I am trying to make a drawing in solidworks, with a view normal to plane offset from the top surface and at a 45 degree angle from the surface.

Here is an image showing my model with the plane. Sorry if the orientation of the view is weird from my screenshot.

I am using Solidworks 2019-2020.

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You need to use the "Auxilliary View" tool, but, this is only able to accept an 'edge' as an input, so you can't use a plane.

Usually, one would use this to create a 'view looking at a face', but in your case, there is no such face, and so no edge in the drawing view to select.

The workaround for this is to create a sketch entity, set perpendicular to your holes, and use that to define the Aux View. The sketch line will be consumed by the Aux View and disappear.

See the .gif below illustrating the method.

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