Danilo P. Djordjevic, 73, a former pilot in the Yugoslav air force who had been a gardener in the Washington area since 1967, died at Georgetown University Hospital June 22 following a heart attack.

Mr. Djordjevic was born in Yugoslavia. During World I, his family took him first to Romania and then to Russia. During the Russian revolution, they returned to Yugoslavis and Mr. Djordjevic entered the Royal Military Academy, where he graduated as a second lieutenant in the infantry.

He later joined the air force and rose to the rank of major. He fought against the Germans in World War II and was taken prisoner. He was freed from a prison camp in Germany at the end of the war.

He spent the next 10 years working as a machinist in Salzburg, Austria, and came to the United States in 1965. He lived first in Cleveland, 0hio, and them in Bloomington, Ind., and was a gardener in both cities. After moving to the Washington area in 1967, he was a gardener for a number of families and then for the Pomponio Construction Co. He retired earlier this year.

Survivors include his wife, Leokadia, of Camp Spring, where Mr. Djordjevic lived, and a daughter, Lidia Sabin, also of Camp Spring.