The death of a service
From D-Day onward, ATA personnel knew that soon it would all be over.
The demand for their ferrying and air taxi services decreased and eventually came to an end. After VE Day ATA pilots started returning to their peace time jobs, foreign nationals went home and the pools closed.
On 29 September 1945, 12,000 people attended the ATA pageant at White Waltham which included a flying display. Sadly, as the ATA pilots didn’t hold licences to fly in displays, the flying was done by test pilots.
This was only time the public ever had the opportunity to see the work of the ATA.