A Foundation of Bonding
William Meade Lindsley (Billy) Fiske, III represents everything good about the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. The Billy Fiske Foundation exists to maintain his legacy of bravery, creativity, and selfless dedication to his friends. Through erecting a memorial outside the United States Embassy in London and by conducting cultural and educational exchanges, the Foundation endeavours to reinforce and grow the individual and collective friendships that are the true foundation of the “Special Relationship” — an ideal first coined by Sir Winston Churchill in 1941.
Our two nations have stood together for the shared values of freedom, democracy and justice through thick and thin and today strengthening the fibres that tie us together is as important as it has ever been.
The Billy Fiske Foundation is a non-profit charity established under section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and accountability in non-profit governance, management and operations.
“An American citizen who died that England might live”.
William Meade Lindsley Fiske III was born on June 4th, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois.
Fiske studied economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His major accomplishment was winning, at the age of 16, a gold medal at the 1928 Winter Olympics at St Moritz, Switzerland. This was for leading the US bobsleigh team to victory and he would lead the team again in 1932 at Lake Placid, New York.
Fiske was an early pioneer in the refounding of Aspen, Colorado as a downhill skiing destination.
On 23 March 1940, Billy Fiske was granted a commission as an Acting Pilot Officer on probation, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (78092). He joined No. 601 Squadron at RAF Tangmere, July12, 1940.
Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske III died on August 17, 1940 at St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, Sussex, England, as a result of injuries sustained in combat the previous day. Billy Fiske was the first American pilot to lose his life in combat during the Second World War.