Hazel Jane Raines


When she applied for the British Air Transport Auxiliary at age 25, Hazel Raines held a Commercial license with an instructors rating and had logged over 1300 hours of flight time. She was an active Ninety-Nine at the time of her application. She traveled to England with the second group of American women in April 1942. Her contract with the ATA ran until July 1943, when she returned to the United States and joined the WASP graduating in the class of 44-W-3.
Hazel joined the Air Force reserves after her service as a WASP and was the first female reserve pilot to be called up in the Korean Conflict. She returned to England in 1954 as WAF Advisor for the Third Air Force. Hazel died of a heart attack at age 40 while in London in 1956

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