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How Much Do You Know About the Black Sheep Squadron?
by John Miller
Sgt. D. W. White, U.S. Marine Corps

War’s terror and drama make it a perfect mixing pot for all of the elements of a Hollywood script. And the Second World War, of course, has generated thousands upon thousands of TV shows, movies, and other works of art, thanks in large part due to famous battles and the heroes who fought them. That leads us to the Black Sheep Squadron, a legendary group of men who took up arms at the edge of the world. In our quiz, we’ll see how much you really know about these men, and the TV show that they inspired!

World War II was filled with epic battles and famous military units. The 82nd Airborne was a major factor in battles all over the European Theater, and the 101st dug in for a timeless standoff against the Nazis at the Battle of the Bulge. But the Pacific Theater was full of fighting, too, and that’s where the Black Sheep Squadron took to the air. Do you know this squadron’s official name?

The Black Sheep were the odd men out during the wicked fighting of the Pacific, hastily assembled in order to help the Marines during their deadly island slog. As those American troops struggled in the jungles, the Black Sheep soared overhead, shooting down Japanese Zeroes with reckless abandon. How much do you know about the Squadron’s real-world performance?

Following the war, Hollywood seized the Black Sheep story and made it into a TV show. Do you know who starred in this show, and how long it was on the air?

The Black Sheep were a force to be reckoned with during WWII. Let’s see how much you really know about these pilots and the TV show that they inspired!

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