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Phoenix Squadron was an elite starfighter unit and part of a cell of resistance fighters who rebelled against the Galactic Empire in the years prior to the Battle of Yavin. The squadron was led by Commander Jun Sato.

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Phoenix Squadron A-wings launch from Phoenix Home.

Phoenix Squadron piloted A-wing starfighters and were carried aboard Sato's command ship Phoenix Home. The squadron could also be carried aboard the fleet's blockade runners using docking tubes.[18] Following the destruction of Phoenix Home, the squadron lacked a permanent home and docked with the rest of the Phoenix fleet. After the rebels stole an Imperial fighter carrier from Ryloth, the squadron was housed on that starship.[19]

HistoryEdit

Early strugglesEdit

Several years prior to the Battle of Yavin, Phoenix Squadron flew on missions with the crew of the Ghost. Several members of the squadron were lost in battle with Darth Vader. The survivors then scattered with the rest of the fleet.[1] Phoenix Squadron also took part in the rebel relief of Ibaar where the-then Phoenix Leader was killed during the first attempt to break the Imperial blockade. Later, Hera Syndulla was promoted as the new Phoenix Leader after she succeeded in using a prototype B-wing starfighter to break the blockade.[5]

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To celebrate the tenacity of Phoenix Squadron, and Syndulla's promotion to Phoenix Leader, Sabine Wren created a painting as a gift for her friend. However, the artwork caught the eye of Mon Mothma, founder of the Alliance, who thought it a perfect representation of the effectiveness of rebel fighter forces. Mothma then asked Wren to complete the painting and add the phrase "Fly For Freedom!" as a call to action. The final artwork became a power recruitment tool for the Alliance.[16]

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A trio of Phoenix Squadron pilots.

Later, Phoenix Squadron and the rest of the Phoenix rebel cell escaped an Imperial attack on rebel installations on Garel.[10] The squadron was later seen with the rest of the fleet above the Lothal system after a raid on an Imperial depot on Lothal to acquire three Sphyrna-class corvettes, which had been supplied by the Alderaanian Senator Bail Organa's adopted daughter Princess Leia Organa.[20]

After regrouping, Phoenix Squadron, under the command of Syndulla, was sent on a mission to the Mandalorian colony of Concord Dawn to request safe passage through the system, however Fenn Rau, the leader of the Journeyman Protectors denied their request. Acting in the name of the Empire, Rau and the Protectors opened fire on Phoenix Squadron, killing two of the pilots and severely injuring Syndulla. In retaliation, the rebels Kanan Jarrus and Wren with the support of Chopper destroyed the Protectors' Fang fighters and captured Fenn Rau.[11]

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Consolidating resourcesEdit

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Two Phoenix A-wings harry Hera's stolen TIE Bomber in order to get it into the carrier

Phoenix Squadron sustained the loss of another pilot during a mission to steal supplies from the Empire. With the squadron lacking a place to land and house their starfighters, Commander Sato approved a mission by the crew of the Ghost to steal an Imperial fighter carrier orbiting Ryloth. The crew of the Ghost were aided by the Ryloth resistance leader Cham Syndulla and his associates Numa and Gobi Glie. Phoenix Squadron aided the operation by sending two RZ-1 A-wing interceptors to harry the TIE/sa bomber carrying the two rebel groups. After completing their part, the starfighters jumped into hyperspace. The acquisition of the fighter carrier was a boon for the squadron.[19]

Following the heist above Ryloth, the former Imperial fighter carrier became Phoenix Squadron's new base and headquarter. Members of the squadron fought against Imperial forces which attacked the rebel fleet. After the Ghost returned with stolen fuel supplies from Horizon Base, the fleet prepared to depart for the Yost system. However, Chopper and his new friend AP-5 informed Hera and Commander Sato that the Imperials had set a trap in that system. Instead, AP-5 and Chopper sent coordinates to Atollon, a planet with no Imperial presence. Phoenix Squadron accompanied the rest of the fleet there.[8]

Admiral Kassius Konstantine, who had been trying to deal with Phoenix Cell for some time, soon gained the help of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn had been requested by Lothal's Governor Arihnda Pryce following his decisive victory over the rebels on Batonn.[12]

The shadow of ThrawnEdit

While meeting with Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Admiral Konstantine, Agent Kallus, and Pryce, Thrawn reported that Phoenix Squadron had destroyed Mining Guild ships using the Sereeda Waypoint. He quickly deduced that the rebels planned to attack the Imperial salvage plant Reklam Station inside the planet Yarma. Later, Phoenix A-wings engaged with Governor Pryce's Imperial TIE fighters above Yarma. Thrawn allowed the rebels to escape since he wanted to destroy the entire rebellion.[12]

