Jon Vander

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"Red Leader, This is Gold Leader. We're starting our attack run."
―Dutch Vander[src]

Jon "Dutch" Vander was a male human pilot that flew for the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Yavin as leader of Gold Squadron.

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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]

Battle of YavinEdit

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Jon Vander in his Y-wing 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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