Remembering a British Hero.

This is a WW2 heroine Noor Inayat Khan who was captured and tortured by the “enemy” but never betrayed her British friends or colleagues. She was a great women who gave her life for this country. I think she is worthy of recognition don’t you? Can you find out any more information about her?

12 thoughts on “Remembering a British Hero.

  1. I do think Noor Inayat Khan is worthy of having recognition because she is a great women who has never betrayed her British friends/colleagues,even after being captured and tortured,she still never gave up on being honest,trustworthy and a great person and role model for Britain!

    Some other facts about Noor Inayat Khan!
    •Her Full name is (Nur-un-Nisa-Inayat-Khan) or (Nora Inayat) Khan.
    •She was born on the 1 January 1914, Moscow, Russia.
    •Unfortunately,She then died on the 13 September 1944 in the Dachau concentration camp.
    •She is also known as the “Princess Spy” since her family’s background was in India,New Delhi she became a secret agent spy for Britian.
    •She was also the enemy of the Reich.
    •Her parents are:Inayat Khan and Ameena Begum
    •She has two brothers:(Vilayat Inayat Khan) and (Hidayat Inayat Khan).
    Her superiors held mixed opinions on her suitability for secret warfare, and her training was incomplete due to the need to get trained W/T operators into the field. Khan’s “childlike” qualities, particularly her gentle manner and “lack of ruse”, had greatly worried her instructors at SOE’s training schools.[16] One instructor wrote that “she confesses that she would not like to have to do anything ‘two faced’”, while another said she was “very feminine in character, very eager to please, very ready to adapt herself to the mood of the company, the one of the conversation, capable of strong attachments, kind hearted, emotional, imaginative.”[16]

    A further observer said: “Tends to give far too much information. Came here without the foggiest idea what she was being trained for.” Later, others commented that she was also physically unsuited, claiming that she would not easily disappear into a crowd.[16]

    Physically quite small in stature, she received poor.

    In November 1940, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and, as an Aircraftwoman 2nd Class, was sent to be trained as a wireless operator.[9] Upon assignment to a bomber training school in June 1941, she applied for a commission in an effort to relieve herself of the boring work there.[9]

    Special Operations Executive Edit

    Wanborough Manor
    Later, Khan was recruited to join F (France) Section of the Special Operations Executive and in early February 1943 she was posted to the Air Ministry, Directorate of Air Intelligence, seconded to First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), and sent to Wanborough Manor, near Guildford in Surrey, after which she was sent to Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, for special training as a wireless operator in occupied territory.[10]

    BY HUMAIRA KHAN!!!

  2. Fats:
    1.She was born on 1st of January 1914.
    2.She was the great great great granddaughter of tiup sultan.
    3.shortlt after her birth in Moscow , she moved to England then later France.
    4.After she studied music and medicine ,noor became a docter.
    5.her children stories were published in figaro and her Indian collection were published in 1939.
    6.She trained as a nurse for world war 2 with the red cross.

    • 7.In May 1940 France was invaded by the German army but her and her mother escaped before just before the France government was going to surrender.

  3. I do think Noor Inayat Khan is worthy of having recognition because she is a great women who has never betrayed her British friends/colleagues,even after being captured and tortured,she still never gave up on being honest,trustworthy and a great person and role model for Britain!👍

    Some other facts about Noor Inayat Khan!
    •Her Full name is (Nur-un-Nisa-Inayat-Khan) or (Nora Inayat) Khan.
    •She was born on the 1 January 1914, Moscow, Russia.
    •Unfortunately,She then died on the 13 September 1944 in the Dachau concentration camp.
    •She is also known as the “Princess Spy” since her family’s background was in India,New Delhi she became a secret agent spy for Britian.
    •She was also the enemy of the Reich.
    •Her parents are:Inayat Khan and Ameena Begum
    •She has two brothers:(Vilayat Inayat Khan) and (Hidayat Inayat Khan).
    By Malaikah👍👑🎉🐼

  4. Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, GC (1 January 1914 – 13 September 1944), aka Nora Inayat-Khan, was a British heroine of World War II renowned for her service in the Special Operations Executive.[1]

    Noor Inayat Khan
    Noor Inayat Khan.jpeg
    Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, circa 1943
    Other name(s)
    Nora Inayat-Khan
    Nickname(s)
    Nora Baker
    Madeleine (SOE codename)
    Nurse (SOE callsign)
    Jeanne-Marie Renier (SOE alias)
    Born
    1 January 1914
    Moscow, Russian Empire
    Died
    13 September 1944 (aged 30)
    Dachau concentration camp, Bavaria, Nazi Germany
    Allegiance
    United Kingdom
    Service/branch
    Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
    Special Operations Executive
    Years of service
    1940–1944
    Rank
    Assistant Section Officer
    Unit
    Cinema (SOE)
    Battles/wars
    Second World War
    Awards
    UK George Cross ribbon.svg George Cross
    Mentioned in dispatches
    Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg Croix de guerre 1939–1945
    She also went by the name Nora Baker and was a published author[2] of Indian and American descent who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her service in the SOE, the highest civilian decoration in the UK.[1] As an SOE agent she became the first female wireless operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance during World War II, and was Britain’s first Muslim war heroine.[1]

    Contents
    Early years Edit

    Inayat Khan,[3] the eldest of four children, was born on 1 January 1914 in Moscow.[4] Her siblings were Vilayat (1916–2004), Hidayat (1917–2016), and Khair-un-Nisa (1919–2011).[5]

    Her father, Inayat Khan, came from a noble Indian Muslim family[5]—his mother was a descendant of the uncle of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. He lived in Europe as a musician and a teacher of Sufism. Her mother, Pirani Ameena Begum (born Ora Ray Baker), was an American[3][5] from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who met Inayat Khan during his travels in the United States. Ora Baker was the half-sister of American yogi and scholar Pierre Bernard, her guardian at the time she met Inayat (Hazrat is an honorific, translated as Saint).[6] Vilayat later became head of the Sufi Order International.

