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08-24-2006, 08:24 AM
why does my campaign mission result show "pancake" when my landing was ok (plane not damaged, taxied to hangar)? Trainee pilot would appreciate any help...

08-24-2006, 08:28 AM
I've seen some references that indicate in some airforces during WW2 the word pancake meant "a hurried landing at an airfield" rather than "a wheels up landing in the first available flat piece of ground/water" as it's often used today.

08-24-2006, 08:30 AM
In one of the voice packs (Dunno if it's RN, RAF or RAAF) one of the voices says "Can I have a Pancake, please?"

I think the accent is Aussie

08-24-2006, 08:33 AM
Pancake was just an RAF general reference to landing.

08-24-2006, 08:39 AM
It was standard RAF slang for any landing. Crash landing was "bellying it in" or "pranging your kite".

Also takeoffs in fighters were scrambles irrespective of how fast they happened.

08-24-2006, 09:01 AM
The consensus so far seems to be that this is just an RAF term for any landing...so all good landings are recorded as "pancake", even in non-RAF Axis campaigns? I just want my pilot's record to show that I landed the plane intact! Thanks v.much to all who replied.

08-24-2006, 11:35 AM
Just finfished First Light by George Wellum.
In it, he frequently uses the term "pancake' to refer to the order to land.