Noor Inayat Khan
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Noor Inayat Khan in brief
Princess Noor Inayat Khan was a British Special Operations Executive Agent in World War 2 and the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France to aid the Resistance.
Noor was born in the Kremlin in Moscow (whilst her parents were guests of the Royal Family). The family left Russia just before WW1, moving to Bloomsbury, London, before settling near Paris in 1920. At the outbreak of WW2, the family fled to England. Despite her pacifist upbringing, Noor wanted to play her part in defeating Nazi Germany. She joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in 1940 as a trainee wireless operator. Because of her fluent French, she was chosen to train as a special agent. She was flown to France where she worked in great danger. Not long after her arrival, a wave of arrests were made and Noor's became the only radio still operating in Paris. Despite the danger she refused an offer to return to England. Eventually she was betrayed, captured, interrogated and imprisoned at Pforzheim in solitary confinement. She was shackled in chains for most of the time.
She refused to give any information on her work or other operatives. Noor and three other SOE agents were moved to the Dachau Concentration Camp. In the early hours of the morning, on 13th September 1944, the four women were taken outside and shot. Before she died, she was reported to have shouted out "liberty". She was 30 years old.
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