Grounded 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. 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. Full story >>
An escape is an act of avoiding or getting away from a person, place, or bad situation. • Holmes was captured by Germans but made a daring escape six days later. The Mail's headline references the classic 1963 war movie of the same name.