Osaka 21-B became 6B Mitsubishi Copper Mine
Osaka 6-B AKENOBE
(MITSUBISHI KOGYO) [Kogyo = mining]
HYOGO-ken, YOFU-gun, MINAMI TANI-mura
15 May 1945: Established as Osaka 21-B to receive POWS from Sakurajima (Osaka 4D formerly Osaka 8B)
Aug 1945: Renamed Osaka 6-B
Sep 1945: Rescue effected
Satellite View (Google) Relief Map- relation to other camps
Special thanks: to Wes Injerd for above details & maps.
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
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.
POWs used as slave labobers in the Mitsubishi Corporation copper mine. Known by the POWs as the "Three Star Diamond Mine".
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)
SCAP Report: Post War Camp investigation report for possble War Crimes.
Aussie- Cyril E. Barnaby- 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.
Willard Affidavit: Aussie relates experience from capture in Hong Kong (Shuishampo) to Sakurajima to Akenobe. No descriptions of life in Akenobe.