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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Home Town
Bessemer, AL
Last Address
Riviera Beach, FL

Date of Passing
Jun 30, 1996
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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60 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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Sprague, Thomas Lamison, VADM, (1917-1952) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Burch, William Oscar, RDML, (1927-1962) OFF Lieutenant
Dealey, Samuel David, CDR, (1926-1944) OFF Lieutenant
Lee, Fitzhugh Burton, VADM, (1926-1967) OFF Lieutenant
Raborn, William Francis, VADM, (1928-1963) OFF Lieutenant
Richardson, David Charles, VADM, (1932-1972) OFF 00X Lieutenant
Gray, James Seton, CAPT, (1936-1966) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
McCornock, Samuel Aldo, RDML, (1928-1959) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Outlaw, Edward Cobb, RADM, (1931-1969) OFF 00X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Avery, Howard, CAPT, (1935-1967) OFF 131X Ensign
Compton, James Robert, CAPT, (1934-1964) OFF Ensign
Isely, Robert Henry, CDR, (1933-1944) OFF Ensign
Halsey Jr., William Frederick, FADM, (1900-1947) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Blakely, Charles, VADM, (1898-1942) Rear Admiral Lower Half
GARCIA, Edmund, RADM, (1927-1955) Lieutenant
NEEDHAM, Raymond, VADM, (1931-1969) Lieutenant
Fraser, Archie Donald, RADM, (1931-1956) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Winston, Robert Alexander, CAPT, (1935-1954) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Howard, James, ENS, (1937-1941) Ensign
Scales, Harrell, CDR, (1935-1960) Ensign
Campbell, George Marvin, LTJG, (1928-1942) AM AM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Jones, Luther Wilbur, CPO, (1926-1942) AG Petty Officer First Class
Yablonsky, Adolphe, PO1, (1931-1942) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Watson, Raphael August, PO1, (1928-1941) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Knight, Page, CAPT, (1935-1965) Lieutenant Junior Grade
DANIELS, James, CAPT, (1938-1970) Ensign
Lipski, Stanley Walter, CDR, (1935-1945) Ensign
Weber, Bruce Sutherland, CAPT, (1936-1968) Ensign

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