Landing signal officers Lieutenant David McCampbell and Ensign George E. Savage bringing in aircraft for landing aboard carrier Wasp, circa late 1941 or early 1942

Caption   Landing signal officers Lieutenant David McCampbell and Ensign George E. Savage bringing in aircraft for landing aboard carrier Wasp, circa late 1941 or early 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-K-687
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
26 Apr 2009 09:17:54 AM

this picture is awesome. David is my distant relative!
2. Randy Parker says:
28 Oct 2010 07:43:43 AM

Great Photo... I wonder if there are more like this. My dad Clyde Parker was a plane caption on the Wasp during this period.
3. Anonymous says:
1 Nov 2010 01:34:42 PM

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. McCampbell served as a Commander, United States Navy, Air Group 15. He was awarded his medal for service during the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf, on June 19, 1944, and October 24-25, 1944. Commander McCampbell also received the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Gold Stars, and an Air Medal. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June 1944. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on 24 October, Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet. His great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.

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