“Mayaday” In German is “Mayday”
“MAYDAY” means the caller is threatened by grave and, imminent danger
, and requests immediate assistance.
A “Mayday” distress
message is sent by radio
voice on VHF
channel 16 (156.8 MHz) or HF on 2182 kHz, or by sending the Morse code group SOS, or use “other” suitable means of communication.
The Mayday signal is said to have originated (in 1923 ?) by Frederick Stanley "Big Johnson" Mockford. Whilst senior radio
officer at Croydon Airport
in London, Mockford was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress
and would easily be understood by all pilots and ground staff in an emergency
. Since much of the traffic at the time was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport
in Paris, he proposed the word "Mayday" from the French “venez m'aider” (come to help me).
A literal translation of “come (to) help me” to German would be “kommen Sie (o) helfen mir”.