Black Sheep Squadron

Season 1 Episode 8

The Meatball Circus

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1976 on NBC
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The Meatball Circus
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Pappy leads the Black Sheep on a mission to destroy a Japanese aircraft carrier in a squadron composed entierly of captured Japanese planes.

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  • Pappy leads the Black Sheep on a mission to destroy a Japanese aircraft carrier in a squadron composed entirely of captured Japanese planes

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    In the middle of the night, a large transport truck pulls up in front of the H.Q. at Epritos Marcos. several squadron commanders are huddled in the back, unaware why they are all together. When the tarp is pulled up, they are told by Col. Lard that this is a mission

    of utmost secrecy. That none of the commanders' men know where they are. several of the officers reveal where they were picked up from, with the last being Major Greg Boyington, who reveals that he was indeed picked up while in the brig. Col. Lard repeats this, no doubt having a twinge of pleasure telling the Major's colleagues that the bad apple among them has been identified. The plan is laid out by General Moore; 5 men from each of these officers' squadrons will fly a long mission to hit the carrier Kibitsu, who is anchored near Christmas Island. At 1600 miles away, the pilots who hit the carrier will have to fly a undetectable path around Japanese gun emplacements. The path is circuateous, and will take up all their fuel. Moore explains that after the attack on the carrier is executed, the Americans will fly south toward the Navy fleet, ditch their planes in the ocean and hope to picked up by the Navy. After being told this, Boyington comes up with a plan he thinks is a winner. Over some Scotch in his room, he tells General Moore, who is also a close friend, that The Black Sheep can fly this mission themselves. Moore won't hear of it. With a 1 in 4 chance of survivng in the water after a ditch, the General wanted to spread out any potential casualties over 4 separate squadrons. Boyington illuminates further; why fly around the enemy and waste all that fuel? Why not fly right over the Japanese gun emplacements? How? In Japanese planes. After dramatic pausing in Boyingtons room, the general says he approves of this plan. The Sheep will have to billet at a Naval Base to practice landing Japanese aircraft. Boyington, realizing the General has his neck stuck out,"Dont worry General, we'll make it work you can bet on it" While the boys are military, they are no near as military as Naval personnel. the basic uniform for a Marine fighter pilot in the front area is khaki pants and a t-shirt, depending on the discression of their commander. Not so, Navy. Frictions start almost immediately as the differences between the two bodies is all too apparent during an enjoyable mess hall sequence pitting the Black Sheep on one side of the room and Navy officers on the other. When the spit and polish Navy commander asks Maj. Boyington to step outside, hijinx do ensue. Outside, Pritchard, the Navy CO. threatens Boyington but since he doesn't have the Intelligence clearance to know of Pappy's mission, Pappy uses that fact to back Pritchard off of him and his men. the other Navy personnel, however, have different plans.......moreless
Joey Aresco

Joey Aresco

John David "Hutch" Hutchinson

James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore Jr.

Capt. James "Jim" W. Gutterman

Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad

Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Simon Oakland

Simon Oakland

Gen. Thomas Moore

Dana Elcar

Dana Elcar

Col. Thomas Lard

W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton

Lt. Larwence "Larry" Casey

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