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World War II
The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The Pfeil's performance was much better than other twin-engine designs due to its unique "push-pull" layout and the much lower drag of the in-line alignment of the two motors. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into squadron use, but delays in engine deliveries meant only a handful were delivered before the war ended.
The USS Laffey, got its nickname as "The Ship That Would Not Die" when it was on picket duty off Okinawa in March 1945. About 50 Japanese planes attacked and about half got through to the Laffey. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes. The Laffey is also the only surviving American World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, where it was part of the D-Day invasion
The T28/T95 was designed for the United States Army during World War II as a counter to the German heavy tanks. It was also set to be used for attacking the heavy defences expected of the German Siegfried Line. It was first conceived in the spring of 1945, but proved to be too late to be used in World War II. The original name for the project was to be T28/T95.