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David Taylor, Jr. '35

Date of birth: January 2, 1912

Date of death: May 16, 1944

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


From New England Aviation History:

On May 16, 1944, Lt. Cmdr. David Wooster Taylor, 32, took off from Quonset Point Naval Air Station in a F6F-3 Hellcat (Bu. No. 41944) for a routine training mission. He was killed when his aircraft crashed and burned at the Sunset Valley Reservation in East Greenwich. The cause of the crash was not stated in newspapers.

Taylor was survived by his wife Virginia, and two young children, Jean, 4, and David, 3.

A housing development now stands on the site where this accident took place.

Lt. Cmdr. Taylor was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4) for his part in an attack against enemy shipping off Bodo, Norway, on October 4, 1943.

Woonsocket Call, “Lt. Cmdr. D. W. Taylor Killed In Plane Crash”, May 17, 1944, Pg. 1
North Kingstown, Rhode Island, death records


In the April 1, 1941 Navy Directory he is listed as a LTjg with Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5 aboard USS Chester (CA 27)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander David W. Taylor, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while leading his squadron from the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4) against a well-defended merchant vessel during the attack on enemy shipping off Bodo, Norway, 4 October 1943. Lieutenant Commander Taylor scored three direct hits amidships and left the hostile vessel in flames. He pressed home this vigorous attack in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326 (May 1944)
Action Date: October 4, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Ranger (CV-4)

Memorial Hall Error

David's Distinguished Flying Cross states he was in the Naval Reserve. He is listed in Memorial Hall as USN.

Class of 1935

David is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.