Black Sheep Squadron

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  • Season 2 Episode 13: A Little Bit of England

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be at least 1942, though, more likely 1943

  • Near the end, when the Japanese are overrunning 'England' Peter says, "We'll go down to the beach and escape in the duck". But he doesn't know that Greg was able to appropriate the duck, as far as anyone on England knows, they will be picked up by submarine later in the day. Then when the four are near the beach Jeb hears the engines of the approaching duck. And when they see it Peter yells "They got the duck!" as if he is surprised to see it.

  • Season 2 Episode 12: Sheep in the Limelight

  • The Universal Newsreel, about the First Lady's trip to the front, has a copyright of 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943 (as the series takes place in the 1943-1944 time frame).

  • Season 2 Episode 11: The Show Must Go On... So...

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943.

  • The Seabees motto is: "We build, we fight."

  • Season 2 Episode 10: Hotshot

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943.

    Major Boyington assumed command in August 1943 of VMF-214. The VMF-214 second combat tour ended on January 8, 1944. This occurred five days after the Japanese shot down and captured Major Boyington.

  • Season 2 Episode 7: Forbidden Fruit

  • The disabled Night Corsair (the one with the radome, allegedly) comes in for a landing on Vella La Cava... Except that it's missing the radome. After it lands, the camera zooms in on the plane, and now it mysteriously sports the all-important radome. Talk about yer "ghost readout"! :-)

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Ten'll Get You Five

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943.

    Major Boyington commanded the VMF-21 from August 1943 till January 3, 1944 when the Japanese shot him down. Five days later on the eighth the VMF-214 second combat tour end. The group reformed back in the United State later that month.

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Operation Stand-Down

  • When Casey is taking the physical fitness test, Sergeant Savage refers to him as Lt. Casey. When Casey is taking his written test, he's written his name at the top of the test "Lt. Larry Casey." At the end of the episode when Casey contacts San Francisco on the radio, he's clearly wearing captain's bars on his left collar.

  • Goof: Two date goofs.

    In the pigs pen, the calendar board shows the year as 1943, which is consistent with when VMF 214 existed (8/43 to 1/44).

    1) The USMC Aerial Evaluation form has a date of 5/10/42. This is not consistent with the previously seen calendar board.

    2) The squadron throws a surprise birthday party for Major Boyington at the end of the episode. Boyington's birthday is not in May, it is in December (12/4/1912).

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be at least 1942, though, more likely 1943.

  • During the initial AERIAL evaluation, the instructor is writing on a score sheet. Handwritten entries at the top of the sheet include the squadron (VMF-214) and the date. The date is written in as May 10, 1943. The Black Sheep were formed in AUGUST of 1943 and didn't fly their first combat mission until SEPTEMBER 14th.

  • The nurses that are seen rubbing elbows with the guests on Vella La Cava (and are credited at the end of the show as Nurse #1, Nurse #2 and Nurse #3) show up in the next episode as full fledged co-stars....Denise DuBarry as Nurse Samantha Greene and various 'actresses' as Pappy's Lambs.

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Wolves in the Sheep Pen

  • The Universal Newsreel, about the supply lines being safe from Japanese attack, has a copyright of 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943 (as the series takes place in the 1943-1944 time frame).

  • Season 2 Episode 2: The 200 Pound Gorilla

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright is 1939 (MCMXXXIX), which is incorrect for the time frame of this series and episode. The year has to be at least 1942, as the original VMF-214 squadron formed during July 1942. More likely the episode represents WWII during or after August 1943, which is when Pappy Boyington took command.

  • Season 1 Episode 24: The Fastest Gun

  • Goof: In the newsreel footage the two star general giving Major Boyington his medal / commendation is out of uniform.  His cover (head gear) is missing the golden oak leaf embellishments (scrambled eggs) found all the bills of all Marine Corps command rank officers (Major and higher).  (The Army and Marines sets the rank of O-4 Major and higher, while the Navy sets the rank as O-5 Commander.)

  • Goof:  At the end of the episode, there is a newsreel announcing VMF-214 as the top combat squadron of the Pacific theater.  The intro graphics names the squadron as YMF-214, not VMF-214.  The announcer uses the correct unit name.

  • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright is 1939 (MCMXXXIX) when the year has to be at least 1942 if not the more likely 1943.

  • Season 1 Episode 23: Last One for Hutch

  • Goof: The beginning newsreel footage, which is suppose to be current, has a 1939 (MCMXXXIX) copyright date. The episode's time frame is at least 1942, instead of 1939 (which is before the USA entered WWII).

  • Season 1 Episode 22: W*A*S*P*S

  • WASP stands for Women Airforce Service Pilots. In World War II they became the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.

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