Pilot James Darryl Taylor

Pilot James Darryl Taylor

United States Department of the Treasury - 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 accident near Palm Springs, California, while conducting a night time tactical flight. The aircraft struck a 300-foot ridge at approximately 6:10pm, killing both pilots.

Pilot Taylor had previously served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and was survived by his wife and three children.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location California

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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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