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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  1953-1954, NATTC (Staff) Jacksonville, FL, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)


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NATTC (Staff) Jacksonville, FL, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)

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Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)

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NATTC (Staff) Jacksonville, FL

Stuart, Richard, CAPT, (1934-1961) OFF 131X Commander
Clum, Alva Herman, SCPO, (1941-1964) AO AO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Daniels, Arvis, CPO, (1942-1967) AE AE-9502 Petty Officer First Class
Gerlaugh, Edward, PO1, (1951-1956) AT AT-9502 Petty Officer Second Class
Browne, Robert, SCPO, (1952-1979) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lowry, Wayne, PO1, (1948-1957) AE 8257 Petty Officer Third Class
Espinoza, Luis, PO2, (1953-1956) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Disharoon, Donald, LCDR, (1953-1979) AE AE-0000 Airman
Carey-Harriman, Frances, AA, (1952-1954) AN AN-9750 Airman Apprentice
Kolander, Floyd, AN, (1952-1954) Airman Apprentice
Townsend, Glen, PO2, (1952-1956) AO AO-0000 Airman Apprentice
NATTC (Staff) Memphis

Koetting, Bernard, PO1, (1951-1957) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Shackelford, Voytle Vernon, LCDR, (1942-1973) AT AT-6611 Petty Officer First Class
Brady, K. M., PO2, (1951-1955) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
George, James D, PO2, (1953-1957) Petty Officer Third Class
Rodrigues, Lawrence, PO1, (1952-1956) AT Petty Officer Third Class
Behrendt, LeRoy, SCPO, (1953-1972) AM AM-0000 Airman
Oyler, Dave, AN, (1952-1954) 00 00E Airman
Stern, Robert, PO2, (1952-1957) TD TD-0000 Airman
Chase, Barry, CPO, (1952-1974) AD Airman Apprentice
Larocque, Darrell, PO3, (1954-1962) AD AD-0000 Airman Apprentice
Maddock, James, SCPO, (1953-1972) AD AD-0000 Airman Apprentice
Norum, Gene, CPO, (1952-1978) AT ATR-0000 Airman Apprentice
O'Flaherty, Roderick Lee, CDR, (1941-1964) Lieutenant Commander
Engemann, Andrew, CPO, (1952-1975) Airman
NATTC (Staff) Glynco, GA

Burkhart, Paul, LCDR, (1946-1970) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
NATTC (Staff) Lakehurst, NJ

Jones, Paul, PO2, (1948-1967) AWR AWR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
NATTC (Staff) Millington, TN

Schroer, Franklin, MCPO, (1941-1961) TD TD-9502 Chief Petty Officer
Broemmelsiek, Marc, PO1, (1951-1954) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Busey, James B., ADM, (1952-1989) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Spears, Earle, CPO, (1953-1973) Petty Officer Third Class
Glime, Byron, CPO, (1946-1969) AM Seaman Apprentice
Ack, Edward, SCPO, (1960-1980) Airman Apprentice
NATTC (Staff) Norman, OK

Green, Willis, CPO, (1942-1968) Chief Petty Officer
Milner, Joseph, MCPO, (1948-1970) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
BARRETT, JAMES, PO3, (1952-1960) PN PN-0000 Seaman
Grue, Merlin, CWO3, (1954-1975) AN AN-0000 Airman
Postier, Dave, AN, (1951-1955) 00 00E Airman
Sacre, Gary, PO2, (1954-1958) Airman
Behrendt, LeRoy, SCPO, (1953-1972) AN Airman Apprentice
Chase, Barry, CPO, (1952-1974) 00 Airman Apprentice
Engemann, Andrew, CPO, (1952-1975) Airman Apprentice
Maddock, James, SCPO, (1953-1972) 00 00E Airman Apprentice
Mooers, Jerry, PO2, (1954-1958) Airman Apprentice
Smith, Otho, SCPO, (1954-1984) Airman Apprentice
Clem, Don, PO3, (1951-1955) 00 00E Airman Recruit
Norum, Gene, CPO, (1952-1978) AN AN-9710 Airman Recruit
Johnson, Marvin W., CPO, (1954-1974) Airman Apprentice
Parshall, Robert, PO2, (1952-1956) Airman Apprentice
Van Nostrand, James, CPO, (1953-1973) Airman Apprentice
NATTC (Staff) Pensacola FL

THOMPSON, ROBERT, PO2, (1951-1955) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)

Hilton, Raymond, PO1, (1952-1971) OFF 00X Seaman Apprentice
THOMPSON, ROBERT, PO2, (1951-1955) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ratcliff, Jerry E., PO2, (1953-1957) 00 00E Airman
Kerr, Tom, SCPO, (1952-1971) Airman Apprentice

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