An 89-year-old WW2 veteran who was banned by his nursing home from going to France for the D-Day commemorations sneaked out and went anyway.
The pensioner left the Hove home at 10:30 BST on Thursday and was reported missing in the evening, police said.
The nursing home received a call from a younger veteran later on saying he had met the un-named veteran on a coach.
The two were on their way to France and said they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham, Sussex Police said.
Hundreds of veterans have been marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France, with events on the beaches of Normandy.