Born: Aug 30, 1912 · Wellington, New Zealand
Died: Aug 07, 2011 · London, England
Spouse: John Forward (m. 1957 – 1997) · Henri Fiocca (m. 1939 – 1943)
Movies: Nancy Wake Codename: The White Mouse
Awards: George Medal · Croix de guerre 1939–1945 · Presidential Medal of Freedom (1949)
Education: North Sydney Girls High SchoolHighlights
- 1944: On Mar 1, 1944, she parachuted into occupied France near Auvergne, becoming a liaison between London and the local maquis group headed by Captain Henri Tardivat in the Forest of Tronçais.
- 1956: In 1956, Australian author Russell Braddon wrote Nancy Wake: The Story of a Very Brave Woman (ISBN 978 0 7524 5485 6).
- 1957: She resigned in 1957 after marrying an RAF officer, John Forward, in December of that year.
- 1957: Nancy Wake married John Forward on December 01, 1957; their marriage lasted 40 years till August 19, 1997.
- 1985: In 1985, Wake published her autobiography, The White Mouse.
- 1987: An Australian television mini-series was released in 1987 entitled, Nancy Wake, based on the 1956 biography by Russell Braddon.
1945. Studio portrait of Nancy Wake, highly decorated woman member of the allied escape route organization in occupied France 1940 – 1943. For her work within the French resistance she was known by the gestapo as the white mouse. She is wearing a British army uniform, that of the first aid nursing yeomanry. (donor n. Forward)
(1944) Resistance fighter Nancy Wake parachutes behind enemy lines.
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