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"Fighters incoming. Gold Two and Five on me for the trench. The rest of the squad, engage the TIEs. Hold them off."
―Jon Vander gives orders to Torsin and the rest of Gold Squadron[src]

Ryle Torsin was a human male who served as a pilot in the Alliance to Restore the Republic. While in the rebel base on the planet Dantooine, he discovered an Imperial tracking device in a delivery of equipment, which led to the base being evacuated.

In 0 BBY, Torsin was stationed in the Alliance's new base in the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4. When the Empire's Death Star superweapon entered the Yavin system to destroy the base, Torsin piloted a BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber as part of Gold Squadron in the Battle of Yavin. Torsin was killed along with all but one member of his squadron, but the Alliance managed to destroy the Death Star.


Evacuating Dantooine[]

The human male[2] Ryle Torsin[3] served as a volunteer pilot[4] in the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Starfighter Corps during the Imperial Era.[2] He spent time at the Alliance's first headquarters, which was established on the planet Dantooine. The base was intended to be temporary, but its use continued and security grew lax until Torsin eventually discovered an Imperial tracking device hidden in a delivery of equipment. The device was destroyed and the base was immediately evacuated, although unbeknownst to the rebels, the device had actually failed and the Empire remained unaware of the Dantooine base.[3]

Ryle Torsin flew a Y-wing at the Battle of Yavin.

The Alliance soon created a new headquarters in the Great Temple[3] on the moon Yavin 4[5] where Torsin was stationed.[2] In 0 BBY,[1] the Empire learned of the new base's location and the Death Star superweapon was sent to the Yavin system to destroy it. Having learned of a vulnerability in the weapon's design, the Alliance mounted an attack on it.[2]

Battle of Yavin[]

Torsin was selected to fly one[2] of the eight BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bombers that made up Gold Squadron[1] under the command of Gold Leader Jon Vander.[6] The pilot climbed into his vehicle in the hangar of the Great Temple before being handed his K-22995 light flight helmet by a member of the ground crew.[2] After the initial attack on the Death Star began, Vander broke the squadron, taking Dex Tiree and Davish Krail to make a trench run while Torsin and the other four pilots in the squadron split off and held back.[7]

Ryle Torsin was one of many pilots who perished at Yavin.

After Gazdo Woolcob became the first member of the squadron to be shot down,[7] Vander ordered Torsin and the three other survivors to engage the Imperial TIE fighters and hold them off while he, Tiree, and Krail entered the trench;[8] however, Gold Leader and his wingmen were then all killed during the run.[2] Torsin[1] and two of the other Gold Squadron pilots then perished before Red Leader Garven Dreis began a second run down the trench.[9] The second trench run also failed, but the third succeeded when Red Squadron Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star. This left Lieutenant Evaan Verlaine as the only surviving member of Gold Squadron.[7]

Personality and traits[]

Torsin had brown hair, blue eyes, and light skin.[2]


Ryle Torsin wore an orange flight suit with a white flak vest and a K-22995 light flight helmet marked with two blue Rebel Alliance starbirds. He had two data cylinders on his left sleeve and wore a pair of black flight gauntlets while piloting a BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber during the Battle of Yavin.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Ryle Torsin first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[2] According to the fan site Aveleyman, he was portrayed by John Ketteringham.[10] The scenes in the Great Temple hangar were filmed on H Stage at Shepperton Studios in London between June 9 and 14, 1976.[11] In the new Star Wars canon, he was first identified in the thirty-seventh issue of De Agostini's Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon magazine,[3] which was published around September 16, 2015.[12]

The character was previously identified in the Star Wars Legends continuity, albeit with the spelling "Ryle Torsyn," which was first used on two cards in the 1998 "Special Edition Limited" expansion to the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. In Legends, Torsin used the callsign Gold Three during the Battle of Yavin;[13][14] however, in canon, the callsign is instead used by Evaan Verlaine.[5]



Notes and references[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope depicts Ryle Torsin as a BTL-A4 Y-wing assault starfighter/bomber pilot during the Battle of Yavin in the Yavin system, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY. "Grounded" states that the Alliance fielded only eight Y-wings during the battle, all of them in Gold Squadron and all of them destroyed bar that of Lieutenant Evaan Verlaine. Torsin must therefore have died during the Battle of Yavin.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 37 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Dantooine)
  4. Star Wars: On the Front Lines establishes that all pilots of Gold Squadron were volunteers.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  6. StarWars-DatabankII.png Jon "Dutch" Vander in the Databank (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Grounded"—From a Certain Point of View
  8. "Sparks"—From a Certain Point of View
  9. A New Hope - The Film Novel
  10. Aveleyman - John Ketteringham. aveleyman.com. Aveleyman. Archived from the original on November 4, 2018.
  11. The Making of Star Wars
  12. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 37 was published around September 16, 2015.
  13. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Ryle Torsyn) (backup link)
  14. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameSpecial Edition Limited (Card: Gold 3) (backup link)