Commander John (Fergie) Schischka joined the Royal Navy under Scheme B provisions in early 1941. After training as a Seaman at HMS GANGES he saw service in the destroyer HMS LOOKOUT and undertook officer training in 1942.
On being commissioned as a Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNZNVR Commander Schischka spent some time in Motor Gunboat’s (MGB’s) operating in the North Sea, before proceeding to the United States to commission HMS PREMIER, an escort carrier, as the Gunnery Officer. Initial tasks were ferrying aircraft from the United States to the United Kingdom and then minelaying operations in the Norway area.
Following leave in New Zealand in 1945, Commander Schischka completed his war service as Bosun of the Yard at HM Dockyard, Hong Kong.
In 1947 Commander Schischka joined the RNZNVR and assumed command of HMNZS NGAPONA in 1962. John (Fergie) Schischka retired from the RNZNVR in 1968.