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
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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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Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)

Mack, William Paden, VADM, (1937-1975) OFF 111X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Wellings, Joseph Harold, RADM, (1925-1963) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
Anderson, Fernald Philip, CAPT, (1939-1976) OFF 00X Captain
CLARK, Charles, CAPT, (1939-1967) OFF 114X Captain
Lockwood, Ralph Huntington, CAPT, (1938-1968) OFF Captain
SWANSON, Leroy, RADM, (1937-1976) OFF 131X Captain
Hughes, Thomas, VADM, (1943-1987) OFF 113X Commander
NORMAN, Robert James, CAPT, (1937-1973) OFF 111X Commander
Chambers, Frank Theodore, LT, (1945-1970) OFF Chief Warrant Officer 2
RILEY, Herbert, VADM, (1927-1964) Vice Admiral
Becton, F. Julian, RADM, (1931-1966) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Blouin, Francis, VADM, (1933-1971) Rear Admiral Upper Half
WALES, George, RADM, (1929-1963) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Claggett, Bladen, CAPT, (1935-1966) Captain
Wilson, H. L., CPO, (1957-1977) SK SK-2815 Petty Officer Second Class
Dandreano, John, CPO, (1960-1982) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer Third Class
Sides, John Harold, ADM, (1925-1963) Vice Admiral
Sieglaff, William Bernard, RADM, (1931-1966) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Fischer, Harry Frederick, CAPT, (1935-1970) Captain
Stone, Frank Bradford, RADM, (1940-1970) Captain
TORGERSON, Theodore, RADM, (1931-1966) Captain
Joint Staff, J3

Maltby, Arthur, CAPT, (1940-1967) OFF 131X Captain
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TORGERSON, Theodore, RADM, (1931-1966) Rear Admiral Upper Half

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