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Noor Inayat Khan

Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, GC, (b. 2 January 1914 - d. 13 September 1944) was an Allied SOE agent during the Second World War who was posthumously awarded the George Cross, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. Also known as "Nora Baker", "Madeleine", and "Jeanne-Marie Rennier," she was of Indian and American origin. As an SOE agent during the Second World War, she became the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance.

Noor was born in Moscow in 1914 to an Indian father and an American mother. She was a direct descendant of Tipu Sultan. She began a career as a children's writer but Noor fled from Paris to Britain after the occupation of France in 1940. She served with the WAAFs (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) under the name of Nora Baker until February 1943, when she applied to join the SOE. Her father Inayat Khan was born in Vadodara. He was founder of The Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. Her mother Ora Ray Baker (Pirani Ameena Begum) a writer and poet from New Mexico.

Noor Inayat Khan

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United Kingdom 25.03.2014

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