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Baa Baa Black Sheep

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 8 (USA)
1 x 95 minute episode
35 x 60 minute episodes

Based loosely on the book of the same name by real-world US flying ace, Gregory Boyington, who formed one of the most decorated squadrons of the Pacific war, this series was the story of a squadron of misfit flyers in the South Pacific during World War II.


Squadron 214 was composed of men who had been on the verge of court-martial before Major ‘Pappy’ Boyington (Robert Conrad) provided them with reprieves.

They were general pests and non-conformists who had been charged with everything from fighting with officers to stealing alcohol.

Pappy was the “old man” compared to his men (he was 35), and maintained almost no discipline, ignored all military regulations and did not care at all what his men got up to when they weren’t on missions.

The series was renamed Black Sheep Squadron in the 1977-1978 season and Captain Dottie Dixon (Katherine Cannon) was added to the cast.

Dixon was in charge of the nurses on Vella La Cava, the island where Pappy and his men were based, and four of her nurses became regulars in early 1978. They were christened “Pappy’s Lambs”.

Nurse Nancy was played by Robert Conrads’ real daughter, Nancy Conrad.

Maj Gregory ‘Pappy’ Boyington 
Robert Conrad
Col. Lard (USMC) 

Dana Elcar
Capt James W Gutterman

James Whitmore Jnr
Lt. Jerry Bragg 

Dirk Blocker
Lt. T.J. Wiley

Robert Ginty
Lt. Bob Anderson 

John Larroquette
Lt. Lawrence Casey 

W.K. Stratton
General Moore

Simon Oakland

Joey Aresco
Lt. Don French 

Jeff MacKay
Lt. Bob Boyle

Larry Manetti
Sgt. Andy Micklin 

Red West
Cpl. Stan Richards 

Steve Richmond
Capt. Tommy Harachi 

Byron Chung
Capt. Dottie Dixon 

Katherine Cannon
Lt. Jeb Pruitt 

Jeb Adams
Nurse Samantha Green

Denise DuBarry
Nurse Ellie 

Kathy McCullen
Nurse Susan 

Brianne Leary
Nurse Nancy Gilmore 

Nancy Conrad