Emma Jane "Red" Petach interview (video and transcript), 1991

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Title

Emma Jane "Red" Petach interview (video and transcript), 1991

Description

Interview (video and transcript) of "Red" (Petach) Hanks by filmmaker Frank Boring for the documentary, Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers. Emma Jane "Red" Foster first traveled to China as the first woman foreign exchange student at Lingham University in Canton in 1935-1936. After receiving her B.A. from Penn State (1937) and Masters in Nursing from Yale University (1940), she joined the American Volunteer Group (AVG) medical team in 1941. On her trip to China aboard the Jaegersfontein, she met John "Pete" Petach, 2nd Squadron Flight Leader. She was the only RN who served with the AVG and helped the three physicians take care of men who contracted dengue fever and malaria as well as those injured in accidents or combat. In February 1942, she and Pete Petach were married by AVG chaplain Paul Frillman in Kunming, China. Red and Pete decided to stay several days to help Col. Chennault after the AVG disbanded. During that time, Pete Petach was killed while on a bombing and strafing mission at Nanchang.

Coverage

1991-05-17

Rights

Contributor

Boring, Frank
Christopher, Frank
Fei Hu Films

Identifier

RHC-88_Petatch_Red_1991-05-17

Format

video/mp4
application/pdf

Type

video
text

Language

eng

Citation

Hanks, Emma Jane (Foster Petach Hanks), “Emma Jane "Red" Petach interview (video and transcript), 1991,” Digital Collections, accessed September 23, 2018, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/29968.
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