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A Y-Wing squadron stationed at Yavin 4. They escorted Senator Mon Mothma to Dantooine alongside the Ghost crew after she publicly called out Emperor Palpatine. After participating in the Battle of Scarif, Gold Squadron is nearly destroyed during the Battle of Yavin, with only one survivor of the assault on the Death Star. It is later reformed and participates in the Battle of Endor under the command of General Lando Calrissian.
Captain Jon "Dutch" Vander
Callsign: Gold Leader
A native of the planet Onderon, Vander served as the leader of the Y-Wing Gold Squadron. He fought in several key battles of the early Rebellion before meeting his end during the Battle of Yavin.
- All There in the Manual: His background is given in the reference book Ultimate Star Wars.
- The Cameo: His appearance in A New Hope is sourced for Rogue One, as well as receiving a name drop as Gold Leader.
- Character Death: Darth Vader's second victim in the Battle of Yavin, and since he was the one in the Y-Wing trio who was supposed to bomb the Death Star, that run is failed without firing and the last pilot is shot down himself, forcing Garven Dreis to do the second run (Dreis fires but misses and dies) and then Luke Skywalker himself to do the third.
- Defector from Decadence: He was originally an Imperial pilot, but after being ordered to bomb pro-Rebel regions of his homeworld he refused and defected.
- Fake Shemp: He appears in Rogue One through archive footage, though his original actor also records new dialogue.
- Oh, Crap!: Has two moments of this: the first when told their target is two meters in length, and the second when Darth Vader and his wingmates arrive and shoot down Tiree. He actually begins panicking about the lack of room to maneuver and order Pops to loosen up their formation, even though Pops is attempting to cover him from Vader's attack.
- No Name Given: He isn't named during the film, but his Legends name is first reestablished in the canon reference book Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
- This Is Gonna Suck: He clearly realizes during the briefing to attack the Death Star that many of the pilots will not be coming back.Dutch: Pardon me for asking sir. But what good are snub fighters going to be against that?
Callsign: Gold Two
A human female pilot. While escorting Senator Mon Mothma to Dantooine after Mothma went into exile, Gold Squadron crossed paths with the Ghost crew. After a brief skirmish with an Imperial infiltrator probe droid, she was injured and temporarily replaced by Ezra Bridger for the remaining duration of the mission.
- Headbutting Heroes: She's not impressed by the Ghost crew's acts of hijacking the communications tower on Lothal to have their little galaxywide speech and then blowing up the Sovereign shortly after (which actually wasn't their fault, but the entire ordeal remains), as the way she sees it, it just makes it harder for the Rebellion to get anything done.
- No Name Given: She's just "Gold Two".
- Sole Survivor: Technically, she's this after the escort mission for Senator Mothma, but only if you don't count Vander and she only survived because she was out cold for the entirety of the mission once the Ghost crew got involved.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Gold Five are the only women in the team during the escorting of Senator Mothma.
Callsign: Gold Three
A human male pilot. While escorting Senator Mon Mothma to Dantooine after Mothma went into exile, Gold Squadron crossed paths with the Ghost crew. He and Gold Four were killed in an attempt to defend the ship from Commander Vult Skerris' TIE Defender.
A human male pilot. While escorting Senator Mon Mothma to Dantooine after Mothma went into exile, Gold Squadron crossed paths with the Ghost crew. He and Gold Three were killed in an attempt to defend the ship from Commander Vult Skerris' TIE Defender.
- No Name Given: He's just "Gold Four".
A human female pilot. While escorting Senator Mon Mothma to Dantooine after Mothma went into exile, Gold Squadron crossed paths with the Ghost crew. She was killed while defending the Ghost from Commander Vult Skerris' TIE Defender.
- Creator Cameo: Her voice actor, Bonnie Wild, is an editor on Rebels.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes a shot from a TIE Defender to keep it from disabling the Ghost.
- No Name Given: She's just "Gold Five".
- Taking the Bullet: Takes one for the Ghost to keep it from being disabled.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Gold Two were the only women on the team during the escorting of Senator Mothma.
Pre-Scarif/Yavin Roster Additions
Captain Broan Danurs
Scarif/Yavin Roster Additions
Callsign: Gold Two
A human male pilot from Onderon. He flew in Gold Squadron during the Battle of Yavin.
- All There in the Manual: His first name and homeworld were first established in the reference guide Ultimate Star Wars.
- Arc Words: His mother told him "Small sparks can cause big fires.", and he ended up naming his astromech droid, "Sparks".
- Character Death: The third casualty of the Battle of Yavin on the Rebels' side, and the first in the trench and by Darth Vader's hand.
