Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor
Late Robert Stewart was a POW slave labor for Mitsubishi Copper Mine at Sendai #6, Hanawa POW Camp. An excerpt from account of Bob's experience there follows. [ www.proviso.k12.il.us/Bataan%20Web/stewart.htm ]
The prisoners in this camp worked in a large copper mine. The shafts ceilings were so low, that the POWs had to work bent over. The mine shafts did not have any supports, so cave-ins happened on regular basis. When one happened the POWs stopped working and rescued the men who had been buried.
It was at Sendai #6 that Bob contracted wet beriberi. He recalled that his arm was so full of fluid that he could see through the skin. His condition worsened until he was sent to a hospital. The hospital he was in was known among the POWs as a place where the Japanese performed experiments on American POWs.
It was also at this hospital that Bob saw his first B-29. One day the sky was perfectly blue, Bob saw a large plane being attacked by three Japanese Zeros. The first Zero was hit and a black trail of smoke came out of the plane. He then saw a flash of light, and the second Zero disintegrated. With this, the last Japanese plane took off in the opposite direction.
(Last Updated: January 31, 2004.)
"The hospital he was in was known among the POWs as a place where the Japanese performed experiments on American POWs."