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This article is about the Rebel pilot. You may be looking for the Republic general.
"Red Leader, This is Gold Leader. We're starting our attack run."
―Dutch Vander[src]

Jon "Dutch" Vander was a male human pilot from Onderon who first served in the Imperial Navy before defecting to the Rebel Alliance prior to the Galactic Civil War. He fought against the Galactic Empire in the Battle of Yavin as the leader of Gold Squadron, a group of Y-wing starfighters. During the battle, he was killed by Darth Vader.


Early lifeEdit

A male human from the planet Onderon, Jon Vander was an Imperial pilot who defected to the Rebel Alliance when he refused to bomb pro-rebel areas on his homeworld.[1]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Battle of YavinEdit

"Loosen up!"
―Vander's last words before his death[src]
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Jon Vander in his Y-wing as Gold Leader during the trench run

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.[2]

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.[2]



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