“233 Squadron”


Day 1, and this time around it’s encyclopaedia entries, either from the actual books, or something made up entirely but still set in the same universe!  And all in alphabetical order (kind of), for the entirety of February.  So, what’s first?  Something NOT in the books, but still could be.  And yes, that is my own drawing at the bottom.  Shut up.

 

“233 Squadron”

In 3862ad, 233 were one of the first Terran starfighter squadrons to be equipped with the famous Rhino-class craft, replacing their aging Blade series fighters.  The first twelve Mark 1s were delivered during a ceremony with the craft’s lead designer as well as several Navy and Starfighter Command flag officers.

The squadron’s pilots were immediately called into action at the Battle of Ansl.

A star system at the edge of the Milky Way had become over-run with Draks, bat-like creatures with the ability to spit balls of plasma energy that live primarily in the void of space.  The creatures had migrated to Ansl after another had gone supernova, though there is speculation that they may have been the cause, directly or indirectly.

The creatures were too small for capital ships, even the small gunships, to get a decent lock, so starfighters were called in, able to fight through line of sight, rather than relying on modern technology.

Thirteen squadrons were brought in aboard battleships of the 5th Fleet, including 233.

Several stragglers of the horde were present at the Linkway exit, and the starfighters were forced to launch early, fighting a tense but quick battle with only two losses to the group.  The small battlegroup moved on cautiously.  The stragglers were originally thought to be a rearguard, but it was discovered well after the battle that these were the old, ill, and infirm, some of the bodies showing signs of radiation sickness from the supernova.

The horde as a whole were gathered around the planet Ansl, where the battleships blasted in a random spray across the planet’s spinning orbit.   Although it burned only a small amount of the creatures, it scattered them enough for the starfighter squadrons to pick off a group at a time.

Each metre was hard fought, however, the chemicals that naturally created the plasma energy becoming unstable and explosively volatile when the creature’s body was destroyed.

By the end of the battle, 233 survived with only two casualties, the other squadrons not as lucky.  This became the deciding factor in the mass-production of the Rhino, and all squadrons became populated with the Rhinos, all thanks to 233 Squadron and the Battle of Ansl.

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