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The Air Forces Memorial Runnymede

The Air Forces Memorial Runnymede

PERSONAL STORIES Wing Commander Alois Vašátko Alois Vašátko, nicknamed ‘The Great Amos’, was a Czechoslovakian officer. Born in 1908, after the invasion of his home country, he fought with the French Air Force and became a fighter ace. Following the fall of France in 1940, he joined the Royal Air Force and was promoted to lead the Czechoslovak fighter Wing. Alois was killed in action during a dog-fight over the English Channel in 1942. We honour and care for the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. Find out more about our charitable foundation at www.cwgc.org/support-us THE AIR FORCES MEMORIAL RUNNYMEDE PERSONAL STORIES Section Officer Noor Inayat-Khan Noor Inayat-Khan was born in Moscow in 1914 to a Muslim family at the forefront of the movement to bring Sufism to the West. She grew up in London, then Paris. When the German army invaded France in May 1940, Noor escaped to Britain. In 1940 Noor enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and trained as a wireless operator. In 1943 she was recruited into the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and became the first female wireless operator sent into occupied France. Noor was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. After making two attempts to escape, she was kept in solitary confinement for ten months in a German prison, before being sent to Dachau concentration camp where she was killed at the age of 30. The CWGC Experience is a unique visitor attraction. Take a look behind the scenes at the work of the CWGC. ©Battle of Britain Monument Commemorated on Panel 64. The CWGC Experience, 5-7 rue Angèle Richard, 62217 Beaurains, France. Tel: +33(0)321 21 52 75 Email: cwgcexperience@cwgc.org www.cwgc.org DISCOVER LEARN REMEMBER ©IWM HU 74868 Commemorated on Panel 243.

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