Women apparently attracted less attention in occupied countries so therefore were considered better couriers and were also sent in as trained radio operators. Based in the headquarters of the Special Operations Executive, during World War Two, and speaking about the new memorial Noreen Riols, told the Telegraph: “I feel awfully glad it has happened. I wonder why they just make it for women, because an awful lot of men flew out from there too. She said the women who flew out, often armed with suicide pills to save themselves torture if they were caught, were “very brave, very courageous and very afraid too most of them”. She said: “Brave people are always afraid, but it’s a question of facing up to your fears and going, which is what they did. “We used to watch them go and hope they‘d come back. There was nothing else we could do.” Source: Telegraph Want to find out more about your ancestors and their roles during war? Why not log on to Forces War Records and search our vast collection of records and start your family history research… Delve into our ‘historic documents’ library and read some of the interesting war diaries that we get sent – there’s nothing quite like reading a personal account of war as history unfolds itself through the eyes of somebody who was actually there.