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McCampbell, David Perry, CAPT.
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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 Not Specified
Last Known Activity
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.
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.