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Britain Royal Mail issued a postage stamp of Noor Inayat Khan

Mar 25, 2014 17:53 IST

Royal Mail in Britain issued a postage stamp of Noor Inayat Khan, World War II heroine of Indian origin, on 25 March 2014. She fought fascism and died in the Dachau concentration camp.

The stamp issued was a part of a set of 10 stamps in the Remarkable Lives series which honoured Noor on her centenary year. Royal Mail commemorated Noor with a stamp to ensure that her sacrifice and bravery will not be forgotten. Other honoured in the set include actor Sir Alec Guinness, poet Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Moore, Joe Mercer, Barbara Ward and Joan Littlewood.

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About Noor Inayat Khan
• Noor was born in Moscow to an Indian Father, Hazrat Inayat Khan and an American mother, Ora Ray Baker in January 1914. Noor was brought up in Paris and family immigrated to London when Paris was occupied by Germany during the World War II in 1940.
• Noor joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was later recruited for the Special Operations Executive, a secret organisation started by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
• She was the first woman radio operator to be flown undercover to Paris under the code name Madeleine.
• Noor, 30, was betrayed, arrested and finally executed in the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
• Britain awarded George Cross, the highest honour to Noor. Croix de Guerre award was awarded by the France.

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