Princess Noor Links Page
Info About Noor Inayat Khan

We have endeavoured to bring together many pertinent
links dealing with various aspects of the Princess Noor Story.

These sites are dedicated to Princess Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, George Cross,
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,
Croix de Guerre {with Gold Star} and also to those other valiant souls
who gave up their tomorrows, so that we may live in freedom today.

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Focusing on Princess Noor's Spiritual and Family Background:
Daughter of SUFISM - Princess Noor's Parents
TIPPU SULTAN, the Tiger of Mysore, Princess Noor's Ancestor

Here is a cartoon depicting
Noor's encounter with a German Officer in 1943


Anthony Cave Brown's revealing look
into the world of wartime espionage operations
Excerpts from a chapter on Princess Noor:
A different perspective from the book, BODYGUARD OF LIES

A web page offering links
for various online resources
dealing with Knighthood and Chivalry:
Chancery of the orders of Knighthood & the "Terrible Price of Freedom"

Only four women have been directly awarded
the George Cross. Three of them posthumously.
The Croix de Guerre was also awarded to Princess Noor:
Photo of the GEORGE CROSS and details concerning it's origin

The Princess published a tiny book in 1940 containing
children's stories gathered from the traditions
of the Subcontinent of India:
A sample of: "Twenty Jataka Tales" as Retold by Noor Inayat Khan

Miss Fuller was a personal friend of hers
and spent considerable time with the Princess in London
before Noor's departure for the war zone:
Site dedicated to the crusading British Author, JEAN OVERTON FULLER

The following page describes the origins, purposes
and functions of SOE during the Second World War

"Sir Bill" was the wartime head of British Intelligence
who had met Noor in India in 1934:
SIR WILLIAM STEPHENSON [Canadian Spy-Master] site


A New (Sept 2014) Article Entitled: "NOOR INAYAT KHAN - THE SPY PRINCESS"

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Our focus is on South Asia at the present time:

Many do not know that, besides Princess Noor,
there were many other brave South Asians who fought
fearlessly against Totalitarianism during World War II:
Indian Heroes and Heroines of World War II, by Vidya Anand

Read a (2000) Daily Express article, entitled:
Secret Agent Noor - The princess who would not tell a lie

The only other woman to have been posthumously awarded
both the George Cross and Croix de Guerre:
Violette Szabo, GC, MBE, CdG

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The Following is a brief biography of Princess Noor:

Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, GC, MBE, CdG

The birth of Noor Inayat Khan took place on January 2nd, 1914 in the Kremlin; a strange place indeed, for an Indian Princess and direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the last Muslim sovereign of South India. Apparently, the Tsar Nicholas II, his country troubled by internal unrest and impending war, was seeking spiritual solutions to the problems facing his regime. Consequently, the influential Gregory Rasputin, invited the father of Noor, who was a Mohammedan Mystic, to visit Holy Mother Russia, in order to share with the Emperor's family and court, his Sufistic doctrines of peace and love.

After a time, however, prompted by a concern for the safety of their family, Pir Inayat Khan and his American wife, the Begum Sharada Ameena (formerly Ora-Ray Baker of Albuquerque, N.M., a distant cousin of Mary Baker Eddy, the originator of Christian Science) decided to depart Moscow during the events leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Following many adventures, they arrived in Paris, where Noor enrolled in the Ecole Normale de Musique, eventually gaining employment as a writer of children's stories for Paris Radio. The arrival of World War II, however, again caused this peaceful family to flee their adoptive country.

Settling in London, Noor, wanting to do her part in the overthrow of Totalitarianism, became an Assistant Section Officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, seconded to the Women's Transport Service. Her familiarity with France and fluency in the language were qualities very much in demand by the British War Office at the time. The continent had been occupied by Axis forces and the future held in store several more precarious years for the beleaguered occupants of Hitler's 'Fortress Europe'.

After undergoing extensive training in the Special Operations Executive, Inayat Khan was the first woman operator to be infiltrated into enemy occupied France,on 16 June 1943. During the weeks immediately following her arrival, the Gestapo made mass arrests in the Paris Resistance Groups to which she had been detailed, but although given the opportunity to return to England, she refused to abandon what had become the principal and most dangerous clandestine position in France.

She was a wireless operator and did not wish to leave her French comrades without communications and she hoped also to rebuild her group. The Gestapo did their utmost to catch her and so break the last remaining link with London. After three and a half months she was betrayed, taken to Gestapo Headquarters in the Avenue Foch and asked to co-operate. She refused to give them information of any kind and was imprisoned in the Gestapo HQ, remaining there for several weeks, and making two unsuccessful attempts to escape during that time.

She was asked to sign a declaration that she would make no further attempts but refused, so was sent to Germany for 'safe custody' (the first agent sent to Germany). She was imprisoned at Karlsruhe in November 1943 and later at Pforsheim, where her cell was apart from the main prison as she was considered a particularly dangerous and unco-operative prisoner. She still refused to give any information either as to her work or her comrades. On 12 September 1944 she was taken to Dachau Concentration Camp and shot on the following day.

Noor Inayat Khan's George Cross was published in the London Gazette on 5 April 1949. She is also honoured on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, for those RAF personnel with no known grave.




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