That friends, is a very long name. But I suppose, when you do great brave things, you need a big name.
For the sake of my fingers though, let’s just call her Noor.
Born in 1914 in an Indian-Muslim family in Russia, she and her family emigrated to London where she and her 3 siblings were raised until the second World War, when they fled to Bourdeaux, France.
Noor spoke fluent French, and signed on with the Air Force to become a wireless correspondant.
Girl, that person turns out to be you. Here’s where this story seems like a kick-butt war movie. At one point it was deemed too dangerous to stay in Paris, and Noor had the opportunity to return home to safety. Which she denied because women eat Nazis for breakfast.
On the run as the most wanted agent in the field she could only transmit for 20 minutes at a time before she had to move on to avoid capture. I’m going to think on that the next time I feel like my cardio regimen is too grueling.
Sadly eventually she was caught, and held at the Dachau concentration camp, where she never gave up any military information despite intense interrogation. She was later executed.
Posthumously she received the French war medal Croix de Guerre, and the British war medal the George Cross. There is also a statue of her in Gordon Square Gardens in London.
While her ending is sad, it's comforting to know that ultimately she was the answer to her own wish; she was her own hero, and the memory of her bravery and sacrifice lives on to this day.