A makeshift counter-attack by Landstorm troops and anti-aircraft gunners from Praboemoelih managed to retake the complex but took heavy losses.
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Planes from Ryujo and land-based aircraft made a series of attacks on the Allied ships, forcing them to withdraw to the south of Sumatra.
Wilkinson received a VC , the highest award for gallantry in the British Commonwealth, and the only VC awarded in the.
Additional air cover was provided by land-based IJN planes and the IJAAF 3rd Air Division.
Although Li Wo was armed only with a 4-inch 100 mm gun and two machineguns, its crew fired at the Japanese troop transport ships, setting one on fire and damaging several others, while under fire from the Japanese cruisers.
The planned demolition failed to do any serious damage to the refinery, but the oil stores were set ablaze.
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