FEPOW camps abbreviations

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by SteveB, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Hi
    Does anyone know if there is a list of definitions of the abbreviations used for FEPOW camps? I'm trying to find a number, including OVL, TH, MA and a number of others.

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi Steve,

    There are others who will know more and hopefully add better detail for you, however, I believe that the abbreviations you have posted stand for:

    Over land, that being transported to a camp.
    Thailand
    Malaya

    Please find attached a pdf of many of the Japanese camps and the Kanji characters associated with these on POW index cards. It may be of use, although I realise reading these characters is a tough task.

    Steve
     

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    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  3. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Thanks Steve,
    Would CHA be Changi?
    Steve
     
  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Sorry Steve, I missed your reply. I'm surprised more forum members have not been around to assist with your questions. I would very much expect CHA to refer to Changi.
     
  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Yes CHA is Changi. If you list other abbreviations you are having trouble with I'll try and help. OVL(Overland) and OVS (Overseas) is often followed by a date. Japanese Transports may help you in establishing further information on Party and destination.

    Tim
     
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  6. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Thanks Steve/Tim

    The only one I have left to query is an entry M-PAD?

    Any idea?
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  7. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    M-PAD = Missing Padang, Sumatra. ie. Last known of in the Padang area. Probably trying to escape by sea. May have made it and the ship was sunk.

    Tim
     
  8. SteveB

    SteveB Member

    Cheers Tim, that sounds very interesting, thanks!
     

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