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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Anderson, Robert Harold, LT, (1941-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Bush, George Herbert, LT, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Kiernan, John Lewis, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Koelsch, John Kelvin, LTJG, (1942-1951) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Springer, Maurice Dean, ENS, (1942-1945) OFF Ensign
Behrens, Errol, CPO, (1940-1964) TD TD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gallardo, Eulogio Cutaboy, CPO, (1923-1953) Ck Ck-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Ladd, Allen, PO2, (1942-1945) SD SD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kaufman, Robert, PO3, (1945-1948) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kozlowski, Joseph Charles, S1c, (1944-1946) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman First Class
Surles, James C., S1c, (1943-1946) AD AMMF-0000 Seaman First Class
Hermes, Joseph, F1c, (1946-1947) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman First Class
Hartle, John Edward, S2c, (1944-1946) HA HA-0000 Seaman Second Class
Yarborough, John, CPO, (1940-1946) Chief Petty Officer
Burch Jr., Ernest, SN, (1946-1948) Seaman
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Elliott, Melba, LT, (1942-1947) OFF 290X Lieutenant

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