Another colorized one...
"Rakkasan Hei’ - Japan’s Paratroopers
Japanese airborne forces completed only 4 parachute assaults during the war. The final Army paratroopers’ combat jump taking place on Leyte, Philippines, on December 6, 1944. In this photo, taken on that day at Clark Field, Luzon, Japanese paratroopers board a Mitsubishi Ki-57 Type 100 transport airplane. They wear Type 4 (1944) parachutes and a few carry their leg bags, for attachment once they are on board. The objective of this particular operation was the occupation of 3 airfields in US hands near Barauen, South Leyte. It would be a coordinated effort with the Japanese attacking both by air and land.The Japanese paratroopers were counting on the shock effect of soldiers dropping from the sky but this was lost on the US troops defending the area since they were themselves paratroopers, from the US 11th Airborne Division. This is the the only known time Japanese and US paratroopers fought against each other.