information obtained by Tom Mayfield (Crew
43) from Robert R. Martindale (*) himself a POW B-24 pilot,
Sgt Hill is listed as being in Amori POW Camp as of August 1945.
This indicates that he was released, along with Martindale and
others, on August 29th and 30th when the U. S. fleet entered Tokyo
Bay. Hill's POW number was #7199.
(*). Martindale's crew was shot down over the Bismarck Sea off
New Guinea; 1/20/43 while on a single plane recon mission. He
was later transferred to Amori, Japan, arriving there in December
1943. He was assigned the unpleasant duty of Camp Work Officer,
and was responsible for all of the men while he was there. Omori
POW Camp was located about halfway between Tokyo and Yokohama.
Since Martindale's retirement, he has been collecting material
about that camp, and has the largest collection of photos, taped
interviews, documents, etc., in private hands, of any Japanese
letter to Tom Mayfield (Crew 43) of
our Group, Scott Downing,
a POW and member of the 29th Bomb Group, gives some very graphic
information on the Japanese treatment of POW's. His account also
mentions two members of the 39th Group (Hill and Kiernan Crew 52)
who were with him at Tokyo Kempei-Tai.