i just checked a backstock rack of men's military wear and found the exact same coat: mine is dated 1942, also. ours is a black gabardine wool with a snap in lining; felt lined pockets, has the exact same double tab at the wrists, super wide lapels, self belt and even has the same buttons (as in the James Dean images, and like Bonnie's), too. ours is smaller, though, measuring only 21" across the front under the arms. also, ours needs to be dry-cleaned as it was stored directly after being acquired (before we left for the winter). when i first read this thread, i thought we might have one, too...but it's been so darned cold I dreaded the idea of going into our storage to look for it. it's now in the car, waiting to be driven to our dry-cleaner on Monday.