Commemoration of 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Tribute to Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske, the first American-born pilot to be killed in the Battle of Britain, 17 August 1940.
Printed in “The Times” August 20, 1940 : A very gallant gentleman, “Billy” Fiske, gave his life for us. As a racing motorist, as bobsleigh rider, as a flyer, he was known but as a “Cresta” rider he was supreme. An American citizen, blessed with this world’s goods, of a family beloved by all who knew them, with a personal charm that made all worship him, he elected to join the Royal Air Force and fight our battles.
We thank America for sending us a perfect sportsman.
Lieut.-Colonel J.T.C Brabazon, M.P.
(Lord Brabazon of Tara)