Best of British: D-Day hero Bernard Jordan set to receive top honour

Famed D-Day vet Bernard Jordan is set to receive the ultimate honour from his hometown – the keys to the city of Brighton and Hove in the county of Sussex, England. This comes just days after the 89-year old embarked on a trip across the Channel to take part in the D-Day events, despite not telling anyone at his care home he was leaving!

His story made huge news across the UK newspapers, after he put on his medals under his rain coat and slipped out in the early morning. The home had tried to get coach tickets for him to visit the event, but were too late so he was told he was unable to go. But Bernard wasn’t going to let that stop him!

Following the missing person search, he was seen en route to Normandy by a younger veteran who said he was fine and making his own way out there.

Bernard served on a destroyer in the 2nd World War hunting the ‘wolf packs’ of Nazi U-boats attacking Allied shipping convoys. ‘I was once on a mission to recover one of the Enigma machines from a U-boat which we’d forced to the surface by dropping depth charges, and crippling it,’ the 89-year-old Royal Navy veteran told friends.

The successful British mission to seize the German code machines and their codebooks has been credited with changing the course of the war.

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere. This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British actor and author based in North Carolina. He misses England very much indeed, but also loves America too. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.