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80-G-K-2179 Commander David McCampbell, USN, (Commander, Air Group Fifteen)

Photo #: 80-G-K-2179 (Color)  Commander David McCampbell, USN, (Commander, Air Group Fifteen)
Description: Poses in the cockpit of his F6F Hellcat on board USS Essex (CV-9), circa early October 1944. Note 21 kills marked on the plane, the number credited to Cdr. McCampbell as of this time. In a letter written in 1982, McCampbell said that the photographer was Joe Rosenthal. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.color
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