Are you asserting that Ikazuchi
was absent during the actual battle, but did arrive one day later, March 2, 1942, to rescue either 404 (TROM) or 442 (Wikipedia) British naval personnel? There appears to be an avalanche of solid evidence that this Japanese DD did rescue a lot of Brits, including Sam Falle, who would become a career diplomat postwar and be knighted 30 years after HMS Encounter
, on which he was an officer, went down.
See these websites:
The footnote in this TROM specifies that Ikazuchi
rescued 404 British survivors from Exeter and Encounter
on March 2, 1942.
2. Wikipedia article on Ikazuchi
This site specifies the number of survivors taken aboard at 442 and lauds her commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Shunsaku Kudo for his humanitarian effort, to the point of jeopardizing his ship. The article errs in declaring that some of the Allied sailors rescued were from USS Pope
3. Wikipedia article on Sir Sam Falle:
On December 7, 2006, Falle visited the grave of Shunsaku Kudo, for whom he felt immense gratitude for saving him and his shipmates. Falle died last year.
4. Wikipedia article on Cmdr. Shunsaku Kudo
A number of books and a television special recount the rescue actions by Kudo, who died in 1979, and his destroyer Ikazuchi
So, I’m assuming your contention is merely that Ikazuchi
was not involved in the actual battle, but perhaps at the time was chasing down that Allied merchantman, which sank at S 6º 30', E 113º 00'. Off the cuff, do you think the culprit came from the five DDs associated
with the two IJN heavy cruiser groups? Are you at all suspicious of DD Akebono