- A Day in the Limelight: He (and Gold Squadron, mostly himself) are the center of their own short story, "Sparks", in From a Certain Point of View. May qualify as A Death in the Limelight, considering all of them bar Evaan die shortly after.
- Red Shirt: He is one of several pilots during the attack on the Death Star whose sole role was only to die. He's notably the first pilot to get shot down by Darth Vader when he enters the Battle of Yavin and chases the Rebels down the trench.
- Taking the Bullet: His role and Pops' role in the trench run is to fly behind Vander's Y-Wing and soak up the fire from the pursuing TIEs long enough for Vander to fire his torpedoes. Ultimately, they fail to stall Darth Vader long enough, and Vander is shot by Vader before he gets in firing range, with Pops pulling out but getting shot himself.
- Wingman: He was Vander and Pops' wingman during the trench run.
Lieutenant Evaan Verlaine
Callsign: Gold Three
A Rebel pilot from Alderaan, Evaan was one of several select Alderaanian children who were mentored by Queen Breha Organa. Following the destruction of Alderaan and the Battle of Yavin, Evaan accompanied Princess Leia on a mission to find and save surviving Alderaanians who were being hunted down by the Empire.
- Ace Pilot: She proves to be a very able pilot who uses a nifty trick to get Luke and Wedge to stop pursuing her and Leia's stolen shuttle.
- All There in the Manual: Several source books identify Evaan as a member of Gold Squadron and the pilot of the Y-Wing seen fleeing the Death Star explosion alongside Luke, Wedge, and the Millennium Falcon.
- Batman Gambit: She and R2-D2 pull one to get Luke and Wedge to back off on their pursuit of her and Leia's shuttle: having overheard them brainstorming an idea to slow down ships by flying slowly in front of them, Evaan rigged a spare critical hyperdrive part onto the outside of the shuttle that would come loose when she banged into one of their fighters. She would then let them listen in on her informing Leia about losing the part, and after they confirmed the part was legitimate and they stopped flying in front of her, jump to hyperspace.
- BFG: Uses a giant gatling laser when rescuing Leia from Commander Dreed, cutting down the Imperial officer with a giant bolt through his chest.
- The Cameo: She's mentioned and seen a few times in From a Certain Point of View.
- Cunning Linguist: She at least knows Sullustan, providing translations for Leia when they go to recruit a Alderaanian enclave on Sullust and meet up with Nien Nunb.
- Elective Monarchy: She is elected to lead the remnants of Alderaan's population after Leia returns to the Alliance.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Leia. At the start of their mission, Evaan did not like Leia much, but after seeing her risk her life multiple times to save their fellow Alderaanians she began to respect the Princess and became friends with her.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Princess Leia, Evaan leaves the Rebellion and remains with the large fleet of Alderaan refugees to serve as their elected leader. She returns to help Leia in Life Debt.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Makes a habit out of this, first when she helps Leia rescue surviving Alderaanian's across the galaxy, and then when Evaan assists Leia, Phantom Squadron, and Admiral Ackbar in liberating Kashyyyk.
- Sole Survivor: Of Gold Squadron following the Battles of Scarif and Yavin.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Wona were the only women in the team during the Death Star crisis. Now, it's just one.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Alderaan royal family. This is why she pledges her personal loyalty to Leia even though she has reservations about how she does not seem to be properly mourning her parents and planet or have much respect for some of their planet's traditions. Eventually Leia earns the same loyalty from Evaan that Queen Breha did.Evaan: I was one of the lucky Alderaanians mentored directly by your mother. She taught me much about the heritage of Alderaan. What she never taught mewhat she, rather, earnedwas my lifelong respect for the throne.
Davish "Pops" Krail
Callsign: Gold Five
A veteran pilot from Dantooine, Pops was a member of the Y-Wing Gold Squadron during the Battle of Yavin. He was killed during the attack on the Death Star. He was a friend of Red Leader Garven Dreis.
- Character Death: Mowed down by Darth Vader as his third victim in the Battle of Yavin.
- Danger Deadpan: He remains extremely calm throughout the trench run, even when Tiree is shot down, and does his best to calm Vander down when he begins panicking. This does him no good, as Vander is shot down as well. Pops then uses his last few moments alive to provide warnings to Red Squadron about what they will be facing in the trench run.Dutch: It's no good. I can't maneuver!
Pops: Stay on target.
Dutch: We're too close!
Pops: Stay on target!
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Before being shot down by Vader, he gives a warning to Red Squadron about the Imperials' tactics in the trench:Pops: They came . . . from behind—
- Nerves of Steel: Even as his wingmen are losing their nerve around him, he stays on target. Even in his dying moments, he's giving status reports and giving a warning to the supporting X-wings who now have to take up the torpedo run task.
- No Name Given: He isn't named during the film, but his previously established Legends name is given in the canon reference book Ultimate Star Wars.
- Old Soldier: He is an older pilot, and that experience shines through with him remaining much more calm and collected than his squadron leader.
- Taking the Bullet: His role in the trench run is to fly behind Vander's Y-Wing and soak up the fire from the pursuing TIEs long enough for Vander to fire his torpedoes. Unfortunately this plan does not work since Vander panics and gets out of position, allowing Vader to shoot around Krail.
- Wingman: Flew as Vander's wingman alongside Tiree. He actually survives longer than Vander because his commander started panicking and went out of position.
- You Are in Command Now: Averted. After Vander is shot down, Pops is referred to as Gold Leader, but he is shot down moments later.
Callsign: Gold Seven
A pilot in Gold Squadron. He participated in the Battle of Scarif and Battle of Yavin before being killed in the latter.
Callsign: Gold Nine
A pilot in Gold Squadron. She participated in the Battle of Scarif and Battle of Yavin before being killed in the latter.
- All There in the Manual: She goes unnamed in the film, but is named in the credits as Gold Nine and her actual name in the Visual Guide.
- Tuckerization: Her name is a corruption of her actress' name, Gabby Wong.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Evaan were the only women in the team during the Death Star crisis.
- Brace Marko/Gold Six, KIA at either Scarif or Yavin.
- Datchi Creel/Gold Eight, KIA at either Scarif or Yavin.
Post-Yavin Roster Additions
Norra Wexley (née Susser)
Callsign: Gold Nine
A female human hailing from Akiva, Norra served the Rebellion as a pilot, flying a Y-Wing during the Battle of Endor. Several months later she leaves the Alliance to return to her homeworld and reunite with her son Temmin, but discovers an Imperial plot and is thrust back into the war.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Leaves the New Republic so that she can reunite with her son and go somewhere to avoid the rest of the war. She and Temmin instead end up working with Sinjir and Jas to rescue Wedge and alert the New Republic of the presence of several high-ranking Imperials on Akiva. Following the Battle of Akiva and her recovery from the injuries she sustained, Norra tries to retire again, but is convinced by Ackbar and Wedge to form a special unit with Temmin, Sinjir, and Jas to hunt down Imperial fugitives.
- Ace Pilot: She initially flew freighters for the Alliance, but her skills as a pilot were so good that Wedge Antilles personally came to her and convinced her to fly a fighter during the Battle of Endor. She more than proved worthy of his faith, navigating the treacherous interior of the Death Star successfully.
- Action Girl: Even outside of a cockpit, Norra is a pretty capable warrior and skilled with a blaster. She's even a decent hand-to-hand combatant, being able to briefly hold her own against Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, a skilled boxer, in a fistfight.
- Badass in Distress: She is captured by the Empire twice. The first time is on Akiva, where she, Jas, and Sinjir are being taken off-planet in an Imperial shuttle, but Temmin manages to rescue them. The second time is on Jakku when she and Jas crash in an escape pod. Jas is taken away by bounty hunters working with the Empire, while Norra is held in a prison camp while being denied food and water. She is eventually rescued by Mister Bones.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She gets a busted lip and a black eye in her fight with Sloane.
- Enemy Mine: Very reluctantly teams up with Grand Admiral Rae Sloane to stop Gallius Rax from destroying Jakku and killing everyone, New Republic and Imperial alike, on and above the planet.
- Mama Bear: One way to guarantee Norra's wrath is to put Temmin in danger.
- MayDecember Romance: With Wedge, although their relationship hits a snag when it turns out Brentin is still alive. After Brentin's actual death, it is indicated that she and Wedge will eventually resume their relationship.
- Parental Abandonment: She joined the Rebellion after her husband Brentin was arrested by Imperials, leaving her son in the care of her sister and her sister's wife. All three of them call her out on it when Norra returns to Akiva.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After being ordered to call off the search for Han due to him having resigned his commission, Norra refuses and resigns her own commission so she can continue due to the debt she feels the New Republic owe to Han and Leia. The rest of her team join her, although Jom takes some time to do so.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The Battle of Endor and her narrow escape from the exploding Death Star shook her up pretty badly, eventually leading her to leave the New Republic military to rejoin her son.
- Veteran Instructor: After the Battle of Jakku she joins the staff of a New Republic flight academy on Hosnian Prime. Among her students is Temmin.