Name: James Gradey Jones
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 14 Augtust 1939
Home City of Record: BIRMINGHAM AL
Date of Loss: 12 November 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E
Other Personnel in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2020


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/4 YRS United States Navy

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Lieutenant Junior Grade James Gradey Jones entered the U.S. Navy from Alabama and was a member of Attack Squadron 12, embarked aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) in the Gulf of Tonkin. On November 12, 1966, he was the pilot of an A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 150048, call sign "Clincher 410") in a flight of two aircraft returning from a night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. A ground control approach (GCA) was used to direct the two incoming aircraft on approach, and at that time the GCA operator observed this Skyhawk flying too close to the other aircraft. After a failed attempt to divert LTJG Jones, the two aircraft appeared to merge on the radar, astern of the ship. From the ship's deck, two fires were observed falling into the ocean, and LTJG Jones' Skyhawk was lost during the incident. A search failed to recover the missing pilot and he remains unaccounted-for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Jones is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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