S/Sgt David Schulman
grandfather David Schulman was born on January 31, 1921 in Harlem
New York. Little did he know that he would grow up to have a loving
wife of over fifty years, three beautiful daughters, five wonderful
grandchildren, and that he would also hang out of a B29 bomber
plane and be held by his legs. Pretty amazing!
Schulman was twenty-one years of age when he entered the air core
during World War II. He was stationed in Guam and flew 30 combat
missions over Japan. He had many different jobs in the war. He
was a radio operator, a mechanic, and a medic to name a few. As
a medic he would tell his fellow crew members of his B29 bomber,
“Don’t get hurt or you’ll be stuck with me!”
My grandfather’s crew flew in the longest mission of World
War II, a mission of twenty-three hours. He shared a story with
me about the time that the bomb bay doors partially closed on
to a bomb. This caused the bomb to bounced on to a shelf like
structure. The navigator, Joe Callaghan held his legs while his
arms and torso dangled out of the plane. Because of his curious
and mechanical nature he learned from a fight engineer how to
open the doors in case there was ever a need for the crew to bail
out of the plane.
grandfather David Schulman and his crew received several medals
for their bravery. Included among them are, The Air Medal With
Two Oak Leaf Clusters, and The Distinguish Flying Cross. He earned
the nickname Dauntless Dave.
the war he thought meat cutters were making the big bucks so he
took that line of work and stayed a meat cutter until he retired
Schulman currently resides in Arizona and is still funny, sharp,
caring and loving.
Schulman is my hero because he took part in many heroic efforts
during the war, but more important, he is a wonderful grandfather.
He always puts his family first and always shows that he worries
and cares about our family. When I visit him and my grandma, we
have lots of fun. He takes us around town and shows us grandkids
off to all his friends at the bank; and of course our grandpa
David taught my sister and I how to play poker. He taught us so
well that we beat him almost ever round.