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Blue Squadron, also known as Blue Flight, Blue Group, or Blue Wing, was a starfighter squadron active in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Its pilots flew T-65 X-wings and B-wings among other starfighters used in the Rebel fleet.

History[edit | edit source]

Aboard Independence[edit | edit source]

When stationed aboard the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Independence, Blue Squadron personnel such as senior flight leader Captain Ernek Marskan flew X-wings, BTL Y-wing starfighters, and R-22 Spearhead starfighters. While carrying the Death Star plans, Biggs Darklighter flew a Blue Squadron X-wing that was disabled by an Imperial ambush in the Cron Drift. The squadron later transferred to Yavin Base just prior to the Battle of Yavin.[1]

Tantive IV[edit | edit source]

A group of fighters named Blue Squadron served as scouts for Princess Leia Organa's Tantive IV shortly before the vessel was attacked by Imperial forces led by Darth Vader, prior to the Battle of Yavin.[8]

Battle of Yavin[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron served at the Rebel base on Yavin 4, and participated in the Battle of Yavin under the command of Blue Leader Captain Merrick Simms.[2] The squadron was made up of six pilots, all flying X-wings.[9] It was essential in clearing the first Death Star's surface of turrets, and neutralized a larger laser cannon emplacement.[2] Their main goal was to join Green Squadron in an attack run on the station's superlaser in the hope of distracting the Empire from the exhaust port attack.[10]

Rescue of Domina Tagge[edit | edit source]

During the Yavin blockade, a Blue Flight led by Luke Skywalker was involved in the rescue of Domina Tagge. Tagge, along with other representatives of the Order of the Sacred Circle, were under attack by four Imperial TIE fighters. During the engagement, three TIE fighters were destroyed, while the fourth retreated back to its Star Destroyer, which fled into Hyperspace.[3]

  • Blue Leader - Luke Skywalker

Mission to Arda-2[edit | edit source]

Five X-wings of Skywalker's Blue Flight[11] traveled with Princess Leia Organa to the neutral world of Arda-2 to investigate the presence of T-6 diodem targeting equipment in the weapons systems of Imperial TIE fighters. When Imperial spy Mag Doum alerted Darth Vader to the Rebels' presence, Zon Zorad, a regretful accomplice of Doum's, flew with Blue Flight in injured pilot Cova's X-wing as the flight attempted to repulse Vader's forces' attack on Arda-2. Zorad was shot down by a TIE fighter, perishing alongside his father and Mag Doum in a collision with Vader's Star Destroyer, damaging the Imperial ship and forcing the attackers to retreat.[12]

Battle of Hoth[edit | edit source]

During the Battle of Hoth, members from the Rebellion's Blue and Green Squadrons and Rogue Flight were cobbled together and pressed into service as a unified "Rogue Squadron," doubling up as pilots and gunners aboard the Rebels' T-47 airspeeders.[10] The remaining Blues and Greens either piloted evacuating transports or their fighter escorts.[13]

Raid on Golrath Station[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron was joined by Red Squadron for an expedition to an abandoned Rebel base on Golrath to destroy records of their activities contained within the rock of the base's walls. The two squadrons of X-wing and Y-wing starfighters conducted a diversionary raid against the occupying Imperial forces, while Princess Leia Organa attempted to infiltrate the station and sabotage the reactor.[6]

First Battle of Bothawui[edit | edit source]

Following the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker formed an unofficial Blue Squadron of Bothan Y-wing pilots for a raid on the Suprosa. Many Bothans died on that mission.[14]

Aboard Defiance[edit | edit source]

Another Blue Squadron was assigned to the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser Defiance during the build up to the Battle of Endor. At least one pilot, Blue Eight, was killed in action at the time.[7]

Battle of Endor[edit | edit source]

Blue Squadron, otherwise identified as Blue Group[15] or Blue Wing,[16] flew heavily armed B-wing starfighters and A-wing interceptors at the Battle of Endor.[17] The squadron's B-wings were maintained by Verpine mechanics, and were equipped with armor-piercing missiles.[18] While the identifier Blue Wing was used to refer to the battle wing itself as a whole, it was also used as a call sign by Blue Leader Captain Merrick Simms'[19] second-in-command.[20]

