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Blue Squadron, also referred to as Blue Group or Blue Wing,[11] was an airspeeder and starfighter squadron that served as part of the Rebel Alliance's starfighter corps during the Galactic Civil War. The squadron most notably participated in battles such as the Battle of Scarif, Siege on Tureen VII, the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor.

Description[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron's starfighters were marked with blue stripes.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Early rebellion[edit | edit source]

A group of Blue Squadron pilots at the Rebel Headquarters on Yavin.

Blue Squadron, under the command of General Antoc Merrick as Blue Leader, took part in the Battle of Scarif along with Red Squadron, Green Squadron, and Gold Squadron. Blue Squadron was expanded into a unit well beyond the usual 12 ships of the same design. It was a mix of X-wings, assigned to escort UT-60D U-wings into combat zones and a small number of Y-wings reallocated from squadrons in neighboring sectors. Heff Tobber (Blue Eight), Calum Gram (Blue Nine), and Laren Joma (Blue Eleven with Taslet Colb as copilot and Bistan as gunner) all flew U-wings while Paril Ritta (Blue Twelve) served as a Y-wing pilot.[5]

Battle of Atollon[edit | edit source]

Blue squadron was present at the Battle of Atollon where they flew at least 3 BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers, they lost at least 1 Y-wing after he was shot down by TIE/ln space superiority starfighters.[9][12]

Mission to Eadu[edit | edit source]

"Squadron up. Target: Eadu."
―General Draven ordering a strike[src]

By order of General Davits Draven, Blue Squadron,[13] consisting of eleven X-wings[10] and five Y-wings,[2] was deployed to target the Eadu Energy Conversion Laboratory in order to eliminate Galen Erso. During the strike, two of the X-wings were lost.[2]

Members[edit | edit source]

  • Blue Leader: General Antoc Merrick[14]
  • Blue Five: Farns Monsbee[15][5]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot (KIA)[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot (KIA)[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified X-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified Y-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified Y-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified Y-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified Y-wing pilot[2]
  • Unidentified Y-wing pilot[2]

Battle on Scarif[edit | edit source]

"Blue Squadron, get to the surface before they close that gate."
―Admiral Raddus giving Blue Squadron their orders during the Battle of Scarif[src]

Fighters of Blue Squadron offer air support to Rogue One

Blue Squadron X-wings accompanied the rest of the Alliance Fleet to the aid of Rogue One on Scarif below. Blue Squadron was tasked with penetrating the shield gate and providing air support and infantry reinforcements to Rogue One.[2] Only Joma's U-wing and twelve X-wings,[16] including Merrick's, managed to bypass the Imperial defenses and travel down toward the surface. However, the gate was shut, forcing Vangos Grek (Blue Six) and another X-wing pilot to pull up. Both were destroyed on impact with the planetary shield, but Barion Raner (Blue Four), Jaldine Gerams (Blue Three) and at least 2 other X-wings managed to avoid impact and went to assist the Rebel fleet in space above.[2]

In the air around the Citadel, the U-wing and X-wings were able to provide air support and reinforce the troops on the ground, destroying the AT-ACTs and engaging Imperial TIE/sk x1 experimental air superiority fighters in the air. During the battle, the upper starboard engine of Merrick's T-65B was damaged by a TIE striker, causing his ship to spiral toward the ground, killing him on impact.[2] Most, if not all, of Blue Squadron's craft were destroyed at Scarif. The squadron's decimation at Scarif and the loss of its commanding officer meant that Blue Squadron would not be present at the following climactic battle at Yavin, leaving Red, Gold and Green Squadrons to take on that engagement.

Members[edit | edit source]

Battle of Vrogas Vas[edit | edit source]

"Blue Five is down, this is Blue Three, He's right on my tail... Torpedoes Locked... I can't AARRRGG--"
―Blue Three, at Vrogas Vas[src]

Blue Squadron flying at Vrogas Vas

Some time during the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance established a refueling base on the planet Vrogas Vas. Blue Squadron was one of three present when Sith Lord Darth Vader arrived there in the search for his son Luke Skywalker. The squadron was entirely wiped out in the resultant battle.[3]

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Tureen VII[edit | edit source]

After the incident on Vrogas Vas, Blue Squadron was deployed to the stolen Imperial-class Star Destroyer Harbinger, where they were launched during the Siege on Tureen VII to defend the Star Destroyer until the moon bases were destroyed and several X-wings of the squadron were destroyed.[8]

Battle of Hoth[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron was also part of the Rebel force stationed on Hoth when the Empire discovered the base, launching an invasion that signaled the commencement of the Battle of Hoth. Using T-47 airspeeders, the pilots of Blue Squadron helped to defend Echo Base from All Terrain Armored Transports (AT-ATs) and All Terrain Scout Transports (AT-STs). They destroyed the AT-STs with the speeder's primary blasters and used their harpoon and tow cables to defeat the AT-ATs. This allowed three transports to escape the base.[1]

Battle at Bakura[edit | edit source]

At some point during the Galactic Civil War, Blue Squadron were instrumental in a battle that took place at the planet Bakura, which ended in a victory for the Alliance.[4]

Battle of Endor[edit | edit source]

B-wing at Endor

During the Battle of Endor, Blue Squadron was a mix of B-wings and A-wings and included a Sullustan bounty hunter-turned-rebel Ten Numb, who commanded the squadron. With the A-wings flying fighter cover - a 'luxury' other B-Wing squadrons such as Blade Squadron didn't have - and managed to bring down two Star Destroyers.[7] Ten Numb flew a B-wing starfighter under the callsign Blue Five.[17]

Members[edit | edit source]

Organization[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron was a Rebel Alliance squadron made up starfighter pilots and Astromech droids, that was led by various commanders during the Galactic Civil War. These included General Antoc Merrick,[2] "Blue Leader",[3] and Lieutenant Valeria.[4] Staff officers included Lieutenant Taslet Colb, Warrant Officer, Laren Joma, and Lieutenant Heff Tobber.[5] Blue Squadron spent some of their time based at the Great Temple on Yavin 4.[5]

Complement[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron was a mixed squadron made up of various airspeeders and starfighters. For airspeeders, this included T-47 airspeeders.[1] For starfighters, this included A/SF-01 B-wing starfighters,[6] BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers,[5] RZ-1 A-wing interceptor]]s[7] T-65B X-wing starfighters,[2][8] of which General Merrick's own starfighter was named Blue One,[5] and UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft.[2] The Squadron's starfighters were marked with blue stripes.[4]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron appears in the second season of the non-Canon LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures animated series. The squadron appeared in four of the five promotional short films designed to promote the series. Blue Squadron is led by Lieutenant Valeria, who leads the squadron into combat against the Galactic Empire in several skirmishes. In the series, Blue Squadron act as supporting characters to the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who join the Rebel Alliance.[19][20][21] Under Valeria's leadership, Blue Squadron attacks an Imperial repair depot near Alzoc III and also participates in the Battle of Endor.[22][23] Blue Squadron appeared as a starfighter cosmetic option in the 2020 video game Star Wars: Squadrons, that also mentioned their first connection to Valeria and Bakura in Star Wars Canon.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars Battlefront
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Vader Down 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Squadrons
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 67 (Helmets: In Pictures)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars 24
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Grounded"—From a Certain Point of View
  11. Rebel Starfighters Owners' Workshop Manual
  12. StarWars.com Zero Hour Behind the Scenes Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link)
  13. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  14. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  15. ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Farns Monsbee - 2020 Base Series)
  16. Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  17. 17.0 17.1 ToppsDigitalLogo.pngStar Wars: Card Trader (Card: Ten Numb - B-Wing Pilot - Base Series 1)
  18. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rebel Pilots Biography Gallery in the Databank (backup link)
  19. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Thrown Into Battle"
  20. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Rowan's Secret Adventure"
  21. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Zander Freemaker, Superstar Pilot Guy!"
  22. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Perilous Rescue"
  23. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Return of the Jedi"
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