McCampbell, David Perry, CAPT

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Last Rank
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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 Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
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USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)

Russell, Charles Edward, CAPT, (1940-1965) OFF 131X Commander
Metzler, Charles David, CDR, (1953-1971) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Wantz, Leslie Harold, CDR, (1956-1976) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Metzler, Charles David, CDR, (1953-1971) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Tyszkiewicz, Arthur Kasimi, LCDR, (1955-1967) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Leonard, Guy, CWO3, (1958-1978) AB AB-0000 Chief Warrant Officer 3
Bacon, Robert, PO1, (1959-1989) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Owen, Chuck, PO1, (1955-1966) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer First Class
Schultz, Charles E., PO1, (1954-1959) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
WILLIAMS, ROBERT, PO1, (1959-1974) AD ADJ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Arnold, Bill, PO2, (1959-1963) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Blackwell, Richard, PO2, (1959-1963) 00 EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Criswell, James, SCPO, (1957-1976) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Critchley, Joseph, PO2, (1958-1963) NW NW-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Deycous, Donald, PO2, (1957-1961) IC IC-4718 Petty Officer Second Class
Elliott, Edward, PO2, (1956-1960) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer Second Class
Fisher, Richard, PO2, (1957-1962) Petty Officer Second Class
Harris, Ira, PO2, (1959-1965) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hobbs, Gary, PO2 Petty Officer Second Class
Maly, Francis, PO2, (1956-1959) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Matthews, James, PO2, (1957-1961) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McDonald, Daniel, PO2, (1957-1962) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mefford, Robert, CPO, (1958-1980) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Peltier, Jim, PO2, (1958-1962) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer Second Class
Pipitone, Dennis, PO2, (1956-1960) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wikkerink, Bob, PO2, (1956-1962) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Workman, Roger, PO2, (1955-1962) 00 00E Petty Officer Second Class
Bacon, Lawrence J., PO3, (1958-1961) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Barnes, Rick, PO3, (1960-1964) RD RD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Birr, Donald, LT, (1954-1986) 00 Petty Officer Third Class
Brown, Gerald, PO3, (1958-1962) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brown, Henry, PO3, (1955-1959) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Carraway, Simon, PO3, (1959-1963) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Carraway, Simon, PO3, (1959-1963) Petty Officer Third Class
Cowles, George, PO3, (1958-1964) FC FC-0001 Petty Officer Third Class
Crowley, Ronald C., PO1, (1956-1998) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Delanoy, Dave, PO3, (1956-1959) IC IC-4720 Petty Officer Third Class
Fitzwater, Michael, PO2, (1957-1962) AM AMH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Forbes, Bob, PO3, (1960-1964) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Garbers, Rich, PO3, (1958-1960) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hughes, Jack, PO3, (1960-1962) YN YN-2505 Petty Officer Third Class
King, Raymond, PO3, (1959-1965) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Landick, Richard, CDR, (1960-1994) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lane, Robert, PO3, (1956-1959) Petty Officer Third Class
McCord, David, CPO, (1957-1983) Petty Officer Third Class
MCGILVRY, DANIEL, PO3, (1960-1963) AT AT-6612 Petty Officer Third Class
Mohr, Thomas, PO3, (1960-1964) ET ET-1519 Petty Officer Third Class
Moore, Carl, PO3, (1957-1960) BT BT-4500 Petty Officer Third Class
Mortimer, Gary, PO3, (1959-1963) AMS AMS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Nelson, Terry, PO3, (1958-1962) AO AO-8286 Petty Officer Third Class
Shortridge, Harry, SCPO, (1958-1978) Petty Officer Third Class
Taber, Dennis, PO1, (1958-1989) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Tobin, Jerry, PO1, (1958-1965) ET ET-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Valenzuela, Edward, PO1, (1960-1975) FTG FTG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wiiest, Ronald, PO3, (1957-1962) 00 00E Petty Officer Third Class
Wilson, Paul, PO3, (1955-1961) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Zimmermann, James, CPO, (1959-1979) ABE ABE-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Dobler, Barry, SN, (1960-1964) SN Seaman First Class
Rockas, Mike, SN, (1958-1962) ET ET-1501 Seaman First Class

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