Baa Baa Black Sheep by Gregory BoyingtonThe World War II air war in the Pacific needed tough men like Colonel Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron. The legendary Marine Corps officer and his bunch of misfits, outcasts, and daredevils gave new definition to hell-raising - on the ground and in the skies.
Pappy himself was a living legend - he personally shot down 28 Japanese planes, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He broke every rule in the book in doing so, but when he fell into the hands of the vengeful Japanese his real ordeal began.
Here, in his own words, is the true story of Americas wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, and of his greatest battle of all - the fight to survive.
10 high-flying facts about 'Black Sheep Squadron'
The rest of the squadron, nicknamed the Black Sheep Squadron, called Boyington "Gramps" or "Pappy" because of his advanced age. He was barely over 30 at the time. Robert Conrad, who at the age of 41 was more of a "Pappy" than Pappy had been, portrayed Boyington. Audiences loved Conrad as a rugged, physical actor, a man unafraid of heavy stunt work. While Conrad's lead character was based on a real hero, the rest of the characters were fictional. No wonder. It was the creation of Stephen J.
Much of Black Sheep Squadron is made up. Fictional characters comprised the bulk of the squadron of pilots — from Bob Anderson a young John Larroquette in his first major role to Jerry Bragg Dirk Blocker. But Greg "Pappy" Boyington?
These fighter pilots were known as "The Black Sheep. Bellisario Production Design: John D. Jefferies Sr. Pappy, upset with his new desk job, goes against regulations and forms a fighter squadron using pilots thrown out of other squadrons for disciplinary reasons. Cannell d: Russ Mayberry.