800 Squadron Fleet Air Arm
Nick Taylor, from Closworth in Dorset, was born on 28th May 1949.
He joined the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot in the early 1970’s and flew Sea Kings until the end of the decade, when he crossed into the fast-jet training stream. In the spring of 1982, he had just completed Sea Harrier conversion and emerged from the pipeline to join 800 Squadron, with whom he deployed down south. On Tuesday the 4th May 1982, a three-ship attack on the Goose Green airstrip was mounted during which Nick Taylor’s aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire as he ran in to attack. The aircraft exploded and hit the ground very close to the airstrip.
Nick Taylor’s body, still in its ejector seat, was recovered by the residents of Goose Green and buried under Argentine supervision with full military honours very close to where he came to rest. The site is now fenced off and marked with a proper headstone, it is lovingly tended by the residents of Goose Green who hold an annual service on the anniversary of his death. Nick left a widow but her present whereabouts are unknown.
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In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982. NICK TAYLOR ISLAND is a tussac island south of Goose Green, at the head of Choiseul Sound, East Falkland.
It is in position
51° 50′ 02.80″ S, 058° 57′ 54.68″ W