601 Squadron (County of London, Auxiliary Air Force)

Billy Fiske Window

On 17 September 2008, 601 Squadron's Old Comrade's Association dedicated a window in Boxgrove Priory in Sussex to William Meade Lindsley Fiske III - or Billy as he was known.  The young American Olympic Bobsled champion had been friends with several members of the squadron, and when war came his great hatred of Adolph Hitler's tyranny and friendship with 601 compelled him to join up.  It wasn't an easy rode as Americans were not allowed to join the RAF at this time, but as others would do, Billy found a way (with influential help) to get around the rules and joined the squadron flying out of Tangmere.  On 16 August while flying to protect the airfield from German attack, Billy was shot down.  Although he crash- landed his Hurricane successfully and seemed somewhat okay, he sadly succumbed to his wounds a few days later.  Billy is buried in Boxgrove Priory and the OCA rightly thought it appropriate to commemorate their comrade.

601 Squadron re-created is very proud to have helped in a small way with contributions to help fund this memorial window.  The following are pictures from the dedication ceremony conducted by the Reverend Ian Forrester at the Priory. 

Jack Riddle with Billy Fiske's Bentley

Jack and other members of the OCA (Jamie, fill in names)

Lovely shot of Jack in front of the window in Boxgrove Priory

Another great shot of Jack in front of the window

Close up of the window

The window




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