Allied Warships

HMS Pozarica (4.261)

Anti-Aircraft ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAnti-Aircraft ship
Class[No specific class] 
Built byDoxford Shipyard (Sunderland, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched6 Sep 1937 
Commissioned3 Jul 1941 
Lost13 Feb 1943 

Completed in January 1938.
Displacement: 1893 GRT
Armamant: 8 4" AA guns (4x2), 8 2pdr AA (2x4)

In August 1940 Pozarica was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted to Anti-Aircraft ship.

In the afternoon of 29 January 1943, HMS Pozarica (Capt. (retired) Laurence Bernard Hill, DSO, OBE, RN) was escorting coastal convoy TF.14, running between Algerian ports.
Off Bougie, the convoy was attacked by 2 squadrons of torpedo planes, one made up by 13 German a/c (10 He.111 and 3 Ju.88 from I and III/KG.26), the other consisting of 8 Italian S.79 from the 105th, 130th and 132nd Groups.
2 of the escorts, destroyer Avon Vale and Flakship Pozarica were hit by, respectively, the German and by the Italian planes. Avon Vale, hit @ 2110 hrs in 37.01 N, 04.44 E, was forced to run herself aground with the bows totally wrecked, while Pozarica hit at the stern @ 1945 hrs in 37.04 N, 04.36 E, managed to reach Bougie roads.

On 13 February, while under salvage, Pozarica suddenly capsized and settled on the bottom. The wreck was refloated postwar and towed to Italy for scrapping, beginning in May 1951.


Commands listed for HMS Pozarica (4.261)

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1A/Capt. Edmund Francis Fitzgerald, RN15 Feb 194110 Mar 1941
2A/Capt. (retired) Edward Douglas Wyndham Lawford, RN10 Mar 19412 Oct 1942
3Capt. (retired) Laurence Bernard Hill, DSO, OBE, RN2 Oct 194213 Feb 1943

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