P-38s have a high SR value, especially the early ones. If they are ever on CAP, send multiple sweep waves and wear them out. Don't forget to LRCAP their base as that increases ops losses.
This is how to take care of enemy DDs, look at the range on the torpedo hit:
Day Time Surface Combat, near Nikunau at 140,134, Range 20,000 Yards
CA Tone, Shell hits 3
CA Chikuma, Shell hits 3
DD Kagero, Shell hits 1
DD Kasumi, Shell hits 1
DD Sims, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
DD Downes, Shell hits 3
Maximum visibility in Overcast Conditions: 20,000 yards
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 20,000 yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 20,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence
CA Chikuma launches Long Lance Torpedoes at DD Downes at 20,000 yards
CA Chikuma launches Long Lance Torpedoes at DD Sims at 20,000 yards
DD Sims sunk by DD Kasumi at 20,000 yards
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child