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"There's…too many of them!"
―Gureni Telsij[src]

Gureni Telsij was a male human who served as a Lieutenant[4] in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. At the Battle of Endor, he flew a BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber[3] in Gray Squadron.[4] Moments after stating that there were too many enemy ships, his Y-wing was struck by enemy fire, killing him.[2]

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Gureni Telsij

In 4 ABY,[1] Lieutenant Gureni Telsij flew with Gray Squadron during the Battle of Endor,[4] in an large-scale Rebel Alliance assault on the Galactic Empire's second Death Star, still under construction, alongside the Alliance Fleet and many other starfighter squadrons such as Gold, Red and Green Squadron. During the space battle, Telsij flew a BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber[3] alongside a mix of other starfighters in his squadron, such as A-wings and B-wings.[5] The battle was a key victory for the Rebel Alliance, which resulted in the destruction of the battle station and the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. The Alliance sustained many losses of its own, including the death of Telsij himself and fellow squadron Y-wing pilot Ekelarc Yong (Gray Three).[3]

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A behind-the-scenes photo of the actor who played Gureni Telsij, believed to be Eiji Kusuhara

According to stage director Hilary Westlake, the actor who portrayed Telsij is likely to have been Eiji Kusuhara. Westlake was a close friend of Kusuhara's, and wrote the latter's obituary for The Guardian. After viewing footage of Telsij's scene from Return of the Jedi, Westlake told NPR that, "Albeit brief, I would say it is most certainly Eiji."[6]

The Databank incorrectly identified a photo of Ekelarc Yong, another Y-wing pilot seen in Return of the Jedi, as Telsij. Yong and Telsij wear different helmets, and are played by different actors.

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