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    Hamhung 함흥 South Hamgyŏng Province DPRK (North Korea)

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AWM 1945
Lat 39° 55' 6N Long 127° 32' 11E  Hamhung 함흥 is located on the left branch of the Sŏngch'ŏn River on the eastern part of the Hamhŭng plain in the northeastern Korean Peninsula in South Hamgyŏng Province in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Also known as Hienhing, Kanko, Kankō, Hamheung and Hamhŭng.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese. On August 29, 1945 Soviet forces occupied the area.

Korean War
During the Korean War, 80-90% of Hamhung was destroyed.

Konan Camp (Konan POW Camp)
Lat 39° 52' N Long 127° 35' E Located near Konan in Hamhung. During the Pacific War, this location was the site of the Konan Camp. British and Australian prisoners from Singapore were interred at this location and forced to work stoking the carbide furnaces at Nichitsu Nitrogen Fertiler Company. After the surrender of Japan, a large "PW" was painted on the roof of the main building, to mark the location from the air. On August 29, 1945 occupied by Soviet forces that found over 350 British and Australian Prisoners of War in the camp. The highest ranking officer was Major Morris. Although liberated, the Allied POWs remained in the camp until September 21, 1945 when the Soviets allowed them to take a rail road train to Kanko to Hinsen where they were transfered to American hospital ship USS Mercy (AH-8) then steamed for Manila for processing.

B-29 "Buckin' Bronc / Hog Wild" 44-70136 Tail Z28
Pilot Queen crash landed August 29, 1945

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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