    In 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, the family left Russia for London, and lived in Bloomsbury. Inayat Khan attended nursery at Notting Hill. In 1920 they moved to France, settling in Suresnes near Paris, in a house that was a gift from a benefactor of the Sufi movement. After the death of her father in 1927, Inayat Khan took on the responsibility for her grief-stricken mother and her younger siblings.

    As a young girl, she was described as quiet, shy, sensitive, and dreamy. She studied child psychology at the Sorbonne and music at the Paris Conservatory under Nadia Boulanger, composing for harp and piano. She began a career writing poetry and children’s stories, and became a regular contributor to children’s magazines and French radio. In 1939, her book, Twenty Jataka Tales, inspired by the Jataka tales of Buddhist tradition, was published in London.[7]

    After the outbreak of the Second World War, when France was overrun by German troops, the family fled to Bordeaux and, from there by sea, to England, landing in Falmouth, Cornwall, on 22 June 1940.[citation needed]

    Women’s Auxiliary Air Force Edit

    Although Khan was deeply influenced by the pacifist teachings of her father, she and her brother Vilayat decided to help defeat Nazi tyranny: “I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.” [8]

    In November 1940, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and, as an Aircraftwoman 2nd Class, was sent to be trained as a wireless operator.[9] Upon assignment to a bomber training school in June 1941, she applied for a commission in an effort to relieve herself of the boring work there.[9]

    Special Operations Executive Edit

    Wanborough Manor
    Later, Khan was recruited to join F (France) Section of the Special Operations Executive and in early February 1943 she was posted to the Air Ministry, Directorate of Air Intelligence, seconded to First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), and sent to Wanborough Manor, near Guildford in Surrey, after which she was sent to Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, for special training as a wireless operator in occupied territory.[10]

    She would be the first woman to be sent over in that capacity, all the woman agents before her having been sent as couriers.[10] Having had previous wireless telegraphy (W/T) training, she had an edge on those who were just beginning their radio training, and was both fast and accurate.[11]

    From Aylesbury she went on to Beaulieu, where the security training was capped with a practice mission – in the case of wireless operators, to find a place in a strange city from which they could transmit back to their instructors without being detected by an agent unknown to them who would be shadowing them.[10]

    The ultimate exercise was the mock Gestapo interrogation, intended to give agents a taste of what might be in store for them if they were captured and some practice in maintaining their cover story. Her escaping officer found her interrogation “almost unbearable” and reported that “she seemed terrified… so overwhelmed she nearly lost her voice”, and that afterwards “she was trembling and quite blanched.”[12]

    Her finishing report, which the official historian of F Section found in her personal file long after the war, read: “Not overburdened with brains but has worked hard and shown keenness, apart from some dislike of the security side of the course. She has an unstable and temperamental personality and it is very doubtful whether she is really suited to work in the field.” Next to this comment, Maurice Buckmaster, the head of F Section, had written in the margin “Nonsense”[13] and that “We don’t want them overburdened with brains.” [14][15]

    Her superiors held mixed opinions on her suitability for secret warfare, and her training was incomplete due to the need to get trained W/T operators into the field. Khan’s “childlike” qualities, particularly her gentle manner and “lack of ruse”, had greatly worried her instructors at SOE’s training schools.[16] One instructor wrote that “she confesses that she would not like to have to do anything ‘two faced'”, while another said she was “very feminine in character, very eager to please, very ready to adapt herself to the mood of the company, the one of the conversation, capable of strong attachments, kind hearted, emotional, imaginative.”[16]

    A further observer said: “Tends to give far too much information. Came here without the foggiest idea what she was being trained for.” Later, others commented that she was also physically unsuited, claiming that she would not easily disappear into a crowd.[16]

    Physically quite small in stature, she received poor athletic reports from her instructors: “Can run very well but otherwise clumsy. Unsuitable for jumping” “Pretty scared of weapons but tries hard to get over it.”[16]

  5. What a hero you have to have courage to do that . I like that she kept loyal and faithful to Britian .You really deserve to be remembered.😊⭐️🌟🌟💫

  6. Noor Inayat Khan was born on New Years 1914 in Moscow and was a British srecret agent for India.Khans father was a musician and a Sufi teacher also he moved his family first to London and then Paris.
    In October khan was betrayed by a Frenchwomen and was arrested by a Gestapo.

  7. We will always remember you Noor Inayat Khan for not betraying your British friends it is worth respect that we have a moment of silence for you You were a great woman to this country well done she was a British heroine of World War 2 that’s the fact.

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