Susan Tate Ankeny is a nonfiction World War 2 history book author whose works include ‘The Girl and the Bombardier’ and her newest book, ‘American Flygirl’. ‘American Flygirl’ recounts the inspiring story of Hazel Ying Lee, the first Asian American woman to earn a pilot’s license and fly with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) despite the widespread anti-Asian sentiment back then.

Hazel refused to be deterred by discrimination due to her gender and her status as the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Just one year after sitting in on a friend’s flight lesson, she earned her pilot’s license and was on the way to the front against the Japanese. She would posthumously receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for her extraordinary service and patriotism.

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