1936, Dec 1 - is 'checked out' on the Stampe & Vertongen SV5.
1937, February 2 - a member of the Board which proposed the purchase of Hawker Hind aircraft, which would serve as a
transitional trainer to help pilots adjust to the much greater speed of the Gladiators.
1936, April 16 - assigned as Aviation Program Administrator.
1938, August 21 - as assistant to the Commander of the Aviation Regiment (and with the rank of Lt-Colonel) he participates
in the Aviation Festival at Spilve.
1938 - flew a Polish PWS-26.
1939 - Aviation Program is renamed the Aviation School, he remains on as Commander of the Aviation School.
1944, August 22 - (German Occupation) - called into the Aviation Branch, where he is to be made Commander of NSG 12.
His first task is to renew his flying skills at the Kalnciems aerodrome and, after a brief check-out, he reports for duty with the squadron.
1944, September 18 - Named Commander of NSG 12.
1944, September - Z.Tamsons defects to Sweden, and the aircraft with which he escapes also contains Bulmanis' briefcase.
Months later, probably as a result of the missing papers, Bulmanis is falsely reported to have, himself, defected to Sweden.
1944, December - the Latvian aviation unit is officially disbanded and Bulmanis is assigned to the 15th Latvian Division,
training and reserve batallion. He reports for duty but, because of damaged hearing, does not pass the medical test of fitness
for duty, and is released from service. He joins his family in Germany and, at the end of hostilities, they find themselves in the French-controlled sector of Austria.
1947-1948 - military officers in Belgium, whom he knew from 1933-34 when completing his advanced officer training in Brussels, learn
of his situation and offer to help him find a suitable position in Belgium. He remains there until 1950 when he emigrates to Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada to join his son.
During his career, he earned:
War of Liberation medal
Latvian Republic 10th Anniversary medal
Order of the Three Stars - IV and V class
Belgian Crown Order, IV class
1990 - Died, in Toronto, Canada
- Briedis, Emils Latviesa Stasts
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1979 No.6 pg. 19
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts, 1980 No.1 pg. 37
- Hazners & Berzins (ed) Latviesu Karavirs Otra Pasaules Kara Laika, Vol.7 pg.36, 39,
45, 46, 50
- Kadets No.9, pg.65
- Latvijas Kareivis May 22, 1930
- Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
- Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
- Neulen, H.W. In The Skies of Europe, pg. 303
- Silgailis, A. Latviesu Legions, pg. 225
- Sparnota Latvija
I would like to thank the Bulmanis family for their generous help in the preparation of this brief Biography.