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‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ airman later piloted Pennsylvania Game Commission

Glenn Bowers, former Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director, died last week. He was a member of rhe Black Sheep Squadron that operated in the Pacific in World War II. The group, popularized by the 1976 TV series ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep,’ portrayed the pilots as a group of “misfits and screwballs,” the York Daily Record/Sunday News reported. But they were simply pilots taken from other fighter squadrons to form a unit under the famed Pappy Boyington, the newspaper reported. The photograph at right was from his World War II flying days. The one at far right is from his time as head of the state Game Commission. Also of interest: All World War II posts from the start and World War II combat hero from York County: ‘Avenged the death of his platoon leader’ and East Berlin veterans spotlighted ‘Green Acres’ Eddie Albert’s heroism in World War II.

Glenn Bowers graduated from York’s William Penn High School and flew for a famed squadron in World War II. He later gained a reputation for effectiveness as Pennsylvania Game Commission exec, remaining a York County resident, living in Dillsburg.
He died last week at the age of 89.
His son, Toby, pointed to a thread of integrity throughout Glenn Bowers life… .

“If (he) said he was going to do something, then by God, he was going to do it,” Toby Bowers said. “He’d never ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself.”
A York Daily Record/Sunday News story reported that Bowers flew 28 combat missions with the Black Sheep and 58 missions with two other squadrons in the South Pacific. He was awarded 11 air medals and three Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Check out Glenn Bowers for the full story on this member of the Greatest Generation.
And check out his long, interesting obituary here.