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    Default Help translating POW camp in Java name from Japanese

    The Danish volunteer in the Malaya Volunteer Air Force Asger Laursen was captured by the Japanese in Java. From NA: WO 345/30 includes the name of the camp in Japanese (Kanji as I understrand it). Would anyone be able to help translate it into a camp name?

    The first letter translate into the word "claw" as far as I have gathered.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Mikkel,
    No answers to your question - yet! Have you thought about:-

    (a) The Japanese Embassy in Copenhagen should be able to help? But that might be a bit “vanskeligt”?
    (b) The Copenhagen University might know – or know who does!!

    HTH
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    There are a few on J-Aircraft website (including Japanese speakers) who might be able to help.
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    Unsung Heroes has him as "held Java" MVAF number 638.

    With apologies -
    From Wikipedia

    Camps in Dutch East Indies

    Japanese Internment Camps in Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia):[2]

    Ambon (Ambon Island)
    Ambarawa (2 camps), Central Java
    Bangkong, Semarang, Central Java
    Banyubiru (Semarang) [nl], Central Java
    Camp KareŽs, Bandung, West Java[3][4]
    Fort van den Bosch, Ngawi Regency, East Java
    Koan School, Batavia (modern Jakarta), West Java
    Glodok Gaol, Glodok, a suburb of Batavia, West Java
    Bicycle Camp, Batavia, West Java
    Tjideng, Batavia, West Java
    Lampersari, Semarang, Central Java
    Muntilan, Magelang, Central Java
    Tandjong Priok POW camp, Tandjong Priok, Batavia, West Java
    Tjimahi (now Cimahi, 6 camps), West Java
    Banyubiru, Semarang, Central Java
    Pontianak POW camp, Pontianak (Dutch Borneo) (modern Kalimantan)
    Balikpapan POW camp, Balikpapan (Dutch Borneo)
    Kampili camp [nl], near Makassar, South Celebes (modern Sulawesi)
    Makasura, Celebes
    Aek Pamienke [nl] (3 camps), Rantau Prapat, North Sumatra
    Brastagi (internment camp) [nl] Berastagi, North Sumatra
    Gloegoer [id] (Glugur), Medan, North Sumatra
    Poeloe Brayan [nl; id] (5 camps) (Pulo Brayan), Medan, North Sumatra
    Si Rengo Rengo (Siringo-ringo), Labuhanbatu, North Sumatra
    Tebing Tinggi, North Sumatra
    Usapa Besar, Timor
    Kota Paris, Bogor, West Java
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    Can you clear your PM file, Mikkel? I've just tried to send a message but your box is full.

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    Thank you all for Your responses and help.

    Brian, I have tried to make space.

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    I have learned that the Kanji means Island of Java. So not a specific camp.

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