A TIE pilot operating under the call sign DS-73-3 served in the Imperial Navy by 0 BBY. That year, DS-73-3 participated in the Battle of Yavin, where the Alliance to Restore the Republic attempted to destroy the Galactic Empire's DS-1 Orbital Battle Station superweapon, and numerous TIE/LN starfighters attempted to defend the Imperial battlestation from the attacking Alliance starfighters. Ultimately, the Battle of Yavin ended with an Alliance victory and the Death Star's destruction.
Behind the scenes
The name "DS-73-3" was coined in 2002, in Wizards of the Coast's A New Hope expansion of the Star Wars Trading Card Game. Identified on the card as the TIE fighter, the 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia would instead identify DS-73-3 as the fighter's pilot. This article assumes the later source is correct.
Furthermore, the DS-73-3 Star Wars Trading Card Game image shows a TIE fighter which was destroyed by Han Solo from aboard the freighter Millennium Falcon during that ship's escape from the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station in a scene from the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, that takes place prior to the film's later Battle of Yavin scenes. This contradicts The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, which lists DS-73-3 as a TIE pilot active during the Battle of Yavin. This article treats The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia as the accurate source and as such avoids linking DS-73-3 to any of the onscreen TIE fighters in A New Hope.
- Star Wars Trading Card Game – A New Hope (Card: ) (First mentioned)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia