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Hazel Ying Lee
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    (August 24, 1912-November 25, 1944)
    Born in Portland, Oregon
    Member, Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
    Died from injuries sustained in a collision with another plane
    She was one of 8 siblings.
    She pursued an aviation career despite her mom's protests.
    Her husband, decorated pilot 'Clifford' Louie Yen-Chung, was 2 years her junior.
    She used lipstick to write in Chinese characters 'Fat Ass' on the tail of the plane of a stout pilot.
    She became the first Chinese-American woman to fly for the U.S. military.
    As a WASP she transported pursuit aircraft out of factories.
    Her brother Vic, serving in France, was killed just 3 days after her death.
    The family fought and eventually won the right for the siblings to be buried side by side in the 'white section' of a Portland cemetary.

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