I'm back! Missing D-Day veteran returns after Normandy trip

The D-Day veteran who disappeared from his Sussex nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations in Normandy has returned home.

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  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Bernard's back!

He went on the run from his care home in Sussex and sparked a police alert. But Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan has now arrived back home in Hove - to a hero's welcome. He'd made his own way to the D-Day commemorations after missing an official trip across the Channel.

This report by David Johns, which starts with flash photography, features Bernard Jordan describing his trip.

"I'll do it again next year" D-Day veteran plans for another great escape after Normandy return

Bernard Jordan, 90, served in the Royal Navy Credit: Press Association Images

A 90-year-old veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his Sussex care home said he intends to return next year. Bernard Jordan was reported missing on Thursday by staff at The Pines care home in Hove after embarking on his cross-channel trip for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Arriving at Portsmouth on the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie on his return home, he said when asked if he had enjoyed his trip: 'I had a great time. I'm really pleased I did it. It was good, it gets even better as it goes on.'

The former Royal Navy officer said that his wife knew about his trip and when asked if he would go back next year, he said: 'Yes, I expect so, if I am still here definitely.'

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Missing Normandy veteran returns to care home

Bernard Jordan has returned home to his Sussex care home Credit: Press Association Images

The D-Day veteran who disappeared from his Sussex nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations in Normandy has returned home. Bernard Jordan, 90, was reported missing to Sussex Police after he left The Pines care home in Hove unannounced on Thursday morning.

He was later found in France where he had joined other veterans in France. The former Royal Navy officer was welcomed back by flag waiving staff at The Pines this morning after returning on the ferry via Portsmouth.

Brittany Ferries' skipper, Captain Olivier Macoin stands beside Bernard Jordan on the deck of the Normandie in Portsmouth Harbour Credit: Press Association Images
Bernard Jordan, 90, served in the Royal Navy Credit: Gracewell Healthcare

Missing war hero, found in Normandy, was ex-mayor

Bernard Jordan Credit: The Pines

War veteran Bernard Jordan ,who went missing from a nursing home in Hove, has been found in Normandy. Sussex Police were called yesterday (Thursday 5 June) by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am that morning and had not been seen since.

Bernard had gone missing wearing his war medals. He has lived in Hove for his entire life. He served in the Royal navy during the Second World War. He was mayor of Hove in the mid-1990s.

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Missing war veteran found in Normandy

A veteran who went missing from a nursing home in Hove, has been found in Normandy. Sussex Police were called yesterday (Thursday 5 June) by staff at a nursing home in Hove who said an 89-year-old who lived there had gone out at 10.30am that morning and had not been seen since.

The pensioner had gone out with his war medals on.

The nursing home received a phone call from a younger veteran from Brighton at 10.30pm who said he had met the pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham.

Sussex Police say he is fine and with his friends, and will return after D-Day celebrations finish.

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