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 Wasp (CV-7)

Eldridge, John, LCDR, (1927-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Shea, John Joseph, LCDR, (1918-1942) OFF Lieutenant Commander
McCulloch, Arthur William, LTJG, (1941-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
OVERTON, Edward, LCDR, (1940-1946) OFF 135X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Jaccard, Richard Alonzo, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
SWANSON, Leroy, RADM, (1937-1976) OFF 131X Ensign
Sherman, Forrest, ADM, (1918-1951) Captain
Hogan, Bartholomew William, RADM, (1925-1961) OFF 210X Commander
Felch, Arleigh Clyde, LTJG, (1930-1953) WO WO Pay Clerk (WO)
Pridavka, Michael, CPO, (1941-1945) EM EM-0000 Chief Boatswain's Mate
Weiss, Lester Harold, PO1, (1938-1944) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bevins, Elton James, CPO, (1938-1948) B B-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Evanoff, Harry Lawrence, PO1, (1940-1943) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Speight, Donald John, CPO, (1940-1959) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Martello, August, CPO, (1940-1960) SF SF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Sexton, Dewey, CPO, (1941-1981) GM Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Burlingame, Archie, S1c, (1923-1943) SN SN-0000 Seaman First Class
Ginder, George James, S1c, (1940-1942) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Vytlacil, Fred Joseph, PO2, (1941-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Wesley, Robert, CPO, (1941-1966) AD AD-0000 Airman
Finlay, Thomas, PO2, (1940-1942) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Summerville, Luel, PO2, (1941-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Holbrooks, Ralph, S1c, (1940-1942) AS AS-0000 Apprentice Seaman
Sherman, Forrest, ADM, (1914-1951) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Allrid, Otis Edward, PO3, (1941-1942) Petty Officer Third Class

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