POW Interrogation Center
Naval Interrogation Center
Camp used for interrogation, frequently with excessive torture, of selected prisoners. Mostly officers and any men who were submariners and airmen. The IJ Army POW Information Bureau controlled all of the Allied POWS, except this camp which was under the control of the Navy. The facility was not called as "camp," but the "Navy Yokosuka Guard Unit Ueki Detachment."
Japanese Commander: Cmdr. Yokura Sashizo- tried and convicted- sentenced to 25 years hard labor.
Location: 35.21'N, 139.30'E; near Kamakura per report prepared 20 Dec 44.
Google Satellite view- courtesy of Wes Injerd
Today: The POW Camp was located on the opposite side of the road from the Ryuho temple. After passing through a tunnel about 1.3 km to the south from the railway station, you will find the temple on the right side of the road, and the camp was on the other side. The site is now a large housing area. See detailed map (slow loading)
Photos of camp; slow loading, courtesy of Wes Injerd- picture taken at Omori hospital of 4 starving men.
My father, Captain Fred D. Turnbull, USNR retired, is in picture no.14056. He is the 2nd man in from the right - short man with parcel in hand and appears to be smiling (how I don't know, but that was my dad!). My father passed away March 20, 2006, and he was a great man. If you would like to know more about him, go to this webpage. -- courtesy of Debbie TurnbullPhoto of medical examination of Navy pilot Fred Turnbull of the USS Enterprise (Australian War Museum)
Back of camp
Source: Courtesy of Suzanne Lauer, daughter of Lt. Horace A Smith, rescued at Rokuroshi POW Camp
Rosters: Actual roster of rescue (135 men) mixed British and US Aviators, mostly Naval aviators shot down over Taiwan and Japan
Dolder Rescue Team #56
Report by rescue team leader Lt. Dolder on the Ofuna Camp
Jean Balch, USN USS Yorktown- former inmate - shot down over Hong Kong-- moved to Omori- excellent story of this camp with photographs of the guards
Interview with William V. Cavanaugh, crew of B-25 shot down near Shimya.
Location Map: Based upon intelligence from the Army Translation Intelligence Services, Dec 1944. The area of the camp was known as Ueki, Ofuna-cho.
Area Map Courtesy of Wes Injerd
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - story of Louis Zamperini, who spent his first horrible year of captivity on mainland Japan at Ofuna, 1943-1944. This book is a must-read!
Proof Through The Night- story of B-29 shot down on first raid (Yawata) over Japan. [See Our Review]
Fate of 3 Officers from Alcides - Outstanding description of camp and daily routines
Fate of Norwegian Merchant Men from the S.S. Madrono