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"We won't have long."
―Farns Monsbee, on entering the Shield Gate above Scarif — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Farns Monsbee was a human male who flew as a pilot for the Rebel Alliance during the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire. For a time he was the lone pilot stationed at a rebel base on Cassidode VI, before transferring to join Blue Squadron under General Antoc Merrick at the rebel headquarters on the moon Yavin 4. In 0 BBY, he flew as Blue Five in a T-65B X-wing starfighter when the squadron was part of the Alliance Fleet that scrambled to aid rebel forces on the planet Scarif in stealing the plans to the Empire's Death Star superweapon.

Monsbee, along with the rest of Blue Squadron, was ordered to aid the rebels on the surface of Scarif, but only eight vessels from the squadron made it through the Imperial Shield Gate above the planet before it closed. The split squadron then fought against the Empire on both sides of the gate and suffered several casualties, before the plans were finally transmitted to the fleet and the surviving Blue Squadron pilots retreated back to Yavin.

BiographyEdit

Lone pilotEdit

Farns Monsbee was a human male who served the Rebel Alliance as a pilot during its early conflicts against the Galactic Empire. For a period of his service, he was the sole snubfighter pilot stationed at an ill-equipped rebel outpost on Cassidode VI, where he logged a large number of flying hours. Monsbee was eventually transferred to Blue Squadron, an unusually large starfighter squadron within the Massassi Group of rebels operating out of the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4. While on the moon, he often served as a recon flier.[1]

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Blue Squadron flew at Eadu.

In the year 0 BBY,[3] Blue Squadron was under the command of General Antoc Merrick and was partially raised to attack a secret Imperial laboratory on the planet Eadu in order to kill the Imperial scientist Galen Erso. The squadron was successful in its mission and returned to Yavin, where a meeting of the Alliance Civil Government was held to discuss a potential attack on the Imperial base on the planet Scarif to steal plans for the Empire's Death Star superweapon. However, the council ultimately decided that there would be no attack.[2]

Scramble for ScarifEdit

"Blue Squadron, on me."
―General Antoc Merrick orders Farns Monsbee and Blue Squadron to follow him through the Shield Gate — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Despite the council's decision, recently recruited rebel Jyn Erso led a squad of rogue rebel operatives to Scarif to capture the Death Star plans by themselves. Soon thereafter,[2] the entirety of Blue Squadron[1] numbered among the forces that Alliance Admiral Raddus scrambled to aid the rebels on Scarif.[2] Monsbee flew to the battle as Blue Five in a T-65B X-wing starfighter.[1]

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Farns Monsbee flies during the Battle of Scarif.

Upon the reinforcements' arrival in space above Scarif, Raddus ordered Blue Squadron to quickly head to the planet surface through the Imperial Shield Gate—the only opening in the otherwise impenetrable planetary shield over Scarif— so that they could aid Erso's squad. As Merrick ordered his pilots to follow him in, Monsbee made an observation that they would not have long before the Imperials closed the gate, sealing the planet.[2]

Monsbee proved to be correct, as only seven of the squadron's X-wing starfighters and a single UT-60D U-wing starfighter/support craft made it through before the gate closed, with three Blue Squadron pilots dying as their X-wings impacted with the gate. Still, at least four of Blue Squadron's X-wing pilots managed to pull up in time and retreat from gate to aid the rest of the Alliance Fleet.[2]

Battle of ScarifEdit

Those Blue Squadron pilots who did make it through the gate were provided aerial support to the ground forces on Scarif, although Merrick and at least one other X-wing pilot died while doing so. Erso eventually succeeded in transmitting the Death Star plans to the fleet after the Shield Gate was destroyed, but she and the rest of the forces on Scarif were killed when the Death Star arrived and fired on the Imperial base.[2]

Some portion of Blue Squadron and the rebel fleet escaped and returned to Yavin, but between Eadu and Scarif, Blue and Red Squadrons had lost nineteen pilots and crew. Such few numbers left the Alliance unsure if it could even field Blue Squadron when the Death Star attacked Yavin not long after during the Galactic Civil War.[4]

Personality and traitsEdit

Farns Monsbee worked well within a squadron, and he had far more flying hours logged than his colleagues thanks to his time on Cassidode VI. Monsbee had fair skin, blue eyes, and blond hair.[1]

EquipmentEdit

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Farns Monsbee's helmet

As a pilot of the rebellion, Farns Monsbee was equipped with a blue flight suit, a white flight harness, and a dark-green K-22995 helmet. The latter was adorned with a modified version of the famous Wren Phoenix crest.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Farns Monsbee was portrayed by Simon Farnaby in the 2016 Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[2] The character was not identified in the film,[2] but received the name Farns Monsbee—a tuckerization of Farnaby's name—in Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide, a reference book written by Pablo Hidalgo and released alongside the film.[1]

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