One of the Alliance's main attack elements in the battle,[16] Blue Squadron's B-wings were given orders to attack Imperial command ships, with Blue Five Ten Numb leading an attack on the Star Deadnought Executor,[21][22] and Blue Leader participating in an attack run on the Empire's damaged main communications ship.[15]

Merrick Simms flying as Blue Leader at the Battle of Endor

Captain Simms perished in the wake of the exploding Imperial communications ship, thrown by the shock wave against a smaller Imperial starship, which was itself destroyed. Later in the battle, "Blue Wing" led Blue Squad, an A-wing squadron within the Blue Wing attack element,[16] in joining Gold Leader General Lando Calrissian's attack on the second Death Star, before breaking off to draw a group of pursuing TIE fighters away from Calrissian and Red Leader Commander Wedge Antilles as they entered the Death Star's superstructure.[15]

Although the Alliance succeeded in destroying the second Death Star, the Battle of Endor inflicted the loss of their commanding officer on Blue Squadron.[15] One week after the battle, Ten Numb had taken over as Blue Leader and flew a B-wing refitted to fight forest fires raging across the forest moon.[5] He was recruited by Rogue Leader Luke Skywalker for a ground mission on Corellia, but was captured by Imperial forces and killed shortly thereafter on Tralus.[25]

New Republic Service[edit | edit source]

After the reformation of the Rebel Alliance into the New Republic, a Blue Squadron of A-wing interceptors was assigned to the New Republic base on Folor to support Wraith Squadron.[26]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

During the making of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the X-wing squadron that Luke Skywalker was assigned to was given the designation "Blue Squadron." When it was realized that the blue markings on Blue Squadron's starfighters would be replaced by background footage during shots that incorporated a blue-screen, Blue Squadron was renamed "Red Squadron" and the name of the Y-wing squadron that originally bore that name was changed to "Gold Squadron." This change was not reflected in the novelization of A New Hope, which used the original designations for the squadron.[27][28]

The information concerning the Battle of Yavin and the names of the pilots is derived from the S-canonical game Star Wars: Rebel Assault and is given with caution. The squadron seen defending Tantive IV in Star Wars: Empire at War may also be non-canonical.[29][30]

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 X-Wing: The Official Strategy Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Rebel Assault
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars 35: Dark Lord's Gambit
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
  5. 5.0 5.1 X-Wing: Rogue Leader 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Star Wars 65: Golrath Never Forgets
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
  8. Star Wars: Empire at War
  9. The Official Star Wars Fact File (2013) Part 1 (YAV3-4, The Battle of Yavin)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Essential Guide to Warfare
  11. StarWars.com Time Capsule: Darth Vader 1980 on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. As Long As We Live...
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 SWInsider.png "Rogues Gallery: Clearance for Immediate Launch"—Star Wars Insider 146
  14. Shadows of the Empire novel
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (novel)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
  17. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 81 ("Blue Squadron (3)")
  18. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Blue Squadron B-wing)
  19. Star Wars Encyclopedia
  20. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 81 ("Blue Wing")
  21. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Ten Numb)
  22. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameDeath Star II Limited (Card: Blue Squadron 5)
  23. HasbroInverted.png Star Wars: The Vintage Collection (Pack: Battle Over Endor (2 of 2)) (backup link)
  24. SDCC - The LEGO Star Wars Minifigure Gallery at FBTB.net. fbtb.net. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020.
  25. X-Wing: Rogue Leader 3
  26. X-Wing: Wraith Squadron
  27. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  28. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel
  29. StarWars.com Holocron continuity database questions on StarWars.com Message Boards. Posted by Leland Chee on December 7, 2006 at 6:15 PM. (content now obsolete; backup link) "Rookiee One's tench run in non-continuity. There was less attention to staying within continuity for some of the older games."
  30. StarWars.com Holocron continuity database questions on StarWars.com Message Boards. Posted by Leland Chee on May 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM. (content now obsolete; backup link) "Does this include Star Wars: Episode I: Racer/Battlefront I: Story is S, but locations, characters, and technology are C. And by extension, Battlefront II Story is C."
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