Radoje Ljutovac – Raka, Serbian Army artillery soldier who shot down an enemy aircraft with a cannon in 1915, was born on this day (4 September) in 1887. During the First World War he was assigned to the newly formed Anti-Aircraft Battery.
On September 30, 1915, during the attack of three enemy aircraft on Kragujevac, Radoje Ljutovac – Raka managed to shoot down the enemy aircraft from the first try, and was later awarded with the Order of the Karađorđe’s Star with Swords and was promoted to the rank of corporal.
This moment is considered the beginning of the Serbian air defense, and according to the available data, it was the world’s first aircraft shootdown with a cannon! The picture shows the memorial to Radoje Ljutovac on the hill Metino brdo in Kragujevac.