British Air Transport Auxiliary
Helen Richey was 32 years of age, having
logged 1800 hours when she applied for the British Air Transport
Auxiliary. She was an active Ninety-Nine at the time and a close
friend of Jackie Cochran. She held a Commercial license with an
instructor's rating. Richey traveled with the first group of American
women arriving in England in March 1942. When Jackie Cochran left as
acting Commander of the American women, Richey took over those duties.
She left her duties in the ATA in January of 1943 due to health reasons.
After Richey arrived home she then joined the WASP, graduating in class
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