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Aircraft of the Second World War: The Development of the Warplane, 1939-45 (Putnam History of Aircraft) by E. R. Hooton (Editor) (31-Dec-1997) Hardcover Hardcover – 1702
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I thought the most interesting chapter was "Propulsion." It describes the development of liquid cooled in-lime engines and air cooled radial engines, high-octane fuels, and supercharging. Only a couple of pages are devoted to jets, as these weren't really deployed much in the war.
You will not find much data on dimensions or performance characteristics of individual aircraft models here. The various aircraft are cited only as examples of the trends in technical development. Sometimes comparisons of the performance of a couple of airplanes is described such as the Spitfire Mark VII versus the Focke-Wulf 190A-3. There are also some interesting observations such as the continuous increase in wing loading during the war and the deleterious effect that had on manouever characteristics. On the other hand, the increased weight causing this increase in wing loading came from higher powered engines with higher aircraft speeds, higher fuel load and longer ranges, and so forth. An improvement in one characteristic inevitably came at a cost in some other characteristic. The German Bf 109 is cited as an example of an airframe that peaked with the Bf 109F and thereafter deteriorated in performance significantly (pages 62 - 63).