DS-61-9 was the call sign of an Imperial Navy TIE pilot who served by 0 BBY. In that year, the Battle of Yavin occurred, during which Alliance to Restore the Republic starfighters attacked the Galactic Empire's DS-1 Orbital Battle Station. DS-61-9 was among the Imperial pilots who fought in the battle, where Imperial TIE/LN starfighters attempted to defend the space station from the Alliance's starfighters. The Battle of Yavin ultimately ended in an Imperial defeat when the Alliance destroyed the battlestation.
Behind the scenes
The name DS-61-9 was coined by 2002's A New Hope expansion set of the Star Wars Trading Card Game. Although the card identified DS-61-9 as the designation of the starfighter, 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia would later identify that name as the pilot's call sign. This article is written with the assumption that the latter source is correct.
The image used for DS-61-9's card is that of a TIE/LN starfighter from the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. However, the card game's 2003 Battle of Yavin set also uses an image of the same starfighter to represent DS-29-4. That name was also coined as a starfighter designation, before The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia no differently treated DS-29-4 as a pilot call sign. This article treats both DS-61-9 and DS-29-4 as separate TIE pilots and avoids linking either of the pilots to the fighter shown in A New Hope.
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- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia