Jan Dodonna was a male Human military officer from Commenor who first served with the navy of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, and later, as a General in the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire.
Service in the Republic and the Empire
Jan Dodonna served in the naval forces of the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, where he served as a bridge officer on a Venator-class Star Destroyer. After the Republic's transition into the Galactic Empire, Jan continued his service into the Imperial Navy, where, for outstanding service, he became one of the first Captains of an Imperial Star Destroyer. However, as time went on, Jan would become disillusioned with the Empire, and, soon after, he defected to the Rebellion.
Jan soon became the leader of his own rebel cell. After obtaining a handful of Y-Wing Starfighters from an Imperial demolition yard in the Yarma System, the members of Phoenix Squadron delivered the bombers to Jan's unit as part of the effort to build up the rebel network and its growing fleet. The Y-Wings eventually made their way to Gold Squadron.
Gold Squadron was later assigned to escort the fugitive Senator Mon Mothma, branded a traitor by the Empire and forced to flee from Chandrila, to a rendezvous at Dantooine. Later, Jan along with Senator Bail Organa and several rebel personnel listened to a live HoloNet News broadcast by the former Senator denouncing the Empire and urging the galaxy to rise up in Rebellion, which eventually led to the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Alliance to Restore the Republic
Battle of Atollon
Under the new Rebel Alliance, Jan and his Massassi Group were paired with Commander Jun Sato's Phoenix Squadron in preparation for a strike on Lothal. However, before the attack could take place, the rebels were ambushed by the Seventh Fleet under Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was also intent on capturing Jan as well as the rest of the high-ranking rebels gathered on the planet.
Thrawn, along with Admiral Kassius Konstantine and his Interdictor Cruisers, initially laid waste to both Jan's and Sato's forces, and the latter was forced to sacrifice himself in an attempt to enable Ezra Bridger and C1-10P to escape on the Nightbrother and seek help. Sustaining heavy losses, Jan and the rest of the fleet were forced to withdraw back to Chopper Base, under the protection of a deflector shield. The deflector shield weathered Thrawn's orbital bombardment but the Grand Admiral launched a ground assault with All Terrain Defense Pods, All Terrain Armored Transports, and Stormtroopers.
While planning the defense of Chopper Base, Jan predicted that Thrawn would deploy his forces through the narrow canyon leading to Chopper Base. The former Clone Captain Rex then proposed ambushing the Imperial forces along that route. Despite destroying several AT-DP walkers, the rebels were unable to stop Thrawn's AT-ATs and Stormtroopers from storming the base. As the rebel ships depart, Jan, Hera Syndulla's Ghost Crew, and AP-5 attempted to flee aboard the Ghost but were surrounded by Thrawn and his Death Troopers. Before Thrawn could captured them, a mysterious Force entity known as The Bendu attacked the base with lightning.
Jan and the other rebels were able to flee aboard the Ghost. Weathering the thunderstorm, the rebel convoy reached space. By that stage, Ezra and arrive with Clan Wren reinforcements who destroyed the remaining Interdictor, allowing Jan and his remaining forces to escape. The rebel convoy then traveled to Yavin 4.
- Jan Dodonna appears as a minor character in A New Hope who showed the Rebel pilots of Red and Gold Squadrons of the Death Star's weakpoint through the stolen plans. He also appears as a minor character in Rogue One.