Who was Noor Inayat Khan?

Noor Inayat Khan.
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Noor Inayat Khan was born in 1914 in Moscow to an Indian father and an American mother.

The family moved to the UK and later to Paris, where Noor was educated.

Ms Khan came to England after the invasion of France and in November 1940 she joined the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force).

In 1942 Noor joined the Special Operations Executive as a radio operator and the year after was flown to France to become a radio operator for the resistance in Paris.

In October 1943 Ms Khan was discovered by the Gestapo and arrested. She escaped from prison but was recaptured shortly afterwards.

The following November she was sent to Pforzheim prison in Germany where she was chained and kept in solitary confinement.

Despite continuous torture, she refused to give away any information.

In September 1944 Ms Khan was placed in Dachau concentration camp where she was shot.