Pilot James Darryl Taylor

Pilot James Darryl Taylor

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, November 15, 1987

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James Darryl Taylor

Pilot James Taylor and Pilot David Crater were killed in an aircraft crash along the United States-Mexico border near Calexico, California.

They were flying in the area to serve as a reference point for radar detectors that had been moved into the area. The Cessna 441 Conquest they were operating crashed approximately one-half mile south of the border after it struck a 300-foot ridge.

A search was initiated after ground units lost contact with the aircraft.

Pilot Taylor was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the United States Customs Service for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Overseas

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To the James Taylor Family,

As a chaplain candidate at the CBP Training Academy, I have the honor of having USCS Pilot James Darryl Taylor as my Silent Partner. His service and dedication to his country gives me strength and courage each day as I go out to be of service to the CBP Community.

His legacy lives on and he is not forgotten and I thank you for allowing me to get to know him.

Phylece LeVally
Customs & Border Protection

August 10, 2017

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