NEIBLER, HAROLD WESLEY, Sergeant, # 15320642, USAAF

 

Harold Neibler was born on 22 May 1917 to George Adam Neibler (1887-1962) and Margaret Elizabeth (Daniel) Neibler (1893-1978). Siblings include (1930 census – Marysville, Ohio) Lawrence J. Neibler (1912-1955), Frederick Eugene Neibler (1918-1977) (9 May 1938 married Delores M. Moffett), George D. Neibler (1924-Harold W         Neibler), Mary Marguerite (Neibler) Raines (1915-2005) and Anna Fern Neibler (1920-1996). In 1940 the family lived at 517 East Fifth St., Marysville, OH. Margaret’s mother, Mary Malvietta (Yarrington) Daniel (1855-    ) lived with them.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 10 September 1942 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He trained first at a USAAF school in Buffalo, NY – Corporal Harold W. Neibler, Camp Curtiss, Class 24, Section 2, BarracksT-7, Williamsville, NY. He graduated and earned his crewman wings about 30 March 1930. His first assignment in India was the 87th Transport Squadron, 28th Transport Group. He trained to be an engineer on the B-25. On 10 December 1943, at about 1230 hours, a B-25D, # 41-30362, assigned to the ICWATC, Headquarters East Search Squadron, departed Chabua, Assam, India, to search the Chabua, India, area. The aircraft was downed by fire from enemy aircraft. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. His family had a veteran’s marker placed in the memorial section of Arlington National Cemetery.

 

His brother, George D. Neibler, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In November 1943, he was a Seaman First Class, # 5701945, transferred from Memphis, Tennessee, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as an Air Crewman, U.S. Naval Training Station, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In June 1944, he was aboard the U.S.S. Smalley (DD 565), as a passenger rated as an Aviation Machinists Mate Third Class. He was killed while disembarking from a troop transport in the invasion of North Africa, when a pistol accidentally discharged.