McCampbell, David Perry, CAPT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1964, Joint Air Defense Command
Service Years
1933 - 1964

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by PO1 Jeff Frey (Ace) to remember McCampbell, David Perry ("Ace of Aces"), CAPT.

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Date of Passing
Jun 30, 1996
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60, Lot 3150

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Captain McCampbell passed away in Florida after a lengthy illness.

McCampbell is the United States Navy's all-time leading flying ace and top F6F Hellcat ace with 34 aerial victories. He was the third-highest American scoring ace of World War II and the highest-scoring American ace to survive the war. He also set a world single mission aerial combat record of shooting down nine enemy planes in one mission, on October 24, 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippines.
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  • Commander of the "Fabled Fifteen" Nickname given to Commander Air Group 15 during WWII, due to, during 20,000 hours of combat operations, destroying more aircraft(318 airborne / 348 on the ground) and sinking of more enemy ships than any other Air Group of the war.

  • Most aerial victories by an American Pilot on one combat tour, with 34.

  • Navy's all-time leading "Ace" with 34 aerial victories.

  • 19 June 44, during the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" scored 7 aerial victories to become an "Ace in a Day"

  • 24 October 44, repeated the feat with 9 aerial victories. The only American to become an "Ace in a Day" twice.

  • Only Fast Carrier Task Force Pilot to be honored with the Medal Of Honor.

  • Namesake of the USS McCampbell(DDG-85)

  • Namesake of the terminal at the Palm Beach International Airport.

  • NOTE: Click Medals/Ribbons to "display as table". Each individual award write-up can be read by selecting the award. Scans of the awards also in the Photo Gallery.

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 Duty Stations
VF-4 Red RippersUSS Ranger (CV-4)USS Wasp (CV-7)NAS Melbourne, AUS
VF-15 Satans PlaymatesUSS Essex (CV-9)NAS NorfolkJoint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)USS Severn (AO-61)
USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)US Navy
  1933-1934, Broken Service
  1934-1936, USS Portland (CL-33)
  1937-1938, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1938-1940, 131X, VF-4 Red Rippers
  1938-1940, 131X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1940-1942, 131X, USS Wasp (CV-7)
  1942-1943, 131X, NAS Melbourne, AUS
  1943-1945, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1943-1945, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1945-1947, 131X, NAS Norfolk
  1947-1948, 131X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1952, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1953-1954, 131X, NATTC (Faculty Staff) Jacksonville, FL, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)
  1954-1955, Naval Air Test Center (NATC) PAX, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1955-1958, USS Severn (AO-61)
  1958-1960, 131X, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
  1960-1962, 131X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1962-1964, Joint Air Defense Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States Naval Academy
  1927-1928, Georgia Institute of Technology
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy
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