THE TMES TUESDAY AUGUST 20 1940
Lieutenant-Colonel J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon, M.P., writes:-
A very gallant gentleman – “Billy” Fiske – has given his life for us. As a racing motorist, as bobsleigh rider, as a flyer he was well known, but as a “Cresta” rider he was supreme. Taking some years to become first class, his fame eventually was legendary. No record he did not win, he was the supreme artist of the run; never did he have a fall – he was in a class by himself. 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 the perfect sportsman. Many of us would have given our lives for “Billy”, instead he has given his for us. The memory of him will live long in the Alps, where he had his greatest successes; in the hearts of his friends it will endure for ever.