Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650882/D-Day-veteran-89-reported-missing-care-home-staff-told-travel-France-Normandy-escaping-joining-friends.html#ixzz33uykLNTgGrounded by staff at his care home, Bernard Jordan faced missing out on an emotional return to the D-Day beaches. So, summoning up the spirit and determination of June 6, 1944, he hatched a cunning plan to join his old comrades in honouring the fallen. With his medals hidden under his coat, the 89-year-old told his carers he was off for a walk. Instead he boarded a coach for France.
Found: Veteran Bernard Jordan has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark the anniversary of D-Day. Above, the 89-year-old is pictured now (left) and during his time as a member of the Royal Navy (right)
Journey: Mr Jordan (centre) pictured onboard a ferry to France with a cabin crew and members of the Candy Girls entertainment troupe
By the time staff realised he was missing the Royal Navy veteran was already in Normandy. And, thanks to his great escape, Mr Jordan was yesterday able to stand proudly among world leaders and old soldiers in marking the audacious assault 70 years ago that cost more than 4,000 Allied lives.
'I loved every minute... I'd do it again tomorrow!' 'Great Escaper' D-Day veteran, 89, who sneaked off from care home to go to 70th anniversary commemorations in Normandy returns to Portsmouth but says his trip 'meant the world' to him
- Veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, sneaked out of The Pines care home in Hove
- Donning war medals under a raincoat, he joined his comrades on a coach
- Police listed former mayor as missing person - until he turned up in France
- Today he returned to hero's welcome in Portsmouth on cross-channel ferry
- He said: 'I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it'