Noor Inayat Khan was born on 1 January 1914. She grew up in Europe and when World War II started, she became a secret agent. Noor joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1940, and was later recruited by the Special Operations Executive. She was the first female wireless operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France in 1943. Noor’s work helped save the lives of many, but sadly, she was captured by the Nazis and killed in 1944. Noor was posthumously awarded military honours by France and Britain, the Croix De Guerre and the George Cross.
Her book Twenty Jataka Tales was published in 1939.