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 Essex (CV-9)

Bowman, Roscoe Leroy, RADM, (1922-1952) OFF 00X Captain
Lee, Fitzhugh Burton, VADM, (1926-1967) OFF Captain
Ofstie, Ralph, VADM, (1918-1956) OFF 132X Captain
Robbins, Thomas Hinckley, RADM, (1919-1962) OFF Captain
Brewer, Charles Walter, CDR, (1934-1944) OFF 131X Commander
Berry, David Render, LCDR, (1939-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Morris, Bert DeWayne "Wayne", LCDR, (1941-1946) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Connally, John, LCDR, (1941-1946) OFF 250X Lieutenant
Randolph, Norman Frederick, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Avery, John Elton, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Crellin, Conrad Wesley, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Foltz, Ralph, CDR, (1941-1970) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Foote, John Storrs, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Kiernan, John Lewis, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Taylor, Jack Crawford, LT, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Thompson, Thorolf Erling, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Turner, Raymond Lloyd, LTJG OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Valencia, Jr., Eugene, CDR, (1941-1962) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Flinn, Kenneth Ashton, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Ensign
Livesay, Melvin Grey, ENS, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Plog, Leonard, LCDR, (1942-1963) OFF 131X Ensign
Montgomery, Alfred Eugene, VADM, (1912-1951) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Wieber, Carlos Captain
Wead, Frank, CDR, (1916-1944) Commander
Duncan, George, CAPT, (1935-1968) Lieutenant Commander
Hammond, Keene G, LCDR, (1934-1945) Lieutenant Commander
Torrey, Philip Huston, LCDR, (1930-1944) Lieutenant Commander
OVERTON, Edward, LCDR, (1940-1946) Lieutenant
SMITH, Armistead, CAPT, (1942-1972) Lieutenant
Wilcox, Russell Stover, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 6302 Lieutenant
McWhorter III, Hamilton, CDR, (1941-1969) Lieutenant Junior Grade
BEHRMANN, LOUIS, CPO, (1941-1947) Chief Petty Officer
Phillips, Gerald, CPO, (1939-1959) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Cloud, George Grady, PO1, (1937-1950) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fuller, Leroy, PO1, (1941-1945) MU MU-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ulmer, Norman William, PO1, (1941-1946) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Burns, John Jay, PO2, (1942-1946) TMV TMV-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Chaffin, Robert, PO2, (1941-1947) AD AF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Chance, Robert, PO2, (1941-1945) ARM Petty Officer Second Class
Conrad, Carl, PO2, (1943-1945) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Garrett, Willie, PO2, (1942-1945) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Minnick, Harry E, PO2, (1943-1946) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ulmer, Norman William, PO1, (1941-1946) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Whitby, Stanley Nelson, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Summerville, Luel, PO2, (1941-1945) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
Agee, Willie Gray, PO3, (1943-1944) Ck Ck-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Martini, George, PO3, (1944-1946) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Shetler, Carl Edward, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brown, Edward Emmanuel, StM1c, (1943-1945) StM StM-0000 Steward's Mate First Class
Deen, Loyce Edward, PO2, (1942-1944) AD AMMF-0000 Seaman Second Class
Cabell, John, CDR, (1942-1962) Lieutenant Junior Grade

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