Lipis 1927 HMS - Auxiliary Patrol Vesel

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Lipis 1927 HMS - Auxiliary Patrol Vesel

Post by Woody » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:50 pm

HMS Lipis
Auxiliary Patrol Vessel
Launched by Scotts Greenock, Yard No 532, on 1/3/1927 as a Cargo Vessel for the Straits Company. Sunk by British Destroyers 26/3/1945
845 grt
Single screw, Steam TE, converted to diesel in the late thirties

Completed 24/3/1927
11/11/1939 requisitioned and converted into an armed Auxiliary Patrol Vessel
13/12/1941 a lone Japanese reconnaissance bomber bombed and strafed her, and H.M.S. Shinai, off the coast of Borneo, while they were evacuating a military detachment back to Kuching from Miri.
11/2/1942 while escorting a small convoy from Kuching she was attacked by three Japanese aircraft. She fought back but her captain was killed in the action, her steering gear failed and fires threatened to engulf the vessel so she was eventually abandoned.
The Japanese managed to tow her back to Singapore, she was repaired and entered service in 1943 as the Japanese Naval Transport RISUI MARU
26/3/1945 while in a Japanese Port Blair-bound convoy east of Khota Andaman they were attacked by British destroyers. HMS Saumarez, HMS Volage, HMS Vigilant, and HMS Virago sank the submarine chasers Ch 34 and Ch 63; HMS Venus, HMS Verulam and HMS Virago sank her and the supply ship Teshio Maru. An RAF Liberator contributed to her destruction coming in at mast height and hitting the mast
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Re: Lipis 1927 HMS - Auxiliary Patrol Vesel

Post by E28 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:59 pm

The action of 11 Feb 42 was only the beginning of what for some of Lipis crew would result in further action.
Her CO Commander W. E. Steele with a number of crew were killed, however, a few of the survivors would be rescued by another small steamer, also recently requisitioned by the navy, and participate in one of the most valiant actions of any ship, let alone a merchant ship, of any war in history.
A remarkable and so one sided affair as to defy belief.
This was a small 700 grt ex Indo-China Steam Navigation Co Ltd constructed in 1938 and her name was,
H.M.S. Li Ho.
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Re: Lipis 1927 HMS - Auxiliary Patrol Vesel

Post by E28 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:52 pm

The sinking of the Risui Maru, ex Lipis, is wholly attributed to bombing.

On the 26th March, 6 Consolidated Liberators, all the GR Mk VI version in their olive green and grey camouflage took off from their base at Kankesanturai on the northern tip of Ceylon.
The aircraft belonged to 354 general reconnaissance squadron, coastal command, of the RAF.

They were to carry out a routine maritime sweep eastwards over the Andaman Sea.
Upon sighting the activity below with the British destroyers in action with the four japanese ships, two of the liberators detached to commence a bombing run.
The two were A 354 and F 354, the A and F denoting their squadron serial, painted in red. 354 the squadron number.
Coming in very low, below 100' is claimed, and whilst on the run in on the Risui Maru, A 354, which was Liberator EW319 was hit by intensive anti aircraft enemy fire, erupted in a fireball and went in.
The run involved visual release only of her 250 pound G.P. bombs.

9 crew died with 2 being plucked alive from the ordeal by Saumarez.

Position 10 36N 95 25E just to the east of the Andaman islands.
As noted previously, all 4 Japanese ships were sunk in this encounter.
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Re: Lipis 1927 HMS - Auxiliary Patrol Vesel

Post by RWH » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:53 pm

Extract from the official report by the Master of the “Lipis”, one of the ships that carried out the evacuation of Miri Sarawak in North Borneo, of the oil installations [that] had been completely destroyed. (From hand-written copy, presumably produced by Major Slatter's widow.)

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Coincident with the arrival of the “Lipis”, an enemy reconnaissance plane was spotted from the shore, flying at about 20,000 feet. “Lipis” immediately on arrival proceeded to embark the officers and men of the 2/15th Punjab Regiment, European R.A's, members of the S.S. police and civilian staff of the Miri Oil Co'y. The loading of the military stores and the civilian effects was completed by 0300 hrs on the 14th Dec without incident, although heavy swell was running.
At approximately noon on the 14th Dec, about 70 mile WNW of Miri, an enemy bomber was sighted coming in on our port bow at about 3000 ft. She opened the attack by dropping three bombs close on the starboard bow, port beam and port quarter, respectively, without any apparent damage.
Every man was at his action station and while the plane manoeuvred for the machine gun attack, the Master of the “Lipis” gave orders to zigzag. It seems that the enemy with her machine guns and the “Lipis” with about 70 rifles and 7 Bren guns opened fire simultaneously.
The initial burst of fire wounded the Master and Lieut T Muir and killed Major Slatter, who was personally manning the Bren gun, which was in the most exposed place on the Stanard Compass deck. His action definitely had the effect of raising the morale of his Punjabi soldiers to such an effect that, during three subsequent runs by the enemy to machine the decks, the soldiers were lined up behind the exposed Bren gun waiting for a gunner to fall and to take his place. It may be of interest to state that later in the day the Punjabi soldiers grumbled because the enemy did not return.
The attacks were at such a low level – mast high – that an order was given to man the 4 inch gun. Capt Asher himself loaded, trained and fired the first shot, before he had time to organise his European gun team. This shot had the effect of making the enemy turn tail to the north horizon. During his flight we noticed that she did not gain height, and three puffs of blue smoke justified us in assuming that she was in difficulties and would not reach her base.

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Subscript: James tells me that Bill [Major Slatter] has been recommended for “a very high decoration” but the papers he fears were lost in Singapore.

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