Osaka #6-B Akenobe
Mitsubishi Copper Mine

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Osaka 6-B AKENOBE
(MITSUBISHI KOGYO) [Mitsubishi Mining Co.]
HYOGO-ken, YOFU-gun, MINAMI TANI-mura

Satellite View
Relief Map - relation to other camps
Aerial (Mar. 1948; courtesy of Japan Map Archives)

Timeline:
15 May 1945:
Established as Osaka 21-B to receive POWS from Sakurajima (Osaka 4-D, formerly Osaka 8-B)
Aug 1945: Renamed Osaka 6-B
Sep 1945: Rescue effected


SCAP Report: Post War Camp investigation report for possble War Crimes.

Article by a Japanese interpreter who was in this camp from time to time. Very interesting story and he mentions that the POWS did take some revenge upon their captors after the surrender.

Location and layout (PDF)
Aerial photo - photo taken during relief supply missions, Sept. 1945
Labor:
POWs used as slave laborers in the Mitsubishi Corporation copper mine. Known by the POWs as the "Three Star Diamond Mine".

Hell Ships:
No direct ship applicable- American POWS transferred here from Sakurajima had previously arrived on the Coral Maru, also known as the Taga Maru. Australian POWS arrived on the Kyokka Maru per Australian POW historian Neil MacPherson. British were ex Hong Kong. A few on the Lisbon Maru but most on later ship.



Rosters: Total of 296 men
Americans: (100+ men)
British: (168 men)
Australians: (28 men)

Deceased:
See Sakurajima Death list
Known to have died in this camp or executed in previous Sakurajima camp:
Brown, Wilbur David,PFC,Died 45.08.25 Kobe Hospital
Byall, Sam Julius,PFC,DIED 45.06.05, Kobe Hospital
Chesselet, Alan,CPL,DIED 45.05.22, Kobe Hospital
Goodard, John Edgar, Cpl, Died 45.07.09, Kobe Hospital
Mc Gee, Thomas Lowell,Executed for escaping 44.07.26
Wharton Herbert Russell,Executed for escaping 44.07.26

Death of Dutch POW Piet Uni (PDF) - document list for OSA-06; Uni death certificates; Report on Escape, Capture and Disposition; cause of death "Stabbing (by Japanese sword)"

Affidavits:
Cyril E. Barnaby: Aussie POW describes war crimes of guards and staff at prior camp. Most of these guards came to Akenobe.
Lewis affidavit: Eyewitness report of Japanese hiding records in mine at end of war.
Loewe affidavit (PDF)
Willard affidavit: Aussie relates experience from capture in Hong Kong (Shuishampo) to Sakurajima to Akenobe. No descriptions of life in Akenobe.
Compiled PDF of affidavits: Porter, Breustedt, Zukauskas, Lewis, Day, photo of sick man