Ohama POW Camp
Fukuoka - UBE/ 4-D and Hiroshima 9-B
Fukuoka 4-D OHAMA
1 Jan 1943:
Renamed FUKUOKA POW CAMP UBE Branch Camp OHAMA Detached Camp
Coal Mining operation
Singapore Maru - 27 Nov 1942
Rashin Maru [Bioki Maru] 8 Sep 1944 - this was the sister ship of the Canadian Inventor. The "Bioki" had its superstructure destroyed in earlier bombings and strafings. [Special thanks to Jim Erickson, noted researcher on the Hell Ship rosters]
Camp Report: Extract of the Lt. Rogers Report on Ohama, Motoyama ans Ikinoyoma Camps. Extracted by Lt. Col. Rudisill
Major article on the Singapore Maru voyage by A.George James (slow load- PDF files but quite well written)
Photograph and identity of the six man medical staff. Photo courtesy of George Edwards and Kathleen Booth.
Rosters: 390 Total: (3) Americans; (1) Dutch; 142 British; 244 Australians at rescue
Custer, Edwin Morton,CPhM,2907307,US Naval Hospital, Guam
Bullock, Odell,Cpl,14021632, US Army Med Corps
Perilman, William,1st Lt,O&357422, US Army Med Corps
Australians only departed Java, 1 Jul 1944 and arrived 8 Sep 1944. Research and authenication courtesy of noted historian and former POW, Neil MacPherson, Perth, Australia.
Partial British roster including all British dead. The deceased British men arrived on the Singapore Maru on 27 Nov 1942. Source: Stubbs- "Heroes of the RAF" and Kathleen (nee Hamer) Booth
McEwan, James, "The Remorseless Road", Airlife Publ, Shrewsbury UK 1997- not reviewed
Best Book on this camp:
Parkin, Ray, "Wartime Trilogy - The Sword and the Blossom", [Publishers Link] University of Melbourne Press, 1999. Parkin writes of the sinking of the HMAS Perth, slavery on the "Death Railway", a hellship voyage and life in the mines at Ohama. Beautifully illustrated with his original drawings while a POW and writings taken from his diaries while imprisoned. See FULL REVIEW by Center for Research.