Sendai #11 Kamikita (Aomori)

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Sendai 11-B Kamikita (Aomori)

(NIPPON KOGYO) [Open Pit Iron Mine]
AOMORI-ken, KAMIKITA-gun, TEMMA-BAYASHI-mura
TEMMAKAN, AZA MINAMI-TEMMAKAN, 1-BANCHI
Overall area Map- Noted as Temmakan #11 camp
Satellite location (Google Maps Required
Above information thanks to: Wes Injerd's great site


Time Line:
4 July 1945:
Established as Sendai #11
Sep 1945: POWs move to Sendai City and rescued

Japanese Staff:
2nd Lt. Uozumi was camp commandant
. On 8 Aug. 1945 this officer is reported to have committed suicide. He was succeeded by Sgt Maj. Subano, a sadistic soldier who enjoyed beating and torturing the POWs.

kamikita Barracks

Bathouse at Sendai #11
- click for larger picture. Pictures courtesy of Wes Injerd (more pictures).

Other sites regarding this camp thanks to Wes Injerd:
Recent views

Web sites commemorating the camp:
Most are Sl-o-o-o-w loading
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
 Aerial View
Living Quarters
Camp was here


Interesting site
here from a man who ventured inside the old mine -- just click on the large font link at very bottom of each page to go on to next one
Labor:
Slave labor for Nippon Mining


Hell Ship:

Technically not applicable but most were from Wake Island and had been sent to China (Woosung) on the Nitta Maru in January 1942.
History of Founder:
Yoshisuke Aikawa:
Interesting history with link to company connection to Nissan Motors of today. Convicted as war criminal but later elected to House of Councilors in 1953.

Gibbs Report:
Details of camp history as prepared from reports by Doctor William Foley, Cmdr, USN (MC)

Roster:
Camp Roster
Source: NARA RG 407 Boxes 11 & 12
The first (and apparently only) occupants of this camp was a detail of 198 American prisoners from Fengtai, China [arriving] 4 July 1945. The personnel is classified as follows: Army 4, Navy 1, Marines 7, Civilians 186. The civilians were captured on Wake Island and among them were a few Pan-American mess boys. The only officer in this contingent was Cmdr William Foley, U.S. Navy Medical Corps. [China Marines Medical Detach]

Roster CSV file:
includes more info on each POW including prior POW #, current POW #, and home town. Index number for position of rosters located. FTP link- 23 Kb

Books about this camp:
Abraham, Theodore A., "Do You Understand? Huh? a POW's LAment"; Sunflower Press 1992
Abraham, a civilian captured on Wake Island- not reviewed

Aerial shot