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Noor Inayat Khan Statue, London

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Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of the legendary Tipu Sultan, was a secret agent in the Second World War. She was infiltrated into France by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Churchill's Secret Organisation that sought to "set Europe ablaze".

Armed with only a false passport and a pistol, the beautiful and gentle Noor became the first woman radio operator to be sent to occupied Paris. She worked under the code name Madeline.

However, she was betrayed and captured by the Germans. Despite being repeatedly tortured and interrogated, she revealed nothing. She was executed by an SS officer on September 13, 1944 at Dachau Concentration Camp. She was only 30.

Britain posthumously awarded her the George Cross for her extraordinary bravery, and France honoured her with Criox de Guerre.

Noor sacrificed her life for freedom, and is an icon of bravery for our young people. She crossed all borders of religion or country - she was a Muslim who died for the Jews, and an Indian who volunteered for England and France.
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  • Famous French resistance fighter in World War 2 and nice to see such a lovely memorial of her here in London.  more »
  • British heroine of Second World War who worked as a radio operator in the French section of the Special Operation Executive. She was betrayed and executed in September 1944. Her father was a great gra...  more »
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  • This bust of Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, was erected in memory to a British spy and heroine of World War II renowned for her service in the Special Operations Executive. She was sent to occupied France to work as a wireless operator for the French Resistance. Betrayed by a double agent, she was tortured for months, but did not betray her comrades. Eventually she was sent to Dachau concentration camp and executed on the morning of 13th of December. This bust is a simple and elegant likeness of the heroine, showing Khan with a serene look on her face. A wonderful tribute to someone who wanted to serve her country and fight fascism.
  • This brave young woman gave her life for our freedom. I'm glad she has a memorial in this lovely garden.
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