Second World War spy Noor Inayat Khan honoured in London

Second World War spy Noor Inayat Khan honoured in London

The Bloomsbury home of Khan – 4, Taviton Street – will be marked prominently with a blue plaque by English Heritage, a charity organisation that manages and cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites.

Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan

A Muslim woman who became an “unlikely spy” for Britain when she was dropped into occupied France during the Second World War has been honoured with a blue plaque at the site of her family home in London

Second World War spy, Noor Inayat Khan is the latest person to receive an English Heritage blue plaque. Blue circle Khan was Britain’s first Muslim war heroine in Europe and was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949.

Today her remarkable life is honoured with a blue plaque at her family home in Bloomsbury, London. The home that she left for Nazi-occupied France in 1943 as an undercover radio operator.

When was Noor Inayat khan born?

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan, GC (1 January 1914 – 13 September 1944), also known as Nora Inayat-Khan and Nora Baker, was a British spy in World War II who served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

As an SOE agent she became the first female wireless operator to be sent from the UK into occupied France to aid the French Resistance during World War II.

She was captured after being betrayed, and executed at Dachau concentration camp. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her service in the SOE, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom.

Renowned for her service in the Special Operations Executive, Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France. She was killed at Dachau concentration camp in 1944, having revealed nothing to her captors, not even her real name.

Noor Inayat Khan becomes the first woman of South Asian heritage to get a blue plaque in London. Check out the wiki for more details.

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