Noor Inayat Khan

(1914—1944) special operations officer

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(1914–44), SOE operative who, under the codename MADELEINE, worked for the organization's CINÉMA network in Paris from mid-1943. Half-Indian, half-American, she was born in the Kremlin and was living in Paris when war broke out. She went to the UK and served as a WAAF wireless operator before receiving a commission and joining SOE. She was betrayed in September 1943 and after spending nearly a year in prison in chains she was sent to Dachau and shot. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross (see decorations).

From The Oxford Companion to World War II in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Second World War.

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