- "Red Leader, This is Gold Leader. We're starting our attack run."
- ―Dutch Vander
Early life Edit
Battle of Yavin Edit
Immediately prior to the Battle of Yavin, Vander was stationed at Base One on the planet's moon, Yavin 4, and attended General Jan Dodonna's pre-flight briefing as the Death Star approached. He interrupted Dodonna by asking "Pardon me for asking, sir, but what good are snub fighters going to be against that?" and then later gave Princess Leia a look of concern when Dodonna mentioned that the exhaust port was only two meters wide.
During the battle, he led the first group of Gold Squadron Y-wings that flew into the Death Star trench. Vander was on point, followed by Davish "Pops" Krail (Gold Five) and fellow Onderonian Dex Tiree (Gold Two), who formed a buffer against enemy fighters. As Tiree was locking his targeting computer, he was shot down by Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1. This caused Vander to panic as he couldn't maneuver; Krail tried to keep him calm but to no avail. A second later Vader fired into Vander's Y-wing, killing him instantly.
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes (First identified as Dutch Vander)
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as Jon Vander)
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