D-Day ‘Great Es­ca­per’ Bernie dies

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A WAR vet­eran who left his care home to at­tend the 70th an­niver­sary D-Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in France has died aged 90.

Bernard Jor­dan ( left) – dubbed the Great Es­ca­per af­ter his cross-Chan­nel ad­ven­ture last year – died peace­fully in hos­pi­tal.

His death was an­nounced in a state­ment by the firm which runs The Pines care home in Hove, East Sus­sex, where Mr Jor­dan, known as Bernie, lived.

Mr Jor­dan made headlines glob­ally when he dis­ap­peared from The Pines to em­bark on a trip to the D-Day an­niver­sary events in Nor­mandy wear­ing his war medals under his grey mac.

His dis­ap­pear­ance sparked a po­lice search last June 5 and his where­abouts were un­cov­ered only when a younger vet­eran phoned later that night to say he had met Mr Jor­dan and he was safe.

He was later in­un­dated with more than 2,500 birth­day cards from around the world fol­low­ing his ad­ven­ture to Nor­mandy.

A care home of­fi­cial said Mr Jor­dan would be “much missed” by his wife and all his friends at The Pines, and added: “Bernie caught the world’s imag­i­na­tion when he made his ‘sur­prise’ trip to France.”

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