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August 1, 2016

Hazel Lee posing with a biplane, circa 1930s

Hazel Ying Lee, born in Portland, Oregon, became a licensed pilot in 1932. After becoming a member of the WASP, she flew fighter aircraft to their destinations as they poured out of American factories.

Hazel wrote her sister: "Flying Pursuit [fighter aircraft] keeps me very busy; we are on a 7 day work week."

On Thanksgiving Day 1944, while piloting a P-63 Fighter, Hazel Ying Lee was killed in a mid-air collision. She was 32 years old.


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