Fukuoka POW Camp #27

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Fukuoka 27-B Tagawa
(Mitsui Kozan Tagawa Kogyo-sho)
Fukuoka-ken, Tagawa-gun, Aza Nara

Fukuoka Branch Camp #27 was located near the hospital of the Mitsui Tagawa Coal Mine in Gotoji, Kyushu, Japan. Opened in May 1944.

Satellite map
Aerial (Mar. 1947; courtesy of Japan Map Archive)
Memorial Park (memorial stone also here in Japanese; mining museum is nearby)
Area map

10 May 1945:
Camp established
12 May 1945: Americans arrive from Osaka 5D Yodogawa
** July 1945: Severe beating of three Americans: Spizzario and Sgt Wilson
17 Aug 1945: Camp Terminated- men moved to Fuk-22 Honami for clearance
5 Sep 1945: Rescue team arrives
11 Sep 1945: Final rescue effected; entrained for Yokohama

Camp Report Mgmnt Personnel - Kyushu POW Camp Labor Management (Tagawa on page 7), Investigation Report, Japanese personnel

Source: RG 331 Box 927; scans courtesy of D. Rider
Slave Labor:
Men were utilized by Mitsui Mining Company to first build barracks for a new camp; this project was not finished. In July, men were assigned to mining coal.
Mitsui Tagawa Mining Co. Report (in Japanese and English)

Total = 398 POWs (198 Dutch, 81 American, 73 British, 46 Australian; 3 deaths)
Dutch: (spreadsheet; courtesy Henk Beekhuis) Original roster
FUK-27 RG407 Box122 partial roster 0811
FUK-27 RG407 Box122 partial roster 0812

Original rosters - British, American, Australian, Dutch
FUK-27 Rosters 1946-02-16

Affidavits - Williams, Rylah, Russell, Ridley, Ross, Rosebery, Pawley, Rathwell, Reilly, Pope, Pearce, Owen, Olsen, Nowlan, Mulcahy, Murray, Mortyn, Love, Kuretich, Kelly, Dengelegi, Bollin

Japanese: Kage, Fukano

External Japanese link
FUK-27 Tagawa aerial