Name: James A. Treece
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit: 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Date of Birth: 11 August 1934
Home City of Record: MEMPHIS TN
Date of Loss: 07 October 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
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



No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

South Vietnam, pre-1975: status review in the case of lieutenant colonel
james a treece
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: james a treece

Subjects: Da Nang Air Base; Gulf of Tonkin; Killed

Comments: change of status from missing to killed in action; summary of
facts and circumstances enclosed

Reel: 163

Page: 16-19

Type of Document: Memorandum

Date of Report: 78 03 06

Date of Information: 78 02 02

Originator: USAF

Category: Casualty files


South Vietnam, pre-1975: information regarding documents and remains found
inside an airplane
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: Capt treece

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Personal effects; Hue

Reel: 163

Page: 28

Type of Document: Memorandum

Date of Report: 83 01 26

Date of Information: 00 00 00

Category: Casualty files

post-1975 Vietnam: Remains of James Allen Treece. JCRC Report I85-046A,
REFNO 0488-0-02
Country: post-1975 Vietnam

Name: James Allen Treece

Subjects: Grave site; Remains

Comments: References I85-046

Reel: 115

Source Number: 3318

Page: 8-9

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 86 05 19

Date of Information: 66 10 07

Document Number: 190845ZMAY86

Originator: JCRC Bangkok

Category: Source Reports




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On October 7, 1966, an RF-4C Phantom II (tail number 650885) with a crew of two departed Ton Son Nhut Air Base on a night reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Hue, South Vietnam. The last known contact with the aircraft was with air controllers at Da Nang, while the RF-4C was still en route to its targets, which included military installations and ground forces near Hue. When the aircraft failed to return from its mission, a search and rescue (SAR) mission was launched but was aborted due to adverse weather conditions. A second SAR mission was conducted the following day, but no sign of the RF-4C or its crew was found. 

Colonel James Allen Treece, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Tennessee, served with the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. He was the aircraft commander aboard this RF-4C when it disappeared, and his remains have not been recovered. Today, Colonel Treece is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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