Hakodate POW Camp #2-B
Akabira, Hokkaido

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(SUMITOMO KOGYO) [Sumitomo Mining Co.]

Satellite map
Aerial (Aug. 1948; courtesy of Japan Map Archives)
Area map

Time Line:
13 Mar 1945: Hakodate #2 Dispatch Camp established at HOKKAIDO, KAMEDA-gun, KAMEDA-mura, AZA MINATO.
Some British and a few American POWs were from the Taiko Maru which sailed from Taiwan in late February 1945, arriving in Moji around March 10th. POWs then sent to Hakodate #2-D for work at HAKODATE KOUN (Hakodate Transport).
7 Jun 1945: Established; POWs transferred from #2-D to Akabira
15 Sep 1945: Rescue effected

Akabira camp
Aerial pictures of camp
More photos (rescue pictures from air)
Historic photos (Japanese website; see also Akabira City)
Employer of Labor:
Kameda location: POWs were used by Hakodate Port Transportation Co.
Akabira location: Sumitomo Mining Co. (Asano Coal)

Hell Ship:
Many known to be from the Taiko Maru

Total = 281 POWs (167 British, 114 American). Four deaths at Kameda location.
See Hakodate Overview for archival originals of rosters.

Robert Heer Story
Roger Bamford Statement and asst. info cards

Yokohama War Crime Trials reviews - Tendo, Yamamoto, and Yasuda