Gah sorry I meant to respond to this sooner! The Twins clues were the reason I'm pretty certain Freed had an idea for every nickname. It would definitely mean going back through the books because sometimes Alphabet would notice a chance on one of the TIES and I bet some of those are commented on in the Shadow Wing scenes ("so-and-so did a repair on their ship to fix XYZ"). I have a couple of guesses though, and a suspicion about Broosh that's probably wrong, but I'll mention it anyway: Spoiler The annoying "Char", who Chass can't stand, is probably Samran Phesh. Admittedly, this guess is cheating, because someone shouts his name after Char's ship is shot down. But the fact that Chass can't stand him and that Yrica thought Phesh was a jerk (so does Soran) is further evidence they're probably the same person. We know Snapper, Puke, and Blink (of course)'s identities at the end of the series because those are specified outright, so that narrows down the possibilities of some of the others. Spitsy has to be someone remarked on as a new recruit in the Shadow Wing scenes because Alphabet didn't recall seeing them before. The character Starzha, who has a few speaking roles in the Shadow Wing scenes, is specifically referred to as a new recruit in this book and Soran doesn't know her well. On the (probably incorrect but throwing it out there) Broosh theory: I thought there was a lack of closure with his character and then had a weird thought after reading the book. Granted, he's not the only character with a lack of closure (Rikton, for instance). But we don't hear what happened to him after the Battle of Jakku, and there's no indication he died. Many of the surviving Shadow Wing pilots are mentioned. His last comment was "We'll be seeing you around" to Nath as the Yadeez was falling apart, as if he knew his surviving crew was going to get picked up by the New Republic. He even mentions that enough blood has been spilt, as if he's done with it. Soran repeatedly says Broosh is one of the most pragmatic, even-tempered individuals in his crew. And we have enough Broosh scenes to know he's a pretty decent guy for an Imperial. He's even a bit of a renegade against the old school rules, like Soran. And then there's that last long chummy farewell scene between him and Soran before the latter leaves. I suspect he might be the fellow who picks up Wyl from the desert. Whoever that pilot was seemed willing to take charge of the situation (he wasn't a new recruit and probably not a younger Shadow Wing member), and he seemed to find a lot of irony in rescuing Wyl. The fellow also sounded a lot like Broosh, in terms of the casual dialogue. Now I'll defend my A-Wing comment: Soran says Wyl is a great pilot. One of the best he's seen in a while. Probably because he grew up flying. Spoiler But Soran still kicks his ass because he's not good enough. An A-Wing won't win the war, and neither will Wyl's tactics. He can go far but not all the way.