During the battle on Crait,

The Millennium Falcon shows up and starts attacking Tie-Fighters. Kylo Ren then orders all of the other Tie-Fighters to destroy the Falcon, and they pursue it across the cliffs.

They managed to

lead some to their destruction and shoot down some others, but considering that they were being pursued by an entire squadron (a point is made that every Tie-Fighter attacking the base goes after the Falcon), it didn't seem to show enough being destroyed on-screen to suggest that they had all been wiped out.

Is there any suggestion that there were more Tie-Fighters that were still looking for their target after it had evaded them, or had they actually all been destroyed?

  • The implication was that they were all destroyed. We will probably find out more when the novelization comes out.
    – amflare
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:34
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    They weren't just destroyed, they were destroyed by following the Millennium Falcon through a maze at high speeds. You'd think they'd teach Tie fighters about that by now
    – Machavity
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:36
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    @Machavity to paraphrase Finn "Man, they hate that ship"
    – Skooba
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 16:40
  • Rey was such a natural with the belly gun I figured they were mostly destroyed by the time Chewie flew thru the cavern.
    – scott
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 18:40
  • @scott you mean the force ensured each shot was true.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 19:13

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Some were destroyed before entering the caves and the remainder during the cave-chase sequence.

When the Falcon leaves the battlefield it's noted that every single TIE-fighter went with them.

Poe: She drew 'em off. All of them!!

A few seconds later we see at least 9 (of the remaining 14(ish) TIE-fighters that were seen a few minutes ago) chasing the Falcon. Rey splashes at least one with the cannon and there's the sound of a second explosion. They then enter the cave. One TIE hits an outcropping, another hits a stalagmite, two more hit the cave walls as they narrow and the final two that were chasing them aren't seen emerging from the cave wall that the Falcon broke through.

The cannon appears to be broken so at this point (sparking and non-functional) so it's a reasonable guess that all of the fighters were destroyed by this point. This also explains the Falcon's absence from the next few minutes of the film as Chewie and Rey were presumably struggling to get the gun working again.

The film's official junior novelisation confirms the destruction of the remaining enemy ships.

The Falcon made an abrupt drop into a crevice, a move most of the TIEs failed in spectacular fashion. Some smashed into the surface, others into the sides of the crevice, and all went up in flames.

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