Sendai POW Camp #11-B
Kamikita (Aomori)

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Sendai #11-B
(NIPPON KOGYO) [Open Pit Iron Mine]
AOMORI-ken, KAMIKITA-gun, TEMMA-BAYASHI-mura
TEMMAKAN, AZA MINAMI-TEMMAKAN, 1-BANCHI
Satellite view
Area map (noted as Temmakan #11 camp)


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
(more images)

Japanese sites regarding this camp:
Wikipedia
Kamikita ruins

Web sites commemorating the camp:
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]

Original roster with NOK (PDF; RG 389 Box 2071) - US only

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


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