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    Ōfuna 大船 Kanagawa Prefecture | Honshū Japan

Location
Lat 35° 21' 1N Long 139° 31' 35E  Ofuna is located north of Yokohama.

Ofuna Camp (Yokosuka Kaigun Keibitai Ueki Bunkentai)
Located at Ofuna. Known to the Japanese as "Yokosuka Kaigun Keibitai Ueki Bunkentai" (Yokosuka Ueki Detachment for Yokosuka Naval Security Force), commander Yokura Sashizo.

Operated by the Japanese Navy Keibitai as a questioning facility for Allied Prisoners Of War (POW). Americans referred to the location as "Ofuna POW Camp" or "Ofuna Interrogation Center". After interrogation, prisoners were transfered to the Japanese Army Kempei Tai (Military Police) who were responsible for prisoners. Ofuna was not registered as a formal POW Camp with the Red Cross, nor were the Japanese supposed to interrogate POWs outside POW camps, a violation of the Hague Convention.

Devil At My Heels by Louis Zamperini page 131
"Ofuna was the secret, high-intensity interrogation camp run by the Japanese Navy, hidden from the populace and all relief agencies. There would be no Red Cross supervision, no improved treatment. No humanity. I wouldn’t be registered as an official prisoner of war. Men left the camp to be either executed or relocated. If you died there, no one would know but your brothers in arms."

American Prisoners of War (POW) interred at Ofuna
Hasty pilot P-38H 42-104359
Regain engineer OA-10 44-34080
Heichel, Rucks, Surrett and Etheridge crew B-17F "The Reckless Mountain Boys" 41-24518
Cascio radio operater B-17E "Texas #6" 41-9207 interrned July 17-28, 1943
Nyarady pilot TBF Avenger 23973
Lutz and Reed crew B-26 Marauder 40-1400
Boyington pilot F4U Corsair 17915
Quinn pilot Beaufort A9-262
Sherman, Reynolds, Orr, Solomon, Miller, Johnson, Howell, Manson crew B-29 44-69966
Flinn pilot F6F 41715 died July 24, 1945
Louis Zamperini bombardier B-24D "Green Hornet" 41-24212 until September 1944 to Omori Camp
Lt(jg) Richard Lee Hunt, Jr. pilot TBM Avenger 73343 January 17, 1945 died February 25, 1945
1st Lt. William L. Hasty pilot P-38J 42-104359 interrned 1944 until the end of the war

Postwar
Thirty Japanese personnel that operated this facility were found guilty as B class and C class war criminals. Commander Yokura Sashizo was sentenced to 25 years of hard labor. None of the original buildings remain today.

References
Mansell.com - Ofuna POW Interrogation Center
Devil At My Heels page 131
Mansell - Ofuna Dolder Rescue Team Report

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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