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This Star Wars Legends article contains information from the 2008 Slaves of the Republic comic books that was omitted from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series' 2011 adaptation of the story.

The Season Four episodes "Kidnapped," "Slaves of the Republic," and "Escape from Kadavo" have canonical precedence. Editor discretion is advised.

"Minimal casualties, maximum effectiveness. That's us."
―Broadside, on Shadow Squadron — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Shadow Squadron was a Republic starfighter squadron personally trained and led by Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, consisting of at least twelve BTL-B Y-wing starfighters. Its members included Matchstick, Broadside, and Tag.


Shadow Squadron briefing

The pilots of shadow squadron being briefed on a battle

Anakin Skywalker personally trained Shadow Squadron.[2] Originally, Shadow Squadron flew V-19 Torrent starfighters. They played a major role in the attack on, and subsequent liberation of, the slave processing facility on Kadavo.[3] After this, Shadow Squadron implemented the Y-wing starfighters that Skywalker obtained.[4]

Shadow Squadron participated in the attack on Malevolence, taking heavy casualties. During the battle, Skywalker served temporarily as Shadow Leader. He was joined in his Y-wing by his Padawan Ahsoka Tano, and R2-D2, who served as their navigational droid. Jedi Master Plo Koon assisted as a Jedi fighter escort in his Delta-7B interceptor.[5]

Members during the Battle of the Kaliida NebulaEdit


A pilot in Shadow Squadron



Notes and referencesEdit

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