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Four of the seven American airman appear to be wearing their flying kit, easily recognisable with that fur collar.Apart from the policeman the most likely non-flyer in that group should be the man with spectacles (pilots had to have exceptional eye-sight) the British Army Captain whose name from that signature is difficult to de-cipher...
De Ruyterstraat, near Hotel Oepkes (on the terrace behind the building I think), of a bunch of Allied airmen and, in the middle of that group, one Dutch policeman (from Amsterdam as far as known). I now know that Franek agrees with me, but it seems fairly obvious from their distinctive lapel badges that Jan Zumbach is in the centre of this group and Polish compatriot, Tadeusz Kawalecki, to his left with the Dutch policeman between them.In fact, all the buildings in West Terschelling were burned down, except the church and the lighthouse "Brandaris".Alas, in later times that broke down also and that very old church was replaced by a new one. (On many houses in the village, you find that year marked indeed, via the wall anchors).The next year, in 1667, the Dutch under command of De Ruyter executed a retaliatory expedition, and dealt the English navy a heavy blow at the Raid on the Medway (also known as the Battle of Chatham), in effect ending the Second Anglo-Dutch War.The Raid on the Medway, was a successful Dutch attack on the largest English naval ships, laid up in the dockyards of their main naval base Chatham, that took place in June 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War.Twilight was coming already and the smoke from those buildings burning down, and excessive alcohol was giving them only “troubled vision”.
Suddenly, they discovered a mysterious rising in the landscape.
But, without horses and only one sandy country road to use, they were obstructed by new refugees with their cattle - the rest of Terschelling being an agricultural community.
They arrived much later at Midsland village than intended.
And that's how East-Terschelling was spared, by the “Wyfke fan Stryp”.
The old graveyard in the former village of Stryp (also called Seeryp, Striep or Zurijp etc.) is still there, complete with some of those tombstones, and also with the foundation outlines of the holy church built there. Duyf himself; and a copy of it, also of these names etc., was in a "album of verses" too, of his daughter, Mevr.
Terschelling is one of the Wadden Islands, which form an archipelago off the north coast of the Netherlands, it is some 11 kilometres from the mainland and is located in the municipality of Terschelling, which is in the province of Friesland.