Eyewitness account of Zeppelin defeat
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

The moment a German Zeppelin was shot down over Hartlepool

One hundred years ago, a German Zeppelin appeared in the skies over Hartlepool and began dropping bombs on the town.

The airships were a greatly feared foe - but Ian Vernon Pyott managed to shoot one down into the North Sea.

Inside Out tracked down an eyewitness account of this exact moment from fellow pilot Julian Pauncefote Inglefield and played it to Ian's niece Jean Yearsley from Solihull.

Find out more on this story at 19:30 GMT on BBC One.

  • 31 Oct 2016