I'm currently playing TMO 2.0/RSRDC. It's October 7, 1943 and I'm heading toward the IJN base at Rabaul to conduct a harbor raid. At about 09:00 hours, I pick up a number of sonar contacts behind me. I'm just south of Cape St. George heading NW at the mouth of the St. George's Channel. The sonar contacts turn out to be, no less than 2 IJN destroyer squadrons (9 total) made up (mostly) of Asashio and Fubuki class with a few others mixed in. I managed to sink one Asashio and was saved by a distraction caused by F6F Hellcats and a couple of Spitfires. They didn't attack the DDs but they did manage to distract their attention. Then again, maybe they thought the Asashio was sunk by a plane rather than my torp. Their AA guns sprang into action at the instant my torp impacted the ship. Anyway, I'm getting off the subject here.
I've searched quite a bit to try and track IJN ship movements during WWII but have found no correlation to these DDs I encountered. The only thing I can surmise is that these ships were part of an evacuation force from the Solomons. Anyone with any ideas?