Name: Benjamin Byrd Newsom
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 31 July 1925
Home City of Record: MADISON VI
Date of Loss: 23 July 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210200 North  1052800 East
Status (in 1973): Died in Captivity
Category: 1
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105F
Other Personnel in Incident: Gene Pemberton, remains returned 1974

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.  2018


No further information available at this time.



Subject: Submission
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:33:48 +0000
From: William M. Killian


On July 23, 1966, a U.S. Air Force F-105 Thunderchief (#63-8338) from the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron

based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand was the flight leader of a four-ship F-105 aircraft team assigned

to patrol the heavily defended Red River Delta in North Vietnam in search of hostile surface-to-air missile sites.

The crew of the lead ship was pilot MAJ Gene T. Pemberton and Electronic Warfare Officer MAJ Benjamin B.

Newsom. Near Phuc Yen the flight encountered extremely adverse weather and heavy anti-aircraft defenses.

MAJ Pembertonís Thunderchief was shot down and he and Newsom were captured by the North Vietnamese.

Pemberton was reported to have died in captivity on July 24, 1966, and Newsom was also reported to have

died in captivity on July 26, 1966. Both Pemberton and Newsom were promoted to Colonel during the time

they were missing. The two airmenís remains were repatriated March 6, 1974, and positively identified

April 22, 1974. Pemberton was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal Newsom posthumously was

awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. [Taken from,, and

MAJ Pembertonís Silver Star citation]


Submitted by William M. Killian