Hazel Jane Raines was born in Waynesboro, Georgia back in 1916 to Frank and Bessie. Graduating from Wesleyan College in 1936 with a liberal arts degree. I could not find what she did immediately after graduation however, she earned her pilot’s license in 1938. She earned a living as a stunt pilot at local aviation shows.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Civilian Pilot Training Act in 1939 she joined up. She was one of 2,500 females to qualify. By 1941, she had received her flight instructor’s rating. She also held a commercial pilot’s license with a documented 1,300 hours of flying time. Her job was to fly military aircraft from a safe place to the nearest theater of war. To do that she had to fly undetected by enemy radar, using no navigational instruments, no radio contact and with no ammunition.
After WWII, she came back to the United States where in 1949, she joined the Woman in the Air Force (WAFS) as a second lieutenant. She was transferred to London where she fell ill and died in 1956. What you may not know about Hazel is that she was the first woman pilot in Georgia. She is listed in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and pray for those serving this country.