Operation Outflank

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Operation Outflank was the first combat operation of the British Pacific Fleet (BPF). It was a series of raids by the Fleet Air Arm on the oil refineries and storage facilities of the Empire of Japan on the island of Sumatra:

Units participating in Outflank received the "Palembang 1945" battle honour, after the main target of the attacks: the refineries at Palembang.


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