“A female secret service agent has been honoured by the Royal Air Force – 63 years after first complaining at the “injustice” of not getting her “wings”.
Pearl Cornioley, formerly Witherington, became the leader of 1,500 French freedom fighters during World War II.
She was recommended for the Military Cross but, as a woman, was not allowed to receive it.

“It was a complete accident that I ended up leading 1,500 resistance fighters. I was not a military person, I was supposed to be a courier, but I ended up having to use whatever sense I had – but I certainly didn’t do this on my own,” she said.” (BBC)