I see. I had just finished reading in Tigers in Normandy by Schneider (2011) this line, "Tiger 03, along with the five Tiger II's of schwere Pznzer-Kompanie (Fkl) 316, was assigned to Panzer-Lehr-Regiment 130 of the Panzer-Lehr-Division, which was originally earmarked to recieve an entire battalion of Tigers". The line is on page 306. Is this incorrect? Was Panzer-Lehr-Division not originaly earmarked to receive Tiger II's?
It would explain why Tiger 03 was so far from all the other Tigers of 316 (Fkl).
After reading this I had envisioned a set up like this:
Tiger I Nr. 01 Battalion commanders tank
Tiger II Nr. 02 Battalion Ia tank
Tiger II Nr. 03 1.Kp Kdr.
TIger I Nr. 04 1.Kp Ia
Tiger II 10, 11, 12, 13
Tiger I 14
Other Tiger II's were then not going to be assigned and 316 (Fkl) was formed with 5 Tiger II and 3 Tiger I. 5 Tiger II set the Chateaudun for defense. The 3 Tiger I and Tiger II 03 kept by Pz.-Lehr, Tiger II Nr. 03 was lost almost immedeatly, and the Tiger I's were lost over time or handed off to some other s.Pz.Abt.
I think the real mystery here is what happened to the 3 Tiger I's.
So in short, my theory was, Pz.-Lehr was going to receive a battalion of Tigers, they recieved 6 Tiger II and 3 Tiger I, orders were changed and 316 (Fkl) was formed and sent off. Pz.-Lehr retained the 1 remaining Tiger II and possibly the 3 Tiger I.
As there is almost no information on this unit (316 (Fkl)), I was just develpoing a theory that may be possible. I guess I will just have to try and find the Pz.-Lehr records for this time frame and see if something can be found.
John Winner - Sturmmörser/Jagdtiger/Ferdinand-Elefant