Shortly after the Nazi surrender, Japan would quickly follow suit after our use of the atomic bomb. With the end of the war, demobilization dominated Hill Field's early postwar years. From its peak war strength until 30 September 1945, right after the war, how many civilian personnel did Hill Field decrease by because of demobilization?
A Glimpse Back
May 7-9, 1945
Mass produced B-17s, B-24s, B-25s, B-29s, P-38s, P-40s, P-51s and C-47s led to Victory Day in Europe. On May 7, the German High Command surrendered unconditionally at Reims, effective May 9. With that surrender, Air Transport Command began Projects Green and White, for personnel and aircraft, respectively, to move 250,000 people and 5,900 aircraft from Europe and the Mediterranean theaters to the U.S. by September 1945.
Answer to quiz above:
At its peak during WWII, Hill Field employed 15,780 civilians. But even with the sharp decline in numbers after WWII, they quickly ramped back up again during the Korean War -- reaching 12,166 bodies by 1953.