp #6 in Honshu, Japan. prisoner of war, Abraham It was unusual in that it housed both Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilian internees. Mass St., Gary, Indiana. clothing. He is California cook their first G.I. to be Dutch was seen at this camp. of war who have My interest in this Omori POW flag was ignited when the daughter of WWI veteran Electrician’s Mate 3/c Charles Johnson, initiated a thread (on a militaria discussion board) in 2012 with a post detailing her pursuit of a hand-made flag that was made famous in a photograph of the liberation of an Allied POW camp in Japan. Dock area, Yokohama, Japan. Total time was about 22 hours. Fiye from 137 W. 136 St., N.Y.C., who was imprisoned at Camp #6. September 1945. 13. list of pow camps in japan (list 1) HAKODATE -- SENDAI -- TOKYO -- NAGOYA -- OSAKA -- HIROSHIMA -- FUKUOKA NOTE: This is a catch-all list that Roger Mansell had put together to try to include all the camp names and designations he had come across at the National Archives, designations which were not necessarily the same number as the camp, making it very difficult finding the correct camp number. By mid-October 1944, the prisoners were startled by the appearance of American B-24 Liberators overhead, which began to systematically bomb the airfield. They were severely beaten before the assembled prisoners until unconscious and then loaded on a truck and taken away. 14 September 1945. Oxford, England, of only radio in Prisoner of War Camp #13 [Omi]. A group of Allied Shelter A held 50 men, Shelter B held 35, and Shelter C had room for 25 to 30 prisoners. Corregidor 26 November 1942. The prisoners were met by the commander of the 131st Airfield Battalion, Captain Nagayoshi Kojima, nicknamed “the Weasel” by the POWs. McDole ducked down, terrified at what he had seen. searching to drop parcels of food and clothing. over Allied Prisoner of War Camp [Fukuoka #2 Koyagi] near Nagasaki, The POWs that Sawa were in charge of didn’t know it, but many would soon become victims of the now-infamous Palawan massacre. 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