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Online Sources for Far East Prisoners of War 1942-1945
FEPOW Community
The work of Ron Taylor. "Researching their ordeal to find answers has led many of us to experience their torment, we will never feel the pain they endured and fortunately we can awaken from the despair that became their living hell as Japanese POWs."
Children & Families of the Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW)
Database of approximately 55,500 names of British POWs, taken from army, navy and air force records with merchant navy and civilian POWs yet to be added. COFEPOW are currently uploading the 30,000 Liberation Questionnaires completed by returning British FEPOWs.
POW Research Network Japan
At the termination of war, the Japanese Armed Forces destroyed all documents related to the POW Camps. Furthermore, the Japanese Government had been negligent in keeping records of such historical facts during the war. For the purpose of digging out those buried historical facts, the POW Research Network Japan carries out research and studies on the Allied POWs, civilian internees, war criminal trials, etc. In addition, they work on interchanging activities with ex-POWs and their families, and many other activities.
Center for Research. Allied POWs Under the JapaneseThe late Richard Mansell's amazing online resource concerning World War II Prisoners of War. Shortly before he died Roger donated his Research Collection comprising 15 linear feet of documents, some 15 hours of video recordings, and approximately 400 published titles to the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
Researching FEPOW History Conference
Researching FEPOW History (RFH) organises biennial conferences to aid those who are researching the experiences of ex-Far Eastern prisoners of war or civilian internees. They publish three newsletters between conferences containing articles about current research, new publications and items submitted by delegates.
World War II Database - JapanThe World War II Database is founded and managed by C. Peter Chen of Lava Development, LLC to offer interesting and useful information about WW2 and to showcase Lava's IT capabilities. People, Events, Aircraft, Ships, Vehicles, Weapons, Territories, Possessions, and Nations Under the Influence of Japan.
Dunne, J. B. ("Joe"), J.B. Dunne ... A life well lived, published online by Joe's granddaughter Stephanie. "This is his story. The story of the man I knew as Gran'pa."
Jeffries, Ivor Malcolm Terence, Terrys' War - JPOW, Boei Gladock, Changi Camp, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, by Terrys' daughter, Diane Godfrey.WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at WW2 People's War.
Bumgarner M.D., John R., Parade of the Dead: A U.S. Army Physician's Memoir of Imprisonment by the Japanese 1942-1945, published by McFarland & Company Inc., 1995.Imprisioned by the Japanese in 1942, Lieutenant John Bumgarner, U.S. Army Mediacl Corps, attempted to care for the survivors of the Bataan Death March. A lack of medical supplies, coupled with poor diet and unsanitary living conditions, made the task virtually impossible. Later he spent time in the Kamiso and Bibai Camps on Hokkaido island, as did my father, always attending to his fellow prisoners of war who often had little chance of survival.
Captive Memories
Far East Prisoner of War research projects run by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, featuring the 2007 FEPOW Oral History project and the 2009-2011 Heritage Lottery Funded FEPOW Education Project: reaching a worldwide audience.
Takakawa, Kyoichi, The Treatment of Prisoners of War by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, Focusing on the Pacific War, Japan National Institute for Defense Studies Security Report, No. 9 (2008).A research arm of Japan's Defence Ministry.
Russo, Peter V., A Model Japanese, Staff Correspondent in Japan of The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria), Friday 15th October 1948.The Argus was a morning daily newspaper in Melbourne that was established in 1846 and closed in 1957.
War Crimes Studies Center (WCSC) at University of California Berkeley
A complete index of U.S. Army Trials of Japanese War Criminals conducted in Yokohama, Japan between 1946 and 1949 (found and copied from the U.S. National Archives), as well as summaries of reviews.
US-JAPAN DIALOGUE ON POWS aims to make this bilingual website an effective means of communication and education to promote understanding and dialogue among and between the people of Japan and the United States on the history of American POWs of the Japanese during WWII. The site conatains many stories of US POWs held in Japan, told by the former POws and their children.
POWs of the JapaneseJames W. Erickson, son of former POW Albert Erickson, has created this web site to help tell the stories, and thus, keep alive the memory of the Allied POWs for their descendants, historians, and other interested people. Also, the site makes available the results of his personal research, including POW camp and hellship rosters, as well as descriptions, photos and artwork.
Prisoners of War of the Japanese 1942-1945
Peter Winstanley's site is devoted mainly to the POWs of Burma, Thailand (Siam), Burma-Thailand Railway, Sumatra Railway, Changi, Manchuria and Timor, including the Medical personnel who cared for them. 61,000 Prisoners of War and about 250,000 others from countries including Java, Ambon, Singapore, Malaya, Burma and Tamils who had been working in some of these countries, were forced to work on the 421 kms long Burma-Thailand Railway in the most atrocious conditions. Some 13,000 POWs and 90,000 to 100,000 other nationalities died.