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 »


Pappy calls Admiral Nimitz during a conference in a clearly complete Pentagon immediately following Pearl Harbour. The ground breaking took place only two months previously, and entered into use two years later. See more »


Follows Black Sheep Squadron (1976) See more »

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"Show me a hero, and I'll prove he is a bum!"
12 April 2001 | by SiperkittySee all my reviews

One of the few man I this world that I would have the honor to meet, would have been "Gramps" Boyington. In a time of need, pain and horror...he took the ways that he knew and fought a war which we all didn't want to be in. In the time to come after his rise to fame and down fall...his life teaches us this...sometimes the rules must be bent to do the right thing. I wish that I could have met the man before his death...I'm glad the History channel has the history still going on the Black Sheep and I love the comments from his fellow flyers and from Mr. Conrad himself about the man. May the Black Sheep always fly in our minds, hearts, and prays. Question: Mr. Conrad...did you ever fly the big blue bird???

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