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British Navy veteran in D-Day 'Great Escape' returns to his care home

Published on Jun 7, 2014 5:56 PM

LONDON (AFP) - An 89-year-old veteran who ran away from his care home to join the D-Day commemorations in France returned to Britain on Saturday, hailed as the embodiment of World War II fighting spirit.

Mr Bernard Jordan said he had no regrets after slipping out of The Pines nursing home in Hove on the southern English coast on Thursday wearing his medals under his raincoat.

The former Royal Navy officer joined a coach party heading for events marking the 70th anniversary of the landings at Ouistreham in Normandy, northern France.

Mr Jordan was missing for around 12 hours before a younger veteran contacted the home to say he was fine but in France with former comrades.

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