Black Sheep Squadron (1976–1978)
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Flying Misfits 

Maverick WW2 Marine aviator forms his own fighter squadron.


Russ Mayberry


Stephen J. Cannell (television story), Stephen J. Cannell (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Conrad ... Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington
Simon Oakland ... Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore
Dana Elcar ... Col. Thomas A. Lard
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman
Robert Ginty ... 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph 'T.J.' Wiley
Dirk Blocker ... 1st Lt. Jerome 'Jerry' Bragg
W.K. Stratton W.K. Stratton ... 2nd Lt. Lawrence 'Larry' Casey
John Larroquette ... 2nd Lt. Robert 'Bob' Anderson
Peter Donat ... Col. Mathis
Sharon Gless ... Nurse 1st Lt.
George Gaynes ... Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault
Lance LeGault ... Lt. Huck (as W.L. LeGault)
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Freddy
John Lawlor ... Dr. Jim Reese
James Murtaugh ... Medical Lieutenant


Former U.S. Marine pilot Greg "Pappy" Boyington is flying with the American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in China. After Pearl Harbor brings America into World War II, Greg leaves the AVG to rejoin the Marine Corps. He refuses to be relegated to a desk job and, against all military protocol, forms his own fighter squadron from a group of misfits and disciplinary cases. Written by yortsnave

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War


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English | Japanese

Release Date:

21 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film begins showing Pappy Boyington recovering from a leg wound after "shooting 6 Jap planes" in one day while flying for the Flying Tigers in 1941-42. His days as a Flying Tiger would be mentioned throughout the series, although the year is usually mistakenly mentioned as 1939 or 1940, not 1941 or 1942. See more »


Colonel Mathys, an army officer assigns Boyington to Esprito Marcos. Army officers would not be in charge of personnel assignments for US Marine Corps officers during World War II. See more »


Follows Black Sheep Squadron (1976) See more »

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27 December 2001 | by AMedlhammerSee all my reviews

Baa Baa Black Sheep is a great Movie loosely based on the novel by Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. The airplane scenes are outstanding and the historical facts that are introduced by original newsreel broadcasts make the historical facts clear. I was fascinated by the book as well as the movie and the TV series.

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