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
Wall/Plot Coordinates
60 3150
Military Service Number
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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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 USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42) Details

USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)

(later CVA-42 and CV-42)

Named for Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 968' (oa) x 113' x 35' (Max)
Armament 18 x 5"/54AA 84 x 40mm, 68 x 20mm, 137 Aircraft.
Armor, 7.6" Belt, 3 1/2" Flight Deck, 2" Deck, 6 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 212,000; SHP, Geared turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 410

The Home Site for the CV-42

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on 1 October 1977. Final bids on Sale No. 16-8007 for ex-CV 42 were opened at 1400 hrs. on 31 March 1978. Sold to Union Minerals & Alloy Corp. of New York City, NY, 11 April 1978, in the amount of $2,111,013.37. Rosieentered the River Terminal Development Co. facility, Kearny, NJ, for scrapping, 3 May 1978. (Thanks to Larry Blumenthal for the info.)

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USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)

Anderson, George Whelan, ADM, (1927-1963) OFF 00X Captain
Vallely, James R., CAPT, (1943-1974) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Bonansinga, Frank C, LT, (1945-1955) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Richardson, JD, ENS, (1948-1953) OFF 131X Ensign
Krag, Robert, LCDR, (1950-1963) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Euler, Joseph Petty Officer First Class
Arnold, Palmer, PO2, (1949-1953) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Lynch, Martin, PO1, (1944-1952) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Reed, David, MCPO, (1948-1978) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Taccardi, Michael, PO1, (1950-1955) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mooney, Michael, SCPO, (1951-1971) AO 8286 Petty Officer Third Class
Thompson, Ernest, PO3, (1945-1952) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Riedlinger, Alton, SN, (1951-1954) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Peters, Pete Balazs, FN, (1951-1954) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Traska, Daniel, AN, (1951-1955) ABE ABE-0000 Airman
Connor, James, PO2, (1951-1955) Petty Officer Third Class

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