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On this day

On this day
18 December

1917 — Flt Lt F Fox flew a ‘Sopwith Pup” from the quarterdeck of HMAS AUSTRALIA. This was the first successful aircraft take-off from an Australian ship

1942 — Battle of CAPE ENDAIADERE—SINEMI CREEK, Papua. This area, east of BUNA, included new and old airstrips and was the scene of much heavy fighting by troops of 18th Australian Brigade

1944 — Battle of ARTILLERY (Arty) HILL, a Japanese position along the Numa Numa Trail in central Bougainville, captured by troops of the 9th Infantry Battalion