After Commander Sato received intelligence that the Empire was planning to impose martial law on Mykapo, Phoenix Squadron and the Spectres traveled there to evacuate rebel sympathizers. The Phoenix Squadron pilots Phoenix Two and Phoenix Three escorted a Sphyrna-class corvette and the Phantom II which evacuated the civilians. Later, Phoenix Squadron rendezvoused with the rest of the rebel fleet in deep space. Elements of Phoenix Squadron later took part in Commander Sato's attempt to rescue his nephew Mart Mattin from Admiral Kassius Konstantine during a brief skirmish over Mykapo.[13]

Using the information discovered by Ezra's team, Hera began planning a strike on the Lothal Imperial armory complex. Ezra was assigned to lead the mission but was relieved after he was tormented by dark side visions created by the former Sith Maul. While Hera and the rest of Phoenix Squadron departed for Lothal, Ezra stayed behind with Kanan and Sabine to deal with the threat posed by Maul. They subsequently became involved in a mission to Dathomir which led them to discover that the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was still alive and held the key to destroying the Sith.[21]

Knowing Kenobi was out there, Ezra commandeered Phoenix Squadrons RZ-1T trainer to find the Jedi. Ezra went to Tatooine where he was attacked Tusken Raiders and the trainer was destroyed. Ezra pleaded for Kenobi's help but Kenobi had his own responsibility on Tatooine. Ezra was forced to return empty handed.[22]

Battle of AtollonEdit

Battle of Atollon

The A-wings of Phoenix Squadron move in to engage Thrawn's fleet

Phoenix Cell was preparing for their attack on Lothal. They had a large portion of the Massassi Group, led by General Jan Dodonna, rendezvous to Atollon and were in contact with the Lothal resistance. However Thrawn not only knew of their intentions but had discovered their location thanks to Fulcrum. Thrawn's fleet arrived at Atollon and formed a blockade, trapping the rebels in orbit of the planet. Phoenix Squadron was led into battle by the ghost and fended off the TIEs attacking their capital ships. However, the battle was not in the rebellion's favour and many ships including the Sphyrna-class corvette P2 and the Braha'tok-class gunship Orion were destroyed. Commander Jun Sato made one final attempt on the blockade by crashing the Phoenix Nest into one of the Admiral Kassius Konstantine's Interdictor vessel. Without their flagship, the remaining vessels of the rebel fleet were then forced to retreat to Chopper Base.[14]

Thrawn's forces stormed Chopper Base and the remaining A-wings of Phoenix Squadron had to fend off the All Terrain Armored Transports and TIEs in the area. The base soon became overrun and the last of the rebel vessels took off and made for the blockade. The Force-sensitive creature called the Bendu began attacking both sides and Thrawn's forces were in disarray. Some of the A-wings were struck down by the Bendu's lightning as the ships flew away from the base and another Braha'tok-class gunship was lost as they started towards orbit. Reinforcemets had arrived and destroyed the second Interdictor-vessel allowing the last of the rebels to escape. However the damage had been done to their forces and only four of the seventeen starships had escaped.[14]

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At YavinEdit

After the Battle of Atollon, Phoenix Cell went to Yavin 4, where the main base of the Massassi Group and Alliance High Command was stationed. None of Dodonna's fleet had made it out of Atollon, except for two Y-wings, so the Massassi Group had taken a major loss. The remaining ships of Phoenix Cell were therefore dissolved into the larger rebel cell. The Phoenix Squadron callsign was still used however and Syndulla continued to lead Phoenix Squadron. During a supply mission, they were attacked by alerted Imperial forces and their Y-wings were damaged in the fight. The rebels had deduced the source of this quick response to be a communications relay on Jalindi. Ezra and Sabine were able to destroy it with the help of Saw Gerrera.[6]

Attack on LothalEdit

Sometime later, Syndulla led Phoenix Squadron on an attack on Lothal. Their attack brought the death of Imperial ace pilot Vult Skerris but also their destruction under a second wave of TIEs. Thrawn's Noghri assassin Rukh was sent after the surviving pilots and he quickly captured Secon Daree who was taken away for interrogation. Rukh then caught Syndulla but Mart Mattin got away.[2]

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LegacyEdit

The New Republic utilized a squadron of A-wings called Phoenix Squadron during the Battle of Jakku, the battle which saw the last stand for the majority of the Empire.[23]

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