Chester Henry Koneful was born December 6 , 1918, to Wojchieh and Rosa Lee Bojarski
Koneful. He was the second of seven children, coming after brother Thaddeus and before
sisters Veronica, Helen, Genevieve, Sophia, and Annie. By 1935 the family was living at
1225 Chase Street in Camden, New Jersey. Chester Koneful attended
Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School
and Woodrow Wilson High
School, where he lettered in football and track. After graduating from high school in
January of 1938, he went to work at Campbell Soup in Camden. The 1940 Census shows him living with his parents and siblings at the Chase Street address. He had
moved to Fourth Avenue in Glendora by July of 1942.
Chester Koneful was indicted into the United States Army, as was his brother, and qualified
for aerial duty. A newspaper report from July of 1944 stated that he was training as a
radio operator. He also trained in aerial gunnery and when he went overseas it was as a waist gunner-radio
operator in the 596th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bombardment Group, which flew
Martin B-26 Marauder bombers. The Group's original overseas base was in England. The unit moved to France in September of 1944.
Technical Sergeant Chester H. Koneful flew 40 missions, mostly over Germany. The 397th Bombardment group were
known as the "Bridge Busters", and was known for attacking mostly bridges, ammo dumps,
and railroads over Germany. After his service he married Cecelia Vickers and went back to work
at Campbell Soup. By 1949 the Konefuls had moved to Glendora, New Jersey. Chester Koneful
later moved to Maysville, West Virginia. He lived the rest of his life there on
40-plus scenic acres of land. He died peacefully at home December 20, 2018. He is buried in
the Maysville Cemetery in Maysville.