David McCampbell was recognized for shooting down 34 Japanese planes and engaging the enemy many times despite the odds. On October 24, 1944, he shot down nine planes in 95 minutes.
Commander David McCampbell, USN, in the cockpit of F6F. showing flags denoting his 30 Japanese planes shot down, aboard USS Essex. | Location: cockpit of F6F, on board the USS Essex, South Pacific. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Rank: CommanderMilitary branch: NavyServed in: WWIIMedal(s): Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Star