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A man who emigrated to Australia more than 50 years ago has returned to York – and his family threw him a surprise birthday party to celebrate him turning 80.

John Camamile was born in Newton on Ouse on June 1, 1944.

Eight days later a Halifax Bomber crashed into their home – killing most of the crew on board and destroying the house.

John and his sister Joyce Press were at home and survived.n Camamile as a boy (Image: Family)

His other sister, Barbara Hemingway, recalled: “I’d gone away for the baby to be born, otherwise I wouldn’t have been here today because they couldn’t get to my bedroom.”

 

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