The full-blooded 10 Squadron Navigator's Immediate D.F.M. group with family ephemera, consisting: Distinguished Flying Medal George VI TO 1324950 Sgt. D.G. Rogora, R.A.F.; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star; WWII War Medal in boxes of issue, one addressed to 'F/L. D.G. Rogora, D.F.M., 101 St Dunstans Hill, Cheam, Surrey'; brother's WWII War Medal (sole entitlement) in box of issue to A.K. Rogora Esq. of same address, with slips marked L.A.C. 3033394 and original material relating to Sgt. Rogora's parents and Air Observer's yellow metal badge.

Distinguished Flying Medal (Immediate) Gazetted 28 Dec 1943: "Sergeant Rogora was posted to No.10 Squadron in May 1943, and after completing 23 sorties comprising 141 operational hours has now been recommended for screening and posting for instructional duties. This N.C.O. has been the Navigator of one of the most successful crews in this squadron and although his aircraft has been badly damaged by flak and also attacked by enemy night fighters, he continued to operate with consistent skill and courage. It has been due in no small measure to his ability that has enabled his Captain to bring back many fine photographs of the target area including one aiming point and eight photographs showing intense fire tracks. He was the Navigator of a Halifax detailed to attack Aachen on the night of 13th July 1943. Whilst approaching the target area, the port inner engine cut. His Captain continued with the operational flight and made a successful bombing attack. During a sortie on Leverkusen on 22 Aug 1943 at approximately 23:45 hrs, his aircraft was attacked by a Ju.88 and on instructions from the rear gunner, the pilot took evasive action, enabling the rear and mid-upper gunner to shoot the aircraft down. During a raid on the night of 27 Aug 1943 on Nuremberg, the aircraft in which in which he was flying was attacked by three enemy aircraft, all three attackers being beaten off by the two gunners. Sergeant Rogora throughout his operational tour has never failed to guide his aircraft straight to the target and safely back to base. I consider that his flawless operational record, coupled with his marked ability in the air, be recognised by the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal." Remarks by Station Commander: "This N.C.O. has always shown a cheerful calmness in the face of danger which has been a continual inspiration to his crew. His skilful navigation has contributed materially to the success of the operations in which he has participated. I recommend that his consistently good work be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal." Remarks by A.O.C.: "This Navigator, now screened against his will, has proved to be courageous and skilful on operations and I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal."

Denys Gino Rogora was born on 30 Nov 1921 in Lambeth, London, the son of Gino Rogora and Doris Cheffins. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was posted to No. 10 Squadron. Denys' younger brother, Arnaldo Kenneth Rogora, was born in Dec 1925 in Marylebone, and lived at the same family address, serving as 3033394 Leading Aircraftsman in the R.A.F. with the WWII War Medal his sole entitlement.


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